USA is betting big on “Mr. Robot”.
The cable network has renewed its upcoming hacker drama for a second season hours before its series premiere tonight.
The decision for the early renewal comes after 2.7 Million people had checked out the pilot which was put up online on May 27.
“We knew from the moment we read Sam Esmail’s provocative script, and witnessed the brilliant performances of Rami Malek and Christian Slater, that “Mr. Robot” is a stand-out series that is unlike anything currently on television,” said USA Network President Chris McCumber in a statement. “The overwhelmingly positive fan reactions to the pilot and the broad sampling of it, reaffirms our confidence in the series, and we’re excited to see where this timely drama will take us for season two.”
“Sam Esmail has captured and distilled our ongoing cultural conversation about identity, privacy, value and self-worth,” said Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We are all talking about the central themes of “Mr. Robot” – Sam has just done it in a completely original and uniquely compelling way.”
Lizzie Borden just got the axe.
Lifetime has decided not to bring back “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles” for a second season, TVLine reports.
The drama starring Christina Ricci was spun off Lifetime’s original movie “Lizzie Borden Took An Axe” for eight episodes, which were labeled a “limited series”. Turns out that “limited” was indeed the keyword.
The CW has announced its fall premiere dates today, and it looks like the network once again chooses the month of October to get back into business.
Sophomore seasons of “The Flash” and “iZombie” start on Tuesday, October 6. And from then on, every CW show debuts night after night, aside from “Jane the Virgin” and the series premiere of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, which both get a later start on October 19.
But see for yourself.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
8:00-10:00pm IHEARTRADIO FESTIVAL NIGHT ONE
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
8:00-10:00pm IHEARTRADIO FESTIVAL NIGHT TWO
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6
8:00-9:00pm THE FLASH (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm IZOMBIE (Season Premiere)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7
8:00-9:00pm ARROW (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm SUPERNATURAL (Season Premiere)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
8:00-9:00pm THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm THE ORIGINALS (Season Premiere)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9
8:00-9:00pm REIGN (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL CYCLE 22
MONDAY, OCTOBER 19
8:00-9:00pm CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm JANE THE VIRGIN (Season Premiere)
FOX will get very mysterious next year.
The network has bought the US rights to “Houdini & Doyle”, a 10-episode mystery drama initially commissioned by UK channel ITV Encore. Global will air it in Canada.
Michael Weston (“House”) and Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”) are set to topline the project centering on two great men of the 20th Century – Harry Houdini (Weston), master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker; and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Mangan), prolific writer, creator of “Sherlock Holmes” and paranormal aficionado – grudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate unsolved and inexplicable crimes with a supernatural slant.
Canadian actress Rebecca Liddiard has also joined the cast, playing Constable Adelaide Stratton, the first female constable ever to work for the London Metropolitan Police Force. Stephen Hopkins will direct the series.
“I’ve long been intrigued by both Houdini and Doyle; men who were ahead of their time, each fascinating in their own right. But the idea that these two, seemingly so different, could have been friends is almost too perfect,” said executive producer David Shore (“House”) in a statement. “In Michael and Stephen, we have found two incredible actors that embody the intelligence, humor and mystique of these men who, even when viewed through the lens of history, are larger than life.”
ITV Encore will air “Houdini & Doyle” in Spring 2016, with FOX following suit later in the same year.
And here are two more things from lately which I hadn’t had time to post yet.
– ABC Family has announced the cast of its upcoming supernatural drama “Beyond”. Per the press release ““Beyond” is a one-hour drama about a young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new supernatural abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy.”
Callan McAuliffe (“Homeland,” “The Great Gatsby”) leads the series as Holden, who wakes up in a hospital not realizing he’s been in a coma for 12 years – emotionally still a teenager, physically an adult, and possibly in possession of supernatural powers. Jordan Calloway (“Switched at Birth,” “Recovery Road”) portrays Holden’s childhood best friend, Kevin, now a therapist, who is haunted by guilt after the incident that put Holden in a coma. Dilan Gwyn (“DaVinci’s Demons”) stars as Willa, a beautiful woman who appears to be interested in Holden and who warns him he is in great danger. Romy Rosemont (“Glee,” “The Fosters”) plays Holden’s mother, Diane, who has refused to give up on Holden throughout his coma and now is determined to protect him. Michael McGrady (“Ray Donovan”) costars as Holden’s father, Tom, who is emotionally withdrawn after his son’s ordeal and defers to his wife, Diane. Burkely Duffield (“The Tomorrow People”) rounds out the cast as Holden’s clever younger brother, Luke, who grew up in the shadow of his brother’s tragedy and is now faced with a brother who knows less about the world than he does.
