Last week in television: Twin Peaks, The Walking Dead, Star Trek: Discovery, Riverdale, MTV’s Scream, The Strain and more
The past week has been somewhat light on the news front for television, however we have updates for the following:
Showtime releases a new teaser video for Twin Peaks, AMC’s The Walking Dead to add 2 new characters next season, CW’s Riverdale major casting change and more, Star Trek: Discovery adds new cast members, MTV’s Scream series to be completely rebooted for season 3, FX’s The Strain season 4 promo, and Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles tv adaptation officially in development.
Twin Peaks teaser video
Despite airing in just a few weeks, content from Showtime’s Twin Peaks 18 part limited event series has been limited to behind the scenes footage and first look photos. Showtime has now released a short teaser showing new looks at familiar locations. For more on the series, check out: Everything we know about Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival so far
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 on Sunday, May 21st.
The Walking Dead to introduce 2 new characters in season 8
AMC’s The Walking Dead are reportedly introducing 2 new characters in season 8. As if the series doesn’t already have an overabundance of characters, TVLine are reporting that they’ll be adding the following characters:
Dillon, a sexy, blue-collar twentysomething whose survival skills include sarcasm, and Abbud, an innately likable Muslim American whose nerves are, let’s say, jangled, because he’s flown solo for too long in zombieland. Of the pair, the former is likelier to survive the looming conflict — not only does Dillon sound like a less jerky Spencer, but the casting notice for the roles hints that the actor chosen might get picked up for subsequent seasons.
Who will be cast in the roles remains to be seen, and it’s worth noting that the characters names are from a casting call and will likely be changed. Season 8 of The Walking Dead is expected to air this October on AMC.
Star Trek: Discovery adds Rekha Sharma and others to the cast
Deadline have reported that CBS network’s Star Trek: Discovery has added new additions to its cast, including Rekha Sharma ( Battlestar Galactica, The 100) as Commander Landry, the security officer of the Starship Discovery. Additionally, Clare McConnell (Dim the Fluorescents) and Damon Runyan (Suits, Supernatural, Gangland Undercover) have been added as Dennas and Ujilli, respectively, leaders in the Klingon Empire. Kenneth Mitchell (Jericho, The Astronaut Wives Club, Frequency) has also been cast as role as Kol, a commanding officer in the Klingon empire. Additional cast includes Sonequa Martin-Green, Rainn Wilson, James Frain, Anthony Rapp, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, Terry Serpico, Maulik Pancholy, and Sam Vartholomeos.
Star Trek: Discovery will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.
Star Trek: Discovery is expected to premiere in the fall of 2017.
Riverdale to reveal killer in penultimate episode and season 2 casting news
According to EW, CW’s Riverdale is expected to reveal who Jason Blossom’s killer is in the penultimate episode of the season. According to EP Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, fans can expect the following:
After the identity of Jason Blossom’s killer is revealed in the penultimate hour, “the entire town is reeling,” EP Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says of the finale, which “comes full circle back to Sweetwater River.” The season ender also puts focus on the main core four as the pairings are finally firmed up — one couple goes all the way, while another’s fate is left in question. Ultimately, “There’s a huge twist ending that sets up the second season,” the Riverdale boss adds. “One of our main character’s life hangs in the balance.” Plus: Archie will finally perform with Josie and the Pussycats.
In related news, TVLine are reporting that the network have decided to recast the role of Archie’s foe Reggie. This comes as a result of scheduling conflicts with Ross Butler, who currently portrays the character.
“We love what Ross did with the role of Reggie [this season], but because of his commitments to other projects, we couldn’t use him nearly as much as we would have liked,” series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said in a statement to TVLine. “[Next season], we want more Reggie on our show — he’s Archie’s rival! — and because Ross is unavailable to come back to Riverdale, we’re looking for a new Reggie. Those are big shoes to fill, but we’re confident we can find an actor who is as funny and sexy as Ross. And of course we all wish Ross the best.”
It’s unknown at this time who will be cast in the role for upcoming seasons. Additionally, TVLine recently reported that the series has added Mark Consuelos (Pitch, The Night Shift) to the season 2 cast, who will portray Veronica’s father.
Hiram Lodge, per the show’s official description, is “a ruthless, handsome, charismatic businessman who is coming back to Riverdale after weathering a financial scandal that almost destroyed him. He is there to reconnect with his wife Hermione and, especially, his daughter Veronica, who is the apple of his eye.” We haven’t seen Hiram on the show yet, since he’s been in jail awaiting trial for his involvement in a Bernie Madoff-esque embezzlement scheme. But it sounds like he beats the rap and comes home to make Veronica’s life even more complicated.
