The latest geek TV news roundup has big reveals for major franchises and the unfortunate loss of a beloved character actor.CW Finds Its Batwoman”), and if the character proves popular, she may see her own spinoff series (see “'Batwoman' in Development for The CW”).
Season 9 of The Walking Dead is off to a rocky start, with the first episode netting the lowest ratings since the show began. The season debut drew only 6.1 million live and same day viewers and a 2.5 Nielson rating for adults 18-49 according to Variety. In comparison, the very first episode had a 2.7 rating, but only 5.4 million viewers, and the season 8 premiere drew 11.4 million viewers and a 5.0 rating. Despite the weak start, The Walking Dead remains the top-rated cable show on Sunday night, and the premiere also drove sign-ups for AMC Premiere, the network’s commercial-free upgrade, to a new single-day high. How the continued ratings slip will impact the series remains to be seen, especially since AMC has plans to continue investing in the franchise (see “AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Plans”).
Speaking of The Walking Dead, Scott Wilson, who played fan favorite Hershel Greene, passed away on October 6 after a battle with cancer. He was 76 years old (via Variety). The character actor had more than 50 years of credits on his resume, including In the Heat of the Night, The Ninth Configuration, The Right Stuff, The Last Samurai, Monster, Judge Dredd, G.I. Jane, and much more. Wilson was set to reprise the role of Hershel in season 9 of The Walking Dead, and he completed filming before his passing.Deadline. The books center on Harry Dresden, a wizard and private investigator who tackles supernatural disturbances in modern-day Chicago. The series was previously adapted for a one-season show on Syfy (before it was Syfy), starring Paul Blackthorne (Arrow). Dynamite currently has the graphic novel license for the property (see “Preview: 'Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Dog Men' HC”), and it has inspired both role playing games (see “'Dresden Files RPG: The Paranet Papers'”) and cooperative card games (see "Review: 'The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game' (Card Game)") from Evil Hat Productions. Marvel to Launch New IP with Animation”), possibly as a response to the incredibly popular DC Super Hero Girls franchise, and the line includes animation and comics (see “'Marvel Rising' #1 Debuts in June”), with merchandise set to launch this month (see “'Marvel Rising' Launches Merchandise Line”).