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By Mary     Jan 28, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

As some perceptive “Arrow” fans may have predicted, the hit CW show opted not to kill off its titular hero after a bloody battle with Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable), and last week’s midseason return saw Oliver (Stephen Amell) weakened but recovering, thanks to the intervention of League of Assassins member Maseo Yamashiro (Karl Yune) and his wife, Tatsu (Rila Fukushima).

But while the audience knows that the resilient vigilante survived his encounter with The Demon’s Head, Team Arrow is still mourning his loss, leaving Diggle (David Ramsey), Roy (Colton Haynes) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) to try and fill the hero’s boots — some of them more successfully than others.

As executive producer Marc Guggenheim told Variety ahead of the midseason premiere, “Because it’s such a huge thing that happens in nine, we really needed three episodes to give it its due because those three episodes — 10, 11 and 12 — really are a trilogy dealing with the very real question of, ‘if there is no Arrow in Starling City, who is going to save the city?’” As the three-episode arc illustrates, there are a lot of contenders vying to be Starling’s protector.

By Mary     Jan 22, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

Stephen Amell, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim say the next few episodes allow “every character on the show to rise or fall.”

[Warning: spoilers ahead for Wednesday’s episode of Arrow, “Left Behind.”]

Arrow is back in a big way.

Team Arrow learned the sad truth about Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) demise at the hands of Ra’s Al Ghul (Matt Nable). To add insult to injury, the bringer of the bad news was the man who orchestrated the whole thing, Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman). Unbeknownst to them, Oliver is alive (if not well).

That fateful meeting will have ramifications that will play out throughout the rest of the season, says executive Andrew Kreisberg.

By Mary     Jan 22, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

Unofficially, Arrow’s midseason return was an official Felicity episode and was all the better for it. To be honest, the introduction of Arrow’s newest villain, Brick, wasn’t all that compelling, but Emily Bett Rickards’ performance along with the rest of Team Arrow’s response to Oliver’s death carried the episode. Right now, Arrow is in rather uncharted territory. Or, at least to me it is because I can’t think of another show that has sidelined or would sideline the lead character in such a way. (Yes, Oliver shows up in the flashbacks, but those are the worst this season). While we definitely miss Oliver’s presence in the present storyline, tonight’s episode made it clear that the rest of the cast is more than up for the task of carrying the show—i.e. making it worth us suffering through these boring Hong Kong flashbacks.

FLASHBACK — Hong Kong, 3 years ago

No surprise here, Amanda Waller is not happy that Oliver and Maseo blunderingly abducted that scientist. Naturally, all Maseo can think about is finding his wife, but the same can’t be said of Amanda Waller, who just doesn’t give a f— because they have more pressing concerns. ARGUS has learned the bioweapon is comprised of two parts; and Omega, which is now in China White’s possession, is useless without Alpha, its counterpart, which is currently being held by the Hong Kong military. So, their mission is to steal from the military and destroy it.

After some initial troubles, Maseo and Oliver are able to infiltrate the military compound and steal the sample. However, China White’s henchmen show up and start shooting at them—because that’s what henchmen do. As Maseo lays down some cover fire, Oliver tries to escape with the bioweapon, but one of China White’s men follows him. He has no problem knocking him down, but chooses not to kill him with his arrow. Naturally, Amanda Waller hears about this and is not happy—although last episode’s scientist shouldn’t have been captured and interrogated, this guy should have been. When Amanda leaves, Oliver reveals to Maseo that he didn’t kill the guy because he placed a tracker in his pocket in the hope that he can lead them to Tatsu’s location. Maseo says he’ll be forever in Oliver’s debt.

By Mary     Jan 22, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

What is “Arrow” without its titular hero? Viewers will find out on Jan. 21, as the vigilante’s friends and loved ones must come to terms with the fallout from Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) seemingly fatal showdown with Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) in December’s midseason finale.

Oh the subject of his character’s fate, Amell remained coy when Variety sat down with him last week: “He’s fallen — he fell. I certainly hope he’s not dead. I enjoy playing him,” he offered wryly. “Although there are the regularly scheduled flashbacks in 310 and 311. 312 is someone else’s flashbacks.”

