The Real Reason Why Endless Sequels And Remakes Are Bad For Us

These days, it often seems like the entertainment industry just wants to keep monetizing the same handful of properties over and over, instead of taking more risks. That makes for a "warmed-over meatloaf" feeling — but in Slate, Hieroglyph co-editor Ed Finn argues it's also bad for innovation.
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10 TV Shows That Hooked Us In The First 5 Minutes (And How They Did It)

We're just a few days away from the start of the fall TV season in earnest. Tons of new TV shows will be displaying their bright plumage for you. But these days, a TV show has to move fast to hook people. Here are 10 TV shows that won us over in just five minutes — and what they did to grab us. » 9/17/14 10:00am Yesterday 10:00am

Spartacus Star Gets Ready To Torment Arrow As Captain Boomerang

The newest DC villain to joined the DC TV universe? The ridiculous-sounding, super-Australian, yet actually quite deadly Captain Boomerang, who will appear in this season of Arrow and be played by Nick Tarabay. He joins Manu Bennett as one of many Spartacus stars who have come to the DC TV universe. » 9/17/14 6:30am Yesterday 6:30am

More Weird Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The Original Star Trek

50 years ago, one of science fiction's greatest series was in development. The original Star Trek series was born out of desperation as much as inspiration, and a recent book called These Are The Voyages reveals tons of insane behind-the-scenes details. You think you know Star Trek? Here are tons of details you… » 9/16/14 3:11pm Tuesday 3:11pm

Who's The Greatest Science Fiction Character Of All Time?

Science fiction is full of brilliant ideas — but it's also the home of some fascinating characters. And the British Film Institute is trying to find the greatest science fiction character of all time — but I bet we can do even better, right here. Who are the greatest characters in all of science fiction? » 9/16/14 1:16pm Tuesday 1:16pm

First Powers TV Pic Looks Nothing Like The Comic, Still Looks Good

The first photo of Sharlto Copley and Susan Hayward as Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim in Sony's live-action Powers adaptation has arrived! You may notice that neither of them look even slightly like their original comic counterparts. Who cares? Not co-creator Brian Michaal Bendis, that's for sure. » 9/16/14 11:58am Tuesday 11:58am

Harmontown Trailer Asks, "Who is Dan Harmon?"

After being fired from his own show, Dan Harmon hit the road with his podcasters to find solace in the unknown... and alcohol. Watch one of the wittiest fellas in television struggle with whatever it is someone like Dan Harmon struggles with while his comrades from Community discuss the legacy that is Harmontown. » 9/16/14 10:55am Tuesday 10:55am

Another Classic Flash TV Show Star Joins The New Series

We knew that TV's original Barry Allen, played in the 1990 series by John Wesley Shipp, had been cast in the new Flash TV show as Barry Allen's dad. But now his co-star Amanda Pays joins him, reprising her original character Dr. Tina McGee — another S.T.A.R. Labs scientist helping the Flash understand his powers. » 9/16/14 6:40am Tuesday 6:40am