Two seasons of Doom Patrol to premiere exclusively on HBO GO

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stranger. The entire first season and first three episodes of the second season of the HBO Max Original series Doom Patrol, which reimagines one of DC’s strangest groups of super heroes, will be available exclusively on HBO GO from Saturday, 27 June. A new episode of the second season will be released weekly every Friday.

Each member of the Doom Patrol suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities, but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatised and downtrodden, the team comprises of Robotman aka Cliff Steele (played by Brendan Fraser – “Crash”, “The Mummy”, “Gods and Monsters”), Negative Man aka Larry Trainor (played by Matt Bomer – “White Collar”, “American Horror Story”, “The Normal Heart”), Elasti-Woman aka Rita Farr (played by April Bowlby – “Two and a Half Men”, “How I Met Your Mother”) Crazy Jane (played by Diane Guerrero – “Orange is the New Black”) and Cyborg aka Victor Stone (played by Joivan Wade – “The First Purge”, “Doctor Who”).
Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them. They come together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence under the leadership of modern-day mad scientist Niles Caulder aka The Chief (played by Timothy Dalton – “The Living Daylights”, “Licence to Kill”).

In Season 1, following the mysterious disappearance of The Chief, these reluctant heroes find themselves in a place they never expected to be and are called to action by Vic Stone aka Cyborg, who proposes a mission that is hard to refuse. Season 1 also stars Alan Tudyk (“Powerless”, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Suburgatory”) as Mr. Nobody.

In Season 2, following the defeat of Mr. Nobody, the Doom Patrol now find themselves mini-sized and stranded on Cliff’s toy race car track. Here they begin to deal with their feelings of betrayal with Niles Caulder aka The Chief, while confronting their own personal baggage. As each member faces the challenge of growing beyond their own past traumatic experiences, they must come together to embrace and protect the newest member of the family, Dorothy Spinner (recurring guest star Abigail Shapiro), Caulder’s daughter, whose powers remain a mysterious but real threat to bringing on the end of the world.

Doom Patrol is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series is developed by Jeremy Carver (“Supernatural”, “Frequency”, “Being Human”) and executive produced by Carver, Geoff Johns (“Suicide Squad”, “Aquaman”, “Wonder Woman”, “Justice League”), Greg Berlanti (“Arrow”, “Titans”, “The Flash”, “Supergirl”, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), Sarah Schechter (“Supergirl”, “Riverdale”, “Blindspot”) and Chris Dingess (“Agent Carter”, “Eastwick”, “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”). The series is based on characters created for DC by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani.

HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming to SKYcable subscribers on HBO GO for as low as Php99/month. To subscribe, call your local SKY office or fill up this form.

Subscribe to SKY Fiber will also get their first three months’ access to HBO GO courtesy of SKY Fiber. More details on this promo here.

Show details and images provided by HBO in a recent press release.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

Latest addition to DC’s TV Universe, Stargirl, to premiere in Asia exclusively on Warner TV on 10 June

Superhero fans in Asia can look forward to catch the latest addition to the growing repertoire of DC’s television adaptations as the brand new original series Stargirl, starring Brec Bassinger, debuts with four back-to-back episodes exclusively on Warner TV on Wednesday, 10 June at 7pm. Subsequent new episodes premiere same day as the U.S. every Wednesday from 17 June at 9.50pm on Warner TV.

Created by one of the most successful comic book writers of his time, and award-winning screenwriter and producer Geoff Johns (“Doom Patrol”, “Aquaman”, “The Flash”), the thirteen-episode series follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to take up the legacy of a long-lost superhero team – The Justice Society of America – and stop the villains of the past.

Brec Bassinger (“Bella and the Bulldogs”, “School of Rock”) stars as Courtney Whitmore a.k.a. Stargirl, the new kid in town and Blue Valley High, who struggles to make friends until she forges unlikely friendships with Yolanda Montez, Beth Chapel and Rick Tyler, all with super-powers.

Yvette Monreal (“Rambo: Last Blood”, “Matador”) stars as Yolanda Montez a.k.a. Wildcat, a straight A student at Blue Valley High who never does anything wrong, until she is put in a situation in which she has no control.

Anjelika Washington (“Young Sheldon”, “Shameless”) stars as Beth Chapel a.k.a. Dr. Mid-Nite, an outcast who befriends Courtney and the other members of the new Justice Society of America.

Cameron Gellman (“The Good Doctor”, “20th Century Women”) stars as Rick Tyler a.k.a. Hourman.

Other cast members include Trae Romano (“Robbie”, “The Three Stooges”), Jake Austin Walker (“Lethal Weapon”, “Fear the Walking Dead”), Hunter Sansone (“Unfollowed”, “Little Did He Know”), Meg DeLacy (“The Fosters”, “Zac and Mia”), Neil Jackson (“Westworld”, “Blade”), Christopher James Baker (“True Detective”, “Gotham”), Amy Smart (“The Butterfly Effect”, “Shameless”) and Luke Wilson (“Zombieland: Double Tap”, “”Roadies”). The series is created and written by Geoff Johns. Johns executive produces along with Primetime Emmy nominee Greg Berlanti (“Love, Simon”, “Blindspot”, “Arrow”), Melissa Carter (“Famous in Love”, “Queen Sugar”), Greg Beenma (“Smallville”, “Falling Skies”) and Sarah Schechter (“Blindspot”, “Arrow”).

