TV News Wrap Up: ‘Supernatural’ Spinoff Details, ‘Lilyhammer’ Renewed for Season 3 & More

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This Week in TV:

The CW’s president and a Supernatural producer dish a few details on the potential spinoff; Netflix renews Lilyhammer for season 3; A&E begins development on a Highway to Heaven reboot with Mark Wahlberg producing; FXX sets a February premiere date for Ali G: Rezurection; and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment plans to release the complete original 1960s Batman series on home video later this year.

CW president Mark Pedowitz has already said Supernatural could continue well beyond season 9 if the ratings hold. But even with more Supernatural apparently on the way, the network and the show’s producers are still developing a spinoff, which they discussed in a bit more detail this week.

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With the spinoff still in the early stages of development, Pedowitz didn’t have a whole lot of beans to spill, but did say that he has seen a finished pilot script and that the show will be set in Chicago. He also confirmed that Supernatural‘s main characters will crossover to the spinoff at some point, but explained why fans may not see them until the new show has somewhat established itself.

Said Pedowitz:

“For me, for spinoffs to work, you have to stand them on their own two legs, so you can only do those crossovers when the time is right, like we did with ‘The Originals.’ We didn’t see Michael Trevino’s character, Tyler, until the seventh or eighth episode. By that time, the show was standing up on its own two legs.”

Supernatural executive producer Jeremy Carver was also intentionally vague when asked to describe the spinoff this week, but he expressed his confidence in the new show and his belief that the two series can run side-by-side successfully. Said Carver:

“We’ve created a world that feels like the ‘Supernatural’ world yet has so much more story to be told that doesn’t trample on the mother ship’s terrain. You’ve got two shows that are going to be able to exist in total harmony, I think.”

While we still know little about the Supernatural spinoff, we have to assume The CW will push forward with it, based on the strong backing from the network’s president. And as always, we’ll pass along more info on the project when it comes in.

Sources: IGN, EW

Following a successful debut of Lilyhammer season 2 on its streaming platform last month, Netflix decided to renew the popular series for season 3 earlier this week.

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The service didn’t reveal how many episodes season 3 would contain, but it is obviously happy with the viewer response to the most recent eight-episode season, which premiered in December.

Said Netflix chief content officer, Ted Sarandos:

“We are proud to bring back ‘Lilyhammer’ for a third season. ‘Lilyhammer’ is the type of global show that Netflix members around the world have discovered and love and season 3 will see that world expand even more.”

Due to the limited availability of its star, E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, Lilyhammer fans had to wait nearly two years between seasons 1 and 2. Fortunately, it appears the show’s third season will come much faster, as Netflix has set a 2014 release date for the upcoming batch of episodes.

Look for Lilyhammer season 3 on Netflix later this year.

Source: Netflix

The Supernatural spinoff isn’t the only show involving angels currently in development, as A&E announced it is putting a Highway to Heaven reboot together, with Mark Wahlberg attached as an executive producer.

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Reportedly, the show will feature the same premise as the original, which ran for five seasons (1984-1989) on NBC and starred Michael Landon as an angel assigned to help troubled souls on Earth. The original series also starred Victor French as a human who teams up with Landon’s character to assist him in earning his wings.

Casting the new leads likely won’t begin until the pilot script is approved, but with Hell on Wheels showrunner John Wirth penning the show, there’s a good chance that A&E will move forward with the project.

We’ll let you know if and when Highway to Heaven gets picked up.

Source: THR

It’s been nearly three months since FXX and Sacha Baron Cohen reached a deal to bring Cohen’s legendary British character Ali G back to American TV, but the network has finally selected a premiere date for Ali G: Rezurection, slating it to debut on February 26, 2014.

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Fans of Cohen’s walking satire on urban stereotypes will definitely be excited to see the hilariously ignorant and often clueless character back on television, but unfortunately, they won’t have any new episodes to look forward to, as Ali G: Rezurection will simply air the existing 18 episodes of the old Da Ali G Show. However, the new show will add all-new introductions by Cohen and will include some interviews and clips that have never aired before in the United States.

Considering it’s been more than a decade since Da Ali G Show premiered on HBO (2003-2004), Rezurection should still serve as an introduction to the character for many American viewers. And for those who simply haven’t seen Ali G in a long time, the new show at least allows the opportunity to revisit some classic episodes.

Look for Ali G: Rezurection when it comes to FXX on February 26, 2014.

Source: FXX

Younger generations may forever associate the Batman character with Christian Bale (or dare we say Ben Affleck?), but for many, Adam West is the one and only Caped Crusader and those same folks will be thrilled to hear that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing the complete original 1960s Batman series on home video later this year.

1960s Batman series on DVD TV News Wrap Up: Supernatural Spinoff Details, Lilyhammer Renewed for Season 3 & More

We’re not sure which formats the show will be available in, but all 120 episodes – which aired in three seasons from 1966-1968 – are expected to be included, along with all the BAMs, POWs and corny Robin one-liners a Batman fan could ever want.

A years-long battle between Fox and Warners over the rights was to blame for the long wait for the show’s home video release, but now that it will finally be available for home viewing, Batman fans will get to take that long-overdue trip down memory lane.

There is no exact home video release date for Batman yet, but expect it to hit stores sometime in 2014.

Source: /Film

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  1. always thought the time for a Supernatural spin off would have been around the fourth or fifth season, thought it should have been about how the government has handled the supernatural over the years , would have had characters we already had seen ,the FBI agent ,Castiel, one or two of the hunters we have seen, dealing with the history of the Colt . This was before they killed everybody.

  2. Setting the Supernatural spin-off in a specific city sounds to me as if they will go the Grimm route. The most likely scenario would be some cop stumbling upon the supernatural world during a case. After all, when all those creatures hang loose cases that look like homicide aren’t far behind.

  3. Highway to Heaven? Really? I think this time the Angel should be silent and invisible and then the audience could decide whether it was a delusion or not. I know which side of the fence I am on.

  4. Great news about Lilyhammer.

  5. I honestly thought the Oz episode of Supernatural this season was a back door pilot for a spin-off for Felicia Day’s character because the network already stated at one point that they wanted to make an Oz-based TV show.

    Apparently, that wasn’t the correct assumption…and now I have to believe that they actually just made that crazy, silly story as a stand-alone episode which will make me start doubting the writers abilities and their well of future ideas.

  6. I am still not sure a supernatural spinoff would work. We fell in love with Sam and Dean. Two brothers who had a great family relationship. Jensen and Jared and their great friendship is what made this show awesome. The brother chemistry was spot on. What would this new show have to contribute as far as the purpose for story lines relating to the world of Supernatural, that Dean and Sam haven’t already?

  7. There are a ton of stories to be told in Supernatural, but because the current show has to always be focused on the two brothers, Sam and Dean, and their relationship and their own problems, those stories never get told. About hunters in general, about monsters trying to live peacefully, how the police force deal with monster kills and so much else. To viewers who are new, and who don’t have to have Sam and Dean together in every episode, with their soap opera and their roadside chats, this spin-off could be interesting.