This Week in TV:
Netflix has unveiled the very first teaser trailer and premiere date for their new crime drama, Narcos; the first trailer for the second season of WGN’s Manhattan has been revealed; a new Comic-Con streaming service has been set to make its debut next year; MTV has revealed the shows they’ll be bringing to this year’s SDCC; and AMC has ordered a straight-to-series of Clyde Phillips’ Broke (working title).
Netflix reveals the premiere date of their long-awaited original series, Narcos.
The streaming network finally unveiled the first teaser trailer for the upcoming crime thriller (see above), as well as announcing that the 10-episode first season will be available to customers on Friday, August 28th.
The series will follow real-life crime kingpin, Pablo Escobar (played by Wagner Moura) throughout his various escapades, as well as two DEA agents (Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal). It is said to tell the story of how cocaine became the large commodity we know it as today, with the teaser focusing heavily on the drug-fueled business that Escobar and so many crime kingpins like him operated within.
The series also stars Juan Pablo Raba, Manolo Cardona, André Mattos, Stephanie Sigman, Ana de la Reguera, Luis Guzman, and Joanna Christie. It is created and directed by Jose Padilha.
Narcos will debut on Netflix on Friday, August 28th.
A new Comic-Con streaming service has been announced to be making its debut in 2016.
Former Legendary Digital and Nerdist Industries production chief Seth Laderman has been announced as being the EVP and GM of the new Comic-Con International subscription based, video-on-demand service that will be co-operated by Lionsgate. The service will offer exclusive original, shortform content including films and TV shows from Lionsgate that will be geared toward the Comic-Con demographic.
Exclusive archived footage from the convention’s history throughout the years will also be offered with the service, in hopes of broadening it’s impact culturally.
It has been announced that the service is looking to make its initial bow within the first quarter of 2016, but that debut could remain subject to change.
The first trailer for season 2 of Manhattan has been released. Check it out below:
WGN America released the first season of Manhattan last year to a fair amount of critical acclaim, and it ended up being one of the more interesting new shows of last year. It takes place in 1943 in Los Alamos, New Mexico – the secret site of the Manhattan Project – where the US Government worked quickly to create the world’s first atomic bomb. It featured a stellar cast of main actors and the show’s strong focus on period detail helped to solidify it as one of the new shows that viewers should look out for.
The new trailer focuses heavily on the stress that the secrecy and importance of the project can put on both the workers involved and their families. As each of the characters are questioned by an unknown, ominous voice about their allegiance to the United States. Have they ever had sexual relations with a communist? Would they sacrifice their families for the good of the nation? Have they ever thought about destroying the world?
It looks like those answers will come in due time, as viewers continue to watch the creation of one of the most dangerous inventions in the history of the world unfold.
Season 2 of Manhattan will premiere on WGN America on later this Fall.
AMC announces a straight-to-series order for their new series, Broke.
The new series from Clyde Phillips (Dexter, Nurse Jackie) will be an American adaptation of the Danish series, Bankerot, and follows the story of two friends who decide to try one last shot at their dreams of opening and running a successful restaurant. Complications arise though as one is a genius chef in trouble with the mob, while the other is an expert sommelier, but also the widowed father of a teenage son.
AMC President, Charlie Collier, commented on the news with the following:
“Clyde Phillips is a supremely talented creator we’ve known and admired for years. Through his work on ‘Dexter’ and ‘Nurse Jackie,’ Clyde has repeatedly demonstrated his skill for crafting complex, flawed, yet irresistible characters, and we’re looking forward to him bringing his continued brilliance to ‘Broke.’ We’re also so happy to be partnering once again with our good friends at Lionsgate after the extraordinary journey we shared on ‘Mad Men.’”
Kevin Beggs, the Chairman of Lionsgate Television Group – who will be partnering with AMC for the series – added:
“We have had the great fortune to work with both Clyde Phillips and AMC for many years and we’re delighted the stars have aligned to bring us together on ‘Broke’. Clyde is a master storyteller with a fascinating take on the series’ original characters and their unexpected relationships, and we’re excited to be moving forward.”
Phillips shared his enthusiasm for the project and the series order as well:
“‘Broke’ is unique, edgy and sexy. I can’t wait to jump in and help it evolve into a groundbreaking bit of television. More than that, I’m looking forward to continuing what’s been a remarkable partnership with Lionsgate, and starting out on an exciting new adventure with AMC.”
The 10-episode first season of Broke is expected to premiere on AMC sometime in 2016.
MTV has announced the shows they’ll be bringing to San Diego Comic-Con in 2015.
With this year’s convention coming up in the next few weeks, the TV network has revealed what they’ll be bringing this time around, as well as announcing their first ever on-site booth where fans can grab exclusive swag and meet up and get autographs from some of the series’ stars. MTV will be bringing panels for Scream: The TV Series, Teen Wolf, and The Shannara Chronicles with Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Bella Throne, Johnathan Rhys Davies, Austin Butler, and more already set to attend.
Here is the full schedule of MTV panels:
Thursday, July 9th:
‘Teen Wolf ‘Panel moderated by Kevin Smith. Join the show’s stars Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Holland Roden, Shelley Hennig, Dylan Sprayberry, Cody Christian, as well as Executive Producer Jeff Davis as they discuss the new season, and debut a Comic-Con exclusive trailer. Location: Ballroom 20 (5:00-6:00 PM)
MTV Fandom Fest & Fandom Awards – Hosted by Tyler Posey and Bella Thorne as they honor and celebrate the most diehard fans who have helped to push movies, tv, comic books, etc. into the mainstream pop culture. All those with Comic-Con badges can attend the Fandom Fest party (7:00-8:00 PM) with food, drinks, games, and giveaways before the taping of the Fandom Awards (8:00 PM), which will premiere Sunday, July 12th 8 PM on MTV. Location: Petco Park
Friday, July 10th:
‘The Shannara Chronicles’ Panel, hosted by Damian Holbrook. Fans will get to see the first official teaser trailer for the new series as well as participating in a fan Q&A with the Shannara author and Executive Producer Terry Brooks, and the show’s stars including Poppy Drayton, Austin Butler, Ivana Baquero, John Rhys Davies and Manu Bennett. Location: Room 6DE
‘Scream: The TV Series’ Panel, hosted by Jarett Weiselman. Those who attend will not only get to see an all new mid-season trailer for the series, but also listen to stars Bella Thorne, Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Carlson Young, Amadeus Serafini, John Karna, Connor Weil, Tracy Middendorf and Jason Wiles, along with series Executive Producers Jaime Paglia and Jill Blotevogel as they discuss the series and what fans should expect from the new horror adaptation. Location: Room 5AB
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 will last from Thursday, July 9th to Sunday, July 12th.