This Week in TV:
Lonely Island co-founder and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg was tapped to host the 2015 Emmy Awards show; HBO released a season 4 trailer for Veep; The Fall earned a season 3 renewal from The BBC; ITV announced the full cast for Beowulf; Skydance Productions began development on a TV adaptation/remake of Three Days of the Condor; and NBC ordered an untitled comedy from Jerrod Carmichael (Neighbors) to series.
Comedian Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) is set to host the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards this fall from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
An award winner for his work on Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2014 Golden Globe) and for co-writing the song “D*** in a Box” for Saturday Night Live (Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics), Samberg has some experience hosting major awards shows as well; in 2013, he hosted the 28th Independent Spirit Awards.
Of course, as an SNL alum, Samberg is also very comfortable in front of large live audiences and is not afraid to poke fun at celebrities. Here’s what FOX Television Group chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden had to say about the hosting choice:
“The moment the Emmy Awards’ host was brought up, we said it had to be Andy. He is fearless, hilarious, an award-winning comedian, singer, writer and actor with incredible live TV experience. We know he’ll deliver the laughs and give viewers an incredible night they will enjoy.”
Emmy nominees will be announced July 16. Tune in to the awards show on September 20 @8pm on FOX.
Source: The Wrap
HBO released a season 4 trailer for its political comedy Veep. Take a peek at the upcoming season below.
The acclaimed comedy’s fourth season will see Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) step into the Oval Office as the President of the United States and officially out of her role as Veep, but as we see from the trailer, it seems her staff is still falling short in hilarious ways, putting all the pressure on the Most Powerful Woman in the World.
The clip also teases Hugh Laurie’s return to TV. He last starred on FOX’s House for eight seasons from 2004-2012.
Veep season 4 premieres April 12, 2015 on HBO.
The BBC has renewed psychological thriller The Fall for season 3, with stars Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan returning as Detective Stella Gibson and serial killer Paul Spector, respectively. See the teaser for season 3 below.
Though only 11 total episodes have aired in its first two seasons, the Belfast-set drama has been a hit with both critics and audiences alike, with season 2 scoring an average of 3.3 million viewers on BBC Two in the U.K. More impressive is the series’ reach, which extends to 200 countries.
There was some concern that Dornan would not return for the series, after Dornan’s reps dismissed a report that he was leaving the Fifty Shades of Grey film franchise a few weeks back, meaning that he would likely be committing to the next two films (which haven’t been officially greenlit yet). However, it appears the two projects may not conflict after all.
There is no premiere date yet for The Fall season 3, but seasons 1 and 2 are currently available to stream on Netflix.
ITV unveiled the cast for its upcoming adaptation of Beowulf, which will be led by Kieran Bew (Da Vinci’s Demons) as the titular hero.
Co-created by James Dormer (Strike Back), the drama will follow Beowulf, a wandering mercenary warrior in the Dark Ages who returns to his home of Herot to pay his respects to the deceased Hrothgar, the man who raised him. But when Herot is attacked by the monster Grendi, Beowulf decides to stay and defend the community, beginning a personal journey that reconnects him with his family and his home.
The cast includes:
- William Hurt (Broadcast News) as Hrothgar
- Joanne Whalley (Wolf Hall) as Rheda
- Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) as Slean
- David Ajala (Black Box) as Rate
- Ian Puleston- Davies (Coronation Street)
- Ellora Torchia (Indian Summers)
- Gisli Orn Gardarsson (Spooks and Spirits)
- Susan Aderin (The Last Detective)
- Kirsty Oswald (Ripper Street)
- Laura Donnelly (Outlander)
- Edward Hogg (Indian Summers)
- Alex Price (Father Brown)
- Jack Rowan (Silent Witness)
- Itoya Osagiede (Okora: The Prelude)
Beowulf has been commissioned for a 13-episode first season by ITV. Filming will begin in the North East of England later this month.
Skydance Productions is currently developing a TV adaptation of Sydney Pollack’s 1975 political thriller Three Days of the Condor.
Reportedly, the Paramount based company is currently shopping the project to several networks with Jason Smilovic (Lucky Number Slevin) and Todd Katzberg attached as writers. At this point, however, it’s unclear if the show will be a miniseries or a full-fledged series.
The project is based on the 1975 film of the same name that starred Robert Redford as a CIA analyst who gets caught up in a government conspiracy after he finds his colleagues murdered. Aided by a woman (Faye Dunaway), he then engages in a cat-and-mouse game with a CIA director (Cliff Robertson) while also trying to elude a dangerous assassin (Max von Sydow).
We’ll pass along the latest on the Three Days of the Condor remake as the project develops.
NBC has ordered six episodes of an untitled comedy from stand-up comic Jerrod Carmichael (Neighbors).
A detailed synopsis hasn’t yet been released, but we do know that the series will be a multi-camera sitcom inspired by the comedian’s real life and relationships. Starring alongside Carmichael will be David Alan Grier (In Living Color) as his contrarian father, Amber West as his aspiring therapist girlfriend, Lil Rey Howery as his hustler brother and Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy) as his religious mother.
Known as a rising star in the stand-up comedy world and for his role in the Seth Rogen comedy Neighbors, Carmichael also co-wrote the pilot for his show with Neighbors director Nick Stoller.
There is no premiere date yet for Carmichael’s comedy series, but we’ll let you know when it lands one.
Source: The Wrap