This Week in TV:
House of Cards season 3 gets a teaser and premiere date; Fargo season 2 casts Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) and extends an offer to Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation); TNT renews Legends for season 2; Luke Wilson and Imogen Poots (Need for Speed) near deals to star in Roadies; and Will Forte’s comedy at FOX, The Last Man on Earth, secures a supporting cast including January Jones (Mad Men).
In releasing a brief teaser for House of Cards season 3 on Twitter, Netflix also slyly announced that the series will return to its streaming service on February 27, 2015. See the mini-teaser below.
A special message from the White House. https://t.co/YxFcHfA5qy— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) December 1, 2014
While fans are only getting a peek at Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his first lady (Robin Wright) with this tease, it should be more than enough to raise some excitement for the anticipated season that will see Frank take the Oval Office in his first term as President of the United States. If you thought Frank was ruthless in his ascent to the top, just imagine how he will use his newly found power as the Leader of the Free World.
Prepare to binge through House of Cards season 3 when it hits Netflix streaming on February 27, 2015.
Source: @HouseofCards on Twitter
Reportedly, Donovan will portray a character named Dodd, while Offerman currently has an offer on the table to play a character named Carl in the upcoming season, which will be set in 1979 and center on a younger version of Keith Carradine’s Lou Solverson character from season 1. Offerman has yet to enter negotiations for the part, but with his current gig as Ron Swanson on Parks and Rec coming to an end next year, it’s fairly likely that he’ll accept the role.
At this point, we don’t know much else about the acclaimed show’s anticipated second season, other than that it will draw inspiration from Coen brothers films Miller’s Crossing and The Man Who Wasn’t There (as well as Fargo again, of course).
As always, we’ll keep you posted on future developments as Fargo season 2 gets closer to its expected fall 2015 premiere on FX.
Source: The Wrap
The TNT crime drama Legends earned a 10-episode season 2 renewal.
The Sean Bean-led drama got off to somewhat of a slow start – as its premiere numbers ranked below that of fellow TNT rookie dramas The Last Ship and Murder in the First – but things picked up for the series, which finished its first season with an average of 6.5 million viewers per episode across multiple platforms.
With the central mystery surrounding Martin Odum’s true identity still unsolved, Legends should continue to keep fans on their toes in season 2. However, the next batch of episodes could do so with some new faces, as there have been rumblings of possible supporting cast changes to come. We’ll pass along the latest as we learn more about Legends season 2, which is expected to premiere on TNT sometime in 2015.
Luke Wilson and Imogen Poots are reportedly nearing deals to star in Cameron Crowe’s (Almost Famous) Showtime pilot Roadies.
Showtime hasn’t made any official announcements about the castings and hasn’t released any character descriptions or info on who Wilson and Poots would be playing. However, multiple sources close to the project are indicating that the film stars will be leading Crowe’s pilot and potential series, which is described as a comedy following the misadventures of the unsung crew members behind the scenes of a successful rock and roll tour.
With Crowe (creator, pilot director, writer, producer) and J.J. Abrams (executive producer) behind the camera – as well as Wilson and Poots likely in front of it – the chances of Roadies making it to series at Showtime appear to be very strong.
We’ll continue to update you on Roadies as the project develops.
Source: The Wrap
Will Forte’s upcoming FOX comedy series The Last Man on Earth added a supporting cast consisting of January Jones (Mad Men), Mel Rodriguez (Enlisted), Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords) and Cleopatra Coleman (Step Up Revolution).
In the comedy chronicling the life and adventures of an average guy and humanity’s last hope (Forte), Jones will play Melissa, a beautiful and intelligent Midwestern girl-next-door with a good sense of humor and a strong devotion to her hometown sports teams. Meanwhile, Rodriguez will play the always optimistic Todd, Coleman will play a first-year medical student named Erica, and Schaal will portray a young woman named Carol.
Based on the title and the show’s premise – which centers on the only apparent survivor of a catastrophic event on Earth – many originally thought Forte – the show’s creator, producer, writer and star – might also be the show’s lone performer when FOX ordered the show straight to series earlier this year. This assumption was given even more validity when the show’s first trailer featured Forte’s character wandering a desolate Los Angeles by himself. However, with these new characters on board, it’s clear that Forte will not be alone for the entire series, even if that means these supporting cast members only appear in flashbacks.
FOX’s The Last Man on Earth doesn’t have a premiere date yet, but it is expected to make a midseason debut on the network in 2015.
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