This Week in TV:
Broad City season 3 trailer; Ted Raimi and Lee Majors join Ash Vs Evil Dead; Syfy renews The Magicians; Silicon Valley teaser; Veep teaser; Starz orders The White Princess; Maya Rudolph and Martin Shore variety show; Flaked official trailer; Master of None returns in 2017; Roadies teaser trailer; FOX orders Charity Case pilot; CBS orders I'm Not Your Friend pilot; Laura Dern joins untitled death row drama; USA orders Shooter; Mozart in the Jungle renewed; and Look Who's Back comes to Netflix.
Broad City Season Three - The BFFs are Back
Comedy Central has released the trailer for the upcoming third season of their hit comedy Broad City. The trailer indicates season 3 will be business as usual for Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, from discussions of gynecology in the park to a possible Grindr addiction. The trailer also offers a glance at some of the expected guest stars of the season, including NBA star Blake Griffin and actor Tony Danza. Though she doesn't appear in the trailer, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is confirmed to make an appearance at some point in the upcoming season.
Broad City has been nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for best comedy the last two years, with star Ilana Glazer also earning nominations for best actress. The series is easily one of the funniest (and raunchiest) comedies currently airing, leading to high expectations for season 3.
Broad City returns on February 17th, 2016.
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Ted Raimi and Lee Majors join Ash Vs Evil Dead
The cast of Ash Vs Evil Dead will expand in the show's second season. The first new addition is Lee Majors (Raising Hope), set to portray Ash's father Brock Williams. The second will be a familiar face for fans of the Evil Dead films -- Ted Raimi. Raimi, who appeared in all three original Evil Dead films, will be playing Ash's childhood best friend Chet Kaminski.
The show's recently announced second season will feature the return of Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless as Ashley Williams and Ruby, respectively. The 10-episode season is expected to air sometime in 2016.
Syfy Renews The Magicians
Syfy recently renewed The Magicians for season 2. The hit series, based on Lev Grossman's novel of the same name, stars Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater, a graduate student chosen to attend Brakebills college for Magical Pedagogy. At Brakebills, students learn to become magicians, but Coldwater and the other new students soon learn that the fantastic world of magic isn't as optimistic as children's stories have told. It's not long before a malevolent entity from another world, known as The Beast, enters the school and poses a threat to all of the students.
The Magicians has enjoyed a successful debut on Syfy, averaging 1.7 million viewers per episode. The series is doing especially well among younger audiences, with the 18-34 demographic growing with each episode. Additionally, prior to its television debut, the first season was made available digitally from January 8 to January 25, drawing 6.7 million viewers in that time (though there's no indication all 6.7 million viewers watched the show to completion).
The Magicians airs on Syfy on Monday nights at 9:00 p.m. EST.
Silicon Valley season three teaser
HBO has released the first teaser for the upcoming third season of Silicon Valley. The Emmy-winning comedy examines startup culture and the pitfalls of trying to build a company among fierce competition and ceaseless innovation. The third season will deal with the fallout of the season two finale, when Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) lost control of his company Pied Piper.
The series stars Middleditch alongside T.J. Miller, Martin Starr, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, and Amanda Crew. For those who can't wait for the April premiere of season 3, check out Firefox co-founder Blake Ross' spec script for the new season.
Silicon Valley season three premieres on HBO on April 24th, 2016.
Veep Season Five Teaser
HBO has also released a new teaser for Veep season 5, the Emmy-winning comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Louis-Dreyfus plays Selina Meyer, the former U.S. Vice President who becomes president after her predecessor steps down. Season 4 saw Meyer running for another term, only to be stalled by an unprecedented tie in the electoral college between herself and Senator O'Brien (Brad Leleand).
The fifth season looks to be just as chaotic as previous seasons. With showrunner Armando Iannucci no longer involved with the series, there was a question of whether the show could retain its high quality. The teaser, though brief, seems to indicate it's business as usual for the cast and crew of Veep.
Veep returns to HBO on April 24th, 2016.
