This Week in TV:
Netflix announces Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 will be available to stream in June, and picks up a Bill Murray Christmas special called A Very Murray Christmas; MTV unveils a trailer for Teen Wolf season 5; The Strain season 2 secures a July premiere date; AMC's Preacher adds Tom Brooke (Sherlock) to its cast; and Mimi Rogers (Mad Men) joins the cast of Ash vs Evil Dead.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 is coming to Netflix on June 11, 2015.
Fortunately, for those behind on the series, the season's summer premiere on Netflix will give them the opportunity to jump back in the conversation, considering season 2 concluded just two weeks ago (if you are caught up, read our finale review).
Widely regarded as a vast improvement from the show's first season, season 2 of S.H.I.E.L.D. benefited from tighter storytelling, stronger characterization and several notable additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One could argue that there are even more reasons to binge through season 2's 22 episodes before season 3 premieres on ABC this fall.
Look for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 on Netflix starting June 11, 2015.
MTV released a new trailer for season 5 of Teen Wolf. Take a peek at the upcoming season below.
Season 5 of the popular horror/drama picks up with Scott (Tyler Posey) and Stiles (Dylan O'Brien) heading into their senior year. Even though things seem to be going well, Scott senses danger could be lurking for he and his friends.
Based on the footage from the trailer, it seems Scott was right to worry. We see Lydia (Holland Roden) trapped in the Eichen House mental hospital, some bloody confrontations, and shots of a few mysterious and pretty creepy looking new foes.
Here's an official synopsis for season 5:
"On the eve of Senior Year, Scott and his friends find themselves facing the possibility of a future without each other, a next phase of their lives that might take them in different directions despite their best intentions. Little do they know that outside forces are already plotting to break the pack apart long before they ever see graduation. New villains that use a combination of science and the supernatural for a malevolent and mysterious purpose that will eventually pit Scott and his friends against their greatest enemy yet."
Teen Wolf returns to MTV with a two-part season 5 premiere on June 29 and 30, 2015.
FX announced that The Strain season 2 will premiere on July 12, 2015.
As the most-watched new scripted series on cable among adults 18-49 in 2014, The Strain was a massive hit for the network in its rookie season. So, it comes as no surprise that FX is sticking with the scheduling formula by keeping the horror/sci-fi drama in its Sunday @10pm slot this summer.
Season 2 of the series will pick up in New York, where Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), Dr. Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) and Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) are each determined to find a solution to the horrific epidemic. While Dr. Goodweather and Dr. Martinez focus their efforts on building a biological weapon to eradicate the parasitic creatures, Abraham searches for an ancient book he hopes will reveal the creatures' history and perhaps a weakness.
Catch the season 2 premiere of The Strain on July 12 @10pm on FX. And in the meantime, check out the season 2 trailer here.
Brooke is set to play Fiore, who is one of two Adephi angels sent to Earth to retrieve the angel/demon being known as Genesis in the comic book series from which the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg AMC adaptation is based. Unfortunately for Fiore, the powerful being he is looking for is absorbed by a small town Texas preacher named Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), who embarks on a journey to literally find God with the newfound ability to control those around him.
Known for his roles as Bill Wiggins on Sherlock and Lothar Frey on Game of Thrones, Brooke joins a cast that - along with Cooper in the lead role - includes Ruth Negga, Ian Colletti, Joseph Gilgun, Elizabeth Perkins, Lucy Griffiths, Jamie Anne Allman, Derek Wilson and W. Earl Brown.
Production on the Preacher pilot is already underway. We'll pass along the latest news regarding the AMC project as it comes in.
Mimi Rogers (Mad Men) joined the cast of the Starz Evil Dead sequel series Ash vs Evil Dead.
In the follow-up series to Sam Raimi's classic horror film trilogy, Rogers will play Suzy Maxwell, "a woman who is reunited with her family and several uninvited guests after a freak accident."
Led by Bruce Campbell reprising his role as monster hunter Ash Williams, the cast also includes Lucy Lawless (Spartacus), Ray Santiago (Touch), Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) and Jill Marie Jones (Sleepy Hollow).
Here's a brief synopsis of the series:
"When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its 'Evil' grip."
Look for Ash vs Evil Dead to premiere its 10-epsidoe first season on Starz this fall.
Netflix picked up a Christmas special starring Bill Murray titled A Very Murray Christmas. Check out the teaser below.
Co-written by Murray, Mitch Glazer and Murray's Lost in Translation collaborator Sophia Coppola (also directing), the special will feature Murray as a comedian who frets over a New York City snowstorm that may end up ruining his TV show. However, through a little luck and perseverance, his guests begin to arrive, giving way to singing, dancing and holiday cheer.
The special - which is being described as "an homage to classic variety shows" - boasts a star-studded cast that includes George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Julie White, Dimitri Dimitrov, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Rashida Jones and Miley Cyrus. Add in plenty of Murray and Christmas carols, and the special sounds like it could be a unique holiday treat.
A Very Murray Christmas will debut on Netflix's streaming service this December.
Source: Netflix (via Variety)