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BiteCon Jeff Davis

Over lunch, creator Jeff Davis held his own panel for attendees that had purchased an Alpha pass for the convention. It started off with a great question about a rumor that had been circulating for quite a while — was Jackson’s story given to Malia since Colton Haynes left the show for Arrow?

“Not correct,” Davis replied. “I always wonder how much of the stories that we can no longer tell you guys actually want to hear because I know it’s a weird subject to broach now because Colton’s no longer on the show, and we did have a plan for that season, for 3A, but we were just never sure he wanted to come back.”

Saying that although bits and pieces of Jackson’s story for season 3 ended up going to Malia, it wasn’t entirely passed on to her. “One of the alphas in the alpha pack had murdered Jackson’s parents,” Davis explained, “and it gives him reason to side with either Derek or Scott in season 3A; to go along with Derek and say, ‘We need to kill the alphas because one of them murdered my family.'”

And speaking of Malia, she was once again a hot topic. When one fan asked where the idea for Malia came from, Davis responded, “Well, when we first came up with the idea of Malia, we knew we were going to do the kind of asylum episode that was… We wanted it to sort of be the Shining episode where it was a creepy asylum and we would have Stiles go into this terrible place and go through this sort of trial in this asylum episode, and that would be the real sort of confrontation between him and the nogitsune. And we knew we wanted to have someone there for him to bond with, and we were talking about what kind of character would he bond with and would it be interesting to bring this character back from the first two episodes of Malia, the werecoyote.”

After talking about how they come up with the idea to make Malia Peter’s daughter, Davis said, “It was a way to broaden these characters, and we really liked Shelley. It was supposed to be a guest star role, but when we started to see the footage come back of her, we were like, ‘Wow, she’s beautiful, she’s magnetic on screen, and wouldn’t it be interesting if we could build this character?’ And one of the difficulties was, we didn’t know if we were going to be able to get her back for another season. I think I said in another interview there was a certain point where I was like, ‘Guys, are we going to be able to have her? Can she at least do a few guest stars. I feel like we have a story with her and Peter. Are we going to be able to build that?’ And thankfully she signed on, so you’re going to be seeing a lot more of that. And I think she’s going to be a really fun character to play, too. We’re trying to build her some humor, as well. One of the things we’re kind of excited about this season is that we get back to a lot of humor. There’s a bit more adventure this season. It’s not quite as terrifying and dark, although we do have our scary moments.”

Davis also repeated what the writers said earlier about Malia’s new position in Scott’s pack: “It’s going to be awkward for her at first. She is still… The pack, Stiles and Scott, are trying to help integrate her back into society. She’s been living out in the wild, and she has a sort of fight or flight instinct inside her, and she’s actually the toughest one in the pack right now. She’s like kill or be killed. So it’s going to be a little dangerous for the others, and I think it’s going to be awkward at first.”

Though Davis wouldn’t say much about season 4, he did mention that we’d be learning more about Kira’s family history, that Derek’s loft might not survive the season, and Gerard’s story is definitely not over. Oh, and when he was asked about Stiles making Derek the king on the chessboard, Davis said he couldn’t talk about that.

A fan asked about Danny, wondering how long he’d known that Beacon Hills housed supernatural creatures and if that would be explored more in season 4. “I can’t tell you about season 4. No spoilers,” Davis said. “[Danny] was always that character, for me, that was in the shadows, that knew about all this stuff, and was playing the good game. I thought it makes him smart, it makes him… it actually makes him one of the smartest people in Beacon Hills. To not be involved, to stay alive.”

When asked specifically if Danny knew before Scott got bit, he said, “I think probably.”

As a fun tidbit to end the panel, when asked about spinoffs, Davis relayed a story about a spinoff they had been thinking about doing previously. “There was a plan to do a show called Beacon Hills, and it would’ve been about young Derek and the Hales,” Davis said, causing the crowd to gasp. “I thought I talked about this! And Christian Taylor, who was tasked with coming up with a lot of the ideas. And what you hear in the episode ‘Visionary’ when they talk about Beacon Hills, they describe it as a much darker place and a much more dangerous place. And we had a bunch of ideas about that, about what to do and how to broaden the world a little bit of Beacon Hills, and make it a kind of… we talked about it as kind of Gotham City before Batman came in. It was dangerous and terrible and frightening. And if you weren’t a supernatural creature, you could be picked off at any time, which is of course the Beacon Hills present day.”

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The last panel of the day was entitled Boss Lacrosse Bros. Seeing as all four members on the panel Tyler Posey, Keahu Kahuanui, Sinqua Walls, and Arden Cho are teammates or former teammates of the Beacon Hills lacrosse team.

