Last week in television: Game of Thrones, Luke Cage, Castlevania, Supergirl, Misfits, The Exorcist, and more
With San Diego Comic Con around the corner entertainment related news has been sparse at best, and television is no exception. Though we have less to share than usual, we do have the following updates:
Game of Thrones season 7 episode titles and synopsis, Castlevania renewed for a second season by Netflix, casting news for: Marvel’s Luke Cage, CW’s Supergirl, Freeform’s Misfits, and FOX’s The Exorcist, and John Carpenter to develop Tales for a Halloween Night series for Syfy.
Game of Thrones season 7 episode titles and details
According to EW, HBO have released episode titles and synopsis for the first three episodes of Game of Thrones season 7. According to the article, the details are as follows:
Episode #61: “Dragonstone” (July 16)
Jon (Kit Harington) organizes the defense of the North. Cersei (Lena Headey) tries to even the odds. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) comes home.
Written for television by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Jeremy Podeswa.
Episode #62: “Stormborn” (July 23)
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) receives an unexpected visitor. Jon (Kit Harington) faces a revolt. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) plans the conquest of Westeros.
Written for television by Bryan Cogman; directed by Mark Mylod.
Episode #63: “The Queen’s Justice” (July 30)
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) holds court. Cersei (Lena Headey) returns a gift. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) learns from his mistakes.
Written for television by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Mark Mylod.
The season 7 cast includes Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, Ellie Kendrick, Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Kristofer Hivju, Rory McCann, Hannah Murray, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Aiden Gillen, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Bella Ramsey.
Game of Thrones season 7 premieres July 16th on HBO.
Lead image credit: HBO/Helen Sloan
Netflix renews Castlevania for a second season
Deadline are reporting that Netflix has officially renewed its animated Castlevania series for a second season. The news came just one day after the initial season hit the streaming service. The cast of voice actors includes Graham McTavish (The Hobbit trilogy, Outlander, Preacher) as Dracula, Richard Armitage (The Hobbit trilogy, Hannibal, Berlin Station) as Trevor Belmont, James Callis (Battlestar Galactica, 12 Monkeys) as Alucard, Alejandra Reynoso (Winx Club) as Sypha, Emily Swallow (The Mentalist, Supernatural) as Lisa Tepes, Matt Frewer (Watchmen, Timeless) as The Bishop, and Tony Amendola (Once Upon a Time) as The Elder.
Based of the videogame series of the same name, the new animated series has the following synopsis:
Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself. The animated series is from Frederator Studios, a Wow! Unlimited Media company, written by best-selling author and comic book icon Warren Ellis and executive produced by Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert and Adi Shankar.
Castlevania season one is currently streaming on Netflix.
Luke Cage season 2 casting news
Marvel have announced that Mustafa Shakir (The Deuce, The Night Of) and Gabrielle Dennis (Insecure, Rosewood) are to join the season 2 cast of Marvel’s Luke Cage. They join Mike Colter, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, and Rosario Dawson, all reprising their roles. Luke Cage is Executive Produced by Cheo Hodari Coker (Ray Donovan, Southland) and Aïda Croal (The Returned, True Blood) as Co-Executive Producer, along with Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Punisher, Marvel’s Inhumans), and Jim Chory (Marvel’s Punisher, Marvel’s Inhumans). From the press release:
Shakir has been cast as ‘John McIver,’ a natural leader, brimming with charisma, whose mission is focused on Harlem and vengeance.
Dennis will play the role of ‘Tilda Johnson’ who is a brilliant, holistic doctor with a complicated history in Harlem where, as much as she tries to stay far from trouble, it seems to always find her.
“Mustafa’s incredible presence and power ignited us from our first meeting, and Gabrielle brings the charm and smarts to a very complicated role,” remarked executive producer, Jeph Loeb. “Both will be wonderful additions to our already magnificent cast.”
“I can’t wait for audiences to see the compelling paces we put both Mustafa and Gabrielle through,” said “Marvel’s Luke Cage” executive producer and showrunner, Cheo Hodari Coker. “From the moment you see each of them on screen, I feel they will be powerful additions to the world of Marvel and Harlem’s Luke Cage.”
Plot details and an official air date for season 2 of Luke Cage are unknown at this time. Meanwhile, Marvel’s The Defenders will launch on Netflix globally on August 18, 2017.
Erica Durance to take over the role of Alura on Supergirl
The role of Alura on CW’s Supergirl is to be taken over by Erica Durance (Smallville), according to Deadline. Durance is replacing Laura Benanti, who has portrayed the character since the pilot. The casting change is apparently due to other commitments on the part of Benanti. The article included the following quote on the matter:
“Unfortunately Laura, who Greg and I have worked with for years going back to Eli Stone, was unable to continue in the role due to work commitments in NY,” said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. “But we are so blessed that Erica has come aboard to offer her own interpretation of Kara’s mother. We had tremendous success with a former Lois Lane last season with Teri Hatcher. We know Erica will continue the proud tradition of legacy actors joining our shows and creating new and exciting takes on classic DC characters.”
