Ratings: ‘The Conners’ Premiere Draws 10.5 Million Viewers

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ABC’s “The Conners” debuted to a 2.3 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 and 10.5 million total viewers on Tuesday. While it’s not a perfect comparison — and those are solid numbers — they don’t look great next to the gaudy returns “Roseanne” premiered to in the spring.

In late March, “Roseanne” returned to a 4.9 demo rating and 17.7 million viewers. A second episode that same night rose to a 5.3 and 18.6 million viewers. That means “Roseanne” did 113 percent better in the demo than “The Conners,” and had 69 percent more overall audience members than its spinoff.

Still, “The Conners” is now the No. 1 new series of the TV season. Since “Roseanne” was considered a revival of an existing series and this one is a new show, “The Conners” is ABC’s most-watched comedy series debut in four years, and the best in three years among adults 18-49.

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NBC topped Tuesday in the key demo and CBS won in total viewers. ABC was runner-up in the demo and third among overall audience averages.

Read Tuesday’s earlier-available overnight ratings here.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.7 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 8 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. earned a 1.7/7 and 8.8 million viewers. The Jack-in-Vietnam episode of “This Is Us” at 9 scored a 2.2/8 and 8.9 million viewers. “New Amsterdam” at 10 received a 1.2/5 and 6.4 million viewers.

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ABC was second in ratings with a 1.3/5 and third in viewers with 6 million. After “The Conners” at 8, new sitcom “The Kids Are Alright” premiered to a 1.4/6 and 6.6 million viewers. A new season of “Black-ish” at 9 opened to a 1.1/4 and 4.5 million viewers. “Splitting Up Together” returned at 9:30 to a 1.0/4 and 3.7 million viewers. New Nathan Fillion drama “The Rookie” at 10 debuted to a 1.0/4 and 5.4 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.0/4, but first in viewers with 9.5 million. “NCIS” at 8 put up a 1.2/5 and 11.7 million viewers. “FBI” at 9 posted a 1.0/4 and 9.4 million viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” at 10 closed out primetime with a 0.8/3 and 7.4 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 2.4 million. “The Gifted” at 8 got a 0.6/2 and 1.9 million viewers. At 9, “Lethal Weapon” had a 0.7/3 and 2.9 million viewers.

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Telemundo and The CW tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. Telemundo was fifth in total viewers with 1.35 million, CW was sixth with 1.34 million

For The CW, “The Flash” at 8 had a 0.6/3 and 1.6 million viewers. At 9, “Black Lightning” got a 0.3/1 and 1 million viewers.

Univision was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

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‘Nomis’ Film Review: Henry Cavill Hunts Predators, Catches a Trashy Thriller

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Sexual assault may be a point of intense, eye-opening conversation in the country right now, but it’s also still the bread and butter of exploitative junk like “Nomis,” writer-director David Raymond’s debut feature starring Henry Cavill as a brooding Minnesota-by-way-of-the-UK cop on the hunt for a powerful, elusive, serial kidnapper-rapist-murderer.

Jittery and nonsensical, it juggles its influences — “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Seven,” television procedurals — with oily hands and a distracted focus.

Opening with a nervy nighttime chase through snowy woods in which a crying, barely-clad young woman is running from something hellish, and followed by a domestic exchange in which Cavill’s divorced dad lawman schools his online-addicted 13-year-old daughter (Emma Tremblay, “Supergirl”) in how to tell who might be a social-media-finessing creep (no friends in the photos), the movie primes us to believe “Nomis” might be an engaged thriller for our distressed but increasingly awakened times.

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That feeling is quickly dispelled, however, by an over-the-top sequence in which a stereotypically lascivious would-be creep thinks he’s about to bed a performatively innocent young thing (Dylan Penn). In reality, he’s fallen into a motel-room trap, “To Catch a Predator”-style, laid by Penn’s character, in reality a tough avenger, and Sir Ben Kingsley’s retired judge Cooper, who wields a bat, handcuffs and tech savviness. Punishment from these two isn’t exposure or arrest; it’s doctor-assisted castration and blackmailed restitution to the mark’s prior victims.

The head-fake to vengeance craziness is jarring, to be sure, but it also carries the whiff of something promisingly entertaining, albeit more disreputable and cathartic. But even this is not enough for Raymond, who then sends Cavill’s righteous crimefighter into a secluded manor to rescue kidnapped girls being held by a childishly manic, mentally unstable character named Simon, played by Brendan Fletcher in a performance that can charitably be labeled “uncontained.”

