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This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend two of the Paley Fest 2017 panels, saluting the superhero shows on The CW – Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – as well as this season’s hit new show This Is Us.

The following are pictures I took at both panels, but please note that I’m not a professional photographer nor do I have a fancy camera, but I had to share the pictures I was able to take with the fans of the show:

CW’s Superheroes:

This Is Us:

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Roz and her friend Heath

Roz and her friend Heath

Once a year I spend a weekend with friends from near and far, celebrating Doctor Who at Gallifrey One. After ten years or so of attending the con, though, it’s not about the panels and the guests, but about the friends who come for a weekend to celebrate the show as well as to see each other.

My first year at Gally (the convention’s nickname), I went with a friend to the hotel lobby after the con proper had ended for a day. It was great to meet some of my friend’s other friends and we chatted in the lobby with both the con-goers and the con-guests alike.

Since then, the con is still about Doctor Who, but I look forward to my friends more so than I look forward to the guests at this point. Friends, many of whom travel from England, happily spend three days (or longer) finding out about our lives in the past year (beyond what we followed via Facebook); and by the end of the weekend, there are more friends that I’ve met and more stories to share about a weekend that is just sci-fi fans being sci-fi fans.

Roz and actor Gareth David-Lloyd, who played Ianto in Torchwood

Roz and actor Gareth David-Lloyd, Ianto on Torchwood

Gally is a great con – the team behind the convection put on a great weekend with as many guests as they can get (and afford) – and that helps to create an atmosphere that leaves everyone smiling. The con-goers also make the con great – there is a tradition from Gally that I’ve seen adopted by other cons: ribbons.

Now, these ribbons are exactly what you might think – a short phrase on a piece of ribbon – but the way that ribbons are traded and collected is something else. This year my collection is rather small, but my friends have come away with collections taller than a house, held together by tape.

Gally is a family, and it’s a family I love, kooks and all, and one family I look forward to seeing every year.

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From March 11 to March 20, the 33rd Annual Paley Fest was held in the heart of Hollywood at the Dolby Theatre (where the Oscars are held).

The shows that were saluted during this year’s two-week long festival were the following:

Empire
Better Call Saul
Scream Queens
Black-ish
Supergirl
Scandal
The Big Bang Theory
Difficult People
Fear the Walking Dead
A Salute to Dick Wolf
American Horror Story: Hotel

Thanks to our very own photographer, Dominick Dusseault, the following are just some of the terrific pictures he was able to capture at each panel.

Better Call Saul:

The Big Bang Theory:

Black-ish:

Empire:

Scandal:

Scream Queens:

Supergirl:

NOTE: More pictures are forthcoming over the next week.

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Earlier this month our very own Dominick Dusseault had the opportunity to attend a handful of the New York Panel Fest 2015 panels, including Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Pretty Little Liars, Mr. Robot, The Affair and Orphan Black.

Below are just some of the spectacular pictures he took at each panel:

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog:

Pretty Little Liars:

The Affair:

Mr. Robot:

Orphan Black:

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Thanks to writer Phil Plait over at Slate, the following is an awesome new fan film based on the world of Joss Whedon’s Firefly that any fan of that verse should really enjoy!

Check out the link below and enjoy!:

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Jamie and Claire Outlander NEW

With today’s announcement by Starz of the return date for the back half of the first season of the now acclaimed drama Outlander and the ensuing negative reaction by fans, I felt it was important to focus a piece about why cable networks choose to have such long breaks between their seasons.

While fans may think the networks are taking them for granted, this type of practice is actually quite typical for the networks. After all, the major networks usually have a four-month break between the end of one season and the beginning of the next season, giving viewers a break over the long summer. The same can be said for cable networks, who schedule their season breaks anywhere between just a few weeks or up to five, even, six months.

That is the current case with Outlander. The mid-season finale of the series, which is based on the international best-selling novel by Diana Gabaldon, will air this Saturday, September 27; and since it is a mid-season finale the episode will be intense, it will have lots of action and it will have a cliffhanger ending (yes, I have seen the episode and it is that GOOD!).

