Last week in television: The Tick, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Mr. Mercedes, Arrow, The Gifted, Vikings, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, New Warriors, Riverdale, and much more

By ·July 16, 2017 10:00 am

Ahead of Comic-Con the past week has seen an abundance of television related news, and we bring you the following updates:

Official season 2 trailer for Amazon Original The Tick, new poster and premiere date for Stranger Things season 2, first official image for AMC’s The Walking Dead, official trailer for Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes, first look image of Black Canary in costume for season 6 of CW’s Arrow, character introductions for FOX’s The Gifted, first looking images for History’s Vikings, new poster, images, and premiere date for Starz Outlander. We also share casting announcements for Marvel’s Jessica Jones and New Warriors, as well as HBO’s Westworld, Hulu’s Castle Rock, FOX’s The Exorcist, and CW’s Riverdale. Additionally, Hulu’s Locke & Key pilot is be directed by Andy Muschietti.

We also invite you to read our latest review for Dark Matter.


The Tick season 1 official trailer

Amazon Prime Video have released the first official for season 1 of The Tick. The Amazon Original series will consist of 12 episodes and is produced by The Tick creator Ben Edlund, along with Barry Josephson (Bones) and David Fury (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). The series stars Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy) in the title role, with Griffin Newman (Draft Day) as his sidekick Arthur Everest. Additional cast includes Valorie Curry, Jackie Earle Haley, Yara Martinez, Brendan Hines, Scott Speiser and Michael Cerveris. The official synopsis reads:

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an accountant with no superpowers comes to realize his city is owned by a super villain. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero.

Part 1 of The Tick is set to premiere on August 25th on Amazon Prime Video, with Part 2 arriving in early 2018.

Lead image credit: Amazon Prime Video


Stranger Things release date and teaser poster revealed

Netflix have revealed a brand new teaser poster and an official release date of October 27th for season 2 of Stranger Things. Recent interviews with cast and crew have promised a darker season that’s larger in scale, which the ominus poster surely indicates. Stranger Things is expected to have a heavy presence at Comic-Con later this week, which will likely include a season 2 trailer and more. The majority of the creative team and ensemble cast are expected to return for the new season, as well as several new additions. We’ll be sure to share the trailer as well as any news with readers as it’s made available.

Stranger Things returns exclusively to Netflix on October 27th.


First official image revealed for season 8 of The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 1: Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon.  Image credit: AMC

As part of their ongoing Comic-Con coverage, EW have released the first official image for season 8 of The Walking Dead. As tensions build between the various communities and The Saviors, showrunner Scott M. Gimple says we can expect to see more reunions as well as new dynamics. The articles included the following quote on the subject:

“The season finale last year, seeing all the characters together interacting as one, was thrilling. It was exciting to see all these configurations of characters we hadn’t seen before. Even Aaron merely giving Jerry an apple felt satisfying.” Season 8 will continue that trajectory in a major way. “This is that times a million,” says Gimple of what’s to come. “Though it would be cool if the season began with just everybody giving each other apples. I’d be down with that.” He pauses. “But it’s not that.”

A season 8 trailer and more news is expected this week at Comic-Con, so stay tuned for the latest updates.

Season 8 of The Walking Dead premieres in October on AMC.

In related news, AMC recently announced that Fear the Walking Dead season 3 will continue on September 10th.


First look image of Black Canary in Arrow season 6

Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary. Credit: Marc Hom/The CW

EW have revealed a first look image of Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary in season 6 of Arrow. Executive producer Wendy Mericle had the following to say in the article about Dinah suiting up:

 I can tell you what my favorite parts of it are and what I think it says about the character. Last season, she wasn’t a full fledged superhero, you could say. She was, she had this power, she had this ability, she was part of the team, but really what this costume signifies more than anything is that she is now a full-fledged member of the team. She was before. But she’s now owning it in a different way.

We had talked about having the costume at various points last season and it never felt right. It felt that we wanted to save it for a special occasion, and the premiere seemed like a really good place to do it. She needs something tactical. She has this meta power, but she also has the bo staff, so we just felt it was right for her to have something that was definitely more than a nod to the DCU character, but also something that was distinctive from what we’ve seen before. This really fits the bill. Maya Mani, as usual, did an amazing job with it. My favorite part is actually the subtle hint of the gold and yellow lines in it.

