This Week in TV:
Starz cancels Da Vinci's Demons after its third season; FX cancels The Comedians; Shannyn Sossamon joins Sleepy Hollow for season 3; Showtime announces the premiere dates for Homeland and The Affair; CBS orders 13 episodes of political satire Brain Dead; HBO renews The Brink for a second season; FXX announces the premiere dates for The League and You're the Worst; SyFy is bringing an adaptation of Beau Smith's Wynonna Earp to television
Starz has announced that the upcoming third season of Da Vinci's Demons (trailer below) will be the series' last.
The historical fantasy series from Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer focused on a young Leonardo da Vinci as he tries to cope with his personal torments. The past few seasons have built up to the Ottoman Empire utilizing da Vinci's inventions to wage war on his native Italy.
Goyer had this to say about the ending of his series:
"While ending Leonardo's journey is bittersweet for me, I'm happy we're ending the story on a high note. Leonardo was famous for his mirror-writing, and there's a symmetry to the entire series - between the first episode and the final one - that I think the maestro would have appreciated."
The final season of Da Vinci's Demons premieres on October 24th, 2015.
FX has cancelled Billy Crystal's The Comedians after only one season.
Showrunner Ben Wexler took to Twitter on Thursday, July 22nd to announce the series' cancellation. The comedy series, which starred Billy Crystal and Josh Gad as competing comedians working together on a sitcom, couldn't sustain viable numbers, even when paired with the network's much more successful series Louie. Despite moderate critical reviews and Crystal's star power, the show never found an audience.
The final nail in its coffin seems to have been the series not receiving an Emmy nomination for best comedy.
Sossamon will be playing the mysterious Pandora in the upcoming third season. While details about the character are scarce, we do know that she will be a new presence in Sleepy Hollow who requires assistance from Ichabod and Abbie. It's likely that she'll be connected to the Greek mythological figure of the same name, who (in the myth) is responsible for releasing all of the evils in the world.
This marks the second major casting announcement since series showrunner Mark Goffman stepped down, the first being Nikki Reed as historical figure Betsy Ross. The series is expected to make some serious changes with Clifton Campbell taking over as showrunner, and hopefully the new additions to the cast can help revitalize the flagging series.
Sleepy Hollow season 3 returns to FOX on October 1st, 2015.
The two series have once again been paired on Sunday nights, with Homeland airing at 9 p.m. followed by The Affair at 10 p.m. Showtime seems to be hoping that the established strength of Homeland will entice viewers to stay tuned for The Affair, which is only in its second season. Homeland will once again square off against television juggernaut The Walking Dead in the time slot, though it will have a one week head start.
Homeland is entering its fifth season, which is appropriate considering the series is currently up for five Emmys (including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actress for Claire Danes). The upcoming season will pick up two years after the events of season 4, with Carrie Mathison (Danes) now residing in Berlin.
Homeland and The Affair both return to Showtime on October 4th, 2015.
CBS has given the greenlight for political satire series Brain Dead from the creators of The Good Wife.
Robert and Michelle King's newest project is a comedy thriller set in Washington D.C. The two describe Brain Dead as "The Strain crossed with The West Wing." The series will follow a young, female congressional staffer, working for the first time in D.C. She quickly realizes that the government is ineffectively running the country, but not for the reasons one might think. Instead, aliens have descended on the Earth and devoured the brains of a growing number high-level Congressmen.
The Kings are joined by Judy Smith, Ridley Scott, David Zucker, and Liz Glotzer as executive producers on the series. While there have been no casting announcements at this point in development, it is expected that the producers will draw on actors they've previously worked with on The Good Wife. The series is expected to air next summer when, appropriately, the 2016 presidential election will be heating up.
HBO has renewed the political comedy The Brink for a second season.
The series was created by brothers Roberto and Kim Benabib, who co-wrote the first season. The Brink stars Jack Black and Tim Robbins as members of the U.S. Government, struggling to deal with a geopolitical crisis and trying to prevent World War III. The series is described as a dark comedy, evocative of themes found in Stanley Kubrick's classic film Dr. Strangelove.
The late Jerry Weintraub (Ocean's Eleven) served as an executive producer on the series, along with the Benabib brothers and Jay Roach (Meet the Fockers). The first season of the show has so far followed a path similar to that of HBO's The Newsroom in that viewership is sharply divided between loving and hating the show. Season 2 gives the writers an opportunity to address this, but considering the source material, it will be impossible to please everyone.
The Brink season 2 is expected to air in 2016.
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Both series will begin airing on Wednesday, September 9th, with The League airing at 10:00 p.m. and You're the Worst following at 10:30 p.m.
The League was created by the husband-and-wife team Jeff and Jackie Schaffer, and despite the series' relatively low ratings, strong fandom has kept the series running for seven seasons. The series stars an ensemble cast of mid-tier comedic talent, including Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, and Jon Lajoie.
You're the Worst is a dark twist on the romantic comedy genre from writer/producer Stephen Falk. The series follows Jimmy Shive-Overly (Chris Geere) and Gretchen Cutler (Aya Cash) as two miserable cynics who struggle to make their relationship functional. The series' combination of candid cynicism coupled with heartfelt moments is so refreshing, we named it one of the best TV shows of 2014.
The League and You're the Worst return to FXX on September 9th, 2015.
Syfy has acquired the U.S. rights to Wynonna Earp, a live-action adaptation of Beau Smith's comics by the same name.
Wynonna Earp was developed for television by Emily Andras (Lost Girl) in conjunction with Canadian production company Seven24 and IDW Entertainment. Andras will also serve as executive producer and showrunner with Melanie Scrofano (Damien) starring as the titular character. The series follows the life of famous lawman Wyatt Earp's fictional great-granddaughter, a member of the U.S. Marshall's secret monster-hunting unit.
Syfy Senior Vice President of Programming Chris Regina had the following to say:
"'Wynonna Earp' is a unique, contemporary western that will bring high octane, full-throttle, supernatural action to Syfy... this truly original concept [will] showcase fun, stylized visuals and pure escapism."
Wynonna Earp is expected to debut in April of 2016.