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The Sentinel-Record - - SPORTS ZONE - By An­drew War­ren TV Me­dia

Back to ‘Kryp­ton’: Au­di­ences have a chance to re­turn to Su­per­man’s home world, and things there are even more dire now that a new su­pervil­lain is threat­en­ing it. Last spring, Syfy’s “Kryp­ton” peeled back some of the mys­ter­ies that sur­round the leg­endary planet, and with a sec­ond sea­son in the works, the cast­ing of new char­ac­ters is un­der­way.

Ir­ish ac­tor Em­mett J. Scan­lan has come aboard to play Lobo, one of DC Comics’ most hard­ened vil­lains. Scan­lan may not have had much of a pres­ence on this side of the At­lantic up un­til now, but some au­di­ences may rec­og­nize him from a small role he had in “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014). He’s much more es­tab­lished in his home coun­try and in the United King­dom, where he starred in Bri­tish soap opera “Hol­lyoaks” from 2010 to 2013.

No pre­miere date for the sec­ond sea­son has been an­nounced, nor have many de­tails be­yond what can be gleaned from how the first sea­son ended. “Kryp­ton” stars Cameron Cuffe (“The Hal­cyon”) as Seg-El, Su­per­man’s grand­fa­ther, who is vis­ited by a mys­te­ri­ous fig­ure who de­liv­ers a dire warn­ing from the fu­ture. Ge­orgina Camp­bell (“Black Mirror”) stars as a mil­i­tary com­man­der and Seg-El’s se­cret lover, and Colin Sal­mon (“Res­i­dent Evil,” 2002) plays Gen. Zod.

As for what we do know about the sopho­more sea­son, in ad­di­tion to Lobo, the DC char­ac­ters Nightwing and Flame­bird will be mak­ing an ap­pear­ance.The first sea­son dealt with whether the nearly unstoppable Dooms­day would be re­leased to fight Brainiac (Blake Rit­son, “Da Vinci’s Demons”), and the fall­out of that con­flict still re­ver­ber­ates through Kryp­ton’s so­ci­ety.

Com­edy, an­i­mated: Fox con­tin­ues to ex­pand its slate of an­i­mated se­ries. Af­ter an­nounc­ing a straight-to-se­ries or­der for “Bless the Harts” back in Septem­ber, the net­work has handed out a 13-episode or­der for an­other new se­ries.

“Dun­canville” comes from the minds of Golden Globe-win­ning ac­tress Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recre­ation”) and the hus­band-wife combo of Mike and Julie Scully, who are for­mer “The Simp­sons” writ­ers. The se­ries, which is set to pre­miere in the 2019-20 TV sea­son, is cen­tered on Dun­can, a 15-year-old boy who’s best de­scribed as “spec­tac­u­larly av­er­age.”

In ad­di­tion to serv­ing as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, Poehler will also pro­vide the voices for two of the char­ac­ters. Not only will she be voic­ing Dun­can him­self, but also his mother, An­nie, whose big­gest chal­lenge in life is stop­ping her son from ru­in­ing his own life with his an­tics.

A woman voic­ing a boy is noth­ing new in an­i­ma­tions, and Bart Simp­son is prob­a­bly the most fa­mous ex­am­ple. The iconic, spikey-haired 10-year-old has been voiced by Nancy Cartwright (“The Re­place­ments”) since his very first ap­pear­ance in “The Tracey Ull­man Show” in 1987. Poehler’s for­mer “Parks and Recre­ation” co-star Rashida Jones (“Angie Tribeca”) and rap­per Wiz Khal­ifa are also lend­ing their voice tal­ents to the new se­ries.

Sleep well: Christ­mas can be a tir­ing time of the year. With all of the shop­ping, wrap­ping and fes­tive get-to­geth­ers go­ing on, it can be such a re­lief to fi­nally hit the hay at night for some re­ju­ve­nat­ing shut­eye. For two to­tal strangers, though, that re­fresh­ing sleep is frus­trat­ingly elu­sive.

Freeform’s Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions con­tinue with “No Sleep ‘Til Christ­mas,”

a new orig­i­nal movie that premieres Mon­day, Dec. 10. Odette Annable (“Clover­field,” 2008) stars as Lizzie, an event plan­ner who is spend­ing the hol­i­days pre­par­ing for her own wed­ding. It’s a stress­ful thing to plan dur­ing a stress­ful time of the year, and her crip­pling in­som­nia cer­tainly doesn’t help, es­pe­cially since her fi­ancé, Josh (Charles Michael Davis, “The Orig­i­nals”), isn’t hav­ing any trou­ble sleep­ing.

Things change when Lizzie runs into Billy (Dave Annable, “Broth­ers & Sis­ters”), a bar­tender who’s also suf­fer­ing from in­som­nia — and who’s just as frus­trated by his in­abil­ity to sleep. When the two sleep-de­prived strangers dis­cover that they don’t have any trou­ble doz­ing off when they’re next to each other, their chance meet­ing starts to take on a deeper mean­ing — one that they’re re­luc­tant to ad­mit.

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