This Week in TV:
Preacher ratings; BBC renews Peaky Blinders; Roadies trailer; Master of None Season 2 update; BoJack Horseman teaser; Get Shorty TV Series; and Limitless cancelled.
Preacher, AMC’s newest comic adaptation, premiered to modest numbers last Sunday. According to Nielsen, the series averaged 0.9 ratings in the 18-49 demographic with 2.4 million viewers overall in the “live plus same-day” estimates. The numbers aren’t especially impressive, but for context Preacher enjoyed the second largest launch of a scripted series so far this year, only falling behind The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
AMC will be airing the premiere again this Sunday as the network gives viewers ample opportunity to watch the premiere before the second episode airs on June 5th. Preacher is an adaptation of the Vertigo comics series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, starring Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) as a Texas preacher with otherworldly abilities. The pilot episode indicates that the adaptation will diverge greatly from the source material, but the frenetic spectacle of the premiere may give rise to an equally enjoyable take on the property.
Preacher returns with “Bunny in a Bear Trap” on June 5th, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. EST on AMC.
Peaky Blinders Renewed
BBC Two has officially renewed their crime drama Peaky Blinders for a fourth and fifth season. Created by Steven Knight (Taboo), the series follows the rise of gangster Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and his family in the early 20th century. The currently airing third season sees Shelby enter the Roaring Twenties a rich man, but new rivals and international threats could topple everything he’s worked to build. Knight released the following statement regarding the renewal:
“I am genuinely thrilled at the response to the third series of the show. The prospect of writing series four and five is truly exciting. This is a real passion project for me and I look forward to telling more stories of the Shelby family.”
The third season is currently airing on BBC Two in the U.K. and is set to air everywhere else when the series comes to Netflix on May 31st. As of now, there’s no information on whether Netflix will be participating in the distribution of the fourth and fifth seasons, but odds are good they’ll pick up the popular drama soon.
Peaky Blinders season 3 will be released on Netflix on May 31st, 2016.
Showtime has released the second official trailer for their upcoming original series Roadies. The series, written and directed by Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous), centers on the music industry, focusing not on the musicians but the crew that works behind the scenes to ensure concerts are performed according to plan. As the new trailer shows, it’s rarely easy to pull off. Check out the official synopsis below:
“‘Roadies’ gives an insider’s look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of “roadies” who live for the music and the de facto family they’ve formed along the way. The music-infused ensemble comedy series chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes and puts the spotlight on the backstage workers who put the show on the road while touring the United States for a successful arena-level band.”
The series stars Luke Wilson (Idiocracy) and Carla Gugino (Wayward Pines) as the tour manager and production manager for the Staton-House Band. The series will be produced by Crowe along with J.J. Abrams (Star Wars Episode VII) and Winnie Holzman (Huge).
Roadies premieres Sunday, June 26th, 2016 on Showtime.
Master of None Season 2 Update
Aziz Ansari, co-creator of the Netflix original comedy Master of None, has taken to Twitter to give a brief update on the upcoming second season. According to Ansari, writing is currently underway for the second season, with the premiere date set tentatively for April 2017. This falls in line with earlier comments from Ansari and his co-creator Alan Yang, who claimed they would take their time developing the second season to live up to the quality of the first.
Master of None is a semi-autobiographical series that centers on Dev (Ansari), a semi-employed actor living in New York City. Throughout the first season, Dev is trying to navigate modern romance and enter a long-term relationship, but more importantly he’s trying to find himself. Insightful and charming, the first season was a highlight of television in 2015 and hopefully the creators can recapture that success moving into the second season.
Source: Aziz Ansari
BoJack Horseman Season 3 Teaser
Netflix has released a new teaser for the upcoming third season of BoJack Horseman, the animated comedy starring Will Arnett (Arrested Development) and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad). The main purpose of the short teaser, which features some of the glowing praise the previous two seasons earned from critics, is to reveal the season 3 release date: July 22nd, 2016. The third season will see BoJack (Arnett), the former 90’s sitcom star, struggling to determine his legacy while trudging through an Oscar campaign for his starring role in a Secretariat biopic.
BoJack Horseman was created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg (The Exquisite Corpse Project). Bob-Waksberg also serves as executive producer on the series, alongside Paul and Arnett.
BoJack Horseman season 3 premieres on July 22nd, 2016 on Netflix.
Epix Orders Get Shorty TV Series
Epix has handed down a 10-episode order to Get Shorty, a modern re-imagining of Elmore Leonard’s 1990 bestselling novel of the same name. The novel was previously adapted by MGM in 1995 as a feature film starring John Travolta (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story). This hour-long dark comedy series comes from Davey Holmes (Shameless) and is set to air sometime in the summer of 2017. Epix CEO Mark S. Greenberg released the following statement:
“I had the pleasure of working with Elmore Leonard early in my career and I am a big fan of his writing. Davey Holmes is a tremendous talent and has created a fantastic new series that is in the spirit of Leonard’s unique brand of social satire and strong narrative voice.”
Get Shorty follows Miles Daly, who works as the hired muscle for a violent crime ring located in Nevada. For the sake of his daughter, he attempts to leave the crime family behind, becoming a Hollywood movie producer and laundering his illicit gains through his film. Unfortunately for Daly, the crime family he hoped to escape follows him to Los Angeles.
Get Shorty is expected to premiere sometime in the summer of 2017.
Limitless, the CBS television followup to the 2011 film of the same name, has officially been cancelled. Series writer/producer Craig Sweeny took to Twitter to announce the news, stating the series “will not continue on any platform.” He then thanked fans of the series for their support.
It was revealed just last week that Limitless would not be returning to CBS, but there was talk that the series could live on via another platform, specifically CBS All Access. As it stands, this cancellation makes Limitless the highest-rated series to be cancelled, earning 2.2 in the 18-49 demographic with a total viewership of 9.8 million.