This week in TV:
Showtime Anytime debuts on Xbox Live for the 360 console; David S. Goyer options the rights to the horror novel Snowblind for a TV series; AMC has announced a Breaking Bad marathon set to begin August 10; Criminal Minds adds Jennifer Love Hewitt as a series regular for season 10; and a new sci-fi miniseries called Amnesia attempts to get off the ground with Kevin Sorbo attached in a major role.
Earlier this week, Showtime announced the launch of its streaming platform, Showtime Anytime, on the Xbox 360, giving Xbox Live members who already have a subscription to the pay cable network access to its slate of original of programming (new and old).
Members without a Showtime subscription will still be able to preview the free app with access to one full episode of a select Showtime series for no charge. Though currently unavailable to Xbox One gamers, the service will be released on the next-gen console later this year.
Said Showtime president Tom Christie:
“The launch of Showtime Anytime on Xbox 360 is the logical next step in the expansion of our service. Our goal is for our subscribers to have the ability to access their favorite Showtime series wherever, whenever and however they want to watch across multiple platforms, so we're excited to bring our award-winning programs to Xbox Live's growing membership of millions.”
Along with instant and unlimited access to movies, sporting events, documentaries, specials and Showtime originals such as Ray Donovan, Dexter, Homeland and Penny Dreadful, Showtime Anytime users will also have a number of exclusive features at their fingertips, including "My List" - which allows access to saved shows - and remote-free menu navigation through the Xbox Kinect.
Check out your favorite Showtime programs on Showtime Anytime via your Xbox Live account today.
After stepping down as Da Vinci's Demons showrunner a little more than a month ago, David S. Goyer began searching for a new TV project, and he found one this week, optioning the rights to Christopher Golden's bestselling horror novel Snowblind with partner Universal Television.
With his hands in several major DC film projects for Warner Bros. - including Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice - Goyer will only serve as a development supervisor and co-executive producer on the show, which is being developed as a limited series. Also co-executive producing will be Golden and Pete Donaldson.
Lauded by macabre maestro Stephen King, Golden's Snowblind follows the members of a small New England town still reeling from the disappearance of more than a dozen of its citizens who vanished during a sinister snowstorm 12 years prior.
We'll pass along more information on Snowblind as the project develops.
To go along with its Walking Dead marathon this weekend, AMC scheduled another summer binge-watching spectacular for one of its other highly regarded dramas, Breaking Bad, which will commence on Sunday, August 10.
The network will rerun the entire series in eight-hour blocks over a near two-month span, airing episodes every Sunday from 5pm to 1am, concluding with last year's almost universally lauded finale on October 5.
While the marathon affords another tempting opportunity for those who haven't been hooked by the intoxicating series to watch, it also gives Breaking Bad fans a chance to revisit the shocking moments, impeccable performances, incredible twists and well-drawn characters that made the show a hit with both audiences and critics.
Of course, fans may see those characters in a familiar setting again soon on AMC, as Better Call Saul creator and Breaking Bad writer/producer Peter Gould revealed this week that the Saul Goodman-centered spinoff would be set before, during and after the events of Breaking Bad.
Stay tuned for more Better Call Saul updates as the show nears its 2015 premiere and strap in for the Breaking Bad marathon beginning August 10 @5pm on AMC.
With Criminal Minds season 10 mere months away from its fall premiere, the show added TV veteran Jennifer Love Hewitt to its cast as a series regular this week.
Hewitt is set to play a seasoned and skilled undercover FBI agent named Kate Callahan, who lands a position with the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). Her character will be introduced to audiences in the season 10 premiere.
Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer expressed her excitement about the casting, saying:
“We’re thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Jennifer Love Hewitt to our amazing cast. Many of us on the show have enjoyed working with her over the years and look forward to again. We have exciting storylines planned for her character and the entire BAU team as we head into our 10th season.”
After playing the lead character on The Ghost Whisperer (2005-10) and The Client List (2012-13), Hewitt appears to have another meaty TV role to sink her teeth into at a network where she is already well known.
Criminal Minds season 10 premieres on October 1, 2014 on CBS.
Although sci-fi and fantasy fans haven't seen him onscreen much in recent years, Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Meet the Spartans) may be making a return to television in a post-apocalyptic miniseries called Amnesia that is currently being funded via crowd-sourcing websites.
After initially launching a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter last year, series creator John Wayne Bosley saw his goal of $5,000 for the first stage of the project eclipsed by October of 2013. In May 2014, the production landed Sorbo, adding him to a cast that includes former pro wrestler Al Snow, Martin Klebba (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Andrew Roth (My Name is Paul).
However, to complete the show's Big Event scenes, the project needs additional funding and, on July 8, Bosley moved the project to another crowd-funding site, Indiegogo.com, to raise enough money in order to finish the scenes and put together a formal pitch for the Syfy network.
Here is a brief synopsis of the six-episode series that has hopes to expand to a full season if it makes it to air:
"The story is about a man named Allan Carter (Roth) who wakes up in a post-apocalyptic world with amnesia and desperately searches for the love of his life despite being pursued by a ruthless army. Allan puts the pieces together of his life through flashbacks while trying to stay one step ahead of ruthless army."
We'll let you know if Amnesia makes it to series.