This Week in TV:
We get a first look at A&E’s Omen series Damien; TBS releases a promo for a Samantha Bee (The Daily Show) late night talk show; Stephen Colbert publicly introduces himself as the host of The Late Show for the first time; Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton commit to return for American Crime season 2; and Humans and Blunt Talk land series premiere dates.
The series – which was originally developed for Lifetime, oddly enough – follows the adult life of Damien Thorn (Bradley James), the child Antichrist from the 1976 horror classic and its 2006 remake, The Omen. While we don’t get much in the way of story from this first look, we can gather that Damien – who may not remember his dirty deeds as a child – is now fully aware of who he really is.
Before the series landed at A&E, Lifetime Executive Vice President and General Manager Rob Sharenow had this to say about writer/executive producer Mazarra’s take on the character:
“Glen Mazzara has re-imagined him as a dark, romantic, anti-hero and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original.”
After bringing the world of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho to the small screen as a prequel series with Bates Motel, it’s certainly possible A&E can find similar success with another horror classic, but we’ll have to wait to see more to affirm Damien is worthy of the series treatment.
A&E has ordered Damien for a 10-episode first season, but has not announced a premiere date yet.
TBS released the first teaser for Samantha Bee’s upcoming talk show, which is already poking fun at the male-dominated landscape of late night TV. Take a peek at the clip below.
The promo doesn’t actually give us any details about the show (or even a title), but it’s clear that Bee aims to provide a breath of fresh air to late night audiences as a female voice, especially with Chelsea Handler currently absent from the scene. We can also reasonably expect some political satire from the program, considering Bee is coming off a 12-year stint as a correspondent with The Daily Show.
We’ll pass along more information on Samantha Bee’s TBS talk show as it comes in.
At CBS’ upfront presentation for advertisers, Stephen Colbert introduced himself as the new host of The Late Show.
The network began its presentation with a pre-taped sketch – in which CBS president Les Moonves helps Colbert realize he’s supposed to be a talk show host – before bringing Colbert out on stage. Colbert was then given the chance to address the crowd in his own voice, as opposed to that of the conservative pundit character he portrayed on The Colbert Report for nearly 10 years.
While Colbert didn’t reveal any significant details about what to expect from his version of The Late Show, David Letterman’s successor did promise to snag the young audience advertisers want and joked that the show would be a good fit for the CSI network, saying “most of my show will be me solving crimes by zooming in on pubic hairs.”
To see exactly what Colbert has in store for late night audiences, tune in to CBS for Colbert’s debut as the host of The Late Show on September 8, 2015.
Although new contracts still need to be finalized, Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton will be returning for American Crime season 2.
Details on Huffman and Hutton’s characters haven’t been revealed, but according to reports, it appears that the two stars – who played the grief-stricken parents of the season 1 murder victim – will likely be inhabiting completely new roles in season 2. Reports also indicate that other cast members may be returning for the sophomore run, which will feature a new criminal case as the central storyline.
While the ABC anthology series failed to score monster ratings in its rookie season, critical response to the John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) show has been strong, with much of the praise going to Huffman and Hutton’s performances. We’ll certainly be looking for their names in the limited series category come Emmy time, especially considering Huffman recently earned a Critics’ Choice nomination for her work on the show.
Season 2 of American Crime is expected to begin filming in Austin, Texas in July.
AMC announced its upcoming eight-part sci-fi/drama series Humans will premiere on June 28, 2015.
Set in suburban London, Humans (based on the award-winning Swedish series Real Humans) presents a parallel reality in which owning a highly developed artificial intelligent servant – known as a “Synth” – is the norm. The main storyline will center on the flawed but loving Hawkins family, who, after purchasing a Synth, discover there’s something not quite right about their robotic housemate.
Humans stars William Hurt (A History of Violence) as Dr. George Millican, Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) as Laura Hawkins, Gemma Chan (Sherlock) as Anita, Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr. Selfridge) as Joe Hawkins, Lucy Carless (Code of a Killer) as Mattie Hawkins, Colin Morgan (Merlin) as Leo, Pixie Davis (Utopia) as Sophie Hawkins, Ivanno Jeremiah (The Hollow Crown) as Max, and Theo Stevenson (In Bruges) as Toby Hawkins.
Catch the series premiere of Humans on June 28 @9pm on AMC.
Source: AMC (via Zap2It)
Blunt Talk secured an August 22, 2015 series premiere date from Starz.
Set in Los Angeles, the series stars Patrick Stewart (X-Men) as Walter Blunt, a drug-addled British anchorman intent on conquering the world of American cable news. The half-hour comedy – executive produced by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane – has already been commissioned for two 10-episode seasons. Here’s a more detailed synopsis of the series:
“Through the platform of his nightly cable news show, Blunt is on a mission to impart his wisdom and guidance on how Americans should live, think and behave. Besieged by network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, numerous ex-wives and children of all ages, Blunt’s only support is the heavy-drinking, devoted manservant he transplanted from the U.K. to join him in Los Angeles.”
Along with Stewart, Blunt Talk stars Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) as Rosalie, Blunt’s tough and motherly producer-manager; Adrian Scarborough (The King’s Speech) as Harry, Blunt’s manservant; Dolly Wells (Doll & Em) as Celia, Blunt’s senior producer and head writer; and Timm Sharp (Enlightened) as Jim, Blunt’s head writer.
For a sample of the upcoming comedy, see the trailer here.
Tune in to Starz on August 22, 2015 @9pm for the premiere of Blunt Talk.