TCA Fox Roundup, Including New M. Night Shyamalan Series, Plus Seth Rogen to Guest-Star on THE MINDY PROJECT

     January 8, 2013


Fox has unveiled a few newsworthy items during the Television Critics Association winter press tour, including the announcement of a new series by M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines, which the network says should be evocative of Twin Peaks (how many times have we heard that before?)  Additionally, a new series called Blood Brothers is also on the slate, focusing on a true story of the West Point Class of 1861.

A few more points of interest:

  • The networks’ veteran procedural Bones has been renewed for its ninth (ninth!) season.
  • Seth Rogen (Knocked Up) is set to to guest-star on an upcoming episode of The Mindy Project as Mindy’s “first kiss” (The show returns February 19th at 9:30pm)
  • Fox is unveiling “Animation Domination High-Def,” a new bloc for “alternative” comedy (translation: more super short-form, Adult Swim kinda stuff)

For more on these items and the new series, hit the jump.

Shyamalan’s series Wayward Pines will be based on the best-selling novel “Pines” (which evidently were not wayward yet).  Essentially, an Agent Cooper-like character (Secret Service agent Ethan Burke) arrives in the sleepy town trying to find two missing federal agents. Dead. Wrapped in plastic.  But (in the network’s words), “instead of answers, his investigation only turns up more questions.”

As for Blood Brothers, it seems a bit like Band of Brothers: Civil War Edition.  Which sounds pretty great.  Except this isn’t HBO.  Cautious optimism suggestion.

“Animation Domination High-Def” could potentially be a winner, though.  So far the network has order three quarter-hour animated series, including Axe Cop, based on the graphic novel, as well as High School USA, from  Dino Stamatopoulos (Community) and The Untitled Lucas Brothers Project from comedians … the Lucas Brothers.  And if you are doubting any kind of Adult Swim connection, the programming’s development is being overseen by former Adult Swim executive Nick Weidenfeld.

All in all, an interesting litany of things to come.