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Blake Neely Takes Us Inside Composing For 'Arrow' And 'The Flash'

August 7th, 2014 2:04pm EDT
Blake Neely Takes Us Inside Composing For 'Arrow' And 'The Flash
If you love Arrow or you're getting excited for The Flash, you've got one person to thank for the awesome music: composer Blake Neely. Blake sat down with us for San Diego Comic-Con to talk about scoring superheroes for The CW and his long working relationship with executive producer Greg Berlanti.

"We've been at it for twelve years now. This is a really, really long time," Blake said of his collaboration with Berlanti. "I met him in 2002. He was looking for someone to score his first show, Everwood. We met and I sent him a demo and he hired me. We have such a shorthand and such a trust. W...

Spoiler Alert! 'Supernatural,' 'Gotham,' 'Once Upon A Time' & More

July 28th, 2014 2:10pm EDT
Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
For fangirls and fanboys, Christmas arrives not in December, but in July in the form of the San Diego Comic-Con. The annual geekfest was held this weekend and spoilers for the upcoming television season blitzkrieged starstruck fans. Here are 7 Comic-Con spoilers you need to know for "Supernatural","Sleepy Hollow", and more...

Demon Dean Is Coming. For those gobsmacked "Supernatural" fans who thought the shocker final seconds of the season 9 finale that revealed Dean (Jensen Ackles) reborn as a demon was just a season-ending fake-out may want to brace...

Top 20 Superhero Teams That Made It To Television Or Film

May 22nd, 2014 6:00pm EDT
The Suicide Squad
There have been many superhero teams, but only a select few have made it to the big time: having a television or film! Of course, that's not always a good thing (our first selection can attest to that), but still – it's an accomplishment! Here are the Top 10 Superhero Teams That Made It To Television Or Film.

Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad is an anti hero team employed by the American government for "deniable operations," meaning if they get caught no one is coming to save them. Criminals such as Deadshot and Poison Ivy go on insane missions in exchange for pardons. The team has been men...

Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May Not Work

May 15th, 2014 2:40pm EDT
Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May No
Now that all the big networks have revealed what they’ll be showing us this fall, let’s take a look at what may or may not work.


ABC is essentially playing it safe, and keeping Sunday Night intact. American Crime will swap for Resurrection at midseason. Resurrection was a buzzy drama that started seeing a ratings decline. Not waiting till midseason is probably a smart move. You don’t want to lose any more audience. It’s not a winning strategy, but ABC just doesn’t want to be in last place.

NBC has football, another super safe move. CBS is shaking things up, banishing Amazing Race...

'Arrow' Season 2 Finale Recap: 'Unthinkable'

May 15th, 2014 10:41am EDT
'Arrow' Season 2 Finale Recap: 'Unthinkable'
Arrow caught the wandering gaze of television critics and bloggers around mid-season when The CW sent out an advanced copy of an episode. Ever since the advanced copy hit the mailboxes of critics nationwide, Arrow became more part of the pop-cultural fabric. Discussions about ABC's Marvel's Agents of Shield would inevitably include comparisons to The CW's Arrow, and how Marvel could not compare. Perhaps that's why Arrow didn't catch on with the general Internet public, and why it didn't become a buzz-worthy or 'trendy' show until some critics started writing about it. The CW was the Gossip ...

The CW Announces Fall 2014 Lineup: Three New Dramas & One New Comedy

May 15th, 2014 9:31am EDT
The CW Announces Fall 2014 Lineup: Three New Dramas & One New Co
The CW Network has released its 2014-15 schedule. Mondays start off with this season’s heart-stopping breakout hit series The Originals on a new night, 8:00-9:00p.m., followed by the charming new comedy Jane The Virgin, starring Gina Rodriguez, 9:00-10:00p.m.

Tuesdays are action-packed, starting with The CW’s newest super hero, The Flash, from DC Entertainment, starring Grant Gustin as The Fastest Man Alive, 8:00-9:00p.m., followed by the tenth season of Supernatural, returning at 9:00-10:00p.m.