According to “Arrow” producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, the first three episodes of 2015 function as one extended story arc, featuring Vinnie Jones as DC Comics villain Danny “Brick” Brickwell, as Variety first reported. “Because it’s such a huge thing that happens in nine, we really needed three episodes to give it its due because those three episodes — 10, 11 and 12 — really are a trilogy dealing with the very real question of, ‘if there is no Arrow in Starling City, who is going to save the city?’” Guggenheim previewed.

In Oliver’s absence, many heroes will rise up to fill his shoes, from protege Roy (aka Arsenal, played by Colton Haynes) and partner Diggle (David Ramsey) to former flame Laurel (Katie Cassidy), who has been training to avenge her sister, Sara (Caity Lotz), after she was murdered in the season premiere.

By Mary     Jan 21, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, John Barrowman and Colton Haynes weigh in on what happens following the midseason finale shocker.

Team Arrow is moving on without its leader.

When the show returns Wednesday, Diggle (David Ramsey), Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Roy (Colton Haynes) must pick up the pieces after Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) death.

“Everyone has to step up. It’s not just about Oliver anymore,” Amell tells The Hollywood Reporter. “They have to decide why they are doing it. Are they doing it for Oliver? Are they doing it for the city? Are they doing it for themselves?”

Oliver’s demise at the hands of Ra’s Al Ghul (Matt Nable) came after the team discovered Thea (Willa Holland) was responsible for Sara’s (Caity Lotz) death. But Thea doesn’t even know she committed the murder, as she was drugged and forced into it by dear old dad Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman)

“We’re trying to pick up the pieces and do exactly what he’s done.”

Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn) promises that after orchestrating Oliver’s death, he is far from done.

“There is a sequence where Malcolm goes to the Arrow team’s lair, gets in, and goes to tell them that Oliver is dead,” Barrowman says. “He comes up a wall of aggression from Diggle, Felicty, Roy and Laurel.”

He also teases big changes ahead for the rest of the season.
“There are words that are going to be said between characters that are going to be shockers to the audience — almost like a punch in the face. There are alliances formed that are going to be 360 turns. There are breakups that are going to happen that are going to be shocking. All of that is yet to come.”

Meanwhile, Ramsey says Diggle is faced with being the team leader in Oliver’s wake.

“He steps up the plate. The team looks up to him to a certain degree,” says Ramsey, who adds the team respects his military experience as well as his emotional maturity.

Haynes teases “we’re coming together as a team” in Oliver’s absence, though admits that can be hard.

“We’re trying to pick up the pieces and do exactly what he’s done, but there are four of us. But it’s really difficult, because Oliver is our mentor and he’s taught us what we know,” says Haynes.

Arrow airs at 8 p.m. Wednesdays on The CW.

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/

By Mary     Jan 21, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

Get ready to have all the feels when Arrow returns with its first episode post-Oliver’s death.

After Oliver (Stephen Amell) took the fall for the murder of Sara (Caity Lotz), the emerald archer faced off with Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) and unfortunately lost, seemingly costing him his life. “Stephen Amell is really enjoying playing Toliver, who is Oliver Queen’s identical twin brother that you’ve never heard of before,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim deadpans. “That’s a spoiler. That’s exclusive for you.” He’s kidding. Don’t worry.

“I don’t think the audience is wondering whether or not he’s really dead,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg chimes in. “It’s wondering how he’s going to come back. The answer to that question is really revealed over these next three episodes, which were designed to be a trilogy of what happened to Oliver Queen and what happens to Starling City and its heroes when their leader and their inspiration isn’t there to guide them anymore.”

First, however, the team will actually have to find out the truth that their leader has fallen. “We’re shocked and pissed when we get that news from Malcolm Merlyn [John Barrowman],” David Ramsey says, noting that Diggle will suit up in the Arrow costume while Oliver is gone to keep up the guise that their vigilante hero is still protecting the city. But once they realize Oliver is dead, the decision to keep Team Arrow going will not be unanimous. “This has been Oliver’s crusade for three years and now it’s ours. We have to decide whether we want to stay or go and why. It’s a big emotional turn for all of us. Do we want to go look for Oliver? Do we dismantle the team? How do we fight crime in this city without him? We do, by the way, fight crime without him, and it ain’t pretty.”

