iFeature | JOHN WESLEY SHIPP A Flash of Infinite Possibilities

The Flash star has been across all parts of the multiverse and back, most recently in the “Elseworlds” crossover! Hitting the convention circuit in 2019, the actor is open to all new adventures!

For John Wesley Shipp the idea of stepping back into the suit that immortalized his place in genre-fandom may have been the most surreal moment of his 40 years in entertainment. Nonetheless as Kate Main and the rest of the expert costuming team responsible for suiting up the most popular DC heroes in primetime put the final touches on the suit, when John looked back at the image of himself as the Scarlet Speedster from his 1990 version of The Flash the déjà vu of it all wasn’t lost on him.

He had (almost) made a vow to himself after his 1990 CBS series was cancelled that he’d never get into another superhero suit, and would eventually find himself stepping into the famous boots and tipping the rim of the Golden Age speedster “Jay Garrick” after “Henry Allen” met his fate in the second season of the contemporary reimagining of  The Flash starring Grant Gustin. Shipp has said that after shooting his scene in the final episode “The Trial of the Trickster,” as soon as they yelled “Cut!” he ripped off his cowl and flung the wing-tipped earpieces into the air.

The episode’s guest star Mark Hamill dove headfirst after the now iconic items, adding them to his own extensive collection, preserving a piece of cinematic history. Cut to nearly 30 years later and the earpieces were faithfully reconstructed in order to recapture the look of the original suit so that The Flash of Earth-90 could make a significant appearance in this year’s CW “Elseworlds” crossover event, hinting at an inevitable “crisis” that is threatening our primetime multiverse. Though it appears that Earth-90 is left a wasteland, will its Flash play a part in the sequel next fall?

Anything can happen it would seem now that The CW primetime multiverse has opened the door, and it certainly expanded the possibilities for Shipp to play a significant role in the impending “Crisis on Infinite Earths” expected next fall. For Shipp who climbed onboard the series and proven an integral fan favorite as both Henry and Jay Garrick, the “Golden Age” Flash of Earth-3, adding his Earth-90 Barry Allen into the mix certainly has set-up some intriguing ideas that fans hope the writers will exploit. In the meantime, John Wesley Shipp will be appearing live in a city near you!

John Wesley Shipp appeared as The Flash of Earth-90 (1990 that is) for this season’s epic crossover event. Here he is alongside the headlining trinity in primetime including Melissa Benoist, Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin.

Making the Rounds

The actor has proven among one of the most popular guests on the comic-con circuit and appreciates the opportunity to meet with his fans across the country as well as all over the world. Last year he enjoyed a rock star reception when he appeared in Lima, Peru and will soon be heading to Mexico City, invited by his fans in Mexico to bring them up to speed on what the Scarlet Speedster has been up to. Having fulfilled every fanboy on the planet’s greatest wish, including executive producer Marc Guggenheim’s, with the 1990 Flash now part of the Arrowverse.

Although fans imagined that when Shipp returned to participate in the annual crossover spectacle he would have worn the familiar attire of his Crimson Comet from Earth-3, rebuilding and revisiting the suit from the 1990s series certainly proved one of the long-running series’ greatest moments of the latest season. Propelling even more nostalgia was the appearance of The Kent’s farm from Smallville which also served as the home of Earth-38’s Super Family including Supergirl Melissa Benoist and her famous cousin.

No doubt when Shipp hits the convention scene fans will have numerous questions, especially about the fate of his Earth-90 Flash after the Monitor “folds” him out of the climatic second chapter of the “Elseworlds” event and of course if he’ll return for the promised “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover this fall. One thing that is certain are the infinite possibilities open now for John Wesley Shipp to interact with the Arrowverse whether as Jay Garrick or Earth-90 Flash. Fans are hopeful that the “Barrys of Two-Earths” will cross multiverses before the next crisis event!

Check out the Events Calendar for all of John Wesley Shipp’s upcoming comic-con appearances in 2019.

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Trailer | GAME OF THRONES Final Season Teaser

Winter may have come and gone, but for the inhabitants of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy realm the Game of Thrones is about to claim a winner…and the winner may be the audience of HBO’s hit series after all.

While the big baby boy who would be king sits in the White House appropriating the savvy campaign strategy the folks at HBO have designed around the upcoming final season of their hit series Game of Thrones it hasn’t diminished the enthusiasm surrounding the return of one of television’s most watched genre shows. After eight seasons the fantasy series based on the book series by acclaimed writer George R. R. Martin that took the cable network (and the world) by storm will be signing off, but not before taking fans on one more journey.

The thrilling Seventh Season of the series set in motion a crescendo of events that have gone beyond the tales that Martin has narrated over the course of his still evolving books. In fact, the original series has benefitted from diverging from many of the established dictums of the story, though never too far as to offend even the most hardcore of the fandom. The series showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have remained faithful to the world of Westeros that Martin has birthed, especially the drama of its densely populated inhabitants.

When the series debuted on the cabler, no one could have imagined the phenomenon it would become introducing a mainstream audience to the fantasy-laden landscape and the warring parties hungrily seeking control over the seat of power — never imagining the looming threat that was coming for all of them just beyond a believed impenetrable wall. It should set as an example to that fool in Washington of how powerless one can be when even vengeance has a way of toppling any empire.

Tease Me Not

The teaser trailer reveals the series last three Starks standing, and any one of them might be expendable when the adventure returns in April promising to deliver on a finale for the ages. The network has already announced that a prequel series is in the works, and many industry insiders have rumored that the cable network hasn’t ruled out a possible transition to the big screen for the Game of Thrones franchise. Undoubtedly fans will flocking to the cineplexes in droves seeking to fill every available seat that will bring them closer to the Iron Throne.

