Happy Comic-Con eve, everyone! Whether you’re going to brave the crowds and lines in San Diego this weekend or whether you’re going to monitor all the panels via social media from the comfort of your own home, it’s going to be a great weekend to be a pop culture junkie. But before the SDCC madness begins, there’s some TV news already brewing! Read on for a deeper look into what Mr. Robot is bringing to Comic-Con, a new DuckTales series, some Powerpuff Girls and Making a Murderer renewals, and more!
Plug in. If you ever wanted to join the world of Mr. Robot, now is your chance. USA Network’s hit series, along with Syfy’s Incorporated are bringing virtual reality experiences to Comic-Con. Mr. Robot’s exhibition was directed by showrunner Sam Esmail, and it stars Rami Malek in a 12-minute experience that “offers an inside look at Elliot’s backstory.” USA will debut the content at 10:45 a.m. PT on July 21 as the “largest-ever co-viewing virtual reality simulcast event.” Via the Within App, people all over the world can join fans inside San Diego’s Petco Park to experience the story alongside the show’s cast. Incorporated‘s VR experience, “Welcome to the Quiet Room,” takes place at 10:45 a.m. PT on July 21 inside the “Incorporated Café,” a takeover of Maryjane’s Diner in the Hard Rock Hotel. It will offer 360-degree immersion and spatial audio. Viewers will be interrogated by Julian (Dennis Haysbert). [Nerdist]
DuckTales! Woo hoo! Everyone’s favorite cartoon is coming back, and Disney XD just revealed the new creative team behind it. The upcoming series will be executive produced by Matt Youngberg, with story editor and co-producer Francisco Angones and art director Sean Jimenez also on board. Slated for a 2017 premiere date on Disney XD, the rebooted DuckTales series follows Scrooge McDuck, his grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, and Donald Duck. No word yet on if there will be a giant bank vault filled with gold coins, but it’s a pretty safe bet. [Disney XD]
Sugar, spice, and everything nice. Hope you haven’t gotten sick of the return of The Powerpuff Girls, because Cartoon Network just renewed it! Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup will officially be back for season two. It’s not all that surprising that the network is doubling down on the rebooted series, seeing as how it just won an Emmy for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program. In a statement, Cartoon Network CCO Rob Sorcher said, “The Powerpuff Girls is on a momentous run with its first Emmy nod, a debut appearance at one of the biggest fan events of the year, and now a second season greenlight. Congratulations to the Cartoon Network creative teams who have super-powered this property with the perfect amount of Chemical X to bring a hit show for a new generation of fans.” [Nerdist]
Netflix domination continues. Who’s ready for more Making a Murderer? The hit Netflix series is already in production on new episodes, taking fans of the critically-acclaimed documentary series back inside the story of convicted murderer Steven Avery, and his co-defendant Brendan Dassey, as their respective investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions waged by the state. This next chapter will provide an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process, as well as the emotional toll the process takes on all involved. “We are extremely grateful for the tremendous response to, and support of, the series,” creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos said. “The viewers’ interest and attention has ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold.” Prepare yourself for more rage-binge-watching. That’s now a thing. [Netflix]
There’s humor in the mundane. In the absence of Louie (which is on an indefinite hiatus), why not give Better Things a try? The FX series from Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. just debuted its first real trailer, and it makes normal, mundane life pretty hilarious. Hey, when something is coming from the minds of Adlon and C.K., how can it not be funny? Check out the trailer below:
Hooray for Hardwick! Our fearless leader Chris Hardwick isn’t going anywhere, y’all. The king of the nerd(i)s(t) just inked a new three-year deal with AMC during which he will continue his ever-growing relationship with the network by hosting and serving as an executive producer for multiple programs. “When we started Talking Dead in 2011, I had no idea it would become one of the most significant experiences of my life,” Hardwick said in a press release. “As a fan, having this kind of front row seat to some of the biggest pillars of pop culture has been a dream come true. Thank you to AMC for allowing me to continue to show up for appointment TV therapy with the legions of other fans for the foreseeable future!” [Nerdist]
Upping the voltage. Power just scored an uber-renewal. Following the record-shattering season three premiere this week, Starz boss Chris Albrecht announced that the network has greenlit the hit series for both fourth and fifth seasons. The New York-based drama starring Omari Hardwick and created and executive produced by Courtney A. Kemp, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton, Randall Emmett and Gary Lennon will all return for the two new seasons. [Starz]
Can you handle the gore? Comic-Con may have banned this new Ash Vs. Evil Dead trailer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch it! Starz released the red band trailer that SDCC deemed “too gory,” and they may have been on to something. But judge for yourselves:
Are you going to try out the Mr. Robot virtual reality at Comic-Con? How happy are you that the DuckTales theme song is stuck in your head again after so many years?
Featured image: USA Network