By Mary     Jan 20, 2015     Appearances, Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

The 2015 PaleyFest lineup will include some of TV’s buzziest shows, including Scandal, Arrow, American Horror Story and Jane the Virgin, the Paley Center for Media announced Tuesday.

From March 6-15, Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre will be taken over by the stars and creators of fan-favorite shows across broadcast and cable. For those that can’t make it to L.A., the panels will also be streamed live courtesy of Yahoo! and will be available through video on demand.

Check out the full lineup below (all times PT):

Friday, March 6: Homeland, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 7: A Salute to Comedy Central featuring Key & Peele, Broad City, Kroll Show and Workaholics, 12 p.m. The Good Wife, 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 8: Girls, 1 p.m. Scandal, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11: Teen Wolf, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 12:Outlander, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 13: Glee, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 14: Arrow and The Flash, 4 p.m. Modern Family, 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 15: Jane the Virgin, 4 p.m. American Horror Story: Freak Show, 8 p.m.

Tickets go on sale for the general public on Tuesday, Jan. 27 here .

Source: http://www.tvguide.com

By Mary     Jan 20, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

Oliver Queen may be dead… but he’s not gone.

On the winter premiere of The CW’s Arrow (airing Wednesday at 8/7c), the vigilante will still have a presence despite having suffered a fatal stabbing at the hand of Ra’s al Ghul, showrunner Marc Guggenheim tells TVLine.

Oliver’s loved ones, however, will be feeling his absence, while Thea inches closer and closer to learning the truth about her brother. Meanwhile, Felicity finds herself in a déjà vu scenario with Ray and forming a bond (of sorts) with Laurel.

Here are answers to some burning Qs about what’s to come, as we mourn Oliver Queen….

By Mary     Jan 11, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

Arrow shocked fans by killing off Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) in the midseason finale, a move that will allow other characters to step forward in a big day, Amell said at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

See highlights, divided by show.


“I personally I love when there is adversity for the protagonist and when we give other characters on the show to acquit themselves and come more into leading roles,” said Amell. “We are 50-plus episodes in the show. If we don’t give other characters the opportunity to shoulder the load, then we give viewers nothing to attach them to.”

Laurel (Katie Cassidy) will take the mantel of Black Canary, which has been the plan since before the pilot was shot.

“I’ve been waiting for this to happen and am obviously very excited and thrilled about it,” Cassidy said. “She goes from avenging her sister, to honoring her sister, to becoming her sister.”

Diggle (David Ramsey) will have to assume a leadership role in Oliver’s absence, but does that mean a mask for him? Ramsey said he and the producers are discussing it, but he’s hesitant to give Diggle a mask, saying his appeal is taht he is a well-adjusted everyman.

“You don’t want a mask to take that away from you,” Ramsey siad.

Executive producer Marc Guggenheim said the growing array of masks was not something Oliver foresaw happening, and changes the dynamic of the show.

“Oliver started off as one man. He never envisioned all of these characters being part of that plan,” said Guggenheim. “What he’s experienced this year is seeing the crusade grow beyond him.”

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/

By Mary     Jan 11, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

Though Oliver fell to his supposed death in Arrow’s midseason finale, Stephen Amell was on hand for The CW’s “The Heroes and Villains of Arrow and The Flash” panel at the Television Critics Association’s winter TV previews. Does this signal that Ollie actually survived his fall after being brutally stabbed by Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable)?

“[He has] fallen,” Amell tells EW. “I can give fans hope that they like the show because of the actors in it but also because of the people that are creating it. They would do well to be patient and have faith in that team.”

During the panel, Amell added that he learned the outcome of Ollie vs. Ra’s before season three commenced. “I personally love when there’s adversity for the protagonist and we give other characters on the show the opportunity to… come more into leading roles,” he said. “If we don’t give other characters the opportunity to shoulder the load, then we give viewers nothing to attach them to. I’m excited for everyone’s opportunity.”

Black Canary (Katie Cassidy), in particular, will be stepping up in a huge way as she fills the void left by Oliver’s absence. “I’ve been waiting for this to happen,” Cassidy said of suiting up, though noting that Laurel really had to earn it. “She goes from avenging her sister to honoring her sister to becoming her sister.”