This Week on TV:
Showtime renews Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan; Arrow casts Rutina Wesley and Parker Young for season 4; Vincent Kartheiser to star in Debt; Longmire gets a new trailer; Robert Kirkman’s Outcast begins production; and Esquire’s Spotless gets its first trailer.
Both series have earned critical praise and audiences continue to grow into their third seasons. Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as the titular character, a ‘fixer’ in Hollywood who pays bribes and arranges favors to keep famous clients out of prison. Masters of Sex is based loosely on the lives of Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia E. Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) as they pioneer research into human sexuality.
Additionally, Showtime ordered a pilot for the Jim Carrey series I’m Dying Up Here. The series explores the Los Angeles comedy scene in the 1970s, loosely based on the nonfiction book by William Knoedelseder by the same name.
The pilot is going to be directed by 50/50 director Jonathan Levine with Jim Carrey and David Flebotte (Masters of Sex) on board as executive producers. The series will mark Carrey’s first time working as a producer on television, though the actor is an experienced writer and accomplished comedian in his own right.
Ray Donovan is airing Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on Showtime, with Masters of Sex airing afterwards at 10 p.m.
Young will play Alex Davis, a smart and driven man who works for Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and will serve as a potential new love interest for Thea (Willa Holland). With Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) no longer a series regular, Thea will be moving on while adjusting to her new life as a masked vigilante. There’s certain to be trouble, however, with Oliver’s overly protective nature regarding his sister.
Wesley has landed a recurring role as Liza Warner, a name DC fans will recognize as the civilian identity of Lady Cop. Where in the comics she was a police officer who was struggling to avenge the death of her roommates, Arrow’s take on the character has Warner serving on Starling City’s Anti-Vigilante Task Force.
Arrow season 4 premieres on October 7th, 2015 on The CW.
Vincent Kartheiser is set to star in Debt, a new series in development at WGN America.
WGN is currently developing the drama series from a spec script written by Ian MacDonald. The series follows a man who, after losing everything in his life, partners with a debt collection agency to take from the rich and give to the poor. Should the series get the green light, the Mad Men star would play the lead role. Director Neil LaBute (Death at a Funeral) is expected to direct the series.
The script was purchased in a competitive situation and WGN will face a penalty if the series does not get a straight-to-series order. That in combination with Kartheiser’s fame should be enough to guarantee that we’ll see this series sometime in 2016.
Source: The Wrap
Netflix has released a new trailer for the upcoming fourth season of Longmire.
The fourth season picks up moments after the third season’s cliffhanger ending, with Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) finding out who murdered his wife and going off for revenge. During a struggle with the suspect, a gun goes off and the screen goes black. Fans will have to wait until the season 4 to find out who shot who, though they almost didn’t have the chance.
The western drama was saved from cancellation by Netflix last year, after disappointing numbers prompted A&E to drop the series. Longmire enjoys a solid, devoted following, but the reality of the situation is that A&E wasn’t making money. The series boasted 3.5 million viewers, but most of those were off-network viewings that didn’t benefit the show’s home network. Netflix, on the other hand, is not accountable to the Nielsen ratings and free to continue Longmire and capitalize on that existing fanbase.
Longmire season 4 launches on Netflix on September 10th, 2015.
Principal photography commenced this week in South Carolina as Fox International Studios prepares for their 2016 release date. The exorcism drama is based on Robert Kirkman’s comic series of the same name and follows Kyle Barnes, a man who has been plagued by demonic possession his whole life.
Fox also released a number of new casting announcements:
- David Denman (13 Hours) has been cast as Kyle’s brother-in-law Mark Holter. Holter is a highly moral, small town police officer with an innate distrust of Kyle and his past.
- Catherine Dent (The Shield) plays Janet Anderson, the ex-wife of Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister). Though their marriage was broken by the reverend’s obsession with battling dark forces, she still feels genuine affection for her ex-husband.
- Melinda McGraw (The X-Files) will play Patricia MacCready, a devout Baptist who frequently has tea with Reverend Anderson.
- Grace Zabriskie (The Killing) has been cast as Mildred, a feisty longtime member of Reverend Anderson’s congregation.
- Lee Tergesen (The Americans) will play Blake Morrow, a former police officer currently on death row for the murder of his partner’s wife.
- Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation) plays Sidney, a mysterious stranger who shows up in town after Kyle Baker successfully exercises a demon. His trademark grin hides an unknown, dark secret.
Outcast is expected to release on Cinemax sometime in 2016.
Esquire has released a new trailer for their upcoming drama series Spotless.
Spotless follows Jean Bastiere (Marc-André Grondin), the head of Jean’s Crime Scene Cleaning Company. While there are plenty of shows about investigating crime scenes, Jean is the man who has to come in afterwards and clean up the mess. Jean attempts to live a normal life with his family, but everything comes unraveled when his brother Martin (Denis Ménochet) unexpectedly reenters Jean’s life. Through a series of unknown events, the two end up caught up in a web of mobsters, drugs and murder.
Spotless will be Esquire’s first original scripted series on the network. The series originally aired in France earlier this year, where it well received and has earned a second season. Esquire has not yet committed to airing this second season, opting to wait and see how the first season performs in the U.S.
Matt Hanna, Esquire’s head of original programming, had the following to say:
“‘Spotless’ is a genre-bending drama offering a tonality that’s unique to the current television landscape. Perfectly on point for our discerning male audience, it promises to take them on a twisted dark ride.”
Spotless premieres on Esquire this fall.