– Elvis Nolasco and Richard Cabral have signed on to return as regulars for the upcoming second season of “American Crime” on ABC, Deadline
reports. Hit the link to find out what insight series creator John Ridley offered on the characters they will play and the general premise of the new season.
Fresh off her starring role in ABC’s canceled drama “Forever”, Alana De La Garza has already lined up her next project.
The actress is set for a recurring role on the second season of CBS’ hit drama “Scorpion”, per Deadline. De La Garza will the smart, tough and driven new Head of Homeland Security who needs the Scorpion team to be successful – question is, for the team or for herself?
For more spoiler-y info on her character and how it affects the core team at the beginning of the season, hit the link above.
Julian McMahon, best known for battling serial killers on “Profiler”, battling witches on “Charmed” and battling human imperfections on “Nip/Tuck” will now battle something else: Aliens.
Deadline reports that McMahon has joined “Hunters”, Syfy’s 13-episode straight-to-series drama from “The Walking Dead” co-producer Gale Ann Hurd.
In the story about the disappearance of a decorated Philadelphia cop’s (Nathan Phillips) wife, which leads him to a secret government unit assembled to hunt a group of ruthless terrorists — shadowy figures that may or may not be from this world, McMahon plays McCarthy, an unhinged junkie and Hunter cell leader with a predilection for house music and violence. Britne Oldford has been previously cast in the project.
NBC has released a new teaser for its upcoming fall series “Heroes Reborn”, which will premiere on Thursday, September 24.
Check it out below!
Yesterday was a crazy day, so I had to postpone everything a bit. This is what happened in terms of “smaller news” since my last update.
– Per Deadline, Molly Bernard has been upped to series regular on TV Land’s “Younger” for its second season. Bernard recurred as Lauren Hiller during the first season.
– ABC Family announced hat Noah Centineo will replace Jake T. Austin on “The Fosters”. Austin originated the role of Jesus, Mariana’s twin brother. After Jesus had an accident at the end of season 2. Most – including Austin – believed Jesus had died, so Austin moved on. Turns out the boy is alive, and has now found a new face in Centineo, who will join the series as a regular in the second half of season 3, to be aired in 2016.
– David Ajala has been tapped to lead the cast in USA’s upcoming pilot “Falling Water”, per Deadline.
The project is described as a mind-bending thriller intersecting reality and unconscious thoughts. It centers of three unrelated people who slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream. Each is on a quest for something that can only be found in their subconscious. However, the more they begin to use the dream world as a tool to advance their hidden agendas, they realize that their visions are trying to tell them something and that their very real lives are at stake.
Ajala will play Burton, the head of in-house security for a multinational investment banking firm whose personal and professional paranoia collide when an investigation into financial malfeasance at the firm leads to a backlash that engulfs his love life.
And here’s some bad news for the fans of the man who likes his people for dinner – literally.
NBC has officially canceled “Hannibal” today The show is currently airing its third (and therefore final) season.
Here’s the network’s statement:
“We have been tremendously proud of ‘Hannibal’ over its three seasons. Bryan and his team of writers and producers, as well as our incredible actors, have brought a visual palette of storytelling that has been second to none in all of television — broadcast or cable. We thank Gaumont and everyone involved in the show for their tireless efforts that have made ‘Hannibal’ an incredible experience for audiences around the world.”
“Hannibal” creator Bryan Fuller had this to say of his show’s demise:
“NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared, and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancellation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards & Practices enforcers. Jen Salke and her team have been fantastic partners and creatively supportive beyond measure. HANNIBAL is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.”
The show had opened to lower ratings, and since the third season has been held for summer, rumors of it being the last season had been emerging. Now it’s official.
TVLine reports quite the catch ABC made when it has acquired movie star and “Punk’d” mastermind Ashton Kutcher to guest star on an upcoming season seven episode of “Shark Tank”.
According to the article, Kutcher will be a “guest shark”. Hit the link above to find out what that is, exactly.
TVLine reports today that Christina Ricci has landed the starring role in Amazon’s scripted pilot “Z”, which centers on novelist Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Nothing more is known at this point.
When the season 10 finale of “Criminal Minds” aired back in May, it was of little surprise to everyone that Kate Callahan was leaving BAU.
Word that Jennifer Love Hewitt would make her stay on CBS’ veteran procedural “Criminal Minds” a one-season endeavour leaked quite a bit before her exit actually aired. All that was left was the question of who would fill the void.
The answer is here.
Aisha Tyler, who starred with Hewitt on “Ghost Whisperer” back in its first season, has been tapped to replace her erstwhile co-star. But here’s the twist:
Tyler won’t be added as a series regular, per a report from EW.com, she is set as a recurring character.
