TBS will now be the home of the Snowpiercer TV show originally set up at TNT, and has already been given a season 2 renewal ahead of a 2020 launch. Originally based on a French graphic novel, acclaimed director Bong Joon-ho made the Snowpiercer world his own with a 2013 film starring Chris Evans. The movie blended the dystopian future with political and social commentary, and has become a cult hit over time. But, it was back in 2015 that a TV series based around the concept was put in development.
Josh Friedman (Sarah Connor Chronicles) originally developed the series and saw TNT order a pilot in 2016, before a full season commitment was made in 2018. It wasn't long after this announcement was made, though, that Friedman left the project over creative differences. Graeme Manson (Orphan Black) was named the new showrunner and saw more changes to the series come, as required and extensive reshoots saw pilot director Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) leave the show himself. After changing showrunners and losing the pilot director, Snowpiercer has now switched networks - but with positive results.
During WarnerMedia's presentation at Upfronts today, it was announced that Snowpiercer has moved from TNT to TBS (both owned by WarnerMedia) to help usher in more dramatic content on the usually comedy-centric channel. The news comes with the reveal that Snowpiercer will debut in the Spring of 2020, and that it has already been renewed for a second season with Manson continuing to serve as the showrunner. Brett Weitz, general manager for TBS and TNT, said the following about the news and TBS' faith in Snowpiercer.
Snowpiercer is the perfect show to kick-off TBS’ entry into dramas with intricate storytelling, stunning visuals and first-class acting. We believe in the longevity of this series and that audiences will be amazed by the fantastical world that brings to life such relevant social, political and environmental issues.
The move to TBS and season 2 renewal is hopefully the final change that Snowpiercer will undergo. Even though it has had a long and troubled development, there is still promise and intrigue with the story. The series will be set seven years after Earth has become a frozen wasteland, where the remaining members of humanity all live in a train that travels across the entire globe. The train cars are used to divide up the inhabitants by class, with each one serving a different purpose.
Snowpiercer stars Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) as someone who lives at the front and high-class portions of the train, while Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) will co-star as someone at the back and low-class end. The rest of the ensemble cast includes Alison Wright (The Americans), Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha), and Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories). Oddly enough, previously announced cast member Steven Ogg (The Walking Dead) was not mentioned as part of the series, while Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World) will become a series regular for season 2.
Snowpiercer season 1 premieres in Spring 2020 on TBS.