Season 1 of Riverdale is currently airing on the CW.
MTV’s Scream to be rebooted for season 3
According to THR, MTV’s Scream series will be completely rebooted for its 3rd season, receiving an brand new cast, characters, location, and creative team. Brett Matthews (The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural) will serve as showrunner. Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, and Yaneley Arty will join Dimension’s Harvey and Bob Weinstein as executive producers. None of the original cast members are expected to return for the six episode season.
Additional details and expected air date are unknown at this time, but we’ll keep readers informed as more information becomes available.
The Strain season 4 promo
Ahead of premiering this summer, FX’s The Strain have released a promo for it’s 4th and final season. Based off of the best-selling The Strain Trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, the series stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Natalie Brown, Miguel Gomez, Max Charles, Ruta Gedmintas, Rupert Penry-Jones, Samantha Mathis and Joaquín Cosío. From the season 4 press release:
The Strain will return for a fourth and final season in Summer 2017, as Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan bring the thriller to its climactic conclusion, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions.
“We sincerely thank Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and their creative team as well as the fantastic cast for three exciting seasons of The Strain,” said Grad. “Though we’re sad to see it go, we fully support the way in which they are crafting the fourth season’s dramatic conclusion.”
“It is a true joy to work at FX where creative intentions always comes first,” said Cuse. “Our original plan was for the series to last three years. Once we began telling that story it expanded to be more. After finishing the writing on season three, Guillermo, Chuck and I looked at our remaining story and felt the best version could be told in one more season. We have a fantastic plan for an exciting and climactic season four. We are deeply grateful to FX for supporting our vision and for allowing us to end the show on our own timetable.”
Season 4 of The Strain will air this summer on FX.
Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles tv series officially in development
Last year author Anne Rice announced that she’d attained the adaptation rights to her book series The Vampire Chronicles, and has since been working with her son, Christopher Rice, on developing tv series adaptation. Now Rice has revealed via Facebook that the series has been picked up by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to the series, which will see the mother and son team serving as writers and executive producers alongside Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Steve Golin. The Vampire Chronicles spans 12 books and counting, and the small screen adaptation is expected to be an ongoing series in the vein of Game of Thrones. The author revealed that she hopes to bring the series to a platform like Amazon, HBO, Starz, Showtime, or Netflix in hopes of adapting the themes of the source material with complete freedom. From the press release:
“It is undeniable that Anne Rice has created the paradigm in which all vampire stories are measured against. The rich and vast world she has created with ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ is unmatched and sophisticated with 90’s gothic undertones that will be perfectly suited to captivate audiences,” said Amy Powell, President, Paramount TV. “The series is full of compelling characters led by Lestat, arguably one of the greatest original characters, literary or otherwise. We are thrilled to collaborate with Anne, Christopher and the team at Anonymous Content on this epic series.”
“Together with our partners at Paramount Television, we are embarking on a fantastic journey with Anne and Christopher Rice to bring Anne’s unparalleled imagination to television at the moment when the medium is experiencing a global apex in the demand for the most outstanding, exciting and heightened premium dramatic programming”, says Anonymous Content’s David Kanter. “’The Vampire Chronicles,’ in its entirety, is not only a phenomenally complex universe of story-telling, it is also a world-wide readership whose connections to the books and their author are deep and abiding. It is a tremendous responsibility to help bring the books to television, and we are thrilled to have this opportunity.”
“I’m thrilled beyond words to be working with Paramount TV and Anonymous Content –known for extraordinary cutting edge series such as “True Detective,” “Quarry,” and “The Knick,” said Anne Rice. “In this unique golden age of television, I couldn’t ask for a finer or more passionate team to help bring my beloved vampire hero, Lestat, alive in a series of the highest quality. This is a dream come true, both for me and for Christopher and for the fans who have been asking to see the Brat Prince in this medium for years.”
Christopher Rice added, “The first great day for me on this project was when my mother asked me to partner with her on it. The second, is the announcement of this thrilling partnership with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. For decades now fans of ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ have been clamoring for a long-form television adaptation of this galaxy of content. Just a glance at the libraries of these two innovative, groundbreaking companies makes clear why they’re perfectly suited to granting this wish. Add to that their passion and enthusiasm for the long term vision Mom and I share for this series, and we’re confident this exciting deal will result in many excellent things for Lestat in the universe of television.”
Previous projects from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content include Berlin Station and 13 Reasons Why, so Rice fans can rest assured that the project is in good hands. Though it’s expected that filming could begin this year, little else is known about the project at this time. We’ll keep readers updated as updates become available.
That concludes our news roundup from the past week. Check back next Sunday for the latest television updates!
Lead image credit: Showtime, EW