This Week In TV:
CW Seed’s Vixen gets a new teaser; Syfy cancels Haven after Season 5; Anne Hathaway to star in an adaptation of The Ambassador’s Wife; Narcos gets a new trailer; Ash Vs. Evil Dead gets a new poster; Protocol: Orphans is being adapted for television; and Morgan Freeman will guest star on Madam Secretary.
Vixen, the upcoming animated expansion of The CW’s DCTV Universe, received a new teaser trailer.
Though the majority of the footage has been recycled from the San Diego Comic-Con trailer, the teaser offers new insights from the creators about the character and her role in the shared universe. The video also expands on the fight between Vixen and the Flash and Arrow as they try to subdue her, combining over-the-top action with some of the humorous banter fans have come to expect. Vixen will also serve as the gateway for mysticism in the universe, a theme to be explored in the upcoming season of Arrow.
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim stresses that by turning to animation, the fight sequences and action of the series can overshadow anything done in live action. The importance of this series is not to be overstated. It features the first female lead in any of The CW’s superhero offerings, as well as the first woman of color to be granted powers. The creators seem to grasp the importance of this series and will hopefully handle the property with care.
Vixen premieres on Tuesday, August 25th exclusively on CW Seed.
Syfy has announced that Haven will not continue after its fifth season on the network.
The series, which is based on the Stephen King novella The Colorado Kid, centers on the strange events that take place in a small town in Maine. The series was adapted by Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn, who previously worked together on another Stephen King adaptation: The Dead Zone.
The news represents a dramatic shift, considering Syfy doubled the number of episodes they ordered when renewing the series for the fifth season (from 13 to 26). There was no reason given for the cancellation, though it may have something to do with the network’s new commitment to serious science fiction.
The final episodes of Haven begin on October 8th, 2015.
Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway will star in a limited series adaptation of The Ambassador’s Wife.
The project is an adaptation of the recently released novel by Jennifer Steil, inspired by her life experiences as the wife of the British Ambassador to Yemen. The story follows an American woman abducted in the Middle East and the terrible choices she and her husband face in the hopes of being reunited.
The project will be produced by Mark Gordon (Ray Donovan), who had the following to say:
“‘The Ambassador’s Wife’ is an incredible story that pulls you in immediately and resonates with all of us based on the images and news headlines that are pervasive in our lives today. We are so fortunate to have Anne starring in this timely, gripping, and compassionate drama. She is in a league all her own and we cannot think of anyone who can better portray Steil’s complex heroine.”
The miniseries will mark Hathaway’s first live-action television role since the short-lived comedy Get Real aired in 2000. The project does not currently have a network or distributor attached.
Source: The Wrap
A new trailer for Netflix’s Narcos has been released.
The series is based on the real-life story of Pablo Escobar, one of the most notorious and wealthiest criminals in history, and his growing cocaine empire. The series will follow the rise of Escobar (Wagner Moura) while Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) and Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal), two DEA Agents, wage an ever-expanding war on the drug trade. The conflict is brutal and bloody, and the recently released trailer shows that Netflix won’t be shying away from portraying every visceral detail.
The series joins the growing production slate of Netflix original series, a slate that is currently overtaking the top cable channels in terms of TV show production.
Narcos will be released on Netflix on August 28th, 2015.
A new poster has been released for the upcoming Starz series Ash Vs. Evil Dead.
The poster features a bloodied Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) standing on the hood of “The Classic” (Sam Raimi’s 1973 Delta 88). He’s flanked by his two new allies, Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo), also covered in blood from a recent battle with the Deadites.
The series follows an older Ash after the events of the first three Evil Dead films. Not much has changed for the character over the years. He’s still a stock boy (though no longer at S-Mart) and he’s still the chosen one, quick with a gun and a one-liner but never fully reaching his potential. Ash has to face his (literal) demons in the series, taking a stand against evil and saving all of mankind. At the same time, he’ll contend with newcomer Ruby (Lucy Lawless) who believes killing Ash is the only way to save the world.
Ash Vs. Evil Dead premieres on Starz on October 31st, 2015.
Protocol: Orphans, a comic book miniseries co-created by Peter Facinelli, is being adapted for television by FOX.
The miniseries was co-created by actor Peter Facinelli (Twilight) and Rob DeFranco, with writing assistance from comic writer Michael Alan Nelson and art by Mariano Navarro. The adaptation is being penned by Amanda Segel (Person of Interest).
The story is about a group of orphans who are trained by the U.S. Government as covert operatives. The group becomes a sort of family, though the nature of their relationships are marred with violence and espionage. The series kicks off with the mysterious death of one of the orphans and follows the rest of the operatives as they investigate the murder.
The comic was originally published by Boom! Studios, who has a first-look deal with FOX. The network and Boom! are currently working together on a live-action adaptation of their hit comic series Lumberjanes.
Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman is planning to guest star on CBS’ Madam Secretary.
Freeman also serves as an executive producer on the series, as well as a director on two of the episodes from the first season. The actor will appear during the season 2 premiere, sharing a scene with series’ star Téa Leoni. Though details about the appearance are scarce, EW has confirmed that Freeman will be playing a Supreme Court Justice.
The upcoming season will also feature another high-caliber guest star: former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Albright was the first woman to hold the governmental position and will appear as an advisor to Leone’s Elizabeth McCord. The second season hits the ground running, featuring a storyline in which Air Force One goes missing.
Madam Secretary Season 2 premieres on October 4th, 2015 on CBS.