On Wednesday nights, The CW stays on target, with Stephen Amell returning as Oliver Queen – t...

5 Season Finale Spoilers You Need To Know: 'Supernatural,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Arrow,' And More...

May 13th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
It seems like it was just yesterday when the fledging seasons's epic stories were just beginning to blossom. In the blink of an eye, the 2013-14 season is coming to an end, and it's time to prepare to spend the summer, mourning (or cheering) the dead, swooming from the proposals, weddings or births and hanging from all those cliffs. Here are 5 season finale spoilers on "Supernatural," "Grey's Anatomy" and more...

"Supernatural" (The CW)

The CW's sci-fi thriller has literally gone to hell and back, so what's in store for "Supernatural's" season 9 swan song? According to supervising p...

'Arrow' Season 2 Episode 22 Review: 'Streets Of Fire'

May 8th, 2014 9:37am EDT
Arrow -Streets of Fire
The bad guys triumph in the penultimate episode-“Streets of Fire”--of Arrow’s second season. Bad guys always triumph in the episode before the final episode of a story or a season. The situation seems dire. The heroes face insurmountable odds. A pep talk from a pretty girl motivates the hero. Underneath the carnage and chaos of a burning city exist characters that refuse to give in to the fate prescribed by the diabolical madman with an agenda, a personal vendetta. The job of the writers in the room is to make the situation seem irredeemable and dire and without a hope for the do-gooders, t...

'Arrow' Season 2 Episode 21 Recap: 'City Of Blood'

May 1st, 2014 8:27am EDT
Arrow - City of Blood
Oliver’s response to his mother’s death was isolation, seclusion, in a secret lair that served as backup in case the other lair was compromised. Felicity and Diggle find him there, with the help of A.R.G.U.S., and Oliver seems annoyed his trusted friends would search for him to see that he’s okay. Slade Wilson wanted to destroy Oliver’s life and kill the fighting spirit that carried him through the island and beyond, that helped him transform from killer to city champion. And Oliver looks destroyed. His absence from his mother’s funeral makes people mad. They don’t understand why he didn’t ...

'Arrow' Review: Season 2 Episode 20 'Seeing Red'

April 24th, 2014 10:05am EDT
Arrow - Seeing Red
Another genre series produced an episode titled “Seeing Red” that ended with an unexpected and devastating death. The aftermath wasn’t pretty. A good witch turned bad, started to burn people’s skins off, and needed a yellow crayon to save her life before she destroyed the world. The thematic continuity from her lover’s death to that touching scene as the world nearly rips apart is that the world already ended for she who wants to end the world. Slade’s not dissimilar from Roy. Both men act badly because of the mirakura. A stark difference is seen between the two men late in the episode. Roy...

'Arrow' Season 2 Episode 19 Review: 'The Man Under The Hood'

April 17th, 2014 8:57am EDT
The best scene of the episode happens in the medical cell at the Starling City Penitentiary, where Quentin’s healing from an assault by one of the many criminals he and the Arrow put behind bars. Quentin’s in jail because he helped the Arrow and wouldn’t give the police information about him. Laurel visits her father, bothered and upset by Slade’s truth bomb in the last episode about Oliver’s after-work activity. Quentin’s freedom depends on him offering any useful information about the man under the hood. Laurel approaches her father with the information that’ll free him from the cell, fre...

'Arrow' Season 2 Episode 18: 'Deathstroke'

April 2nd, 2014 4:21pm EDT
Isabel wouldn’t follow Slade Wilson if she knew he listened to the prettiest ghost that ever haunted a person. Actually, she would. Slade’s not-so-secret secret is his craziness. The eye-patch, the measured tone he uses to address those around him, the influence he has on people, and his cryptic warnings that others take for casual language suggests one whose every syllable is measured and every sentence written and re-written before it leaves his mouth. Slade’s very, very good at acting the role of the supervillain. Villainous characters earn the super prefix in comic books and any kind of...

