ABC and Marvel recently made a big splash in the news by announcing that they were going to be bringing back one classic Marvel superhero TV series, The Incredible Hulk, and starting an all-new one, Cloak & Dagger. Based on a comic book about two teens who were given an overdose of synthetic drugs that activated their mutant superpowers, the characters Cloak and Dagger have been around since 1982 but have faded in and out of the spotlight since then. And while the new Hulk series has five decades of comics, two feature films and a beloved TV show to draw inspiration from, we're worried that the lesser-known C&D might suffer from their new home on ABC Family. As longtime fans of the characters, here are some tips for what to do and what not to do with them.
This is your lawyer.
ABC Family launched Beverly Hills Nannies last night and as expected, it fits with the family-friendly nature of their network... which means that while Beverly Hills is in the title, none of the shenanigans of the Real Housewives or the likes of Audrina are happening here. Or at least none of the public fights and embarrassing behavior are on display. Instead, its about well-dressed young men and women who have the job of being nanny to the rich (and sometimes famous) and how they occasionally have to pick up poop after animals or learn about vegan diets. It's all very innocuous, and terribly dull.
You done good, AMC.
Hey, do you guys like Chuck? Because I hope I'm not wasting your time here, but there's some pick-up news on the subject. You know, just in case you're interested.
Today we learned a little bit more about Ashton Kutcher's new gig, GLAAD chose CBS as Most Homophobic Network Ever (kidding!), and Charlene Yi signed on to a show way past it's prime.
Lauren Conrad will appear as a guest star on the hit ABC Family show Greek. She will be playing -- wait for it! -- herself, showing up in a dream sequence as Casey's (played by Kelsey Grammer's daughter Spencer) spiritual advisor (?!) and best friend in the second season's finale, set to air on October 28. Acting as a guide, Lauren will help Casey with a very important decision (!!!!??), probably involving some sort of love triangle. EW.com says that there will be no direct Hills references in the script but that if you're a die-hard fan you will be able to detect a Hillsian vibe. Wow, trippy! Guess LC's lining up her ducks for when her fashion career goes to hell. Oh wait.
Having seen the movie version of this show almost ten years ago, I'm not exactly sure why this TV show exists. I guess somebody at ABC Family thought that the premise of two diametrically opposed sisters, one a rebel feminist and one a popular wannabe, was good enough to milk for at least one season? I'm not sure what will happen once the concluding events of the original movie (and The Taming of the Shrew before it) come to pass, i.e. the feminist sister finally dating a boy, thereby making it okay for her little sis to date, but they seem to be providing a number of other sub-plots to fill the time. And I suppose they could always have the older sister date, then stop dating, and the wacky dad can make the younger sis stop dating until big sis is up and running again, thereby stretching out the drama. Seems far-fetched, but this is a sitcom, after all.
It's an Alloy show on ABC Family that even The CW passed on, so naturally it was assumed that Pretty Little Liars would be one of summer's biggest pieces of disposable crap. Then a strange thing happened -- when the pilot finally aired, it was obvious to everyone that this was not your average ABC Family show. Pretty Little Liars is almost edgy, as outdated a term as that is, and it's far more enjoyable in an unironic way than I ever thought it would be. In fact, aside from The OCD Project, it might just be the most compelling summer show on right now. I've attempted to examine why below.
Greek scribe Carter Covington has adapted the awesome 90s teen flick 10 Things I Hate About You for ABC Family. And yet, as I type this I'm still sitting here waiting for a Captain Ron series to be created. (Seriously.) Like the movie, the half-hour comedy will follow two sisters, one openly bitchy, and one, well, also bitchy, but popular and not quoting Betty Friedan like the other one, as they deal with high school. Sadly, you can't say things like "beer-flavored nipples" and "I'm a crack-whore who should have made my skeazy boyfriend wear a condom" on ABC Family (probably), so this will likely be considerably less awesome than the original, I don't care how popular Greek is. Let's just hope the smut novelist/principal character is included. And that Allison Janney plays her. Which she won't. Death to this thing!