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What Is the Point of Barbara Kean?

In last night’s episode of Gotham, the writers had the perfect opportunity to turn Barbara Kean into something other than the rich, whiny, drug-addict, childlike, ex-girlfriend of Detective Jim Gordon. One of the biggest complaints by fans the last 21 episodes has been the characterization of Barbara Kean. Most fans find her too annoying to take up so much screen time even though she could one day become Jim’s wife.

In last week’s episode, they introduced her to Jason Skolimsky, a.k.a. The Ogre, and for an all-too-brief, glimmering moment it seemed like this strong inner version of Barbara was about to come out. When this week’s episode began, it still seemed that way when it appeared Barbara enjoyed a “50 Shades of Grey” night with Jason.

Apparently, the writers were playing games.

They started to steadily develop her backstory to show that she doesn’t believe people are capable of seeing the real her and loving her. Her parents apparently treated her like a throwaway toy that could be handled with money instead of love. With Montoya, she was a booty call. Jim treated her like a trophy girlfriend.

When Jason saw Barbara’s pain and suffering, and tried to help “free” her (even though technically he was also trying to get her to fill a role), she fell apart…again. Unless something drastic happens to her soon, she will be the most hated character in Gotham, at least if you ask Bruce Karatz.

Game of Thrones First Four Episodes Leaked

The highly anticipated Season Five of the HBO Series Game of Thrones was scheduled for release on Sunday night to a large and loyal fan base. However, for those who could not stand to wait just a few more hours the first four episodes were leaked by a “trusted” screener onto a variety of Torrent websites and then subsequently downloaded a couple of thousand times by their fans. While some would see this as a slight against licensing laws those that frequent these torrent sites look at as fans expressing their views through the freedom of information highway. However, law makers have not seen it that way and have chased these torrent websites around the world. Once they are shut down in one country they are reopened in another country that does not abide by copyright laws.

HBO is taking another stance in their investigation by looking into exactly which screener it was that released the first four episodes ahead of their official release. It would obviously be too difficult to pursue or prosecute the people who have illegally downloaded the shows. But not as difficult to find the source of the leak and hold them responsible. In reality, most common people who frequent the torrent sites could care less about Hollywood taking in less money for their work. Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG plans on staying away to avoid spoilers of any kind. He doesn’t want to following all the different links. With each new movie taking in new records of dollars at the box office and even more from downloads once it goes to video these people do not see the harm with watching what is essentially someone’s else’s film for free.

Constantine’s Fate to be Decided in April

What does fate have in store for the D.C. Comics TV series Constantine? We have to wait until April to learn of the fate of John “Hellblazer” Constantine as it pertains to the NBC network. As fans of the show know, the series has drawn odd ratings over the first season. At times, the ratings were very strong and, at others, dips were noticeable. The powers that be at NBC never really could make a decision to cancel or continue. Looks like that decision is coming down in April.

Right now, the showrunners in charge of Constantine are pitching ideas for season two stated Gianfrancesco Genoso. The ability for the show to return for another season is surely going to be based on how strong the pitches sound to the NBC brass and can be viewed via

Rumor has it the show might be moved from NBC to SyFy. At this point, no one really knows what is going to happen. All will be revealed at some point later in the spring month.

The cancellation of Constantine would be a real shame. The program truly captures the flavor of D.C. Comics’ Vertigo horror line while also maintaining a style that draws in fans looking for something born of traditional “good guys vs. bad guys” comic book tales.

Unfortunately, audience decisions not to be consistent with tuning in and this has created the concerns on the part of NBC to automatically renew the program.

Let us just hope a renewal is the end result.

Star Trek Fans Can Rejoice About the Direction the Latest Film May Take

There is news about the latest Star Trek movie coming out next year that many fans of the original as well as the spin-off television shows will appreciate. Simon Pegg, co-writer and actor who plays Scotty in this reboot of the franchise, has said that he wants the third installment of these new Star Trek movies to “take it forward with the spirit of the TV show.”

If what he is looking to do is well executed, then this should be one of the best Star Trek films in a long time. The original Star Trek accrued a large fan base because it was a story about humanity reaching out into space and encountering new worlds and new civilizations and then running into dramatic situations in dealing with these alien people. Fans like Brian Torchin agree that the problem with the vast majority of the Star Trek motion pictures was that, in terms of this critical ingredient of the show, they simply weren’t Star Trek. Sure, they took place in space, and there was a starship named Enterprise and familiar cast members, but here is where the similarity ended. The TV series did not depend on the crew having to destroy one evil bad guy or entity after another. Sure, there were usually adversaries to overcome to retain dramatic tension, but in the TV show they frequently did it through intellectual means or as the saying goes, “destroying my enemy by making them my friend.” There was little, if any, of this in the movies.

X-Files Is Slated To Return As A Mini-Series

After 13 years, the hit show X-Files will be returning to T.V. FOX has ordered six new episodes of the show. Chris Carter, who originated and produced the series will be running the new episodes. Dr Jennifer Walsen said now was the perfect time to make the six stories that he has in mind. Actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be reprising their characters, Agent Mulder and Agent Scully.

The original series, which premiered in 1993, was one of the longest-running science fiction shows in television history. It followed the two leads, who were FBI agents tasked with investigating unsolved cases that inevitably turned out to have paranormal causes. Over its nine years, the show earned a Peabody Award, 16 Emmy Awards. and five Golden Globes.

