Last week in television: Updates on Twin Peaks, Fargo, Westworld, Midnight Texas and Fear the Walking Dead
It’s been a quiet week overall for television, however we have the latest updates on the following:
Showtimes Twin Peaks revival gets first look images and portraits, HBO’s Westworld promotes a cast member to series regular, AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead showrunner steps down.
Additionally you can view new trailers for season 3 of FX’s Fargo as well as NBC’s Midnight, Texas.
First look images from Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival
EW have shared the first images from Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival, as well as brand new character portraits. Set 25 years after the events of the original series, the core narrative of the revival is said to be Agent Cooper’s odyssey back to the town of Twin Peaks. The limited series will consist of 18 episodes, with creators David Lynch and Mark Frost returning. For more details on the series, including returning cast members and more, check out: Everything we know about Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival so far
New episodes of Twin Peaks are coming to Showtime on May 21st.
Fargo season 3 official trailer
Noah Hawley’s crime drama anthology series Fargo returns with it’s third installment. Set in 2010, the story centers around Emmit Stussy and his slightly younger brother Ray (both played by Ewan McGregor). Their sibling rivalry leads to a twisted path that begins with petty theft but soon leads to murder, mobsters and cutthroat competitive bridge. In addition to Ewan McGregor as Emmit and Ray Stussy, the series also stars Carrie Coon as Gloria Burgle, Michael Stuhlbarg as Sy Feltz, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Nikki Swango, David Thewlis as V.M. Vargas, Jim Gaffigan as Donny Mashman. Additional cast includes Scoot McNairy, Shea Whigham, Karan Soni, Fred Melamed, Thomas Mann, and Hamish Linklater. The complete synopsis reads as follows:
Emmit, the “Parking Lot King of Minnesota,” is a handsome, self-made real estate mogul with a perfect family – a real American success story. His slightly younger brother Ray is more of a cautionary tale. Wilted from a lifetime of living in Emmit’s shadow, Ray is a balding, pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt – and he blames his brother.
The only bright spot in Ray’s life is the love of a not-so-good woman, “Nikki Swango” (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), one of his parolees. Nikki has brains, beauty and a deep and abiding passion for competitive bridge. She decides to help Ray turn his fortunes around, by essentially stealing back his good karma. Unsurprisingly, things quickly get out of hand and petty theft leads to murder.
When the mayhem crosses county lines, Eden Valley Police Chief “Gloria Burgle” (Carrie Coon), a newly divorced mother, is called upon to investigate. Normally steady and imperturbable, Gloria is shaken when the case takes an unexpectedly personal turn. Meanwhile, Emmit’s perfect life is upended when he receives an unwelcome business proposal from a mysterious loner and true capitalist, “V.M. Vargas” (David Thewlis), whose bosses plan to become business partners with “The Parking Lot King,” whether Emmit likes it or not.
Fargo will premiere April 2017 on FX.
Midnight Texas official trailer
This summer sees the release of Midnight, Texas on NBC, an adaptation of the book series of the same name from author Charlaine Harris (True Blood). The series about a town of outsiders who must fight the ultimate battle against evil to protect their home. The cast includes François Arnaud (Blindspot), Dylan Bruce (American Gothic, Orphan Black), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Luke Cage, Jessica Jones), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), Sarah Ramos (Parenthood), Peter Mensah (Sleepy Hollow), Yul Vazquez (Bloodline) and Jason Lewis (Running Wild). Monica Owusu-Breen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fringe, Charmed) serves as writer and executive producer. The official synopsis:
Welcome to a place where being normal is really quite strange. From the visionary director of Mr. Robot and based on the hit book series from the author behind HBO’s True Blood comes a journey into a remote Texas town where no one is who they seem. From vampires and witches to psychics and hit men, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different. As the town members fight off outside pressures from rowdy biker gangs, ever-suspicious cops and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form a strong and unlikely family.
Midnight, Texas premieres Tuesday, July 25 on NBC.
Westworld season 2 casting news
Very little is know about the second season of HBO’s Westworld so far, however Deadline have recently reported that after having a recurring role in its first season, actress Talulah Riley’s mysterious host character, Angela, has been promoted to series regular. The actress appeared in 6 of the first seasons 10 episodes and is previously known for Christopher Nolan’s Inception and Pride And Prejudice.
No official release date has been announced for season 2 of Westworld, however it’s expected that it won’t arrive until 2018.
Fear the Walking Dead’s showrunner to step down after season 3
Variety have reported that Fear the Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erickson is stepping down after its upcoming third season. Though he will still serve as an executive producer for the series, a new deal has been made with AMC that will enable him to develop other series for the network.
“We’re beyond grateful for Dave’s amazing work on the first three seasons of ‘Fear the Walking Dead.’ With Dave as showrunner, the series fulfilled its creative promise to expand the ‘Walking Dead’ universe in a way that was totally unique from the original series, and has gone on to become the number two drama series in ad-supported cable, behind only ‘The Walking Dead,’ said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “We are also incredibly excited that Dave has chosen to stay in the AMC family to pursue his next passion project. We look forward to many more successful collaborations.”
“I have truly enjoyed working with the writers and directors, cast and crew on ‘Fear’ and am so proud of what we have accomplished over our first two seasons,” Erickson said. “I look forward to completing work on season three, sharing it with the fans and developing new projects with my partners at AMC.”
Although no official date has been announced, Fear the Walking Dead season 3 will consist of 16 episodes and is expected to premiere this summer.
That wraps up our television news roundup for the past week. Check back for more announcements and updates on these titles and more!