This Week in TV:
We get a first look at the Veronica Mars movie, via some set photos; learn that Liv Tyler has been cast in the Damon Lindelof pilot The Leftovers; hear that John Hurt has joined the cast of FX's pilot The Strain; discover that Showtime has hired Juan Antonio Bayona to direct the first two episodes of its new series Penny Dreadful; learn that a massive flood on the set of Hell On Wheels has delayed production on season 3; and find out that Person of Interest seasons 1 and 2 are now available via digital download.
The long-awaited Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars film started shooting this month and we're getting a first look the project via some recently released set photos.
The photos feature Veronica (Kristen Bell) and Logan (Jason Dohring) chatting outside of something called the "09ER club." We're not sure exactly what's going on in the scene or where it takes place in the movie, but it should be exciting for fans to finally see the stars on set shooting a movie that's finally getting made after years of mere hope and speculation.
The plot of the film will center on Veronica's 10-year high school reunion and her first P.I. case in nine years, which will involve the murder of Logan's pop-star girlfriend, for which he is implicated. Of course, fans of the series will remember that Logan was often falsely accused of heinous crimes - even murder - so this plot point won't be out of the ordinary.
So far, we've only seen Bell and Dohring on set, but many of the series regulars are signed on to return for the film - including Tina Majorino (Mac), Daran Norris (Cliff), Francis Capra (Weevil), Chris Lowell (Piz), Percy Daggs III (Wallace), Ryan Hansen (Dick), Krysten Ritter (Gia), Amanda Noret (Madison), and Enrico Colantoni (Keith) - so as the production moves along, we'll be on the lookout for sightings of viewers' favorite characters.
There is no set release date yet for the Veronica Mars movie, but we should expect to see it sometime next year as long as things keep running smoothly.
Source: Buzz Sugar
Damon Lindelof's HBO drama pilot The Leftovers has cast Liv Tyler (The Incredible Hulk), who will be working in television for the first time in her career.
Tyler is set to play a young engaged woman named Meg, who, in looking for an escape, becomes the target of an enigmatic cult. She joins a cast that includes Justin Theroux (Wanderlust) - who will play her fiance and the police chief of their small town - Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Ann Dowd (Compliance) and Amanda Warren (Seven Psychopaths).
The pilot - which Lindelof co-wrote with Tom Perrotta - is based on Perrota's 2011 novel of the same name, which tells the story of a Rapture-like event that causes people all over the globe to instantly vanish. The main part of the narrative takes place in a small town, which attempts to deal with the event's aftermath and the disappearance of a hundred people.
If the show was ordered to series, it would likely deviate from the source material in some ways, as Lindelof has said that even the pilot will introduce several original characters. And if the series lasts more than a few seasons, it's expected to explore more of the world outside of the town at the center of the book.
Since the project is still in the pilot stage, we won't be able to make too many comparisons to the book until it runs for several episodes. However, Tyler's character did end up joining the cult called the Guilty Remnant in the book. We'll have to wait and see how that plays out in the series - that is, if it gets picked up.
We'll be sure to send along more updates on The Leftovers and let you know if HBO decides to order it to series.
English actor John Hurt (Harry Potter) has joined the cast of FX's vampire-virus pilot titled The Strain.
Hurt will play Professor Abraham Setrakian, a Holocaust survivor and pawn shop owner who may have some answers to key questions regarding the outbreak of the virus. He will be joined by Corey Stoll (House of Cards) - who will play the story's lead character, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather - as well as Mia Maestro (Breaking Dawn), Jonathan Hyde (Titanic) and Richard Sammel (Inglorious Basterds).
The pilot - and potential series - is based on the first of a trilogy of books co-written by Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan. The show - produced by del Toro, Hogan and Carlton Cuse (Lost) - would tell the story of a disease outbreak that turns people into parasitic vampire-like creatures and a small team from the Center for Disease Control who attempt to stop it from spreading.
With a talented cast, powerful producers and a premise that brings The Walking Dead to mind - only with vampires instead of zombies - The Strain certainly has a lot going for it and at this point, seems to have a good chance of being ordered to series by FX.
We'll let you know if the network likes what they see from The Strain pilot and we'll continue to pass along more updates on the project as they come in.
Source: TV Line
Acclaimed Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona has been hired to direct the first two episodes of the upcoming Showtime series Penny Dreadful.
Bayona, who is best known for directing the 2007 horror film The Orphanage and 2012 drama The Impossible, will help kick off Showtime's new horror series, which will feature some of literature's most iconic horror characters, including Frankenstein and Dracula.
Though details on the new series are scarce, we've previously heard that the story could have to do with an elite team of famous monster hunters - including Van Helsing - as well as the origin stories of the monsters themselves in 19th century London.
The series, which is executive produced by Sam Mendes (Skyfall) and John Logan (Gladiator), seems to be built on familiar concepts (including the team-up and the crossover), but it's the combination of it all that's intriguing.
We'll likely learn more about Penny Dreadful when it begins production in London this fall.
After a torrential rainstorm caused flooding in several Calgary communities earlier this week, AMC made the decision to halt production on its hit Western drama Hell on Wheels, which films in the area. The main road leading to set and the set itself were flooded after the nearby Bow and Highwood rivers breached their banks, resulting in the evacuation of the cast and crew, which were in the middle of shooting episode 306.
Unfortunately, this is actually the second time the show's third season has encountered a delay. Last year, the network announced it would be putting production on hold after John Shiban dropped out as the series showrunner. Luckily, that delay didn't last long, as the network hired John Wirth (The Cape) to take over just days later, but this hiatus could be lengthier depending on the set's condition upon the crew's return.
Producers were originally hoping to resume filming Hell On Wheels season 3 sometime later this week, but at this point, there's no telling when conditions will be safe enough to restart production.
Photo by Hell On Wheels star Anson Mount
Though they are not currently available on Netflix instant streaming, seasons 1 and 2 of Person of Interest are now available to buy via digital download.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released the first two seasons of the show in standard and high definition formats on all major online digital retailers, including Amazon Instant Video and iTunes. Each complete season is expected to retail for $39.99 (SD) and $49.99 (HD), while individual episodes will retail for $1.99 (SD) and $2.99 (HD) each.
The J.J. Abrams-executive produced series is heading strong into season 3 as the third most-watched drama on TV. Abrams is hopeful that the show's availability in digital formats will help it gain new fans before the third season airs this fall.
Said Abrams, courtesy of a Warner Bros. press release:
“We are all excited that new and existing fans of 'Person of Interest' can finally catch up with the first two seasons.”
If you are not caught up yourself, check out Amazon and iTunes to download seasons 1 and 2 and be sure to tune in to season 3 when Person of Interest returns to CBS this fall.
Source: Warner Bros.