Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SDCC 2013: WB Returns With Exciting Sneak Screenings On Preview Night!


WB TV returns to Comic-Con 2013 to host Preview Night on Wednesday, 16 July, with a lineup of four new TV series.

No real big surprise here, since WB TV has been hosting Preview Night on an annual basis. But it doesn't mean that the announcement was any less anticipated!!

The Preview Night sneak screenings is Red Dot Diva's most favourit-est of all Comic-Con activities. All snuggly and seated usually up front and in the dark of Ballroom 20, she loves the feeling of being one of those pampered few who get to catch the first look of pilot episodes.

This year, WB TV brings a jumble of stories about androids, super-powered beings, and vampires for fans to enjoy.

Red Dot Diva drops the list of sneak screenings that you can sit back and enjoy:

Almost Human

From Fox TV, a new scifi series from JJ Abram's Bad Robot Production and J.H. Wyman, producer of recently cancelled cult series "Fringe", is set to air later this year. Set 35 years in the future, in order to keep up with the increased crime levels, all police officers have to partner with a highly evolved androids known as synthetics.

The show focuses on Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban -- woohooooo!!) who is actually a cyborg. He has robotic leg replacing the one he lost from a bomb explosion. Not much of a robot-lover and emotionally damaged, John somehow gets partnered with a one-of-a-kind android partner Dorian (Michael Ealy) who can feel emotions.

From the look of the trailer, it has a "RoboCop"-"Lethal Weapon" mish-mash feel to it, with fast quips and fantastic acting by both leads. Red Dot Diva has a feeling that this series might be a winner.

The 100
This new series (based on the book with the same name) seems to have spun off from leftover bits from "Lord of the Flies", but with a dash of the futuristic movie called "After Earth". Mankind's survivors from a nuclear explosion on earth is growing and finds itself facing a lack of resources. Hence, 100 chosen juvenile delinquents are sent back to Earth to see if it is habitable once again.

Being a CW series, one can of course, expect a host of PYT's to scamper across your screen. What was surprising to Red Dot Diva though, was the pretty nifty and nice-looking VFX. The show's premise is mainly about group dynamics and Earth's post-nuclear conditions and living creatures (which BTW, reminds Red Dot Diva of one of those the Syfy channel). But, it has the kind of feel that would appeal to a younger audience.

The Tomorrow People
It seems that recently, creative folks seem to be having "X-Men" hangups and cannot get away from the mutant or superpowered beings storyline.

This new series on CW - which may help to salve the souls of lost "Alphas" fans ever since it was cancelled - is by a group of writer-executive producers who have been involved in other high-profile TV shows. They are Greg Berlanti ("Arrow"), Julie Plec ("The Vampire Diaries"), Phil Klemmer ("Chuck") and Danny Cannon ("Nikita").

The Tomorrow People is the term for a small group of young people who represent the next stage in human evolution. They are telepaths, are able to teleport and possess special super-powers.

The series looks like fun, but Red Dot Diva wonders if the cliched plot device about special abilities will bode well for "The Tomorrow People".

The Originals

Coming up in the Fall on the CW is another highly anticipated series called "The Originals" by Executive Producer Julie Plec, which is a spinoff from the supernatural drama series "The Vampire Diaries" (TVD).

The Original Family are the world's first vampires. After making their appearance in Season 2 of TVD, they have grown to be fan favourites, and a backdoor pilot showing what happened to the Mikaelson siblings when Klaus (Joseph Morgan) returned to the supernatural hotspot in New Orleans' the French Quarter, was aired in April this year.

The Preview Night screening will feature never-before-seen footage that did not air as part of “The Originals” episode in April.

The three surviving Originals - Klaus, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (Claire Holt) - all-upper class and British-accented - do have an interesting backstory and are fascinating characters. So, Red Dot Diva expects the new series to be a bloody sexy show.

Whether you have a penchant for the storylines of the Preview Night pilot screenings, you have to admit that there certainly is a whole lot of eye-candy to go around.

Which goes back to the key reason why Preview Night is one of Red Dot Diva's favourit-est Comic-Con event.

Are you looking forward to any of these new TV shows?


One other cable TV show is also having an off-site screening party for fans! Starz' pirate adventure drama series "Black Sails" will be screening their pilot episode on Thu, 18 July.

Check out Red Dot Diva's blog article on "Black Sails" here!


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