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EDITOR'S NOTE 2 POST OCTOBER 2016 t being October, we've got a heavy television focus in this issue. Christine Bunish looks at a number of new fall shows, including Timeless, Westworld, Designated Survivor and Lethal Weapon. As a huge fan of the Swiss Army knife, I'm excited to see what MacGyver is able to pull off so many years after the show's initial run. You can read all about it, starting on page 22. Linda Romanello and I 'joined forces' for a feature on 'The Superheroes of The CW' (page 28) — her focusing on the VFX and yours truly reporting on the music that audiences are coming to associate with Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and so many other DC characters. That's not to say we don't have 'film' coverage. I had the chance to talk with director Ed Zwick about the new Jack Reacher Paramount film (page 16), and Iain Blair connects with Scott Derrickson regarding his work directing Marvel's Doctor Strange (page 18.) The film coverage continues online, where we've got a report on Zero VFX's work on The Magnificent Seven. While the film appears to take place in dry areas of Texas, it was in fact shot in the humid wetlands of Baton Rouge, LA. The studio delivered 700 shots for the film, which isn't considered a VFX-driven feature. Also online, I had a chance to chat with composer Matthew Margeson, who contributed to the score of Tim Burton's latest film, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. The film's director and VFX were highlighted in last month's cover story, and in this online exclu- sive, we hear a bit more about the musical challenge posed by the legendary director. And continuing our 'storage' coverage that begins on page 40, we direct you to the Post Website for an article by Dell EMC CTO Ryan Sayre, who looks at how "digital hoarding" is driving trends in compression. There's lots more online, including Heath Firestone's impressions following a test flight of GoPro's brand new Karma drone, so definitely check it out! ou don't have to look too closely to notice a common theme among many of the "new" TV shows that either already made or are making their debuts as part of the 2016 fall season. Fox premiered Lethal Weapon as well as The Exorcist, CBS heavily pro- moted its new MacGyver series, while The CW added Frequency to its lineup. And on HBO, Westworld premieres this month. Do any of these titles sound familiar? They should. Lethal Weapon was inspired by the 1987 Mel Gibson/Danny Glover hit film of the same name, while The Exorcist was fashioned after the iconic 1970s horror flick staring Linda Blair. Yul Brenner brought a killer, gun-slinging cowboy robot to life in the sci-fi thriller, Westworld in 1973, while more recently, in 2000, Frequency stared Dennis Quaid, Jim Caviezel and Lost's Elizabeth Mitchell. On television, the original MacGyver (which stared Richard Dean Anderson) ran on ABC from 1985 to 1992. Seeing a trend? There's no doubt the TV landscape is changing. We've come a long way from the days of the big three networks — ABC, CBS and NBC — with all sorts of premium cable, on-demand and streaming choices, adding up to more options than ever for viewers. And the competi- tion to attract viewers is fierce. Perhaps the reimagining of these shows and films asks less of audiences — requiring that they only get reacquainted with the familiar rather than invest in something completely new — while also offering safer bets for networks. Only time will tell which new shows will be hits or misses. But for the post community, it's a win-win. It all adds up to more work for post houses that are providing editing, color, finishing, audio or visual effects services. On page 22, Christine Bunish speaks with several studios posting shows for the new season. In that same vein, on page 28, Marc Loftus and I go behind the scenes of The CW's returning D.C. comic book hits — Arrow, The Flash, D.C.'s Legends of Tomorrow and our cover Supergirl, who recently landed at the network after a full season on CBS — and fea- ture our conversations with VFX supervisor Armen Kavorkian and composer Blake Neely. Find out what they have to say about the network's super hits. 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