Kurt Sutter’s Sons of Anarchy may be done for the year, but the creator/showrunner already has a project lined up once the biker drama series takes it’s final ride in the seventh season. Sutter is sticking with FX (and why wouldn’t he?) and teaming up with Brian Grazer to develop a pilot for the drama series, The Bastard Executioner. In keeping with Sutter’s dark and violent material, the series centers on one of King Edward III’s warrior knights whose soul is broken by war, but must pick up the sword when violence finds him once again. Sutter will pen the script with filming on the pilot slated to begin late next year when Sons of Anarchy wraps for good. Hit the jump for more.
FX is adding a new drama series to its roster from Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff. The network announced today (via THR) that it has ordered Tyrant to series, scheduling it for a summer 2014 debut. The story revolves around an American family that is drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation, and producers aimed high when crafting the pilot. Ang Lee was initially signed on to direct the first episode, but he subsequently backed out citing exhaustion over the very long post-production and awards campaign process on Life of Pi. In his stead, producers nabbed Harry Potter director David Yates to helm the pilot.
Production on Tyrant will begin in earnest this coming March in Tel Aviv and the show will debut next summer alongside Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain. The cast for Tyrant includes Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom, and Justin Kirk.
While Guillermo del Toro only recently wrapped production on the pilot for his potential FX series The Strain, the network apparently really liked what they saw. FX announced today that it has ordered a full 13-episode first season of The Strain, which will debut on the network in July 2014. The ambitious series is based on the trilogy of novels by del Toro and Chuck Hogan and centers on a team of scientists who wage war against an ancient strain of virus that confers vampirism, along with those it infects. The stellar cast includes Corey Stoll, John Hurt, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, and Kevin Durand, and Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse is onboard to act as showrunner while del Toro will remain involved as an executive producer.
Hit the jump for more info on this exciting new horror series.
FX has released the first red-band trailer for its new animated series Chozen, and it looks like it will make a fine companion to the excellent Archer. Created by Grant Dekernion and executive produced by the same folks behind Archer and Eastbound and Down, the series revolves around a gay white rapper fresh out of prison who sets out for redemption and to claim his rightful position as the world’s top rap artist. Bobby Moynihan voices the lead character to great effect, and this trailer highlights a swell sense of humor that should connect with fans of Archer and Eastbound.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The series also features the voices of Hannibal Buress, Michael Pena, Nick Swardson, Kathryn Hahn, and Method Man. Chozen will premiere on FX January 13th.
FX has announced winter premiere dates for a few of its series. As previously announced, Ali G: Rezurection will premiere in February on FXX. Briefly:
- Archer – Season five of the hilarious animated comedy series will debut on Monday, January 13th at 10pm on FX, and it will remain on the new night for the duration of its 13-episode season.
- Justified – Season five of the beloved drama series will premiere on Tuesday, January 7th at 10pm ET on FX, kicking off 13 all new episodes that revolve around Timothy Olyphant’s Raylan Givens confronting the Crowes, “a deadly, lawless family from Florida intent on settling in Harlan with new criminal enterprises in mind.”
- Chozen – The new animated comedy series centering on a gay white rapper fresh out of prison will have its series debut on Monday, January 13th at 10:30pm on FX after Archer. The show features the voices of Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress, Michael Pena, Nick Swardson, Kathryn Hahn, and Method Man.
- The Americans – Season two of the excellent drama series will return to FX on an unspecified date in February. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star.
Hit the jump to read the full press release.
FX’s limited series adaptation of the Coen Brothers’ Fargo continues to rack up an incredibly impressive cast. As we previously reported, the show will feature a new story and new characters with Billy Bob Thornton set to star as Lorne Malvo, “the rootless, manipulative man who meets a small-town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.” The show will also star Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, and according to a recent press release, Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh, and Glenn Howerton have joined the cast. It’s an exciting line-up of stars, but it should be noted that the Coens are only executive producing the 10-episode series. The showrunner is Noah Hawley, a writer and producer on Bones, and the creator of the short-lived series The Unusuals and My Generation.
Hit the jump for the full press release, which includes other new cast members and character descriptions. Fargo will begin filming in Calgary this November for a spring 2014 premiere.
Archer is such a terrific show. It’s a wonderful blend of parody, esoteric references, foul-mouthed language, and bizarre comedy. The show will return for its fifth season this January, and they’ve finally released a promo taking advantage of one of the show’s running gags. For those who don’t watch, characters—mostly Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin)—will occasionally exclaim “Danger Zone!” in the tone of the theme song from Top Gun. A new promo for Season 5 is a parody of the Kenny Loggins music video, and it’s a funny as you’d think it would be.
Hit the jump to check out the video.
