TV News Wrap-Up: Riverdale Synopsis; New Preacher Promos & More

First Look at Archie in Riverdale TV Series

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Riverdale synopsis; Rush Hour cancelled; Peaky Blinders trailer; Preacher Promos; Looking: The Movie premiere date; House of Lies ending; Shooter trailer; Damien cancelled; and a Limitless update.


Riverdale synopsis

Riverdale Archie Jughead Betty Veronica The CW

The CW has released the official synopsis for their upcoming series Riverdale, an adaptation of the characters found in Archie Comics. The latest series from Greg Berlanti (Arrow) promises a new, surprising take on Archie Andrews and his friends, starting with the death of a supporting character from the comics and an unforeseen relationship. Check out the synopsis below:

"As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom - and nothing feels the same. Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the All-American teen, but the summer's events made him realize he wants to pursue a career in music - not follow in his dad's footsteps - despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale's young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel).

Which means Archie doesn't have anyone who will mentor him - certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-famous Pussycats. It's all weighing heavily on Archie's mind - as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she's not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty's nerves - which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother Alice (Mädchen Amick) - aren't the only thing holding her back.

When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there's an undeniable spark between her and Archie, even though Veronica doesn't want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there's Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch)... Riverdale's Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble amongst Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows..."

For those familiar with Archie Comics history or the rebooted Archie series by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, the synopsis might come as a bit of a surprise. From the de-aging of Ms. Grundy to the introduction of a potential murder mystery, the series promises to be a unique spin on the source material. The stars of the series recently compared the show to Twin Peaks in terms of tone and promised a grittier take on the characters. Whether the new take attracts or alienates loyal Archie readers remains to be seen.

Riverdale will premiere midseason 2016-2017 on The CW.

Source: The CW; EW

Rush Hour cancelled

Rush Hour TV Series

CBS has chosen not to renew Rush Hour, the television show inspired by the action/comedy series of films starring Jackie Chan (Kung Fu Panda 3) and Chris Tucker (Silver Linings Playbook). The new series, which starred Jon Foo (Tekken) as Jonathan Lee and Justin Hires (21 Jump Street) as James Carter, struggled to find an audience since the first trailer was released. Things didn't improve from there, with the series' premiere only drawing 5 million viewers.

Numbers have steadily declined in the seven weeks since the premiere, leaving little question to the show's ultimate fate. CBS will allow the first season to run its course before pulling the plug on the show.

Rush Hour airs Thursday night at 10:00 p.m. EST on CBS.

Source: Deadline

Peaky Blinders Trailer

Netflix has released a new trailer for the upcoming third season of Peaky Blinders. The crime drama follows the Peaky Blinders gang and their rise to power in Birmingham, England just after the end of the World War I. Their leader Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) is now a wealthy man heading into the third season, which takes place in the Roaring Twenties. It's during these happy times that Shelby finds himself at the center of an international arms deal that promises to change the course of history. Because of this, Shelby and his family will contend with a host of new antagonists, including an exile from the White Russian army, a priest with a killer dog, and a manipulative duchess.

The third season will also see the return of Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Jewish gang leader Alfie Solomons. The season is currently already airing in Europe, where early reviews have been largely positive for the explosive third season.

Peaky Blinders season 3 will be available on Netflix starting May 31st, 2016.

Source: Netflix

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