Last week in television: Preacher, Marvel’s The Gifted, Marvel’s Deadpool animated series, Stephen King’s The Mist, The Strain, Riverdale, DC’s Black Lightning and much more
Last week saw an abundance of television related news, and we previously brought you the latest Twin Peaks teaser trailer from Showtime, as well as an American Gods renewal announcement from Starz. Below you will find the following:
New promotional art for AMC’s Preacher, the first teaser trailer for Marvel’s The Gifted coming to FOX, Marvel’s Deadpool adult animated series coming to FXX, casting news for Stephen Kings Castle Rock coming to Hulu, a new teaser trailer for Spike networks adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist as well as a teaser trailer for King’s Mr. Mercedes coming to AT&T AUDIENCE Network, George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers is being adapted by SyFy, Riverdale season 2 casting news, and DC’s Black Lightning is ordered to series by The CW.
As if that wasn’t enough to take in, a number of renewals and cancellations have recently been announced for various series.
Renewed: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 5, ABC), Shannara Chronicles (season 2, moving to Spike network), Gotham (season 4, FOX), Taken (season 2, NBC), The Exorcist (season 2, FOX), iZombie (season 4, The CW), Timeless (season 2, NBC)
Cancelled: Powerless (NBC), Frequency (The CW), No Tomorrow After (The CW), Sleepy Hollow (FOX)
New key art for AMC’s Preacher
Season 2 of AMC’s Preacher is set to air this summer and the network have released key art featuring it’s main characters . The series 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.
Marvel’s The Gifted teaser trailer from FOX
FOX network has officially ordered Marvel’s The Gifted to series and released the first teaser trailer. The project is a collaboration between Marvel Studios and FOX, 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). The official synopsis:
Action-adventure family drama The Gifted, from Marvel, 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 series is expected to air on FOX this fall, with an official trailer due out tomorrow, May 15th.
Marvel’s Deadpool adult animated series coming to FXX
Deadpool fans can rejoice in the news that an adult animated series is in the works. FXX and Marvel Television have joined forces to create an animated adult action-comedy TV series adaptation of the hit Marvel character. Donald Glover and Stephen Glover will serve as showrunners, executive producers, and writers for the series. Additional executive producers include Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. Ordered for 10 episodes for its first season, the as yet untitled series is to be produced by Marvel Television with FX Productions and ABC Signature Studios for FXX. From the press release:
“Donald Glover is an incredibly gifted and versatile artist who’ll bring the untitled Marvel’s Deadpool series to life with the same intense, singular vision as his breakout hit Atlanta,” said Nick Grad. “With the success of Legion, we’re looking forward to again partnering with Marvel Television to create a series that is bold, striking and entirely original.”
Jeph Loeb added, “How much more fun could this be? Deadpool, Donald and FX – the perfect fit for the Merc with the Mouth! We’re thrilled that our relationship with FX that started with Legion continues with what is sure to be a groundbreaking show in adult animation.”
Since his debut in 1991, Deadpool has grown to become one of Marvel’s most popular characters thanks to his unique blend of humor and over-the-top action. With a rabid following of fans from across the globe, he currently stars in a variety of best-selling titles from Marvel Comics.
Donald Glover is the creator, executive producer, writer and star of Atlanta, which was the most critically acclaimed comedy series of 2016, basic cable’s most-watched new comedy in three years and the highest-rated comedy in FX Networks’ history. Glover himself won the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards and the show took home the awards for: Golden Globe, AFI, Peabody, and WGA and received DGA and NAACP nominations. Season two of Atlanta is tentatively scheduled to debut in early 2018 on FX.
Upcoming for Glover includes Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming, Han Solo and Jon Favreau’s The Lion King. Glover is known for his success under the stage name “Childish Gambino.” He released his first album, Camp, in 2011. His second album, Because the Internet, was nominated for two Grammy Awards and generated the hit song “3005.” His most recent album, Awaken, My Love!, was released in December 2016, debuted #1 on the R&B Albums Chart and is his highest-charting album.
Stephen Glover is a staff writer on FX’s award-winning series Atlanta, writing four episodes of the series ten-episode first season. In addition to script writing, he also wrote music and lyrics for the show with Donald Glover. Along with writing for television, he also has experience writing for stand-up comedians. Glover also works in music as an accomplished songwriter and performer.