Tyler will play Dr. Tara Lewis, a psychologist with an eye on forensic psychology and its application toward the criminal justice system. Her dream was to study psychopaths up close and personal – and her psychology background, combined with her experience in the FBI, brought her face-to-face with monsters. Her job was to stare them down and interview them, in order to determine if they were fit to stand trial. In the process, she made herself find the humanity inside these broken men (and, sometimes, women) in order to learn if there was a conscience behind their brutal crimes.
Aside from Hewitt, A.J. Cook will be missing about five episodes of the 11th season due to her second pregnancy. Word is that Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) will be interviewing several candidates before locking in Tara Lewis.
NBC has announced its fall premiere dates today.
The network is giving “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” an early bow on September 15, with anticipated “Heroes Reborn” launching on September 24.
Fans of “Grimm” have to wait a little longer for their favourite show to be back. It starts a day before Hallowwen, on October 30. Latest is newcomer “Chicago Med”. The “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” spinoff bows November 10.
Here’s the full list.
Thursday, Sept. 10
8:30 pm Sunday Night Football (Pittsburgh at New England)
Tuesday, Sept. 15
10 pm Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris
Monday, Sept. 21
8 pm The Voice
Wednesday, Sept. 23
8 pm The Mysteries of Laura
9 pm Law & Order: SVU (two-hour premiere)
Thursday, Sept. 24
8 pm HEROES REBORN
9 pm The Blacklist
10 pm THE PLAYER
Wednesday, Sept. 30
10-11 — CHICAGO P.D.
Friday, Oct. 9
8-9 — UNDATEABLE
Tuesday, Oct. 13
10-11 — CHICAGO FIRE
Friday, Oct. 16
8:30-9 — PEOPLE ARE TALKING
Friday, Oct 30
9-10 — GRIMM
Tuesday, Nov. 10
10-11 — CHICAGO MED
A few bits from the last days that haven’t made it here yet.
– Denis O’Hare will be back for more “American Horror Story”, co-creator Ryan Murphy revealed in an interview with Deadline. No word yet on what kind of part he will play in the upcoming fifth season of FX’ anthology series, labeled “Hotel”.
– Per Deadline, Alistair Petrie and Douglas Hodge have both been added to the cast of AMC’s eight-episode event series “Night Manager”, per Deadline. In the story about a British soldier (Tom Hiddleston) who became an auditor at a prestigious hotel who ends up entangled in an operation to apprehend an international arms dealer (Olivia Coleman, “Broadchurch”). Hugh Laurie, Tom Hollander, and Elizabeth Debicki also star. “Night Manager”, directed by Susanne Bier, is co-produced by BBC One, which will air the series in the UK.
For loyal viewers, this might not come as a big surprise.
Shalita Grant, who played undercover ATF Special Agent Sonja Percy in four episodes of the first season, and Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, who recurred as Investigative Computer Specialist Patton Plame on “NCIS: New Orleans”, have both been upped to series regulars for the upcoming second season, Deadline reports.
They join regulars Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, Rob Kerkovich and CCH Pounder on the CBS procedural in the fall.
Netflix has given a series order to “Lady Dynamite”, a new single-camera comedy series starring Maria Bamford (“Golan The Insatiable”, “Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”) from “Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz. The order is for 13 half-hour episodes.
According to the press release, the series is “based on what she has accepted to be ‘her life.’ The occasionally surreal episodes, refracted across multiple periods inspired by the actor/comedian’s life, tell the story of a woman who loses – and then finds – her s**t.”
“Lady Dynamite” will be executive produced by Pam Brady, Hurwitz and Bamford.
AMC has just released a new First Look Promo at the August 25 series premiere of “Fear The Walking Dead”.
Check it out below!
Russell Tovey (“Looking”) can stop looking for a new gig.
The actor has joined a cast that includes Tom Hiddleston (“Thor”, “The Avengers”) Hugh Laurie (“House”), Katherine Kelly (“Mr. Selfridge”), David Harewood (“Homeland”) and Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”) for “Night Manager”, an AMC event series based on John Le Carré’s post-Cold War novel of the same name from 1993, according to TVLine.
The story centers on a British soldier (Hiddleston) who became an auditor at a prestigious hotel who ends up entangled in an operation to apprehend an international arms dealer (Olivia Coleman, “Broadchurch”). Tovey will play a spy named Ogilvey.
“Night Manager” will be written by David Farr (“Spooks”) and is said to be six to eight episodes long. AMC produces in conjunction with BBC One, which will air it in the UK.
FX has released a first small teaser for its upcoming second season of “Fargo”, which will star Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, along with Ted Danson, Patrick Wilson, Nick Offerman and Jean Smart.
Check it out below!