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    Why the Campaign to Save Lucifer Was Important

    Lucifer

    Back in May, Lucifer fans everywhere felt disappointment when they learned Fox had canceled the show after only 3 seasons. They were not about to let their favorite devil go gently into that good night, however, they used the power of social media to voice their anger. The hashtags #SaveLucifer and #PickUpLucifer were trending on Twitter for a month. The overwhelming outcry from fans eventually led to the series being picked up by Netflix for a 4th season.

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    How we all felt upon finding out FOX had cancelled Lucifer.

    Part of what fueled the fevered campaign was the immense cliffhanger the show’s 3rd and would-be final season left on. It was a moment that fans had been waiting on for a long time, and one I will leave the specifics out of to avoid spoilers for anyone who may not have seen it yet. It was a moment that had the show not been able to continue would have been torture for its viewers. Co-showrunner, Jon Henderson, has said that he thought to end the show on such a big cliffhanger would have prevented Fox from deciding to cancel the show, but he turned out to be wrong.

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    I think we all felt like Chloe when we saw that cliffhanger.

    The campaign is a lesson that TV networks can learn about how viewers today are consuming their media. Fox’s reason for canceling Lucifer was due to low live ratings the show had been receiving. However, people are no longer watching their favorite shows the traditional way. In a world where we have Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video it is all too easy to watch TV at convenience instead of making sure to watch a show as it airs live.

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    What would we do if we didn’t get to see this face on our TV’s anymore?

    If network executives are looking solely towards ratings in order to decide how popular a series is, they are looking at it the wrong way. The #SaveLucifer campaign along with the campaigns to save shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Expanse is proof of this. They should start looking at all the numbers for their shows, not just the live ratings. Social media interactions, the numbers on Hulu, Netflix, and other binge sites are other numbers they should take into consideration.

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    Lucifer wasn’t going to go out without a fight.

    Lucifer stars Tom Ellis (Doctor Who) as Lucifer, Lauren German (Hostel: Part II) as Detective Chloe Decker, Lesley-Ann Brandt (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena) as Mazikeen, D.B. Woodside (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Amenadiel, and Kevin Alejandro (The Returned) as Detective Dan Espinoza.

    What do you think about how networks decide what shows are popular? Let us know on our Twitter and Facebook.

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    COMET TV Monster Summer Giveaway ~ The Mommy Gamers

    COMET TV Monster Summer Giveaway The Mommy Gamers

    Do you hear that… It sounds like… A… ROAR!

    That’s because it’s MONSTER SUMMER! The biggest, baddest and most fire-breathing summer ever!

    Starting on Memorial Day weekend and… All Summer Long… COMET TV is bringing the heat with Godzilla, Reptilicus, Mechagodzilla and even a few Astro-Monsters for good measure!

    Every Sunday, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend, Monster Summer has it going on!

    But we’re not going to leave you without a little something to beat the heat…
    We want to give you the opportunity to have an awesome summer of your own! The COMET TV Monster Summer Prize Pack is perfect for catching some rays or stopping a fire breathing beast!

    Enter the Giveaway Here:

     

    COMET TV Monster Summer Giveaway ~ The Mommy Gamers
    The Comet TV Monster Summer Prize Pack has:

    1 – Limited Edition Monster Summer Beach Towel: Only available via this promotion, catch Godzilla having a blast with one of two designs. You’ll be the envy of your friends and have some extra protection if a monster comes from the depths to destroy the planet. Score!

    1 – COMET TV Monster Summer SPF Pouch: Beat the rays with this Monster Summer SPF pouch. Apply liberally to ward off the sun, The Beast from the Haunted Cave, Rodan or any other variety of lizard-like beast.

    1- COMET TV Cooler: Listen, even Godzilla needs a place to keep his brews chill. Let’s be honest, he needs to beat the heat at some point. I can see him carrying this cool-as-fire bag around to crack open a cold one.

    1 – COMET TV Monster Summer Beach-Tastic Ball: Are you a ball-er? I hope so, cause you need to grab some buds, jump in the pool and play with this Godzilla Monster Summer Beach Ball. Groovy!

    2 – Exclusive COMET TV Film Cards: See what COMET TV has this month, with these collector’s cards. Perfect for the Godzilla fan, the Monster-man, or the COMET TV junkie if your life!

    Check out our Unboxing Video for what’s inside:


    *Each household is only eligible to win Monster Summer Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. The assets included within this giveaway were delivered to The Mommy Gamers to promote COMET TV. The Mommy Gamers are working with COMET TV to bring you fun giveaways!