We’ll update readers with news on the project as it becomes available.
Casting new for Stephen King’s Castle Rock
Earlier this year Hulu released a teaser trailer for their upcoming Castle Rock, an all new series set in the world of Stephen King’s fictional universe. Hulu has ordered a 10 episode first season of the on-going series, and now Variety are reporting that star André Holland (Moonlight, The Knick, Damages, American Horror Story) has been cast as the lead role. Details from the Castle Rock press release:
A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.
Castle Rock reunites Hulu, King, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television, which previously collaborated on event series 11.22.63, based on King’s novel. The series will stream exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute globally.
Castle Rock is based on characters and situations created by Stephen King. Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. The series is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
An expected release date is unknown at this time, though we’ll keep readers informed as more information becomes available.
New teaser trailer for Stephen King’s The Mist
Adapted from the novella of the same name by Stephen King, Spike networks 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.
Teaser trailer for Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes
According to Deadline, yet another Stephen King adaptation sees Mr. Mercedes coming to the AT&T AUDIENCE Network. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Stephen King, the seires is adapted for television by David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal) with multiple episodes being directed by Jack Bender (Lost,Under the Dome, Game of Thrones). The duo serve as executive producers, along with King and Temple Hill Entertainment’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey. The cseries stars Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter) as Detective Bill Hodges, Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) as Brady Hartsfield, Kelly Lynch (Magic City) as Deborah Hartsfield, Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight) as Jerome Robinson, Scott Lawrence (Avatar) as Detective Peter Dixon, Robert Stanton (Mercury Rising) as Anthony “Robi” Frobisher, Breeda Wool (Unreal) as Lou Linklatter, Justine Lupe (Francis Ha) as Holly Gibney, and Ann Cusack (Nightcrawler) as Olivia Trelawney, with Mary Louise-Parker (Weeds) as Janey Patterson, and Holland Taylor (The Truman Show) as Ida Silver. The official synopsis reads:
Mr. Mercedes follows a demented killer Brady Hartsfield (Treadaway) who taunts a retired police detective Bill Hodges (Gleeson) with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.
Mr. Mercedes is premiering Wednesday, Aug. 9th.
Release date and teaser for season 4 of FX’s The Strain
FX have announced that the 4th and final season of The Strain will air on Sunday, July 16th. 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.
SyFy developing George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers for television
Deadline are reporting that Syfy network are set to adapt George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers novella for the small screen. Serving as executive producers are executive producers Gene Klein (Suits), David Bartis (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Doug Liman (Suits), Alison Rosenzweig (Jacob’s Ladder, Windtalkers) and Michael Gaeta (Jacob’s Ladder). Writing the adaptation are Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser and Jeff Buhler (Jacob’s Ladder), with Robert Jaffe (Nightflyers (1987)) producing. The synopsis:
Nightflyers, based on Martin’s epic novel, is set in the future on the eve of Earth’s destruction, when a crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival. As the crew nears their destination, they discover that the ship’s artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be steering them into deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space.
No further information on the project is known at this time.
Riverdale season 2 casting news
According to TVLine, CW’s Riverdale has promoted actor Casey Cott to a series regular for season 2. Cott plays Kevin, son of the town sheriff and close friend to Betty. Cott joins KJ Apa (Archie), Lili Reinhart (Betty), Cole Sprouse (Jughead), Camila Mendes (Veronica), Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl) and Ashleigh Murray (Josie) as series regulars. In related news, it’s also being reported by TVLine that has cast Charles Melton to play the role of Reggie. Melton will be taking over for Ross Butler, who is unable to reprise the role for season 2 due to scheduling conflicts.
Riverdale will return for season 2 on The CW.
Black Lightning ordered to series by The CW
According to TVLine, The CW has given an official series orders for DC’s Black Lightning. The series will star Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie) in the title role, and is set to be the network’s fifth DC drama from producer Greg Berlanti, which also includes Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. In addition to Berlanti, executive producers for the series are Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane), and Sarah Schechter (The Flash).
Black Lightning centers around Jefferson Pierce, who finds himself back in vigilante mode thanks to his justice-seeking daughter and the threat of a star student being recruited by a local gang.
It is unknown at this time when the series is expected to air, though it will likely coincide with the other DC series on The CW.
That brings our news roundup for last week to a close, but feel free to check back next Sunday for the latest television news!