This Week in TV:
A trailer for the upcoming Starz series Outlander is unveiled; Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David tease a “gigantic” new project; CBS and Amazon agree to a deal to stream Extant on Amazon Prime; and HBO orders an eight-episode first season of the Mike Judge (King of the Hill) comedy Silicon Valley.
Starz released a debut trailer for its Outlander adaptation over the weekend. Take a first look at the latest sci-fi drama from creator Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) below.
Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s time travel love story have been excited to see exactly what the TV series adaptation of Outlander would look like since Starz ordered a 16-episode first season last summer, and although the first official trailer is brief, it does give audiences a glimpse at the beautiful 18th century Scotland landscape and the strong characters inspired by the novels.
Sam Heughan (Doctors) stars as Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser opposite Caitriona Balfe (Escape Plan) as Claire Randall. Rounding out the cast are Laura Donnelly (Missing), Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones), Graham McTavish (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) and Gary Lewis (Gangs of New York).
Outlander will premiere on Starz this summer.
During a fan Q&A session on Reddit last week, Jerry Seinfeld revealed that he and frequent collaborator Larry David have written a script for a “gigantic” new project.
With the secret project still in development, Seinfeld couldn’t divulge any details, but in talking with Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411 over the weekend, David revealed he’s written a play that Seinfeld may star in. Although David wasn’t clear about how Seinfeld would be involved, it’s possible Seinfeld could produce or even direct the show, considering he did the same for Colin Quinn’s one-man Broadway production, Long Story Short.
It may not be TV series or a feature film, but Seinfeld fans would surely love to see David and Seinfeld reunite for something creative and comedic, especially considering no one’s sure when (or if) Curb Your Enthusiasm will return to HBO for season 9.
We’ll pass along more details on Seinfeld and David’s new project as they come in.
Amazon and CBS have announced a content licensing agreement that will bring the upcoming Steven Spielberg-produced CBS drama Extant to Amazon’s streaming service, Amazon Prime Instant Video.
The deal will allow Amazon Prime users to view episodes from Extant season 1 just four days after they first air on CBS this summer. Users will also be able to purchase and download single episodes exclusively at Amazon Instant Video.
Ordered for a 13-episode first season last August, Extant stars Halle Berry as an astronaut who returns home from a year-long solo mission and tries to reconnect with her family. However, her experiences in outer space not only separate her from loved ones, but they ultimately lead to events that could change the course of human history.
Extant will premiere on CBS in June 2014.
This week, HBO ordered an eight-episode first season of Silicon Valley, a new comedy series from Mike Judge (Office Space, King of the Hill).
Partially inspired by Judge’s experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the 1980s, the comedy stars Thomas Middleditch (Search Party) as Richard, an introverted computer programmer living with his best friend Big Head (Josh Brener), pompous Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) and the dry-witted Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani). T.J. Miller (She’s Out of My League) also stars as Erlich, a dotcom millionaire who allows the foursome to live in his home, so long as he gets a ten-percent stake in their burgeoning projects.
Best known as the creator of Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill, Judge is set to direct four of the first season’s episodes and will also serve as one of the series’ writers. Joining Judge in the writers’ room will be former Seinfeld scribe Alec Berg (pictured to the right of Judge above), who will direct an episode of show as well.
With a diverse and talented cast and one of the industry’s truly unique and gleefully irreverent comedic voices in Judge calling the shots, Silicon Valley seems to have a lot going for it. Considering those involved so far, HBO also seems to be an appropriate home for the comedy.
Silicon Valley season 1 premieres April 6, 2014 on HBO.