This Week in TV:
Aaron Paul has joined the cast of the Hulu original series, The Way; A&E has renewed Bates Motel for two more seasons; Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson will be reuniting for a new Netflix sitcom; Winona Ryder has signed on to star in a new Netflix supernatural drama; and Eminem has been tapped to write music for Narc.
Aaron Paul has joined the cast of the upcoming Hulu series The Way.
The Breaking Bad star has officially signed on for the new Hulu original series from Jason Katims. Paul will be playing the character Eddie Cleary (husband to Michelle Monaghan’s Sarah Cleary), who is a convert to a controversial religious movement. The series follows Eddie as he experiences a crisis of faith after everything he’s accepted about his life and beliefs is put into question. Mike Cahill (Another Earth, I Origins) will direct the pilot episode, while the series was created by Katims and Jessica Goldberg.
The Way is set to make its debut on Hulu later this winter.
Winona Ryder has signed on to star in a new supernatural drama on Netflix.
Ryder has officially joined the cast of Netflix’s new untitled supernatural drama that is being called a, “love letter to the 80s classics that captured a generation.” The series takes place in the 1980s, where a young boy vanishes into thin air; as his family, friends, and the town’s local police search for any kind of answers, they are slowly taken into a captivating mystery (one said to involve top-secret government testing, horrifying supernatural forces, and a very peculiar little girl).
The missing boy’s mother – a working class mom who manages to summon a strength inside her she never knew she had during her search to get her son back – will be played by Ryder. She is also joined by State of Affairs‘ David Harbour, who will be plortraying the town’s chief of police. Matt and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines) will be writing and directing all 8 episodes of the first season.
The series is set to premiere sometime in 2016.
Bates Motel has officially been green-lit for two more seasons.
A&E has ordered twenty more episodes of the critically-acclaimed series, spanning two 10-episode seasons – with season 4 premiering sometime in 2016. The series is a contemporary prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock classic, Psycho, and follows Norman (Freddie Highmore) and Norma (Vera Farmiga) Bates as they manage the iconic hotel – leading up to the events that took place in the 1960 film.
Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of A&E and Lifetime commented on the news with the following:
“The vision of our incredible creative team has exposed the steady breakdown of the relationship between Norman and Norma Bates. We are thrilled to bring fans two more seasons to witness the next stages of Norman’s transformation into the most notorious psychopath in cinematic history.”
The series has been a critical darling since it first premiered a few years ago, and has continued to showcase some of the best acting on television from Farmiga and Highmore, while also captivating fans as they watch Norman’s obsession with his mother slowly spiral into darker and darker territory.
Bates Motel will return for season four sometime in 2016.
Eminem is reportedly in negotiations to executive produce and write original music for Joe Carnahan’s Narc.
The famous musician will be acting as one of the show’s executive producers (as well as its music supervisor) and is expected to create original music for the series only in its first season. The rapper’s heavy Detroit roots should help to give an authentic vibe to the series’ Motor City-centric plot as well.
Narc is a TV series adaptation of Carnahan’s 2002 film, which starred Ray Liotta and Jason Patric as two detectives investigating the murder of an undercover cop. The series is said to follow a similar plot, with the city acting as more than simply a backdrop to the show’s action. Joe Carnahan wrote the pilot episode, and will be directing and executive producing the series as well for Paramount TV.
Narc is currently in development.
Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson will be reuniting for a new Netflix comedy sitcom titled, The Ranch.
The That 70s Show co-stars are reportedly set to reunite in a new multi-camera Netflix comedy, created by Two and a Half Men showrunners Don Reo and Jim Patterson. The series will take place on a Colorado ranch, with Kutcher’s character returning home following a short semi-pro football career – in order to help run the family business with his brother, played by Masterson.
The show is also set to tinker with Netflix’s usual release model as well, with the first season said to be a total of 20 episodes, Netflix will first premiere with only the first 10 episodes of the series – before releasing the second half of the season later in the year. It is set to be released sometime in 2016.
The Ranch marks the second announced multi-camera comedy for Netflix, with the Full House revival, Fuller House, also currently in development at the streaming network.
The Ranch is set to make its debut sometime in 2016.
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