    Unboxing & Giveaway ~ Johnny Mnemonic & Kickboxer Prize Pack from Comet TV & CHARGE

    If you like free stuff and Kickboxer films The Mommy Gamers have you covered with this new giveaway from COMET TV and their new network CHARGE! CHARGE! is a new free broadcast network featuring action programming including movies, series and sports entertainment. They sent us a box of goodies to celebrate all the fun things they have happening on both those networks.

    There is an awesome best of the worst marathon happening at COMET TV happening in March, and an awesome giveaway for one of YOU as well. If you want to know what is in the giveaway check out this unboxing video.

     

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    CHARGE! punches it’s way into our lives with an awesome Kickboxer marathon!

    All five films will be shown Monday-Friday, March 26-30 at 6/5C – including the original Van Damme movie that started it all!

    The roundhouse kicks begin March 26 at 6/5C

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    Saturday, March 10 at 10/9C
    Monday, March 26 at 6/5C

    Kickboxer 2: The Road Back
    Saturday, March 10 at MIDNIGHT/11C
    Tuesday, March 27 at 6/5C

    Kickboxer 3: The Art of War
    Saturday, March 17 at 10/9C
    Wednesday, March 28 at 6/5C

    Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor
    Saturday, March 17 at MIDNIGHT/11C
    Thursday, March 29 at 6/5C

    The Redemption: Kickboxer 5
    Saturday, March 24 at 10/9C
    Friday, March 30 at 6/5C

     

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    “BEST WORST MOVIES” in March

    COMET TV is rolling out the red carpet for some of the best worst movies on planet Earth. They’re so bad… they’re awesome. Catch films like …

    Creature (1985)
    Gargoyles (1972)
    Jaws of Satan (1982)
    Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
    Monster Dog (1984)
    Reptilicus (1962)
    The Milpitas Monster (1976)
    Vicious Lips (1986)

    Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
    Cyberpunk might be all the rage right now, but Johnny Mnemonic was doing it before it was cool. Keanu Reeves stars as a data courier who traffics top secret information via an implant in his brain. Sounds cool, right? Not when that data ends up acting like a virus that could kill you dead if you don’t get the passwords in time.

    Wednesday, March 28 at 6/5C

     

    Enter the Giveaway Here:

    Johnny Mnemonic & Kickboxer Prize Pack from Comet TV, CHARGE, and The Mommy Gamers

    Comment below and tell us which Kickboxer film is your favorite, or just make a silly comment for extra luck in the giveaway.

    *Giveaway open to the US. No P.O. Boxes please. Winner must submit their address by April 5th or prize will go to the next winner. Assets were delivered to The Mommy Gamers to promote COMET TV & CHARGE. We also think their content is awesome so make sure to go check it out and give their sites some support so these contests can keep happening.

     

    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 171: Actually NO Butts

    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 171: Actually NO Butts

     

    In Episode 171 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast Marcia and Carrie are joined by Jon Hydeman, aka The1Jon. Jon is a freelance game/software tester, a daddy, a huge Destiny fan, and an all around great guy. They chat a LOT about Destiny 2, and also Uncharted Lost Legacy, Conan Exile, and Last Day of June. Also…surprisingly enough, this week we do NOT talk about butts. You’re welcome.

    Shout out to our newest Patreon supporter Christey aka PlasticBob! You can check out her Twitch channel here. If you love our show, and want to support us and get fun rewards including a shout out on the next podcast, you can join our Patreon community here.

    Also, you don’t have to come back here every week to get the latest podcast. You can subscribe to The Mommy Gamers podcast for FREE on iHeart RadioGoogle Play MusiciTunes and Stitcher or you can access The Mommy Gamers app through Podcast Box on iTunes or in the Amazon app store for Android. Don’t forget to catch the live streams on Twitch and follow them us on TwitterYouTube, and Facebook too!

    Fall TV Is Returning Soon

    Supernatural

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    Misha Collins, Jensen Ackles, Mark Sheppard and Jared Padalecki photographed on the Supernatural set in Vancouver, Canada on August 23, 2016
    Photograph by Matthias Clamer
    Hair: Jennifer Manton; Makeup: Trisha Porter; Wardrobe: Kerry Weinrauch; Props: Karolina Grant; Production: Susan Milne

    The new Fall TV seasons are about to start, and I can’t wait. I think one of the most miserable times of year is the time in between television seasons. Shows always leave on the most excruciating cliffhangers, and then you have to wait months to see what happens next. For those of you who haven’t gotten caught up on everything yet, I will leave spoilers out. I’m going to give a list of shows with very vague descriptions of the closure I need from them.

