The Boys: Butcher Engages in Some F**king Diabolical Pumpkin Carving

Things are looking pretty good for Amazon Prime's The Boys heading into the holiday rush. With a second season embraced by both critics and viewers (even with a staggered release), showrunner/EP Eric Kripke and the team are already looking to get back in front of the cameras for the third season in early 2021. In addition, EP Craig Rosenberg has been tapped to spearhead a college-based spinoff series (more on that below), and just this week we learned that Claudia Doumit's (Timeless) Congresswoman Victoria Neuman and Colby Minifie's (Fear the Walking Dead) Ashley Barrett were promoted to series regulars when the series returns.

The Boys has a special Halloween message (Image: Amazon Prime)
The Boys has a special Halloween message (Image: Amazon Prime)

With good tidings in mind, Butcher (Karl Urban) has stepped up to represent the series to offer some special Halloween well-wishes to all the viewers who made it all possible. The clip below has us trying to decide which two things we find the least surprising: that Butcher's good with knives (hence the nickname) or the message he wants to remind us all of (someone needs a hobby… maybe birdhouses out of popsicle sticks?). So for those of you who were wondering if Butcher could make something like pumpkin carving look "f**king diabolical," your answer awaits (spoiler: he does):

Kripke and the team behind the Amazon Prime series are already looking to get back in front of the cameras for the third season in early 2021 (with Rosenberg-directed "Payback" kicking off the new season), and Kripke and Rosenberg also have a spinoff in the pipeline (written by Rosenberg, the series received a fast track order from the streaming service). Set at America's only college exclusively for young adult superheroes (not surprisingly, run by Vought International), the series is being described as an irreverent, R-rated exploration of the lives of hormonal, competitive Supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities.

The Boys (Image: Amazon Prime)
The Boys (Image: Amazon Prime)

Though it's still a little early in the planning process, Kripke had some details to offer during an interview with THR. First, Kripke wants fans to know that the series isn't the result of Amazon looking to milk the franchise for all it's worth: this was the team's idea. "First, it didn't come from Amazon telling us, 'Hey, you're a hit, you must do a lot more of the same.' It came from me, [The Boys EPs] Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Craig Rosenberg just talking. We stumbled on to this corner of the universe that we really loved and we took it to them," Kripke explained.

As for the concept of the series (which strikes us as a cross between medical school students finding out where their residencies and college athletes getting drafted to pro teams), Kripke was able to elaborate on the different "supes perspective" viewers will have. 'It's a Vought-owned college where young kids with powers are trained as to how to be proper superheroes, all leading to an NBA-style draft at the end of the year. It's sort of like a college sports show meets Fame, because they also have to go to acting classes and marketing classes. It's going to be a very character-driven, hopefully incredibly realistic, college show," he explained.

Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television are set to produce, in association with Point Grey Pictures, Kripke Enterprises, and Original Film. Rosenberg will pen the pilot and serve as executive producer/showrunner on the spinoff as part of his overall deal with Sony Pictures TV. The Boys developer/executive producer Kripke and fellow EPs, Point Grey Pictures' Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver; and Original Film's Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty, also executive produce.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.

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