At first, the department’s eager, newly trained profiler (Alexandra Daddario) sees in their big arrest a tantalizing subject for psychological scrutiny, but she’s at odds with the results-oriented police commissioner (Stanley Tucci, collecting a paycheck for exasperation rendered), who just wants a completed case.

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As if all that weren’t plenty to fill any crime movie’s plate, Raymond lades on more by indicating Simon isn’t working alone, something we figure out faster than the police do thanks to Fletcher’s spitting, raving turn. Now we have the trope of the mysterious, game-playing string-puller (and who it might be), but wait, there’s more! When taciturn Cavill and hotheaded Kingsley are forced into an uneasy alliance — One likes the law! The other rejects it! — we get the cowboy-opposites trope, as well.

As “Nomis” steps up the pace like a runner losing balance and falling forward, the clichés pile up and plot points fly at us more like insecure stabs at holding our interest than naturally edgy developments. At times Raymond’s cross-cutting is inexplicably confusing, suggesting connections between characters that aren’t real, and jerking us out of newly established tension to set up more concurrent danger.

The effect of all the chaotic editing isn’t just diluted suspense, but also an almost laughable performance incoherency across many characters; at times Cavill is all stoic watchfulness, or all man of action, while Daddario goes from a professionally sensitive interrogator to a tauntingly abusive one with head-spinning speed. And why Nathan Fillion is in the movie, hovering around the edges of the investigative team before disappearing completely, is perhaps the film’s biggest mystery.

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Most regrettable is the waste of a resonant subject matter (sex crimes) that for too long has been an excuse in movies for jolts of bad behavior and sensationalized misogyny, when what we need more of are good-faith attempts to illuminate this scourge while still satisfying our need for riveting entertainment. For every well-intended date-night nail-biter like “The Accused” or “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” there are a million forgettable efforts like “Nomis,” which in its restless expediency more closely resembles a protracted episode of psycho-of-the-week TV filler like “Criminal Minds” or a late-night cable/streaming time-waster.

“Nomis” is much more comfortable with attractive women seen as vulnerable pawns so the many bullish male figures can be take-charge heroes, and that kind of retrograde damsel mindset is ultimately more dispiriting in a movie like this than any eye-roll-worthy twist or sloppy thriller mechanics.

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Best Thing in ‘Destiny 2: Forsaken’ So Far Is This Alien Dance Party (Video)

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Occasionally, “Destiny 2” developer Bungie throws something into its giant, solar system-spanning game whose only purpose is to make you smile. In the newly released “Destiny 2” expansion “Forsaken,” that thing is a semi-secret room where a group of aliens are having a dance party, which you then get to break up like a Western saloon bar brawl.

The location is in the new “Destiny 2” area called “The Tangled Shore,” which is itself a bit of a sci-fi-slash-western location — think desert, but made of chunks of floating asteroids. Near one of the little towns of bad guys you can steam through with your six-shooters drawn, there’s a doorway that leads you down into a secret club called The Tank, one of the “Lost Sector” locations in “Destiny 2” that contain treasures and tons of bad guys.

Stop by the window on the way down and you can take a look at a dance floor with aliens of the species known as the Fallen, enjoying some beats thrown down by a four-armed DJ.

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The song selection varies, but one of the tracks in the DJ’s rotation is “Hope for the Future,” the song Sir Paul McCartney wrote and performed for the original “Destiny” when it was released in 2014. (Check out its music here, which is full of “Destiny” characters watching holograms of McCartney singing.)

Catch the dance party in the video above.

Once you fight the bouncer and head inside, the patrons will stop what they’re doing and come after you, triggering a song not unlike “Wipe Out” by the Surfaris as you clear the room in a shootout. Finish everybody off and a big bruiser comes out to fight the player, with a banjo-infused “Destiny” theme playing in the background.

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The fun doesn’t end in the dance hall, though. Deeper into the building, it becomes clear that there’s something of a local crime boss running this place. You’ll pass through a room full of cages housing evil alien war hounds and other creatures, only to come out into what looks like a gladiator arena, with the boss man and his crew watching a guy fight one of the dogs with a spear. They’ll come after you when you show up, and when you kill the combatants, the boss throws his guys at you before coming down to deal with you himself.

Taking out all the guys nets players a chance to go past the big man’s throne and into his storage room, where a treasure chest awaits. In a game full of huge alien monsters and universe-ending threats, the Tank and its dance party shootout is a great change of pace, and one of the neatest little moments “Destiny 2” has yet produced.

