This Week in TV:
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is renewed; NBC orders untitled Rupert Grint drama to pilot; 11/22/63 gets a release date; FX cancels Married; Once Upon a Time casts Merida's parents; Brian Cox joins Penny Dreadful; Netflix Orders 13 Reasons Why; and HBO cancels The Brink.
El Rey Network has renewed From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series for season 3.
The series is a reimagining of Robert Rodriguez's 1996 film, which was released by Miramax and starred George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino. The show expands on the life of the Gecko brothers, now played by D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz, as they struggle against law enforcement as well as supernatural forces.
Season 3 will see the brothers continue their fight against a group of vampires, called the Culebra. Details are scarce about the plot, but the protagonists are going to be going against another Vampire Lord, an unknown woman. There's a small chance of it happening, but it would be great to see Salma Hayek return to the world of From Dusk Till Dawn after her memorable performance in the 1996 film.
NBC has given a pilot commitment to an untitled Warner Bros. TV drama, starring Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint.
The series would star Grint as a low-level office worker in New York City, one obsessed with a short-lived comic book series titled Imperial City. The comics were written by his father and Grint's character believes that he owns the full run of the series at nine issues. However, when another comic collector reveals that there's a tenth issue of the series, he finds out that Imperial City is a real place - and he's the only one who can save it.
The series is being written by Silvio Horta (Ugly Betty) and was originally created by Aaron Kaplan (Secrets & Lies). Both serve as executive producers. The project was developed especially for Grint, a self-described comic book fan.
Hulu has set the release date for the event series 11/22/63.
The series is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, a time-travel story involving the events surrounding the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. As such, Hulu is debuting the first episode on President's Day, February 15th, 2016. As opposed to the Netflix model, Hulu will be releasing a new episode each subsequent week, as the service has done with prior original series.
The nine-hour event series stars James Franco as a history teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of JFK. Stephen King is on board as an executive producer, joined by J. J. Abrams.
11/22/63 premieres on February 15th, 2016 exclusively on Hulu.
FX has chosen not to renew comedy series Married for season 3.
The series starred Judy Greer (Jurassic World) and Nat Faxon (The Descendants) as a longtime married couple. The news of Married's cancellation was revealed by the show's creator on Twitter. Earlier this year, it was questioned whether or not the series would earn a renewal from FX. At the time, FX president John Landgraf indicated it depended entirely on ratings.
"For any of you who haven't seen recent episodes of 'Married,' that show has also shown great creative improvement since its first season. We love the cast, Judy Green and Nat Faxon and Brett Gelman and Sarah Burns, and we remain fans of Andrew Gurland's distinctive take on marriage and family. It's too soon yet to assess the ratings performance of Season 2, but we really are pleased with the show qualitatively."
Unfortunately, the show never took off ratings-wise, with the finale only drawing in 593,000 viewers. Series star Judy Greer has already moved on after the cancellation, landing a guest role in CBS' sitcom Mom.
The two will be playing King Fergus and Queen Elinor, the parents of new star Merida (Amy Manson). The characters were originally portrayed in Pixar's Brave by Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson, respectively.
Merida's parents will make their debut in the November 15th episode of Once Upon a Time, during the special two-hour episode. The story will see Merida going on a quest with Ruby (Meghan Ory) and Mulan (Jamie Chung) and will delve into the history between Merida and Mulan. It's unclear what role her parents will be playing, as Merida has stated that King Fergus is currently dead.
Once Upon A Time airs Sundays on ABC.
Brian Cox has joined Penny Dreadful for season 3.
The Emmy-winning Scottish actor will be playing the role of Jared Talbot, the father of Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett). The character is described as a "powerful rancher" who aims to "bring Ethan back West to settle the score." Ethan has been running from his father since the series first premiered, but the events of the season 2 finale have put him on a collision course with his estranged father.
Cox will make his appearance midway through season 3 and has been confirmed for at least two episodes. He joins Shazad Latif as a guest star in the season, who will be playing Dr. Jekyll (and possibly Mr. Hyde). Last season's guest star Patti LuPone recently signed on to be a season regular, so if Cox or Latif make a lasting impression, there's a chance they could follow that same route.
Penny Dreadful Season 3 premieres in 2016.
Netflix has given a series order to 13 Reasons Why, starring Selena Gomez.
The series is based on a best-selling young adult book of the same name, written by Jay Asher. The story centers on Hannah, a high-school student who commits suicide. Following her death, a package is delivered containing a number of cassette tapes, on which Hannah has explained to twelve people how they played a role in her death.
The series was adapted by Tony Award winner Brian Yorkey, who wrote the script for the pilot episode. In addition to playing the role of Hannah, Gomez will serve as executive producer on the series. The young actress recently joined the cast of Neighbors 2, as well as wrapping production on Adam McKay's The Big Short.
Source: The Wrap
HBO has passed on season 2 of The Brink.
The geopolitical comedy starred Jack Black and Tim Robbins as they tried to prevent World War III and global annihilation. Despite earning decent numbers and the network renewing the series for a second season back in July, HBO executives have decided not to move forward with the project. HBO released the following statement:
"After evaluating our schedule and our programming needs, we unfortunately decided we cannot give 'The Brink' the attention it deserves for a second season. We are proud of the first season and wish everyone involved with this show the very best."
The cancellation comes just months after executive producer Jerry Weintraub sadly passed away. The late producer was integral in pushing the series forward and selling the spec to HBO.
Source: The Wrap