This Week in TV:
First Emerald City photos; Colton Haynes returns to Arrow; Preacher promo; Joel Kinnaman to star in Altered Carbon; Pablo Schreiber joins American Gods; Comic-Con International awards show; Russo brothers return to television; Chelsea trailer; FX premiere dates; Outcast trailer; Dylan Walsh joins Longmire; and a Sons of Anarchy spinoff in production.
First official Emerald City photos
It's been over a year since NBC officially ordered Emerald City, a dark re-imagining of Wizard of Oz, but the first official images from the series have only just been released. The series is a post-apocalyptic take on the source material, directed by Tarsem Singh (Self/Less). The series official synopsis follows:
"In the blink of a tornado's eye, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog are transported to another world, one far removed from our own - a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you've never seen before, where wicked witches don't stay dead for long and a young girl becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of the kingdoms in her hands."
Additional photos can be seen here. The series stars Adria Arjona (True Detective) as Dorothy and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Dracula) as Lucas, a new take on the Scarecrow. A new photo of Florence Kasumba (Dominion) as the Wicked Witch of the East was also released. The series will also star Joely Richardson (Vampire Academy) as Glinda and Vincent D'Onofrio (Daredevil) as the Wizard of Oz, but photos have not yet been released of those characters.
While there's no official premiere date for Emerald City, the release of the new images seem to indicate one will be announced soon.
Colton Haynes returns to Arrow
After the events of "Eleven-Fifty-Nine," Oliver Queen's team of vigilantes is down an important member. Thankfully, going into the fifth season, it looks like an old ally will be returning to Star City. Former Teen Wolf actor Colton Haynes, who played Roy Harper/Arsenal on Arrow, is reportedly returning to the show for a few episodes in the upcoming season. Though not officially confirmed by The CW, during a panel at France's Justice Squad convention, Colton stated, "I get to come back on a few episodes of Arrow next year."
Season five is supposedly bringing big changes to the series, from an attempt to revitalize the series' frequent flashbacks to a potential new role for Thea Queen (Willa Holland). The fifth season will also promote fan-favorite Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum) to a series regular. With Curtis most likely working in the Arrow Bunker and Roy possibly back in the field, a new team dynamic could reinvigorate the series as it heads into the new season.
Arrow airs Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. EST on The CW.
Preacher Promo - "Everything is Under Control"
AMC has released a new promo for their upcoming series Preacher. The newest trailer introduces two Adephi angels, Fiore (Thomas Brooke) and DeBlanc (Anatol Yusef), who were sent to Earth to retrieve Genesis, the immensely powerful offspring of an angel and demon. The problem is that Genesis has possessed the tough-as-nails preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) and doesn't plan to come along quietly. As the two angels promise that everything is under control, scenes of violence featuring Custer and his companions prove that nothing in this series can be considered remotely under control.
Based on the popular Vertigo series of the same name, Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer as he embarks on a mission to literally find God and confront him for abandoning Heaven. Stylistically, Preacher is heavily influenced by Westerns, but the the series is perhaps best known for its incredibly dark material and over-the-top violence. Fans of the source material should be pleased to know that, though the series will be changed to fit on television, the material will not be toned-down.
Preacher premieres on May 22nd, 2016 on AMC.
Joel Kinnaman joins Altered Carbon
Joel Kinnaman (Robocop) is set to star in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Altered Carbon. The series is an adaptation of Richard Morgan's 2002 award-winning novel of the same name and explores the idea of digitizing the human mind. The series takes place in the 25th century and revolves around Takeshi Kovacs, who previously served as an Envoy - an elite soldier trained to have his mind downloaded into new bodies across the universe to more effectively wage war. Kovacs is imprisoned at the beginning of the novel and is freed with the singular purpose of solving an attempted murder in a future where death is obsolete.
Kinnaman has signed on to play Kovacs in the series. The adaptation is being scripted by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), who has been trying to get an adaptation off the ground since she acquired the rights to the novel back in 2012. Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones) has signed on to direct the first episode of the series.
Pablo Schreiber joins American Gods
Back in March, Starz announced that Sean Harris (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation) had joined the cast of their upcoming series American Gods, playing the leprechaun Mad Sweeney. Unfortunately, Harris had to drop out of the role for personal reasons. Starz has now officially recast the role, with Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black) coming on board to take over the character. Mad Sweeney is described as being down-on-his-luck but always spoiling for a fight, which he finds in series protagonist Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle).
American Gods is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's award-winning novel of the same name and features a world where the gods of old mythologies inhabit a world alongside newer deities that rule over things such as television and the stock market. With a war brewing between gods old and new, Shadow finds himself working for Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), an incarnation of Odin himself.
American Gods premieres sometime in 2017.
