2009 saw the end of The CW’s Sunday night programming, but it appears that nine years later it’s due for a resurrection. The network is expanding, with a 20% increase in their scheduled programming, and needs new slots for it all. Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, feels like it’s a smart move despite competition from “The Walking Dead” on AMC and “Sunday Night Football” on NBC. This is because of the “counterprogramming” that The CW offers.
The CW has become known for airing cult shows such as the musical comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and a slew of comic book adaptations including “Supergirl.” They are also jumping on the remake bandwagon. The CW’s new adaptations of “Roswell” and “Charmed” are slated to start filming this spring.
Pedowitz continued that the end goal is to “become more of a year-round player.” This has manifested itself through an increase in mid-season programming. He also revealed that some shows will continue their seasons into the summer. The network’s station affiliates are eager to cooperate with the planned expansion. Several deals have already come through.
The CW will go up against Fox in terms of programming hours. Fox air about 15 hours, although this includes reality TV and sports. By contrast, The CW plans to air about 12 hours. (However, a majority of those hours will be devoted to original, scripted content.)
Google released its list of top trending actors, defined as those who had the biggest bump compared to last year. As such, it’s a lucky list for newcomers and breakout stars.
Amusingly, the #10 spot goes to Tommy Wiseau, creator of The Room. The making of this “So Bad, It’s Good” classic was portrayed in The Disaster Artist. Wiseau was portrayed by James Franco.
Spot #8 goes to Tom Holland, who got his big break in Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Now he got his own movie with Spider-Man: Homecoming, a great addition to the webslinger’s filmography.
Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown was #5. She plays Eleven, a psychic child raised in a government lab. Season 3 is not expected until 2019, but check her out in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Bill Skarsgård, who plays Pennywise in It, was #6. He was really unknown before this film, and “It” certainly wasn’t an easy character to play, given the need to balance the silly and sinister.
Similar to Holland is Gal Gadot at #3. Last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was divisive, but her solo debut in Wonder Woman was far more popular with fans and critics.
#1 isn’t a newcomer, though: Meghan Markle got the top spot as she prepares for her role as a British princess. We’re not sure what movie that’s for.
Marvel’s Runaways was created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who made The O.C. and Gossip Girl, so fans shouldn’t be surprised to find some romantic drama in the series, says Rhenzy Feliz, who plays main character Alex Wilder.
Specifically, he addressed the issue of romance between Alex and Nico Minoru (Lyrica Okano), and whether their feelings for each other are circumstantial or signs of a longstanding affection for each other.
He says that while they are certainly drawn together by the group’s unusual circumstances—each of the six teens having just discovered that their parents are supervillains trying to help demonic creatures destroy the world—he mostly believes that the pair were already sort of interested in each other, whether consciously or not.
“Before everything happened I think they always sort of liked each other and I think Alex does go out of his way to try and make her feel comfortable again. He sees that she’s hurting and I think that he tries to mend that,” he explained.
“But at the same time I think that Nico starts to feel for Alex, too. You see how much she fights to get him back… I think that’s because she cares about him as well.”
Those familiar with the comics know that there are some twists involved with these characters, particularly regarding Alex’s feelings for Nico, so it will be interesting to see how those revelations play out in this adaptation.