AMC has just renewed “The Walking Dead” for a 5th season, and with it the promise of a bunch of people wandering around for another year, arguing and dying. Funnily enough, they’re keeping current showrunner Scott Gimple in the mix, despite their habit of nixing whomever brings them increasing success. It’s kind of a no-brainer, considering that the season premiere drew 16 million viewers.
In fact, AMC even gets in on the joke in their press release. “We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: ‘The Walking Dead’ is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more ‘Dead.’”
Question – what’s the endgame for this series? Narratively, does the comic button things up? Or is it just a study of people wandering around until they die?
I could only make it through the first episodes of Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove,” despite the fact that I left the set of the show intrigued and dying to see it. So hopefully by the time Season 2 rolls around they’ll have found a way to integrate the disparate components of the universe into a more satisfying narrative.
Showrunner Charles H. (Chic) Eglee (“The Walking Dead,” “Dexter,” “The Shield”) joins the series as executive producer in season two. Eli Roth is still on as an executive producer adding, “Netflix members loved the potent combination of sexy monsters, mystery, and the dark family soap opera that ended with a huge twist, leaving audiences worldwide totally shocked. Season One was just a warm up for what we have in store for season two. Get ready to be scared in ways you never expected.”
Hopefully Eglee guy can tame this messy beast.
The series stars Famke Janssen (X-Men), Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron (“Terra Nova”), Freya Tingley, and Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II). The second season will consist of 10 episodes that will go into production later this year. The sophomore season of “Hemlock Grove” will premiere in 2014.
Everyone’s been on pins and needles waiting to see if NBC will re-up on Bryan Fuller’s awesome (and expensive) “Hannibal”. Well… they have! Congrats to Mr. Fuller are in full order and I imagine a good deal of you should be happy! More importantly, a few more of you have to watch this thing next year (heck, you can start tonight) for a Season 3 to happen.
You also have a little bit of a wait ahead of you, the new 13 episode order will return no earlier than mid-season of next year. Maybe later. “We’re so proud of Bryan’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said. “There are many great stories still to be told.”
The Thursday night series explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, and Caroline Dhavernas all star.
EW is reporting that Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is in final negotiations to appear in season 2 of FX’s hit thriller “American Horror Story.”
In his television acting debut, Levine will be playing a contemporary character and half of a couple called “The Lovers.” “AHS” producers are so fond of Levine that they are shooting around his summer touring schedule.
While the second season of “AHS,” set to premiere on FX in October, has been cloaked in secrecy, we do know that original cast members Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Lily Rabe will be returning as entirely different characters.
Co-creator Ryan Murphy has also said that season 2 will be set in on the East Coast and in a “horror institution.” READ MORE
While it’s been reported about 3,200 times that Jessica Lange will return in FX’s second season of “American Horror Story,” Deadline has the scoop on the first of a handful of returning cast members.
Zachary Quinto, who did a scene-stealing four-episode arc on the first season of the Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuk drama as the Harmon house’s doomed former co-owner Chad Warwick, will be back as a series regular in Season 2, joining Jessica Lange. Like Lange, he will play a brand new character next season, which is set at an East Coast institution. What’s more, the site reports that Quinto will play one of two male leads and the nemesis to Lange’s character, which will be at the center of the Season 2 storyline.
In addition to Lange and Quinto, three other actors from Season 1 of “AHS” will return next season. Murphy is expected to announce their names at the show’s panel tonight, which will open this year’s PaleyFest. READ MORE
Considering the show is shambling along slower than a zombie, I think it’s fairly obvious who we’re going to see staring in the second half of “The Walkinmg Dead”, yet producer Gale Anne Hurd felt the need to clarify which comic star won’t be making a cameo in the final episodes.
“We are following the character development of the women in the comic book,” she tells The Watercooler. “Andrea is already undergoing a change in her character from a civil rights attorney lacking survival skills already found in some of the men (like the deputies Rick and Shane, or the survivalist Daryl) into someone who can take care of herself. Maggie Greene is a farmer’s daughter who can ride horses better than any of the men, and takes out a walker the first time we see her in the series. And one of the most kick ass characters from the comic book is Michonne, a samurai sword wielding woman, who will be introduced in future seasons.”
Considering how bland the show is, I’m thinking digitally inserting Michonne now is the best course of action (of course I’m kidding). Seriously though, Michonne is an amazing character (wielding a blade!) that can bring some much-needed depth to the bland array of misfits. READ MORE
The producers and cast of “The Walking Dead” met the Television Critics Association for the first time in the show’s history this weekend. AMC presented a panel for the 250+ press organization, and some select intimate roundtable interviews for genre. Robert Kirkman, Glen Mazzara, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride spoke with us about the second half of the second season.
But first we addressed what some consider to be a decline in the show’s quality since original show runner Frank Darabont was unceremoniously let go. In his absence, the story has lingered on a search for missing girl Sophia, with search headquarters at Hershel Greene’s farm… READ MORE
While AMC has already announced a third season for ”The Walking Dead”, the cabler revealed that they’ve boosted the order from 13 episodes to 16! For you bad with math, that’s a little over two hours more of undead mayhem.
