Last week in television: Twin Peaks, Star Trek: Discovery, Marvel’s The Defenders, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Preacher, The Gifted, Fear the Walking Dead, and much more
It has been an exceptionally busy week in the world of television, and we bring you the following updates:
Twin Peak behind the scenes videos, Star Trek: Discovery trailer and images, Marvel’s The Defenders new image and news, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series coming to Netflix from Jim Henson studios, Preacher season 2 teaser trailer, The Gifted official trailer and image, teaser trailer and sneak peek for season 3 of Fear the Walking Dead, The Strain season 4 promo, The X-Files confirmed for 2018, Black Lightning trailer and synopsis, and a Krypton series coming to Syfy.
We also welcome you to check out our latest reviews for Better Call Saul, Fargo, The Leftovers, The Flash, Supergirl, and Riverdale. You can also check out our latest theories and predictions for HBO’s The Leftovers.
The cast of Twin Peaks discuss the legacy of the series
Ahead of the debut of Twin Peaks on Showtime, which airs tonight, the network have released a series of short documentaries in which the cast and crew discuss the creation and legacy of the series. Released in 3 parts, each roughly 5 minutes in length, each behind the scenes video focuses on a variety of topics as follows:
Part 1: The cast and crew discuss creating Twin Peaks, David Lynch bringing the cinematic style to television and the series becoming a cultural phenomenon.
Part 2: The cast and crew discuss Twin Peaks being cancelled and then becoming a cultural phenomenon after the show ended.
Part 3: The cast, crew and artists discuss the fandom, fan art and the influence Twin Peaks has had in the creative community.
The series stars Deputy Andy Brennan (Harry Goaz), Lucy Moran (Kimmy Robertson), Shelly Johnson (Mädchen Amick), FBI Special Agent Albert Rosenfield (Miguel Ferrer), FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole (David Lynch), FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), and many more. For a more detailed look at the cast and series details, check out everything we know about Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival so far. The season synopsis reads:
Directed entirely by David Lynch, the new Showtime limited event series picks up twenty-five years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered.
Twin Peaks the 18-part limited event series will debut with a two-part premiere tonight, Sunday, May 21st.
Star Trek: Discovery trailer and images
CBS have released the first trailer for Star Trek: Discovery, due to air this fall as well as a series poster. The network also announced that the series has been expanded from 13 episodes to 15. Additionally, EW have released the first official image from the series depicting Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou and series star Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham. Additional cast includes 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 this fall on CBS All Access.
Marvel’s The Defenders new image and news
Empire have released an exclusive image from Marvel’s The Defenders coming to 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, Daredevils Stick and Elektra, and Claire Temple, who’s appeared in all of the series thus far. In related news, MCUExchange have revealed that Madame Gao will also appear in the series. The synopsis:
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 Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series coming to Netflix
Netflix have announced a new original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Set to be 10 episodes that serve as a prequel to Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal (1982), the series will be a collaboration with The Jim Henson Company.
From the press release:
A beloved classic from the 80s marks its return as Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment network, will bring The Jim Henson Company’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance exclusively to members around the world. The 10-episode fantasy adventure series is a prequel to the groundbreaking 1982 fan favorite The Dark Crystal, and takes place many years before the events of the film. The series will be shot in the U.K., and will star an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ and Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.
Feature film director Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk) will executive produce the series and direct. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be a Netflix original series produced by The Jim Henson Company and executive produced by Letterier, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Longtime Henson collaborator Rita Peruggi will serve as producer and Henson’s Blanca Lista will serve as a co-executive producer. Leading the writing are co-executive producers Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (Life in a Year), and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The 100).
“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis’ vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. “I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”
“Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of The Dark Crystal and has an incredible creative vision for the series. He brings this passion to every facet of the production as he leads the talented team of artists and writers that are bringing this entire universe to life,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. “Netflix has a deep respect for my father’s original work and the many people it inspired. They are the perfect partners to create this next epic chapter in The Dark Crystal story for new fans and the loyal fans who have waited so long for more adventures from this world.”
Rediscover the age of wonder inspired by Jim Henson’s groundbreaking vision. Netflix Original Series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance coming soon.
Preacher season 2 teaser trailer
Season 2 of AMC’s Preacher is set to air this summer and the network have released a new teaser trailer. 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.
The Gifted official trailer
FOX have released a full trailer for The Gifted. 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), 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 series is expected to air on FOX this fall, with an official trailer due out tomorrow, May 15th.
New teaser and sneak peek from Fear The Walking Dead season 3
Ahead of it’s season 3 premiere this summer, AMC have released a new teaser and sneak peek for Fear the Walking Dead. The series stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam Carey, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Lorenzo James Henri, Mercedes Mason, and Ruben Blades, with the official season 3 synopsis reading as follows:
As Fear the Walking Dead returns for season three, our families will be brought together in the vibrant and violent region formerly known as the U.S.-Mexico border. International lines done away with following the world’s end, our characters must attempt to rebuild not only society, but family as well. Madison has reconnected with Travis, her apocalyptic partner, but Alicia has been fractured by her murder of Andres. Madison’s son is only a few miles from his mother, but Nick’s first action as a leader saw him and Luciana ambushed by an American militia group – the couple escaped death, Luciana was shot, and Nick no longer feels immortal. Recovering both emotionally and physically, Strand has his sights set on harnessing the new world’s currency, and Ofelia’s captivity will test her ability to survive and see if she can muster the savagery of her father.
Fear the Walking Dead season 3 premieres June 4th on AMC.
The Strain season 4 promo
FX have released a new promo video for the 4th and final season of The Strain. 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.
The X-Files series confirmed for 2018
FOX recently announced that The X-Files will return for a 10 episode limited event series, and it’s now been confirmed that it’s slated for mid 2018. Executive produced by creator Chris Carter, the return will also see both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. From the press release:
FOX has ordered a second chapter of The X-Files event series. The all-new 10-episode installment once again will be executive-produced by creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning in their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. The event series will air during the 2017-2018 season. Production is set to begin in summer 2017.
“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide,” said David Madden, President, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of The X-Files.”
No specific date has been confirmed, however we’ll keep readers informed as more information becomes available.
Black Lightning trailer and synopsis
The CW have released an official trailer for DC’s Black Lightning, based on the comic character of the same name created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden. 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). The series is not expected to be part of the Arrowverse at this time. The new synopsis reads:
Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad.
Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community. Based on the characters from DC, Black Lightning is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane, The Game, Girlfriends), and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.
The exact air date is unknown at this time but will likely be announced soon.
Krypton series coming to Syfy in 2018
Syfy recently a new series titled Krypton that’s based on DC comic characters that will explore the origins of Superman’s Kryptonian ancestors. The series is executive produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight trilogy), with Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) serving as executive producer and showrunner. The cast includes Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Elliot Cowan, Ann Ogbomo, Rasmus Hardiker, Wallis Day, Aaron Pierre, and Ian McElhinney. It’s unknown if it will be part of the DCEU, however given Goyer’s involvement it seems a very likely possibility. The synopsis reads:
Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, Krypton follows Superman’s grandfather (Cameron Cuffe, The Halcyon) — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.
Krypton does not have an official air date, though Syfy has confirmed that it will debut in 2018.
That brings our television news roundup for the week to a close, but be sure to check back next Sunday for the latest updates.