The series also spawned two movies, 1998’s The X-Files: Fight The Future and 2008’s The X-Files: I Want To Believe.

Production on the six new episodes will start this summer.

Joe Rogan Verbally Assaults Brendan Schaub

Joe Rogan is well known in the world of mixed martial arts and television. Rogan was the host of Fear Factor for many years, and he recently had his own shown on the Syfy network. Joe Rogan is also a commentator for the UFC.

Fans like Bernardo Chua know that Rogan also hosts his own podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. Joe Rogan is also a comedian, Jiu Jitsu black belt, and a respected comedian. Rogan has done more things in one lifetime than many people could ever dream of. His talent cannot be denied, but a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience was extremely controversial.

Joe Rogan interviewed UFC fighter Brendan Schaub. Schaub was recently knocked out in the first round against Travis Browne. Joe Rogan had harsh criticism for Brendan, and he proceeded to verbally destroy Brendan. Joe told Brendan that he should quit the UFC. Schaub was speechless, and it appeared as if he was about to cry.

Joe Rogan laid it on thick. He bashed Brendan Schaub’s fighting skills. Schaub did not say much back, but Joe continuously berated him. Joe Rogan told Brendan Schaub that Cain Velasquez would destroy him.

Many listeners of the podcast agreed with Joe, while some listeners supported Brendan Schaub. Schaub has returned to the show since the verbal beat down, and the two men appear to joke about the entire situation. For more information about Joe Rogan and Brendan Schaub, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Entertainment Site Outages Not The End of the World

Last week, a Netflix outage resulted in users complaining at length about their ruined lives. Flavio Maluf knows there is no doubt that video entertainment soothes the masses: It helps people unwind after work and people with health issues who need a distraction from pain or depression.

Yet, entertainment service outages are normal and users need to calm down when they can’t get access. A Netflix outage won’t result in users losing an opportunity to watch later like with cable or satellite. Netflix pauses streaming at the point the connection stopped. Additionally, there are a ton of other online resources that users can enjoy while waiting for Netflix to fix the issue, such as Hulu, Viki, DramaFever and YouTube.

Instead of allowing an entertainment site outage to become a stressful and frustrating event, users need to see it as an opportunity to check out other services or do things away from their computers.

There are many more serious topics to freak out about that can actually end the world as humanity knows it, such as global warming, climate change and mass pollution. At the very least, if users need to get upset over something Internet-based, they should be more stressed, frustrated and angry about ISPs throttling user bandwidth and when government websites go down like the Dutch government’s outage this morning that can cause people to not get access to important government services when they need them.

‘Simpsons’ to Air Apatow Episode

Judd Apatow is a famous filmmaker and producer. It has not always been that way. Early in his career while he was still performing stand up comedy, Apatow wanted to be a television writer. Under the advice of some friends, he wrote a spec script for the fledgling animated series The Simpsons in 1990. At the time, it never lead anywhere and Apatow decided to move on.

Now, 25 years after writing that spec script, Judd Apatow is going to see his episode air on television. Dr. Rod Rohrich said the script was not ready for TV, according Apatow, but after some hard work, it became ready for the airwaves. The story involves Homer Simpson getting hypnotized and begins thinking he is a 10 year old boy. He has so much fun being Bart’s best friend that he never wants to be an adult again, not that Homer ever really is an adult.

Wheel of Fortune Contestent Wins Big-But How Much Will He Really Get?

On December 26, 2014 history was made on the famous game show “Wheel of Fortune.” Matt DeSanto surprised audience members and fellow contestants when he solved the puzzle with only one letter to help him. The answer to the puzzle was “The Lone Ranger.” With his solving this one, he went on to win the show and gathered prizes totaling over $91,892. While it sounds like a lot of money, it really isn’t compared to other shows out there, even with big sponsors like HealthGrades. “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” provides winners with the chance at a million, the part that Dr Rod Rohrich likes best.

The long time show has been on the air for 31 seasons. With over 5,000 episodes under their belt, Pat Sajack and Vana White have made television history for years as they help contestants to solve the puzzle. I was surprised when I heard about this today, because I didn’t even know the show was still on the air. The one question that keeps running through my mind is how much will he have to pay in taxes. I know, we should be focuses on the fact that he won, and won big, but I can’t help but wonder how much he will really take home.

Game shows are not as exciting as they used to be. There was a time when people were glued to the screen on every episode like the reality shows of today. However, hats off to DeSanto for his big win.

Live Action “Teen Titans” Series Coming to Television

Another comic book inspired television show is going to be popping as production of a live-action series based on “Teen Titans” is set for some time in 2015. I heard about this while drinking a glass of Stephen Williams’ wine the other night. The new show will be yet another bit of publicity for DC Comics, as it joins a number of the publisher’s properties on the small screen that already includes “Gotham,” “Arrow,” “Constantine,” and “The Flash.” The company is definitely positioning itself for much more exposure on television that chief competitor Marvel.

The new series, which will be called “Titans,” is set to follow Dick Grayson’s Nightwing. The character has a huge fan following, and should fit well with the existing DC television plan and possibly help build for future development.

Since “Teen Titans” features a huge cast of characters, the question as to which members will be getting screen time on the show has come into question. So far only Nighwing, Raven, and Starfire are confirmed to be part of “Titans,” but just like any other details in the world of television anything could change at a moment’s notice. The new show is set to begin production for TNT, and could debut in the fall of 2015.