I Spy: News from the Week of 2/21 – 2/27
The last week of February was buzzing with television news, from exciting castings, shocking finale twists and well deserved renewals.
Grab yourself a seat and get comfortable. We’re about to catch you up on everything you might have missed in this week’s edition of I Spy.
While twitter was busy watching live video of llamas and debating whether the dress was black and blue or white and gold, we here at ScreenSpy were busy with the important stuff. You know, getting super hyped about a massive hero mashup coming to The CW.
This week TV fans were also treated to the title of American Horror Story‘s fifth season, a key Minority Report casting update and a Broadchurch renewal decision.
For more in television news, be sure to stop by at the end of every week for ScreenSpy’s I Spy.
Broadchurch Will Brood For Another Season
While it’s American counterpart might not be back next season, the popular (and dark) British crime drama Broadchurch is getting a well deserved third season over at ITV. The announcement came on the heels of the series’ second season finale, which aired this past Monday. Broadchurch, which stars David Tennant and centers on the murder of a young boy in a small British town, was said to be envisioned as a trilogy according to series creator Chris Chibnall. As of now, no details have been shared regarding the third season plot.
Spielberg Pilot Gets Two Characters for the Price of One Actor
Back in January we reported that Stephen Spielberg’s hit crime thriller Minority Report would be getting a TV sequel by the same name. It seems that the series is one step closer to being a sure thing. The pilot has now found both its female and male lead. Stark Sands (NYC-22, Inside Llewyn Davis) has nabbed the lead roles of twin brothers Dash and Arthur. Both characters possess the unique ability to see into the future, specifically murders before they happen. The twins also appeared in the 2002 film, then played by Michael and Matthew Dickman.
Meanwhile, it was previously announced that Meagan Goode had been tapped to play the series mysterious leading lady detective, haunted by her past and a possible key to helping Sands’ character find a purpose for his gift.
Sleepy Hollow Finale Conjures Final Spell for One Character
In case you missed it (though we’re not sure how you could!), Sleepy Hollow killed off one of its major characters in last Monday’s finale, solidifying a directional and tonal change for the series. Who was it? None other than Ichabod’s witchy wife, Katrina. Yeah, you can pick your jaw up off the floor now. Catch our full review of the Sleepy Hollow season 2 finale here. Fans are eagerly campaigning the network to bring the series back for a third season. FOX, however, has yet to announce its renewal or cancellation decision regarding the series.
Ian Somerhalder Dishes on His Directorial Debut
The Vampire Diaries star made an appearance at Wizard World Comic Con’s Cleveland event, where he spoke to fans at his very own panel about his personal philosophies, his love for animals and creating positive change in the world. He also shared with audience members a gag he almost pulled on co-star Paul Wesley and a serious level of enthusiasm about his very first directing experience, which happens to be for the CW Network hit show. The episode, titled “The Downward Spiral” is set to air on March 12 and was, according to Somerhalder, his “favorite experience ever.”
Anarchy Creator Casts Big and Familiar Names In New Series
You might know Kurt Sutter as the man behind the gritty FX series Sons of Anarchy and now you’ll get to know him in a new role — as the star in his upcoming (and also gritty) FX series, The Bastard Executioner. The series centers a retired knight who gets thrown back into the knight world after “violence finds him again.” Sutter is slated to play The Dark Mute Mate, a character that rarely speaks and whose face we never see. The Mute Mate is a guardian of sorts to Annora, a “prescient, mystical, and beautiful” character who happens to be played by former Anarchy star and Sutter’s wife, Katey Sagal.
It was also announced that True Blood hunk Stephen Moyer had been cast in the project. Moyer will play a character by the name of Milus Corbett. A noble savvy former soldier, Corbett now serves as a chamberlain, chancellor, and justiciar.
The CW Officially Dubs Itself “Network of Heroes” with New Series Announcement
Yesterday The CW released a few details on its plans for a hero-studded spin-off of current network hits Arrow and The Flash. The new show would feature characters that have and have not appeared in both of those series, including Atom, Firestorm, Captain Cold. It will also see the return of deceased character, Black Canary, though in what capacity isn’t clear yet. With the current roster of characters slated to appear, could a league series be in the making?
Get Ready To Do The Monster Mash with American Horror Story
One of the best parts of being an American Horror Story fan is the big announcement of each new season’s theme. This past Wednesday we got both a season five title and a major casting announcement. Major recording artist Lady Gaga has been cast in a lead role for the series fifth go, which should premiere sometime this fall. Nothing is known about her role, but it’s certainly and interesting addition and perhaps a much needed one as past season stars Sarah Paulson and Taissa Farmgia will not be returning. Actress Jessica Lange had previously announced that season four would be her last, but has now left the door open to coming back depending on the details of her new role.
Upon the news of Gaga’s casting, the musician tweeted this out:
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 25, 2015
Star Trek Legend Passes Away
Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Spock in Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek series, passed away today at the age of 83. Because of him, many television fans have lived long and prospered. We know he did the same.