Yes, ladies and gentleman. If you hadn’t heard before the panel reveal, you may have been scratching your head a bit as to why exactly this group was put together. But we can assure you that when the BiteCon staff were assembling their panel line ups, they were quite aware that Kira would be joining the all boys lacrosse team in season 4 of Teen Wolf. And apparently this is going to be an incredible season in general if we go off of anything Tyler Posey had to say during the event.

When the lead actor on the show was asked what he considered his best scene to shoot was, Posey responded that his favorite was one we hadn’t actually seen yet, teasing, “Yeah we’ve had some really cool stuff this season. It’s like the coolest stuff we’ve shot.” Cho chimed in to relieve a bit of our curiosity by giving us some clues as to what the favorite scenes were, so we would know when they came across our screen, “So you guys know when you see it – One, Lakehouse… And then the desert?” Double checking with her co-star that she was on the right track.

Season 4 talk wasn’t the only item up for discussion at the panel though. Plenty of reflecting on past seasons and characters was done as well. For instance, when a fan asked Walls how he would have liked Boyd’s storyline to have played out if he had stayed on show, the actor shared one of his personal desires, “I was actually just saying in the greenroom that I would have loved if we’d had a prom episode – Like an actual prom episode and after all the craziness Erica and Boyd would go to prom together.” You can imagine the heartfelt groans of sadness and longing that erupted from the audience.

Luckily though there was room for laughter and fun at the panel as well. After being asked when exactly he thought Danny had figured out what was going on in Beacon Hills, Kahuanui responded, “I think he figured it out a long, long, long time ago. And was like I’M NOT TOUCHING THAT!” Which of course Posey was quick to point out that he did indeed “touch that”. Prompting Kahuanui to revel in the lude behavior by responding “BUT I DID! More than once!”

Come back tomorrow to find out what happened on day three! If you’d like to see more pictures and hear more stories from our time on set and at BiteCon, be sure to follow the NATWP Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram accounts, as well as keep an eye on our podcast page. You can also read the day one recap here.

All photos are copyright of Tiffany Chien.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews from theater critics are glowing, so when the hell can Americans get a chance to see the play in New York?

With just days to go until The Cursed Child script book is released around the world, The New York Post’s theater reporter has spoken to sources who say the play will be coming to Broadway sooner rather than later. Producers are currently holding discussions to bring the play to NY as early as 2017.

They haven’t yet announced a Broadway engagement for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” but New York theater people say it’s only a matter of time. Word is that Friedman and Callender are in negotiations for a Shubert theater possibly for next season. They may hit Toronto first, however.

The idea of The Cursed Child hitting Broadway so soon (“next season” could mean around May 2017) will come as a relief to American Harry Potter fans who would rather not travel overseas to see “the eighth story” (though it’s a little more affordable to do so right now thanks to #Brexit). It also speaks to this important fact: It’s important to see The Cursed Child rather than reading it.

If the show does go to Toronto first as The New York Post suggests it might, a trip to Canada would also be easier for Americans. Sorry, people who don’t live in North America.

This writer saw the play in June and absolutely loved the characters and magic happening on stage. But the story is… not the best. I’m very eager to see what fans, myself included, think of the story after reading the script book this weekend.

For her part, Rowling has promised that fans around the world will get to see the play. Only time will tell if she’s hinting at a movie or a world tour:

If ‘Cursed Child’ comes to Broadway next year, will you try to see it ASAP?

The West End production currently has dates running into May 2017, but additional dates are expected to go on sale in early August.

Barnes & Noble has announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is already a gigantic hit. In fact, it’s the most pre-ordered book since Deathly Hallows.

It’s been 9 years since J.K. Rowling publsihed Deathly Hallows in the summer of 2007, but Harry Potter fans are evidently still eager for more stories from the Wizarding World. In a press release on Monday, the biggest book chain in the United States revealed that they haven’t seen pre-orders this huge since the last Harry Potter book.

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“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is Barnes & Noble’s most pre-ordered book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and we expect it to be our biggest selling book of the year,” said Mary Amicucci, Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble in a press release. “To guarantee that our customers get the new Harry Potter book as quickly as possible, Barnes & Noble is the only national retailer that’s guaranteeing delivery of the book on August 1, for both online and ship-to-home pre-orders placed by noon ET on Friday, July 29. Our booksellers are also preparing to host big crowds for our signature Midnight Magic parties on July 30.”

If you’ve passed by a brick and mortar Barnes & Noble in the past few months you’ve probably seen the heavy promotion they’ve been doing. Headers that state “HARRY POTTER IS BACK” will clearly entice people to pre-order.


