I Spy: News from the Week of 3/28 – 4/3
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. Want to know what’s happening in the world of TV? We’ve got you covered in “I Spy.”
Check below for new and related stories from ScreenSpy, then make sure to check back next week for a brand new “I Spy.”
This week in entertainment, ABC Family resuscitates a mortal franchise, a highly anticipated CW spin-off announces its fliest character yet, a handful of series get new episode orders, and networks publish their seasonal end and return date calendars.
Netflix Unmasks New Four Minute Daredevil Promo
While some of us prefer to ignore the 2003 cinematic incarnation of DC’s neo-nior superhero Daredevil, Marvel’s team-up with Netflix has looked tremendously promising. After announcing the series would get an April 10 premiere date back in early January, the online streamer and comic goliath have been steadily feeding fans new footage in an effort to increase anticipation. Well, congrats, it’s working — and if it hasn’t, check out this new four minute promotional trailer. We dare you to not like it.
Mortality is Tested With New Series at ABC Family
ABC Family has added a new member to its network family this past week after officially ordering a TV adaptation of the best-selling young adult fantasy novels, The Mortal Instruments. The story follows Clary Fray, an 18-year-old girl who discovers on her birthday that she is from a mysterious and powerful bloodline known as the Shadowhunters — a group of people who are human-angel hybrids tasked with hunting demons.
Over the course of the last month fans of the fiction series have speculated about the possibility of the story getting a revival of sorts after casting notices sprung up online that closely resembled descriptions of key book characters. The series, which formally received the order on March 30, could help give proper screen continuation after plans for developing sequels to the 2013 large screen adaption all but fell through as a result of poor box office performance. No official casting announcements have been made yet, but the high profile nature of the project has the potential to bring in big names. Shadowhunters will go into production starting this May.
Flash/Arrow Spin-off Gives Wings to New Character
When The CW announced plans for a spin-off of the network’s current comic hits Arrow and The Flash, we almost had an anuerism. Both series have for the most part been pretty stellar this season, even with the latter only in its first. Their success has been due in large part to their clever use of crossovers, which have allowed for unique and interesting universe expansions as well as the introductions of several fan-favorite comic characters. With The CW still on its quest to be a competitive broadcast network, the addition of this spin-off is sure to bring in old and new fans alike.
Outside of the slew of previously announced Flash and Arrow fanfavorites expected to lead the cast, last Monday came some exciting casting news. The new series set to feature Hawkgirl (a.k.a. Kendra Saunders), who will be played by actress Ciara Renée. Renée is a 2013 graduate of Ohio’s Baldwin Wallace University who, after making her Broadway debut in Big Fish, has gone on to do a television stint on Law & Order: SVU. In the planned series, Saunders has just begun to uncover her truth: she been (repeatedly) reincarnated over several centuries and that, when provoked, her ancient warrior persona manifests — wings and all.
First Look At Cast of Heroes Reborn
Excited for the return of the series that made small screen comic adaptations cool again? So are we. We almost as excited to see some of our favorite original characters return as we are to see what the many new characters have in store. We already reported that Jack Coleman and Zachary Levi had joined the cast. Since then several new characters and actors have been added to the slate. Series star and beloved fanboy Levi nabbed a selfie with all of our current Heroes and posted the snapshot to twitter. In it you can see actors and series stars Coleman, Levi, Ryan Guzman, Judi Shekoni, Henry Zebrowski, Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezane, and Toru Uchikado.
Which character and actor, new or returning, are you most looking forward to seeing in the network reboot?
— Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) March 31, 2015
The Americans, House of Cards Make It Into the Four Star Club, New Girl Graced with Fifth Season
Is that time of the television season when our favorite shows learn their fate. Some will get the glorious news of a another season return while others will say hello to the chopping block. This week saw three hit series getting another shot to tell more story. Over at FX Networks, low-rated by critically acclaimed coldwar spy-drama The Americans will live to see another day. Meanwhile, Netflix’s Emmy winning political drama House of Cards managed to avoid being blown over. Instead, it’s been granted another season to add another slew of episodes to its riveting story.
Finally, our favorite group of endearingly quirky friends will be returning for a monumental fifth season. In the current TV climate, we’re lucky to get three seasons out of a series, let alone five. Add to this some of New Girl’s season four ratings woes and we couldn’t be any happier that FOX has decided to give us another year with these guys. We expect to see Jess, Nick, Cece and the rest of the New Girl gang back for another season of shenanigans this fall, though an official return date has yet to be set.
TNT Announces Start of Summer, CBS Marks End of Regular Season
As we reported earlier this week, CBS Network announced a slew of season finale dates for its current roster of regular season programs. ScreenSpy favorites Person of Interest and Elementary make their final run of the spring on Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 14 respectively.
While “the most watched network” was busy sending out its thank you letters, TNT was delivering invites to the network’s summer audience. Below are key premiere dates for most of TNT’s summer line-up, in case you missed it during the week. We even put them in chronological order to make it easier for to set alerts in your phone calendar. You’re welcome.
- Major Crimes | Season 4 Premiere | Monday, June 8 | 9 p.m. ET/PT
- Murder in the First | Season 2 Premiere | Monday, June 8 | 10 p.m. ET/PT
- Rizzoli & Isles | Season 6 Premiere | Tuesday, June 16 | 9 p.m. ET/PT
- Proof | Series Premiere | Tuesday, June 16 | 10 p.m. ET/PT
- The Last Ship | Two-Hour Season 2 Premiere | Sunday, June 21 | 9 p.m. ET/PT
- Falling Skies | Final Season Premiere | Sunday, June 28 | 10 p.m. ET/PT
- Public Morals | Series Premiere | Monday, Aug. 17 | 9 p.m. ET/PT
- Legends | Season 2 Premiere | Tuesday, Aug. 25 | 10 p.m. ET/PT