Noah Wyle and Erika Forest
Falling Skies won't be back until next summer, but TV Guide Magazine has an early tease for Season 4. Production on the alien invasion drama began in Vancouver last week and TNT sent along this video from the first day. Though few plot details are disclosed, cast members do reveal that we'll be seeing more of the 2nd Mass. in 2014: The show's episode order has been increased from 10 to 12.
Smallville Season 11 is coming to and close, but that won't be the end of Clark Kent & Co.'s adventures. Starting this fall the popular digital comic book series based on the long-running TV series will segue into a new format. Rather than continuing under the Season 11 banner — which kicked off last year — the DC Comics franchise will now consist of individual miniseries, each one starting with a new No. 1 issue.
The Futurama producers have plenty of experience writing series finales. After all, Wednesday's episode marks the fourth time they've thought they were bringing their outrageous animated sci-fi comedy to a close. Originally canceled by Fox back in 2003, the show later gained new life (and fans) with a series of DVD movies before Comedy Central resurrected the show in 2010. Producers thought their new home would last just one season, so they prepared for another ending. Now, two years later, here they are, signing off again. And this time it's for good. Probably.
It's been a rough summer for track and field, with drug scandals and injuries taking several players out of contention for the IAAF World Championships. But the sport's biggest name, Usain Bolt, is on his marks for this year's edition of the biennial event, August 10—18 in Moscow (airing daily on Universal Sports and NBC, see full schedule below).
The six-time Olympic gold medalist got off to a shaky start this season with a June loss to American Justin Gatlin at an invitational meet in Rome. NBC/Universal Sports analyst Ato Boldon cites other commitments for diluting the Jamaican's training, but he's confident Bolt will step up. "When it's time for a championship," Boldon says, "his management locks out a period of time, really the only time of the year, when he can have really good consistent and continuous training."
One of the (many) great things about the 1960s Batman TV series was the colorful rogues gallery who took on the Dynamic Duo. In addition to legendary comic book villains like the Joker, the Riddler, Catwoman and Penguin, producers of the series created their own assortment of baddies, often portrayed by Hollywood icons. Among the more inspired casting choices: Tallulah Bankhead played Black Widow, Milton Berle was Louie the Lilac and Vincent Price camped it up as Egghead.
Phineas and Ferb
Nothing is sacred to Dr. Doofenshmirtz, not even... waffles?! The bumbling villain of Disney Channel's Phineas and Ferb has big plans for next month's D23 Expo, where a real-life version of his latest contraption, the Waffle-inator, is set to be installed. The 40-foot tall "video skyscraper" will spout flying foam waffles at this year's edition of the biennial event, a festival of all things Disney, held Aug. 9—11 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Attendees can board the interactive game and help the adventurous stepbrothers outmaneuver Dr. Doof and help free Agent P.
She's one of the fastest women in the world, but there will be no running from the cameras for Sanya Richards-Ross in her new reality series, Sanya's Glam & Gold, which premieres Thursday (10/9c, WE). Turns out, the type-A personality that helped drive her to the Olympic title in the 400-meter dash last summer is not confined to the stadium. "The only time Sanya stays in her lane is on the track," younger sister Shari laments in the first episode, annoyed by Sanya's involvement in the Austin hair salon Sanya funded for her.
Batman '66 Chapter 2
Holy revival, Batman! DC Comics has brought the Caped Crusader's iconic 1960s TV show back to life in a weekly digital comic book series. Batman '66 debuted last week with new vibrant adventures of Batman and Robin, famously played by Adam West and Burt Ward on the ABC series.
Marvel's Avengers Assemble
After a sneak preview over Memorial Day weekend, the Avengers are back on duty for the official debut of the new animated series Marvel's Avengers Assemble (Sunday, July 7, 11am/10c, Disney XD). In May's teaser two-parter, Iron Man, Captain America and Co. discovered a growing threat from a gang of villains who are teaming up to defeat them. To better deal with this menace, the Avengers decide that shacking up will improve unity and training.