October is upon us, and that means new seasons of American Horror Story and The Walking Dead are near. After weeks of tantalizing teasers and posters, FX has now released a full gallery of images from American Horror Story: Coven that unveil the colorful cast of characters and give us a peek at the show’s first episode, aptly titled “Bitchcraft.” This season deals with witchcraft, specifically the war between the Salem-descended witches and the voodoo witches. Jessica Lange plays a powerful witch who returns home to New Orleans where her daughter runs a school for young witches. By the looks of these new images, Lange takes matters into her own hands and decides to school the group of young witches on her own.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The series also stars Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare, Alexandra Breckenridge, Patti LuPone, Gabourey Sidibe, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, and Lily Rabe. American Horror Story: Coven airs on FX starting Wednesday, October 9th at 10pm.
FX has ordered a second season of the drama series The Bridge. Starring Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger, the show focuses on tensions at the US-Mexico border as told through the unlikely pairing of an El Paso police officer (Kruger) and a Chihuahua State Policeman (Bichir) who initially team up to track down a serial killer. The 13-episode second season will debut in Summer 2014, while the show’s first season is currently heading toward its season finale on October 2nd. When the show began it was fairly promising, but I felt the character development just wasn’t enough to keep me invested and ended up checking out around episode six or seven.
Nevertheless, I’m interested to hear if those that stuck with it have found this first season to be fulfilling. Hit the jump to read the press release and sound off in the comments below.
FX has unveiled some creep-tastic new posters for American Horror Story: Coven. The third season of the horror anthology series deals with witchcraft, specifically the war between the Salem-descended witches and the voodoo witches. Jessica Lange plays a powerful witch who returns home to New Orleans where her daughter runs a school for young witches. As with previous seasons, Coven will shift time periods and also features Kathy Bates as historical figure Madame Delphine LaLaurie and Angela Bassett as a voodoo witch queen. In this new series of posters, we get a nice preview of Bassett’s character along with plenty of disturbing imagery.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. The series also stars Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare, Alexandra Breckenridge, Patti LuPone, Gabourey Sidibe, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, and Lily Rabe. American Horror Story: Coven airs on FX starting Wednesday, October 9th at 10pm.
After a questionable start to its new season, Sons of Anarchy returned this week with an episode that improved in some ways upon that initial outing, but was still just so dark and heavy. A show with so much violence and dark themes needs the relief of humor, or it’s a slog to watch. One of Sons of Anarchy‘s defining features early on was its gallows humor and quirky cast who played hard and then played harder. These days, time spent with SAMCRO is increasingly bleak, and that bleakness reached its lowest depths last week. Hit the jump for more on how the show needs to crawl out of that hole.
The third season of the anthology series American Horror Story, subtitled Coven, is slated to premiere on FX next month, and now the first images and some revealing plot and character details have landed online. American Horror Story: Coven puts the focus on witches and witchcraft and takes place mainly in New Orleans. We’ve known for some time that Kathy Bates will be playing historical figure Madame Delphine LaLaurie, who was infamous for the brutal torture of her slaves, and we get a good look at her in these first look images along with a peek at Angela Bassett’s voodoo witch character.
Hit the jump to check out the images and for much more information on what the plot for AHS: Coven entails. The series premieres on FX October 9th at 10pm. [Update: FX has sent out a couple of debut posters and a new teaser for the season, which are now included after the jump.]
The first teaser trailer for the new season of American Horror Story has been released online, and it’s predictably eerie. The bulk of American Horror Story: Coven takes place in New Orleans across multiple time periods, and as the title suggests, the story will be focusing on witchcraft. Kathy Bates plays real life serial killer Madam LaLaurie, a woman who kept slaves captive in her home in the 1800s, and Angela Bassett plays famed voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau. This teaser is incredibly brief, but the use of “The House of the Rising Sun” along with the strange imagery is a nice primer for the new season.
Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer. The series also stars Jessica Lange, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare, Alexandra Breckenridge, Patti LuPone, Gabourey Sidibe, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, and Lily Rabe. American Horror Story: Coven will premiere on FX this October.
Though Donald Glover will only appear in 5 of the 13 episodes of Community’s upcoming fifth season, it appears that he won’t be off the airwaves for long. Deadline reports that Glover is set to write, executive produce, and star in a half-hour comedy series on FX tentatively titled Atlanta. Apparently there were multiple networks interested in the show, but Glover was enticed by FX’s willingness to accommodate his touring schedule, as Glover cited his commitment to his Childish Gambino music career as one of the reasons he decided to leave Community. The new comedy series is set within the Atlanta music scene, something close to Glover’s heart as an Atlanta native. Hit the jump for more.
While at the FX portion of the TCA Press Tour, FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf took some time to discuss some of their upcoming programming. During the interview, he talked about what viewers can expect from the TV version of Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen’s involvement, the possibility of future seasons, their upcoming historical programming, just how graphic The Strain (from the novels of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan) will be, and how it will end up being between 39 and 65 episodes. Check out what he had to say after the jump.