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Did You Catch Cayde-6’s ‘Back to the Future’ Joke in ‘Destiny 2: Forsaken’?

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The latest expansion for “Destiny 2,” titled “Forsaken,” is the final mission for fan-favorite character Cayde-6. The jokester robot superhero has been a key part of the game since the beginning, but the big selling point of “Forsaken” is that Cayde finally buys it — and players go on a revenge tour hunting down his killers.

The beginning of “Forsaken” gives players one last go-round with Cayde (voiced here by Nolan North and previously by Nathan Fillion), and he gets a few great moments in as he partners with the player to stop a space prison break. It’s one of the rare instances when a character like Cayde is close at hand during a gameplay session and participating in the goings-on. The worst aliens in the solar system are getting loose at the start of “Forsaken,” but Cayde’s having a blast putting down their prison riot. He lives for this stuff, and in addition to being a stellar fighter, he constantly brings levity to “Destiny 2” that its predecessor was often missing.

In fact, right at the start of “Forsaken,” Cayde slips a sneaky pop culture joke into the proceedings, one that only “Back to the Future” fans might recognize.

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At the start of the mission, after getting briefed on the situation at the alien jail called the Prison of Elders, Cayde turns to the player character as they prepare to start fighting the host of bad guys making a break for it.

“This is a Cayde riff in six,” Cayde says, referencing his own complete robot designation, Cayde-6. “Watch me for the changes, and try to keep up.”

The line Cayde is using invokes Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) at the end of the 1985 time travel classic, “Back to the Future.” The scene in question takes place toward the end of the movie, at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance, at the end of Marty’s week spent in 1955 trying to ensure that his parents meet and fall in love. If they don’t, Marty will cease to exist.

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In the scene, Marty has gotten his parents back together, but he needs to make sure they dance — and kiss — for the future in which Marty is born to happen. The trouble is, the leader of the band playing the dance injured his hand earlier, saving Marty from a locked car trunk. With nobody to play guitar, there’s no way for the dance to continue.

But Marty is a guitarist, so he takes over for the band leader, and opts to blow the minds of the 1955 high schoolers by playing Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.” The other musicians don’t know the song, though, since it hasn’t been written yet, so Marty gives them a quick introduction.

“Okay, guys, this is a blues riff in B. Watch me for the changes, and try to keep up,” Marty tells them.

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Throwing a “Back to the Future” joke into Cayde’s last turn in “Destiny 2” makes sense, given his history with the player. In the original campaign for “Destiny 2” when it was released two years ago, players found Cayde trapped in a teleporter created by the “Destiny 2” time traveling bad guy robots, the Vex. Essentially, players saved Cayde from a broken time machine. “Back to the Future” is a fitting reference for one of the best “Destiny 2” characters to go out on.

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9 of the Best Marvel Comics Jokes in ‘The Venture Bros’

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Few shows have the depth of pop culture knowledge — and ruthless willingness to parody it — that “The Venture Bros.” does. This is especially true for comic books generally, and in particular the Marvel Comics universe.

“The Venture Bros.” is full of references, parodies and straight up jokes about the House of Ideas. There’s even a two-episode joke about the very first Marvel Comics issue from 1939. Here are nine of our favorite Marvel references from the seven seasons of “The Venture Bros.” so far.

Crusaders Action League — The Avengers, but Jerks

The Ventures wind up in New York in Season 6, and there they find the superhero game is a little higher-class than they’re used to. On their first day, they encounter the Crusaders Action League — a group of three characters that’s essentially the Avengers with a splash of Justice League. It consists of Stars & Garters, a Captain America analogue with a costume made of an American flag and literal garters; Warrina, an Amazon warrior who looks like Wonder Woman + Thor; Night Dick, a dark detective with a motorcycle not unlike a Batman-ish Ghost Rider; and Fallen Archer, a Hawkeye-slash-Arrow hero who shoots arrows with feet instead of arrowheads.

The best part of the “Venture” Avengers joke is that the superhero team doesn’t work for free. Instead, they run a glorified protection racket for local supervillain and crime boss Wide Whale (basically The Kingpin, but a shark). Quite the opposite of Tony Stark’s generous, taxpayer burden-free Avengers Initiative.

Paul Entmann — Ant-Man

There were a bunch of members of the original Team Venture who had analogues with secret agents, adventurers and heroes. Col. Gentleman, for instance, is a riff on Sean Connery’s James Bond, but a great deal more lewd. The half-fish Otto Aquarius is an Aquaman joke — he’s even known as the Lost Son of Atlantis. And then there’s Paul Entmann, whose name gives away the joke when you say it out loud.

