This Week in TV:
Powers gets new life in landing writer Charlie Huston for its new pilot episode; Syfy axes Alphas after just two seasons; Game of Thrones has introduced a new production vlog on its YouTube channel; Showtime President David Nevins responds to critics of Homeland season 2; and we get a first look at season 2’s cast of the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy.
After originally shooting a pilot for Powers, a potential television series based on Brian Bendis’ and Michael Avon Oeming’s comic book series, FX ultimately decided not to pick up the show in 2011. However, FX President John Ladgraf is not ready to let the show die and has hired another writer to helm a brand new pilot.
Novelist Charlie Huston (Moon Knight) has been tapped as the new writer. Ladgraf and Bendis were both impressed by his work on an unproduced episode the first time around, and felt he was the best fit for the new direction of the show. Here’s what Ladgraf had to say about Huston and the show when speaking with IGN:
One of the scripts was written by this guy named Charlie Huston, and he was a novelist. Both I and Brian and others thought, “Wow, there is actually something in the tone of this.” So Charlie was approached, I think by Brian, and said, “Look, would you be interested in taking on Powers?”
…we reconstituted the whole thing around Charlie as the creator, with Brian. Charlie went up to Seattle, and they sat down and they talked, and read through all the books, and they came back with a new vision, basically.
Although production on Powers has been marred by re-castings, delays and re-shoots, it appears that FX still has plenty of faith in Powers as a TV series and will give it at least one more whirl with a whole new crew, cast and writing team.
Source: IGN, via Bleeding Cool
After taking several years to reach the small screen with the Syfy network, the drama series Alphas has been cancelled after just two seasons.
Syfy’s Alphas received fairly strong ratings during its first season, prompting a season 2 renewal, and then continued to bring in viewers with a promising season 2 premiere. However, the show’s following has lessened since its season 2 premiere and Syfy reluctantly decided to pull the plug. The network said in a statement:
“We’ve been proud to present this entertaining, high-quality series for two seasons and to work with an incredible ensemble of talented actors, producers and creatives as well as our partners at BermanBraun Television. We’d like to thank the show’s dedicated regular viewers for their tremendous support.”
Alphas, created by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow, followed a team of ex-military operatives and seemingly normal citizens who used special abilities to help the FBI track down villainous Alphas and bring them to justice. The premise was original enough, but also a bit too familiar and never quite hit home with audiences as much as Heroes did a few years earlier.
Fans of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones now have more content to look forward to in between episodes, as the series has launched a new vlog on its YouTube channel detailing how the show is made.
The vlog gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at production on season 3 and features interviews with series showrunners, writers and crew members. The Games of Thrones YouTube channel also boasts loads of other bonus content that should whet fans’ appetites as they gear up for the season 3 premiere on March 31, 2013.
Despite receiving overall acclaim from critics and audiences alike, Homeland season 2 (read our review of the finale) has come under fire for some of its over-the-top story lines, prompting Showtime President David Nevins to defend his flagship program.
The show, which continues to draw an average of 7.5 million viewers per episode, is facing some critical backlash, mainly concerning its second half of season 2. Here’s what Nevins had to say in response:
“I really liked Season 2. I think it started really strong and it ended really strong. Suspension of disbelief is the scaffolding all storytelling is based on … There was a truth in the storytelling that overcomes all…Homeland is in a very interesting place. They made the decision to end this season in a fairly clear setup for Season 3.”
There’s no doubt that most fans are excited to see where the show goes in season 3, but there have been plenty of questions as to whether Golden Globe-winner Damian Lewis will return to reprise his role as Brody. And unfortunately, Nevins wasn’t about to spill the beans.
“It’s perfectly fair to ask, but how fun would it be if I gave you any of those spoilers?” he said to TV Guide.
Homeland will return to Showtime for season 3 this fall.
Source: TV Guide
After a successful first season consisting of nine episodes, director Kevin Tancharoen announced that the popular web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy would be returning for a second season. Although no footage of season 2 has been released, we did get a first look at a cast photo this week, which you can check out here:
Although some cast members are returning, including Ian Anthony Dale as Scorpion, most of the original cast has been replaced and some new characters will be introduced. Michael Jai White will not be reprising his role as Jax, Jeri Ryan will also not return as Sonya, and Matt Mullins will be replaced by Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) as Johnny Cage. Raiden will be played by Ryan Robbins (Apollo 18…) in the second season instead of David Lee McInnis. Other new characters that will appear include Reptile and Shang Tsung.
There is no release for the premiere episode of season 2, but the series is currently in production.