This Week in TV:
Neil Gaiman to adapt Good Omens; F is for Family renewed; Bloodline trailer; Episodes comes to an end; Preacher Teaser; Man Seeking Woman renewed; Vampire Diaries final season; and New Girl renewed.
Neil Gaiman to adapt Good Omens
Famed author Neil Gaiman is adapting the novel Good Omens for television. Co-written by Gaiman and the late Sir Terry Pratchett, his longtime friend, the novel details the birth of the Antichrist and the coming of the End of Days. The book is an apocalyptic, dark comedy and follows the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley, the representatives of Heaven and Hell on Earth, who conspire to prevent the Antichrist from bringing about the Final Judgment. Unfortunately, when the Antichrist is born on Earth, a mix up at the hospital leads him to an idyllic life in the country and no knowledge of his true powers.
Gaiman previously stated that he would not be adapting the novel without Pratchett, who died in March of 2015 of a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Recalling a conversation with Pratchett’s longtime assistant Rob Wilkins, Gaiman explained why he didn’t want to adapt the work.
“Terry and I had a deal that we would only work on ‘Good Omens’ things together. Everything that was ever written – bookmarks and tiny little things – we would always collaborate, everything was a collaboration. So, obviously, no.”
However, the author had a change of heart after he received a letter written by Pratchett, intended to be read after his death, urging Gaiman to write the adaptation himself. Gaiman made the announcement that he will be penning the adaptation at a memorial held for Pratchett in London earlier this week. It was also revealed that the adaptation would be in the form of a six-part television series.
We will bring you more information on Good Omens as it becomes available.
Source: The Guardian
F is for Family Renewed
Netflix has renewed their animated comedy F is for Family for season 2. The series is inspired by the life and stand-up material of comedian Bill Burr, who co-created the series with Michael Price (The Simpsons). Burr announced the renewal himself via twitter, releasing a profanity-riddled teaser video in celebration of season 2 (above). He later confirmed that Netflix has increased their season 2 order, from six episodes to ten.
The series stars Burr as war veteran Frank Murphy alongside Laura Dern (Enlightened), Justin Long (Tusk), and Deri Derryberry (Toy Story). The series is produced by Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Television.
Bloodline Season 2 Trailer
Netflix has released a new trailer for the upcoming second season of their drama series Bloodline. The series stars Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men), and Norbert Leo Butz (Dan in Real Life) as the Rayburn family, a group of people who “did a bad thing” at the end of the first season.
The network also released the season’s official synopsis:
“Season 2 begins with the Rayburn family struggling to conceal their unthinkable crime. Mysterious strangers from Danny’s past arrive with a dangerous agenda. Law enforcement is closing in on the truth behind Danny’s murder. And the tight-knit family’s once harmonious relationship is poisoned by paranoia and mistrust as it slowly begins to unravel. Lies mount. Alliances are betrayed. Relationships are destroyed. With their backs against the wall, good people may have to do some very bad things…”
Bloodline season 2 launches on Friday, May 27, 2016.
Episodes Comes to an End
Showtime has confirmed that the upcoming fifth season of comedy series Episodes will be the series’ last. The series stars Stephen Mangan (Dirk Gently) and Tamsin Greig (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as a British husband-and-wife screenwriting duo who decide to bring their hit show overseas to the U.S. Unfortunately, things begin to go wrong for the pair when the network pressures them to hire Matt Leblanc (Friends) to star in the remake. The series was created by David Crane and Jeff Klarik, who have written every episode of the series and reportedly envisioned the series as exactly five seasons long. The pair released the following statement:
“We have had the best time making this show. Showtime has been the opposite of every network we write about. If it were up to them we could go on making ‘Episodes’ forever. But we’ve told the story we set out to tell and we’d never want to outstay our welcome.”
The final season will consist of seven episodes, all of which will be directed by Klarik. Production on the final season is set to begin in London some time next week.
Episodes returns for its final season in 2017.
AMC has released a new, very brief teaser for their upcoming adaptation of Preacher, a comic series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion. The series follows West Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), who is inhabited by an otherworldly entity that bestows upon him supernatural power. Joined by his assassin girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Irish vampire Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), the three go on a long journey populated by the denizens of Heaven, Hell, and some places in between. The teaser doesn’t offer a look at any of the characters, but AMC has also released a new image of Cassidy, looking more like his comic book counterpart than ever before.
The network recently released a new teaser video from the pilot, featuring Tulip fighting for her life while trying to carry out an assassination. The video is teeming with violence, supporting showrunner Sam Catlin’s claims that the series will not be toned down at all for television.
Preacher debuts on AMC on May 22, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. EST.
Man Seeking Woman Renewed
FXX has renewed comedy series Man Seeking Woman for a third season. Based on Simon Rich’s The Last Girlfriend on Earth, the series follows Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel) as he makes his way through the ups and downs of the dating world. He’s assisted by his best friend Mike (Eric Andre) and his older sister Liz (Britt Lower), though both have very different outlooks on dating and pull the character in different directions. Nick Grad, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, released the following statement:
“‘Man Seeking Woman’ had another great season this year and continues to offer one of the smartest and funniest takes on dating and relationships on TV today. We are excited to move forward on a third season of ‘Man Seeking Woman’ with Simon, Jonathan, Andrew, Ian and Lorne, and thank Jay, Eric and Britt for keeping the show so enjoyable.
Simon Rich serves as executive producer and showrunner on the series, joined by producers Jonathan Krisel (Baskets), Andrew Singer (Portlandia), Ian Maxtone-Graham (The Simpsons), and Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live). The second season was a stronger showing for the series, earning a 2% bump on average in total viewers over the first.
Man Seeking Woman returns to FXX in early 2017.
Vampire Diaries Coming to an End?
The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder recently made an appearance at Walker Stalker Con in Nashville, Tennessee, where he stated that the long-running series will be coming to an end with its eighth season. To soften the blow and build up anticipation for the next season, the actor also indicated that the cast and crew have something special planned for their big finale.
“We have decided to do one last season to sort of do it justice. Work very hard on it, my role is shifting in the show, and we have a lot to do basically.”
The CW announced the series’ renewal in March, with the eighth season expected to air in the fall of 2016. It’s worth noting that the network has yet to officially announce that The Vampire Diaries is ending, though it may be well past time for the series to come to its conclusion.
The Vampire Diaries season seven is currently airing on The CW Friday nights at 8:00 p.m. EST.
New Girl Renewed
FOX has renewed their comedy series New Girl for a sixth season. The sitcom stars Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer) as Jess, a quirky school teacher who moves into a loft occupied by three guys — Nick (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Winston (Lamorne Morris). The series follows their lives as they search out romance and deal with life in L.A.
The series aired its 100th episode back in March and this season has been averaging 3.6 million total overall viewers per episode. The series viewership has been steadily declining over the seasons, but it remains the most successful series in FOX’s Tuesday night comedy block. New Girl is now the sixth comedy series to be renewed by FOX, joining Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Last Man on Earth, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, and Family Guy.
New Girl season five is currently airing on Tuesday Nights on FOX at 8:00 p.m. EST.