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SDCC 2017 Round-Up: Television

SDCC 2017 — San Diego Comic-Con International — boasted a full line-up of television panels and guests this year. We were also treated to a number of trailers for upcoming and continuing series, including the much talked about The Defenders.

The Defenders

Street-level vigilantes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up in Marvel’s The Defenders after each getting their own standalone series on Netflix. Also starring are Sigourney Weaver as the villainous Alexandra and Elodie Yung as the amnesiac Elektra. All eight episodes of The Defenders will be released on Netflix on August 18, 2017.

  • Fans were treated to a screening of the first episode of The Defenders at Comic-Con. The opening scene features Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, The Punisher, and the villainous Hand.
  • Fans were also teased with a clip from the upcoming Punisher series starring Jon Bernthal.
  • It was announced that Iron Fist has been renewed for a second season. Raven Metzner is hopping on board as new showrunner, a choice that may have to do with the fact that the first season was critically panned when it debuted on Netflix earlier this year. Misty Knight, who we saw in Luke Cage, will appear and she’ll be teaming up with Colleen Wing.

The Gifted

The Gifted, premiering on Fox on October 2, is set in the X-Men universe however both the X-Men and the villainous Brotherhood of Mutants have been conspicuously absent when the series kicks off.

  • In The Gifted universe, mutants are a hated minority living in secrecy and fear. It’s a distinctly different universe from another X-men series, Legion, or any of the movies.
  • A family named the Struckers will be forced to go into hiding when teens Andy and Lauren manifest their powers. While the Struckers are on the run, we will meet more and more mutants. Show creator Matt Nix explained, “The mutants you meet in the pilot are part of this underground network that is inspired by the underground railroad. Over the course of the series, it’s their struggle to survive and also to keep this going. There are a lot of people who need help. How do they keep this underground network growing?”

Star Trek: Discovery

Premiering on CBS All Access on September 24, Star Trek: Discovery is breaking ground in several different ways — starting with a black female lead played by Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead).

  • At SDCC, we also learned that Anthony Rapp will play Star Trek‘s first openly gay character, Lt. Paul Stamets. His love interest will be played by Wilson Cruz.

Westworld — Season 2

The second season of HBO’s Westworld will premiere in 2018.

  • Neil Jackson and Jonathan Tucker have been cast for Season 2. According to Deadline, Jackson will play Nicholas “a charming, resourceful man who finds himself in uncharted territory” and Tucker will play a commanding military officer by the name of Major Craddock.

The Flash — Season 4

  • Season 4 has cast Neil Sandilands, Kim Engelbrecht, and Danny Trejo as villains. Sandilands will play The Thinker, a metahuman that has the fastest mind alive. Engelbrecht will play his right hand, The Mechanic. Trejo will play Gypsy’s overprotective father, an inter-dimensional bounty hunter named Breacher.

Once Upon A Time — Season 7

With a new cast and Friday night time slot, it doesn’t look too good for ABC’s Once Upon A Time. Series regular Jennifer Morrison departed the show last season along with Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Rebecca Mader, Emilie de Ravin, and Jared Gilmore. New cast members include Andrew J. West as Henry Mills, Alison Fernandez as Henry’s daughter Lucy, Dania Ramirez as Cinderella, Gabrielle Anwar as Lady Tremaine, Adelaide Kane as Drizella, Rose Reynolds as Alice, and Mekia Cox as Tiana.

  • We will see new iterations of familiar characters. There are multiple realms that contain alternate versions of Snow White, Cinderella, etc.
  • Dania Ramirez is playing a new version of Cinderella. She is Lucy’s mother and Henry’s wife. Henry first encounters her in a different realm after she falls from her carriage.
  • Hook, Regina, and Rumple may have new identities. Colin O’Donoghue, Lana Parrilla, and Robert Carlyle will continue as series regulars in Season 7 but that doesn’t mean they will be playing the same characters.
  • The season will feature a prominent LGBT character. LGBT storylines haven’t really been explored in the past, aside from the true love’s kiss shared between Dorothy and Ruby/Red Riding Hood in Season 5. It looks like Once Upon a Time is ready to take the plunge.