This Week in TV:
Jaden Smith has joined Baz Luhrmann's Netflix series, The Get Down; Starz has officially renewed Power for a third season; Michelle Monaghan has signed on to headline Hulu's original series, The Way; and new TV spots and a poster for season 3 of Showtime's Masters of Sex have been unveiled online.
Jaden Smith joins Baz Luhrmann's Netflix original series, The Get Down.
The series (a long time passion project for the enigmatic director) is a music-driven drama, set to take place in NYC in the 1970s and focuses on a ragtag group of teenagers born and raised in the Bronx as they wonder through the streets with no one to take care of them, except each other. Smith has been cast in the 13-episode series as Marcus "Dizzee" Kipling - an 18 year old, talented and eccentric graffiti writer from the South Bronx.
Luhrmann revealed Smith has already begun working on the series, and commented on his casting with the following:
“He has begun developing his The Get Down skill set, even taking lessons from the legendary graffiti artist Lady Pink of ‘Wild Style’ fame, as well as steeping himself in the history and culture of the Bronx. We as an audience have known Jaden since he was very young. Recently, Jaden has been seeking diverse and challenging roles and this is a testament to his passion to grow in the craft. We’re all very happy with the casting of Jaden in the role of ‘Dizzee’ Kipling, and with his addition, the Kipling family cast is now complete.”
Smith joins an already packed cast including Jimmy Smits, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., Herizen Guardiola, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, and Mamoudou Athie.
The Get Down is set to premiere on Netflix sometime in 2016.
Starz has ordered a third season of its original series, Power.
Following the season 2 premiere becoming the most-watched episode of any Starz original series ever, the pay-cable network has officially renewed Power for a 10-episode third season. The series has become a hallmark in the network's history, and following the series' success - this renewal shouldn't come as much of a surprise to the show's fans.
The drama stars Omari Hardwick as a nightclub owner, and drug dealer as he tries to balance his double life. The series is from showrunner Kemp Agboh and also stars Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, and more.
Agboh commented on the announcement with the following:
“I am thrilled to learn that season three of ‘Power’ has been officially ordered by Starz. It is an honor to work with Chris Albrecht, Carmi Zlotnik, Ken Segna and the whole Starz team. Their support has been steadfast from the beginning, and I look forward to a bright future together."
Power airs every Saturday Night on Starz.
Two new TV spots and a poster for Masters of Sex Season 3 have been released. The first, gives fans a glimpse of what's ahead this season for William (Michael Sheen) and Virginia (Lizzy Caplan). Check it out below:
The second TV spot focuses heavily on one scene in the new season, as Libby (Caitlin Fitzgerald) surprises Virginia with her "advances":
The new season continues to follow the Masters & Johnson team as their Sexual Revolution begins to gain more traction among the public. Following two critically acclaimed seasons - including several Golden Globe and Emmy nominations - the third season will certainly have a lot to live up to for audiences and critics alike. With Sheen and Caplan continuing to give award-worthy performances though, and the dynamic between each character continuing to grow and evolve - Masters of Sex has more than enough on its side to succeed.
Here is the official poster for season 3:
Masters of Sex season 3 will premiere Sunday July 12th @ 10pm on Showtime.
Michelle Monaghan has signed on to headline Hulu's new series, The Way.
The True Detective actress has joined the cast of the Hulu series, as the character Sarah Cleary. The character is said to be a high-level member of a controversial movement as she navigates through the truth and lies that are coming together in her life. The show is created by Jessica Goldberg, from Jason Katims' True Jack Productions along with Universal Pictures. Mike Cahill (Another Earth, I Origins) will direct the first episode of the 10-installment series.
The series focuses on a family, stuck in the center of a controversial movement as they struggle with relationships, power, and marriage - as each episode is said to take a new look at what it means for the characters to choose between the life they have, and the life they've always wanted.
The Way is set to begin production this summer, and expected to premiere on Hulu later this winter.