TV Talk: Ewan McGregor Joins ‘Fargo;’ Michael Lombardo Exits HBO

     May 23, 2016

On this episode of Collider TV Talk (May 23rd, 2016) Josh Macuga, David Griffin, Sinéad de Vries and Sasha Perl-Raver discuss the following:

  • Ewan McGregor joins Fargo
  • Michael Lombardo exits HBO
  • Cary Fukunaga to direct Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon miniseries for HBO
  • Superhero rundown
  • Highlights and lowlights

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Last week Entertainment Weekly broke the story that Ewan McGregor will be the lead in the 3rd season of FX’s Anthology series Fargo. There is a twist, however; the Trainspotting and Star Wars actor will play two characters, brothers in fact, described with the first brother playing a parking lot king of Minnesota, who sees himself as an American success story; with the other brother balding and pot-bellied; the kind of guy who peaked in high school. Ray has a huge chip on his shoulder due to the hand he’s been dealt, and he blames his brother, Emmit, for his misfortunes.

HBO announced last week that programming president Michael Lombardo will step down after being with the network for 33 years. His presence can be felt from the glory days of The Sopranos and Six Feet Under to the recent dramatic failures (outside of Game of Thrones) and development disasters of two David Fincher projects and the much maligned Westworld. Variety reported that he wasn’t pushed out, but had been discussing his exit for some time and that he might still have a development deal with the network.

stanley-kubrickCary Fukunaga, who directed the first season of the brilliant True Detective and brought to life the first critically acclaimed Netflix original film, Beasts of No Nation, is in talks to direct a Napoleon miniseries for HBO. This project comes from the long time dream of legendary director Stanley Kubrick, whose family opened up his archive of notes with a original 800 plus page script about the French war monger.

SUPERHERO RUNDOWN

Chloe Bennett, who plays Daisy (formerly Skye) on ABC’s Marvel’s: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., participated in a Q&A at Wizard World: Des Moines where she said that Marvel doesn’t care or acknowledge their show. She mentioned how the MCU loves to pretend that everything is connected, but then they don’t even connect, discuss, or mention their show in any of the movies in the MCU.

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At last week’s up-fronts, which we talked a lot about on last week’s TV Talk, CW confirmed that next season will have their biggest DC superhero crossover event in the network’s history, thanks to Supergirl’s flight from CBS. CW teased a trailer of what the crossover could look like, and based on this season’s episodes, it’s not a shock that fans rejoiced in the possibility. The trailer also featured quite a few shots of Vixen, who took part in possibly the best episode of Arrow this season, which could be a sign of the 5th DC show at CW in a Vixen stand alone.

CBS has released the logo for their new Star Trek series that will be airing on the new VOD platform of CBS All Access; as well as short teaser video that promises new crews, new villains, new heroes, new worlds… they forgot to promise new complaints from fans, but that’s okay.


HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS – TRAILER EDITION

Fox Television

  • 24 Legacy
  • Prison Break
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Shots Fired
  • Pitch
  • The Exorcist
  • Son of Zorn
  • Making History

CBS Television

  • Kevin Can Wait
  • Bull
  • The Great Indoors
  • Pure Genius
  • MacGuyver

NBC Television

  • Timeless
  • This Is Us
  • The Good Place
  • Powerless

ABC Television

  • Conviction
  • American Housewife
  • Speechless
  • Designated Survivor
  • Notorious
  • Time After Time
  • Downward Dog

The CW

  • No Tomorrow
  • Frequency 
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PILOT REVIEW 

AMC’s Preacher – Based on the popular cult comic book franchise of the same name, Preacher is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy come together, and when they do, they are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.

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