Now here is the problem that the fans have: the show won’t be back for the last eight episodes of its debut season until April 4, 2015. How can the network delay the return of the show for so long? Why would they make the fans wait all that time? I am sure many fans are feeling dejected, angry, upset – hell! – even pissed about the lengthy wait, but the network is not doing this to upset the viewers.

Sure, the network – being a subscription network – wants to make money from their subscribers by keeping them around; and the powers that be at the network are, most likely, hopeful that many subscribers will simply stick around until that April date so they can watch the remainder of the Outlander episodes. Sadly, many of the subscribers won’t, but hopefully they will come back to the network when that date finally draws closer.

But, the main point that viewers and fans of Outlander – and nearly every other cable show currently on the air – should understand is this type of lengthy break is not uncommon. Outlander, nor its fans, is being singled out.

The following are just a few examples of the lengthy breaks that cable networks schedule for their shows, whether it is a mid-season break or the gap between one season and the next season:

When Calls the Heart

Hallmark Channel – The network debuted their new series When Calls the Heart back on January 11 of this year, airing all 12 episodes of the debut season straight through to March 29. Fans of that show, however, had to wait until May to learn whether the series was even getting a second season. But once that announcement was made, the fans learned they will have to wait until May of 2015 for the second season to air.

Suits

USA NetworkSuits has been on the air for four seasons now with the fifth season set to air next year. The show’s first season ended in September of 2011 with the second season not starting until June of 2012 while the current fourth season just ended on August 20 of this year with the fifth season scheduled to return sometime next summer.

Defiance Season 2 NEW

Syfy – The new sci-fi series Defiance debuted in 2013 running 12 episodes from April 13 through July 8. The second season of the series had 13 episodes, but did not return until June 19 of this year.

The Fosters

ABC Family – The debut season of The Fosters consisted of 21 episodes with the first episode airing on June 3, 2013. The first 10 episodes aired through August 5 but the show didn’t return for the remainder of its freshman year until January 13, 2014.

Dallas

TNT – The remake of Dallas debuted back on June 13, 2012 running its 10 episode freshman season through August 8. The second season of the series did not air until January 28, 2013, running 15 episodes though April 15, 2013. The current third season premiered on February 24, 2014 and ended on September 22.

Mad Men

AMC – Every single season of this long-running period piece drama Mad Men has had a long gap between seasons. The series debuted on July 19, 2007 running for 13 episodes through October 18, 2007. The second season did not return until July 27, 2008 running through October 26, 2008. The third season returned on August 16, 2009 and ended on November 8, 2009. The fourth season of the show aired from July 25, 2010 through October 17, 2010; but there was a large gap – nearly 1 ½ years – between the previous season and the fifth season with the show returning on March 25, 2012. That season ended on June 10, 2012 with the sixth season not coming back until April 7, 2013. The sixth season ended on June 23, 2013 with the seventh season not coming back until April 13, 2014. The first half of the current seventh season concluded on May 25, 2014 with the remainder of the seventh season not scheduled to return until sometime next spring.

Needless to say, there are gaps – even lengthy ones – for many, if not all, cable dramas not just Outlander; and while I agree wholeheartedly with the fans who are upset about the well over 6 month gap for the show’s first season, this is just standard practices for cable as well as major networks. The break for Outlander’s first season is not a slight against the viewers or the fans and I certainly hope that the fans will take time during the break to enjoy watching and re-watching the eight episodes that will have aired by this weekend and even go a little old school by reading (or re-reading) the book on which the series is based.

Outlander fans: Please enjoy the mid-season finale, as it is really good and you’ll love it – even with the cliffhanger ending – and enjoy the break by rejoicing in the fact that the show will return on April 4, 2015 AND it will have a second season based on the second book in the hugely popular franchise.

