This Week in TV:
The season 3 premiere of Homeland has leaked online; the CW is in negotiations to land a Wizard of Oz-based drama titled Dorothy Must Die; HBO has set a January 2014 premiere date for True Detective; and Outlander has cast Graham McTavish (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and Gary Lewis (Gangs of New York) as two of its main characters.
The season 3 premiere of Homeland isn’t set to air until the end of this month, but some viewers received an early home screening, courtesy of a pirated version that leaked online.
According to Torrent Freak, the episode was downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few hours of it being leaked. The number seems large, but considering Homeland was the 7th most pirated show in 2012, we probably shouldn’t be surprised.
Reportedly, the leaked version was missing visual effects and the opening credits, which could mean it was ripped from a press screener, since the version distributed to the press by Showtime did lack both effects and the credits, according to NPR writer Linda Holmes.
Unfortunately for Showtime, this isn’t the first time it has had to deal with a significant leak. In fact, several of its biggest shows have found their way online before airing in recent years, including Californication, Nurse Jackie and Dexter.
For those who haven’t already seen the season 3 premiere of Homeland (tsk, tsk to those who have), you can catch it on Showtime September 29th, 2013 @9pm.
Source: Torrent Freak, Linda Holmes’ Twitter Page
This week, it was revealed that The CW is in talks to air a Wizard of Oz-based drama titled Dorothy Must Die.
The show comes from Heroes creator Tim Kring, as well as producers Nora Kay Foster and Adam Armus – the latter of whom will serve as the head writer. Based on an upcoming young adult novel of the same name, the story is set in present day, 80 years after Dorothy was supposed to have come home. Instead, she has remained in Oz, transforming into a fascist dictator who rules the land with an iron fist with the help of her henchman - the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. However, her rule is contested when another young woman from Kansas arrives via tornado and is told that she is destined to lead the people of Oz and reclaim the land from Dorothy’s grasp.
This newest Wizard of Oz-themed project is actually one of many currently in development. Syfy is still working on a gritty reboot of the property, while Warner Bros. is putting together an Oz series that it has compared to Game of Thrones. And even stranger yet, a few of weeks back we learned that CBS is developing a Wizard of Oz medical drama.
The property’s recent resurgence can most likely be attributed to the success of Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful earlier this year, but whatever the case may be, we’re certain to see some sort of reimagining of the classic tale – and possibly several – on TV very soon.
We’ll inform you on how Dorothy Must Die is coming along once we learn more.
HBO has announced its new series True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, will premiere in January 2014.
While we haven’t heard much about the show since it was ordered for an eight-episode first season about a year ago, we understand that it will be an anthology series along the lines of FX’s American Horror Story, introducing new characters and new cases each season. With that knowledge, it’s safe to assume that McConaughey and Harrelson – who are playing a pair of detectives trying to solve a 17-year old murder in Louisiana – won’t stick around past the first season, considering their busy film schedules.
Further details on the series are still scarce, but we should learn much more when the show’s debut trailer premieres before the season premiere of Boardwalk Empire.
Look for season 1 of True Detective when it hits HBO in January 2014.
Source: The Wrap
The new Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) series, which has already been ordered for a 16-episode first season, is based on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling novel of the same name, telling the story of a married World War II combat nurse who is suddenly transported back in time to the 18th century, where she meets and begins an affair with a Scottish warrior named Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan).
McTavish has signed on to play Dougal MacKenzie, the War Chieftain of his family’s clan and the uncle of young Jamie. His character is a strong leader and even more skilled warrior, but is secretly supportive of the rebel cause against the British.
Lewis will play Dougal MacKenzie’s brother Colum, who ranks even higher within the clan as its Laird. Like his brother, Colum is a born leader, but cannot fight his own battles due to a degenerative disease that renders him immobile.
The show still has plenty of casting to do, but with three native Scots on board, it’s clear the network is in search for authenticity and is aiming to stay in line with the source material.
Outlander will premiere on Starz in 2014.
Source: Coming Soon