This Week in TV:
The CW gives us a look at Supernatural season 9, via a promo image; Connie Nielsen (Boss) joins the cast of The Following for season 2; TNT announces a Falling Skies video game; the creators of Bones and Rubicon team for a romantic detective drama called Noone; CBS buys a pilot from Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (Bad Teacher, Trophy Wife) titled Gorgeous Morons; and CBS also unveils plans for a medical drama based on The Wizard of Oz.
With Supernatural's much-anticipated season 9 premiere right around the corner, we're getting a first look at the new season, via a recently-released promotional image, which you can check out below.
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It may not be much, but seeing the show's three stars - Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester), Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester), and Misha Collins (Castiel) - armed and ready to take on any and all of season 9's demonic foes has to whet fans' appetites for more of The CW's thrilling adventure series this fall.
Season 9 will certainly feature some surprises, as well as new characters - including the warrior angel Ezekiel (played by Tahmoh Penikett) - but it will also bring back fan favorite Bobby (Jim Beaver), which should only ratchet up the excitement for the show's return.
Tune in to the Supernatural season 9 premiere on October 8, 2013 on The CW.
Source: The CW (via Zap2It)
Nielsen will play Lily Gray, a Soho art dealer who finds herself in trouble and is aided by Ryan (Kevin Bacon). Eventually, the two become romantically involved, which only causes more problems for her.
This casting news obviously raises more questions about Natalie Zea's future on the series. Zea - whose character Claire may or may not have met her demise in the season 1 finale - has already signed on for season 2, but with Nielsen on board as Ryan's new love interest, it's unclear if Zea will return in a recurring or full-time role, or if she will only shoot a couple of scenes.
We'll have to see how everything plays out when The Following returns to FOX on January 14, 2013.
Source: TV Line
Video game publisher Little Orbit and TNT have partnered to develop Falling Skies video games.
The publisher and the network made a deal this week to collaborate on a game that will directly tie in to the popular alien-invasion series. The first game of a potential series will be available on multiple consoles in late 2014 and will weave itself into the existing universe of the show, while also featuring voice acting from the actual cast.
While video game tie-ins to currently on-air series are still relatively new, Falling Skies isn't the first show to attempt to develop a more interactive relationship with its audience. Syfy's Defiance also co-exists with a game of the same name - both of which have a real effect on the outcome of the other. It's unclear if the Falling Skies game will do the same, or simply act as a new way for fans to experience the world of the show, but there's no doubt that both Little Orbit and TNT are excited about the partnership.
Said Tricia Melton, Senior Vice President of Entertainment Marketing and Branding for TNT, about the game:
"Each summer, Falling Skies has drawn viewers into its fantastic tale of survival in the face of a catastrophic alien invasion. Through the new line of games from Little Orbit, fans will be able to immerse themselves in the Falling Skies universe all year round."
Falling Skies the game will be released on mobile devices this holiday season and on multiple consoles in 2014, while the TV series will return to TNT in the summer of 2014 for season 4.
Bones creator Hart Hanson and Rubicon creator Jason Horwitch are teaming up to develop a new detective drama for FOX titled Noone.
Horwitch is currently writing the show, which is described as a story of redemption, martial arts and romance set in San Francisco. It is a character-driven drama that follows a female police detective and her unlikely ally.
With the show still in the earliest stages of development, we don't have a lot of details at the moment, but it sounds like a police procedural with an romantic twist - something not all that dissimilar to a show like Hanson's Bones, which is entering season 9 this year. Since Bones may not continue much longer, it's possible that FOX will try to fill the impending void and take aim at the same demographic with this new series.
We'll pass along more info on Noone as it comes in.
CBS has ordered a comedy pilot titled Gorgeous Morons, a multi-camera show from the writing and producing team of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (Bad Teacher).
The new show - which was originally being developed at ABC Studios - was sold to CBS as a put pilot commitment earlier this week. It will center on two stunning handsome, but very dumb brothers who have their lives turned upside down by their new roommate, who happens to be an attractive and intelligent woman. Along with Eisenberg and Stupnitsky, former Office head writer Danny Chun is serving as a co-creator and will write the pilot episode.
Eisenberg and Stupnitsky usually work only as a duo, but with three of their shows already having been ordered to series this year, they didn't have time to write and develop the show themselves and decided to enlist the services of Chun, whom they worked with on The Office. Eisenberg and Stupnitsky are also responsible for Bad Teacher (CBS) - which is based on their film of the same name - Trophy Wife and Hello Ladies. Chun is working on the latter two as a writer as well.
We'll let you know if Eisenberg and Stupnitsky's hot streak continues when CBS decides whether to order Gorgeous Morons to series or not.
Surprisingly enough, CBS is developing a medical drama series based on The Wizard of Oz.
While we don't know much about the project yet, we're hearing that it will be a medical soap (possibly like Grey's Anatomy?) set in New York City. How the iconic story and its characters fit into all of this is still the biggest question.
At the outset, the show doesn't sound like network TV material, but there are some fairly big names already attached, including Elementary executive producers Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman and Emily Fox (Ghost Whisperer), who has been commissioned to write the pilot.
After seeing Oz the Great and Powerful score big at the box office earlier this year, the network might be figuring that the classic tale is making a comeback. So even though it seems like a strange idea, there may be some sound reasoning behind it.
We'll definitely be interested to see how this project shapes up and we'll be passing along more info as it becomes available.