TV Nerd News #15
Welcome to yet another edition of iGR’s TV Nerd News! After a week off, we’re back! Like I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we’re in the slow season for TV news so bear with me as last week might not be the only time I have to skip the article altogether. Unfortunately there just isn’t enough news to warrant it sometimes. That said, I’m going to try and supplement any lack of TVNN with some various other projects I’ve been working on so be on the lookout for those. In the mean time, let’s talk TV shall we?
6/17 – THE CAST FOR FX’S THE STRAIN CONTINUES TO TAKE SHAPE
- One of the buzziest projects at any network (network or cable) right now is FX‘s The Strain, co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy franchise) and Chuck Hogan (The Town). Marking del Toro’s first foray into TV, the series is based on the book trilogy of the same name (also co-written by del Toro and Hogan). Having already landed up-and-coming TV actor Corey Stoll (House of Cards), news broke early last week that John Hurt (V for Vendetta) was joining the cast as well. Hurt is no stranger to del Toro, having appeared in the first Hellboy film, so it’s nice to see someone with whom del Toro has a history with joining a pretty important project in terms of how del Toro’s future shapes up to be.
6/18 – LIV TYLER IS FOND OF HBO’S LEFTOVERS
- Another high profile pilot in the works is HBO‘s The Leftovers, the newest project from Damon Lindelof (Lost). Based on the novel of the same name, The Leftovers, as you may recall, centers on the group of people left on Earth after The Rapture occurs. Liv Tyler (Armageddon) has now signed on to play the female lead, presumably . Though Lindelof has been the subject of much ire from the internet recently, there’s no question that HBO is looking to capitalize on its recent success with genre TV with this high profile project and who knows, because Lindelof excelled in TV, it might end up being a perfect match.
6/18 – THERE IS A BIT IF IRONY WITH THE LATEST NEWS FROM FX’S ANGER MANAGEMENT
- After criticizing his work ethic, Anger Management star/producer Charlie Sheen (Major League) fired his co-star Selma Blair (Hellboy franchise). Like the headline says, there’s some irony in the fact that Sheen fired a fairly big co-star simply for criticizing him but there’s been rumors floating that Blair actually wanted out of the gig, which still has about 60 episodes to shoot of its recent 90-episode order. I can’t really say I blame her, as I can’t imagine that working with/for Sheen is a picnic which is pretty evident by the fact that he just flat-out fired her. Regardless, the show is looking to replace her fairly quickly because a casting notice was sent out shortly after her exit was confirmed. I still have my doubts that anybody will care either way.
6/19 – FX CONTINUES TO BOLSTER IT’S COMEDY LINEUP
- Despite witnessing the drawback of offering the 10/90 episode order with the above story, FX ordered one of its numerous comedy pilots to series last week, this one featuring Martin Lawrence (Bad Boys films) and Kelsey Grammar (Frasier). Despite Sheen’s Anger Management showing the pitfalls of the deal, there is less likely for a blow-up with Lawrence and Grammar (at least not anymore) so FX obviously isn’t too worried about it. That said, the series isn’t likely to be anything all that interesting as a lot of the jokes will likely be centered on the fact that one’s a loud-mouth lawyer and the other’s a sophisticated lawyer. Law shows are generally pretty boring to begin with but adding in that layer of not-really-but-really-is kind of racism is just lazy. Here’s to hoping that I’m completely off based. I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you, though.
6/19 – NETFLIX IS A PERFECT 3-0 WITH THEIR ORIGINAL SERIES
- As the headline above reads, Netflix is now 3-0 with it’s original series as news broke last week that they were renewing the werewolf/horror show Hemlock Grove. From Eli Roth (Hostel), the series, despite being critically panned, must’ve performed well enough to warrant another season. I can’t say I’m that surprised with the success of shows like The CW‘s The Vampire Diaries and MTV‘s Teen Wolf but after the reviews, one had to wonder if Netflix just might cut their losses. The show now joins Lilyhammer (people tend to forget that that was Netflix‘s first foray into original programming) and House of Cards in receiving an order for a second season. We’ll see if Netflix can continue the success with its next original series, Orange is the New Black, set to premiere on July 11, 2013.
That’s it for this week edition of TVNN! If you haven’t gotten a chance yet, check out Monday’s FNN and a new edition of Trailer Tuesday should be available shortly. In the mean time, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @kyle_igr and the site itself @igresponsibly!