Last week in television: Updates for Marvel’s The Defenders, Star Wars Rebels, Fear the Walking Dead, The Path, Orphan Black and more!
Over the past week we’ve previously shared the trailer for Stephen King’s The Mist series on Spike, season 2 trailer for Netflix’s Sense8, as well as character details for the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods coming to Starz. Below you’ll find highlights for the following:
New key art for Marvel’s The Defenders, Star Wars Rebels season 4 trailer and more, renewal announcements for Fear the Walking Dead, The Magicians, and The Path, trailers for the final season of Orphan Black, and The Haunting of Hill House is being adapted for Netflix.
The Defenders series art by Joe Quesada
Marvel’s The Defenders is due to hit Netflix this summer and comic artist Joe Quesada recently shared artwork he created for the series via twitter. Consisting of of 8 episodes, the seires stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Finn Jones as Danny Rand, and Sigourney Weaver in an undisclosed role. Marco Ramirez (Daredevil) and Doug Petrie (Daredevil) are executive producers along with Drew Goddard (Daredevil, The Martian), Jeph Loeb (Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage) and Jim Chory (Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage). Quesada’s tweet included the following caption:
Here’s a quick piece I did (sans logo and text) as a cast and crew gift for the Defenders team. This show is going to blow you away!
The Defenders arrives exclusively on Netflix on August 18th, 2017.
Star Wars Rebels season 4 trailer and news
Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled the trailer for season 4 of Star Wars Rebels and announced that the season will be the last for the animated series, concluding the story of the Ghost crew. While this comes as sad news for fans, it’s certainly preferable to it being cancelled prematurely like its predecessor Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The news was delivered at the Rebels panel at by co-creator and executive producer Dave Filoni who was happy that the series will have a proper ending. It was also stated that the final season will bridge the gap to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Characters Mon Mothma and Saw Gerrera were confirmed to be returning. Additionally, Thrawn’s Noghri bodyguard, Rukh, will be lifted from Star Wars legends into canon and introduced in season 4 and will be voiced by Warwick Davis who previously played Wicket in Return of the Jedi.
Star Wars Rebels season 4 will consist of 15 episodes and will begin airing this fall on Disney XD.
Fear the Walking Dead renewed for a 4th season
Ahead of its season 3 premiere, AMC have renewed Fear the Walking Dead for a 4th season. It was also announced that Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time) are boarding as co-showrunners, starting with season 4. Additionally, Scott M. Gimple, executive producer and showrunner of The Walking Dead has been added as an executive producer 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
“We are thrilled to be joining ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ and couldn’t be more excited to work alongside the wonderful team at AMC on this show,” said Chambliss and Goldberg. “We love this universe and are truly honored to have the chance to contribute to it.”
Season 3 of Fear the Walking Dead premieres on June 4th.
The Magicians renewed for a 3rd season
Ahead of its season 2 finale, Deadline are reporting that Syfy’s The Magicians has been renewed for a 3rd season. The series is based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling novels and stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy and Jade Tailor.
The Magicians centers around Brakebills University, a secret institution specializing in magic. There, amidst an unorthodox education of spellcasting, a group of twenty-something friends soon discover that a magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real – and poses grave danger to humanity.
Season 2 of The Magicians is currently airing on Syfy.
Orphan Black final season trailers
Orphan Black returns to BBC America for its final season, starring Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany as multiple clones. Additional cast includes Ari Millen, Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Skyler Wexler, Kevin Hanchard, Evelyne Brochu, Kristian Bruun and Josh Vokey. The season 5 plot synopsis:
The clone sisterhood has been through it all together. From assassinations, detrimental illnesses, monitors and accidental murders to suburban drug fronts, kidnappings, male clones and biological warfare – there isn’t anything this lot hasn’t experienced. But through it all, they’ve remained united in their love and mission to keep each other safe at all costs. They’ve sacrificed their families, the loves of their lives, and any true sense of normalcy, all for the chance to liberate themselves from forces much bigger than any one of them. This season, they must all fight for the family they’ve chosen, for a new future and ultimately, for freedom.
The 5th and final season is set to premiere on June 10th.
The Path renewed for a 3rd season
Deadline have reported that Hulu’s The Path has been renewed for a 3rd season.The Hulu original series stars Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy with all episodes of seasons 1 and 2 available now exclusively on the streaming service.
The Path follows a family at the center of a controversial cult movement as they struggle with relationships, faith and power. Each episode takes an in-depth look at the gravitational pull of belief and what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want.
Season 3 of The Path is expected in 2018.
The Haunting of Hill House being adapted for Netflix
According to THR Netflix has ordered a 10 episode series of The Haunting of Hill House. Slated to be a reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel, the series will be helmed by Mike Flanagan, who’s currently working on an adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game for Netflix. Known for his work on horror films Absentia, Oculus, and Hush, Flanagan will write, direct and executive produce alongside his frequent collaborator, Trevor Macy. For those unfamiliar with the novel, the synopsis reads as follows:
First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
No further details such as casting or expected release date are known about the project at this time, but we’ll keep readers posted as news becomes available.
That wraps up our television news roundup for the past week. Check back for more announcements and updates on these titles and more!