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This week in tv news: Marvel’s Luke Cage finds its showrunner

Kyle Chandler and Linda Cardellini in Bloodline, which was renewed for a second season this week.
Kyle Chandler and Linda Cardellini in Bloodline, which was renewed for a second season this week.
Kyle Chandler and Linda Cardellini in Bloodline, which was renewed for a second season this week.

On the eve of the premiere of the first Netflix/Marvel tv series, another one has found its showrunner. Cheo Hodari Coker has been formally tapped as the showrunner of Marvel’s Luke Cage, the third in the series of four tv shows by Marvel that will air on Netflix.

Coker joins the show having worked on a number of series, from Southland to Almost Human to Ray Donovan. He also co-wrote the 2009 Biggie biopic Notorious. The Good Wife‘s Mike Colter has been tapped to play the titular character, who will also be appearing in Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones. A premiere date for the series has yet to be set, although it has been confirmed for 2016.

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The Daytime Emmy nominations were announced this week. The ABC soap opera General Hospital led the charge with 28 nominations, followed by the CBS shows The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives, which garnered 25 nominations and 19 nominations, respectively.

Among talk shows, The Ellen DeGeneres Show earned 10 nominations, putting it at the head of the pack. Other notable nominees included the Youtube series Anacostia, the Netflix series All Hail King Julien, and The Price is Right. The complete list of nominees can be seen here.

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Netflix made a number of announcements over the week. The company announced a fourth season of the Kevin Spacey-starring political drama House of Cards, as well as a second season for freshman drama Bloodline, which made its premiere last month. The streaming service also picked up the 80s set supernatural drama Montauk. The series hails from the Duffer Brothers, who have a number of short films to their name as well as the upcoming Hidden, and Real Steel and The Internship director Shawn Levy is onboard as producer. Deadline described the series thusly.

the series is set in 1980 Montauk, Long Island, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.

The first season will consist of eight episodes, each one an hour long, and will make its debut in 2016. Matt and Ross Duffer will be both writers and directors on the show.

The service also released a trailer for their upcoming documentary series Chef’s Table, which hails from Jiro Dreams of Sushi director David Gelb. The first season will consist of six episodes, with each episode focusing on a different chef working in a different part of the world, exploring what makes them tick. Netflix has announced that the series will make its premiere on April 26th, and the trailer can be seen below.

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Amazon is also delving further into original series, putting two new shows into development this week. The first one is an as-yet-untitled series based on the Scandinavian thriller Nina Borg series, which began with The Boy In The Suitcase. There have been three books in the series so far, all written by the duo of Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis. This is the synopsis of the starting novel, as penned by Random House.

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can’t say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.

Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy’s are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down.

The studio is also developing a tv series based on Greg Iles’ 2014 novel Natchez Burning. The series is produced by Tobey Maguire, and Everwood and Friday Night Lights scribe David Hudgins is penning the script. The book itself is said to be the first in a trilogy, and publisher HarperCollins put this forward as the story synopsis.

Growing up in the rural Southern hamlet of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned everything he knows about honor and duty from his father, Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor and pillar of the community is accused of murdering Violet Turner, the beautiful nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the early 1960s. A fighter who has always stood for justice, Penn is determined to save his father, even though Tom, stubbornly evoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to speak up in his own defense.

The quest for answers sends Penn deep into the past—into the heart of a conspiracy of greed and murder involving the Double Eagles, a vicious KKK crew headed by one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the state. With the aid of a local friend and reporter privy to some of Natchez’s oldest and deadliest secrets, Penn follows a bloody trail that stretches back forty years, to one undeniable fact: no one—black or white, young or old, brave or not—is ever truly safe.

With everything on the line, including his own life, Penn must decide how far he will go to protect those he loves . . . and see justice done, once and for all.

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The Muppets are making the complete leap back to television. Following the news a few weeks ago that The Muppets would be coming back to tv in small installments in the form of Muppet Moments, news emerged this week that Jim Henson’s beloved creations may be possibly getting a full half-hour show on ABC. The channel revealed that they were working on a proof of concept for the show, with the possibility of greenlighting it straight to series if it’s successful. The new show would be in a variety show format, and would bring back the original characters. Dharma & Greg and The Big Bang Theory scribe Bill Prady will be co-writing alongside Suburgatory and Samantha Who? writer Bob Kushell, the latter of whom is slated to be the showrunner.

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The collaboration between HBO and George RR Martin is set to extend beyond Game of Thrones, as the writer is developing a new show with the channel. Titled Captain Cosmos, the show will be an independent entity from Martin’s fantasy series, focusing on a science fiction writer in 1949. Z Nation and Beverly Hills 90210 writer Michael Cassutt will be penning the pilot.

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Attack on Titan‘s foray into live-action is poised to extend beyond the two features coming later this year, as news has emerged of a tv series to accompany the current anime and manga run of the story. The series will make its premiere in August and will heavily tie in to the live-action movies, and will focus on Hanji, with Satomi Ishihara stepping back into the role she played in the two films. Director Shinji Higuchi will also take part in the series, and Nanami Sakuraba, Shu Watanabe, Rina Takeda, and Ayame Misaki will reprise their roles as Sasha, Fukushi, Lil, and Hiana respectively.

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In casting news this week:

  • Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams will be a guest star on the upcoming season of the British science fiction series Doctor Who. The exact nature of her role is being kept under wraps by showrunner Steven Moffat, who nonetheless stressed the importance of the character she’ll be playing.
  • Mary Lynn Rajskub has been cast in Starz’s upcoming series The Girlfriend Experience. She will be playing an attorney who works in the same firm as lead character Christine, played by Riley Keough. Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz will be writing and directing the series, with Steven Soderbergh onboard as executive producer.
  • Revolution star Tracy Spiridakos will be moving to comedy next, as she has been cast opposite Adam Brody in an upcoming CBS pilot.
  • Ex-Saturday Night Live castmember Cheri Oteri has been promoted to regular castmember on NBC’s Not Safe for Work.
  • Hisham Tawfiq has been promoted to series regular on the upcoming season of NBC’s The Blacklist.

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And in the rest of the television landscape:

  • The Don Cheadle-starring Showtime drama House of Lies has been renewed for a fifth season.
  • FX’s 80s-set spy drama The Americans has received a fourth season renewal before its third season has ended.
  • Fox sitcom New Girl will also be back for a fifth season. The season will push the show past 100 total episodes.
  • The Peabody Awards have tapped Portlandia’s Fred Armisen as their host. The event will take place on May 31st.
  • WGN America released a new trailer for the second season of Salem ahead of the season premiere. Salem‘s second season begins on April 5th at 10 pm ET. The trailer can be seen below.




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