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In a report from the Wall Street Journal earlier this month we learned that Scholastic was printing 4.5 million copies of “the eighth story” for the United States and Canada. This is a far cry from the 12 million printed for Deathly Hallows, but still a very large print run for a book in modern times. (Also worth noting: Many readers have switched to eBooks in the years since Deathly Hallows.)

It’s nice to see that Harry Potter fans haven’t lost their interest in the series. Perhaps the success will inspire J.K. Rowling to continue writing within Harry’s world?

The book has also been a huge success on Amazon. The Cursed Child has sat at the top of the online retailer’s bestseller list for months.

Hypable will have lots of coverage surrounding The Cursed Child once it’s released this weekend. Stay tuned! AHHHH!

Sherlock finally made it to Hall H at Comic-Con and the creative team brought a few surprises. Steven Moffatt, Sue Vertue, Mark Gatiss, Amanda Abbington, and Benedict Cumberbatch were on hand to the thrill of fans.

Benedict Cumberbatch and crew definitely know how to work a crowd. Here are the top highlights of the panel that played to a crowd of thousands.

1. Season 4

They are currently two weeks from finishing Sherlock season 4. Cumberbatch said that “a lot comes home to roost this season… it’s ballsy.”

They have 26 pages to film this Tuesday. Cumberbatch states that the monologues are very challenging and take a lot of work.

As for actors’ favorite lines this season:

Gatiss: “Sherlock.”

Abington: Not a line but a beckoning gesture.

Cumberbatch: Can’t say.

Key names for next season (change from doing key words):

  • Moffat: Smith
  • Gatiss: Thatcher
  • Vertue: Sherinford

2. Keeping the show fresh

By not making as many episodes, the creators feel they actually keep the quality. They joked that under normal standards they’ve actually made about half a season of a standard TV show, or 13 episodes.

There are no plans for any other Victorian Era shows. Moffat feels that it would be less interesting if the mind palace returned there.

3. Learning curves and drugs

Gatiss stated that with 90-minute episodes you “really have to put [Sherlock and Watson] through the ringer.” Moffat added that because of this, Watson has to evolve. Watson can’t keep being amazed by Sherlock. As for Sherlock, “he can’t be the weird scary amoral man we met in the first episode… geniuses learn… he has to learn.”

Sherlock’s drug addiction comes back when he is not working. It’s hinted that the addiction will be a bigger issue this season than in the past.

4. The coat and the hair

There is apparently a big debate every year over changing the iconic coat. Sue Vertue wants to change it, and Steven Moffat wants to keep it. Benedict Cumberbatch dove into the debate stating, “I’m quite hung up on the coat…. but sometimes it has to come off.” The audience reaction was predictable.

Cumberbatch joked that he loved playing Sherlock in the Victorian era because of the slicked back hair. In the modern era it takes forever for his hair to get done. On a serious note, he loved the more straight-laced, clipped version of Sherlock.

5. First ‘Sherlock’ season 4 trailer

The teaser trailer featured this phrase over and over: “Something’s coming. It may be Moriarity, maybe not.” Literally every character we know and love looks like they are scared, angry, or worried on an epic scale.

One of the best moments is Mrs. Hudson saying with supreme venom to Mycroft, “Get out of my house you reptile.” Watch below:

6. Improv and family

There is actually, according to Cumberbatch, very little improvisation on set. It’s about how to do what’s there, and not messing with the script. He firmly believes that what is there is what is needed for the show.

Cumberbatch genuinely loves having his mom and dad play his TV mom and dad. Every now and then he can see his mother struggle to call him “Sherlock” and not “Ben.”

7. Mary in the know

Abbington didn’t know she was an assassin until well into the last season. When she found out, she told partner Martin Freeman, “My God, [the fans] are going to hate me.” Despite this, she loves the flawed characters of the series.

8. When will the series return?

No date was given for either the BBC release date or the PBS release date. We only know that it will premiere in 2017.

9. The dog photo

According to Cumberbatch the dog (depicted above) was a nightmare. “The dog wouldn’t fucking move,” he said. The companion was supposed to drag Sherlock all over London, but the dog didn’t like people, concrete, crowds… really anything about an urban setting.

Moffat and Gatiss resorted to writing a new scene on the spot to account for the lack of the dog’s interest in roaming. According to Gatiss all it did was drool on the concrete.

10. Future seasons?

Touching on the future of the series, Moffat stated, “Why is everybody assuming they survive season 4?” Gatiss joked, “We’re skipping season 5 and doing season 6.”

Moffat clarified that — contrary to recent reports — he never said that this season would be the last one (He’s right: All he said was the schedules of Cumberbatch and Freeman are only getting more difficult to work with). Gatiss added that they want to do more seasons, and they hope that they are able to.

Sherlock will be back in 2017. What do you think of the first season 4 trailer?