This Week in TV:
Bob’s Burgers is renewed; Peter Sarsgaard joins Twin Peaks; Banshee season 4 gets a new trailer; Extant cancelled; a new Shadowhunters teaser is released; Blindspot earns a full-season order; Hemlock Grove gets a new trailer; a young Miss Marple series is in development; CBS developing Nancy Drew series; Tricia Helfer joins Powers; and a Haywire TV series is in development.
FOX has ordered a seventh and eighth season of their hit animated series Bob’s Burgers.
The Emmy-winning series just recently launched its sixth season on FOX, but the network is confident enough in the show to renew it for another two years. That confidence is well-earned — the series has been nominated for four Emmy Awards in addition to winning the 2014 Award for Outstanding Animated Program.
FOX president David Madden had the following to say:
“Six seasons in, the Belchers have become one of America’s most beloved TV families and we are so happy to keep them in the fold for another two seasons. ‘Bob’s Burgers’ is hilarious, warm, smart, inventive — critics love it, and so do fans.”
The long-running series will celebrate its 100th episode in the upcoming season and feature a number of high-profile guest stars such as Zach Galifianakis, Steve Buscemi, Wanda Sykes and more.
Bob’s Burgers returns airs Sunday nights at 7:30 p.m. EST on Fox.
Details about Sarsgaard’s role in the series are being kept under wraps for now, but he is rumored to have a recurring role in the show’s third season. He joins two (possible) newcomers in the town of Twin Peaks — Robert Knepper and Amanda Seyfried. Showtime has declined to officially confirm the actors involvement, stating that only Kyle MacLachlan is the only actor confirmed for the revival.
Twin Peaks season 3 is currently filming, with all 18 episodes scripted by series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost. Lynch is set to direct every episode, which is great news for fans of the original series.
Twin Peaks is expected to air sometime in 2017.
Cinemax has released a new trailer for the final season of Banshee.
The Emmy-winning series stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, a thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pennsylvania. Hood continues his criminal pursuits under his new identity, but he also enforces his own personal brand of justice. This season sees veteran action-star Eliza Dushku join the cast as Veronica Dawson, an FBI profiler that’s haunted by some unknown personal demons.
Series co-creator Jonathan Tropper had the following to say about ending the series:
“‘Banshee’ has been an incredible ride and we continue to break new ground in season four. While we certainly considered returning for a fifth season, I always said that when the story was told it would be time to move on, and that time has come.”
Banshee returns for its fourth and final season on January 29th, 2016 on Cinemax.
CBS has announced that Extant has been cancelled, but the network is already developing a new series with star Halle Berry.
Extant starred Berry as the astronaut Molly Woods, who returns to Earth inexplicably pregnant after being alone in space for thirteen months. The show’s first season was decidedly science fiction, but the second season saw massive changes that pushed it into the realm of a typical action/drama. The series wrapped up season 2 in September and it was decided the finale was a fitting conclusion for the series.
However, Berry isn’t done with CBS. A new project titled Legalese is currently in development, written by The Good Wife producer Steven Lichtman. Berry is attached to star in the series as a biracial lawyer who follows a case from her Chicago home down to New Orleans, where she must deal with a very different legal system than she’s used to. Lichtman and Berry will serve as executive producers on the show from CBS Television Studios
ABC Family — soon to be renamed Freeform — has released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming series Shadowhunters.
Shadowhunters is based on the best-selling young adult fiction series The Mortal Instruments. It will follow Clary Fray, a human-angel hybrid who discovers that there are supernatural entities living on Earth. It’s her destiny to take up her ancestors’ calling and defend the world from evil.
The teaser was released this weekend at New York Comic-Con, featuring a first look at many of the book’s characters. The series stars Katherina McNamara (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) as Clary, with the two male leads — Jace and Alec — being played by Dominic Sherwood (Vampire Academy) and Matthew Daddario (Delivery Man).
Shadowhunters premieres on January 12th, 2016 on Freeform.
Source: ABC Family
NBC has picked up Blindspot for a full season.
The network recently announced the decision to pick up the back nine episodes of the fledgling series, making it the first new series of fall 2015 to earn a full-season order. This decision comes as no surprise, as NBC ordered nine additional scripts just two weeks ago. The show’s highly rated debut (10.6 million viewers) and sustained viewership likely prompted the order.
Blindspot stars Jaimie Alexander (Thor) as an amnesiac whose body is covered with tattoos — tattoos that hold the secret of her past as well as the series’ overarching mystery. She uses these tattoos and whatever information she can glean from them to help the FBI hunt down criminals.
Blindspot is currently airing on NBC on Mondays at 10:00 p.m. EST.
Netflix has released a new trailer for the final season of Hemlock Grove.
The town of Hemlock Grove houses plenty of supernatural secrets and the trailer promises that these will all soon be revealed to the rest of the world. As the end of days approaches, Peter (Landon Liboiron) and Roman (Bill Skarsgård) realize that the only way to stop the impending apocalypse is embrace their inner monsters and leave humanity behind.
The third and final season of Hemlock Grove is now known as “The Final Chapter.” The series is produced by Eli Roth (Green Inferno) and is based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name.
The full season of Hemlock Grove will be available on Netflix on October 23rd, 2015.
CBS is developing a young Miss Marple series, titled simply Marple.
Jane Marple, typically referred to as Miss Marple, is a character in the works of author Agatha Christie, appearing in 12 novels and 20 short stories. The elderly character works as an amateur consulting detective in the town of St. Mary Mead. Her age was confirmed at one point to be around 75, but Christie’s regular characters consistently aged as new stories were released.
CBS’ Marple will feature a much younger version of the character, who inherits her grandmother’s bookstore in a small town in California. The young woman notices that things in the town aren’t necessarily what they seem and becomes a private investigator to try and uncover the truth. The series is being written by David Wolstencroft (MI-5), who will also serve as executive producer.
CBS is also developing a new drama based on the Nancy Drew novels created by publisher Edward Stratemeyer.
The series will be a contemporary take on the character — a woman in her 30s working as a detective with the NYPD. She solves mysteries using her incredible observational skills while attempting to have a normal life. The series is being written by Grey’s Anatomy producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, who will also produce the series with Oscar-winning producer Dan Jinks (Pushing Daisies).
CBS appears to be stockpiling modern retellings of classic detective stories. The network is currently airing Elementary, a contemporary version of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Along with Marple (detailed above), the untitled Nancy Drew series makes three shows in a decidedly similar vein.
Helfer will be playing FBI Special Agent Lange, a character who shares a sordid history with main character Detective Walker (Sharlto Copley). The character is unpredictable, working with the Powers community and the government as both an ally and an enemy.
The second season of Powers will be diving into the source material’s major story arc “Who Killed Retro Girl?” Series co-creator and producer Brian Michael Bendis promises that the upcoming season will further explore the world and what has changed now that its most iconic superhero is dead.
Powers season 2 is expected to air in 2016 on the Playstation Network.
The 2011 film Haywire is currently being adapted for television.
The Steven Soderbergh film starred Gina Carano as a secret agent out for revenge after she is betrayed by her agency. The film boasted a stellar cast, including Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, and Channing Tatum. At this time, the television adaptation seems to be in the very early stages of development.
The series is in the works at Relativity TV, as revealed by parent company Relativity Media’s recent bankruptcy case. Relativity’s Television division was purchased by a group of senior investors and court documents revealed that if the Haywire project comes to fruition, Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh will retain a 50 percent economic interest in the series.
Source: The Wrap