This week in tv news: Kurt Sutter returns to FX with a new show

Lee Jones in FX's new series, The Bastard Executioner
Lee Jones in FX’s new series, The Bastard Executioner

Kurt Sutter is poised to return to FX with a new series. FX has given a series order to the new show from Sutter, who previously created Sons of Anarchy and wrote for The Shield, both of which were on FX as well. Titled The Bastard Executioner, the show’s first season will run for ten episodes, with Brian Grazer onboard as executive producer as well. Relative newcomer Lee Jones will be taking on the titular role, with Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal, True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer, and Starred Up‘s Sam Spruell among the cast, alongside Sutter himself.  The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys is also set to guest star on the series.

The show itself will make its premiere on FX in the fall, though a date has yet to be announced. The show’s synopsis, via FX’s press release, is as follows.

A period drama, The Bastard Executioner tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.

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MTV is partnering with Laggies scribe Andrea Siegel for its next series. Siegel’s new series, which she co-created with 10 Things I Hate About You and Ella Enchanted co-writer Kirsten Smith, is an adaptation of Smith’s novel Trinkets. Siegel will be writing the screenplay, and a cast and airdate have yet to be announced. The publisher’s synopsis of the book can be seen below.

The Shoplifters Anonymous meetings that sixteen-year-old Moe is forced to attend are usually punctuated by the snores of an old man and the whining of the world’s unhappiest housewife. Until the day that Tabitha Foster and Elodie Shaw walk in. Tabitha has just about everything she wants: money, friends, popularity, a hot boyfriend who worships her…and clearly a yen for stealing. So does Elodie, who, despite her goodie-two-shoes attitude pretty much has “klepto” written across her forehead in indelible marker. But both of them are nothing compared to Moe, a bad girl with an even worse reputation.
Tabitha, Elodie, and Moe: a beauty queen, a wallflower, and a burnout-a more unlikely trio high school has rarely seen. And yet, when Tabitha challenges them to a steal-off, so begins a strange alliance linked by the thrill of stealing and the reasons that spawn it.

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MTV has also ordered a pilot for the potential animated series Fancy Bastards. The pilot is written by the trio of Ryan Sandoval, Price Peterson, and Lily Sparks, who were the creative team behind the Amazon pilot Supanatural, with Kristen Schaal onboard as executive producer. The voice cast for the pilot includes Nasim Pedrad, Brittany Snow, Natasha Leggero, and John Roberts.

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MTV has released a full trailer for the upcoming fifth season of Teen Wolf, which can be seen below.

The fifth season will make its premiere on June 29th, at 10 pm ET.

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Comedy Central has announced their summer premiere dates. The summer season will officially kick off on the channel with the series premiere of Another Period, which stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, and will debut on June 23rd at 10:30 pm ET. They will be followed by Key & Peele, which will return on July 8th at 10 pm ET, alongside the series premiere of Why? with Hannibal Buress at 10:30 pm ET on the same night. Andy Daly’s Review will begin its second season on July 30th at 10 pm ET, with Drunk History kicking off its third season on September 1st at 10:30 pm ET.

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SundanceTV will be bringing The Hollywood Reporter’s roundtable series to television. Titled Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter, the show will broadcast fourteen episodes, seven in the leadup to the Emmys, and seven in the leadup to the Academy Awards. The series will being on August 2nd at 11 am ET.

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HBO will be developing a miniseries on the life of Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves. Cited by many as the real-life inspiration for the character of The Lone Ranger, the miniseries about the lawman is co-produced by Morgan Freeman, with John Sayles writing. A director and lead have yet to be announced.

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Epix will be the next channel delving into scripted series. The channel has given series orders to two shows, Graves and Berlin Station. The latter will be penned by Olen Steinhauer, as the novelist will be making his television debut, and will revolve around a CIA agent trying to find the source behind a leak in Berlin. Graves comes from Swing Vote co-writer Joshua Michael Stern, and revolves around an ex-US President hoping to correct his administration’s mistakes as his wife runs for office. Nick Nolte has already been tapped for the lead role, and premiere dates have yet to be announced.

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Cinemax is working with Justin Lin to develop its next potential series. The channel is developing Warrior, inspired by the writings of screen legend Bruce Lee, with Lin poised to direct the pilot, and Banshee co-creator Jonathan Tropper set to write. Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee is onboard as a producer as well, with the series described as crime drama following a fighter facing a crisis after his life-defining vengeance comes undone.

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Netflix has released a number of images from the upcoming continuation of Wet Hot American Summer. The images can be seen below.

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In casting news this week:

  • NBA legend Charles Barkley will show up on the fifth season of Suits.
  • Maxim Roy has been cast in a recurring role on ABC Family’s Shadowhunters.
  • TR Knight has been cast in Hulu‘s 11/22/63.
  • AJ Michalka has been pushed up to a series regular on The Goldbergs.
  • American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson has added Bruce Greenwood, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Evan Handler, and Cheryl Ladd.
  • Frank Whaley will join the third season of Under The Dome in a recurring role.
  • Tom Brooke has been cast as Fiore in AMC’s Preacher.
  • Tate Donovan and Julie Ann Emery will both guest star on the upcoming season of Masters of Sex.
  • Mimi Rogers will be joining Starz’s Ash vs. Evil Dead.
  • Mamoudou Athie has been cast in The Get Down.
  • Greg Grunberg has joined the list of returning castmembers for NBC’s Heroes Reborn.
  • Ruben Blades will be a series regular on Fear the Walking Dead.
  • Tzi Ma and Reg Rogers will be joining the next season of Hell on Wheels as series regulars.
  • Steven Williams is set to appear in a recurring role on The Leftovers.

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And in the rest of the television landscape:

  • Seinfeld will make its official Hulu debut on June 24th.
  • MTV has ordered 12 more episodes of Finding Carter.
  • The HBO faux-documentary 7 Days in Hell will make its series premiere on July 11th at 10 pm ET.
  • The David Simon-Paul Haggis HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero will make its debut on August 16th at 9 pm ET.
  • Hip hop legend Grandmaster Flash has joined the Netflix series The Get Down as an advisor and associate producer.
  • Netflix’s animated series BoJack Horseman will make its second season debut in its entirety on July 17th.
  • Todd Haynes’ next project will be a miniseries based on a documentary about the Source family.
  • George A Romero’s graphic novel Empire of the Dead will be getting a tv adaptation.
  • Fox has released a trailer for its upcoming series Golan the Insatiable, which can be seen below.

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