The second season rose form the dead with monster ratings as the October 16 premiere drew 7.3 million total viewers — a 38 percent surge over the show’s Season 1 average. Nearly 5 million of those viewers fell into the coveted 18-49 crowd, a basic cable record.
Returning February 12, “‘The Walking Dead’ tells the story of the weeks and months that follow a pandemic zombie apocalypse. County Sheriff Rick Grimes travels with his family and a small group of survivors, constantly in search of a safe and secure home. But the constant pressure of fighting off death on a daily basis takes a heavy toll, sending many to the lowest depths of human cruelty. As Rick struggles to keep his family alive, he will discover that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth.” READ MORE
When it was announced that Showtime had renewed “Dexter” for two more seasons I immediately suggested it was time to define a definitive series finale. You just can’t continue to string viewers along, expect Deborah (Jennifer Carpenter) to continue to be blind to Dexter’s (Michael C. Hall) misadventures, and water down what ultimately should be an epic conclusion.
Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins talked with EW about the season finale and the potential build for the forthcoming two seasons:
“Coming back for two more years gives us clarity about how and when it will go out,” Nevins said at Showtime’s annual holiday party in Los Angeles on Thursday night. “There [are] things that are going to happen [this season] that will set up a very clear endgame that will take two seasons to tell. You have got to be there for the last two [Season Six] episodes.”
Asked if Dexter will therefore absolutely conclude in the eighth season, Nevins added, “I’m never going to say ‘never,’ but everybody is operating under that assumption. Things could take a turn creatively where they come to us and say they need more time.”
This is both nerve-racking and exciting. It’s nice to know they are actually building towards something, but it concerns me that they’re still thinking about leaving the door open for more. By an eighth season you’re doing your fans a disservice by pushing too hard; look at what happened with “X-Files”. READ MORE
One of the reasons I’ve turned more of my attention to the small screen is because the budgets are ballooning and we’re getting nearly a new movie every week (being that the big shows run about an hour in length). “American Horror Story” didn’t start off well, but it’s been building towards an explosion of awesome, which makes me seriously pumped for the full 90-minute long finale. Deadline has the story.
FX’s hot new drama series “American Horror Story’s” 13-episode first season will be actually 12.5 episodes. The horror drama’s first season finale on December 21, which had been slated as two-hour, will now be 90-minutes. The trimming of the finale is a result of “American Horror Story’s” very aggressive production schedule which left no breathing room. More details inside. READ MORE
Variety broke the news seconds ago that Showtime has renewed “Dexter” for another two seasons. They were able to add additional seasons because star and exec producer Michael C. Hall has inked a new deal to remain with the show. His previous contract expires at the end of the current season. The upcoming seventh and eighth seasons will consist of 12 episodes each.
Last year’s season five took a nosedive, while the ongoing sixth is actually pretty entertaining (even though absolutely nothing happened in this past Sunday’s episode). The biggest complaint I’ve heard is that Deborah (Jennifer Carpenter) should have caught Dexter (played by Hall) in last season’s finale. I couldn’t agree more. But for the sake of argument, I believe that Showtime needs to set a finite END to the series. The writers need to know when that is so they can begin developing for the series finale. I would prefer a solid two seasons of set up jam-packed with payoffs than an extra few years of the cabler dragging their feet. END STRONG.
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FX’s “American Horror Story” got a nice treat in its Halloween bag — a second season order of 13 episodes for 2012 from the cabler, reports Variety.
Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, who exec produce with Dante Di Loreto for Twentieth Century Fox TV, “American Horror Story” has averaged 4.2 million viewers in Live+7 (2.9 million among adults 18-49), putting it on track (with nine episodes remaining this season) to be the most-watched first season of an FX show ever.
Current first-season record-holders for FX are “Nip/Tuck” among adults 18-49 (2.1 million) and 18-32 (1.0 million) and “Justified” in overall viewers (3.4 million).
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters and Denis O’Hare star in “Horror Story” along with recurring guests Frances Conroy, Alexandra Breckenridge and Jamie Brewer. The show follows a family of three who move from Boston to Los Angeles as a means of reconciling their past anguish. They move to a restored mansion, unaware that the home is haunted.
Now if only DirecTV can make a deal with FX (Fox) so we don’t lose the channel. READ MORE
While I have already declared “True Blood” as DEAD, HBO has officially renewed the Alan Ball-created series for a fifth season. I stand by my prediction that season five will be the final season, although it wouldn’t surprise me if they squeeze out a horribly half-assed sixth.
HBO has renewed the hit show for a 12-episode fifth season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Created by Alan Ball, the series will begin production of new episodes later this year in Los Angeles, with debut set for summer 2012.
“Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the Emmy-nominated show takes place at a time when vampires have come out of the coffin, and follows the on-and-off romance between waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer).” Series creator Alan Ball is also an executive producer of the show, which is based on the bestselling “Sookie Stackhouse” novels by Charlaine Harris.