Last week in television: Game of Thrones, Star Trek: Discovery, Marvel’s The Defenders, The Gifted, The Mist and more

By ·June 25, 2017 10:00 am

Overall it’s been a fairly quiet week for television related news, though we do have a handful of exciting updates to share including the following:

New trailer for HBO’s 7th season of Game of Thrones, Star Trek: Discovery premiere date announced, new poster for Marvel’s The Defenders, FOX’s The Gifted premiere date set, new The Mist featurette teasing what’s to come, Damon Lindelof in talks to develop Watchmen series for HBO, and Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat developing new Dracula miniseries for BBC.

You’re also welcome to read our latest reviews for the latest episode of Dark Matter, as well as the season finale reviews for Fargo, and Better Call Saul. Additionally you can check out 11 Breaking Bad references you missed in Better Call Saul


Game of Thrones season 7 trailer #2 released

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister in season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

HBO have released the 2nd official trailer for the upcoming 7th season of Game of Thrones. Additionally, the network has released new character posters. 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.

Following season 7, the series based on the popular book series from George R.R. Martin will conclude with an 8th season consisting of six episodes.

Game of Thrones season 7 premieres July 16th on HBO.


Star Trek: Discover premiere date announced

Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca in Star Trek: Discovery. Image credit: CBS/EW

CBS have announced a premiere date for Star Trek: Discovery which is slated for September 24th on CBS. Following the premiere, subsequent episodes will be available through the CBS All Access streaming service. In related news EW have released the above first look image depicting Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter franchise, The OA) as Captain Gabriel Lorca. The series was recently expanded to 15 episodes and stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Rainn Wilson, James Frain, Anthony Rapp, Jason Isaacs, Terry Serpico, Maulik Pancholy, Sam Vartholomeos, Rekha Sharma, Clare McConnell, Damon Runyan, and Kenneth Mitchell. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth all serve as executive producers, with Berg and Harberts serving as showrunners. The synopsis:

Before Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise there was Discovery. Now, one of the most iconic and influential global franchises returns to television with Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek: Discovery debuts on September 24th, 2017.


New series poster for Marvel’s The Defenders

Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). Image credit: Netflix, Marvel Studios

A new series poster for Marvel’s The Defenders has been released ahead of it’s premiere on Netflix this summer. Consisting of of 8 episodes, the seires stars Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, and Sigourney Weaver. The footage brings together the devil of Hell’s Kitchen, the smart-ass detective, the righteous ex-con, and the kid with the glowing fist, as well as teases Sigourney Weaver’s villainous character Alexandra. Additionally,other characters from the Marvel Netflix shows feature heavily in the footage, including  Luke Cage’s Misty Knight, Daredevil’s Stick and Elektra, and Claire Temple, who’s appeared in all of the series thus far.

Marvel’s The Defenders follows Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). 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 will launch on Netflix globally on August 18, 2017.


The Gifted gets an official premiere date

From: L-R: Stephen Moyer, Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White and Amy Acker in THE GIFTED premiering on FOX. this fall. Image credit: Ryan Green/FOX

FOX have released an official premiere date for their upcoming series The Gifted. The project is set to air in October 2nd and is a collaboration between Marvel Studios and FOX. The series is written by Matt Nix (APB, Burn Notice) and directed by Bryan Singer (the X-Men franchise). Executive producers are Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones) and Jim Chory (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones). The series stars the series stars Stephen Moyer (Shots Fired, True Blood) and Amy Acker (Person of Interest), Sean Teale (Reign), Jamie Chung (Gotham), Coby Bell (Burn Notice), Emma Dumont (Aquarius), Blair Redford (Satisfaction), Natalie Alyn Lind (Gotham) and Percy Hynes White (Night at the Museum 3). The official synopsis:

Family adventure series The Gifted, from 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television, tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

The Gifted premieres on FOX on October 2, 2017.


The Mist teases what’s ahead in new featurette

Following it’s premiere on SPIKE, a new featurette has been released teasing what’s ahead in upcoming episodes. Adapted from the King novella of the same name, The Mist has been reimagined for the small screen. The series will consist of 10 episodes and is slated to debut this summer. Christian Torpe serves as creator, executive producer, and showrunner for the series, which stars Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire), Alyssa Sutherland (Vikings), Gus Birney, Danica Curcic (Nobel), Okezie Morro (World War Z), Luke Cosgrove (Shiver), Darren Pettie (Mad Men), Russell Posner (The D Train), Dan Butler (Frasier), Isiah Washington, Jr. (The Wire) and Frances Conroy (American Horror Story). The official synopsis reads as follows:

When the residents of Bridgeville, Maine find themselves engulfed by a foreboding mist containing a myriad of inexplicable and bizarre threats, their humanity is put to the test in The Mist.

The Mist centers around a small town family that is torn apart by a brutal crime. As they deal with the fallout an eerie mist rolls in, suddenly cutting them off from the rest of the world, and in some cases, each other. Family, friends and adversaries become strange bedfellows, battling the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain morality and sanity as the rules of society break down.

The Mist is currently airing on SPIKE network, and the first 3 episodes are currently available on the networks website.


Damon Lindelof in talks to develop Watchmen series for HBO

Watchmen graphic novel cover art from DC Comics.

THR are reporting that Damon Lindelof (LOST, The Leftovers) is in talks to develop a Watchmen series for HBO. The series would be an adaptation of the limited comic series of the same name created by Alan Moore, with artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins that was published by DC Comics in 1986 and collected in 1987. There has previously been a feature film adaptation from director Zack Snyder in 2009, who was briefly attached to the project. From the article:

Lindelof originally read the comics as a kid in the 1980s and has said that the series continues to influence his work. “From the flashbacks to the nonlinear storytelling to the deeply flawed heroes, these are all elements that I try to put into everything I write,” he told Comic Book Resources in 2009 ahead of the feature-film take. Lindelof has read Watchmen multiple times and, at the time, praised director Zack Snyder’s film. “It’s the most married-to-the-original-text version of Watchmen that could’ve been made,” he told the Observer. “I want to keep it sort of insular,” he said, referring to the multiple translations that have come from trying to translate the source material. “It’s OK with me if people don’t understand it because they don’t deserve to understand it.”

Nothing further is known about the project at this time, however we’ll keep readers updated when more information is available.


Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat developing new Dracula miniseries for BBC

Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, via Radio Times.

According to Variety, Sherlock writers and producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are reuniting to develop a Dracula miniseries for BBC. The series will be a new take on the Bram Stoker vampire classic adopt a similar format to Sherlock with a run of feature-length episodes. It’s unknown whether or not Dracula will have a modern day setting similar to Sherlock. With scripts yet to be written, no casting information or further details are available at this time. We’ll keep readers updated as news becomes available.

That brings our television related news from the past week to a close, be sure to check back next Sunday for the latest updates.

Written by Jennifer Izykowski

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Jennifer is currently a stay a full time homemaker residing in the Adirondack region of upstate New York with a background in business management. At present, she provides care for disabled family members.

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