'Arrow' Season 2 Episode 17 Recap: 'Birds Of Prey'

March 27th, 2014 10:21am EDT
Arrow - Caity Lotz as Canary
The Huntress returned for a straightforward adventure involving hostages, threatened loved ones, and a healthy sense of, ‘you do what you need to do to survive or to save someone you love.’ The latter is Sara’s motivation throughout “Birds of Prey.” She thinks back on what she did to save Oliver when Slade had him, and she opts to follow what saved Oliver when confronted by threats on her sister’s life. Threats transformed Sara from wide-eyed to myopic. She will kill to save her sister’s life. And she’s not portrayed differently from Helena Bertinelli, that transfixing yet deadly Huntress. ...

Recap: 'Arrow' Season 2 Episode 16 'Suicide Squad'

March 20th, 2014 10:00am EDT
Arrow 'Suicide Squad'
Good and evil and shades of grey are common thematic elements in superhero stories, whether that story follows a vampire slayer or Superman or Iron Man or the Green Arrow. Are humans divided into two categories: black and white? Or are there many hues? Look upon a rainbow and see the many colors spread across the sky. The exploration of shades in the world is not limited to the modern TV landscape with its probing, penetrating stories about meth cookers, advertising men, and so on. The Ancient Greeks, inventors of drama, espied the depths of man. “Suicide Squad” explores what’s been explore...

'Arrow' Season 2 Episode 15 Recap: 'The Promise'

March 6th, 2014 9:37am EST
Slade Wilson, the toughest, gruffest, meanest, and at times most badass character, is actually the most histrionic of the many characters that populate the fictional Starling City in this fictional comic book series. The writers never tried to avoid mention of the series’ soap opera elements. Greg Berlanti’s an executive producer, co-creator, and frequent story contributor, and he’s made his money indulging in the histrionics of melodramatic soapiness. Slade Wilson’s reaction to the truth about Shado’s death is a complete overreaction but without it he’s not a villain—and this overreaction ...

'Arrow' Recap: 'Time Of Death'

February 27th, 2014 10:43am EST
“Time of Death” opens with a heist sequence orchestrated by William Tockman, the episode’s villain, later known as the Clock King, dubbed by the mainstream media, which Sara dismisses because the name came from the mainstream media. Sara lived with and worked for the League of Assassins for a stretch of time and survived on an island, fought brutally, but she still knows nothing is so much brutal and villainous and evil as the mainstream media. There are numerous ticking clocks in the episode. The clock ticks down on stopping Tockman, on the tension between the Lance sisters, on Thea figuri...

5 Reasons Arrow's Olicity Ain't Happening

February 16th, 2014 8:37pm EST
5 Reasons Arrow's Olicity Ain't Happening
Dear Olicity-shippers everywhere, 'Arrow''s Oliver-Felicity match-up ain't happening. Give it up, especially after last week's episode, "Heir to the Demon," which buried Olicity hopes far underground. Although I ship for Olicity major league, after watching Felicity sink into the background since Sara's return, I've finally given up the ghost. It's pretty clear Ollie will push Felicity aside every time a hot new love interest appears. Why? Because Ollie's a major slut who only cares about himself and his feelings at the moment.

Why do I ship for Olicity? Because Felicity's the show's best ...

The CW Renews 'Arrow,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Originals,' 'Supernatural' & 'Reign'

February 13th, 2014 5:30pm EST
The CW Renews 'Arrow,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Originals,' 'Supernat
The CW series "Arrow," "Reign," "The Originals," "The Vampire Diaries" and "Supernatural" have been picked up for another season, according to the network's president, Mark Pedowitz.

"The Carrie Diaries," "Hart of Dixie," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Tomorrow People" were not mentioned in the network's press release.

The Tuesday night pairing of "The Originals" and "Supernatural" gave the CW its best night in years, Pedowitz explained, adding that Wednesday and Thursday nights have also been strong due to "Vampire Diaries," "Arrow" and "Reign."

