Last week in television: Marvel’s The Defenders, Inhumans, Cloak and Dagger, and New Warriors, Preacher, Fear the Walking Dead, Colony, and more
It’s been a busy week in television related news, and we bring you highlights for the following:
Marvel’s The Defenders release date revealed, as well as news on Inhumans, Cloak and Dagger, and New Warriors. The first teaser trailer for season 2 of AMC’s Preacher has arrived, and the networks Fear the Walking Dead gets an official released date. Colony is renewed for a third season, and Stephen King’s Sleeping Beauties is ordered to series.
Marvel’s The Defenders teaser reveals release date
Netflix have released a new teaser video cryptically revealing the official release date for Marvel’s The Defenders. The limited series will consist of 8 episodes and stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, and Finn Jones as Danny Rand. It was recently announced that Academy Award and Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner, Sigourney Weaver will also join the cast. Marco Ramirez (Daredevil) and Doug Petrie (Daredevil) are executive producers along with Drew Goddard (Daredevil, The Martian), Jeph Loeb (Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage) and Jim Chory (Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage). For fans that want an interactive experience, viral website was also launched teasing the series. The official synopsis:
Marvel’s The Defenders follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.
The Defenders arrives exclusively on Netflix on August 18th, 2017.
Marvel’s Inhumans gets an official synopsis
Marvel’s Inhumans is set to debut this fall and will consist of 8 episodes. The series is based on the Marvel comic of the same name and stars Iwan Rheon as Maximus, Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Ken Leung as Karnak, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Mike Moh as Triton, Sonya Balmores as Auran, and Ellen Woglom in an undisclosed role. The drama is being written and executive produced by Scott Buck (Dexter) who is serving as showrunner, with Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory executive producing. Additionally, bleedingcool have reported that comic writer Charles Soule indicated that the series would feature some NuHumans as well, including some he created in his Inhuman comic book. According to CBR, the official synopsis for the series reads:
After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself.
Prior to its television debut on Tuesday, September 26th on ABC, Marvel’s Inhumans is set to screen in IMAX theaters for two weeks starting Friday, September 1st 2017.
Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger gets a 10 episode order
MCUexchange have reported that Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger have gotten an order for 10 episodes to air on Freeform. In related news Marvel recently announced that former Disney Channel star and Hollywood Records recording artist Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph (The Night Of, Run All Night) will star as Tandy Bowen, a.k.a. Dagger, and Tyrone Johnson, a.k.a. Cloak. Additional cast includes with Andrea Roth, Gloria Reuben, Miles Mussenden, Carl Lundstedt, James Saito, and J.D. Evermore. Joe Pokaski (Heroes) will serve as showrunner for the series, which is based on the Marvel comic of the same name. The synopsis:
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is a coming-of-age series based on the beloved Marvel characters. Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson come from starkly different backgrounds, each growing up with a secret they never dared share with another soul. Once a privileged little girl, Tandy Bowen watched as her family was destroyed by a disastrous storm that uprooted her life. Now in her late teens, an unexpected encounter with a boy named Tyrone sparks a life changing event. Young Tyrone Johnson wanted nothing more than to prove he was fearless. But when everything he held close was taken away, life taught Tyrone to be afraid. Now older and more sheltered, Tyrone closes himself off. But when he meets a girl named Tandy his life changes forever.
Cloak and Dagger is expected to air on Freeform in winter of 2018.
Marvel’s New Warriors ordered to series
THR are reporting that yet another Marvel title will be adapted for the small screen. Marvel’s New Warriors will be heading to freeform for 10 30-minute episodes. From the press release:
Marvel’s New Warriors is about six young people with powers living and working together. With powers and abilities on the opposite end of the spectrum of The Avengers, the New Warriors want to make a difference in the world … even if the world isn’t ready. Not quite super, not yet heroes, Marvel’s New Warriors is about that time in your life when you first enter adulthood and feel like you can do everything and nothing at once – except in this world, bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.
The series will feature fan-favorite “Squirrel Girl” (Doreen Green) as a totally empowering fan girl -tough, optimistic and a natural leader. Doreen is confident and has the powers of a squirrel. … She’s acrobatic, can fight and talk to other squirrels. Her most important trait is that she has faith in people and teaches them to believe in themselves.
No other information is available at this time, however the series is slated to debut in 2018.