Episodes include:

Season 1 Episode 1: “Pilot”
Wednesday, 10 June at 7pm on Warner TV
In the series premiere, Courtney’s seemingly perfect life in Los Angeles gets upended with a move to Blue Valley, Nebraska with her mother Barbara (series star Amy Smart), stepfather Pat Dugan (series star Luke Wilson) and stepbrother Mike (series star Trae Romano), and she finds herself struggling to adapt to her new town and high school. But when Courtney discovers that Pat is harbouring a major secret about his past, she ultimately becomes the unlikely inspiration for a new generation of Super Heroes. Written by Geoff Johns and directed by Glen Winter.

Season 1 Episode 2: “S.T.R.I.P.E.”
Wednesday, 10 June at 8pm on Warner TV
After Courtney has an unexpected run-in with a member of the Injustice Society of America, Pat reveals the truth to her about their history. Meanwhile, Barbara is elated when she sees Courtney making an attempt to get along with Pat, not knowing the secret they’ve been keeping. Finally, things take a dangerous turn at Blue Valley High’s open house night when Courtney becomes the target of a dangerous foe. Written by Geoff Johns and directed by Greg Beeman.

Season 1 Episode 3: “Icicle”
Wednesday, 10 June at 9pm on Warner TV
After a dangerous run-in with a member of the Injustice Society of America, Pat warns Courtney to back down from her attempts to go after them. But when she encounters what she believes to be a message from one of them, she urges Pat to help her. Meanwhile, Barbara makes strides at work, which impresses her new boss Jordan Mahkent (series star Neil Jackson). Written by Colleen McGuinness and directed by Michael Nankin.

Season 1 Episode 4: “Wildcat”
Wednesday, 10 June at 9.50pm on Warner TV
After realising that she needs the extra help, Courtney sets out to recruit new members to the Justice Society of America – starting with Yolanda Montez (series regular Yvette Monreal). Elsewhere, Pat’s suspicion is piqued after a bizarre conversation with one of the town’s residents. Written by James Dale Robinson and directed by Rob Hardy.

Season 1 Episode 5: “Hourman and Dr. Mid-Nite”
Wednesday, 17 June at 9.50pm on Warner TV
As Courtney sets her sights on recruiting more members to the Justice Society of America, Pat finds himself one step closer to learning which ISA members may be in Blue Valley. Meanwhile, a search for Rick Tyler (series regular Cameron Gellman) leads Courtney, Yolanda and Beth Chapel (series regular Anjelika Washington) to Cindy Burman’s (series regular Meg DeLacy) Halloween party. Written by Melissa Carter and directed by David Straiton.

Stargirl is amongst the three upcoming DC shows premiering on WarnerMedia channels. The first season of Pennyworth will premiere in Asia exclusively on Warner TV on Monday, 29 June at 9pm and HBO Max Original series Doom Patrol Season 2 will debut exclusively on HBO GO. Premiere date is still to be confirmed.

Warner TV is available on SKYcable ch 34 SD | 197 HD in Metro Manila. To subscribe or for more information on Warner TV, fill out this form.

Show details and images provided by WarnerMedia in a recent press release.

Origin stories in the Marvel Super Heroes Storybook Collection

Yesterday, I arrived at National Bookstore’s #BookBingeBazaar at SM Megatrade Hall 3 even before gates opened, ready to binge on books.

While I didn’t find any of my favorite genres (Regency and Highlander romances or Biblical fiction) as most of the books on display are for teens and kids, I chanced upon some gems such as this Marvel Super Heroes Storybook Collection priced at only Php275.

Being a #MarvelCinematicUniverse geek, I just knew I had to get it, either as a gift for my son (in whom I want to encourage a love of reading) or as the start of my Marvel memorabilia collection.

It’s a hardbound, 300-page tome that contains 20 origin stories of popular Marvel comic book super heroes: individual members of the Avengers and the X-men, as well as of the Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer.

The stories are presented with colorful illustrations and in large font and language style suitable for preschool age kids. I can see myself holding storytelling sessions with this book.

The storybook is published by Marvel Press under the Disney Book Group. It helps to expand the Marvel experience outside of the comic books and movies and introduce the Marvel characters and their universe to new audiences and future fans.

For kids who are outgrowing fairytales, this is a great book to read. For adults who are also Marvel fans, it’s a great piece to have as a part of your collection: a touchstone to the stories that have shaped much of today’s popular culture and a link to the stories you grew up with.

Today is the last day of National Bookstore’s #BookBingeBazaar which is part of the book chain’s 75th anniversary activities. It features books priced at Php75, Php175 and Php275 each. Held at SM Megatrade Hall 3 at SM Megamall, the bazaar is open from 10am to 10pm.

Missed the book bazaar? Click here to buy The Marvel Superheroes Storybook Collection on Amazon.com.