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I SPY: News from the Week of 2/28 – 3/6

By on March 6, 2015
Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto

News happens every minute of the day. Sometimes even twice at noon. With all that is floating around out there, it’s easy to miss what’s going on with your favorite networks, tv shows and stars.

That’s why ScreenSpy is hard at work, seeking out and collecting those buzzworthy industry stories you might have missed.

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This week in entertainment, an unofficial Heroes reunion on Hannibal was announced, Maggie Smith quit and then un-quit Downtown Abbey and Community‘s season six trailer premiered.

The Expendables to Blow A Hole Through Our TV Screens

The Hollywood blockbuster featuring the greatest collection of action stars from today and yesterday is kicking down the television door. Yesterday it was announced that FOX had plans for an explosive event series based on the film franchise. The movie’s star Sylvester Stallone would executive produce alongside producer Avi Lerner. NCIS‘s Shane Brennan is slated to serve as the project’s showrunner, and will co-write the small screen adaptation with Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward. The series is described as a fun action story that will unite iconic TV stars. Brought together as a new team of highly-skilled heroes, the “expendables” are on a mission to stop a dangerous terrorist. No stars have been attached to the cast just yet, but we’ve got our money Chuck Norris and Mr. T. We pity the fool who wouldn’t take that awesome opportunity.

Man Will Continue to Seek Women While Funk & Oates Duo Take A Bow

After improving the young skewing FXX Network’s ratings during its freshman season, the Jay Baruchel starring comedy Man Seeking Woman has received another ten episodes to help him find his girl. Meanwhile, over at IFC Garfunkel and Oates was apparently too commercial to earn itself a second season renewal. (That’s what we’re telling ourselves to dull the pain of losing Kate Micucci and her ueke from our TV screens again.)

Zachary Quinto Will (Probably) Do The Creep For NBC’S Hannibal

Zachary Quinto has a knack for playing creepy characters, from Heroes’ Sylar to American Horror Story‘s Bloody Face. It’s possible he may just play another one in the upcoming season of NBC’s Hannibal. The Slap star is set to appear in at least one episode of the fan favorite series this summer, where he’ll play one of Bedelia’s (Gillian Anderson) patients.

The role will mark a small Heroes reunion as Hannibal creator and showrunner Bryan Fueller served as a writer for the former NBC show. Are you as excited to have Quinto on Hannibal as Fueller?

CBS Is All For Justice and Doubt, Casts Leads for Legal Pilots

In what is surely a history making year for diversity in pilot season, CBS has hopped on the bandwagon with civil rights legal drama, For Justice. The project, which is based on James Patterson’s debut crime novel, “The Thomas Berryman Number,” centers on Special Agent Natalia “Nat” Chappel of the Criminal Section of the FBI’s Department of Civil Rights Division. Described as a cool, laser-focused, tough as nails agent Chappel is trapped between two worlds: the radical family she was born into and the professional family she has chosen. Anika Noni Rose, who was featured in a recurring role for CBS’ The Good Wife, has earned top billing as Chappel, a character conceived — among many others this season — as a black. Selma director Ava DuVernay will direct the pilot.

Meanwhile, CBS’s other lady loving legal drama Doubt has also found its top-biller. We reported back in February that Laverne Cox had nabbed a co-staring role in the series, which follows a female lawyer that gets romantically involved with a client who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. KaDee Strickland (Private Practice) has been cast in the lead role as the smart, chic, successful boutique firm defense lawyer who finds herself in the rather tricky situation.

FOX Finds Its Frankenstein, Former Werewolf Learns How to Live at NBC

What is so interesting about the monster condition? What makes creatures of the night so appealing as characters? We could probably write an entire article on that, but instead we’ll just tell you that one former monster is playing one once again.  True Blood alum Rob Kazinsky will go from vampire prodigy to re-animated corpse after being cast in the lead role of FOX’s Frankenstein pilot.

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Meanwhile, Sam Huntington, best known for his role as reluctant werewolf Josh Levison in Syfy’s Being Human, has found a slightly different awkwardness to settle into this pilot season. The actor has nabbed the male lead role in NBC’s half-hour single camera comedy pilot, How to Live. The series, which will be executive produced by David Janollari, will see blogger Russel (Huntington) and his wife moving to the suburbs. There he begins writing about marriage and the lives of his suburban friends and neighbors in the style of an anthropologist observing an undiscovered tribe. We’re just gonna pretend this is Josh’s adventures in suburban Boston post killing the monster house and undergoing the worst OT4 break up since The Beatles.

Maggie Smith’s Publicist Says ‘LOL JK’ About Actress Departing Downtown Abbey

Earlier this week it was reported that legendary actress Maggie Smith (Harry Potter, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) had announced her departure from the period soap Downtown Abbey after the series’ sixth season. Smith told The Sunday Times in an exclusive interview, that “I can’t see how it could go on. I mean, I certainly can’t keep going.” But not a day later, her publicist clarified with the Associated Press that Smith’s comments had been misinterpreted, and that the actress “has always been on the record as saying she’ll be with the show for as long as the show runs.” So which answer is the truth? Perhaps a bit of Veritaserum will help us get to the bottom of it. Until we can get our hands on some, assume Maggie Smith is in for the Downtown long haul.

The Returned Taken By Netflix, Won’t All Come Back At Once

In a not so uncharacteristic move, Netflix has nabbed global rights to A&E’s upcoming zombie mystery drama starring Jeremy Sisto, Mary Elizabeth Winestead and fandom favorite Mark Pelligrino. An adaptation of the french hit Les Revenants, The Returned received a ten episode season order from the network last April. So what’s the hair raiser? The online media distributor has cut a deal with the adaptation’s worldwide distributor, FremantleMedia International, to air the entire season in all regions outside of the U.S. and Canada, with episodes going live on the Netflix site 24 hours after the North American airing. The move diverges from Netflix’s traditional non-traditional model of releasing entire seasons at once, instead opting to follow A&E’s weekly schedule for the show. Guess that means no binge watching deados!

Six Seasons and A Trailer: Yahoo! Debuts Community Teaser

Pop pop! In case you missed it (though how could you really?), Yahoo! released its first trailer for Community‘s sixth season. Check it out below and tell us if you think it’s cool, cool, cool.

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