This episode contains Shakespeare references, and not just in the title, either. Which I actually quite enjoy, because Shakespeare is my fucking jam.
So, the trailer for the Amazon Prime series Good Omens dropped about a week and a half ago, and I finally got the chance to watch it. Behold!
For those who may be unfamiliar with the source material, Good Omens: The Nice And Accurate Prophecies Of Agness Nutter, Which is a novel written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, published in 1990. It follows Aziraphale and Crowley, a demon and angel respectively, who end up working together to try and prevent Armageddon. Along the way, we also meet the Four Horsepeople of the Apocalypse, a young woman who is the descendant of the witch in the title, and the Antichrist (who is actually quite nice and just wants to be a regular kid).
The series features Michael Sheen as Aziraphale and David Tennant as Crowley. I can’t comment too much on Sheen (as I am not familiar with his work), but I think that Tennant as Crowley is just absolutely perfect.
Also, going back to the trailer itself, I really love the use of Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend,” not only because the song fits, but because of a running gag in the book revolving around the band.
Neil Gaiman has been acting as showrunner for the six-part series, fulfilling one of the last wishes of Terry Pratchett, who passed away in 2015. Pratchett had always wanted to see the series adapted, one attempt even involving former Monty Python member Terry Jones, but was unable to get it off the ground.
And, as said in the title, I am totally here for it. Good Omens is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they manage to adapt it.
Good Omens is currently set for release next year, though I have yet to find a more specific release date. From what I’ve seen, it looks like it’s going to release onto Amazon Prime’s streaming service first, then is going to air on BBC 2 in the UK.
In the meantime, I highly recommend reading the book, and will most likely be re-reading it myself sometime before the series comes out.
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After my last post detailing the latest delay of Star Trek: Discovery, it’s good to have some good TV-related news to discuss.
So, Good Omens. Written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and originally published in 1990, it is quite possibly the funniest book about Armageddon that I’ve read. And it’s getting its own Amazon series.
It’s going to be a miniseries (only about 6 episodes long), but they have Neil Gaiman set to be the showrunner, as well as having adapted the novel. It’s going to be coming out next year, and is a joint production between Amazon and BBC UK, as well as Narrativa, the production company run by Pratchett’s daughter Rihanna Pratchett.
Good Omens centers around Crowley and Aziraphale, a demon and an angel respectively, who have been tapped by the powers that be to kickstart the apocalypse. However, neither of them are too keen on doing that, plus they’ve also lost the Antichrist. Hilarity ensues.
There have been other attempts to adapt the novel. Probably the most notable was an attempt made by Terry Gilliam (which would’ve starred Robin Williams and Johnny Depp, apparently), but that fell through. There was also a BBC-produced radio play starring Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz that came out in 2014 and is currently available on Audible.
There isn’t a current release date for the series, but according to the sources I’ve seen state that it should release sometime next year. After it’s debut on Amazon Prime, the BBC will also be broadcasting it in the UK.
Well, this is disappointing. According to EW, the premiere date for Star Trek: Discovery has been pushed from this upcoming May to…we don’t know when.
The series, which is set to take place a few years before the original series, recently cast The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green for the lead role. It was supposed to have premiered next month, but was pushed back to this upcoming May last September. This, combined with the fact that Bryan Fuller stepped down as showrunner in October, doesn’t really fill one with confidence.
They did announce that they’ll start production next week, however. They also announced that Sarek (aka Spock’s dad) will be playing a major role in the series, and will be played by actor James Frain. This does provide some hope, since I don’t believe that they would be making casting announcements for a show that won’t see the light of day. According to a statement relased by CBS:
“Production on Star Trek: Discovery begins next week. We love the cast, the scripts and are excited about the world the producers have created. This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show. We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn’t beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows.”
So it does look like we’ll be getting Discovery, just not as soon as we had hoped.
Still, the fact that they pushed it back again, without giving us a release date, doesn’t bode particularly well. On the other hand, it may actually turn out to be a good thing if it results in a better program.
Time will tell.
I’m not going to lie: I’m a pretty big fan of the band Babymetal. This fusion of high-energy J-Pop with what is actually pretty hard metal seems like it was custom-made to appeal to me. The band is actually enjoying some well-earned popularity outside of Japan as well, with some of rock and metal’s luminaries being fans of the group, as well as performing their single “Gimme Chocolate” on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert this past April.
So, naturally, the group is teaming up with Blue Ribbon Content (Warner Brothers’ digital studio) to create a webseries.
The series follows the three teenagers (called Su-metal, Yuimetal, and Moametal) who are recruited by a god named Kitsune to save the world of heavy metal. from what I’ve read online, it sounds like the parts taking place in the real world will be live action, while the bits in the metal world being animated.
Personally, I think that this concept sounds 100% amazing, kind of like if Brütal Legend were a magical girl anime. I haven’t seen a release date so far, or where it will be streaming, but I will most likely be watching it whenever it does come out.
To get us all in the mood, here’s the aforementioned Late Show performance.
So, now we’ve made it: the last episode of 11.22.63. And a very eventful episode it is.