I think the combination of the costume and this new confidence she has as being part of the team is — this is it, she’s come into her own very much so. It’s a good step forward for her character, but it’s also really representative and a good step forward for the team. People we brought in at the beginning of last season — probably, if they make it off the island — some of them will become full-fledged members of the team. That’s a very different situation than we’ve had in the past. In a way, we’re closing the circle on what we started in episode 501 and 502 last season, which was introducing these new characters and really bringing them along under Oliver’s tutelage. This is going to be the culmination, for her, of where she ends up.

Arrow returns to the CW on October 12th.


Official trailer for Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes series

The official trailer for AT&T Audience Network’s series adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes series has been released. 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.


Character introductions for The Gifted

IGN recently shared a video showing glimpses of several characters from FOX’s new series The Gifted, some of which may be familiar to fans of the X-Men comic book.  Take a look to see Jamie Chung as Blink, Emma Dumont as Polaris, Sean Teale as Eclipse, Blair Redford as Thunderbird, Coby Bell as Agent Turner, as well as the Strucker family.

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.


Vikings season 5 first look images

From right to left: Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig), Halfdan the Black (Jasper Paakkonen), and Sindric (Frankie McCafferty). Credit: Jonathan Hession/History (via EW)

Alex Hogh as Ivar the Boneless. Credit: Jonathan Hession/History (via EW)

Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Bishop Heahmund. Credit: Jonathan Hession/History (via EW)

EW have released a few first look images for season 5 of History’s Vikings. The series will continue to follow the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok and is expected to consist of 20 episodes. Bishop Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who was introduced in the season 4 finale, will serve as antagonist for the upcoming season. His character is said to be a precursor to the Knights Templar. Though no official premiere date has been announced, it is presumed that the series will air this fall. Vikings will have a presence at Comic-Con this week, and a new trailer and more details are expected soon.

We’ll update with an official date and trailer once they’re revealed.


Outlander season 3 teaser poster, release date, and new image

Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), David Berry (Lord John William Grey). Credit: Aimee Spinks/Starz

Wil Johnson (Joe Abernathy), Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser), Gemma Fray (Brianna Randall, 10), Tobias Menzies (Frank Randall). Credit: Aimee Spinks/Starz

Starz has released an official teaser poster for their original series Outlander, revealing the release date as September 10th. Additionally, EW have released a couple of first look images. Based on the third book in Diana Gabaldon’s acclaimed series, Outlander, season 3 stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Gary Lewis, Graham McTavish, Duncan Lacroix, and Lotte Verbeek. The third season has the following synopsis:

In Season Three of Outlander, the story picks up right after Claire travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank. Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: when they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?

Outlander season 3 premieres in September 10th on Starz.


Jessica Jones season 2 casting news

Actress Leah Gibson. Credit: Jenna Berman – Mandisa Photography (via IMDB)

According to Variety, actress Leah Gibson (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Watchemen, Shut Eye) has been cast as a series regular for season 2 of Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Though she’s been cast as a character named Ingrid, the article speculates that she may be playing comic character Typhoid Mary. From the article:

Gibson will play Ingrid, who is described as street-wise but who also has an education as a nurse. After the description of the character was originally leaked back in April, fans began speculating that Ingrid was a codename for Marvel Comics character Typhoid Mary, an enemy of Daredevil who suffers from dissociative identity disorder. She has three distinct personalities, with “Bloody Mary” and “Typhoid Mary” being the more violent personalities. She also has a range of psionic powers, like telekinesis and pyrokinesis.

Season 2 stars Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, and Janet McTeer in an undisclosed role. More casting announcements and news are expected soon.

Jessica Jones is expected to return to Netflix sometime next year.


Marvel’s New Warriors casting news

New Warriors comic art via Marvel.

Marvel have announced the cast of their upcoming New Warriors series coming to Freeform for 10 30-minute episodes. The new comedic live-action adaptation of the popular Marvel comic featuring young adult heroes will see Milana Vayntrub (This Is Us, Silicon Valley) as Doreen Green a.k.a Squirrel Girl, Derek Theler (Baby Daddy) as Craig Hollis a.k.a Mister Immortal, Jeremy Tardy (Dear White People, Ten Days in The Valley) as Dwayne Taylor a.k.a Night Thrasher, Calum Worthy (Austin & Ally, Cassandra French’s Finishing School) as Robbie Baldwin a.k.a Speedball, Matthew Moy (2 Broke Girls, Steven Universe) as Zack Smith a.k.a. Microbe, and Kate Comer (Hello My Name is Doris, The Comeback) as Deborah Fields a.k.a. Debrii.

