This Week in TV:
Sophie Skelton joins Outlander; Billions renewed for second season; Woody Allen casts Miley Cyrus; Daniel Zovatto joins Fear the Walking Dead; 12 Monkeys season 2 trailer; A Series of Unfortunate Events casting; and new Bates Motel promo.
Sophie Skelton Joins Outlander
Outlander season 2 has found its Brianna in Sophie Skelton (Ren). Brianna is the daughter of time-travelers Claire and Jamie Fraser, described as a striking redhead who is intelligent beyond her years. She embodies the wit of her mother, along with the trademark stubbornness of the Fraser family. Though Skelton's relatively new to television, the actress is a trained singer and ballet dancer and has appeared in numerous stage productions, including West Side Story and Les Mis.
The second season will see Claire and Jamie exploring France, trying to infiltrate the Jacobite rebellion in an attempt to prevent a disastrous battle from ever occurring. The two must face the weight of the decision to alter their future, presenting unexpected problems in their relationship. The series is based on the best-selling books of Diana Gabaldon, with the second season seemingly drawing inspiration from the fourth book in the series - "Drums of Autumn."
Outlander season 2 premieres in April 2016.
Billions Already Renewed for Season 2
Though the series just premiered on January 17th, Showtime has already renewed its drama Billions for season 2. The freshman series stars Paul Giamatti (Straight Outta Compton) as U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and Damian Lewis (Homeland) as hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod. The show details a struggle between Rhoades and Axelrod, with the former pressured into pursuing a fraud case against the latter in a highly publicized investigation.
The series premiere drew 1.4 million total viewers for Showtime. The series previously debuted across additional platforms, earning itself another 1.6 million viewers before ever premiering on the network.
Billions airs Sunday nights at 10:00 p.m. EST on Showtime.
Woody Allen casts Miley Cyrus in upcoming Amazon TV series
Back in January of 2015, Amazon announced a potentially groundbreaking deal with legendary writer/director Woody Allen -- the creator's first ever television series. Despite the fact that he does not even own a computer, Allen agreed to film a six episode television series for Amazon's streaming service. There's been no news about the project since its announcement, though Allen confirmed making the jump to television was more difficult than he expected.
It seems that the creator has now made some progress on the untitled series, as he has cast two leads to star alongside him in the show. The first is Elaine May, an actress he's worked with previously on Small Time crooks. The second casting announcement was far more surprising. Miley Cyrus will also be joining the 1960s period piece in an unknown role. Shooting is expected to begin in March, so more information about the series may be forthcoming.
Daniel Zovatto joins Fear the Walking Dead
Daniel Zovatto (It Follows) has joined the second season of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. Details are currently scarce, but the actor is confirmed to be appearing in a recurring role. Season 2 will see Los Angeles overrun by zombies and will introduce one of the characters from the web series Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 to the main show.
Fear the Walking Dead returns to AMC on April 10th, 2016.
12 Monkeys Season two trailer
Syfy has released the official trailer for the second season of 12 Monkeys, the network's critically acclaimed science fiction drama. This new season sees James Cole (Aaron Stanford) continuing his fight against the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, attempting to prevent their rise to power. This time the fight will take him through history, with the time-traveler appearing in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.
Returning for the next season is Cole's modern day ally Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull), along with Emily Hampshire (Jennifer Goines), Katarine Jones (Barbara Sukowa), and Deacon (Todd Stashwick). Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (Nikita) return as executive producers and showrunners, with Charles Roven (Batman V Superman) and Richard Suckle (Suicide Squad) on board as executive producers.
12 Monkeys season 2 premieres April 18th, 2016.
Netflix Casts Violet and Klaus in A Series of Unfortunate Events
After a prolonged search, Netflix has finally cast the two leads in their upcoming adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events -- the 13-book series by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler). Malina Weissman (Supergirl) will play the role of Violet Baudelaire with newcomer Louis Hynes set to play her brother Klaus. The two characters are orphaned along with their much younger sister Sunny, placed in the custody of their relative Count Olaf. Negotiations for the lead adult role of Olaf continue, with Neil Patrick Harris up for the role.
The Netflix series will be the second adaptation of the books, with Jim Carrey, Emily Browning, and Liam Aiken starring as Olaf, Violet and Klaus, respectively, in the 2004 film of the same name. The new adaptation will be directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) with filming expected to begin in March.
A&E Releases Bates Motel Season Four Art
Bates Motel, the prequel story to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 adaptation of Psycho, returns this March for season 4. The 10-episode season will continue to show Norman Bates' (Freddie Highmore) slow descent into madness and the effects it has on his family. Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) seeks out professional help for her son, but this perceived betrayal will further drive the Bates family apart.
Where the previously released teaser trailer bore the tagline "we all go a little mad sometimes," this new poster contains another classic line from the film -- "she wouldn't even harm a fly." This was the last line in the film, indicating that the story of Bates Motel may be drawing to a close as events in the show come in line with the events of the film that inspired it.
Bates Motel Season Four premieres on March 7th, 2016.