This week in TV:
FX unveils a Sons of Anarchy season 7 teaser; a Sleepy Hollow season 2 promo makes its way online; Cinemax renews The Knick for season 2, even before the series premiere; FOX reduces Glee season 6 to just 13 episodes; and Syfy announces a pilot order for The Magicians.
With Sons of Anarchy nearing the premiere of its final season, FX released a teaser trailer for its hit flagship drama this week, which can be seen below.
The clip, titled "Hell Awaits," presents some imagery that certainly possesses an ominous tone, but doesn't require much reading into, especially since series creator Kurt Sutter has already said that the show is unlikely to have a "happy" ending, and that he expects it to conclude "in a pool of blood." Considering the violent trajectory Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) has taken in rising to president of the SAMCRO, it's safe to say things won't end well for somebody (or many somebodies) as the series reaches its finish line in 2015.
Sons of Anarchy will return to FX with season 7 this fall.
Source: FX Networks
Earlier this week, a promotional clip for Sleepy Hollow season 2 also made its way online, teasing what viewers can expect from FOX's returning hit drama. Check it out below.
In discussing some details about the upcoming season last month, cast and crew called the season 2 premiere "explosive," and based on what we see here, that's a pretty good description. It certainly appears that Sleepy Hollow's sophomore season will hit the ground running, and considering all the questions and shocking revelations the season 1 finale left viewers with, we would hope the show wouldn't waste much time getting to some answers.
Tune in to Sleepy Hollow season 2 this fall on FOX.
At its Television Critics Association panel this past Thursday, Cinemax announced a season 2 renewal for Steven Soderbergh's dark period drama The Knick.
Even with a movie star such as Clive Owen in the lead role and with Soderbergh having directed each of the first season's 10 episodes, the renewal still comes as somewhat of a surprise, given that the series has yet to debut on the pay-cable HBO sister channel. Although we've only seen a short trailer and an even shorter teaser for the medical drama, we can certainly understand the appeal for Cinemax, which, aside from Banshee and Strike Back, seems to be lacking the type of quality original programming premium cable subscribers have become accustomed to.
For those unfamiliar with the upcoming Cinemax series, here's the synopsis:
Set in downtown New York in 1900, 'The Knick' centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. The writing team of Jack Amiel and Michael Begler (Raising Helen, Big Miracle), who wrote the pilot for the series, will serve as executive producers, along with Soderbergh, Owen, Michael Sugar (Rendition) and Gregory Jacobs (Behind the Candelabra).
According to Soderbergh (courtesy of Variety), he will return to direct all ten episodes of season 2, which is good news for fans of Soderbergh and good news for people who want to see more high profile directors working in TV.
Check out The Knick season 1 when it premieres on August 8, 2014 on Cinemax.
Source: The Wrap
Earlier this week, FOX revealed that the sixth and final season of its musical series Glee has been trimmed to 13 episodes and will premiere in midseason.
Glee fans will likely be disappointed that the network isn't dedicating more airtime to the show's sendoff, but the decision is far from surprising considering the show's numbers slipped significantly in season 5 after Cory Monteith's sudden and tragic passing. The show has since attempted to carry on by introducing several new characters, but will close by focusing on its original cast and how they've grown over the past six years.
Series creator Ryan Murphy said this about the final season back in April:
“It really is a lovely, fitting season that dwells on the original people on the show and what happens to them and how they give back. We’ll revisit some of the new kids that came and went, there’s a return of [Jane Lynch's Sue Sylvester] and [Matthew Morrison's Will Schuester] in a big way.”
Glee season 6 doesn't have a premiere date yet, but expect to see it debut in early 2015.
The hour-long drama will be produced by Michael London (Milk) and Janice Williams (All Good Girls), who are currently working from a pilot script penned by John McNamara (Prime Suspect) and former Supernatural showrunner Sera Gamble (seasons 6 and 7). Unfortunately, the announcement didn't include any additional story details, but we do know that it will follow a group of "20-somethings who, while studying magic in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real and poses a grave danger to humanity."
Considering FOX was eying a Magicians adaptation a couple of years ago, Syfy was even more thrilled in announcing its pilot.
Said Syfy president David Howe:
"Lev Grossman’s dazzling blend of magic and realism will capture the imagination of a new generation of viewers and further strengthen Syfy’s ownership of premium quality sci-fi fantasy drama.”
We'll pass along more info on The Magicians as it comes in and let you know if Syfy orders the show to series.