Last week in television: Updates on American Gods, Fargo, Westworld, Legion, Star Trek: Discovery and more
A busy week in television brings a lot of news highlights your way, including the latest promo from HBO’s Game of Thrones, as well as the following:
STARZ American Gods opening credits, news for the second seasons of HBO’s Westworld and FX’s Legion, new trailer and clip for season 3 of FX’s Fargo, Star Trek: Discover casting news, as well as news for AMC’s Humans, HBO’s True Detective, and Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet.
American Gods releases full opening credits sequence
Ahead of its debut, STARZ network has revealed the full opening credits sequence viaTVLine for its adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods series. Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Greene (Heroes, Kings) serve as co-showrunners with Gaiman executive producing. The series stars Ricky Whittle (The 100) as Shadow Moon and Ian McShane (Deadwood) as Mr. Wednesday. Additional cast includes Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black), Yetide Badaki (Sequestered), Bruce Langley (Deadly Waters), Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) , Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow), Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies), Gillian Anderson (Hannibal, The Fall, The X-Files), Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope), Peter Stormare (Prison Break), Corbin Bernsen (Psych) and Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom). The synopsis reads:
When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know, this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife, and suddenly hired as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to understand. It’s a world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, like Technology and Media. Mr. Wednesday seeks to build a coalition of Old Gods to defend their existence in this new America, and reclaim some of the influence that they’ve lost. As Shadow travels across the country with Mr. Wednesday, he struggles to accept this new reality, and his place in it.
For more check out: Everything we know about Starz network’s American Gods adaptation. American Gods debuts on April 30th, 2017.
Westworld season 2 news
According to TV Insider, season 2 of HBO’s Westworld is unlikely to revisit multiple timelines. Executive producer Lisa Joy had the following to say:
“I think as with Season 1, any basic different timelines were rooted in what the characters were going through,” Joy noted. “At that point, it made sense to do multiple timelines, because it showed how Delores felt, and that confusion: I’m in love, but this guy is coming for me. [Only] then realize, I haven’t changed, but so much time has changed and now he’s this. The timeline thing is in service of landing that point of view for Delores.” Regarding season 2, she went on to say “I think we’ll experiment in different point of views and different angles,” Joy continued. “You don’t necessarily want to repeat the same thing.”
In related news, Deadline have reported that Louis Herthum has been promoted to series regular for season 2. Herthum will continue to portray Peter Abernathy, the father of Dolores. Additionally, EW are reporting that there will be a time jump between seasons.
“You’re definitely going to see the aftermath and the effects of what happened,” stated Lisa Joy, to which Jonathan Nolan added: “We are definitely not picking up right where we left off.”
Westworld is expected to return to HBO in 2018.
Legion updates and season 2 news
Season 2 of FX’s Legion was recently confirmed and according to TVLine it will likely be expanded to 10 episodes. Creator Noah Hawley stated the following:
“My feeling with the first season, because it’s such a complex show, was that eight hours was the right amount. Now that the show has its identity… we have the opportunity to broaden it a little bit. All that means a lot more work for me in the immediate future, but I have nobody to blame but myself.”
In a separate interview with THR Hawley also had the following to say on the twist of the finale’s post credits scene:
“In terms of putting it as a post-credits sequence, I think there’s a proud tradition of that on the Marvel features side,” he told THR. “It’s the beginning of another thought. I wanted to give people the end song and the feeling of watching the credits, to let them absorb the complete story they just watched. And then I wanted to tease them as to what chapter two is going to be.”
Season 2 of Legion is expected to air on FX in 2018.
Fargo installment 3 extended trailer and clip
Noah Hawley’s crime drama anthology series Fargo returns with it’s third installment. Set in 2010, the story centers around Emmit Stussy and his slightly younger brother Ray (both played by Ewan McGregor). Their sibling rivalry leads to a twisted path that begins with petty theft but soon leads to murder, mobsters and cutthroat competitive bridge. In addition to Ewan McGregor as Emmit and Ray Stussy, the series also stars Carrie Coon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Thewlis, Jim Gaffigan, Scoot McNairy, Shea Whigham, Karan Soni, Fred Melamed, Thomas Mann, and Hamish Linklater. The first video is an extended trailer, the second focuses on Ewan McGregor in his dual roles. The full synopsis reads:
Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, sees himself as an American success story, whereas Ray is more of a cautionary tale. Forever living in his more successful brother’s shadow, Ray is a balding and pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt – and he blames his brother. Their sibling rivalry follows a twisted path that begins with petty theft but soon leads to murder, mobsters and cut-throat competitive bridge. Carrie Coon stars as “Gloria Burgle,” the steady chief of the local police department. A newly divorced mother, Gloria is trying to understand the new world around her, where people connect more intimately with their phones than with the people around them. Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Ray’s girlfriend, “Nikki Swango,” a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge. David Thewlis stars as “V.M. Vargas,” a mysterious loner and true capitalist whose bosses plan to partner with Emmit, whether “The Parking Lot King” likes it or not.
Fargo premieres in April 2017 on FX.
Star Trek: Discover casts Rainn Wilson
According to Variety, CBS’s Star Trek: Discover has cast Rainn Wilson (The Office, Six Feet Under) as original series Character Harry Mudd. Wilson joins Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead), who will star as the lead lieutenant commander, James Frain, Anthony Rapp, and Michelle Yeoh. Additional cast includes: Jason Isaacs, Terry Serpico, Maulik Pancholy, and Sam Vartholomeos. The article reports the following about Wilson’s character:
Mudd was a charismatic interstellar con man who had repeated run-ins with the crew of the Enterprise in the original Star Trek. The character, who was first played by Roger C. Carmel, also appeared in an episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series.
Star Trek: Discovery was originally planned for January 2017, however due to production delays it and now expected to air this summer or early fall.
Humans renewed for a third season
AMC, Channel 4 and Kudos have announced that the critically acclaimed drama series Humans has been picked up for a third season. From the press release:
Set in a parallel present, the series explores what happens when the line between human and machine becomes blurred. The final episode of series two left viewers on a thrilling cliff-hanger.
“Humans provides a thrilling look at the evolution of technology and its effect on society,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and Sundance TV. “The critical response to season two celebrates the creative vision, dynamic story-telling and compelling portrayals shared by the writers, producers and actors. We are pleased to continue our collaboration with Channel 4 and Kudos and look forward to season three.”
Humans will return with eight new episodes in 2018.
True Detective season 3 finally in the works
After a hiatus lasting over two years, EW are reporting that HBO’s anthology crime drama True Detective season 3 may finally coming to fruition. The article declares that creator Nic Pizzolatto has penned at least two episodes for the third installment, who will be joined by writer-producer David Milch (Deadwood,NYPD Blue). Its unknown whether either will serve as showrunner for the season at this time. As of now their collaboration is in the early days, and though the season is likely it has not yet been greenlit by HBO. While the season still isn’t definite, this is certainly good news for fans of the series.
Santa Clarita Diet renewed for a 2nd season
Netflix have announced that their original horror comedy series Santa Clarita Diet will return for a second season. The series stars Drew Barrymore as Sheila Hammond, Timothy Olyphant as Joel Hammond, Liv Hewson as Abby Hammond and Skyler Gisondo as Eric Bemis. The series synopsis:
“Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenaged daughter Abby, until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending their lives down a road of death and destruction…but in a good way.
Santa Clarita Diet will return to Netflix in 2018.
That brings our television news roundup for the past week to a close. Check back for more announcements and updates on these titles and more!