This Week in TV:
Last Man on Earth returns; Jason Patric joins Wayward Pines; Archer TV spot; FOX orders Party Over Here; Brooklyn TV Adaptation; Mick Jagger talks Vinyl; Manhattan canceled; Joel Kinnaman joins House of Cards; Rocky Horror Picture Show casting; and NBC renews Shades of Blue.
Last Man on Earth Returns
FOX has revealed the spring premiere date for season 2 of Last Man on Earth — March 6th, 2016. The winter finale saw Phil Miller 2 (Boris Kodjoe) undergoing a makeshift appendectomy, flatlining as the episode drew to a close. Meanwhile Phil Tandy Miller’s (Will Forte) astronaut brother Mike Miller (Jason Sudeikis) is attempting to return to Earth without any aid from ground control. When he lands on the planet, he’s quick to assume he’s also the last man on earth.
Critics’ Choice Award winner Jacob Tremblay (Room) will be joining the series as a guest star, portraying a young Tandy. The series was created by Will Forte and is produced by Forte, Phil Lord, and Chris Miller.
Last Man on Earth returns Sunday, March 6th, 2016.
Jason Patric joins Wayward Pines Season 2
Jason Patric (The Lost Boys) has joined season 2 of M. Night Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines. Patric will be playing Dr. Theo Yedlin, a confident surgeon that will prove to be an invaluable resource to the residents of Wayward Pines. The series will pick up immediately where season 1 left off, with the people of the town struggling against the First Generation. Dr. Yedlin awakens from suspended animation in the middle of this struggle and the season will see him trying to understand the truth about Wayward Pines.
Originally marketed as an event series, Wayward Pines proved popular enough over the summer of 2015 for the creators to rethink the show’s structure and greenlight a second season. Based on a trilogy of books by Blake Crouch, the television adaptation will have to forge new ground as the plots of all three novels were explored in season 1. It remains to be seen if the creators can recapture the success of the first season without being guided by the books’ narrative.
Wayward Pines season 2 airs sometime in the summer of 2016.
Archer TV Spot
The seventh season of FX’s hit animated comedy Archer will once again see a shift in the status quo as the group moves to Los Angeles to find work as private detectives. Cyril (Chris Parnell) opens a high-class detective agency in Hollywood and the gang will investigate some of the more glamorous cases in the area, as Malory Archer (Jessica Walter) refuses to associate herself with the “grubbiness” of private detective work. In addition to a new locale, the characters will appear in an updated wardrobe, inspired by ’80s detective shows such as Magnum, P.I.
The season will see a number of new guest stars, including Patton Oswalt, who makes a brief appearance in the above trailer. Other guest stars include Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), and Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) who returns as CIA operative Agent Slater.
Archer season 7 premiers on March 31st, 2016.
FOX orders sketch comedy show from The Lonely Island
Fox has officially greenlit Party Over Here, a new sketch comedy show from The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone) and Paul Scheer. The series will consist of a wide range of content, featuring short skits and in-studio segments with a live audience. Party Over Here will star Nicole Byer (Girl Code), Saturday Night Live writer Alison Rich, and Jessica McKenna (Adam Ruins Everything).
The half-hour comedy show will air Saturday nights on FOX, but the show won’t be competing directly with Saturday Night Live. Party Over Here airs at 11:00 p.m. EST, ending just as SNL begins on NBC at 11:30 p.m. EST.
Party Over Here premieres on March 12th, 2016.
Brooklyn TV spinoff in the works
The BBC has announced plans for a television spinoff of the 2015 film Brooklyn, with film star Julie Walters set to reprise her role as Madge Kehoe. Wildgaze Films, the production company that worked on the film, will also be handling the television series. The show will focus on Kehoe’s boarding house, but little else is known about the series as it is currently seeking writers.
Brooklyn was released in the U.S. in 2015 by Fox Searchlight, earning three Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film is a period-piece drama set in 1952 and follows a young Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) after her move to Brooklyn. It’s not long before she finds romance, but events in the film force her to choose between the land of her birth and her new home. Unfortunately, Ronan is not expected to return for the television series.
