CW’s “Cult,” which premiered on February 19th, has been pulled from the network’s schedule. Per THR, “The freshman dud starring The Vampire Diaries’ alum Matt Davis has been completely removed from the network’s schedule, according to program listings The CW released Wednesday.”
While it doesn’t look good for the series, there’s always the possibility that the remaining episodes could be shown “on other platforms.” So maybe On Demand or iTunes? They weren’t clear.
In more positive news, the SyFy Channel has announced a new horror anthology series from Jamie Foxx. Yep. And he’s going to write, produce and direct 5 episodes of it. It doesn’t have a title yet, so I’m just going to call it the Untitled Jamie Foxx Horror Anthology Series for now. Per Deadline, it will be in the vein of “Tales From The Crypt” and “The Twilight Zone” and will be exec produced by Troy Miller “Flight Of The Conchords”.
Even more TV bites as Amityville Horror, 30 Days of Night and Turistas‘ Melissa George, pictured, has been tapped for a lead role opposite Janet Montgomery in ABC’s drama pilot “Gothica,” reports Deadline. Set in the present day, the project, created by Matt Lopez and exec produced by Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper of The Mark Gordon Co., weaves together a mythology that incorporates the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. “It centers on journalist Grace Van Helsing (Janet Montgomery) who takes over her family’s hometown newspaper.” George will play Fiona Hunter, the series’ most formidable force, and everyone – from Grace, to Dorian (Chris Egan), to Victor Frankenstein (Tom Ellis) – will find their mettle and savvy tested by this deliciously cunning woman.
They also report that Nicholas Gonzalez has been added to ABC’s drama pilot “The Returned,” from Brillstein Entertainment, Brad Pitt’s Plan B and ABC Studios. Written by Aaron Zelman and directed by Charles McDougall, the project “chronicles how the lives of the people in Arcadia are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return.” Gonzalez plays Connor, one of Sheriff Garland’s (Matt Craven) patrolmen and boyfriend to Gail (Devin Kelly). READ MORE
There’s quite a bit of television news this morning, none of which is all that excited. Thus, here’s a small batch of TV Bites to kickstart your morning.
First, we’ve uploaded a trio of Spanish TV Spots for NBC’s “Hannibal”, premiering April 4 from showrunner Bryan Fuller (“Mockingbird Lane,” “Pushing Daisies”). It focuses on the fledgling relationship between FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), his mentor. Other key cast members include Lance Henriksen (Near Dark, roughly 8% of horror movies in general), Gillian Anderson (“X-Files”), Gina Torres (“Firefly”), “Wonderfalls”’ Caroline Dhavernas and Ellen Muth (Dead Like Me).
There’s also now an official one-sheet for Netflix’s original series, “Hemlock Grove,” pictured above, which comes from producer Eli Roth. You’ll also find the previously released trailer here. The pilot was directed by Eli Roth and co-written by Brian McGreevy. Dougray Scott and Famke Janssen also star in this new television series that will premiere exclusively on Netflix April 19. “The series revolves around the murder of a young girl found close to the former Godfrey steel mill. The suspects in her killing include Peter (Landon Liboiron), a 17-year-old Gypsy kid from the wrong side of the tracks, and Roman (Bill Skarsgard), the arrogant Godfrey Scion, whose sister Shelley is disturbingly deformed and whose mother, Olivia (Janssen), is the beautiful and controlling grand dame of Hemlock Grove.”
“Fringe” alum Seth Gabel is headed to another potential genre series with a co-starring role on the ABC drama pilot “Gothica,” reports Deadline. Set in the present day, the project weaves together a mythology that incorporates the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. It centers on journalist Grace Van Helsing (Janet Montgomery) who takes over her family’s hometown newspaper. They also report that Aaron Yoo (21) has been cast in the CW drama pilot “The Tomorrow People.” Written/exec produced by Phil Klemmer based on the cult British series, exec produced by Julie Plec and Greg Berlanti and directed/exec produced by Danny Cannon, “Tomorrow People” is about several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution and work together to defeat the forces of evil. READ MORE
The 8th Season of “Dexter” will premiere on Sunday, June 30th. That’s a full three months earlier than last year’s premiere (Season 7 premiered at the end of September). Speaking at the TCA Conference, Showtime President David Nevins said, “[Season 8] is the likely endpoint, but I’m leaving open the possibility that plans could change [...] I think there’s a very clear trajectory now of where they’re going. I think it’s going to help to write with that endgame in mind. I’ve been pushing to shake up the formula a little bit. I think there should be fundamentally different dynamics now.” Notice that he didn’t commit to it ending? He also offered the following quote, “ “Dexter” for Showtime is what Batman is to Warner Bros., it is a cornerstone franchise.” Is there a Season 9 in the cards? If 8 makes money, then I’d say yes.
AMC’s “The Walking Dead“ returns in February to finish up its third season and will kick things off with 03.09 “The Suicide King”.
