House of Cards, 12 Monkeys, and Men in Shorts

There is so much news! I probably should have done another post earlier in the week but I was so swamped with midterms (since I’m still in college) that I just didn’t have time. This honestly may have to be 3 posts. This is post 2/3.

-Sam Neill (Merlin, Peaky Blinders) has joined the cast of CBS’ The Dovekeepers, a four hour miniseries, based on the Alice Hoffman’s historical novel about extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. He will play Josephus, the somewhat controversial first-century Jewish scholar and historian. The Dovekeepers should premiere on CBS in 2015. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/sam-neill-star-cbs-dovekeepers-740346

-Victor Garber (Alias) has booked a guest-starring gig on CBS’ Blue Bloods. He will appear in the November 21 episode, as Donald Stein, a charismatic scion of a New York real estate dynasty who is also a highly respected Jewish leader. He is deeply disturbed by the recent murders of several prominent Jewish men in the city. Blue Bloods airs Fridays at 10/9c on CBS. http://tvline.com/2014/10/16/blue-bloods-season-5-casts-victor-garber/

Jenna Stern (Law & Order) is joining Netflix’s House of Cards for a multi-episode arc as an ambassador at the United Nations. http://tvline.com/2014/10/16/house-of-cards-season-3-spoilers-jenna-stern-cast/

-Netflix also stated that Lilyhammer will return for an eight-episode third season on November 21. http://deadline.com/2014/10/lilyhammer-season-3-premiere-november-netflix-852925/

-Hunter Parrish (Weeds) is appearing on Fox’s The Following in the upcoming third season, premiering in early 2015, as Kyle, one half of a “murderous” couple. Kyle and his girlfriend Daisy, played by Ruth Kearney (Tyrant) aren’t afraid to “go to extreme lengths to keep the spark alive in their relationship.” http://tvline.com/2014/10/14/the-following-season-3-spoilers-hunter-parrish-character-details/

-HBO has given a pilot order to Codes of Conduct, a provocative exploration of a young African-American man’s experience entering New York high society, with a past that may not be what it seems. Devon Terrell, who is new to the business, will star as Beverly Snow, a young man from Queens who is as talented as he is ambiguous. Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) co-wrote the pilot script alongside Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z). http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/steve-mcqueen-drama-lands-hbo-740712

-Chris Rock is set to host Saturday Night Live with musical guest Prince for the November 1 episode. Jim Carrey will host the November 25 episode with musical guest Iggy Azalea. http://www.thewrap.com/chris-rock-to-host-saturday-night-live-with-musical-guest-prince/

-ABC has closed a deal for Men In Shorts, a single-camera comedy inspired by the life of professional soccer player Robbie Rogers, who became the first openly gay man to compete in a top North American professional sports league. http://deadline.com/2014/10/robbie-rogers-comedy-series-gay-soccer-player-abc-843005/

-The CW is developing The Illusionist as a TV adapation. The 2006 film featuring Ed Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel is based on the short story “Eisenheim the Illusionist” by Steven Millhauser. The plot is set 100 years ago in Vienna and centers on a magician who uses his skills to woo a woman above his social standing. http://www.tvguide.com/News/CW-Illusionist-Mark-Hudis-1088068.aspx

-Syfy has taken on the graphic novel Dark Matter for a 13-episode drama to debut in 2015. The graphic novel centers on the crew of a derelict spaceship that is awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they go on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/syfy-stargate-producers-take-graphic-740985

-Lori Petty will appear in a multi-episode arc on Netflix’s third season of Orange Is the New Black. Her character, Lolly, was first introduced as the inmate who sat next to Piper (Taylor Shilling) on a plane in the series’ season 2 premiere. http://tvline.com/2014/10/09/orange-is-the-new-black-season-3-cast-lori-petty-lolly-return/

-Syfy has set a premiere date for 12 Monkeys. It will debut on Friday, January 16 at 9pm ET. Aaron Stanford (Nikita) will star as a time traveler from a decimated future, who journeys back to present day in a bid to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will pretty much annihilate the human race. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/09/syfy-12-monkeys-premiere-date/

-ABC has ordered full season orders for How to Get Away With Murder and Black-ish. The episodes have been increased to 15 and 22, respectively. http://deadline.com/2014/10/how-to-get-away-with-murder-blackish-full-season-1-orders-abc-848758/

Thanks for checking out my blog! Look for a third (and final) post coming shortly! 