The series is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios. Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town, Enlisted) will serve as showrunner and executive producer, with Marvel’s Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s The Defenders, Marvel’s Punisher) and Jim Chory (Marvel’s The Punisher, Marvel’s Inhumans) as executive producers.

Not quite super, not yet heroes, Marvel’s New Warriors features six young people learning to cope with their abilities in a world where bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.

No official premiere date has been announced, though it is expected to hit Freeform in 2018.


Westworld season 2 casting news

Actress Katja Herbers. Credit: James Stenson (via IMDB)

HBO’s Westworld has cast actress Katja Herbers (The Leftovers, The Americans) for its second season, reports Deadline. Additionally, it’s rumored that Zahn McClarnon (Longmire, Fargo) has been cast in an undisclosed role, thought that information has yet to be confirmed. The first new cast additions, they joins Talulah Riley and Louis Herthum who were both promoted to series regulars following their roles in the first season.

Created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie, additional cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins Jr.

Season 2 details are scarce at best, though a trailer is expected to debut at Comic-Con this week along with additional details.


Castle Rock casting news

Actor Bill Skarsgard. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images (via IMDB)

According to Variety, actor Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove, Stephen King’s IT) has been cast in Hulu’s Castle Rock series as a young man with an unusual legal problem. He joins Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Jane Levy (Suburgatory, Don’t Breathe), and Melanie Lynskey (Sunshine, Girlboss). The 10 episode series is written by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, who serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. The series details are as follows:

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 or air date are known at this time.


The Exorcist season 2 casting news

Actress Brianna Hildebrand. Credit: Ben Schurman (via IMDB)

Deadline are reporting that actress Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) has been cast in season 2 of FOX’s The Exorcist. She joins John Cho (Sleepy Hollow) as new cast members for the series. Season 2 details from the article:

Season 2 picks up with Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and a newly collarless Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) out of Chicago and on the road, searching out evil. Across the Atlantic, Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan) attempts to weed out those within the Vatican who have turned against God. Ultimately, Tomas and Marcus are led to Andrew Kim (Cho), 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.

Hildebrand will play Verity, one of Kim’s (Cho) foster children. Being close to 18 years old, her time in the house is coming to an end. Her tough exterior makes it seem as if she doesn’t care, when in reality, she would die for her siblings and Andrew.

The Exorcist returns on Friday, September 29th.


Riverdale season 2 casting news

Actress Brit Morgan. Credit: David J Dowling/Livewire

CW’s Riverdale has cast actress Brit Morgan (Supergirl, True Blood) in a recurring role as Penny Peabody. She joins

she joins series stars KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Marisol Nichols, Madchen Amick, Luke Perry, Skeet Ulrich, and Casey Cott. Mark Consuelos will also be joining for season 2 as Veronica’s father Hiram Lodge. Morgan’s character details according to Deadline:

Morgan will play Penny Peabody, known to some as the “Snake Charmer.” Penny is a wily backroom attorney that the Southside Serpents keep on retainer in case of run-ins with the law. She prefers that her clients pay her with favors, not cash, as Jughead (Cole Sprouse) finds out when he seeks her out to help with his father.

Riverdale returns to the CW on October 11thh for an expanded season of 22 episodes.


Locke & Key pilot to be directed by Andy Muschietti

Locke & Key comic art from IDW.

IDW comic Locke & Key was recently granted a pilot order for Hulu as a one hour horror/fantasy drama adapted from the comic of the same name by Joe Hill (The Fireman) and artist Gabriel Rodriguez (Little Nemo). The project comes from a script written by Hill, with Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, The Strain) serving as showrunner. Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) had previously been board to direct, however Deadline are reporting that due to a scheduling conflict on behalf of Derrickson, the pilot is now to be helmed by Andy Muschietti (Mama, Stephen King’s IT).

Locke & Key revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys, and will stop at nothing to attain them.

There’s no news as to whether or not Locke & Key will be ordered to series, but we’ll keep readers posted with any updates on the project.

That concludes our tv related news from the past week. This week sees Comic-Con happening in San Diego, so check back frequently for the latest news and trailers.

Written by Jennifer Izykowski

Lead Writer

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.

Hobbies and interests include homesteading, self defense and tactical training, hiking, photography, writing, reading, drawing, painting, television, comics, and film.

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