This Week in TV:
Tom Welling joins Section 13; Syfy adapts Harrow County; Girls season 5 trailer; You’re the Worst renewed; Lori Petty joins Gotham; and FOX to adapt The Code.
Smallville star Tom Welling has joined the upcoming CBS drama Section 13.
Section 13 will star Welling as a former CIA black ops officer, currently working as a private contractor. After suffering an unknown personal tragedy, the character throws in with a secretive organization that carries out the most difficult and high-stakes assignments available. The role would mark a return to television for Welling, who has been focused on features since Smallville ended in season 10.
Bones writer Carla Kettner is writing the series, as well as serving as co-executive producer with Welling. The project is currently in development at CBS, hailing from Warner Bros. TV and Welling’s own production company, Tom Welling Productions. Many were hopeful that the veteran DC Comics actor would be returning to television with a cameo appearance in Supergirl, but there’s been no news on that front. Still, with Welling working closely with CBS, the potential cameo isn’t outside the realm of possibility.
Syfy is adapting the Dark Horse Comics title Harrow County for television.
The comic series was created by writer Cullen Bunn and artist Tyler Crook. The source material follows teenager Emmy, a resident in Harrow County, who realizes that the ghosts and goblins surrounding her family farm are all too real. As she prepares to enter adulthood, Emmy discovers that she shares a connection to these creatures. Unfortunately for her, the citizens of her town realize the same and turn on her, threatening to end her life. The first issue has been released for free here.
The series is part horror story, part coming-of-age tale, presenting a unique take on the horror genre. Syfy has tapped writer Becky Kirsch to write the series, after her work on Dominion and 12 Monkeys. The adaptation comes from Universal Cable Productions’ first-look deal with Dark Horse Entertainment.
HBO has released a new trailer for the upcoming fifth season of Girls.
The trailer gives a nice overview of what to expect in the upcoming season, showing Hannah (Lena Dunham) and her friends moving in different directions. Hannah’s relationship with Fran (Jake Lacy) appears to still be intact, though there are hints that not everything is going perfectly for the couple. Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) accepted her job in Japan and Marnie (Allison Williams) is still prepared to marry Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) despite Hannah’s protests.
Dunham has previously indicated that the series will likely come to a close after season 6, though discussions about the series moving past season 5 are ongoing. The series hasn’t maintained the viewership it earned in early seasons, but the dedicated fan base will likely be enough incentive for HBO to greenlight the potential final season.
Girls season 5 premieres on February 21st, 2016.
FXX comedy You’re the Worst has been renewed for season 3.
News of the renewal comes just before the season 2 finale, scheduled to air next Wednesday. Despite soft ratings, both You’re the Worst and Married were picked up by FX for a second season. Numbers have continued to drop for both series, but You’re the Worst has proven to be a critical success for the network.
FX Networks’ Nick Grad had the following to say:
“‘You’re the Worst, already one of the most critically acclaimed comedies on television, is also one of the most innovative, something [creator Stephen Falk] and the cast will continue in the much-deserved third season. The daring turn this season, led by the honest and respectful portrayal of Gretchen’s depression was a very courageous move for a comedy and another milestone for ‘You’re the Worst.'”
The renewal also led Falk to sign an overall deal with the network to continue to develop and produce new properties.
You’re the Worst airs on Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. EST on FXX.
Petty will be playing Jeri, the enigmatic hostess of a secret club that celebrates mass murder as art. Appearing in episode 14 of the season, Jeri will be an ally to Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), as he tries to solve his parents murder. However, that same alliance doesn’t carry over to Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), who will be antagonized by the club owner and her maniacal following.
Petty is a comic book veteran. The actress previously starred in Tank Girl as the titular character, a 1995 adaptation of a popular indie comic of the same name. She also voiced the character Livewire, a character that recently appeared in CBS’ Supergirl, in The New Batman Adventures.
Gotham season 2 returns in February, 2016.
FOX has given a script commitment to The Code from Justified creator Graham Yost.
The series, written by Yost and Fred Golan, is based on the successful Australian series of the same name. The series is a political drama focused on two brothers that live very different lives. One brother is a journalist while the other is a hacker. Together, they uncover secrets about the people in power, secrets that the government will kill to keep from being exposed to the public.
The original series was renewed for a second season in Australia after taking home six different Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards, including Best TV Drama. Yost is joined by Golan and Michael Dinner as executive producers on the potential series. Dinner worked with Yost previously on Justified, where he directed the pilot episode.