"I'm very pleased to announce early pick...

'Arrow' Recap: Heir To The Demon

February 6th, 2014 10:40am EST
'Arrow' Recap: Heir To The Demon
Nyssa al Ghul visits Starling City for personal reasons, which was the first clue that she didn’t come on orders from her father. Nyssa defeats a legion of airport security agents in her grand entrance and introduction to the audience. Oliver has faced many talented fighters but never an al Ghul. “Heir to the Demon” concerns Sara’s relationship with Nyssa and her family more than it concerns Oliver’s one fight with Nyssa. Sara and Nyssa work through their past relationship together, and, well, Sara works through quite a lot by the time she and Oliver make out and undress one another in the ...

'Arrow' Recap: 'Tremors' Sets Anticipation For Coming Episodes

January 30th, 2014 9:17am EST
The truth sometimes sets one free, but truth often creates more problems than it solves. “Tremors” is a significantly truthful episode. The Bronze Tiger doesn’t delude himself when working for a bad man. He admits he’s working for the payout and doesn’t concern himself with what he’s helping to destroy. Oliver can’t help Roy without telling him the truth. Roy will continue to nearly murder guys unless Oliver makes a drastic move. Slade wants to blow up Ivo’s freighter, motivated by the pain of losing Shado, and Oliver concocts a lie about what Shado wanted for him because of her love for hi...

'Arrow' Season 2 Episode 11 Review: 'Blind Spot'

January 23rd, 2014 8:43am EST
Arrow - Blind Spot
Television directing is rarely focused on in weekly review, mostly because the producing director and the “Pilot” director creates a series’ visual aesthetic. The job of a visiting director is to maintain what’s come before, i.e. to blend into the world rather than standout in it. Glen Winter, the director of tonight’s Arrow episode “Blind Spot,” didn’t standout in Arrow’s world. I incorrectly predicted the director of the episode after watching its open, because I’m a guy who likes to guess who directed an episode of television—so that if a ‘name’ director dropped by a series to direct an ...

'Arrow' Review: 'Blast Radius'

January 16th, 2014 10:49am EST
Arrow - Blast Radius
Arrow returned from the holiday break with devilishly handsome Sean Maher in a devilish role. Joss Whedon expressed shock about Maher’s role as Don John in Much Ado About Nothing being Maher’s first villain role of his career. Joss thought him too handsome to play only good characters. Perhaps Maher’s role as Don John helped him land the role of ‘Shrapnel,’ an anti-government, bomb-building villain who strikes fear into the hearts and minds of Starling City. Maher’s villainous character is a device to unite two future opponents: Oliver and Sebastien. “Blast Radius” is heavy on drawing paral...

Susanna Thompson Shines In Season 2 Of The CW's 'Arrow'

January 15th, 2014 12:10pm EST
Susanna Thompson
The CW's Arrow picks up its second season tonight, which means more of the talented Susanna Thompson, the veteran actress behind Moira Queen. During the show's midseason break, BFTV had the opportunity to talk with Susanna about finding out Moira's big secret earlier this season, the other roles that she's loved, and the actors and actresses whose work she enjoys.

Audiences were surprised in November when it was revealed that Moira's daughter Thea (Willa Holland) was fathered not by her late husband Robert, but by the villainous Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman). What was Susanna's reaction ...

7 Spoilers You Need To Know: 'Person Of Interest,' 'Supernatural,' 'HIMYM' And More...

January 7th, 2014 3:00pm EST
Person Of Interest
If the first week of 2014 has been anything, it's frigid.  Most of the nation is enduring the polar vortex, so it's a blessing that most shows are returning from their holiday hiatuses.  Now we have something entertaining to do while we hunker down in blankets.  Here are seven spoilers you need to know on "Person Of Interest," “Supernatural" and more...

