This Week in TV:
NBC orders a pilot for a new DC Comics comedy series; Spike orders a new drama from Jerry Bruckheimer; Rick and Morty renewed for a third season; Annabeth Gish returns to X-Files; Showtime releases a new trailer for Billions; and NBC extends Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show contract.
NBC has ordered a pilot for Powerless, a DC Comics comedy series from A to Z creator Ben Queen.
The series might be based on the DC Universe, but this single camera comedy isn’t focused on the heroes or villains of the DCU. Instead, the show is about the normal people living in a world full of superheroes. The show will be in the style of The Office and focus on employees at an insurance company who have to cope with superpower-related incidents.
Though none of the DC Comics characters in the series have been announced, it’s unlikely viewers will see any of DC’s biggest heroes. The show will focus on lesser-known characters more easily adapted to comedy. It’s a smart move for DC to broaden their scope on television, as the company already has plenty of dramatic series airing or in development. The comedy has potential to make a big splash if it can capitalize on both the passion of comic fans and audiences whose interest might be considered more general.
Spike has given a straight-to-series order for Harvest, a new drama from Jerry Bruckheimer.
Harvest centers on a dedicated father who works as a cemetery caretaker and attempts to give his daughter a better life than he ever had. However, when his father comes back into town and threatens to expose some dark secret in his past, the man is forced to join him in selling body parts on the black market.
The news comes after the successful launch of Tut, the network’s first scripted event series in eight years. Harvest marks the first scripted drama in over nine years and is set to premiere on Spike in 2016. The series is written by Ian Sobel and Matt Morgan (12 Monkeys) and Bruckheimer is on board as an executive producer.
Adult Swim has renewed Rick and Morty for season 3.
The series follows Rick Sanchez (series co-creator Justin Roiland), as he drags his grandson Morty (also Roiland) on a number of intergalactic adventures.The hit animated comedy from Roiland and Community creator Dan Harmon has enjoyed great success on the network, with the season 2 premiere ranked number one during its time period for Adult Swim’s targeted demographics.
Harmon had this to say about the renewal:
“It’s an honor to see ‘Rick and Morty’ join the exclusive club of shows with over nineteen episodes. It’s time to demand that the network allow us to draw the characters going to Hawaii.”
Rick and Morty is currently airing on Sundays at 11:30 p.m. EST on Adult Swim.
Source: Adult Swim
Annabeth Gish is set to reprise her role as FBI Agent Monica Reyes in the upcoming X-Files event series on Fox.
Gish will be joining former co-stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, who play the main characters Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, respectively. Unfortunately, Robert Patrick recently confirmed that he will not be returning to the series as Agent John Doggett at any point in the foreseeable future. Doggett originally served to replace Agent Mulder in the eighth and ninth season of the show.
The X-Files premiered in 1993 and soon became a global hit, earning a massive cult following that saw the show last nine seasons and 202 episodes. The series was a critical hit as well, earning 16 Emmys throughout its duration. Series creator Chris Carter is onboard to direct the upcoming X-Files revival, which has become one of the most anticipated television events of 2016.
The X-Files returns to Fox on Sunday, January 24th, 2016.
Showtime has released a new trailer for their upcoming drama series Billions.
Aiming to recapture the success of Homeland, Showtime is investing heavily in this finance drama from Brian Koppelman (Ocean’s Thirteen) and New York Times financial columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin. The series boasts an impressive cast including Emmy winners Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Paul Giamatti (John Adams), who star as hedge fund giant Bobby “Axe” Axelrod and U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades, respectively.
The trailer expands on some of the footage shown in the initial trailer, focusing on the sharp dialogue more than anything. The trailer also gives us a closer look at Malin Akerman’s Lara Axelrod, who will be a powerful ally against Rhoades throughout the series.
Billions premieres on January 17th, 2016 on Showtime.
NBC has announced they have extended Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show contract through 2021.
The announcement came from NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt at the 2015 Television Critics Association summer press tour. Greenblatt explained the decision by calling Fallon the most ‘versatile star’ in the genre, and one who has reinvigorated the Tonight Show since he took over in 2014.
With Stephen Colbert taking over CBS’ The Late Show, some expect renewed competition between the two series. However, Colbert quickly put an end to those rumors.
“The idea of war between hosts makes no sense to me. Fighting amongst each other doesn’t sound funny, so I’m not interested.”
The Tonight Show airs weeknights at 11:30 p.m. EST.