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Entmann (Stephen DeStefano) got his big explanation in Season 3, when Brock (Patrick Warburton) discovered an ant-sized man in a fallout shelter beneath the Venture compound. Entmann had been trapped there for 30 years by Dr. Jonas Venture Sr.’s evil M.U.T.H.E.R. mainframe computer. The best part of the Ant-Man gag is that Entmann wears what is effectively a bullhorn on his head, so regular-sized people can hear him. He doesn’t control ants like Ant-Man does, and in fact, he suggests he spent 30 years fighting off their sexual advances while stuck in the shelter.

The joke is compounded by the fact that Entmann was originally called Humungoloid — because he was gigantic. He only wound up ant-sized when Jonas tried to save him (the square-cube law was killing him). He died in Season 5, when an elderly Action Man accidentally squashed Entmann with his rocking chair.

Dean as Peter Parker (plus the Brown Widow)

When viewers are first introduced to Dean Venture (Michael Sinterniklaas), he’s dressed a lot like Peter Parker from his early run in the Marvel Comics. And in case it wasn’t clear, Dean wears Spider-Man pajamas.

The Spider-Man joke gets much more on-the-nose when Dean takes an internship at Impossible Industries in New York City in Season 4. He encounters a Spider-Man analogue called the Brown Widow (Nathan Fillion), a showtune-singing superhero in a brown Spider-Man-like suit. Like a lot of superheroes and villains in “The Venture Bros.,” the Widow’s powers are a more literal version of those of the character he’s parodying — he shoots web from a gland in his lower back, like a real spider does.

As an added bonus, in his civilian identity, Brown Widow looks a lot like Nicholas Hammond, the actor who played Peter Parker in the 1977-79 “The Amazing Spider-Man”live-action TV show.

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Professor Impossible and Family — Fantastic Four

Season 1 sees Rusty (James Urbaniak) joining a think tank run by Professor Richard Impossible (then voiced by Stephen Colbert), a former college professor who owns Impossible Industries. Impossible and his family are a dysfunctional parody of Marvel’s Fantastic Four, and largely take the ideas of those characters and their powers to some logical conclusions.

Richard (Mr. Fantastic) is an overbearing jerk, who keeps the other three Fantastic parody characters under wraps. His wife, Sally Impossible (Invisible Girl) can turn invisible — but only her skin, revealing her muscles in horrific fashion. Her brother Cody Impossible (Human Torch) bursts into flames whenever his skin touches oxygen, causing him horrific pain, so Richard keeps him in an airless chamber, but also uses him to power his building. Ned, the “Venture” version of Thing, has extremely hard skin because he’s essentially one giant callus. He’s also mentally disabled, a joke that feels extremely mean-spirited and out-of-touch today.

The Galactic Inquisitor — The Living Tribunal as Basically an Annoying Nerd

In the Season 2 episode “Twenty Years to Midnight,” Team Venture encounters a being calling itself The Galactic Inquisitor, a weird robotic thing with three rotating eyes who comes to Earth from a distant solar system to pass judgement using criteria he never actually explains. He declares that Rusty will serve as his sample subject on behalf of the entire human race. He spends the episode following the Ventures around, frequently annoying them by loudly insisting “Ignore me!” (because he’s supposed to be an impartial observer).

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He’s a parody of Marvel Comics’ The Living Tribunal, a cosmic being who oversees the balance of reality throughout the entire Marvel multiverse. Tribunal primarily shows up to restore, or enforce what it considers to be the correct status quo. In its first appearance (Strange Tales #157-163, 1967), the Living Tribunal announced it would destroy Earth, due to what it saw as a dangerous capacity for evil, but it gave Doctor Strange a series of tests to prove that Earth deserved to be saved. Strange prevailed and Earth was spared, but the Tribunal continues to have a major impact on the Marvel universe in later appearance.

(He’s also arguably a reference to Uatu The Watcher.)

On “The Venture Bros.,” Rusty doesn’t have to convince the Inquisitor of Earth’s worth because the Inquisitor never actually tells him what’s at stake. But at the end of the episode, just as The Inquisitor announces he’s ready to pass judgement, another alien shows up and kills him — then tells Team Venture he just saved theirs, and everyone else’s lives. Apparently all the Inquisitor does is destroy entire civilizations for no reason.

