Last week in television: Game of Thrones, The Mist, The Strain, Snowpiercer, Misfits, The Exorcist, and more
Overall it’s been a relatively quiet week in television related news, however we do have the following updates:
HBO’s Game of Thrones season 7 granted extended episodes, a pair of featurettes for Spike’s The Mist, new promos for FX’s The Strain, Snowpiercer series casting news, Misfits is getting a US reboot, FOX’s The Exorcist updates, and CW network’s fall schedule.
We’ve previously shared the official trailer and images for Stephen Kings The Mist, and we also invite you to check out our reviews for the season premier of Dark Matter, and the latest episode of Fargo.
Game of Thrones season 7 to conclude with extended episodes
According to WatchersOnTheWall, season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones is set to conclude with extended episodes. The penultimate episode has a runtime of 71 minutes, while the season finale is slated for 81 minutes, making them the longest episodes of the series to date. In related news, HBO have released a video exploring the costume design for the series (above). 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.
The Mist behind the scenes featurette and character profile
Spike network have released a new behind the scenes featurette and a character profile for their upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist. The first explores a reimagining of the story while the second puts the spotlight on character Gus Bradley, played by Isiah Whitlock, Jr. 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 premieres on June 22nd on Spike. Stay tuned for our spoiler free review of the pilot episode.
New promo videos for The Strain
FX have released a pair of new teaser videos for the 4th and final season of The Strain which is slated to air this summer. Adapted from the best-selling The Strain Trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan who both serve as executive producers, the series hails from showrunner, executive producer and writer Carlton Cuse (LOST, Bates Motel). The ensemble cast stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Jonathan Hyde, Kevin Durand, Ruta Gedmintas, Miguel Gomez, Richard Sammel, Max Charles and Rupert Penry-Jones. Season 4 synopsis:
As the fourth and final season begins, nine months have passed. The world has fallen into darkness, and the strigoi are in control. The explosion at the end of season three triggered a global nuclear apocalypse. The resulting nuclear winter liberated the strigoi, allowing them to move about during daytime, and allowing the Master to establish a totalitarian regime. Preying on the fears of the populace, the Master and his minions have created an unsettling alliance in “The Partnership.” The majority of humans are now working for the strigoi, operating with a single understanding — collaborate or die. With the world in disarray and our heroes disbanded, each of them will have to overcome personal hardship and defy death for even the smallest chance at fighting back… All the while, the Master reigns supreme, furthering his scheme for the end of the world as we know it. In the face of annihilation…do our heroes have what it takes to save humankind?
The Strain will air on Sunday, July 16th on FX.
Snowpiercer series casting news
Deadline are reporting that TNT’s pilot for Snowpiercer have cast Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha) in a lead role alongside Jennifer Connelly (Requiem for a Dream) and Daveed Diggs (Hamilton). The series is a futuristic thriller based on the feature film of the same name from director by Bong Joon-ho, and an adaptation of the French graphic novel ‘Le Transperceneige’ by Jacques Lob. Sumner is to portray Bess Till, while Connelly plays Melanie Cavill, and Diggs plays Layton Well. Directed by Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange), the series is executive-produced by writer-showrunner Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Derrickson, Marty Adelstein (Aquarius, Prison Break, Teen Wolf) and Becky Clements (Good Behavior, Aquarius, Last Man Standing), and the original film’s Bong Joon Ho, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi. The synopsis:
Set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are questioned in this riveting television adaptation.
The series is expected to air in 2018.
Misfits series getting a US remake
Deadline are reporting that Freeform has ordered a pilot inspired by British supernatural drama series Misfits. 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:
Misfits revolves around on a group of young offenders in a community service program who develop supernatural powers after being hit by a mysterious electrical storm.
Lathrop will play Alicia, a spoiled, vapid, middle-class party girl who seems to have three main goals in life: have fun, look hot and get guys. Hall plays Curtis, a talented and cocky football player with a promising career ahead of him who is used to everything going his way. MacDonald plays the tough and trashy Kelly, who is street smart with a hair-trigger temper and a penchant for beating the crap out of people. Cannavale plays Nathan, a con artist and thief with a heavily inflated sense of his own attractiveness, intelligence and potential.
Further details are unknown at this time, but we’ll keep readers informed as they become available.
The Exorcist season 2 casting news
According to TVLine, FOX’s The Exorcist series will see several changes to its cast for season 2. Serving as priests on the series, Alfonso Herrera, Kurt Egyiawan and Ben Daniels are all reprising their roles but will be taking on a new case. Therefore Geena Davis, Alan Ruck, Hannah Kasulka, and Brianne Howey, who all portrayed members of the Rance family will not be returning as series regulars. However the article does indicate that they could return as guest stars. 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).
Further details for season 2 are unknown at this time, but are likely to be forthcoming.
The Exorcist will return for season 2 on FOX.
CW fall premiere dates announced
The CW Network announced its Fall 2017 premiere dates, which includes Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, Supernatural, and more. The schedule is as follows:
On Monday, October 9, Supergirl is back (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the thrilling new drama Valor (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).
The Flash races back for its fourth season Tuesday, October 10 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the third season premiere of DC’S Legends of Tomorrow (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).
Riverdale returns on its new night Wednesday, October 11 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the delicious high drama of the all new Dynasty (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).
On Thursday, October 12, Supernatural (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) makes its season 13 debut paired with Arrow (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) on its brand new night.
On Friday, October 13, The CW’s Golden Globe winners are back-to-back, with the season premieres of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (8:00-9:00PM ET/PT)and Jane the Virgin (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).
That wraps up our television related news from the past week, be sure to check back next Sunday for the latest updates.