This Week in TV:
We get another look at Boardwalk Empire season 5 via a new full-length trailer; Game of Thrones showrunners decide not to recast the role of J.J. Murphy, who recently passed away; HBO's Westworld adds four more cast members, including Ed Harris; and NBC's Bad Judge casts Ryan McPartlin in a recurring role.
Thus far, promotion for Boardwalk Empire season 5 has emphasized that no one will go quietly as the show comes to an end, and the first full-length trailer for the show's final eight-episode run hammers that point home. Check it out below.
Boardwalk's final season picks up seven years after the events of season 4 and shifts the setting from the Roaring Twenties to the dawn of The Great Depression. It's safe to say change is indeed coming - as Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza) ominously points out in the trailer - for many of Boardwalk's central players. However, based on the trailer, what will clearly remain the same in season 5 is the constant threat of a bloody end for each of the show's main players.
With only eight episodes until the acclaimed series reaches its finale, viewers can expect things to move swiftly and decisively when Boardwalk Empire returns to HBO on September 7, 2014.
After filming for just four days on Game of Thrones season 5, new cast member J.J. Murphy sadly passed away at the age of 86. However, Thrones' show runners have decided not to recast his role.
The veteran actor and Northern Ireland native was cast last month as Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night's Watch. While it's unclear how the show's narrative will handle the character's sudden departure, GOT creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff issued a statement saying they will not be looking for a replacement to finish Murphy's season 5 scenes.
“We will not be recasting J.J. Murphy. He was a lovely man, and the best Denys Mallister we could have hoped for. And now his watch is ended."
Along with his appearance on GOT, Murphy will be remembered for his roles in Cal and Angela's Ashes. He can also be seen in the upcoming horror feature Dracula Untold, which releases in theaters on October 17.
Game of Thrones season 5 premieres on HBO in Spring 2015.
After securing most of its main cast last week, HBO's upcoming sci-fi drama series Westworld added four more actors to its roster this week, including four-time Academy Award nominee Ed Harris as the show's central villain.
In the adaptation of Michael Crichton's classic 1973 film, Harris will play The Man in Black, who is described as "the distillation of pure villainy into one man." With the show being described itself as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin," we can bet Harris' character - while providing some opposition to the show's protagonists - will be far from the only baddie to contend with.
Along with Harris, the show also added Ptolemy Slocum (Looking), Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings) and Thandie Newton (Crash) this past week. The foursome joins a cast that already includes a bevy of heavy Hollywood hitters, including Jeffrey Wright (Syriana), Rodrigo Santoro (Lost), Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope), James Marsden (X-Men), Kyle Bornheimer (She's Out of My League), Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood.
With J.J. Abrams executive producing and Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar) co-writing the pilot, Westworld has some talented big names behind the camera as well. Look for the series on HBO sometime in 2015.
NBC's upcoming sitcom Bad Judge secured a second love interest for its titular judge (played by Kate Walsh) this week, casting Chuck alum Ryan McPartlin in a recurring role.
McPartlin will play Billy the Fireman, who, when not putting out fires by day, sparks a flame with Walsh's foul-mouthed Rebecca. Little does he know - but we expect he will find out - that Rebecca has another man in her life in Gary, played by Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars).
Known for playing live savers in shows such as Chuck (Dr. Devon Woodcomb) and Mystery Girls (Detective Duane Freeman), McPartlin joins a cast that also includes John Ducey (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch), Tone Bell (Whitney) and Miguel Sandoval (Medium).
We'll see just how bad a judge series creators Adam McKay and Will Ferrell have crafted when Bad Judge premieres on NBC on October 2, 2014.