This Week in TV:
Bryan Fuller revives Amazing Stories; Master of None gets a trailer; The Warner Bros. water tower gets its first redesign; New Black Sails Featurette; Cruel Intentions TV Revival in the works at NBC; Dylan Baker joins I’m Dying Up Here; and Shameless gets a new trailer.
Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller will be bringing anthology series Amazing Stories back to NBC.
The original series was produced by none other than Steven Spielberg and originally aired on NBC from 1985-1987. Fuller will be working with Universal TV on the remake, which he is writing and executive producing. Joining him as producers are Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.
The original series was given a two-season order, but was ultimately cancelled after it failed to find an audience. However, despite it’s short run, the series won a total of five Emmys, including one for guest actor John Lithgow in the episode titled ‘The Doll.’ Considering the success of shows like American Horror Story and Black Mirror, there’s a good chance that Amazing Stories will find an audience, and spark even more television anthology series.
Netflix has released the official trailer for Master of None, the new comedy series from Aziz Ansari.
Master of None is a semi-autobiographical series created, written by, and starring Aziz Ansari. Ansari plays Dev, a thirty-year-old Indian-American living in New York. Dev is an actor who feels he’s at a crucial crossroad in his life, both personally and professionally. The ten-episode first season will see him navigating the world of modern romance, while making observations on everything from having kids to racial stereotyping in Hollywood.
Ansari is as close to an expert on modern romance as one can be, recently co-authoring a nonfiction book titled, appropriately, Modern Romance. The book makes for a nice preview of what to expect in the upcoming season, providing a grounded look at the world with Ansari’s trademark wit.
Master of None launches on Netflix on November 6th, 2015.
The iconic Warner Bros. water tower has gotten its first redesign since it was built in 1927.
In celebration of the DC TV Superhero Takeover, the historical landmark is now adorned with four characters from DC’s current television shows: The Flash, Arrow, Gotham and Supergirl. The main character of each series is displayed on large aluminum panels, each measuring at 22 ft by 20 ft. The panels are estimated to weigh around 2.5 tons.
The water tower, home of the Animaniacs, stands at 100 feet tall and could hold up to 100,000 gallons of water (it’s currently empty). The tower was originally built beside the Warner Bros. fire department, but was moved in 1933 after an earthquake. The Warners quickly realized that if the tower had fallen on the fire department building, there would have been nobody to provide emergency assistance.
Source: Warner Bros.
Starz has released a new featurette for the upcoming third season of Black Sails.
The featurette gives some insight into the upcoming season, which will include larger scale battles and possibly a war between the united pirates and England. Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) has become animalistic since the death of Miranda Barlow (Louise Barnes). As such, he’s taking increasingly aggressive actions against all sides. It’s a war that has been in the making since the first episode of Black Sails, one that is sure to have a profound effect on the fourth season that will begin filming later this year.
The video also gives another look at Ray Stevenson’s Blackbeard and his role in the upcoming season. Going by the name of Edward Teach, the pirate returns to Nassau with unfinished business. Blackbeard is revealed to be a former mentor of Captain Vane (Zach McGowan) and is shocked to see the changes that have come to Nassau. Whose side he’s on remains to be seen.
Black Sails returns to Starz in January of 2016.
NBC has given a script commitment to a television sequel to the 1999 film Cruel Intentions.
The network made the commitment based on a script from the original film’s writer/director Roger Kumble. Kumble is attached to direct the pilot of the series, as well as co-write the remaining scripts with Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, the team behind this year’s Cruel Intentions Musical.
The series would center on the 16-year-old son of Sebastian Valmont and Annette Hargrove, played by Ryan Phillipe and Reese Witherspoon in the original film. He comes across a copy of Sebastian’s journal and discovers the circumstances surrounding his conception. Determined to find out more, the young man moves to San Francisco to attend Brighton Preparatory Academy, where he discovers a previously unknown world of sex, money, and deception.
Dylan Baker has joined the cast of Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, playing Johnny Carson.
Baker has had a recurring role on CBS’s The Good Wife as Colin Sweeney, a role that has earned him three Emmy nominations since 2010. In addition, the series has also added a number of guest stars, including Robert Forster (Olympus has Fallen), Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull), Alfred Molina (Show me a Hero), Jon Daly (Kroll Show) and comedian Al Madrigal.
The comedy pilot is based on William Knoedelseder’s nonfiction book by the same name. The book details the landscape of the Los Angeles stand-up comedy scene during the 1970s. The series is being executive produced by Jim Carrey and is set to star Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo.
Showtime has released a new trailer and poster for the upcoming sixth season of Shameless.
The series centers on William H. Macy’s Frank Gallagher, the patriarch of the dysfunctional Gallagher family. Alongside Macy is Emmy Rossum as Fiona, the real leader of the family. Season 6 picks up a few months after the season 5 finale, with winter rapidly approaching. Debbie (Emma Kenney) is still pregnant, while Lip (Jeremy Allen White) continues his relationship with his professor.
Shameless is based on the long-running UK series of the same name. The series was developed for American television by Emmy-winning producer John Wells (The West Wing), who also serves as an executive producer on the series.
Take a look at the retro poster for season 6 below:
Shameless returns to Showtime on January 10th, 2016.