Starz orders The White Princess
The White Princess, the long-awaited sequel to the acclaimed miniseries The White Queen, has finally received a greenlight from Starz. The series tells the story of England's War of the Roses, but from the perspective of the women involved at the time. The White Princess sees the conclusion of the war, along with the rise of the House of Tudor through the marriage of Princess Elizabeth of York and King Henry Tudor. Their union is an attempt at peace, but when her missing brother and heir to the crown Richard is rumored to be alive, Elizabeth must choose between her husband and her family.
Emma Frost, who wrote The White Queen, will return to serve as showrunner on the eight-episode limited series. The series is adapted from Philippa Gregory's novel of the same name, as well as some of The Cousins' War book series. The White Queen was a co-production between Starz and BBC, but the show didn't prove successful for the BBC. As such, the sequel is moving forward at Starz without BBC's involvement.
Maya Rudolph and Martin Short variety show greenlit
NBC has given the greenlight to a new variety show, co-hosted by Maya Rudolph and Martin Short. The series has been in the works since The Maya Rudolph Show, a primetime special event, aired back in 2014. Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels, who previously worked with both Rudolph and Short on SNL, is on board as an executive producer. Matt Roberts and Erin David (Late Show With David Letterman) will also serve as producers.
The series is tentatively titled Maya and Marty in Manhattan. The air date and number of episodes NBC has ordered is currently unknown.
Netflix Releases first Flaked trailer
Netflix has released the first trailer for their upcoming series Flaked, starring Will Arnett. The series follows Chip (Arnett), a recovering alcoholic and self-help guru living in Venice, California. Drama unexpectedly enters into his life when he falls for the same woman that his best friend Dennis (David Sullivan) is pursuing romantically. Netflix describes the series as "a dry, slice-of-life comedy."
The series is written by Arnett and Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret). Flaked sees Arnett team up once again with Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz, who serves as executive producer of the series. Arnett's relationship with Netflix also continues to grow, as the actor reprised his role as Gob Bluth in the Netflix-produced Arrested Development season four and voices the titular character in the Netflix original Bojack Horseman.
Flaked launches on Netflix on March 11, 2016.
Master of None season two coming in 2017
Master of None Season 2 coming 2017. Thanks for all the support everyone!! pic.twitter.com/LSxo7dEVQ1
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) February 11, 2016
Aziz Ansari, co-creator and star of Master of None, confirmed that season 2 of the series will arrive on Netflix in 2017. All signs indicated that Netflix would order a second season if the creators wanted to pursue it, but both Ansari and his co-creator Alan Yang indicated they wanted to take their time developing season 2. Considering that, development is likely in the earliest stages and its unknown if the second season will pick up directly after the events of the season 1 finale.
Master of None follows Dev (Ansari), an actor largely known for his work on commercials as he tries to improve his career and find love in New York City. The series serves as a vehicle for Ansari to tell a personal story, focused on the search for romance in the modern age. While the central plot of the show revolves around a growing relationship, the series explores a number of important themes -- from feminism to racial stereotyping in Hollywood.
Master of None season 1 is now available on Netflix.
Source: Aziz Ansari
Roadies Teaser Trailer
Showtime has released the first teaser trailer for their upcoming series Roadies from Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous). The series will follow a fictional band as they tour the country, with a focus on those who do most of their work behind the scenes. Check out the official description below:
"'Roadies' gives an insider's look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of "roadies" who live for music and the de facto family they've formed along the way. The music-infused ensemble comedy series chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music's unsung heroes and puts the spotlight on the backstage workers who put the show on the road while touring the United States for a successful arena-level band."
The series will mark Cameron Crowe's first foray into television, though it looks to explore similar themes to the writer's Oscar-winning film Almost Famous. Roadies stars Luke Wilson (Idiocracy), Carla Gugino (Wayward Pines), Imogen Poots (Need for Speed), and Luis Guzman (Narcos).
Roadies premieres June 26th, 2016.
FOX Orders Charity Case pilot
FOX has given a pilot order to Charity Case, a new comedy series starring Courteney Cox (Friends). Cox will play Hailey, a recent widow who inherits a charity from her late husband. Running the charity proves much harder than anticipated and Hailey will soon learn that changing the world isn't a glamorous job.
