Sunday, September 28, 2014

Grant Gustin, Norman Reedus interviews at SDCC
Plus, the Future of "Agents of SHIELD"

By +Tim Beyers

Welcome to my first double-sized issue.

San Diego Comic-Con interviews!

Let's begin by turning back the clock to July and the press roundtable for The Flash. Tony Tellado of Sci-Fi Talk has the choice snippets in the newest episode of his Time Capsule podcast. Take a listen now, and make sure you stick around to the end for a teaser of his interviews with the cast of The Walking Dead, including a sit-down with Norman Reedus and Greg Nicotero.

Here's a sampling of what you'll hear:

Can you tell us where Daryl is at going into season five?

Norman Reedus: Some one just asked me that recently. How is Daryl? How is his head space different in [season] five? Well, it’s a combination of mid-four going into five. You don’t go into a season and say I’m going to do this this season, or I’m going to change. It’s a gradual change. There’s been so much gradual change from Daryl since season one to now. He’s so different. So that same trajectory, he’s on right now. One thing about this show: They go ‘here here, this would be delicious.’ Then ... oops! Psyche! You know what I mean.

Greg Nicotero: We do that?

Norman Reedus: Oh My God. There’s so much of that. All of those characters get harder as it goes along. More hardened as it goes along. They have more experience with loss and grief. They’re fighting even harder. Everyone is sort of in fifth gear right now.

How would you say he’s affected by what happened to Beth?

Norman Reedus: Well, Beth was kind of like in a long dark tunnel. She was kind of this little flame at the end of it. He got closer and closer to that flame. Maybe he could see something. Maybe it would be light and it’s getting warmer and warmer. And then someone blew it out.

Greg Nicotero: That’s a good example.

Norman Reedus: The whole thing ... if Daryl has a thing for Beth or whatever. I always saw that as that, if he did, he didn’t understand those feelings. He might have felt them. But it wasn’t a thing yet. He was sort of uncomfortable with those feelings, but there may be hope somewhere down the line. And then it was taken from me, again. He was reunited with his brother, taken. Found his family in that prison, taken. Almost got Sofia, taken. Over and over and over again. That happens to all of us.

What is it like as an actor to get into that ?

Norman Reedus: It’s weird. People say what’s it like? ... I’ve become so close to Daryl. I’m Daryl. I’m not playing Daryl so much anymore. I do things differently than Daryl, and say things differently that Daryl and I think a little differently than Daryl, but I’m so living that character that I really care about these people. Not just the cast. Everybody there is like family. I’d do anything to keep them safe. I’d take a bullet for almost all of us (slight laugh). I’m feeling it as I’m doing it.  I’m learning and growing as a man. My feelings are becoming more heavy. The responsibility is more heavy. Like this show, they all kill us off at some point ... my own mortality. I’m living it. It’s definitely close to me.
Click below to listen to the rest of the episode, and be sure to visit Sci-Fi Talk often for new interviews. Special thanks to Warner Bros. and AMC Networks for giving me, Tony, and our partners at Geek Legacy seats at these roundtables.

NOTE: If there's enough demand for it, I'll post the entire interview with Gustin in an upcoming issue. Leave a comment below or tweet to me @thefullbleed if that's of interest to you.

Gotham starts strong, Agents of SHIELD sags -- but does it matter?

[WARNING! Mild spoilers below.]

Gotham puled in just over 8 million viewers and a healthy 3.2 ratings share in the key 18-49 demo  for its Sept. 22 series premiere. The next night, Agents of SHIELD drew 5.98 million viewers and a 2.1 rating in the key demo, well below last year's series premiere. How bad are those numbers for Disney and the producers of Agents of SHIELD? Not very, it turns out.

Networks are pricing newer ad buys on the C7 standard, which takes a dimmer view of live ratings while placing more emphasis on DVR and on-demand viewings that occur days later. AoS has always benefited from this particular type of demographic.

My guess is we'll see upside if producers Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon use season 2 to introduce us to more of the super-powered inhabitants of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Brian Patrick Wade's performance as Absorbing Man is a good start since he's well-known among comics fans for clashing with Thor. A tie-in to Avengers: Age of Ultron or even a third Thor movie could be interesting.

Picks of the week
Other things you should be reading and listening to:

Paying the bills
Publishers like it when you read and comment on my work. Here are two of my most recent:

My favorite kid-friendly comic book right now is ...
Lumberjanes from BOOM Studios and writers Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson and artist Brooke Allen. I've been pulling this series for my 11-year-old daughter, who likes the action. As BOOM puts it in the marketing pitch: "It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls." Sold.

And that's +The Full Bleed for this week. Have a comment or a story idea? Leave it below or find me on Twitter and Facebook.

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