It’s time for a roundup of the latest geek TV news.The Hollywood Reporter. The Walking Dead Season 8 debuted to lower numbers than the previous season, and ratings slid throughout the year (see “'The Walking Dead' Ratings Slip, Hot Trailer for 'Fahrenheit 451,' Animated 'Rocketeer' and 'Moon Girl,' 'Sabrina' and 'Titans' Casting”). But lower ratings for the season aren’t necessarily worrying; it’s still the top-rated show for the day and easily bested its competitors. The ninth season debuts on October 7 (see “Preview: 'The Walking Dead' Season 9”). 'Star Wars Resistance' Trailer”) DVD Round-Up: 'Dunkirk,' 'Lego Ninjago Movie,' 'Mother!,' 'Victoria & Abdul,' & 'Stan Lee's Lucky Man'”).
Genre regular Derek Mears (Alita: Battle Angel, Sleepy Hollow) has been cast as the monstrous side of Dr. Alec Holland. Mears will portray Swamp Thing in the live-action series being developed for DC Universe, according to SplashReport. The role of Holland has not been cast yet. The adaptation of Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson’s creation is being directed by Underworld helmer Len Wiseman (see “'Swamp Thing' Director, Superman for 'The Witcher,' Tudyk Gets Villainous, DC Universe Launch Date, 'Castlevania' Poster, Disney OTT Price Tag”) and is set to debut on the proprietary streaming service in 2019.
DC Universe’s Doom Patrol has landed another familiar name: Timothy Dalton has been cast as Dr. Niles Caulder, the brilliant but controversial scientist who leads the team (via Variety). The two-time James Bond is no stranger to genre TV, having recently starred in Penny Dreadful. He joins previously cast Alan Tudyk (Mr. Nobody), Brendan Fraser (Cliff Steele and voice of Robotman), April Bowlby (Elasti-Woman), and Diane Guerrero (Crazy Jane) (see “'Swamp Thing' Director, Superman for 'The Witcher,' Tudyk Gets Villainous, DC Universe Launch Date, 'Castlevania' Poster, Disney OTT Price Tag”).Variety. The projects are projected to bow in 2020. The series about teen heroes Marinette Dupain-Cheng (a.k.a. Ladybug) and Adrien Agreste (a.k.a. Cat Noir) airs in more than 120 countries and recently won Best Animated Series at the Teen Choice Awards, beating some pretty stiff competition in the form of Rick and Morty, Steven Universe, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, and The Simpsons (see “'Miraculous: Tales Of Ladybug & Cat Noir' Wins Teen Choice Award”). Action Lab Comics has the comics license for the immensely popular franchise (see “Action Lab to Publish 'Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir' Comics”).