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The OSI and Sphinx — G.I. Joe and Cobra + S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA

In “The Venture Bros.” universe, superheroes and villains are closely monitored by a government agency called the Office of Secret Intelligence, the good guy counterpart to the Guild of Calamitous Intent. Basically the military-industrial complex of superpowers people, OSI keeps costumed beefs from becoming too disruptive to normal society, and protects high-value good guys. For instance, Venture bodyguard Brock Samson was assigned to protect Rusty Venture by OSI.

OSI also conducts military operations of its own, usually against greater-scope threats who don’t submit to OSI-Guild regulations. In flashbacks we learn that back in the 1980s OSI fought a global war against an evil organization called SPHINX, an Ancient Egypt-themed terrorist group determined to take over the world. Basically it’s G.I. Joe vs. Cobra, but also kind of a riff on Marvel Comic’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.” family of titles.

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*Pedantic voice* When the G.I. Joe toy line was revived in the early 1980s, Hasbro approached Marvel about a tie-in comic series that would also connect to a TV show. No one at Marvel wanted the job writing a glorified toy commercial except writer Larry Hama, who had recently pitched an idea Marvel editor Jim Shooter turned down: a comic called “Fury Force,” about the son of Nick Fury leading a S.H.I.E.L.D. special forces team in a battle against a new iteration of HYDRA. Hama cleverly repurposed most of his “Fury Force” ideas and characters for G.I Joe, added details and perspective from his Asian-American upbringing and real-life Vietnam war military service, and basically invented the lore for one of the decade’s best-selling toy lines by himself. (He also wrote the comic for its entire run. Definitely check it out because it was great.)

OSI and Sphinx are wild parodies of Hama’s ideas. And in one flashback we even see OSI had its own theme song — just like G.I. Joe.

General Treister — Basically if Nick Fury, Thunderbolt Ross and the Incredible Hulk were one person

The Modern day leader of the OSI, until recently, was General Treister (Toby Huss), a ridiculous amalgamation of a bunch of Marvel characters. Commanding the OSI from its floating hover-carrier (just like S.H.I.E.L.D.), he sports an eye patch like Nick Fury, the gruff demeanor and gray hair of the Incredible Hulk’s enemy Gen. Thunderbolt Ross (who’s currently Secretary of State in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, played by William Hurt), and an atomic pacemaker sort of like Iron Man. Oh, and he thinks he’s a hulk, thanks to radiation to treat his prostate cancer.

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It’s a running joke for a bit that Treister does not actually hulk out, but that his OSI underlings humor him so he feels a little less bad about passing out from his cancer treatment. At the end of Season 5, though, Treister turns the OSI over to Hunter Gathers (a Hunter S. Thompson OSI super-spy who mentored Brock) and launches himself into space with the hopes aliens will find him and fix his condition. He’s found later, and really does turn into a Hulk — a red one, just like Ross does in the Marvel comics.

Dr. Orpheus — an Even More Pretentious Doctor Strange

Dr. Orpheus (Steven Rattazzi) rents part of the Venture compound, where for years he lived with his daughter Triana. He calls himself a necromancer — basically, an all-purpose magic guy — and constantly and dramatically tells Rusty Venture that his job is to protect the fabric of reality (something the real Doctor Strange also harps on). He soon comes to wish he had a supervillain of his own after seeing nemeses “arching” Rusty, and got one, finally, when he banded together with two other mystical friends, The Alchemist and Jefferson Twilight, to create the Order of the Triad. Jefferson, by the way, is himself a riff on the Marvel vampire hunter Blade, though he only hunts “Blaculas.”

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Marvel No. 1

One whole episode is dedicated to a long gag about the first issue of Marvel Comics. It’s the start of Season 4, which shows two concurrent storylines that take place at different times: What happened to Brock after he was nearly killed at the end of Season 3, and where the Venture clan is in the present, with a new bodyguard in Sgt. Hatred (Publick). It’s tough to pick up at first, but a comic is passed around repeatedly in the episode with various awful things happening to it, including Hatred using it as emergency toilet paper.

It’s only at the end of the episode that it’s revealed that Henchman 21 (Hammer) tried to use the comic to pay Rusty to clone his dead friend, Henchman 24 (Publick). Rusty didn’t know what he had, and handed the comic off to Hank and Dean, who promptly destroyed it. The best part of the gag is a value tracker at the top of the screen, whose purpose isn’t clear until the moment Hank removes the comic from its plastic protector — and the issue’s half-million-dollar value plummets.

