The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D comic
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. won't return until March 3, but Coulson & Co. aren't disappearing altogether during the hiatus. On Wednesday, Dec. 31, Marvel Comics releases the first issue of a S.H.I.E.L.D. comic book, based on the spy agency at the heart of the ABC sci-fi series. Several characters created for the TV show — including Agents May, Fitz and Simmons — will make their comic debut in the monthly title.
Batman's "Lost Episode"
The Batman nostalgia continues. A week after the classic 1966-68 TV series starring Adam West made its (very) long-awaited debut on DVD and Blu-ray, another gem from the Batcave has surfaced. On Wednesday, DC Comics will publish the so-called "Lost Episode" from the series, a comic-book adaptation of a never-produced story.
Futurama lives! For one night at least. The long-running sci-fi cartoon spoof, which signed off last year, is making a time-traveling comeback on The Simpsons (Sunday, Nov. 9 at 8/7c on Fox). Despite the fact the shows are set 1,000 years apart, the crossover makes sense, given that both series were created by Matt Groening and share a similar animation style. "At the table read, I said, "Let's celebrate this joyous reunion between Matt Groening's left and right brains,'" says Simpsons executive producer Al Jean. "And I really think that's what it is."
Grant Gustin and Kelly Frye
Things are about to get explosive on The Flash.
The Nov. 11 episode of The CW superhero series introduces the DC Comics villainess Plastique, aka Bette Sans Souci (played by Kelly Frye). Like Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Bette, a former bomb disposal expert in Iraq, gained a super power as a result of the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator disaster. In her case it's the ability to turn any object she touches into an explosive device...
To Russia with Love
The controversy over Russia's anti-gay laws, which dominated headlines leading up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, essentially disappeared from the public eye once the Games began in February. Now, eight months later, the documentary To Russia With Love revisits the story through the eyes of athletes and local activists.
Cartoon Network's "CN Anything" panel at New York Comic Con brought together an all-star team of talent from a variety of shows. But one major player couldn't make it: Adam Devine, whose rapidly expanding résumé includes the voice role of Pizza Steve on Uncle Grandpa, wasn't able to make it to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for Sunday's panel, but the House Party host did send electronic greetings to the crowd.
Rebecca Romijn, Noah Wyle
The Librarians are coming! TNT is bringing the cast of its new adventure drama to New York Comic Con on Friday and we've got your exclusive first look at the teaser trailer that will be shown during the panel. (The panel is at 11:30 a.m. at the Empire Stage of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.)
Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
It's time to go green. And red. And blue. Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. — the superhero studio's other TV show about a band of do-gooders with an aggressively punctuated title — returns Sunday for Season 2 on Disney XD. The multi-hued gamma-radiated gang gets things started with the two-part episode "Planet Hulk" (airing Oct. 12 at 8 a.m./9c). Upcoming episodes this season will feature a pantheon of Marvel heavyweights, including the Guardians of the Galaxy, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, the Avengers and Ghost Rider.
Al Roker, Matt Lauer
Sharknado 2: The Second One featured almost as many celebrities as flying finned fish, including Kelly Osbourne, Wil Wheaton, Andy Dick, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. But perhaps the most memorable of the cameos were Matt Lauer and Al Roker. With remarkably deadpan performances, the Today show cohorts (playing themselves) charted the shark-filled storm's bite into the Big Apple, providing some of the funniest moments in last summer's shark-tacular sequel.