This Week in TV:
FOX releases three behind-the-scenes videos from 24: Live Another Day; Netflix announces a season 2 premiere date for Hemlock Grove; Ricky Gervais says the BBC and Netflix are both interested in developing a David Brent-centered spinoff of The Office; and ABC Family orders a supernatural procedural pilot titled Stitchers.
With FOX’s premiere of 24: Live Another Day less than three weeks away, the network continued its promotional campaign for the new miniseries this week, releasing three behind-the-scenes videos and a poster. Check out the first six minute segment below:
In the past month, FOX has given us three separate glimpses at the 12-episode miniseries, all of which feature Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) doing what he does best – engaging in close-quarters hand-to-hand fights and barely escaping explosions. However, instead of a world-endangering situation staring him in the face, it’s an assassination plot Jack must thwart in London, thousands of miles away from his old CTU headquarters.
Take a look at the show’s new poster:
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Although the above clip – and other two, via FOX – don’t reveal anything we didn’t already know about the plot of this 12-episode revival, they do give us some more character information and backstory, as far as what has been going on in the world during the show’s four-year absence. We also get some interviews with the cast, writers and producers, who couldn’t seem more thrilled to be back following Jack on another rough day at the office.
Along with Jack, many fan-favorite characters will be returning, including Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) – who like Jack, has appeared to gone off the grid – and James Heller (William Devane), who is now the U.S. President Jack must save. However, the 12-episode run will also introduce some new players to the game, including cast members Benjamin Bratt (Miss Congeniality), Tate Donovan (Hostages), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) and Michael Wincott (The Crow).
The three segments will air as part of the half-hour special titled 24: Live Another Day: Jack is Back on Saturday, May 3, which should set fans up for the premiere of 24: Live Another Day on May 5 on FOX.
After nabbing a swift season 2 renewal from Netflix last year, original horror series Hemlock Grove finally landed a premiere date for its next batch of episodes, which will be released on July 11, 2014.
The show’s 10-episode sophomore season will pick up where its first season left off in the fictional titular town, which is still reeling from the horrific killing spree perpetrated by one of its non-human inhabitants. Faced with the new responsibilities of adulthood, Roman Godfrey (Bill Skarsgård) is also forced to deal with the disappearance of his sister, while Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron) moves in with his cousin Destiny (Kaniehtiio Horn) and looks for a job with his mother out of the picture.
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos set up the new season, saying:
“Season two of ‘Hemlock Grove’ is a hot mix of passion, intrigue and supernatural thrills that come together in mysterious and riveting ways. The intensity and suspense take things to a whole new level and open doors to a brand new chapter that our members are going to love.”
Added executive producer Eli Roth:
“I cannot wait for fans to see what’s in store for season two – it is going to blow away all expectations. Netflix has been an incredible partner, and whenever we wanted to take the story in a dangerous direction, they encouraged us to go even further – into a scarier, darker, and sexier place. We guarantee you won’t see anything like this anywhere else on television.”
Look for Hemlock Grove season 2 when it comes to Netflix on July 11, 2014.
Although it’s been more than a decade since The Office (UK) ended its run on the BBC, series co-creator, writer and star Ricky Gervais revealed this week that the network and streaming giant Netflix have both expressed interest in an Office spinoff starring his original and iconic character David Brent.
Gervais has reprised his role as Brent several times in the past couple of years for Britain’s Comic Relief charity show, his own YouTube channel and for a current concert tour with Brent’s fictional band Foregone Conclusion. But the actor and comedian is still not sure he’d bring Brent back for a series, depending on what it would become.
Said Gervais in an interview with the U.K.’s Radio Times magazine:
“I can’t just do it as a vanity project or because the BBC and Netflix are up for anything I do. I don’t know whether to do an on-the-road special or make that the whole series. I was thinking that it could be called ‘Life On The Road’ – which is a song he does – and it could be him on tour trying to make it.”
Neither the BBC nor Netflix have offered a comment on Gervais’ recent remarks, but we will let you know when and if The Office spinoff with Brent at the center gains any traction.
Source: Radio Times
ABC Family got in on the recent paranormal crime drama trend this week, ordering a pilot for the supernatural procedural Stitchers.
Written and developed by Jeffrey A. Schechter (Overruled), Stitchers follows a young woman with the ability to “stitch” herself into the minds of the recently deceased and access their memories, which allows her to help a covert government agency in solving murder cases. Schechter will also co-executive produce the show, which is set to begin production in June.
While Stitchers certainly seems like an odd choice for ABC Family, the show’s premise is eerily similar to that of several other projects this pilot season, including The CW’s iZombie, which also follows a protagonist with the ability to absorb the thoughts and memories of the dead. However, on that show, she does so by eating the corpse’s brain – a very non-family-friendly method of solving crimes.
We’ll pass along more info on Stitchers once it rolls in and let you know if ABC Family decides to move forward with the drama.