Last week in television: Updates on The Walking Dead, American Gods, Legion, The Expanse, 12 Monkeys, Scream, and more
It has been a busy week for television news and announcements. Below you will find updates including details on the following:
New details about the remaining episodes of The Walking Dead season 7, FX’s Legion confirmed for season 2 , Syfy renews both The Expanse and 12 Monkeys, and MTV’s Scream may get a reboot for season 3.
Additionally you can view the latest trailers for STARZ network’s American Gods and HBO’s The Leftovers.
The Walking Dead season 7 finale won’t end on a cliffhanger
In an interview with EW, showrunner Scott M. Gimple has revealed that the season 7 finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead will not end on a cliffhanger. This will come as welcome news for many viewers who were frustrated with the major cliffhanger in the season 6 finale that left fans frustrated for several months. On the upcoming finale, Gimple had the following to say:
“I just think it’s everything,” says Gimple of the finale. “It is everything and the kitchen sink. It is exciting and it’s very emotional and I believe it’s funny in a couple parts, and it builds and builds and builds and it explodes. And though it promises more — because there is a whole lot to get to — there is an ending. It really is just a huge episode inasmuch as it has all of the flavors of this season. It is taking your cup and going down each soda jet and taking a little from each one and then throwing in some hot sauce, a little bit of lime, and then maybe a tiny bit of tequila, as well.”
With just three episodes to go, he insists that the remaining installments will become very intense:
“We step on the gas and we do not let our foot off the gas until the end of episode 16,” he says. “Although because I’m working on season 8 now, the foot is on the gas again! I mean, the next three episodes we’re going to shoot you through a lot of big events and things become quantum intense.”
Episode 13 of The Walking Dead airs tomorrow night on AMC, with the penultimate and finale episodes airing in the following weeks.
American Gods official trailer
During the SXSW Film Festival this week, STARZ network has unleashed an official trailer for American Gods ahead of it’s April 30th release. The series is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name, and stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Bruce Langley, Pablo Schreiber and Yetide Badaki, with Neil Gaiman, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green producing. The official synopsis is as follows:
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 on the series check out: Everything we know about Starz network’s American Gods adaptation
Legion renewed for a 2nd season
Ahead of its first season coming to a close, FX network have already renewed Marvel’s mind-bending superhero series Legion for a 2nd season. How many episodes the 2nd season will conisist of has yet to be determined. From the press release:
FX has ordered a second season of Legion, the critically acclaimed new drama series from Noah Hawley, it was announced jointly today by Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. Legion is one of the most-watched new cable dramas of the past year.
“The first season of Legion was a stunning achievement,” said Schrier. “More than a new series, Legion is a wholly original take on the superhero genre. Our thanks to Noah Hawley for taking the creative risks and shattering expectations. It’s a privilege to work again with Noah, his producing partners, the outstanding cast and our partners at Marvel Television on another season of Legion.”
“We are thrilled there will be a new season of Legion. Noah’s spectacular take on David Haller and all the other characters he brought to life makes us ache for more. We’re particularly proud of our partners at FX and the success we share on our first TV series together,” added Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television.
Legion’s penultimate episode will air on March 22nd, followed by the season finale on March 29th.
HBO releases a new trailer for The Leftovers
We already reported this news previously, but in case you missed it HBO have released a new trailer for the 3rd and final season of The Leftovers. For those interested in delving further into the series, you can check out the following article: We theorise how Season 3 of The Leftovers might end by searching retrospectively for clues.
The Leftovers returns to HBO on April 16th, 2017.
The Expanse renewed for a 3rd season
Syfy network has renewed The Expanse for a 13 episode 3rd season. The series has Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man) serving as executive producers and showrunners, alongside Naren Shankar (CSI, Farscape). From the press release:
Syfy have announced a season 3 pickup of The Expanse, the drama series called the “best sci-fi show on TV” by io9 and recognized for “transforming TV” by Wired. The 13-episode third season will premiere on Syfy in 2018.
“The Expanse is a gorgeous, thrilling, emotional series that has quite simply raised the bar for science fiction on television,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We, along with the fans, are looking forward to continuing the journey with our partners at Alcon Television Group and the series’ brilliant cast and crew.”
The Expanse unfolds across a colonized galaxy 200 years in the future, when two strangers become unwittingly swept up in a vast conspiracy. Based on the New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,” written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey), The Expanse stars Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham and Frankie Adams.
The Expanse is currently airing new Season 2 episodes every Wednesday at 10/9c on Syfy.
12 Monkeys renewed for a 4th and final season
In addition to The Expanse, Syfy network has also renewed 12 Monkeys for a 4th and final season. The news arrives ahead of it’s season 3 premiere, which the network also announced will air over 3 consecutive nights. From the press release:
Syfy have announced that it has renewed critically-acclaimed original series 12 Monkeys for a fourth and final chapter ahead of its season 3 premiere. The network also announced that the series’ entire 10-episode third season will premiere over three consecutive nights, from Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21 from 8-11PM ET/PT. The first four episodes will premiere on Friday, with three episodes airing each night on both Saturday and Sunday.
“12 Monkeys has a dedicated and enthusiastic fan-base thanks to the epic storytelling by Terry Matalas, and the stellar cast and crew,” said Jeff Wachtel, President, Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We are thrilled to be able to offer fans an opportunity to binge the third season as a reward for their lasting support, and we couldn’t be more excited to see where Terry takes us with the final chapter of this fabulous story in the fourth season.”
“With its time-twisting themes and edge-of-your-seat storyline, 12 Monkeys is the perfect show to air this way,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “It’s grown into a world well beyond the original film, and after seeing the creative strength of Season 3, we couldn’t wait to pick it up for a fourth season.”
Upon its premiere in May, Season 3 will continue the journey of James Cole (Aaron Stanford), a man sent back in time to eradicate the source of a deadly plague, and his partner, brilliant virologist Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull). While attempting to untangle an insidious conspiracy that’s been spun throughout centuries, the duo embark on a desperate search across time to find the man responsible for the apocalypse – a time traveler who calls himself the Witness. Killing the Witness will save the world, but the journey will come at tremendous personal stakes for the pair. 12 Monkeys also stars Kirk Acevedo (Ramse), Emily Hampshire (Jennifer Goines), Barbara Sukowa (Katarina Jones) and Todd Stashwick (Deacon).
Joining the cast as recurring guest stars in season 3 are Hannah Waddingham (Game of Thrones), Faran Tahir (Iron Man) and James Callis (Battlestar Galactica). Emmy award-winner Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) is set to appear in a memorable guest-starring role as a deadly cult leader with sinister motives.
12 Monkeys season 3 will air Syfy Friday, May 19th.
MTV may reboot Scream for season 3
Deadline are reporting that MTV are considering rebooting their Scream series for it’s 3rd season. Hitting the reset button would mean that the already shortened 6 episode season would revolve around a new cast and characters. Thought the news has yet to be confirmed by the network, the cast are reportedly being allowed to take on other roles. Furthermore, the series has yet to select a showrunner for the season. In light of this news, it’s possible that the season could be extended to include more episodes, or even be picked up for a 4th season.
That wraps up our television news roundup for the week. Check back for more announcements and updates on these titles and more!