This Week in TV:
Daredevil Featurette; Whitehall returns to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Wayward Pines preview; Feed the Beast teaser; HBO orders Sharp Objects; Twin Peaks Casting Update; NBC planning A Few Good Men live; Cynthia Addai-Robinson joins Shooter; and Trailer Park Boys Trailer.
Whitehall returns to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Reed Diamond’s Dr. Werner Reinhardt, better known as Daniel Whitehall, is returning to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in episode 16 of the current season, titled ‘Paradise Lost.’ Whitehall was killed by Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) previously, after the villain harvested the organs from the mother of Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) to make himself young again. What role he will play in the episode is largely unknown, whether its simply flashbacks or some larger storyline aimed to involve HYDRA in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.
The official episode synopsis follows:
“S.H.I.E.L.D. hunts for information on their dangerous new enemy, and a shameful secret from Malick’s past is exposed, threatening to destroy his HYDRA legacy.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Paradise Lost” airs on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 9pm EST.
Daredevil Season 2: Elektra
Netflix has released a new Daredevil featurette, focused on Elodie Yung’s Elektra Natchios. For those who have already made their way through the second season, there’s not much in the video that will surprise you. Yung is joined by Charlie Cox (Matthew Murdock) in explaining Elektra’s role in the season. She exists to validate the darkness inside of Matt, to tempt him away from his righteous path.
Elektra was a character created by Frank Miller, debuting in the pages of Daredevil in January of 1981. She’s a highly trained assassin, one of Miller’s most popular creations, but she’s also proven to be controversial — specifically when Marvel broke a promise to her creator and chose to resurrect the character without Miller’s permission. The MCU take on Elektra was controversial in its own way, proving divisive among fans of the show.
Daredevil season 2 is now available on Netflix.
Wayward Pines WonderCon Preview
During WonderCon 2016, FOX released a six-minute preview video for the upcoming second season of Wayward Pines. The first few minutes are dedicated to the big reveal at the end of season 1 of the series, namely David Pilcher (Toby Jones) and his effort to create a single perfect town hidden among the ruins of human civilization. Wayward Pines is a time capsule, holding the last survivors of the human race in a world ruled by deadly mutated creatures known as Abbies.
The remainder of the preview gives a basic rundown of the premise of the new season, which will see the First Generation squaring off against the adults in a kind of civil war. There’s also an examination of the series’ newcomers, including Jason Patric (The Lost Boys) who plays surgeon Theo Yedlin and Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) who plays historian C.J. Mitchum. The video also confirms that David Petrarca (Jessica Jones) will be directing the first episode of the season.
Wayward Pines returns on May 25, 2016.
Feed the Beast Teaser
AMC has released the first teaser for the upcoming drama series Feed the Beast. The series stars David Schwimmer (American Crime Story) and Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) as Tommy Moran and Dion Patras, two best friends taking one last shot at opening their own restaurant. The biggest problems come when Patras runs into trouble with both the mob and the law. The series will follow their business and legal struggles, while exploring the more human elements of love, relationships, and betrayal.
The teaser reveals almost no information about the plot of the series, but it does confirm the series premiere date: May 31, 2016. The series is based on the Danish series Bankerot and is being adapted for AMC by Clyde Phillips (Dexter).
Feed the Beast premieres on May 31, 2016 on AMC.
HBO Orders Sharp Objects
HBO has given a straight-to-series order to Sharp Objects, the television adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s debut novel of the same name. As previously announced, Amy Adams (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) will star in the eight-episode series as Camille Preaker, a Chicago-based journalist recently released from a psychiatric hospital. After her release, her new life is upended when she’s assigned to return to her home town and cover the murder of a preteen girl.
The drama was originally optioned around five years ago, before Flynn’s Gone Girl became a hit. Marti Noxon (UnReal) penned the pilot script for the series and will serve as showrunner on the adaptation. Flynn is on board alongside Noxon as a co-writer on the series. Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyer’s Club) will direct all eight episodes.
Twin Peaks Casting Update
Ana de la Reguera (Narcos) and Hugh Dillon (The Killing) are rumored to have joined the cast of Showtime’s upcoming Twin Peaks revival. As is typical of Twin Peaks casting, the two haven’t been officially confirmed for the series, nor have there been any details released on their potential characters. The two join a long list of unconfirmed newcomers to the series, including Amanda Seyfried, Laura Dern, and Naomi Watts. Series co-creator David Lynch is directing the revival series from a script co-written with his co-creator Mark Frost.
A Few Good Men Live Show
NBC is planning a live presentation of the Broadway play A Few Good Men, written by The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin. The play was Sorkin’s first professional writing work, premiering on Broadway in 1989, and was adapted into a feature film just three years later. The film starred Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation), Jack Nicholson (The Departed), Kevin Bacon (The Following), and Demi Moore (Ghost) and earned a Best Picture nomination. The story takes place in 1986, centered on a military lawyer asked to defend three marines on trial for murder.
The live version of A Few Good Men will be based on the play, with Sorkin returning to script the teleplay. Sorkin is joined by The Wiz Live! producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who will all produce the show set to air sometime in early 2017.
Sorkin released the following statement:
“I’ve been incredibly impressed watching NBC resurrect live musical theater for television and I’m eager to team up with Craig and Neil to help bring live drama back as well.”
A Few Good Men Live will air in early 2017.
Cynthia Addai-Robinson joins Shooter
Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Arrow) has been cast in Shooter, the upcoming USA television adaption of Stephen Hunter’s novel Point of Impact and the 2007 film. She will star opposite of Ryan Phillippe, who is playing exiled marksman Bob Lee Swagger. Addai-Robinson plays FBI Agent Nadine Memphis, a promising young agent who arrests a would-be assassin targeting the President of the United States. Her character is described as determined, headstrong and intuitive, the latter prompting her to realize there’s more to the assassination attempt than her employers let on.
Addai-Robinson replaces Emily Rios (True Detective), who played the role in the pilot episode. The adaptation is being written by John Hlavin (Underworld: Awakening) and produced by Hlavin and Mark Wahlberg, who starred as Swagger in the original film.
Trailer Park Boys Season 10 Trailer
Netflix released a new trailer for the tenth season of Trailer Park Boys, the Canadian mockumentary series created by Mike Clattenburg (Black Jesus). The series focuses on a group of trailer park residents living in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park. The series was slated to end after its seventh season back in 2007, but Netflix stepped in, ordering an eighth and ninth season. The show was again renewed by Netflix, with the season 10 premiering in March of 2016 and season 11 planned for next year.
Season 10 will feature a number of celebrity guests, including Tom Arnold (Sons of Anarchy) and Snoop Dogg, both of whom play themselves. The 10 episode season was released on March 28, 2016 on Netflix.
Trailer Park Boys season ten is now streaming in its entirety on Netflix.