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At the end of 2013, I posted the sixth part of an ongoing series of articles about books that are being made into films. Since that time, I have been collecting details on more books that will be adapted to the big screen; and given how long it has been since I posted a new part to this series, it only seemed right to revisit the list. There are no specific timelines on when any of these films will be seen at your local theatre, but they are being developed nonetheless:

They appear in alphabetical order:

The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

Atlantis (Trilogy) – CBS Films has secured the rights to the trilogy of sci-fi novels by A.G. Riddle (The Atlantis Gene, The Atlantis Plague and The Atlantis World). The first book in the series revolves around a brilliant geneticist and an international counterterrorism agent who team to thwart a global pandemic and solve the greatest mystery of all time: the truth behind the origins of humanity.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I’ll Give You The Sun – Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the young adult novel by Jandy Nelson (that will be on bookshelves next month). The book is a coming-of-age drama about teenage twins, Noah and Jude, who are both budding artists torn apart in the wake of a family tragedy. They are later reunited as they put the pieces back together and begin to define themselves not just as artists but as human beings as they process first love, betrayal, family, and the power of personal expression through art.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Love Letters to the Dead – Fox 2000 has optioned the debut novel by Ava Dellaira that follows Laurel, a high school student whose beloved older sister has died under mysterious circumstances. Emotionally frayed by the loss, she unexpectedly finds catharsis in an assignment from her English teacher: write a letter to a dead person. Instead of handing in the assignment, though, she begins an ongoing series of letters to an eclectic group of rock stars, poets, and popular icons such as Kurt Cobain, Judy Garland, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse. She writes to her epistolary confidants about navigating new and complicated friendships, learning to live with her splintering family and falling in love for the first time. Ultimately, the letters reveal the painful truth about her past.

Merlin: The Lost Years by T. A. Barron

Merlin: The Lost Years by T. A. Barron

Merlin: The Lost Years – Disney is working on an adaptation of the T. A. Barron young adult book series for the big screen. The books center on a teen who will one day be the powerful mage who sits at the right hand of King Arthur. But first he has many lessons to master, including how to temper his darker leanings and his pride. Much of the action takes place on the enchanted isle of Fincayra, where the teen wizard embarks on many a quest with female companion Rhia and wannabe jester Bumbelwy. The antagonist is Rhita Gawr, a spirit world warlord.

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Not A Drop To Drink – Fickle Fish Films (the production company of Stephenie Meyer, the author of the Twilight franchise) have optioned the rights to the debut young adult novel by Mindy McGinnis. The story centers on Lynn, whose survival in the dystopian world means protecting her precious freshwater pond against drought, snowless winters, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand. But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers are coming.

The Finished by David Baldacci

The Finished by David Baldacci

The Finisher – Columbia Pictures has acquired the rights to the young adult novel by David Baldacci that centers on a regimented community named Wormwood that is surrounded by a forest filled with mysterious and dangerous beasts. When the 14-year old protagonist spies her mentor running into that forest, it sets the girl on a mystical adventure to find the truth about her town.

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now – Alcon Entertainment, Alloy Entertainment and 8:38 Productions have teamed to acquire the latest young adult novel by Ann Brashares (the woman behind The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book series). The novel is an epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott

The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott

The Wonder Of All Things – Lionsgate has acquired the rights to the sophomore novel by Jason Mott (who wrote The Returned on which the ABC series Resurrection is based). The stories follows what happens when a pilot loses control of his plane during an air show and crashes into the stands. Two 13-year-old best friends, Wash and Ava, are trapped beneath the rubble. They are found by rescuers, but Wash is seriously injured, a chunk of steel protruding from his belly. Ava tries to help him by pulling free the metal, but blood rushes out; he’s dying. She panics and puts her hands on the wound, crying. When she pulls her hands away, the wound is gone, healed without a scar. Rescuers captured the miracle on their cell phone cameras. It goes up on YouTube, and she becomes the center of attention from media, scientists and religious leaders.

Only Everything (True Love Trilogy) by Kieran Scott

Only Everything (True Love Trilogy) by Kieran Scott

True Love – Boardwalk Entertainment Group and Not My Father’s Company have acquired the rights to this young adult book trilogy by Kieran Scott; the first book “Only Everything” came out in May of this year. The book series follows a teenage female Cupid named Eros who is expelled from Olympus for defying Zeus after falling in love with Orion. She is banished to (of all places) New Jersey — what she believes to be hell — and must match three couples without the use of her powers to save the love of her life from the wrath of the gods.

Given the proliferation of young adult novels being made into films it will be interesting to see how these adaptations turn out; especially to learn if they will become box office smashes or disasters.

Do you have a book you would like to see made into a film? Or do any of the above strike your fancy? Or would you rather not see any of the books listed above be made into a film for whatever reason? Please share.

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