The 12th Season of “The Big Bang Theory” Is It’s Last

As the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end”. So it is for CBS’ long-running sitcom #TheBigBangTheory, whose upcoming 12th season will be it’s last. The reason for the show’s ending is actor Jim Parsons (who plays Dr. Sheldon Cooper), who reportedly was “ready to say goodbye.” CBS could not entreat Dr. Sheldon Cooper to stay for two more years, even though he stood to make more than $50 million if he did. Unfortunately, the show could not realistically go on without him.

The five original cast members (Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar) were reportedly making around $1 million per episode.

In a blog post, Mayim Bialik (who plays Amy Farrah Fowler), wrote,

“Am I happy? Of course not. This has been my job since Melissa Rauch and I joined the cast as regulars in season 4. I love my job. I love my castmates, and I feel such appreciation for our incredible crew, our brave writers, our entire staff, and our amazing fans. So many people are a part of our Big Bang family.

This is hard. I love coming to work and pretending to be Amy. She’s a riot. She’s me, and I am her. And soon she will not be mine to create.”

From comic books, cosplay, and interactions with well-known sci-fi & fantasy actors (as well as the deceased physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking), the show will forever be in the hearts of many sci-fi & fantasy fans. We, ourselves, will continue to enjoy the show as it enters its final season.

Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons

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RIP Harlan Ellison

#RIP #ScienceFiction author Harlan Ellison, who wrote the Emmy Award-winning #StarTrek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever”. He was also a creative consultant on #Babylon5 and wrote 2 of its episodes, as well as #TheTwilightZone TV series and #TheSixthSense TV series. (He also wrote several Twilight Zone episodes.) He also created the short-lived TV series #TheStarlost under the name “Cordwainer Bird” and wrote one of its episodes. He also wrote several comic book issues of #Daredevil along with an issue of Detective Comics, and contributed ideas to several #Avengers stories written by Roy Thomas. He also curated Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor, a comic book anthology series which adapted his short stories.

May he rest in peace.

Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison (1934-2018)

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“The Expanse” Revived for Season 4 on Amazon

#AmazonStudios is in talks to revive #TheExpanse, the award-winning #SciFi TV series that was canceled by the #SyFyChannel only 11 days ago because it only had first-run linear broadcast rights. Amazon Studios already had steaming rights for the first 3 seasons of “The Expanse” and it’s being said that Jeff Bezos is a big fan of the show.

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Fox Cancels “Lucifer” After 3 Seasons

Fox announced today that it has canceled the #supernatural #fantasy #crime show #Lucifer after the completion of its 3rd season. The show’s producers, stars and fans have taken to #SocialMedia to express both their outrage and support for the show. Unfortunately, whether anything can be done to continue the show with the 4th season is doubtful.

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Actor Tom Ellis as Lucifer

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SyFy Cancels “The Expanse” After 3 Seasons

Despite being critically acclaimed & having a 100% #RottenTomatoes rating for its 3rd season, the #SyFy channel is cancelling #TheExpanse. The final episode is slated to air in early July.

The Alcon Television Group, which fully finances & produces the critically praised series, plans to shop it around to other possible buyers.

SyFy’s cancellation decision is said to be linked to the nature of its agreement for the series with Alcon as it only gives the cable network first-run linear rights in the U.S. This puts an extraordinary amount of emphasis on live, linear viewing, which is inherently challenging for sci-fi/genre series that tend to draw the lion’s share of their audiences today from digital/streaming.

Additionally, viewership for “The Expanse” has declined from 1.378-million during the show’s 1st season, to 1.05-million during the 2nd season and finally down to 1-million for its 3rd & now final season on SyFy. These ratings are well below SyFy’s most popular shows: #TheMagicians (recently renewed for a 4th season) & #Krypton.

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“Babylon 5” Revival Unlikely According to its Creator

During an extended series of tweets on yesterday evening, #Babylon5 creator J. Michael Straczynski stated that his award winning sci-fi series’ current television rights holder (Warner Bros.) has no intention of either doing anything with the license themselves or allowing anyone else to do anything with it either.

This is in stark contrast to J. Michael Straczynski’s optimism that he’d had 4 years ago at San Diego Comic Con (2014) when he told an audience that he was looking to do a feature film as a reboot with new actors.

Unfortunately, while J. Michael Straczinski owns the film rights to “Babylon 5”, no studio has expressed interest in filming a movie without the accompanying television rights that Warner Bros. is unwilling to license.

Warner Bros. execs unwillingness to budge on the “Babylon 5” TV rights license may stem from a longstanding grudge related to a now defunct TV network called PTEN upon which B5 originally aired and which some WB execs were not permitted to play with even though WB was a part owner of the network.

Sadly this is simply bad news for fans of the B5 franchise.

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The Impact of Rebels on “Star Wars”

With the conclusion of the Emmy Award-winning animated series “#StarWars #Rebels” as it aired its final episodes on Mar. 5, 2018, it’s clear that the series left an significant impact on the “Star Wars” universe with its powerful storytelling, amazing characters and fantastic action.

Executive Producer Steve Filoni and the animation team at LucasFilm Ltd. added to the backstories of several characters, as well as filled in some missing mythology between the end of the prequels and the beginning of the original trilogy.

1. Darth Maul & Obi-Wan

After most people assumed that Darth Maul was dead after losing his fight with Qui-Gon Jinn & Obi-Wan Kenobi on Naboo that occurred in the first prequel (“The Phantom Menace”), Maul had apparently survived as revealed in the animated series “Star Wars: #TheCloneWars”. He then returned in Rebels and was set on having his revenge on Obi-Wan. After several encounters with Ezra Bridger, he finally got his wish and found Obi-Wan.

2. Ahsoka & Darth Vader

Introduced in the animated series “The Clone Wars”, Ahsoka Tano was Anakin Skywalker’s padawan, but she abandoned the Jedi Order before that series concluded. She returned in Rebels and was shown to be a key element in the formation of the Rebel Alliance. She also got to encounter Darth Vader.

3. Familiar Voices, Faces & Elements

Several veteran “Star Wars” actors returned to voice familiar characters in Rebels:

  • James Earl Jones (Darth Vader)
  • Ian McDiarmid (the Emperor)
  • Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian)
  • Frank Oz (Yoda)
  • Forest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera)
  • Genevieve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma)

Two veteran voice actors from “The Clone Wars” also returned:

  • James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi)
  • Stephen Stanton (Grand Moff Tarkin & the Alec Guinness version of Ben Kenobi)

4. Grand Admiral Thrawn

After Disney purchased LucasFilm in 2012, they declared all of the previously written “Star Wars” book & comics to be “Legends” and no longer part of the “Star Wars” canon. But, in the 3rd season of Rebels, Grand Admiral Thrawn (who was created by author Timothy Zahn in the early 1990’s) was reintroduced and is now a canon character thanks to Rebels. Timothy Zahn is also working on new Thrawn books that are and will be canon.

5. Formation of the Rebellion

With Rebels, the Ghost and its crew were instrumental in uniting the various bands into what became the Rebel Alliance, but we’ll leave their fates up to you to discover rather than reveal any more spoilers.

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Star Wars: Why Rebels Is Crucial to Canon