This Week in TV:
HBO's Veep and TNT's Dallas earn season 3 renewals; writer/producer Michael Taylor exits Syfy's new series Defiance; Fringe actor John Noble releases a short film produced by the show's cast and crew; The Killing season 3 will introduce a serial killer villain; and Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) has been cast in Will Ferrell's IFC miniseries The Spoils of Babylon.
HBO has announced that political comedy Veep will be returning for season 3.
Though it hasn't become the ratings monster that Game of Thrones is, Veep season 2 has continued to put up solid, consistent viewer numbers. Last week's episode drew 1.3 million viewers, as the show continues to benefit from its popular lead-in, GOT - which scored a ratings high last week as well.
Veep was most likely renewed on the show's own merits, but it's also possible that HBO doesn't want to tinker in the slightest with its powerful Sunday lineup.
Be sure to check out Veep every Sunday @10pm on HBO for all the hilarity surrounding fictional Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus).
TNT announced this week that it has renewed popular drama Dallas for season 3.
Not all TV reboots are created equal, but Dallas is one that has not only survived, but thrived over at TNT, with season 2 drawing 3.8 million viewers per episode. Despite losing iconic actor Larry Hagman - who passed away from cancer at age 81 - the network is confident Dallas can continue to deliver its signature brand of salacious drama to fans with season 3. Said Michael Wright, president of TNT programming:
" 'Dallas' has built a passionately loyal following with its expertly woven storylines, clever twists and turns, and numerous outstanding performances by a cast that spans generations. Although we said goodbye to Larry Hagman and his iconic character J.R. Ewing this year, 'Dallas' has many more stories left to tell, and the Ewing clan will continue to honor J.R.'s memory by keeping its audience surprised and delighted."
TNT has ordered 15 episodes for season 3, which are slated to air in early 2014. Be sure to tune in then to catch up on the rivalries, betrayals and backstabbings of the Ewing family when Dallas returns.
Even though Syfy's Defiance is only three episodes into its first season, writer/producer Michael Taylor has already exited the show.
It's not clear whether Taylor left the show of his own accord or if he was forced out, but his departure certainly comes at a strange time, considering the show's decent ratings and mostly positive reception seem to have it on track for a season 2 renewal.
However, it's possible that the network is simply looking to make cuts wherever it can. Defiance is one of the most ambitious and expensive projects Syfy has undertaken and with two other writer/executive producers on board, it may have felt the show didn't need a third.
Still, that doesn't mean the show won't be impacted by Taylor's departure. Though he wasn't the showrunner on Defiance, he did bring a lot of genre experience to the table, as well as a strong relationship (maybe not as strong now) with Syfy. Taylor has worked with the network for years on such shows as Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Voyager and Deep Space Nine.
Tune in to Syfy every Monday @9pm to see where Defiance takes us in season 1.
Fringe has sadly come to an end, but its cast and crew has unveiled a little treat for fans in the form of a short film that was produced during a break while the show was wrapping its season finale.
The short (titled "Friend") features John Noble, who played Dr. Walter Bishop on Fringe, as a lonely man who befriends a smiley face balloon. Noble was touched by the script, which was written by his daughter, and after showing it to some of his co-workers, they agreed to help him make it. Said Noble:
"The amazing thing about 'Friend' was our entire production team was made up of 'Fringe' crew. That's what made it such a unique and personal project. Our director was Fringe director of photography David Geddes; our editor was Ari Margolis, who created Fringe's wonderful online trailers; and our original music was composed by Jeremy Little, who contributed that wonderful cover of 'If I Only Had A Brain' heard in 'The Firefly' episode from Season 3. The cameramen, grips, lighting, sound, catering, script supervisor, makeup, hair, wardrobe, props — they all came from the 'Fringe' family and brought this project to life. Jasika Nicole even designed and handmade the paper flowers used in the film. It was a family project in every sense."
More of Noble's immediate family got involved as well. Not only did his daughter write the script, but Noble's wife Penny also appears as "Balloon Seller" toward the end and the two share a moment onscreen together.
It's a good sign for fans of Fringe that the cast and crew is so tight-knit. Maybe they'll do something together again in the future? There are certainly many who would love to see that happen.
Source: TV Guide
AMC revealed one major detail about The Killing's third season this week - that it will feature a serial killer as its central villain in the brand new case.
After the network canceled the show following season 2, viewers assumed The Killing was dead, but the network has since un-canceled the show, bringing it back for season 3 with a new case, a new story arc and a new villain that could help reinvigorate the series.
That new villain will be a serial killer, who has claimed 17 victims and counting, according to this recently released poster advertisement that also features a female victim:
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Here's what AMC's Executive VP of Marketing, Linda Schupack, had to say about the new season and the poster:
“We really wanted to reach out and grab people. We wanted the ad to be graphic and bold and stylish. The story is about a serial killer, but at the same time we also wanted to capture the humanity of the story — which I think sets it apart from other cop dramas. You really feel for the characters, particularly the victims.”
After the season 1 finale angered some viewers by not concluding the murder case of Rosie Larsen, the producers are promising that season 3 will come to a resolution. We'll have to see if they stay true to their word and if Sarah Linden can catch this new villain.
Season 3 of The Killing will premiere on June 2nd, 2013 on AMC.
Two months ago, we first heard that the comedy duo of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (Step Brothers) would be headed to television with The Spoils of Babylon and this week they added another partner in crime by casting Haley Joel Osment, who is best known for his Oscar-nominated role in The Sixth Sense.
The six-episode miniseries on IFC will chronicle the sexy and dramatic lives of the Morehouse family, who made their fortune in the oil business. The show will center on adopted orphan Devon, played by Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man), who rises to power within the business, eventually running it with his sister Cynthia (Ferrell's character's biological daughter), who is played by Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), even though the two siblings continuously fight feelings for one another.
Osment will play Winston, the devilish son of Cynthia, who inherits the reckless ambition for power from his mother and begins to establish himself in the business as well.
If all of this sounds a bit ridiculous, that's because it is. But what else would we expect from something produced by McKay and Ferrell? The Osment casting definitely comes out of left field, considering we haven't seen much of him in recent years - but left field is where McKay and Ferrell love to operate. This should be a trip. We'll see how it turns out.
There is no premiere date yet for The Spoils of Babylon, but we expect to see it sometime later this year on IFC.