Watch the Game of Thrones Season 8 teaser trailer here:

Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres April 14 on HBO #ForTheThrone

inPrimetime | PROJECT BLUE BOOK on History Channel

The History Channel’s new Original Series dives into the mythological construct behind the UFO community’s most sacred Holy Grail and the man behind Project Blue Book.

Mythology is a device that has become all too familiar in today’s most popular and serialized genre-themed original programming. A fan favorite Chris Carter’s X-Files is often credited with charting the means by which dramas could prove more compelling by injecting a story arc that seemingly worked to corroborate or connect the individual themes of the general format often leading to a bigger, end-of-season, payoff. The tradition was pushed to the limits on Lost and has since been a viable component in contemporary storytelling.

Today “real life” mythologies and conspiracy theories have woven their way into some of the popular arcs, as audiences become more fascinated with true-crime stories and the veil is being drawn back on history’s most fanciful stories. The History Channel’s Original Series Project Blue Book dives into the shrouded background of the Air Force’s most clandestine agency devoted to the 1940s growing paranoia as the public looked to the stars and started wonder if the threat was going to come from a communist threat or an alien invasion!

Just the Facts

Starring Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones) as astrophysicists Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Project Blue Book sets up the backstory for the origins of Hynek’s contribution to the Air Force report that tracked many of the hundreds, in not thousands, of unexplained UFO sightings that were prevalent during the 1940s. Much of the hysteria that was permeating the culture during the era was often blamed on the idea of the growing communist threat, add on top of that Hollywood’s growing fascination with flying saucers, alien invasions and the B-movie monster of the week.

Insisting on dampening the public’s paranoia, General James Harding (played by Neal McDonough of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Paramount Network’s Yellowstone) enlists Captain Michael Quinn (Michael Malarkey) to come up with debunking or establish “alternate facts” to this flying saucer craze. Quinn is tasked with recruiting Hynek to the cause and use the professor’s expertise to understand a recent incident involving a pilot’s interaction with an Unidentified Flying Object. Unknown to the two men there are shadow agents following their every step.

A period piece, Project Blue Book looks stylish and is benefits from expressing its narrative from a historical perspective, interjecting true-life cases into its story development. The project itself has been often shrouded in mystery and the fact that when the real Hynek was brought in he was himself a skeptic, but by the time her turned in his final report had changed his mind, the series feels like a predecessor to the afore mentioned X-Files though it still has a long way to go. That series benefitted from the chemistry of its two leads, that is still something that is developing.

Project Blue Book airs on the History Channel. Check your local listings.

ICYMI | It’s Official! BATWOMAN Pilot is On!

The streets of Gotham City are about to shudder as the Batwoman starring Ruby Rose gets picked up for a pilot with very high probability that a full-series order is not far away!

With a more than smashing introduction onto the primetime landscape on this season’s Arrowverse crossover event, The CW is preparing to spin-off its latest hero as Batwoman gets green lit and prepped into production. The series would star Ruby Rose in the title role of Kate Kane, a reluctant hero destined to follow in the footsteps of the Dark Knight Detective. The pilot has already been placed in the very capable hands of Emmy Winning director David Nutter who has helmed the premiere launches of Smallville, Arrow and The Flash.

Given the early announcement that the heroine would be joining the line-up of this season’s annually anticipated crossover network stunt, many speculated at the potential for Batwoman to spin-off and whether her introduction was an attempt to take the temperature of fans reaction to welcoming another property into the DC dominated CW primetime schedule. After facing a prison breakout at Arkham Asylum set off by a series events that will lead to a larger crisis, it appears that Kate Kane may have her hands fall when her own show premieres in the spring of 2019.

Series show-runner Caroline Dries has suggested that the solo run of Gotham’s other caped crusader will feature a fiercely challenged Kate Kane, who assumes the costumed identity of Batwoman in the absence of the city’s own infamous Caped Crusader. As audiences learned during the “Elseworlds” episode, Batman has been missing from the scene now for a significant amount of time, leaving Kate with the burden of protecting the city. At the conclusion of their body-swapping escapade, Batwoman reaches out to Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) announcing she’s on the job!

The Flash recurring guest star John Wesley Shipp took to social media immediately after Rose’s introduction as Batwoman on the second part of the “Elseworlds” crossover event and proclaimed: “A star is born!” It should also be relevantly noted that Shipp was also featured in the same episode, enlisted to reprise his role as Barry Allen, “The Flash” of Earth-90 which first appeared in the original 1990 CBS series. The internet has since been on fire especially given the stinger at the conclusion of “Elseworlds” announcing the title of next year’s crossover…

In the fall of 2019 audiences will be gearing up for “Crisis on Infinite Earths”!

Although no other casting announcements have been revealed, Rose is confirmed to reprise her title role in Batwoman and given the reception the actress has received from fans, it looks like popular culture and primetime are ready to follow the adventures of DC’s newest leading lady, who is an out and proud member of the LGBTQ community. Batwoman will undoubtedly continue in the tradition of its contemporary series giving voices to gay, lesbian and transgender characters and expanding the narrative of these individuals across the spectrum of entertainment.

Batwoman is expected to premiere on The CW in spring of 2019 and will be written and produced by Caroline Dries known for her work on The Vampire Diaries and Smallville who will also be show-running the launch of the new series.