This week in TV:
HBO renews Girls for season 3, rumors are swirling about a potential Fallout TV show and we get a look at trailers for Eli Roth's Hemlock Grove, David S. Goyer's Da Vinci's Demons and season 2 of Magic City.
With season 2 currently airing on HBO, Lena Dunham recently revealed the network has decided to renew Girls for season 3.
Dunham, who is a recent Golden Globe winner, lead actress and showrunner for the series, broke the news to 30 Rock actor Alec Baldwin on his podcast last week, saying "We're starting season three at the end of March."
Dunham went on to discuss the possibility of doing 12 episodes in season 3, as opposed to the 10 Girls has produced in each of the first two seasons, saying:
"I think that a little more would be just a little more storytelling real estate and it would be amazing. But you know, so I shoot four-and-a-half months out of the year, then I'm editing, then I'm doing press, then I'm writing, then I'm back."
Although the network has not confirmed that the show will go on, late last year executive producer Judd Apatow also said "We're about to shoot the third season of 'Girls'."
HBO hasn't made it official but considering Dunham's comments and the success of the show, it's safe to assume that Girls will indeed be returning for season 3.
With the horror genre becoming a television mainstay, one of its maestros, Eli Roth is delivering a Netflix original horror series titled Hemlock Grove this April and this week we are getting a glimpse at its debut trailer.
The series is based on Brian McCreevy's novel of the same name and centers on a young man named Peter Rumancek who moves to the small town of Hemlock Grove about the same time a young girl is murdered. Rumancek, who is also a rumored werewolf and gypsy, then begins his own investigation assisted by other characters.
Relative unknown Landon Liboiron (Terra Nova) takes on the role of Rumancek, but he seems to be surrounded by a cast full of fairly big names, especially for a Netflix original series, as Lili Taylor (The Conjuring), Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II) and Famke Janssen (X-Men) round out the ensemble.
With Roth at the helm, working from strong source material, Hemlock Grove certainly has us intrigued. Check it out when it comes exclusively to Netflix on April 19.
Source: Live For Films
Fans of the popular Fallout video game series may have even more to cheer about, as rumors have started circulating that a TV series based on the franchise may be in the works.
According to EuroGamer, Fallout's publisher Bethesda has acquired a patent for "an on-going television program set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world." Although that could be a number of things, it certainly sounds and smells like Fallout, a game series in which players are assigned and complete various tasks, while battling mutants in a post-apocalyptic setting.
With no confirmed production, casting or deals taking place, the show is simply a rumor at this point. However, there are certainly plenty of Fallout fans that would jump for joy if it turns out to be true. Either way, we are probably a ways off from knowing more or seeing any incarnation of the show, so sit tight on this one and we'll pass along more info as it comes in.
This April, the Starz network is unleashing Da Vinci's Demons, a historical fantasy series chronicling Leonardo Da Vinci's early life as an inventor. The network has ordered an eight-episode first season and we got a first look at it, via this debut trailer:
The series is brought to us by prolific film screenwriter David S. Goyer, who is best known for the Blade series, The Dark Knight and the upcoming Man of Steel and based on the trailer, it looks like he's using those action roots to make Da Vinci as much of a fighting force against injustice, as he is an innovative genius. There is certainly a Robert Downey Sherlock Holmes-type feel to the proceedings, which may be a fun direction for the character of Da Vinci.
Da Vinci's Demons is actually only one of several similar action-hero projects involving the Italian Renaissance man in production. Warner Bros. picked up a film treatment for a project titled Leonardo Da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever about two years ago and Universal acquired a spec script for an untitled Da Vinci action movie a year later, but with Da Vinci's Demons treading on very familiar ground and in what is presumed to be a similar style, the studios may ultimately pass on the idea and move on to something else.
Be sure to check out Da Vinci's Demons when it premieres on Starz on April 12, 2013.
Another Starz original series, period drama Magic City, has been picked up for season 2, which premieres in April. Check out a preview of the upcoming season with the newest trailer:
Fortunately for fans of the series and for its showrunner and head writer Mitch Glazer, season 2 was already ordered before the first season of eight episodes finished airing. So, despite mixed reviews, Starz liked what it saw from the 1950s-set Miami drama and viewers seemed to become entangled, along with the characters, in its juicy storylines.
Based on the season 2 trailer, it appears Magic City and its Miami hustlers will pick up right where they left off, as Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Mirimar face an uncertain future in season 2. The power struggle between Evans and Ben Diamond (Danny Huston) for control over the hotel will continue and it looks like there will be plenty more shady dealings that go down.
Check out Magic City when it returns to Starz on April 6, 2013.