Preacher Season 2 teaser trailer released
The first teaser for AMC’s Preacher reveals a new air date and the characters embarking on what looks to be an epic road trip. Season two stars Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Coletti, and Graham McTavish. New additions include Noah Taylor (Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones), Pip Torrens (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, My Week with Marilyn), Julie Ann Emery (Better Call Saul, Fargo), Malcolm Barrett (Dear White People), Justin Prentice (13 Reasons Why, Awkward) and Ronald Guttman (Mozart in the Jungle, Mad Men). From the season 2 press release:
The expanded second season, consisting of 13 episodes, is a genre-bending thrill ride that follows West Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip (Academy Award® nominee Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) as they embark on a road trip to find God and are thrust into a twisted battle spanning Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.
Preacher returns to AMC on Sunday, June 25th.
Colony renewed for a 3rd season
USA network have announced a 3rd season of the critically acclaimed science fiction drama Colony. From executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, The Strain) and Ryan Condal (Rampage, Hercules) the series stars stars Holloway, Callies, Tory Kittles, Peter Jacobson, Amanda Righetti, Jacob Buster, Isabella Crovetti-Cramp, Alex Neustaedter, Adrian Pasdar and Tony Plana. From the press release:
In Season 2 of Colony, alien intelligence is still in control of a near-future Los Angeles. With their secrets exposed, Will (Josh Holloway) and Katie Bowman (Sarah Wayne Callies) are united in their battle for survival – against both Collaborators and the Resistance. As the fight for liberty intensifies, the Bowmans are forced to flee from their home. Hunted at every turn, they must take dangerous measures to keep their family together while trying to escape the Los Angeles bloc
“Legendary Television is so proud, and so appreciative, of the wonderful work that Carlton, Ryan, and our superb cast and crew have done on the first two seasons of this astoundingly timely show,” said Lauren Whitney, Legendary’s President of Scripted Television. “We have excellent partners in UCP and USA, and we look forward to the big plans that Carlton and Ryan have for Season 3 of COLONY.”
The 13-episode 3rd season will premiere on USA network in 2018.
Fear the Walking Dead season 3 air date announced
AMC have announced the official air date for the upcoming 3rd season of Fear the Walking Dead. Consisting of sixteen episodes, the first half of the season will consist of eight episodes airing over six weeks, with two back-to- back episodes on Sunday, June 4th and a mid-season finale of two back-to-back episodes on Sunday, July 9th. The series is executive produced by showrunner Dave Erickson, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert and stars Kim Dickens as Madison, Cliff Curtis as Travis, Frank Dillane as Nick, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia, Mercedes Mason as Ofelia, Colman Domingo as Strand and Danay Garcia as Luciana. From the press release:
As Fear the Walking Dead returns for season three, our families will be brought together in the vibrant and violent region formerly known as the U.S.-Mexico border. International lines done away with following the world’s end, our characters must attempt to rebuild not only society, but family as well. Madison has reconnected with Travis, her apocalyptic partner, but Alicia has been fractured by her murder of Andres. Madison’s son is only a few miles from his mother, but Nick’s first action as a leader saw him and Luciana ambushed by an American militia group – the couple escaped death, Luciana was shot, and Nick no longer feels immortal. Recovering both emotionally and physically, Strand has his sights set on harnessing the new world’s currency, and Ofelia’s captivity will test her ability to survive and see if she can muster the savagery of her father.
Joining the cast as series regulars for season three are Dayton Callie (Sons of Anarchy, Deadwood), Daniel Sharman (The Originals, Teen Wolf) and Sam Underwood (The Following), who will play the Otto family, founders of a survivalist organization who prepared for the fall of democracy, but didn’t anticipate the rise of the dead, as well as Lisandra Tena (Chicago P.D.) as Lola Guerrero.
Fear the Walking Dead will return for its 3rd season on Sunday, June 4th.
Stephen King’s Sleeping Beauties tv series ordered
Ahead of its September release it’s been announced that the highly anticipated new novel by Stephen King and his son Owen titled Sleeping Beauties will be adapted for the small screen. According to Deadline, the rights to the series have been acquired by Anonymous Content and their own Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta (who collectively executive produce The OA for Netflix) will executive produce the Sleeping Beauties series. They synopsis for the novel reads as follows:
In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place…
The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?
Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously absorbing father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King.
No other informatio is available at this time. However, several of Stephen King’s other works are currently in various stages of production for the big and small screen, including adaptations of 1922, The Dark Tower, The Mist, Mr. Mercedes, and Gerald’s Game. The publication date for Sleeping Beauties, co-written by Stephen and Owen King, is set for September 26, 2017.
That concludes our television news roundup for the past week. Check back for more announcements and updates on these titles and more!