This Week in TV:
AMC gives us a glimpse of the final season of Mad Men via an official poster; Wesley Snipes joins Endgame, a drama pilot at NBC; Paula Patton (2 Guns) lands the lead role in the ABC pilot Runner; Stephen Colbert is set to guest star on an episode of The Mindy Project; Chicago Fire spinoff Chicago Med casts Oliver Platt and Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead); and ITV renews Broadchurch for season 3.
AMC released a new poster for the second half of the final season of Mad Men. Check it out below, along with some analysis of the image from series creator Matthew Weiner.
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While the poster doesn’t reveal any story details outright, Weiner points out that it should establish some ideas and feelings about Don Draper’s (Jon Hamm) journey heading into the series’ final run, and at least hint at what may come.
“It’s designed to tell you that Don is going somewhere. He could be going to work, he could be going away from work. But there is a feeling of, I hope, a little bit of a desperate drive. We see him in his car, and we see that he’s alone, and I think you just have to basically feel that there’s going to be a sense of motion.”
The final season of Mad Men returns to AMC on April 5, 2015.
Wesley Snipes is set to co-star in the NBC drama pilot Endgame.
In the project from Leverage co-creator John Rogers that is described as a “high-octane thriller set in the high-takes world of Las Vegas,” Snipes will star opposite Philip Winchester (Strike Back) as an unflappable and analytical pit boss who keeps an eye on the big picture but is also capable of cleaning up a mess when things spiral out of control.
Meanwhile, Winchester will lead the potential series as Alex, a former intelligence officer turned security expert who becomes tangled in a mysterious conspiracy that forces him to complete a series of heroic challenges in order to save innocent lives.
The project marks Snipes’ first return to television in a major role since he starred on the short-lived 1990 ABC drama H.E.L.P. After spending a few years out of the spotlight due to legal trouble, Snipes last appeared in The Expendables 3, returning to his action roots.
We’ll update you on the status of NBC’s Endgame as more news comes in.
Paula Patton (2 Guns) landed the lead role in the ABC drama pilot Runner.
Patton will star as Lauren Marks, “a woman whose perfect life is torn apart by one twist of fate.” If ordered to series, the show would center on Patton’s character and her journey to discover the truth in the world of dangerous cartels and illegal gun running between the U.S. and Mexico.
Best known for her turns in Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, 2 Guns and Deja Vu, Patton is no stranger to action, but she is to TV, as the project marks her first series as a regular. She can also be seen next year in the highly anticipated Warcraft adaptation.
Stay tuned for updates on ABC’s Runner in the coming months.
Stephen Colbert is set to guest star on FOX’s The Mindy Project in an upcoming season 3 episode.
The former Colbert Report host will play a priest, Father Michael O’Donnell, in what will likely be a one-episode guest-starring spot. Though it hasn’t been reported which episode Colbert will lend his talents to, we can safely assume it will be episode 19 on March 10, an episode titled “Confessions of a Cathoholic.”
While not necessarily known for acting (at least in a traditional sense), Colbert could be popping up a bit more on some other shows in the coming months, as he likely has a little downtime before he begins his next gig hosting The Late Show in September, taking over for iconic host David Letterman.
The Mindy Project season 3 continues Tuesday, March 3 with “Danny Castellano is My Nutritionist.”
Like Chicago P.D., the Chicago Med spinoff and its characters will be planted in an upcoming episode of Chicago Fire as a backdoor pilot, with NBC reportedly planning to make a decision on a series order by May. Platt will co-star as Dr. Daniels, the intelligent head of psychiatry; alongside Holden as Dr. Hannah Tramble, a brilliant ER surgeon with a dark edge. The two actors also join Yaya DaCosta (Whitney) and S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order) in the cast.
With the three Chicago-based procedurals potentially all airing simultaneously, there will be plenty of opportunity for crossover episodes, something Dick Wolf-produced NBC dramas – including Law & Order and its spinoffs – have been fond of in the past.
We’ll let you know if NBC decides to make Chicago Med into its own series after the backdoor pilot for the medical drama airs as part of Chicago Fire.
ITV renewed detective drama Broadchurch for season 3.
The network made the announcement shortly after the show’s season 2 concluded in the U.K., and added that stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman will be returning as Detective Inspector Alec Hardy and Sergeant Ellie Miller, respectively. Series creator Chris Chibnall will also return to pen the third season.
While reviews of the season 2 finale were mixed, viewership numbers were strong throughout the entire season, finishing with 7.85 million viewers for the finale.
For U.S. audiences, Broadchurch season 2 premieres Wednesday, March 4 on BBC America.