Vinyl: Mick Jagger talks the ’70s
Ahead of the debut of his new series Vinyl, Mick Jagger has released a short video describing his experiences in 1970s New York. The legendary musician paints an enticing picture of a resurgence of the arts alongside the dark, economic downturn of the city. The final part of the video places an emphasis on the late Andy Warhol, the famous pop artist who provided the artwork for the Rolling Stones’ album Sticky Fingers.
Co-created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen, and Terence Winter, Vinyl is an examination of the music scene in the ’70s, told from the point of view of record label president Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale). Mick Jagger’s son James Jagger will also star in the series as Kip Stevens, the lead singer of the punk band Nasty Bits.
Vinyl premieres on February 14th, 2016 on HBO.
Manhattan Canceled after two seasons
WGN America has announced the decision to cancel their period drama Manhattan. The series’ second season drew to a close in December of 2015 and the network chose not to order a third season. WGN President Matt Cherniss had the following to say:
“After careful consideration, we have reached the very difficult decision not to move forward with a third season of ‘Manhattan.’ We are proud of this critically acclaimed series, an extraordinary original drama, and are deeply disappointed that such a wonderful show could not find a larger audience. We thank the immensely talented Sam Shaw and Thomas Schlamme, along with the exceptional cast and crew and our great partners at Lionsgate and Skydance, for crafting a masterful series.”
Manhattan followed the scientists of the famous Manhattan Projects as they worked to create the first atomic bomb. The series, only WGN America’s second original drama, averaged approximately 400,000 viewers in its second season.
Source: The Wrap
Joel Kinnaman Joins House of Cards Season 4
Welcome to Washington, Joel Kinnaman. pic.twitter.com/jlvU2c0s2O— Netflix US (@netflix) February 2, 2016
Netflix veteran Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) will be joining season 4 of House of Cards in an unknown role. The streaming service announced the casting decision in a cryptic tweet (above) simply stating “Welcome to Washington, Joel Kinnaman.” The character appears to be facing off against Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), so it’s possible that this will be a new political rival for the series’ star.
House of Cards debuts on Netflix on March 4th, 2016
Rocky Horror Picture Show Casting Update
FOX has announced two new additions to their upcoming The Rocky Horror Picture Show remake. The first is Tony Award-winner Annaleigh Ashford, known for her stage roles in Wicked and Legally Blonde. Ashford will be playing Columbia, a groupie in attendance at the Annual Transylvanian Convention. The role was originally held by Nell Campbell in the 1975 film.
Also joining the cast is singer/songwriter Christina Milian, who will be portraying Magenta, the maid in Dr. Frank N. Furter’s (Laverne Cox) castle. Alongside her brother Riff Raff (Reeve Carney), she secretly plots to return to their home planet of Transsexual. FOX also recently announced that the original film’s star Tim Curry will be returning for the remake, serving as the narrator of the event.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is scheduled to air in Fall 2016 on FOX.
NBC Renews Shades of Blue
Shades of Blue, the crime drama starring and produced by Jennifer Lopez, has officially been renewed for season 2 after airing only five episodes. While ratings have begun to drop on the series, the freshmen drama marks one of the strongest debuts on the network in recent memory — pulling 11.2 million total viewers in the first three episodes.
Jennifer Salke, NBC’s entertainment president, had the following to say:
“We want to thank Jennifer, who is the hardest-working woman we know, for her incredible efforts as both the star and producer of this show, as well as our other amazing producers and cast for all their tireless work in creating one of the most compelling dramas on television today. We’re so excited to find out where this story will lead and have them raise the stakes even higher in what we know will be a fantastic second season.”
NBC did not reveal how many episodes would be ordered for the second season, with only thirteen episodes ordered for the first. While the show enjoys high ratings currently, it will be interesting to see how those ratings hold up after the return of ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder to the same time slot next week.
Shades of Blue airs Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. EST on NBC.
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