The Office writer Robert Padnick wrote the script for the pilot, which will be directed by James Griffiths (Galavant). The single-camera comedy will be a co-production between ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox TV. Cox, Griffiths, and Padnick will all serve as executive producers.
CBS orders I'm Not Your Friend Pilot
CBS has given a pilot order to I'm Not Your Friend, a new sitcom starring Matt LeBlanc, another Friends alum. LeBlanc will star as a contract worker who discovers how difficult it is to raise his children when his wife goes back to work. The multicamera comedy comes from That '70s Show writers Jeff and Jackie Filgo.
The pilot comes with a commitment penalty for LeBlanc, meaning if CBS does not order the show to series, the network will have to pay Leblanc a substantial fee. The is the second series LeBlanc is associated with since signing on to be a co-host of Top Gear.
Laura Dern joins untitled HBO drama
Laura Dern (Jurassic Park) has joined an untitled HBO drama from the Oscar-winning documentary film maker Alex Gibney. Dern will play a court-appointed psychiatrist, charged with analyzing prisoners on death row and determining if they are sane enough for a state execution. Gibney, who will write and direct the project, is familiar with the topic after serving as an executive producer on CNN's documentary series Death Row Stories.
Gibney released the following statement:
"I am thrilled to be embarking on this dramatic journey with Laura and Jayme. It's an opportunity to shine a light on a dark and brutal corner of our justice system with a series of illuminating conversations that explore the best and worst of what it means to be human."
The series marks the director's first fictionalized work. Dern will serve alongside Gibney as an executive producer, also joined by Jayme Lemons (Enlightened).
USA orders Shooter TV series
USA has given the greenlight to Shooter, a television series based on the Mark Wahlberg film of the same name as well as the novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter. The series will star Ryan Phillippe (Secrets and Lies) as Bob Lee Swagger, a former Marine living in isolation. He's coaxed out of retirement after a threat to the president, but Swagger is betrayed and ends up framed for the attempt on the man's life. Using his sharpshooting skills, Swagger must prove his innocence by avoiding capture and hunt down the real traitors.
The series will also star Omar Epps (House) as a Secret Service agent who was once Swagger's commanding officer. The series is a co-production from Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions. John Hlavin (The Shield) wrote the script for the pilot and will serve as executive producer alongside Mark Wahlberg.
Mozart in the Jungle renewed
— Mozart in the Jungle (@MITJAmazon) February 9, 2016
Amazon has renewed Mozart in the Jungle for season 3. The series, based on Blair Tindall's critically-acclaimed memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music, stars Gael Garcia Bernal as the conductor of the New York Symphony Orchestra. The aim of the show is to explore the politics, creativity, and dedication of those involved with the orchestra.
Joe Lewis, Head of Half Hour Series at Amazon Studios, said the following:
"'Mozart in the Jungle' bursts with creativity and passion, and offers audiences something truly unique. Amazon is proud to have two of the most risky and enthralling comedy series on television today."
The second series Lewis is referring to is the award-winning series Transparent. The renewal of Mozart doesn't come as much of a surprise, as the series won big at this year's Golden Globes -- taking home the awards for Best Comedy Series and Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Bernal. Last year, Transparent took home the awards in those same categories, making Amazon Studios the first streaming service to take home those awards back-to-back with two different series.
Look Who's Back coming to Netflix
Look Who's Back, a comedy about Adolf Hitler, is officially coming to Netflix. The film sees Hitler, played by newcomer Oliver Masucci, waking up in a vacant lot in Berlin in the modern day with no memory of what's happened since 1945. He has difficulties accepting how different his beloved country has become and grows angry that nobody believes he's the real Adolf Hitler. This eventually leads to him posting angry rants on the Internet, achieving moderate celebrity status.
The film is based on the popular Timur Vermes novel of the same name. The film saw limited release, airing only in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Japan, and Taiwan. However, the book has found success in over 40 countries, encouraging the acquisition by Netflix for their global audience.
Look Who's Back comes to Netflix on April 9th, 2016.
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