Last week in television: Sense8, Castlevania, Tremors, True Detective, Room 104, Castle Rock, and Nightflyers
This past week has been a rather interesting one for television related news, and we’ve already shared Marvel’s Inhumans trailer, Better Call Saul renewed for a 4th season, Rick & Morty season 3 release date and trailer, and details for the Coen Bros tv western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
This week we have the following updates:
Netflix’s Sense8 returning for a 2 hour finale and Castlevania cast announced, Tremors and Nightflyers pilots ordered from Syfy, HBO’s True Detective season 3 casting news and Room 104 trailer and poster, and casting news for Hulu’s Castle Rock.
Sense8 returning for a 2 hour finale
Roughly a month ago it was announced that Netflix had cancelled their original series Sense8, and fans have been in an uproar ever since. Against all odds, they joined forces to convince the streaming service to renew the series and their diligence evidently didn’t go unnoticed. Co-creator Lana Wachowski wrote a heartfelt letter to fans declaring that their support has helped revive the series for a 2 hour finale, which was shared via the official Sense8 facebook page. The feature length episode is a far cry from a full revival, but is expected to give the series a proper ending and fans some much needed closure.
The 2-hour finale is expected sometime in 2018.
Netflix’s Castlevania cast announced
The voice cast for Netflix’s upcoming Castlevania series was recently announced by series producer Adi Shankar via his Youtube channel. The news was revealed by Shankar and actor Graham McTavish (The Hobbit trilogy, Outlander, Preacher), who will be voicing Dracula. The pair revealed that the other cast members include 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 will hit Netflix on July 7th.
Lead image credit: Netflix
Tremors pilot ordered from SyFy
According to THR, a Tremors reboot is in development at Syfy and has landed a pilot order. The series picks up 25 years after the events of the original film and sees Kevin bacon reprising his role as Valentine “Val” McKee. From the press release:
Tremors, starring Kevin Bacon reprising his original role from the 1990 film of the same name, has been ordered to pilot. From Universal Cable Productions, the drama was written by Andrew Miller (The Secret Circle), who will also serve as showrunner and executive producer along with Bacon and David Schiff (Southpaw) in association with Blumhouse Television.
“This is the only character I’ve played that I’ve ever thought about revisiting. I just got to thinking, where would this guy end up after 25 years?” commented Bacon. “Andrew Miller has a fantastic take on it and we hope to create a show that will be fun and scary for fans of the movie and folks that have yet to discover it. Let’s kick some Graboid ass!”
The killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, Nevada 25 years ago are back, and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon) who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol and a delusional hero complex.
“We are so pleased to continue our partnership with Syfy and UCP in reviving this cult classic with none other than Kevin Bacon as Valentine McKee; we look forward to thrilling original fans and new audiences alike,” commented Blumhouse founder, Jason Blum.
We’ll keep readers informed of any future updates surrounding the project.
True Detective casting news
According to TB, HBO’s True Detective is in talks with Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, House of Cards, Luke Cage) for a leading role. This is promising news for the highly anticipated third season of the crime anthology series, as it has yet to be officially greenlit by the network. Who Ali will be playing and plot details remain unknown at this time, though creator Nic Pizzolatto is reportedly teaming up with David Milch (Deadwood) for new episodes.
Further information is unknown at this time but is expected soon.
HBO’s Room 104 trailer and poster
HBO have released an official trailer and teaser poster for their upcoming anthology series Room 104. Spanning different eras and genres, each of the 12 episode will be helmed by a different director. The cast includes James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek), Orlando Jones (American Gods, Sleepy Hollow), Amy Landecker (Transparent), and Karan Soni (Deadpool), among others. From the press release:
Set in a single room of an average American motel, Room 104 tells a different story of the assorted characters who pass through it in each episode.
The show will feature performances by Hugo Armstrong, Davie-Blue, Melonie Diaz, Jay Duplass, Veronica Falcon, Adam Foster, Ellen Geer, Keir Gilchrist, Philip Baker Hall, Sarah Hay, Poorna Jagannathan, Orlando Jones, Ethan & Gavin Kent, Amy Landecker, Konstantin Lavysh, Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Keta Meggett, Natalie Morgan, Ross Partridge, Karan Soni, Dendrie Taylor, Tony Todd, Will Tranfo, James Van Der Beek, Mae Whitman and Nat Wolff.
Directors for the series include Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, Patrick Brice, Marta Cunningham, Doug Emmett, Megan Griffiths, Dayna Hanson, Chad Hartigan, Ross Partridge, Sarah Adina Smith and So Yong Kim; and writers include Xan Aranda & Ross Partridge, Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, Mark Duplass, Dayna Hanson, Carson Mell and Ross Partridge.
Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass are the creators and executive producers of Room 104; executive producer, Xan Aranda; co-executive producer, Ross Partridge; producer, Sydney Fleischmann.
Room 104 premieres on July 28th on HBO.
Castle Rock casting news
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 it was previously announced that star André Holland (Moonlight, The Knick, Damages, American Horror Story) has been cast as the lead role. Now THR are reporting that Sissy Spacek (Carrie) and Jane Levy (Suburgatory, Don’t Breathe) have joined the cast. Furthermore Variety shared the news that Melanie Lynskey (Sunshine, Girlboss) has also been added. Character details from the articles and press release read as follows:
Spacek will play Ruth Deaver, estranged adoptive mother of Henry (Andre Holland), a retired professor whose fading memories may hold a key to Castle Rock’s unsettling past.
Levy will play Jackie, the death-obsessed, self-appointed historian of Castle Rock.
Lynskey will play Molly Strand, a woman with a rare medical condition who’s barely scraping by as a real estate agent in a town where every third property is the site of someone’s worst nightmare.
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.
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.
No further details are known at this time, though more announcements are expected soon.
George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers pilot greenlit by SyFy
Deadline are reporting that Syfy network have officially greenlit a pilot order for George R.R. Martin’s supernatural thriller novella Nightflyers. 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
No premiere date or casting news is available at this time.
That concludes our tv updates for the week. Check back next Sunday for the latest news.