    Supernatural – I mean… who was that chick? And what are they going to do now that [Redacted] is back? Where did [Redacted] and [Redacted] really go? Will we find out? And of course, the biggie… is [Redacted] ok??? It’s got me all emotional.

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    The Vampire Diaries – It’s the last season, so how are they going to wrap things up? Is [Redacted] going to return to finish up her story line? And what the heck was in the basement? What is going on with [Redacted] and [Redacted]?? I’m so worried about these things, guys, you don’t even know.

    Loki Demands Answers

    The Originals – Last season ended with everything in turmoil. I’ve already seen a little bit of the next season, and I know they are doing a time jump of several years. It makes sense, seeing as how The Vampire Diaries also recently jumped in time a bit. I’m guessing they are going to continue to try to keep the stories running parallel to each other. But how are they going to resolve what happened? Is [Redacted] going to come to his senses and stop being such an insufferable jerk?

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    Sleepy Hollow – I almost gave up on this show. The death of [Redacted] still doesn’t sit well with me. However, I still am intensely curious as to where they take the show from there. Who were the people who picked Ichabod up at the end? Where is [Redacted]’s soul? Does this leave room for the character to return? They really better wow me with whatever they do, though, because I’m still pretty mad.

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    The Walking Dead – Honestly, I’m only half excited for this season. I know, I know, I know… I just… I’m a little bitter that people keep giving Jeffrey Dean Morgan stuff to do. He’s said repeatedly he would return to Supernatural if he ever has the time. People keep casting him in stuff, though! I should be happy for an actor finding work… and I am… I just wish it was different work. Other than that I am interested to know who Negan’s victim was. I have an idea, because I’ve read the comics, but they’ve strayed so far off that path there’s really no telling. It just better not have been Daryl. I -WILL- riot. Seriously, though.. the boys need their father.

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    Hell’s Kitchen – There’s no cliffhanger here, but my love for all shows Gordon Ramsay runs deep. This is one I can’t wait to start up again. I’ve been watching old seasons in preparation.

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    iZombie – The season finale changed everything. Where are they going to go from there? Who are these new players and what is their agenda? What will the group dynamic be like now that [Redacted] knows all about zombies? Will [Redacted] forgive [Redacted] for seemingly ruining her career? Will she be told about everything now that there is such a massive threat on the loose? I am so excited to find out!

    Excited Ravi

    Sherlock – AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! That’s really all I can say about that. I’m not even going to elaborate at all, because the whole thing is all just too emotional. If you want to share in my feelings, and haven’t seen the Series 4 promo yet, you can check it out below.

    That’s my list. I would have put Game of Thrones on here as well, but that season doesn’t start until next year. These are the shows that are coming out within the next few months that I am the most excited about. Did I miss any you would have added? Do you feel my pain in waiting for any of these to return? Let me know in the comments below!

     

     

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    Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Officially Renewed For Season 2

    Stranger Things

    It’s official, Stranger Things has been renewed for a second season on Netflix. Created by the Duffer Brothers, Matt and Ross, Stranger Things is the TV version of a King/Spielberg/Carpenter love child that every 80’s horror fan always wanted. Set in the 1980’s, the show follows a group of young boys as they go on an adventure to save their friend after he goes missing. Along the way they meet the mysterious Eleven, a girl their age who has escaped from a secret lab where she has been tested on her entire life. She has telekinetic abilities and a mysterious link to a monster that is plaguing the city.

    The Duffers have confirmed that much of the original cast will be returning along with some new additions for the second season. Also, whereas the first season felt much like an 80’s movie, the second season will feel more like a blockbuster sequel. Matt Duffer explained to Entertainment Weekly that James Cameron was a big influence while writing season 2.

    Watch the teaser trailer below, which lists the episode names for all of season 2.

    If you haven’t checked it out yet, Stranger Things season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix. Let us know what you think about the show in the comments and on our Twitter!

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    Remember When The VMAs Were Actually Good?

    2016 VMAs

    The 2016 VMAs (Video Music Awards) are on MTV tonight, and I am having a really hard time caring. Granted, this might be because I’m “just too old” for that sort of thing, but honestly I feel as if it’s more than that. I am not ashamed to admit that I listen to a top 40 radio station most of the time, and so it definitely is not something that can be blamed on not liking the music. The VMAs honestly just aren’t what they used to be.