Comic-Con International awards show
Comic-Con International, the largest annual fan convention currently running, is aiming to launch a new, branded awards show. While the show is currently in the earliest stages of planning, negotiations between David Glanzer, Chief Communications and Strategy Officer for Comic-Con International, and Jen O'Connell, Lionsgate head of alternative programming, are ongoing. Lionsgate Television previously partnered with Comic-Con International to launch their SVOD channel Comic-Con HQ.
Comic-Con International already hosts the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, considered to be one of the most prestigious awards in the comics industry. The new awards show would branch out further than comics, recognizing achievements in film, television, and other media platforms. The show would be more directly aimed at the Comic-Con audience, with an emphasis on genre offerings and existing fandoms.
Russo brothers return to television
Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of Marvel's latest success Captain America: Civil War, are developing a new television project at Showtime. The untitled series will center on a family of thieving pot dealers whose lives drastically change when the sale of marijuana is legalized in their home state. Shifting from illegal dealings to a legitimate business is difficult for the family, forcing them to heed the advice of the one son who chose to obey the law all of his life.
The series will be produced by the Russos and written by Moshe Kasher (Zoolander 2) and Zach Cregger (The Whitest Kids U'Know). Mike Larocca (Spy), the president of film and television at Getaway Productions, will also serve as a producer on the series.
Netflix has released a trailer for their newest series Chelsea, a talk show hosted by Chelsea Handler airing three days a week. The trailer offers a range of segments that can be expected in the early episodes of the series, with Handler travelling the world as she did in her previous four-part Netflix documentary series Chelsea Does. There's also the promise of celebrity interviews, as well as segments detailing everything from polygamy to Donald Trump.
The series marks a different distribution model for Netflix, best known for releasing a full season at once to encourage binge-watching. New episodes of Chelsea will be made available every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday simultaneously in 190 countries, with 90 episodes planned for the remainder of the year.
Chelsea is available now on Netflix
FX Premiere Dates
FX has announced the premiere dates for the upcoming third seasons of The Strain and You're the Worst. The Strain is set to return for a 10-episode season on Sundays at 10:00 p.m. EST starting on August 28th. Based on the best-selling trilogy of novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, the third season begins with the people of New York City fighting for survival after being abandoned by the federal government. Meanwhile, the Master is preparing to execute a plan to irreversibly transform the world to suit his needs.
You're the Worst will return to FXX for its 13-episode third season on August 31st, 2016. The series is a modern look at love and romance, told from the perspective of the narcissistic Jimmy (Chris Geere) and the cynical Gretchen (Aya Cash). Neither have experienced much success in their search for love or happiness, but the unlikely pair have discovered over the course of the last two seasons that sometimes the worst people make the best partners. The series comes from Stephen Falk (Weeds) and is produced by FX productions.
Cinemax has released a new trailer for their upcoming horror series Outcast. Based on the comic series from The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, Outcast tells the story of Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit) and his battle against demonic forces. Barnes' family was always plagued by the forces of darkness growing up, but it's not until later that he finds out he's an "Outcast," giving him power over demonic forces while making him their biggest target. Barnes teams up with Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister) and together they fight to save their small town. Alongside the trailer, Cinemax released a new poster image for the series:
The new trailer is light on plot details, but it sets the series up as a dark and moody show that takes full advantage of the premium cable budget. One of the most exciting aspects about this series is the involvement of director Adam Wingard (You're Next), who helms the first episode of the series. Wingard will make his television debut with Outcast and it will be interesting to see the director's work in a new medium after creating some exceptional horror films over the last few years.
Outcast premieres on June 3rd, 2016 on Cinemax.
Dylan Walsh joins Longmire
Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) has joined the fifth season of Longmire in a recurring role. The series stars Robert Taylor as Sheriff Walt Longmire, a widower navigating his own grief while investigating violent crimes in Wyoming. Walsh will be playing Shane Muldoon, the criminal boss of the yet-to-be-cast character Eddie Heffernan. Muldoon is described as having a "calm, assertive intelligence" and an easy charm, though not without an ominous edge. The role will reunite Walsh with Longmire executive producer Greer Shephard, with whom he previously worked on Nip/Tuck for a number of episodes.
Longmire Season 5 does not currently have a release date.
Sons of Anarchy Spinoff
Mayans MC, the long-rumored Sons of Anarchy spinoff series, is now officially in development at FX. The series is being produced by SOA co-creator Kurt Sutter and newcomer Elgin James, with James handling scripting duties on the pilot episode. The series is described as a "dark, visceral family drama that takes a new look at the most American of icons, the 1% outlaw, this time reflected through a Latino lens." Sutter said the following of the decision to bring James on board:
"I wanted to find a strong, unique Latino voice, because I didn't think a white guy from Jersey should be writing about Latin culture and traditions. Elgin is that voice."
The Mayans were a Mexican-American gang led by Marcus Álvarez (Emilio Rivera) in Oakland, California. The gang's main source of income was dealing in heroin and methemphetamine and they originally served as antagonists in the early seasons of Sons of Anarchy.