Marvel's Cloak & Dagger hit two milestones on Friday: its first San Diego Comic-Con panel and a Season 2 renewal.
During the Freeform series' panel featuring the cast and crew it was announced that Cloak & Dagger will return for a 10-episode second season next spring.
Set in New Orleans, Cloak & Dagger follows Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph), teenagers from different backgrounds who acquire superpowers in the aftermath of a traumatic oil spill accident. As they develop a romantic relationship, Tandy and Tyrone discover that their powers manifest even stronger when they're together. Joe Pokaski and Jeph Loeb serve as executive producers.
Cloak & Dagger scored Freedom's highest series debut in more than two years, with 4.4 million viewers across all platforms (in Live+35 days of DVR viewing). Freeform is also touting the Marvel series as the number-one new cable drama in its key female demographics (12-34 and 18-34), and its highest-ever series premiere with male viewers 18-49.
Two episodes remain in Cloak & Dagger's first season, which airs Thursdays at 8/7c on Freeform.
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A reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is in the works, but some fans of the original series want to put a stake in it.
News broke Friday that Buffy creator Joss Whedon is teaming up with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-executive producer Monica Owusu-Breen to develop a reboot starring a black actress in the titular role. 20th Century Fox's Fox 21 TV Studios will produce; the project has yet to land a network.
Fan reactions on social media ranged from elated to furious.
"I've been WAITING and WAITING for this buffy reboot for the past GOD knows how many years and i FINALLY RECEIVE no one is raining on my parade!!!! today is a good day!!!!" wrote Twitter user @bargalaxies.
"THIS IS THE BEST NEWS IN ALL OF HISTORY!!!!!!!," tweeted @JustinCentric.
But plenty of fans seemed loath to sink their teeth into a potential reboot.
"I already have to deal with this JOKE of a reboot for Charmed, now you want to mess with Buffy?! Literally my two favorite shows of all time and two of the most influential shows ever......just try to be creative for ONCE and make something new!" wrote Twitter user @jisy06.
Read more reactions in the tweets below.
also if buffy is black now i 1000000000000% need joss to write a script and for it to leak unedited so i can see how he thinks black teenagers speak PLEASE— jake jortles (@geeequinn) July 20, 2018
I love Buffy and it was a huge part of my childhood, but it really doesn't need a reboot, Sarah Michelle Gellar will always be the slayer.— Tyler (@Tyler_Savage_) July 21, 2018
I'd be more excited if they introduced a new Slayer and expanded the Buffy universe rather than just rebooting it 🤷🏼♂️ pic.twitter.com/3VHTuz9DrW
I love #BTVS and I have absolutely no interest in a Buffy reboot. The show ended with a billion spinoff possibilities and we're just going to lazily rehash another great show from the 90's for easy cash. pic.twitter.com/n953GmPHRt— Cop These Kicks (@CopThese) July 21, 2018
BUFFY DOES NOT NEED A REBOOT YOU LEAVE THAT PERFECT SHOW ALONE— ac. (@angelenazzz) July 20, 2018
Sure. Why not a Buffy reboot? Original ideas are hard.— John McCormick (@JonMacBR) July 20, 2018
i've been WAITING and WAITING for this buffy reboot for the past GOD knows how many years and i FINALLY RECEIVE no one is raining on my parade!!!! today is a good day!!!!— watch killing eve (@bargalaxies) July 20, 2018
The good news is if they make a black Buffy the Vampire Slayer they won't kill her after a few episodes. pic.twitter.com/90IQZNvyhk— Ben Siemon (@BenjaminJS) July 20, 2018
I already have to deal with this JOKE of a reboot for Charmed, now you want to mess with Buffy?! Literally my two favorite shows of all time and two of the most influential shows ever......just try to be creative for ONCE and make something new! pic.twitter.com/pkZOIKFLT3— Jiselle (@jisy06) July 20, 2018
BUFFY reboot? You know what? Against all odds I'm for it.— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) July 20, 2018
THIS— Justin Frac (@JustinCentric) July 20, 2018
And props to the three black slayers we got on Buffy the Vampire Slayer's original run: Nicki Wood, Kendra Young and Rona pic.twitter.com/iHjSLNPGGg— Justin Frac (@JustinCentric) July 20, 2018
*glaring at everyone saying the show doesn't need a reboot when the entire premise of the show relied upon the idea of multiple Slayers throughout history and THAT was just Buffy's story while they ignore the fact that the show was a reboot of a movie no one wanted rebooted* pic.twitter.com/htDhPLSx0a— Justin Frac (@JustinCentric) July 20, 2018
Who the fuck do I have to slay to make this not happen?!!??? No no no hell no no. Good luck topping SMG and the original series, you fucks. https://t.co/KsB9kvwvXu— Angelica Jade (@angelicabastien) July 20, 2018
Also, I'm not interested in seeing a black slayer take on the role of Buffy or even seeing gender and race bent reboots. It's boring and insulting. We deserve our own mythology.— Angelica Jade (@angelicabastien) July 20, 2018
And honestly, the show holds up because of SMG so good luck to whoever is saddled with following in her footsteps. pic.twitter.com/Jvy5KBFbn8— Angelica Jade (@angelicabastien) July 20, 2018
I would totally be down with a show about a Slayer in the past or a new show in the same universe after the events of the series. This is lazy and reductive.— Angelica Jade (@angelicabastien) July 20, 2018
did buffy itself not teach us not to raise things that should stay dead https://t.co/UbMcz7CQUu— elisabeth (@threelisabeth) July 20, 2018
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When The Walking Dead concluded Season 8, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) made the controversial decision to let Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) live instead of killing him for all the pain and suffering and death he bestowed on Rick's group. (To be fair, Rick slit Negan's throat, but Negan survived.)
Many fans weren't happy about the decision, and they shared the feeling of Maggie (Lauren Cohan), who wanted Negan to pay for turning her husband Glenn's (Steven Yeun) head into brain spaghetti with a baseball bat. In the final moments of the Season 8 finale, Maggie, Jesus (Tom Payne) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) gathered at the Hilltop to seemingly conspire against Rick for keeping Negan alive.
It set up a possible civil war inside the group with Rick leading one faction and Maggie leading the other, and had us all theorizing that the divide might have something to do with Lincoln and Cohan leaving the show next season. They totally kill each other, right? Wrong.
At The Walking Dead press conference held in San Diego Comic-Con after the fan panel, Season 8 showrunner Scott Gimple addressed the situation and essentially defused things a little bit.
"We've got to remember where we left Maggie in the last season," Gimple said. "They made a deal in the finale that Negan was done. They were going to kill him. So when Rick spared his life and Maggie broke down, she broke down because of all the sheer emotion of everything that he had done to Glen and everybody around them. All the pain that he had inflicted on everyone. So Maggie felt betrayed."
It appears that Gimple tried to explain that Maggie was angry in the moment, but she wasn't going to immediately act with some sort of coup. Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne, expanded on the idea and essentially shut out the idea of a possible war between the two, but didn't rule out lots of complications.
"There's so much tension as a result of that," Gurira said. "It's not all-out grown men fighting each other in a pit with two sticks or whatever, it's more fraught because it's people who love each other and it's people who want to be on the same page, but really, really aren't. It's family. It's a family feud, which is actually much in some ways scarier, and it feels much more volatile."
So for all of you out there getting your #TeamRick and #TeamMaggie shirts ready, better put a pin in it for a bit.
The Walking Dead returns for Season 9 Sunday, Oct. 7 on AMC.
Additional reporting by Lindsay MacDonald.
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