This Week in TV:
Showtime is developing a Theodore Roosevelt miniseries; Narcos is renewed; Under the Dome gets canceled; Empire gets a new trailer; Colm Feore joins House of Cards; and The Daily Show won’t be changing (much).
Showtime has begun developing The Life and Times of Teddy Roosevelt as a limited series.
The miniseries will focus on Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States of America who took office after the assassination of President William McKinley. At age 42, Roosevelt remains the youngest politician to ever hold the office of U.S. President and served from 1901-1909. Prior to that, he was famously the leader of the “Rough Riders,” a voluntary cavalry that took part in the Spanish-American war in 1898. Despite his military background, Roosevelt went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize when he helped negotiate peace between Japan and Russia in 1906.
American History X scribe David McKenna will be writing the miniseries, with Electus and Authentic Entertainments producing. The historical figure offers plenty of important events and political nuance for the series to explore, as the recent acclaimed PBS documentary The Roosevelts aptly demonstrated.
Netflix has renewed Narcos, a drama detailing the rise of Pablo Escobar, for a second season.
The series stars Brazilian actor Wagner Moura as Escobar, the Colombian drug trafficker who went on to become one of the wealthiest international criminals in history. Starring alongside Moura are Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal, who play DEA agents Murphy and Peña, respectively, as they try and thwart the growing international cocaine trade. The series has been generally well-reviewed since it premiered in August.
Executive producer Jose Padilha describes the show’s approach to good and evil:
“This is not the show about good American cops who go to a Third World country to save the poor people from a bad guy. Nobody’s good in this show. Everybody’s gray. Escobar — one of the things he did was, he put a bomb on a plane to kill one person — he brought the whole plane down. He’s obviously an evil person, a sociopath, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a soft side for his family.”
Narcos Season One is currently available on Netflix.
Source: The Wrap
Under the Dome will not be continuing past its third season.
CBS has confirmed that the drama, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, will not be renewed for a fourth season. Though the series opened in summer of 2013 with some truly impressive numbers, viewership has steadily declined since the first season’s finale. Under the Dome was unique at the time of its debut as the episodes would be made available for streaming on Amazon Prime the following night, a route that proved successful for CBS and set the course for the Network’s other high-profile releases Extant and Zoo.
The series finale on September 10th will finally bring down the dome and unravel the mystery that’s been builing over the last three seasons. And while many will be sad to see the series go, star Dean Norris seems to be taking the cancellation especially hard:
Hey Dean, your show just got cancelled. What r u going to do??...I'm going to Disneyland! pic.twitter.com/8kMeF7zCFw— dean norris (@deanjnorris) September 1, 2015
A new trailer has been released for the upcoming second season of Empire.
The new trailer, titled “Far from Grace,” focuses on Terrence Howard’s Lucious and Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie as they deal with the fallout of the season 1 finale. While Lucious sits in prison and longs to be reunited with his family, Cookie seems intent on taking control of Empire Records and removing him from the company. It’s not much new information, but with only a few weeks until the premiere it’s enough to whet the appetites of the fans.
Empire was a breakout hit for FOX, increasing its viewership week over week. The series’ popularity was noted by the network, who ordered 18 episodes for season 2, as opposed to the 12-episode order for season 1. The success also lead to FOX ordering another music-based pilot from creator Lee Daniels, titled Star.
Empire returns to Fox on September 23rd, 2015.
Veteran actor Colm Feore has been tapped to play a recurring role in the upcoming season of House of Cards.
Feore (Thor) will be playing an as-yet unnamed character, though it has been confirmed he will be a high-profile player in season 4 of the political drama. With production on the new season currently in the early stages, there’s no further information on the character or his role in the series. Feore’s schedule recently opened up with the cancellation of David Fincher’s Utopia project at HBO, in which he was to play a lead role.
Season 3 of House of Cards marked a major shift in the power dynamic between Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (Robin Wright). As the pair’s carefully crafted rise to the top begins to fall apart, Feore may serve as an unforeseen ally or the final nail in Frank’s political coffin.
House of Cards season 4 is set to air sometime in 2016.
A new teaser for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah was released, reassuring fans the show won’t be changing.
There was some concern that The Daily Show would change radically with the departure of longtime host Jon Stewart and the announcement that Trevor Noah would be taking his place. And while things are certainly going to be changing, the above advertisement indicates that the series will remain largely the same.
However, there are a few noteworthy changes coming to the series. The first is a new focus on digital and platform-specific content, overseen by New York Times best-selling author Baratunde Thurston. Additionally, the show recently announced three new correspondents joining the team – Ronny Chieng, Roy Wood Jr., and Desi Lydic.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah premieres on September 28th, 2015 on Comedy Central.