What’s more, the finale episode of Season 3 was also full of Marvel No. 1 references, using the characters teased on the issue’s cover as chapter titles as Brock fights off a slew of assassins trying to take him out once and for all.

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Nathan Fillion explains his love for Nathan Drake, Uncharted’s “not-quite hero”

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It Turns Out That ‘Uncharted’ Project Nathan Fillion Teased Is a Fan Film (Video)

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Nathan Fillion really did get to play video game character Nathan Drake — just not in the upcoming “Uncharted” feature film.

Fillion spent last week teasing fans on Instagram and Twitter with clues related to the popular “Uncharted” video game series, touching off some speculation that he might be taking part in the live-action adaptation game developer Naughty Dog has been working on for some time.

As it happens, the project Fillion was teasing wasn’t the “Uncharted” movie. He was teasing an 15-minute fan film that was posted on YouTube, directed by Allan Ungar, in which Fillion plays the treasure hunter Drake — something a segment of “Uncharted” and “Firefly” fans on the Internet have stumped for repeatedly for years.

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You can watch the movie above.

Thank you, @Allan_Ungar, for letting us all scratch this itch. Thank you fans, you know who you are. Enjoy.https://t.co/bJgwte0p7A

— Nathan Fillion (@NathanFillion) July 16, 2018

If you’re unfamiliar with the “Uncharted” games, they follow Drake and a few of his longtime friends — cigar-chomping mentor Sully and love interest-turned-wife Elena, usually — as he travels the world searching for lost treasures. Drake is something of an Indiana Jones-like figure, bringing a bunch of historical knowledge to an action game where he spends most of his time trying to beat a host of bad guys to whatever riches he’s after.

There is a feature version of an “Uncharted” adaptation in the works, but it’s been in development for quite a while. Right now has “Spider-Man Homecoming” actor Tom Holland attached to play a younger version of Drake than appears in the games, with “Stranger Things” producer and “Night at the Museum” director Shawn Levy on board to direct. The project has gone through a couple iterations — in a past version, Mark Wahlberg was originally going to play Drake, with David O. Russell directing.

Ungar’s fan film pretty perfectly captures the feel of the game series, which has always carried the feel of a big-budget summer blockbuster movie. Fillion is a good fit for the role of the wise-cracking and amiable Drake; Stephen Lang (“Avatar,” “Don’t Breathe”) takes on the role of Sully in the fan film, and Mircea Monroe (“Episodes”) plays Elena. The script is dead-on “Uncharted,” cutting from Nate firing of a bunch of jokes to a quick history lesson about 16th century conqueror Afonso de Albuquerque and explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

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There’s even a section in the fan film that pays homage to the look and feel of the games, with the camera shooting over Fillion’s shoulder as he engages in a gun fight with a group of criminal bad guys, which is the way players controlling Drake view the action. The fight ends with Fillion executing one of Nate’s signature movies — jumping and then coming down on an enemy with a massive mid-air punch.

If the fan film is any indication, it seems fair to say that Fillion would make a strong addition to the upcoming “Uncharted” adaptation, should it need an older Nate to go along with Holland’s young one.

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Did Nathan Fillion Just Tease a Role in an ‘Uncharted’ Movie?

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“Castle” and “Firefly” Actor Nathan Fillion made his geekiest fans flip Wednesday when he posted a clue on his social media hinting that he might be involved in something connected to the “Uncharted” video game franchise.

Fillion Instagramed a photo of rapper Drake, with the caption “Sic Parvis Magna.”  That’s latin for “Greatness from small beginnings,” and it was the motto of British privateer Sir Francis Drake. But video game fans immediately recognized that it’s also the motto adopted by the main character of Developer Naughty Dog’s “Uncharted” video game series, Nathan Drake, who claims to be descended from Sir Francis.

The post also included one other tidbit: “7/16/2018.”

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Sic Parvis Magna. 7/16/18

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So yeah, the cryptic post is definitely related to “Uncharted,” and the date suggests some sort of announcement is coming this Monday. What, though, is the real question. Maybe a movie?

For those unfamiliar, the “Uncharted” series follow Drake, an Indiana Jones-ish thief and treasure hunter, as he trots the globe using his considerable archaeological and historical knowledge to chase down mythical artifacts and lost cities — and usually destroy them to keep warlords from using their secrets to conquer the world.

