Next Sunday's Season 2 finale will mark the end for the Oscar-winning actor's sci-fi thriller, but producer MRC hopes to shop the show to streaming platforms. Starz programming president Carmi Zlotnik said the Counterpart cast and crew "delivered a beautifully executed series. It was a pleasure working with this team on two seasons of expert storytelling brought to life by best-in-class performances across the board.” Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reports: "The cast extended their options until February 1 to give MRC, which is said to believe strongly in the show, time to find a new home. The actors’ options have now expired, and they are free to get new series jobs, though I hear MRC is still pitching the series to potential buyers in the streaming space." Creator Justin Marks tweeted of the cancelation: "It’s been an absolute dream for this team… we got to make EXACTLY the show we wanted to… perfect cast, perfect crew on 2 continents… and we’re so grateful to our network for the time we had."
Stephen vs The Game will be similar to Brady's Tom vs. Time, showing the NBA superstar's life on-and-off the court this season. It is also from the same producers of Brady's docuseries.
"I think the show grew creatively between season 1 and season 2. It didn’t acquire a large enough audience despite the critical acclaim," said Craig Erwich, Hulu's vice president of originals, of Silverman's show at the TV press tour. He made a similar comment about The First, from House of Cards creator Beau Willimon. "Unfortunately, the audience did not materialize," Erwich said. ALSO: Erwich admits The First "took a while to reveal itself."
Howard the Duck will join new Marvel animated series M.O.D.O.K., Hit-Monkey and Tigra & Dazzler in a crossover special titled The Offenders. Kevin Smith is co-writing Howard the Duck with Aqua Teen Hunger Force co-creator David Willis. Patton Oswalt is writing Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., about a villain with a really big head and really little body. Chelsea Handler is co-writing Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show, about two woke superheroes.
"We’ll see her dealing with contemporary issues in a contemporary world," said Craig Erwich, Hulu's vice president of originals, at the TV press tour. “I’ve read the scripts, they’re excellent,” he added. “It is very true to the character. It is very true to the true to the world. It is very true to the tone of the show and what made people fall in love with the show.”
“Me and the Kings actually just recently had a call because they had this great idea,” Margulies told Deadline, referring to Good Wife and Good Fight creators Robert and Michelle King. “I said, ‘You know what? I would love to.’ But the deal didn’t happen.”
Reprisal is described as “a hyper-kinetic revenge tale following a relentless femme fatale (Abigail Spencer) who, after being left for dead, leads a vengeful campaign against a bombastic gang of gear heads.” Meanwhile, The Great stars Fanning and Nicholas Hoult in "a genre bending, anti-historical ride through 18th Century Russia following the wildly comic rise of Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great.”
The superhero series based on Mark Millar's 2013 comic “follows the world’s first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930s. Now, in present day, they are the revered older guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents.”
Bryant says her first-time TV series experience benefits from having Lorne Michaels as an executive producer. "I've always gone to Lorne when I've done stuff outside of the show to get his opinion," says Bryant. "Especially because this is kind of my first big thing that's my own, I couldn't imagine doing this without him." Asked if she's thought about leaving Saturday Night Live, Bryant responds: "Certainly. This is my seventh season. That's a long time. I'm really proud of what I've done there but I don't feel at this moment that I'm ready to go. I'll definitely go back for another season." In a separate interview, Bryan t said: "I know I would be incredibly sad if this was my last season and I’m not ready to go...I love it there, and I’m not on my way out."
Aline Brosh McKenna, who wrote the 2008 Katherine Heigl romcom, tells EW: “I’m desperately trying to make a TV show. I’ve been working on it for like two years." McKenna says her TV series would focus on the wedding phenomenon in the social media age. “The craziness of the weddings and the amount of prep, all that stuff has only gotten crazier," she says.
The Netflix anthology series announced a slew of cast members, including The Americans alum Holly Taylor, thirtysomething alums Patricia Wettig and Timothy Busfield and The Practice's Camryn Manheim.
When Hope Calls is in development for Hallmark's streaming service Hallmark Movies Now. The Chesapeake Shores spinoff, meanwhile, will be in the form of a movie for Hallmark Channel.
They'll executive produce a TV adaptation of Erik Larson's bestselling book, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America. Devil in the White City tells the true story about two men, an architect and a serial killer, whose fates are linked by the 1893 World Fair in Chicago.
Estate attorney Howard Weitzman sent a letter to Channel 4 pointing to a section of its guidelines that states that if a show makes “significant allegations” then “those concerned should be given an appropriate and timely opportunity to respond.” Channel 4 responded that the allegations are rebutted in the documentary by Jackson's own denials.
Hulu's Craig Erwich expressed confidence in the Marvel series while speaking at the TV press tour. “We’re really happy with the performance of Runaways, both creatively and in terms of its performance, and we’ll have an announcement shortly,” he said.
Andi Mack aired a big milestone Friday when Joshua Rich's Cyrus Goodman uttered the words "I'm gay" to his best friend, who responded: “Yeah? Okay, cool.”
Last night's Simpsons episode was filled with Netflix mentions, including a cameo from Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos.
They'll join Claes Bang, who will play the title role on the Netflix drama. “So exciting to see an amazing new cast start to assemble, I hope Claes doesn’t eat them all," co-creator Steven Moffat said of the new cast members.
ESPN's Jay Williams will host and the NBA superstar and his business partner Rich Kleiman will participate on screen on the six-episode original series that delves into the sports business with a rotating roster of athletes, tech moguls and sports execs.
The Joseph Heller novel-based miniseries, starring Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Kyle Chandler and Christopher Abbott, debuts May 17.