This Week in TV:
John Pyper-Ferguson has officially joined the cast of season 5 of Suits in a major recurring role; Degrassi will be coming to an end after 14 seasons; FX gives a new look at season 2 of Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain with a newly released featurette; Stephen Colbert shaves his “Colbeard” while promoting The Late Show with Stephen Colbert; a new featurette shows more footage from Blunt Talk starring Patrick Stewart; a Tangled animated series will be coming to Disney Channel with the film’s two leads already attached; and Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig’s Lifetime movie finally gets a release date.
John Pyper-Ferguson joins the cast of Suits season 5.
Pyper-Ferguson will be playing Jack Soloff – the new head of the law firm’s Compensation Committee. Unfortunately for Soloff, by the time the season begins – he will already find himself placed in the middle of the continuing war between Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and Louis (Rick Hoffman). The actor is set to star in the season premiere, and will continue in a major recurring role throughout the rest of the season.
Pyper-Ferguson is known for his roles as Tex Nolan in TNT’s The Last Ship, James Kendrick in USA’s Burn Notice, as well as recurring guest roles in other series like Deception, Alphas, Caprica, Brothers & Sisters, and more.
The fifth season of Suits is set to premiere on USA on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at 9/8c.
FX has revealed the first look at the second season of The Strain. Check out the new featurette below.
The new season of The Strain picks up as the war between the humans and the vampires rages on as Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) work desperately to try and find a cure. The second season will focus on the new threats and parties involved in the war, as the humans try their best to keep the world from falling apart.
The featurette goes into where each of the characters are when the season begins, teasing some possible friction between many of the central characters as the tension increases around the world. Considering the kind of enemies they will face, and the losses that are almost inevitable – it most likely won’t just be humans and vampires fighting each other this season.
Here’s an official synopsis for The Strain season 2:
“As the second season unfolds, the transformation has begun. It can no longer be denied — New York City is rapidly falling to an evil epidemic, and no one is coming to its rescue. Its citizens must fight or die. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and his unlikely allies tried to take down the embodiment of this evil — the Master — and failed. Now Eph and Dr. Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) concentrate on creating a biological weapon to wipe out the creatures, while Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) searches for an ancient book he hopes will reveal the strigoi’s entire history…and possibly a way to kill them. Meanwhile, the Master is out for revenge, unleashing new and even more terrifying breeds of bloodthirsty creatures after our team. Our team must find a way to defeat him before the infection spreads too far and becomes irreparable … before they become monsters themselves.”
The Strain second season is set to premiere on July 12 @ 10:00pm on FX. You can check out the official season 2 trailer here.
Degrassi has been cancelled after 14 seasons.
It’s official. After being on the air for 14 straight seasons – TeenNick has cancelled Degrassi: The Next Generation. The series is set to make its final bow this summer, with an hour-long special titled, It Goes There: Degrassi’s Most Talked About Moments, airing before its hour-long series finale.
Keith Dawkins, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Nicktoons, TeenNick, & Nick Jr. commented on the news with the following:
“For an incredible 14 seasons, Degrassi has been a groundbreaking show tackling so many important topics that real teens face in their everyday lives. In the final episodes on TeenNick and through the hour-long special and social activations, we hope to say goodbye in a way that is both fitting to the show and Degrassi’s passionate fan base.”
Though the series’ run in the US will definitely be ending this summer, the show’s worldwide future is still unknown as DHX Media added the following regarding the Canadian-born franchise:
“The Degrassi franchise is a perennial favourite, having been on the air for 35 years and broadcast in territories worldwide. We expect to be able to provide an update on this award-winning series in the days ahead for fans, the media and the market. Stay tuned for further developments regarding Degrassi.”
Degrassi: The Next Generation will have its series finale on Friday, July 31st at 8/7c.
Source: TeenNick (via TV Line)
Stephen Colbert has shaved his “Colbeard” in a new video promoting The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Check out the video below.
After David Letterman’s farewell show just a few weeks ago, CBS has finally given audiences a glimpse at what to expect to see in The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In the video, Colbert plays with the different kinds of facial hair styles he could choose to wear during the show, since the producers are making him shave his “Colbeard”.