Naughty Dog has been trying to get a movie version of the franchise off the ground for a decade with little success. At one point, David O. Russell was set to direct, with Mark Wahlberg playing the role of Nate Drake, but Russell left the project around the time his film career revived with films like “Silver Linings Playbook.” The most recent attempt, announced last year, would star Tom Holland as a young version of Nate, with “Stranger Things” producer Shawn Levy attached to direct, and a script written by Joe Carnahan. Nothing more has been heard since the initial announcement however.

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So, uh, is Fillion teasing a role in an “Uncharted” movie, possibly as Nate Drake himself? It’s not impossible. He’s long expressed interest in playing the character in a movie — he even lobbied half-jokingly for the part on Twitter in 2010. He’s a bit older than the character’s mid-30s age range during the first three games, though he’s just a few years older than Drake’s current canonical age of 41.

But if the film — assuming it’s a film — is the concept unveiled last year, our guess is he’d play another role, that of Nate’s mentor, Sully. Sully is Nate’s surrogate father and basically an older, lovably sleazy good time charlie who reluctantly follows Nate around even as his increasing age makes it kind of tough.

Another possibility: Fillion is teasing a role in an upcoming “Uncharted” video game. That would be big news for fans as well. Naughty Dog hasn’t announced any new games in the series since its last two releases: “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End,” and “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.” The former marked the end of Nate Drake’s story in the series, according to Naughty Dog; the latter, a side-story, starred various characters who had appeared in the other games, including Nate’s brother Sam Drake, but not Nate himself.

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Either way, we’ll find out July 16.

Fillion’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request from TheWrap for comment. Sony also did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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Upfront Presentations 2018: The Good, The Bad, The Upstaged

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ABC Fall Schedule: ‘The Kids Are Alright’ to Follow ‘Roseanne’; ‘FOTB’ and ‘Speechless’ Sent to Friday

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ABC unveiled its Fall 2018 schedule on Tuesday ahead of its annual upfront ad sales event. Among the highlights, freshman sitcom “The Kids Are Alright” scored the highly coveted “Roseanne” lead-in. “Single Parents” will follow “Modern Family,” while “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Speechless” have been banished to Fridays.

Additionally, “Dancing With the Stars: Juniors” and the newly retitled “Alec Baldwin Show” will air on Sundays.

First-year dramas “The Rookie” will close Tuesdays and “A Million Little Things” is set to cap off Wednesdays.

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“American Housewife” and “Child Support” fans will want to note their new time slots.

Interestingly enough, “Goldbergs” spinoff “Schooled” will have to wait until midseason, which means it likely won’t be paired with (at least much of) the original Adam Goldberg sitcom.

“We enter the new season bolstered by success and the stability that it affords us,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said on Tuesday. “The new shows we unveil today strengthen an already-vibrant schedule of some of the best television has to offer. These shows, with their compelling characters and aspirational storytelling, will keep our momentum going.”

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ABC’s fall primetime schedule is below; new shows are in bold. Specific premiere dates will be revealed at a later date.

8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”
10:00 p.m. “The Good Doctor”

8:00 p.m. “Roseanne”
8:30 p.m. “The Kids Are Alright”
9:00 p.m. “black-ish”
9:30 p.m. “Splitting Up Together”
10:00 p.m. “The Rookie”

8:00 p.m. “The Goldbergs”
8:30 p.m. “American Housewife” (new time)
9:00 p.m. “Modern Family”
9:30 p.m. “Single Parents”
10:00 p.m. “A Million Little Things”

8:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
9:00 p.m. “Station 19”
10:00 p.m. “How to Get Away with Murder”

8:00 p.m. “Fresh Off the Boat” (new day and time)
8:30 p.m. “Speechless” (new day and time)
9:00 p.m. “Child Support” (new time)
10:00 p.m. “20/20”

8:00 p.m. “Saturday Night Football”

7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors”
9:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”
10:00 p.m. “The Alec Baldwin Show” (new title)

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Here are the official descriptions for ABC’s new fall and midseason series:

They say friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things; and that’s true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way, they discover that friends may be the one thing to save them from themselves.

“A Million Little Things” stars David Giuntoli as Eddie, Ron Livingston as Jon, Romany Malco as Rome, Allison Miller as Maggie, Christina Moses as Regina, Christina Ochoa as Ashley, James Roday as Gary, Stephanie Szostak as Delilah and Lizzy Greene as Sophie.

DJ Nash is writer and executive producer; Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor are executive producers; and James Griffiths is the director on the pilot and an executive producer, from ABC Studios/Kapital Entertainment.