In the season’s back half, “With his group in tatters, his sanity in question, and his own son questioning his every move, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) must somehow pull everyone together to face their greatest challenge — the Governor (David Morrissey). In order to survive, he must risk everything, including the group’s very humanity.”
“The Walking Dead” returns on Feb 10th at 9/8C. Head inside to check out the list of remaining episode dates and titles! READ MORE
“Common Law”‘s Warren Kole has landed a killer recurring role in the Kevin Williamson-produced midseason drama “The Following”, Fox’s upcoming psychological thriller, TVLine reports. Kole will play Roderick, a devotee of Joe Carroll (played by James Purefoy), a recently escaped serial killer originally captured by Kevin Bacon’s FBI agent Ryan Hardy. Roderick is one of Joe’s most important followers and does many of his twisted master’s most crucial tasks. “The Following” debuts on Monday, Jan. 21 at 9/8c.
Sexy “American Horror Story: Asylum” star Chloe Sevigny (pictured) has been tapped for the A&E pilot “Those Who Kill,” reports Variety. From Fox 21, “Those Who Kill” is based on original Danish series “Den Som Dræber” and centers on Catherine (Sevigny), a police detective, and a forensic profiler who hunt down serial killers. Project is penned by TV vet and “X-Files” alum Glen Morgan who has developed the project for American Television with Imagine TV. “The Grey’s” Joe Carnahan is helming. Morgan along with Jonas Allen, Peter Bose, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo serve as exec producers. Pilot is lensing this fall in Pittsburgh.
Airing next Sunday, November 4 only on AMC is “The Walking Dead” Season 3 episode 03.04 “Killer Within.” In the episode, “The group is severed, placing lives in jeopardy; Merle has a request for the Governor.” Check out two sneak peak clips.
We’ve also added three clips from Showtime’s “Dexter” Episode 7.06 “Do The Wrong Thing”. Airing next Sunday, November 4, “Debra gets to know a local crime writer who’s dug up some incriminating dirt on Hannah McKay (Dexter’s newest obsession). Quinn gets an offer he tries to refuse and Batista is drawn to a new business opportunity. LaGuerta keeps digging into the Bay Harbor Butcher case.” READ MORE
“American Horror Story: Asylum,” aired its second episode of the season, “Tricks And Treats”, tonight. In the episode, ““The staff summon an exorcist to deal with a possessed farm boy, while Sister Jude’s dark past is revealed.” The new season is set at an East Coast asylum for the criminally insane in 1964 and revolves around Jessica Lange’s new character — a nun — and her boss at the institution, played by James Cromwell. Sarah Paulson, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Clea Duvall, Chris Zylka, Joseph Fiennes, Chloe Sevigny, and Adam Levine round out the cast.
If you’ve already watched the first episode and are primed for the second, I think it’s safe to watch the brief behind the scenes clip – entitled “The Opening” – that we’ve included below the jump. And if you’ve already seen the second episode, it’s safe to watch the promo for Episode 3 – “Nor’easter” (airing October 31st at 10:00 pm e/p): “A violent storm hits Briarcliff, allowing a group of patients to plan a daring escape. Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) is haunted by her past.” Written by Jennifer Salt; directed by Michael Uppendahl.
We’ve also got a glimpse behind the curtain of the pilot turned Halloween special “Mockingbird Lane“. Earlier today we shared 5 clips from the show, but if you’re not yet satiated – this behind the scenes clip is for you. I’m actually kind of curious to see this one!! This new, reimagined version of the classic 1960’s comedy “The Munsters” is based on executive producer Bryan Fuller’s (“Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) script and was directed by executive producer Bryan Singer (“X-Men” film series, “House”).
“Mockingbird Lane” airs Friday, October 26 on NBC. Head inside for the clips! READ MORE
A bunch of small screen stories grazed the Web this morning, thus we’ll smash ‘em together in this afternoon edition of News Bites.
First, we’ve uploaded a second clip from “American Horror Story: Asylum” Episode 02.02 “Tricks and Treats.” Airing Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 10pm on FX, an exorcist visits Briarcliff to help a troubled boy. Meanwhile, Sister Jude reveals a disturbing secret.
Inside we’ve added a Q&A with Scott Wilson, who plays the now one-legged Hershel Greene in AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” You’ll also find two clips from episode 03×03 – “Walk With Me”. In the episode, Andrea and Michonne find a new community of survivors — and a decision must be made. Watch the official promo inside and then tell us what you think of the season thus far.
Lastly, above we’ve shared a bloody look at Eddie Izzard as Granpa Munster in Bryan Fuller ad Bryan Singer’s “Mockingbird Lane,” airing Friday, October 26 on NBC as a Halloween Special. It is a reinvention of the 1960s sitcom about “The Munsters,” a family of “monsters” — vampires, werewolves, and Frankenstein — and their “plain” cousin. READ MORE