This Week in TV:
A full-length trailer for Sons of Anarchy season 7 is released; Disney Channel renews popular spinoff Girl Meets World for season 2; NBC axes Crossbones after one season; Disney launches a Muppets digital series called Disney Drive-On with the Muppets; and cast members from The Big Bang Theory delay production to negotiate more lucrative contracts.
FX has unveiled the first full-length trailer for Sons of Anarchy's final season. Check it out below.
After getting a glimpse at the hell Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) may be headed toward in a teaser released a few weeks back, SOA fans get a larger view of the impending danger the Sons are in for this season with this latest clip. While he hasn't always been one to play things safe, Jax appears to really be throwing caution to the wind as he seeks vengeance before the series comes to a close. But as a potential target for Jax and the rest of the Charming renegades, Juice (Theo Rossi) may be the character in the most trouble when season 7 kicks off.
Although we don't get a peek at some of the final season's notable guest stars in this trailer, they will include rockers Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love, and Glee star Lea Michele, the latter of whom is set to play a truck stop waitress who connects with Gemma (Katey Sagal) during a difficult time.
Sons of Anarchy returns to FX with its 90-minute season 7 premiere on September 9, 2014.
Source: FX (trailer via IMBd)
Following a successful freshman season, family-friendly spinoff Girl Meets World earned a season 2 renewal this week from Disney Channel.
What started as a nostalgic trip down memory lane for Boy Meets World fans has turned into a bona fide crossover hit for the Mouse House, as Girl Meets World drew a massive and loyal multi-generational audience in its rookie season, which included an average of 4.7 million mobile viewers per episode via the Watch Disney Channel app.
Disney VP of Original Programming, Adam Bonnett, had this to say about the show's success:
“The series swiftly became a favorite of kids and their parents, many of whom grew up with ‘Boy Meets World.' We’re looking forward to watching Riley Matthews and Maya Hart make the world their own, as Cory and Topanga teach them life lessons along the way.”
Production on Girl Meets World season 2 begins in November.
NBC has canceled its pirate drama Crossbones after just one season.
Despite earning a fair amount of critical praise throughout its first season on the high seas of network television, the John Malkovich-led show failed to sustain a healthy viewership following its strong debut. In fact, the remainder of season 1's episodes averaged only about half of the viewers who tuned in for the premiere, leading to a rather unceremonious two-part finale last Saturday (Aug. 2).
Fans would have certainly loved another season with Malkovich's Blackbeard, but genre lovers still have another swashbuckling drama to dive into in the meantime, as Starz's Black Sails prepares for its season 2 premiere early next year.
Source: TV Line
To further promote the home video release of Muppets Most Wanted, Disney recently launched a six-part digital series titled Disney Drive-On with the Muppets online. Check out the first episode below.
While it appears the digital series is in no way connected to the potential TV reboot Muppets Most Wanted co-writer Nicholas Stoller talked about a few months back, it will keep the lovable and original characters in viewers' consciousness - that is, if they can track the new series down. As of its August 1 release, the show can only be seen through the app Disney Movies Anywhere, which is available exclusively for Apple users.
Those with access to the app will get all six short Drive-On episodes, which center on the new boss of the Muppets' Hollywood offices, Pepe the King Prawn, and "new guy" Walter who is tasked with low-level jobs, but quickly learns that there are big moves to be made for the Walt Disney Studios.
Disney Drive-On with the Muppets is available now via the Disney Movies Anywhere app, and Muppets Most Wanted comes to DVD and Blu-ray on August 12, 2014.
Production resumed on The Big Bang Theory season 8 this week, after three of its stars reached new contract agreements with studio Warner Bros. Television.
Prolonged negotiations between the studio and stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco delayed production on CBS' hit comedy for a week, but after inking new hefty deals, the three actors - whose previous contracts expired in May - are back to work.
It's unclear if the delay will shorten season 8 by a single episode from the show's standard 24 (each episode takes about three weeks to complete), but what is clear is that both sides are happy to finalize negotiations and get back to work on the mega hit sitcom, which has been TV's most watched comedy since the 2010-11 season, and earlier this year, earned a three-year renewal through season 10.
Series co-creator Chuck Lorre didn't take issue with the contract holdouts, telling THR earlier this month:
"There are people at Warner Brothers Television and people representing the actors who have done this before. This will work itself out. I think it's great; I want them all to be crazy wealthy because nobody deserves it more than this cast. It'll work out."
The Big Bang Theory season 8 will premiere this fall.