Win a copy of the new The Guild companion book, with a foreword by creator and star Felicia Day!

Felicia Day’s cult web series The Guild wrapped up earlier this year after six successful seasons.

Last week, we featured an in-depth interview with The Guild stars Sandeep Parikh, Amy Okuda, Robin Thorsen, and Vince Caso where they discussed the series finale of the show and whether there are any plans for a reunion.

This week, we continue our celebration of The Guild by featuring a book review and giveaway of The Guild: The Official Companion, which was released by Titan Books yesterday.

‘The Guild: The Official Companion’ review

The Guild Official Companion Book cover

“We’ve come a long way, haven’t we?” – Felicia Day, introduction

Companion books are always fun. Full of quotes and glossy pictures, they sort of seem like they should be on the required reading list of the school of fandom.

As pretty as they usually are to look at though, most fans already know that companion books very rarely offer any insight which can’t be gained from a quick Google search. Most of the content will invariably be generic episode summaries and character bios, official promotional stills, and some bland exclusive interviews that can’t possibly offer any new information because hey, it’s in a book, not a newspaper. It’s old news before it’s even printed.

But The Guild: The Official Companion book is different, if for no other reason than because it doesn’t just chronicle the journey of any random TV show, it tells the story of how a web series was born. And that story, whatever the web series, is always going to be interesting.

Because of The Guild‘s cult status, a lot of the background information found in this book is going to be something you won’t find anywhere else. The detailed, in-depth reflections by the cast and crew is unprecedented. The insight into how a web series is created is unique, and invaluable for people who want to know more about that process.

Felicia Day (who contributes much more than just the introduction!) is here allowed to tell her fans, in great depth and detail, about how she actually made this incredible cult series a reality.

Felicia Day The Guild

“Each one of us is finite, and if we can spread ourselves out in a way to inspire and help other people to be all they can be, I think that’s so much more important than one person’s glory.” – Felicia Day, speaking about The Guild fandom (p.152)

What were the obstacles? (There were many.) How did they overcome them? (It was hard work.) What does it feel to have created this trailblazing web series? (Spoiler alert: it feels awesome!) All of those questions and any others you may have are answered in this book.

And as you read about Felicia Day and her team’s on- and off-screen adventures, it doesn’t just feel like rehashed interviews. It feels like you have been invited on a special, intimate tour of the entire experience.

On top of all this great info from the people who made the series, there are cool extras like lyrics to the songs, background info on the music video, costume design sketches, prop explanations, and entire sections devoted to the creation of things like the opening credit sequence and the infamous Cawkes Painting:

Team Cawkes painting Will Wheaton Felicia Day the Guild Cawkes painting

“Will [Wheaton] absolutely flipped out and did that famous Will Wheaton ‘I’m so excited!’ face and he tells everybody that it’s anatomically correct…” – Greg Aronowitz on the Team Cawkes painting (p.112)

The best thing about The Guild: The Official Companion is that it solely consists of the cast and crew’s personal stories. There’s not an empty episode summary in sight, not any fan commentaries or essays about how great the show is.

Cover-to-cover, this is all about the team’s experiences and reflections, their journeys through the six incredible seasons of The Guild, and their goodbyes.

Truly a must-have for any The Guild fan, or anyone curious about the process of creating a web series.

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Fox has moved the third and final Maze Runner movie to 2018.

The cast and crew were only a few days into filming The Death Cure in March when Dylan O’Brien suffered serious injuries on set, prompting the production to be put on a break so he could recover. When his recovery ended up taking longer than expected, the production was put on an indefinite hold.

Now, a plan to resume the shoot seems to be in place. Fox announced Friday The Death Cure will be hitting theaters January 12, 2018, which is nearly a year later than the original February 2017 date. The last Maze Runner movie, The Scorch Trials, opened last September.

Production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure likely won’t resume until late this year or early next. Dylan O’Brien has already committed to another movie which is expected to shoot this summer.

Getting the rest of the cast and crew back together to shoot The Maze Runner finale may be a bit of a challenge since they may’ve committed to other projects that were supposed to be shooting after they finished The Maze Runner. However, the new Death Cure release date suggests Fox has found a time that’ll work for everyone.

Tom Cavanagh will return to The Flash in season 3 as a series regular, though which character he’ll be playing remains to be seen.

Cavanagh has had a unique acting challenge on The Flash, playing a different version of his character in each of the first two seasons — and now it looks like he’ll be doing it for a third season in a row, as EW confirms that he will be a series regular in season 3.

In season 1, Cavanagh played Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse Flash, in Harrison Wells’ body. Thawne, after traveling back in time, killed the original Wells and took his form to expedite the development of the particle accelerator so he could return to his own time. Thawne was written out of existence in the season 1 finale, though, leaving fans curious about who Cavanagh would be playing in season 2.

This past season, Cavanagh played the Earth-2 version of Harrison Wells, nicknamed Harry, who was a significantly different character from the man we thought was Wells in season 1. However, in the season 2 finale, Harry and his daughter, Jesse, returned to Earth-2.

The Flash season 2, episode 6 recap Wells

So, who does that leave for Cavanagh to play in the third season?

My guess would be the Earth-1 version of Harrison Wells, who we only briefly met in a flashback in season 1. Why the original Wells? Because in the final moments of the season 2 finale, Barry traveled back in time and stopped Thawne from killing his mother. This means the timeline in which Thawne killed Wells and took his form no longer exists, so Earth-1 Wells would be the version left alive.

Assuming he does play the original version of the character, the one who was killed and had his identity stolen, it will be interesting to see Cavanagh inhabit yet another version of the character. While we already met Wells briefly in the flashback to his death, that was a small sample size. I look forward to seeing him differentiate another Wells from those he’s already played for entire seasons.

Are you excited to see more Tom Cavanagh on ‘The Flash’?

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.