After playing with styles like “unhitler” and “half-Wolverine” – the comedian/talk show host finally shaves the entire beard off before a picture of him holding up a sign highlighting the series’ release date appears.
The video does a good job at giving audiences a hint/glimpse into the kind of humor they might be able to expect from the show when it premieres in a few months.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is set to premiere on September 8th, 2015 on CBS.
Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell’s Lifetime movie, A Deadly Adoption, has officially received a premiere date.
When the rumor of Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig teaming up to make a Lifetime movie first began – most (rightfully so) assumed the news was merely a joke. However, then it was later confirmed to be true, only to shortly be followed by news that the film had been scrapped, leaving many to wonder what exactly happened to the project, and if audiences might ever get to see it.
Now, it has been confirmed (via a Hollywood billboard) that the film, A Deadly Adoption, will in fact be premiering on Lifetime this summer after all. The film is produced by Ferrell and his frequent collaborator, Adam McKay (Anchorman) and – much like the film’s “The Birth of a Plan Gone Wrong,” tagline hints at – follows Wiig and Ferrell as a happy married couple taking care of a pregnant woman (Jessica Lowndes) as they hope to adopt her child, until things go seriously wrong.
The movie will likely be the exact a parody of the kind of over-the-top melodramatic project that has frequented Lifetime’s original movies for years now. It is written by Andrew Steele (Spoils of Babylon) and directed by Rachel Lee Goldberg. Check out the official billboard for A Deadly Adoption below:
A Deadly Adoption will premiere on Lifetime on Sunday, June 20th.
Starz has released a new featurette for Blunt Talk starring Patrick Stewart. Check out the video below.
The series – which has already been picked up for a two-season, 20 order commitment by Starz – features Patrick Stewart in the lead role as William Blunt, a British news anchor dead set on taking the American cable news world by storm. Though his behind-the-scenes antics, drug habits, and all-around dysfunctional life may cause more than a few problems for him on his journey to national news domination.
The featurette goes in-depth into the characters on the series and their dynamics with each other both inside and outside of the work environment. Along with Patrick Stewart – the series also stars Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), Adrian Scarborough (The King’s Speech), Timm Sharp (Enlightened), Dolly Wells (Doll & Em), Karan Soni (Safety Not Guaranteed), and more.
Here is an official synopsis for Blunt Talk:
“Set in Los Angeles, the story follows Walter Blunt, a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news and the fallout from his well-intentioned, but mostly misguided decision-making, both on and off the air. Through the platform of his nightly cable news show, Blunt is on a mission to impart his wisdom and guidance on how Americans should live, think and behave. Besieged by network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, numerous ex-wives and children of all ages, Blunt’s only support is the heavy-drinking, devoted manservant he transplanted from the U.K. to join him in Los Angeles.”
Blunt Talk is set to premiere on Starz on August 22nd, @ 9/8pm ET/PT.
A Tangled animated series is coming to Disney Channel with Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore returning.
The animated series will continue from the events of the film – which was one of Disney Animation’s mega hits leading into films like Frozen and Wreck-it-Ralph – and is a loose adaptation of the story of Rapunzel and her incredibly long, magical hair. Levi and Moore have signed on to voice their characters for the first season only, at this point in time.
The series is set to premiere on Disney Channel sometime in 2017, and will also feature composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) re-teaming with lyricist Glenn Slater for the series. It is being produced by Chris Sonnenburg (Enchanted) and Shane Prigmore (The Lego Movie).
Here’s the synopsis for the series:
“’Tangled’ on Disney Channel is set between the events of the original film and the start of ‘Tangled Ever After.’ The series follows the long-locked Rapunzel (Moore), as she acquaints herself with her parents, her kingdom and the people of Corona, and realizes there is much more she needs to learn before she can truly accept her royal destiny, causing her to put her crown and put her marriage on hold to seek out epic adventures, much to the dismay of her father, the King. Accompanying Rapunzel on her journey will be the charming bandit Eugene (Levi); the plucky chameleon sidekick, Pascal; the no-nonsense horse, Maximus; the Snuggly Duckling Pub Thugs; and newcomer Cassandra, a tough-as-nails handmaiden, who becomes Rapunzel’s confidant.”
The Tangled animated series will premiere on Disney Channel in 2017.
Source: Disney (via Variety)