    Today’s VMAs seem to be less about the performances, or even the awards, and more about the drama surrounding them. “What crazy thing is Miley going to wear?” or “Who is going to call out who on stage?” are the questions that seem to top our minds when we think about MTV’s awards show. I remember a time, though, when the main question on my mind was, “I wonder who is going to have the most over the top performance?”

    What do you think? Do you remember how the VMAs used to be? Do you still watch them? Let us know on our Twitter or Facebook. Until then, I’ll leave you with a video from the time when the VMAs were actually worth watching.

     

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    GUEST REVIEW: Owlegories

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    I had been down this road before. I became a Christian in college and immediately was made aware of the presence of Christian-themed anthropomorphic produce shows.

    They were fine. I mean, they were cute, they told a story, had a Bible verse or two, and were generally exactly the kind of wholesome cartoons the classic Christian household would prefer to the likes of Spongebob Squarepants or Monster High.

    Then there was a feature-length movie. As the brand’s popularity skyrocketed, VeggieTales quickly spiraled down the drain, replacing Christian stories and lessons with a focus on therapeutic moralistic deism. Instead of adhering closely to the Scriptures as their source material (to the point of actually putting verses on screen), VeggieTales became an avenue for teaching moral lessons (be kind, love one another) through allegorical tellings of Biblical stories with animated fruits and vegetables. Phil Vischer, one of the creators of VeggieTales, shared his regrets about what happened in an interview with the Christian Examiner back in October of 2015.

    It became became a shell of what it was. It’s not that these lessons were bad, but they were no longer the Christian programming they purported to be. As such, there wasn’t great, widely available, Gospel-centered animated children’s programming anymore.

    Enter Owlegories. There is no doubt anyone with even casual familiarity with VeggieTales will immediately be reminded of it when the show begins, but the similarities to the VeggieTales we have today ends very quickly.

    Owlegories is a brand wrapped around a number of apps and direct-to-DVD/digital cartoon episodes. The brand makes use of a core cast of owls to tell of the glory of God through nature. Using metaphorical language, student owls learn from teacher owls about aspects of who and what God is that are like certain elements in nature. How is God like the sun? Like water? Like fire?

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    Owlegories is an inventive way to teach children about God by providing real world examples that can be replicated by parents. Instead of a story with ethereal touchpoints that is theoretically tied to a Biblical event (and taking wide liberties, at that) Owlegories provides concrete examples and concepts that are easy to grasp. Each episode features three ways in which God is like the aspect of nature they’re studying (the Baptist in me is proud).

    The episodes reminded me a lot of VeggieTales with a little bit of The Wild Kratts thrown in. There is an adorably goofy conflict with a classic over-the-top villian owl named Devlin in each episode that the student team needs to resolve, learning about God through nature along the way.

    My wife and I chuckled a few times while watching the three episodes with our children. Even though the construction of the episodes was superior to today’s VeggieTales, that wasn’t what impressed us the most: after the show was over, a guest would give a Gospel message.

    The episodes, which provide the bulk of the content, can be seen via DVD or by downloading the Owlegories TV app. There is also an “Owlegories: The Original” app that allows you to view a lot of the same information in a more interactive way. and an Owlegories memory verse app currently in development. The apps are currently available for iOS and Android.

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    Owlegories is a labor of love initially developed by the Boto family. That team has grown to include a number of others including the accomplished Keith Alcorn, who has worked on movies like Jimmy Neutron and The Ant Bully. The leadership team is working with Spy House Productions and Gundersen Entertainment to bring Owlegories to market.

    Owlegories is well on its way to becoming a Gospel-themed multimedia force, if it can keep up the quality of what they have put out so far. I do hope they continue to do so, and especially that they don’t deviate from their banner verse(s): Psalm 19:1-4.

    Though I could pick nits with its theology from a personal preference perspective, I think Owelgories does an excellent job conveying the core message without diverting into a feel-good mess. I also think any parent who is looking for this kind of entertainment for their children is probably prepared to buttress it with direct teaching. Within this vein I’m very happy to see the continued efforts of the staff at Spy House/Gundersen Entertainment to engage their community on the Owlegories Blog.

    There are two Owlegories DVD’s currently available that can be purchased on Amazon or at Wal-Mart or a number of other brick & mortar stores. It is an excellently produced show with a clear Biblical message. If you’re a Christian parent looking for some entertainment for your kids that is a little more Biblical and a little less moralism, it might be something for you to check out. With additional content right at your fingertips via the apps, it is easy for a family to check it out to see if it is right for them.

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