Attorney and author Marcia Clark co-writes and executive produces a new legal drama about Maya Travis, an L.A. district attorney who suffers a devastating defeat when prosecuting an A-list actor for double murder. With her high-profile career derailed, she flees for a quieter life in Washington. Eight years later when this same celebrity is under suspicion for another murder, Maya Travis is lured back to the DA’s office for another chance at justice. This legal thriller is executive produced/co-written by Clark, Liz Craft and Sarah Fain, and is from Mandeville TV and ABC Studios. 

“The Fix” stars Robin Tunney as Maya Travis, Adam Rayner as Matthew Collier, Merrin Dungey as CJ, Breckin Meyer as Alan Wiest, Marc Blucas as Riv, Mouzam Makkar as Loni Kampoor, Alex Saxon as Gabriel Johnson, with Scott Cohen as Ezra Wolf and Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje as Sevvy Johnson.

Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain and Marcia Clark are writers and executive producers. David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks are executive producers (Mandeville). Larysa Kondracki directed the pilot. 

Eva Longoria executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior. The show is based on the Spanish series.

The series stars Demian Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sanchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.

Brian Tanen is the writer and executive producer; Eva Longoria and Ben Spector (“UnbeliEVAble”), Ramon Campos and Teresa Fernandez-Valdes (Beta) are executive producers of the series. Ken Olin directed the pilot. The series is produced by ABC Studios. 

Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life.

The series stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin as Jackson West, Mercedes Mason as Captain Zoe Andersen, Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford.

Alexi Hawley is writer and executive producer; Mark Gordon, Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg are executive producers on the series. Liz Friedlander directed and executive produced the first episode. Entertainment One (eOne) is the lead studio on “The Rookie,” a co-production with ABC Studios.

“Whiskey Cavalier” is a high-octane, hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: “Whiskey Cavalier”), played by Scott Foley. Following an emotional breakup, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: “Fiery Tribune”), played by Lauren Cohan. Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics. The series is from writer/executive producer Dave Hemingson and executive producer Bill Lawrence with Warner Bros. Television.

The series stars Scott Foley as Will Chase, Lauren Cohan as Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge, Ana Ortiz as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams as Edgar Standish and Vir Das as Jai Datta.

Dave Hemingson is writer and executive producer; Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold (Doozer Productions) are executive producers; Peter Atencio is director and executive producer (pilot), and Scott Foley is producer of the series from Warner Bros. Television.

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Set in the 1970s, this ensemble comedy follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, the Clearys, as they navigate big and small changes during one of America’s most turbulent decades. In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision. The household is turned upside down when oldest son Lawrence returns home and announces he’s quitting the seminary to go off and “save the world.” Times are changing and this family will never be the same. There are 10 people, three bedrooms, one bathroom and everyone in it for themselves. 

The series stars Michael Cudlitz as Mike Cleary, Mary McCormack as Peggy Cleary, Sam Straley as Lawrence, Caleb Martin Foote as Eddie, Sawyer Barth as Frank, Christopher Paul Richards as Joey, Jack Gore as Timmy, Andy Walken as William and Santino Barnard as Pat.

The series is inspired by the childhood of writer/executive producer Tim Doyle.  Randall Einhorn directed and was an executive producer on the pilot. The series is from ABC Studios.

This spinoff of the hit series “The Goldbergs” will be set in 1990-something and follow the hilarious teachers of William Penn Academy – led by Tim Meadows (Principal Glascott), Bryan Callen (Coach Mellor) and AJ Michalka (Lainey Lewis) – who, despite their eccentricities and crazy personal lives, are heroes to their students.

Story by Marc Firek and Adam F. Goldberg. Teleplay by Marc Firek. The series is from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios. Adam F. Goldberg, Doug Robinson and Marc Firek are executive producers. 

This ensemble comedy follows a group of single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. The series begins when the group meets Will, a 30-something guy who’s been so focused on raising his daughter that he’s lost sight of who he is as a man. When the other single parents see just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting and princesses Will has gone, they band together to get him out in the dating world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything about your own identity.

The series stars Taran Killam as Will, Leighton Meester as Angie, Kimrie Lewis as Poppy, Jake Choi as Miggy, Marlow Barkley as Sophie, Tyler Wladis as Graham, Devin Trey Campbell as Rory, Grace Hazelett as Emma, Sadie Hazelett as Amy and Brad Garrett as Douglas.

The series is from 20th  Century Fox Television and ABC Studios. JJ Philbin and Liz Meriwether are creators and executive producers, and Katharine Pope is executive producer. The pilot was directed by Jason Winer, who is also an executive producer.

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