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FROM MTV GEEK

If you thought you weren't learning anything while watching "The Walking Dead," then think again. You're actually learning a lot about important subjects like politics, health, disease, and welfare as it relates to our everyday life—through the lens of a zombie apocalypse, of course. Because of this, the University of California Irvine is partnering with Instructure and AMC to launch a series of free online courses using Instructure's popular MOOC (massive open online course) model.

The eight-week course "Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC's 'The Walking Dead'" kicks off on October 14th, the first school day following the show's season four premiere. The course will feature lecture videos, self-check quizzes, reading resources and much more.

But why "The Walking Dead," and why now? "The themes in 'The Walking Dead' tie really nicely into the courses that we offer here, which ties very nicely into current events happening around the world," Melissa Loble, Associate Dean of Distance Learning at UC Irvine said in the revealing article over at MTV Geek. For much more info on the MOOC, be sure to check it out!

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by Brett White

Until we're finally glued to our TV sets and laptop screens on Tuesday, September 24th, we will not be able to get enough of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." And if the show is as good as we expect it to be, we probably will still be craving all things Coulson after the first episode's credits roll. So yeah, we'll just be over here, playing this new promo on loop for the next few hours, savoring every one-liner.

The clip below contains a significant amount of new footage, including the set-up to Coulson's now famous "Don't touch Lola" punch-line. We also learn that Clark Gregg's everyman agent wasn't exactly forthcoming with details when recruiting his special team. Telling Melinda May that she's not going on a combat op? Are you for real, Coulson? Check out the full promo below, and get those DVRs scheduled and viewing parties planned, because "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." debuts on Tuesday, September 24th!

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Flash

by Brett White

"Arrow's" been making news quite a bit lately, thanks to promos and casting Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Amanda Waller. But neither of those news items were the news item DC Universe fans have been anxiously awaiting for months.

We want to know who is going to play Barry Allen, and we want to know now. To bad we have to wait a few more weeks, according to producer Andrew Kreisberg in an interview with Entertainment Weekly

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Cynthia Addai-Robinson

by Brett White

Well, that didn't take long.

Just a week after Amanda Waller's presence in "Arrow's" second season was first rumored, Super Hero Hype is reporting that Cynthia Addai-Robinson has won the role of ARGUS member and Suicide Squad handler Amanda Waller. The announcement also confirms two members of the Suicide Squad— the returning Deadshot (Michael Rowe) and Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White).

Addai-Robinson is best known for playing Naevia on the Starz historical drama "Spartacus." I've personally never seen an episode of "Spartacus," but just doing an image search for Addai-Robinson turned up some incredibly intense and bloody action photos. Judging by those pics alone, I think Addai-Robinson will bring a welcome emotional range to her portrayal of Waller.

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FROM MTV GEEK

We're just under three weeks away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe's small-screen debut in ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," a fact that MTV Geek is celebrating in it's Fall Preview coverage. "S.H.I.E.L.D." is one of their 10 most anticipated TV shows—and deservedly so! This series marks Marvel Studios' first foray into television as well as Agent Coulson's return to life. That latter mystery, one that's been on fans' minds since his return was announced last October, will be integral to the new series, reveals executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen in an exclusive interview with MTV Geek.

"The heart of the show is how he's still alive," said Tancharoen, remaining understandably vague about the details regarding his return. You can check out the rest of the interview over at MTV Geek, where fellow producers and showrunners Jeph Loeb, Jed Whedon, and Jeffrey Bell join Tancharoen to discuss the show's theme, whether or not it will include previously unseen Marvel heroes, and whether or not any movie stars are lined up to appear. You can also check out these two exclusive photos from the show!

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by Brett White

There have been a lot of casting announcements and speculation regarding "Arrow's" second season on the CW, but little in the way of actual footage. That's all changed with the release of the first promo for the series' October 9th return.

The promo shows off the state of Starling City following season one's epic throwdown. The surviving cast members run through all that they've lost along the way while new footage shows off where they're all headed. Check out the promo below and you'll also get to see a bit more of Caity Lotz in action as Black Canary—a character we've all been waiting to see come to life.

What do you think of this first look at "Arrow" season 2? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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Avengers

by Ryan Rigley

In the wake of Warner Bros. casting Ben Affleck as the new Batman, Marvel unveiled its choice for the main antagonist in the highly-anticipated "Avengers: Age of Ultron." James Spader ("Stargate," "The Office") will be portraying the evil android known as Ultron in Earth's Mightiest Sequel.

While no further details have been released about Spader's role, this newest development still pleases us to no end. James Spader is the perfect choice for Ultron, a cold, calculating android hellbent on destroying the human race, for a number of reasons. But before we get into the future of "Avengers," let's first take a look at its past—specifically the recently concluded "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" animated TV series!

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by Brett White

"The Walking Dead's" return is right around the corner, meaning that the promotion machine is in full-swing. Not that the show really needs promotion; where "Walking Dead" goes, legions of zombie fans follow, busting ratings records along the way. In addition to the rumors and TV spots, though, AMC has posted a video featuring "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman giving a guided tour of the newly expanded prison set that will serve as home base during the show's fourth season. From spaghetti bushes to stab stations, this prison has pretty much everything one needs to survive an ongoing apocalypse. Check out the video below, and thanks to MTV Geek for the heads up!

What do you think of "The Walking Dead's" expanded prison set? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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SHIELD

by Brett White

A new roundtable interview with the cast of ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." aired as part of the network's "Fall Preview Special," featuring the cast giving just a teeny bit more insight into their characters and the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. The biggest reveal had to be Clark Gregg saying that this S.H.I.E.L.D. task force plans to deal with threats from "this world and several others."

The fact that aliens play a big role in the MCU is no surprise; after all, all the Norse gods have been presented as quasi-sorta-aliens, the Chitauri made a mess of Manhattan in last year's "Marvel's the Avengers," and next year Marvel's cosmic characters will steal the spotlight in "Guardians of the Galaxy." But now it looks like "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will also feature even more extraterrestrial shenanigans. We even see some alien evidence at a crime scene in some of the preview's new footage. You can check out the entire six minute preview clip after the jump!

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Walking Dead

The fourth season of "The Walking Dead" hits AMC in just a little bit over a month from now. While the show hasn't been afraid to make departures in the past, executive producer Greg Nicotero promises that an upcoming episode will borrow from Robert Kirkman's comics series "almost verbatim."

"It's really fascinating to make those slight departures, introduce new characters and then get to a situation where you take one episode and you really stick to the source material," he told The Hollywood Reporter in an extensive, cast and crew-spanning "Walking Dead" feature. "You'll be surprised about the way the characters lay out."

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