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Season 2 Premiere Review of House of the Dragon

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The Countdown City Geeks are excited to return back to Westeros with their review of the season 2 premiere of House of the Dragon! Let us know your thoughts about the episode in the comments below. Catch all new episodes every Sunday night on the MAX streaming service and stay tuned this week for our House of the Dragon panel with King Aegon II, Tom Glynn-Carney!

See Tom Glynn-Carney and many more stars at this year’s Superhero Comic-Con!


Ted aka Steady is the Editor in Chief of the Countdown City Geeks. He has covered some of the largest pop culture events in the world including San Diego Comic-Con and hosted a variety of events from eSports Tourneys, film festivals, to moderating panels at conventions.

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Apple TV+ renews “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters,” and announces plans for multiple spin-off series

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Apple TV+ announced that its broadly acclaimed, global hit Monsterverse series “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters,” from Legendary Entertainment, has been renewed for a second season. On the heels of the monstrous success of “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters,” Apple TV+ has also struck a new multi-series deal with Legendary Entertainment, which includes a second season of “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters,” and multiple spinoff series based on the franchise.  

“‘Monarch: Legacy of Monsters’ has left an indelible imprint on the hearts, minds and imaginations of audiences around the world, led by the brilliance of Chris, Matt, Kurt, Wyatt and the incredibly gifted talented cast and creative team,” said Morgan Wandell, head of international development for Apple TV+. “We couldn’t be more excited for viewers to not only have the chance to experience even more thrills in season two, but to embark on epic, new journeys in the franchise, as we expand Legendary’s Monsterverse.”

Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco and the shocking revelation that monsters are real, “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” tracks two siblings following in their father’s footsteps to uncover their family’s connection to the secretive organization known as Monarch. Clues lead them into the world of monsters and ultimately down the rabbit hole to Army officer Lee Shaw (played by Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell), taking place in the 1950s and half a century later where Monarch is threatened by what Shaw knows. The dramatic saga – spanning three generations – reveals buried secrets and the ways that epic, earth-shattering events can reverberate through our lives. 

The upcoming season of “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” is executive produced by showrunners and co-creators Chris Black and Matt Fraction, along with Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell from Safehouse Pictures, Matt Shakman, Andrew Colville and Jen Roskind. Hiro Matsuoka and Takemasa Arita executive produce on behalf of Toho Co., Ltd., the owner of the Godzilla character. Toho licensed the rights to Legendary for “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” as a natural byproduct of their long-term relationship with the film franchise.

The first season of “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” is now streaming globally on Apple TV+ 

You can also view our interviews with the stars of Monarch: Legacy of Monsters below.


Ten years strong, Legendary’s Monsterverse is an expansive story universe of cross-platform experiences centering around humanity’s battle to survive in a world facing a catastrophic new reality – the monsters of our myths and legends are real. Beginning with the Godzilla film in 2014 and continuing through 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, 2021’s Godzilla vs. Kong, and most recently the record-breaking Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, which topped the box office with $380M million and counting after two weeks of release and still playing in theaters, the Monsterverse has accumulated over $2B at the global box office and expanded into the highly successful event series, Legendary’s Monarch: Legacy of Monsters for Apple TV+. Including an interconnected world of video games, graphic novels, toys and live experiences, the Monsterverse represents epic entertainment on the largest possible scale.

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries, and series have earned 480 wins and 2,142 award nominations and counting, including multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy “Ted Lasso” and historic Oscar Best Picture winner “CODA.”

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Monarch: Legacy of Monsters Season 2 Targeting Late 2025 Release

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Monarch: Legacy of Monsters concluded this past January but the Apple TV+ hit is already in the works for a second season. Reportedly the writing team is drafting a second season that could be eyeing a late 2025 release. The first season was full of elaborate action sequences, plot twists, and oh yeah…terrifying monsters. Fans may be a little surprised to see less of Godzilla than what the trailers make the series seem to be however, the shows focus is primarily on the Monarch organization and the Shaw and Randa families.

Catch our interviews with some of the cast of Monarch: Legacy of Monsters below:


Synopsis: Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco, and the shocking revelation that monsters are real, “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” tracks two siblings following in their father’s footsteps to uncover their family’s connection to the secretive organization known as Monarch. Clues lead them into the world of monsters and ultimately down the rabbit hole to Army officer Lee Shaw (played by Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell), taking place in the 1950s and half a century later where Monarch is threatened by what Shaw knows. The dramatic saga – spanning three generations – reveals buried secrets and the ways that epic, earth-shattering events can reverberate through our lives.

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Austin: Win a Pair of Reserved Seats to the advance premiere of the series ‘EXPATS’

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Austin – Regal Gateway Stadium 16 & IMAX
9700 Stonelake Blvd, 78759
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Led by Nicole Kidman and directed by Lulu Wang, EXPATS is a gripping, elevated, evocative and hopeful exploration of relationships, friendships, and the human condition – as told through interwoven perspectives of an insular bubble of expats and the domestic workers who support their lavish lives. Set in the vibrant and varied Hong Kong, audiences will be visually and emotionally immersed in the compelling story and complex characters, whose disparate lives dramatically collide. The first two episodes will premiere on Prime Video January 26 with the remaining episodes released weekly.

SYNOPSIS: Set against the vibrant and tumultuous tapestry of 2014 Hong Kong, Expats centers on three American women—Margaret (Nicole Kidman), Hilary (Sarayu Blue), and Mercy (Ji-young Yoo)—whose lives intersect after a sudden family tragedy. The series interrogates privilege and explores what happens when the line between victimhood and culpability becomes blurred. Brian Tee plays Margaret’s husband Clarke and Jack Huston plays Hilary’s husband David.

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Sarayu Blue, Ji-young Yoo, Brian Tee, Jack Huston 

Creator, Director, Writer: Lulu Wang 

Executive Producers: Lulu Wang, Daniele Melia, Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, Theresa Park, Alice Bell, Stan Wlodkowski

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