It can always get worse.  If you thought the Carter's stunning death was this season's rock bottom, think again. EP Jonah Nolan ominously warns: "As taxing, difficult and ultimately lethal as the battle [with HR] was, that was just the ...

Arrow Review: 'Three Ghosts'

December 12th, 2013 10:16am EST
Oliver’s journey from series beginning was to save Starling City after saving his father’s reputation, restoring his memory, and forgiving his father for his sins. The journey ended badly. Oliver was more killer than hero. He hurt the people he love, put them in danger whether he meant to or not. A certain detachment existed in Oliver once he returned from his five year ‘exile’ after the sinking of the Queen’s Gambit. Laurel tethered him to the present; his friendship with Tommy also acted as a tether. They kept him level, sane, behaved, inhibited. Things went bad with Tommy in the season f...

'Arrow' Review: Oliver Faces Major Threat In 'The Scientist'

December 5th, 2013 9:57am EST
Arrow Midseason Finale
Mid-season finales are a recent trend that I don’t really like. Executives should trust that its audience members are smart enough to know a winter hiatus will end in January. Episodic television has delivered finale-type episodes since before ‘mid-season finale’ became a buzzword. The writers ensured fans would want more in the New Year. A series that did nothing for nine episodes will deliver a cliff-hanger in the tenth episode just in time for the holidays. “The Scientist” is part one in a two part episode that’s probably best reviewing as a whole, but I write weekly reviews so that’s ou...

TV Report Card: Grading 'Scandal', 'Supernatural' And More...

November 21st, 2013 3:30pm EST
Surprisingly, the freshman shows 2013-14 television season are offering some stiff competition for the veterans. Now that everyone is rolling out their November best for sweeps, it's time to grade your favorite returning shows. The SPOILER ALERT!! is implied...

"Scandal," Thursdays ABC, 10pm EST

The craziest thing about "Scandal" is an episode actually feels as good if not better than the 30-second trailers advertising the juiciest bits.  It's a thrill-ride that never stops thrilling, a heartbreak that never stops breaking...until now.  Before you call B6-13 to reserve some dark, torturou...

'Arrow' Review: 'State Vs. Queen' Was An Explosive Hour Of TV

November 21st, 2013 9:06am EST
The CW is enjoying a resurgence of sorts. The three new dramas were picked up for full seasons. Arrow hit its ratings-high with last week’s Deadshot episode. Many, many people stream CW shows online through Netflix and Hulu. Soon, Arrow’s going to become the consensus best superhero show on TV. “State v. Queen” is an explosive hour worthy of the sweeps periods: the Count returns, along with Malcolm Merlyn; Moira faces death for her role in the Glades destruction; Oliver kills again; on the island, Sara joins Oliver, Shado and Slade in their island adventures of intrigue; and, yeah, basicall...

'Arrow' Review: 'League Of Assassins'

November 7th, 2013 9:36am EST
Arrow - League of Assassins
Arrow is starting to play with the other toys in the DC comic universe. Sarah Lance’s reluctance to tell her family about her continued alive-ness is explained through a series of post-fight scenes and flashbacks. Two episodes ago, it ended with the Ra’s Al-Ghul name drop (I missed it completely, naturally). “League of Assassins” takes a dip into the shallow end of the pool of the league of assassins while also introducing the villain of the season, presumably. The villain is a Dr. Anthony Ivo, a quick Google search will tell you more than you need to know about the character right now. Ivo...

'Arrow' Review: 'Crucible'

October 31st, 2013 8:43am EDT
Oh but of course Sarah’s the Black Canary. The focus on the Lances last week, specifically Quentin’s speech about what his daughter’s death made him want to do for other girls in the city, wasn’t just for character development. It was deliberate foreshadowing that yelled at the viewer, “Hey! She’s not dead.” Here I am, an average TV blogger, pointing out this and that about episodes of television. I totally didn’t see the Sarah Lance reveal coming, not even after reading Dan Fienberg’s post about Arrow last week that dropped anvil sized hints about the Black Canary. I thought, “Hm. How stra...