-Dex 

 

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The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, You’re the Worst, and Utopia

black-ish has cast Jenifer Lewis (Meet the Browns, Strong Medicine) to play Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) overbearing mom in a recurring role. Lewis’ character Ruby is described as follows: “She smothers pork chops with gravy, Dre with love, and would like to flat out smother [Dre’s wife] Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), who feels the same way about her.” She will make her first appearance later this season. http://tvline.com/2014/09/30/black-ish-cast-jenifer-lewis-anthony-anderson-mother/

-Fox is remaking Big. Loosely based on the film, it will tell a new story that explores the line between being a kid and an adult–and how those things are more confused than ever in today’s world. Biegel (Cougar Town) and Royce (Men of a Certain Age) will write and executive produce the comedy, which has given a script commitment, and would potentially air as an event series. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/09/30/fox-big-remake-enlisted-producers/

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will set up shop at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix following NBC’s telecast of Super Bowl XLIX and a special episode of The Blacklist on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Following the game, Fallon will spend a week in Los Angeles from Feb 2-5–marking the Tonight Show’s first visit west since it returned to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York earlier this year. Shows will be taped at Universal Studios Hollywood. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tonight-show-sets-super-bowl-736769

-Yvonne Strahovski (24) has booked a series regular role on the ABC drama Astronaut Wives Club. She will play Rene Carpenter, who is married to Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter. A mother of four, she’s strong and upfront and enjoys the limelight but is and ready to use it for personal gain. The series will air spring 2015. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/yvonne-strahovski-star-abcs-astronaut-736923

-FX has renewed You’re The Worst and Married both for second seasons. Both of have renewed for 13-episode orders but You’re The Worst has been moved to FXX, while Married is staying on FX. http://deadline.com/2014/09/married-youre-the-worst-renewed-season-2-fx-fxx-843762/

-FX has also ordered comedy pilot Pariah from the guys behind It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The half-hour comedy stars Bill Burr (Breaking Bad) and is about a volatile TV personality Joe Abbott who is exiled from show business after an on-air meltdown and is forced to navigate society as a man with no apparent skills. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/01/fx-pariah-its-always-sunny-pilot/

-Netflix has ordered Kong–King of the Apes, an animated children’s series set in 2050 San Francisco. The series is a fresh take on the classic King Kong story, Alcatraz Island has been transformed into a natural history and marine preserve, but chaos ensues when Kong becomes public enemy No. 1. The villian that framed him unleashes an army of gigantic robotic dinosaurs on the world and Kong is the only creature strong enough to stop them. He enlists the help of three young humans, who risk their lives to help Kong evade capture. The 12 half-hours episodes will debut worldwide in 2016. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-orders-king-kong-animated-737206

-Fox has once again cut down on Utopia airings. From now on, the show will only air on Fridays (and has been yanked from Tuesday nights). Instead, Fox is going to launch the second season of Masterchef Junior in the Tuesday 8pm slot starting Nov 4. Next week, Fox will encore its Family Guy/Simpsons crossover episode in the time period, then have animated repeats the following week. Then Fox’s World Series coverage will take over the night until the premiere of Masterchef Junior, which was originally intended for Friday night. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/01/fox-pulls-utopia/

-USA Network has renewed drama Satisfaction but cancelled Rush. There has still been no word on the future of Playing House. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/usa-renews-drama-satisfaction-cancels-737421

-Disney has renewed Star Wars Rebels for second season on Disney XD. The series officially begins its first season on October 13 on Disney XD but tomorrow night (October 3) Disney Channel will broadcast a movie, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion ahead of the series. http://deadline.com/2014/10/disney-renew-star-wars-rebels-844725/

Thanks for checking out my blog!

-Dex