Humans, Supergirl, 11/22/63, True Detective and more!

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-AMC has picked up the UK’s show Humans, a co-production deal between Channel 4 and Xbox Entertainment Studios,  but was dropped by Xbox Entertainment Studios over the summer as part of Microsofts’s plan to cut 18,000 jobs. Channel 4 was looking for a U.S. partner and found it in AMC. Production of the sci-fi drama will start this fall for a 2015 premiere. The show is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’–a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences. The UK show is an adaptation of the Swedish series Real Humans

-CBS has given a series commitment to an hour-long drama about Kara Zor-El, the DC Comics heroines who escaped the planet Krypton amid its destruction. Having hid all this time on Earth the powers she share with “her famous cousin”, 24-year-old Kara decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and “be the here she was meant to be.” The pilot was penned by Ali Adler (No Ordinary Family) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow). The show will apparently be called Supergirl

-Hulu has placed a direct-to-series order for 11/22/63, a nine-hour adaptation of Stephen King’s time-travel novel about the Kennedy Assassination. The miniseries follows high school English teacher Jake Epping, who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. J.J. Abrams is also working on the project. A premiere has not been set yet.

-HBO has confirmed that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will star in the second season of True Detective. The official logline for the new season is, “Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.” They also confirmed the season season will be eight episodes and shoot in California with Justin Lin directing the first two episodes of the new season. Colin Farrell will play Ray Velcoro, “a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.” Vince Vaughn will play Frank Semyon, “a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.” True Detective will shoot later this fall. No premiere date is set but a summer return seems likely.

-Rachel McAdams is said to be locking down a lead role in season 2 of HBO’s True Detective. Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) is also rumored to be the last main cast member. Both Kitsch and McAdams are expected to play cops alongside Colin Farrell.

-Craig Robinson will return in Brooklyn Nine-Nine as the Pontiac Bandit. In the Christmas episode, which is slated to air in early to mid-December, Jake (Andy Samberg) reluctantly joins forces with the charming criminal he’d been pursuing for years in order to take down a drug kingpin.

-Syfy has renewed both Dominion and Defiance for upcoming seasons. Dominion will return for a second season consisting of 13-episodes. Defiance will return for a third season also consisting of 13-episodes. Both will return with new episodes in 2015.

-CBS has decided to continue double-pumping Big Bang Theory on Monday nights for the next three weeks. Originally Big Bang Theory was set to air two episodes on Monday at 8 and 8:30pm this week only before downshifting to one episode at 8pm and new episodes of Mom at 8:30pm. But now two episodes of Big Bang Theory — the second will be a repeat — will run on Sept 29, Oct 6, and Oct 13 with the Mom return pushed until Oct 30. Also, once everything is fixed Mom will return to Thursdays and The Millers will air on Mondays instead. This is all to provide a strong lead-in for the new drama Scorpion. The full plan is in the link.

Outlander will return to Starz for the second half of its freshman season on April 4. The midseason finale is set to air at 9pm on Saturday (Sept 27) with eight new episodes following in 2015. The show has already been renewed for a second season.

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Defiance premiere, Sharknado 2, Helix renewed, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland cancelled.

SEASON FINALES, March 28 2014:

  • Helix (season 1 finale, 10 pm, Syfy)

-Syfy has announced that the second season of Defiance will premiere Thursday June 19, 8 pm ET. Dominion will premiere right after 9 pm. Syfy has also created a miniseries called Defiance: The Lost Ones which will help bridge the gap between season 1 and season 2. There are 5 installments in the series, with each episode being between 3-5 minutes long. The first installment of the series is in the link below.

-Brian Baumgartner is guest-starring on The Bridge during the upcoming season 2. He will play Gary, a recovering alcoholic who is the AA sponsor of Daniel Frye. He has only signed on for one episode, but will possibly be a recurring character. He will also be playing a killer on Criminal Minds in the upcoming episode “Fatal.”

Sharknado 2: The Second One. will premiere July 30 at 9/8c on Syfy (one day earlier than previously announced). The poster for the epic sequel has also been released.


-Syfy has also renewed Helix for a second season. It will consist of 13 episodes and will hopefully have a winter 2015 premiere. The season finale is tonight.

-ABC has officially cancelled Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It will end after the April 3 season ender. The spinoff was intended as a miniseries to bridge the gap between seasons of the flagship series but ABC decided to air it during the fall. Shark Tank will take over the Thursday at 8 pm slot for a week before repeats of Grey’s Anatomy will move into the slot.

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