This Week in TV:
Jon Stewart joins HBO; Miguel Ferrer returns to Twin Peaks; ABC renews Battlebots; Black Sails Season 3 Premiere Date; HBO releases new Girls teaser; Tawny Cypress joins Supergirl; and Syfy releases the first image from Wynonna Earp.
Jon Stewart has signed a four-year exclusivity deal with HBO.
The former Daily Show host will kick off his time with the network by creating digital content for HBO Go and HBO Now, along with additional, unspecified platforms. His first project will be focused on current events, working with Cloud graphics company OTOY, Inc. to produce timely, short-form content.
Stewart had the following to say about the deal:
“I’m so excited to be working Richard [Plepler], Michael and the entire HBO family. Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me. I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and then.”
The Daily Show was hosted by Jon Stewart for 16 years, earning 23 Primetime Emmy Awards during that time. And while the deal doesn’t state anything explicitly about a new television series, it will be interesting to see if Stewart can resist taking to the small screen once again.
Miguel Ferrer is set to reprise his role as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield in the upcoming Twin Peaks revival.
Albert, a cynical FBI forensics expert who detests small towns, appeared in eight episodes of Twin Peaks as well as the film Fire Walk With Me. The character is an obviously talented scientist, but his coarse personality and curt demeanor originally puts him at odds with the rest of the cast. Despite this, Albert goes on to form a strong bond with Sheriff Harry Truman (Michael Ontkean) over the course of the series.
To date, Kyle MacLachlan remains the only Twin Peaks cast member officially announced for Showtime’s upcoming revival. While many of the original cast are expected to return, their involvement has yet to be officially confirmed by the network. Hopefully the final cast includes David Duchovny’s return as Agent Denise Bryson, one of the show’s best and most memorable characters.
Twin Peaks Season 3 is expected to air sometime in 2017.
ABC has renewed their Battlebots revival series for a second season.
The second season will keep the series’ single-elimination tournament structure, but the field of competitors will be widely increased. Expected to join the competition are expert roboticists, garage builders, families and even returning champions from previous tournaments.
Battlebots is a revival of the Comedy Central series of the same name, which ran for five seasons before being cancelled in 2002. Original series creators Ed Roski and Greg Munson are working on the new series as executive producers. The six-episode first season of ABC’s Battlebots revival earned respectable ratings, earning an average of 5.4 million viewers.
Battlebots season 2 is expected to air in summer of 2016.
Source: The Wrap
Starz has revealed the premiere date for Black Sails season 3 — January 23rd, 2016.
The third season picks up after the destruction of Charles Town, with the world in fear of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens). It’s not long before Flint’s campaign of terror moves to the brink of madness, prompting John Silver (Luke Arnold) to try and appeal to Flint’s lost humanity. Meanwhile, Charles Vane (Zach McGowan) struggles to secure Nassau while on the brink of war.
Starz recently renewed Black Sails for a fourth season, well before the third season ever aired. In fact, production on the fourth season will begin in Cape Town, South Africa by the end of the year. It shows that the network is confident in the series continued success, encouraged by the shows consistent viewership averaging at 4.5 million viewers per episode.
Black Sails returns to Starz on January 23rd, 2016.
HBO has released a teaser for the upcoming fifth season of Girls.
The teaser doesn’t give much information on what to expect in the upcoming season (aside from the fact Hannah will keep on dancing). The fifth season will see Lena Dunham’s protagonist starting off in a happy place after the fourth season’s finale, but how long that can last given her character’s frequent misadventures remains to be seen.
Expect several more teasers leading up the series return on February 21st, 2016.
Cypress will be playing Senator Miranda Crane, a politician who stands opposed to Supergirl. By emphasizing an anti-alien agenda, she gathers support and earns votes from like-minded individuals. While the longevity of her role is currently unknown, she will be featured in at least one episode — where she must accept Supergirl’s help to survive.
Miranda Crane is a character created specifically for the series and has never appeared in DC Comics continuity. The network recently revealed the first look at villain Livewire, who is set to appear in the November 23rd episode of Supergirl titled (appropriately) ‘Livewire.’
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8pm on CBS.
Syfy has released the first image from their upcoming Wynonna Earp adaptation.
The image shows series star Melanie Scrofano as the titular Wynonna Earp, great-granddaughter of famous lawman Wyatt Earp. Alongside the new image, the network released the official synopsis of the series:
“After years on the run and in juvenile detention, Wynonna Earp is finally coming home. The only problem is no one back home wants her to return. But when she becomes the town’s only hope of eradicating mysterious demons, Wynonna must choose which side of the law she wants to fight on in order to clear the name of her legendary great grandfather Wyatt Earp once and for all.”
The series is an adaptation of Beau Smith’s IDW Comic series of the same name. Syfy veteran and Lost Girl producer Emily Andras is responsible for the adaptation and will serve as the series’ showrunner. Syfy acquired the rights to the live-action adaptation earlier this year, ordering a 13-episode first season.
Wynonna Earp is set to air in April of 2016 on Syfy.