TV News Wrap-Up: Netflix Renews Narcos, Showtime Developing Teddy Roosevelt Miniseries & More

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This Week in TV:

Showtime is developing a Theodore Roosevelt miniseries; Narcos is renewed; Under the Dome gets canceled; Empire gets a new trailer; Colm Feore joins House of Cards; and The Daily Show won't be changing (much).


Showtime has begun developing The Life and Times of Teddy Roosevelt as a limited series.

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The miniseries will focus on Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States of America who took office after the assassination of President William McKinley. At age 42, Roosevelt remains the youngest politician to ever hold the office of U.S. President and served from 1901-1909. Prior to that, he was famously the leader of the "Rough Riders," a voluntary cavalry that took part in the Spanish-American war in 1898. Despite his military background, Roosevelt went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize when he helped negotiate peace between Japan and Russia in 1906.

American History X scribe David McKenna will be writing the miniseries, with Electus and Authentic Entertainments producing. The historical figure offers plenty of important events and political nuance for the series to explore, as the recent acclaimed PBS documentary The Roosevelts aptly demonstrated.

Source: Deadline


Netflix has renewed Narcos, a drama detailing the rise of Pablo Escobar, for a second season.

Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar in Narcos Season 1 Episode 1

The series stars Brazilian actor Wagner Moura as Escobar, the Colombian drug trafficker who went on to become one of the wealthiest international criminals in history. Starring alongside Moura are Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal, who play DEA agents Murphy and Peña, respectively, as they try and thwart the growing international cocaine trade. The series has been generally well-reviewed since it premiered in August.

Executive producer Jose Padilha describes the show's approach to good and evil:

"This is not the show about good American cops who go to a Third World country to save the poor people from a bad guy. Nobody's good in this show. Everybody's gray. Escobar -- one of the things he did was, he put a bomb on a plane to kill one person -- he brought the whole plane down. He's obviously an evil person, a sociopath, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a soft side for his family."

Narcos Season One is currently available on Netflix.

Source: The Wrap


Under the Dome will not be continuing past its third season.

CBS has confirmed that the drama, based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, will not be renewed for a fourth season. Though the series opened in summer of 2013 with some truly impressive numbers, viewership has steadily declined since the first season's finale. Under the Dome was unique at the time of its debut as the episodes would be made available for streaming on Amazon Prime the following night, a route that proved successful for CBS and set the course for the Network's other high-profile releases Extant and Zoo.

The series finale on September 10th will finally bring down the dome and unravel the mystery that's been builing over the last three seasons. And while many will be sad to see the series go, star Dean Norris seems to be taking the cancellation especially hard:

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