USA Network has formally given a series order to Queen of the South. The series will be based on the 2002 Spanish novel La Raina Del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, which has already been adapted into a Spanish-language telenovela, and will star City of God and Predators‘ Alice Braga in the lead role of Teresa Mendoza. The series synopsis is as follows.
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza (Braga). When her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the Cartel.
The series will make its premiere in 2016.
SundanceTV has announced a premiere date for the third season of their drama Rectify. The show will make its return to television on July 9th at 10 pm ET. Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, and Luke Kirby are all poised to return for the series’ third season. In a lead-up to the season premiere, SundanceTV will also be marathoning the entire series to date, beginning from July 4th at 2 pm ET.
The History Channel has released a trailer for their upcoming 10-episode series Texas Rising. The show will make its debut on May 25th at 9 pm ET.
CBS has announced the final guests for David Letterman’s stint as the host of Late Night. With the final episode airing on May 20th, Letterman’s guests on May 18th will be Tom Hanks and Eddie Vedder. Letterman’s final guest, on his May 19th show, will be Bill Murray, mirroring Letterman’s first appearance, where Murray also appeared. Letterman’s final musical guest will be Bob Dylan, coming on the show for the first time in more than 20 years. Letterman’s final show will be a farewell hour.
Ahead of the third season premiere on June 12th, Netflix has released a series trailer for their original show Orange is the New Black.
Netflix has also released a trailer for comedian Jen Kirkman’s new standup special. The show is called I’m Gonna Die Alone ( And I feel Fine) and will be released on May 22nd.
CBS has officially cancelled CSI. The forensic procedural ran for 15 seasons, spawning a number of flagship series, including CSI: Cyber, which received a renewal. The show, however, will get a two-hour movie that will serve as a series finale, and will air on Sept. 27th. William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger, both of whom originally starred on the show but left during the course of their run, will be making appearances in the film wrap-up. In addition, Ted Danson will be reprising his role on the aforementioned CSI: Cyber, alongside James Van Der Beek and Patricia Arquette.
TNT and TBS have announced their new show and pilot pickups as part of Upfronts week. Each channel will have a new series, with TNT’s most prominent pickup being a miniseries from Cary Fukunaga and Hossein Amini, titled The Alienist. The show synopsis is below.
Based on the Anthony Award-winning New York Times bestseller by Caleb Carr, The Alienist is a fast-paced and atmospheric psychological thriller set in the fascinating and gritty world of Gilded Age New York City. After a series of haunting and gruesome murders, psychiatrist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt come together employing emerging disciplines of psychology and early crime investigation techniques to track down one of New York City’s first serial killers.
TNT also ordered a pilot for Will, from Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby co-writer Craig Pearce, which was described thusly.
The wild story of young William Shakespeare’s arrival onto the punk rock theater scene that was 16th century London – the seductive, violent world where his raw talent faced rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous side-shows. It’s the hot, contemporary, dangerous version of Shakespeare’s life, played to a modern soundtrack, exposing all his recklessness, lustful temptations and brilliance.
The other TNT pilot order was for the potential series Animal Kingdom, which was inspired by the 2010 feature film of the same name from David Michôd, who’s onboard as executive producer.
When 17-year-old Josh moves in with his wild, free-wheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town, he is pulled into their life of indulgence and excess. But after Josh discovers that it’s all being funded by criminal activities, it suddenly becomes clear to him that joining the family comes with more danger and excitement than he might be ready to handle.
TBS, for its part, picked up one show and gave a pilot order to another one. The channel’s new series is called Wrecked, with Just Shoot Me and Mad About You writer Moses Port onboard as showrunner.
Wrecked centers on a diverse group of people trying to adjust to life after being stranded on a remote island, a dangerous new world where they must face many threats – mostly brought on by themselves. No longer plugged into the rest of the world, the group struggles to navigate their makeshift society while also learning to live without such modern comforts as indoor plumbing, Wi-Fi, social media and Chipotle.
Their pilot order was given to The Group, which is executive produced by, among others, Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels.
A support group for people who think they have been abducted by aliens is the subject of a snarky feature piece by skeptical journalist Wyatt Jones. The more he digs into the oddballs’ claims, however, the more confused, intrigued and seduced he becomes.
TBS also released a teaser for their new late night show, with host Samantha Bee.
The ABC series American Crime will focus on a new mystery in its second season, but not recast the series. In the vein of FX series American Horror Story, some of the current castmembers will return for the second season, but will be playing completely different characters. Which specific castmembers will be returning, and what roles they will be playing, has yet to be announced.
A&E has released their first teaser for their upcoming series Damien, which is based on the 1976 film The Omen.
Seth Rogen has tweeted out the first image from the upcoming AMC series Preacher. The series stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, with Ian Colletti as Arseface.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) May 15, 2015
A new trailer for the upcoming Fox series Scream Queens, created by Ryan Murphy, has been released.
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has revealed the fate of the show’s character Huell in the official Breaking Bad book.
Is Huell still waiting for someone to come back for him?
Yes, sadly he’s waiting morosely on that sofa, looking like a lost puppy… [Laughs] No. It’s likely that Agent Van Oster keeps in touch with DEA headquarters. So when he learns Gomez and Hank have gone missing, he would in short order tell his superiors what they were up to. Within a matter of hours, really not that many in story time, Huell will be taken back to HQ. They’ll question him, find out what he knows — which isn’t much — and he’ll be let out on the street. Right now, he’s doing what Huell does best, whatever that is. He’s out and about as a free man.
The book is currently on sale.
In casting news this week:
- Harry Shum Jr. and Alan Van Sprang have both joined Shadowhunters.
- Steven Pasquale has been cast as Mark Fuhrman on American Crime Story.
- Malcolm-Jamal Warner has also joined American Crime Story.
- As has Selma Blair, who will be playing Kris Jenner.
- Peter MacNicol will not be part of the second season of CSI: Cyber.
- Morena Baccarin has been pushed up to series regular for the second season of Gotham.
- Laura Harrier has been cast in HBO’s Codes of Conduct.
- Stana Katic has officially signed on for the next season of Castle, which is also confirmed not to be the show’s last season.
- The second season of Empire will count three big guest stars among its cast, as Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, and Chris Rock have all signed on for the show.
- Portia de Rossi has moved up to a series regular role on Scandal.
And in the rest of the television landscape:
- AMC’s new series Humans will premiere on June 28th at 9 pm ET.
- Starz’s Blunt Talk will premiere on August 22nd at 9 pm ET.
- Lifetime has greenlit a movie adaptation of the VC Andrews novel My Sweet Audrina.
- ABC’s Agent Carter will shift its setting from New York to Los Angeles for its second season, with lead Hayley Atwell being the only confirmed castmember for the second season to date.
- The X Files will make its new premiere on January 24th, before entering its regular airing timeslot of Mondays at 8 pm ET.
- AMC released the final ever trailer for Mad Men.