Supergirl returns to the CW on October 9th.
Misfits US remake casting news
Following the recent announcement that Freeform has ordered a pilot inspired by British supernatural drama series Misfits, Deadline are reporting that Dave Foley (NewsRadio) and Charlie Saxton (Hung) have been cast as series regulars. Diane Ruggiero-Wright (iZombie, Veronica Mars) wrote the adaptation and serves as showrunner, and the series has cast four out of it’s five leads which include Ashleigh LaThrop (Sirens), Tre Hall (Rebel), Allie MacDonald (Orphan Black) and Jake Cannavale (Nurse Jackie). The pilot will be directed by Victoria “Vic” Mahoney (Grey’s Anatomy). Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage serve as executive producers alongside Ruggiero-Wright, as well as Howard Overman, creator of the UK series, and Murray Ferguson of Clerkenwell Films, who produced the original version. The article gave the following details about which characters Foley and Saxton will portray:
Foley will play Bernie, a disheveled driver (think Uber), he’s clumsy, dorky and wearing clothes from 1990. Everything about this guy screams “desperate.” Saxton will play Simon. Intelligent and odd, Simon makes his way through life ignored by the world at large. Alternately tormented and shunned by his roommates, Simon has just as much trouble connecting with the other misfits he meets at community service. Foley and Saxton join previously announced cast Ashleigh LaThrop, Tre Hall, Allie MacDonald and Jake Cannavale.
Additional details are unknown at this time, but we’ll keep readers informed of any developments.
The Exorcist season 2 casting news
TVLine have reported that John Cho (Sleepy Hollow) has been added to the season 2 cast of FOX’s The Exorcist. Cho is the first new cast member to be added since the announcement that season 2 will see several changes to its cast. Serving as priests on the series, Alfonso Herrera, Kurt Egyiawan and Ben Daniels are the only cast members to be reprising their roles, however they will be taking on a new case. The series was created by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four) and is executive-produced by Slater, Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights, Weeds), Rupert Wyatt, Roy Lee (Hidden, Run All Night) James Robinson (Dream House), David Robinson (Dream House, The Good Shepherd) and Barbara Wall (Boss). Details from the article:
According to Fox, Herrera’s Father Ortega and Daniels’ newly collarless Marcus Keane find themselves out of Chicago and on the road, searching out evil. Ultimately, the two men are led to Cho’s Andrew Kim, a former child psychologist who runs a group home for five at-risk foster children on a secluded private island off the coast of Seattle. When one of the children under Andrew’s care is targeted by a powerful force, the two priests head west, setting themselves on a collision course with Hell.
The Exorcist returns on Friday, September 29th.
John Carpenter to develop Tales for a Halloween Night series for Syfy
According to THR, horror master John Carpenter is reportedly teaming up with Universal Cable Productions to develop a Tales for a Halloween Night series for Syfy. The series is to be based on his graphic novel anthology of the same name. Additionally, the deal sees Carpenter executive producing other content alongside Sandy King via their Storm King Productions, and is set to include the series Nightside, which is already in development. Nightside is set to be adapted by Jill Blotevogel (MTV’s Scream), and based on the book series by Simon R. Green of the same name. From the press release:
“I’m excited to partner with Universal Cable Productions on this venture into television. On one hand it’s a return home to Universal where I have fond memories, and on the other it’s a step into the future with great new creative partners in programming,” said Carpenter.
UCP and Carpenter are already in development on Tales for a Halloween Night for SYFY. Based on Carpenter’s award-winning graphic novel anthology of stories where he brings together storytellers from the worlds of movies, novels, and comics for a collection of horror stories featuring graveyards, sunken ships, creepy crawlers and ghosts that will haunt your dreams long after you’ve finished reading. A search for a writer is underway.
Additionally, UCP and Carpenter are developing Nightside, based on the literary series by New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green, with Jill Blotevogel (Scream: The TV Series) attached to write the script. Nightside is the secret heart of London beating to its own rhythm, pumping lifeblood through the veins of its streets and alleys, hidden in eternal darkness where creatures of the night congregate and where the sun is afraid to shine. It’s the place to go if you’re looking to indulge the darker side of your nature—and to hell with the consequences.
We’ll keep readers apprised of any developments on these projects.
That concludes our tv related news from the past week. Be sure to check back next Sunday for the latest updates.