During heir panels at the annual paean to quality television that is PaleyFest, the executive producers of Arrow and The Flash teased their audiences with a couple of dazzling sizzle reels to give them a taste of the rest of those shows’ current seasons.
Those reels were pirated and posted to YouTube but, from all accounts, were pretty fuzzy and more than a little askew. As the way of Greg Berlanti & Co., realizing that their sizzle reels had gone public, they decided to post the actual reels so that everyone could see what all the fuss was about.
Follow the jump to check out the PaleyFest sizzle reels for Arrow and The Flash (which return this week on The CW).
Arrow fans got their first look at Season Three in a dazzling trailer that features almost every character of note and introduces Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), who is better known in the DC Universe as The Atom but might first be a bit of a problem for Oliver Queen.
Check it out after the jump. Arrow returns to The CW on October 8th.
The River [ABC, Tuesday, 9/8C] is the latest attempt to produce a scary horror show for network television. Co-created by Oren Peli – of Paranormal Activity fame – it’s a show that follows the family, friends and crew of a famed explorer/television host as they follow a previously unknown offshoot of the Amazon River six months after he disappeared. And, yeah, it’s scary.
The second of Syfy’s Tuesday Christmas episodes is Warehouse 13’s [Tuesday, 10/9C] Secret Santa. It opens with Pete [Eddie McClintock] and Myka [Joanne Kelly] popping by the Warehouse to say Merry Christmas to everyone before heading home for the holidays and discovering the office awhirl in the coolest Christmas decorations [marshmallow snowflakes, anyone?] courtesy of Claudia [Allison Scagliotti] – before Artie [Saul Rubinek] storms in and deflates the scene with his interpretation of Scrooge. He has a new case – no one’s going anywhere but to work, hambug[!] – a wealthy businessman [Paul Blackthorne] who has been terrorized by… Santa!
Christmas episodes have become a tradition for many television shows – network and cable – but with a very few exceptions [think Bones, where they keep killing Santa], they tend to be pretty maudlin stuff. Now, two Syfy programs – Warehouse 13 and Eureka – will be producing standalone Christmas eps. I strongly doubt they’ll be maudlin [neither series does that], so I’m actually looking forward to seeing what they come up with.