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Happy Flash-iversary!

Today marks 26 years since the series premiere of the original Flash TV series on CBS.



26 years ago, a scarlet speedster ran onto TV screens with his first TV series, eventually dodging Bill Cosby and The Simpsons with a strange 8:30 timeslot. The show featured a handsome fellow named Barry Allen who looks a lot like Barry’s dad (and Jay Garrick) on the new show. There’s a good reason for that: Barry Allen in the 1990 Flash TV series was played by John Wesley Shipp.

the-flash-classicThis Flash didn’t have a team of Caitlin, Cisco, and company; instead, his main confidante at STAR Labs was Dr. Tina McGee, played by Amanda Pays, who played Dr. Christina McGee of Mercury Labs on the new Flash show. Iris West did show up, played by noted TV show killer Paula Marshall, but she didn’t stay long. There have been two other major nods to the original series in the new show, beyond a quick flash (pun intended) in “Welcome to Earth-2” – the Mayor of Central City, Anthony Bellows as played by Vito D’Ambrosio, was Officer Tony Bellows on the original show. And, of course, Mark Hamill played the Trickster so brilliantly on both series, with some photos from the earlier Flash appearances being seen in “Tricksters.”

We’re still waiting for Alex Desert to show up…

flashshippAnother connection you might not have known: The role of the Mirror Master on the original Flash was played by David Cassidy, father of Katie Cassidy, who played “Black Siren” in “Invincible.” Angela Bassett, who later played Amanda Waller in Green Lantern, appeared on the original Flash, as did Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston.

I myself was 12 years old when The Flash first aired. Because of this, I have always viewed John Wesley Shipp with a reverence like it’s meeting one of my childhood heroes. I get the feeling the Flash producers feel the same way.

The Flash is available on DVD; it’s highly recommended. And if you have seen the episodes already, definitely check out Derek B. Gayle’s flashback reviews to the original series – they’re a great read.

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Virtue: The CW Developing Cecile-Focused Flash Spinoff [APRIL FOOL 2024]

The CW is plotting a spinoff for a major character from The Flash.



DISCLAIMER: This was the FlashTVNews April Fool’s post of 2024. The “news” in this article is not true or factual.

The seal has been broken and Earth-Prime may not be dead after all.

Late tonight, Deadline Weekly revealed that Warner Bros. Television and writers associated with The Flash have landed a deal for Virtue, a series focused on the Cecile character from The Flash as played by Danielle Nicolet. Nicolet is expected to reprise her role in the series, which will take place several years after the events of the Flash finale.

Jesse L. Martin is not expected to be a part of the series as he has prior commitments to The Irrational on NBC. Intel from the studio reveals that some characters fans have been itching to see again — such as Chester, Allegra, Khione, Chillblaine, and Arrow’s Raisa the Maid — might show up in some capacity. In keeping with the current CW lineup, the new show will pair Cecile Horton with a cop to solve crimes — but, of course, that cop will sadly not be Joe.

The official logline for Virtue suggests that Cecile will be a single mother who balances her superpowers and law background with solving crimes and being a mom. She will also reconnect with her daughter Joanie from whom she has been estranged for several years, and it’s expected that the Joanie character may be recast. Many thought The CW was out of the superhero business, but the producers’ pitch showed that her mental-based powers could make the show easier and more affordable to produce on a TV budget. It is expected that some of Cecile’s “level up” powers from Season 9 of The Flash will be toned down, and it is said that another reason Virtue has an advantage is that it doesn’t conflict with James Gunn’s ideas for the upcoming DC Studios movie universe.

No specific writers have been named for Virtue so far, aside from the notion that they worked on The Flash. Additionally, the Deadline Weekly article confirms that neither Grant Gustin nor Candice Patton are expected to show up on the series.

We will keep people updated on Virtue here at FlashTVNews under a special “Virtue TV News” icon; though if you’d like to visit our dedicated Twitter feed for the project, you can find it here.

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Flash References In New Grant Gustin Commercial

The Flash actor Grant Gustin has appeared in a new commercial for MNTN with former Green Lantern Ryan Reynolds.



The Flash Grant Gustin is in a new trailer for MNTN alongside Ryan Reynolds, who, of course, played another DC hero, Green Lantern, back in the day. In the trailer, Grant plays a character named “Seymour Roas” but despite this, Reynolds can’t resist making a few Flash puns at Grant’s expense.

The commercial is quite fun and ends with the thoughts many of us have had, with Reynolds saying to Grant “you’ll always be my Barry,” only to have Grant respond with “you’ll always be my Hal.” If only we had gotten to see this team-up in an actual film; maybe it would have redeemed the awful Green Lantern movie and given us a Flash we all love rather than the person who headlined this year’s flop.

You can see the trailer below.

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No, That Was Not Teddy Sears In The Flash Movie

Flash TV series actor Teddy Sears confirms that was not him playing Jay Garrick in The Flash movie.



SPOILER WARNING: The Warner Bros. Pictures film The Flash is being discussed in this post.

The Flash is currently speeding onto movie screens, and considering the box office, it might be speeding out of theaters just as fast, but there is one particular thing that fans of The Flash TV series have been wondering: Did we see a cameo of Teddy Sears as Jay Garrick in The Flash movie?

The answer is: No. TVLine did their due diligence in finding out from Sears himself what is going on.

“People kept telling me that I was in the new Flash movie…,” Sears told TVLine in an article posted on their website. “I mean, I’m sleep-deprived with a newborn at home, so my memory is a little foggy. But I’m pretty sure I would have remembered shooting a major DC Studios film.”

“Sadly, I’m not in this,” he continued. He did acknowledge that the likeness does look like him.

There are some other cameos – sadly, not Grant Gustin or John Wesley Shipp, either. The movie is currently playing in theaters worldwide. As for Teddy Sears? Look for him in the DC Animated feature Justice League: Warworld where he will voice Travis Morgan, a.k.a. The Warlord. That comes out in July.

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