I SPY: News from the Week of 3/14 to 3/20
BY Abbey White
Published 7 years ago
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, The Jinx delivers the most jaw dropping moment in TV history, a pair of time traveling teams will continue on their quests for yet another season, and Extant adds a few characters that are sure to create some good old fashioned tension.
HBO Catches A Killer Through Crime Serial Documentary
What has been heralded as the most shocking episodic moment in television ever, HBO’s The Jinx finished out its run with a startling audio clip linking one of the financial industry’s most infamous names to a series of unsolved murders. In the documentary’s finale, Robert Durst — son of New York City real estate mogul Seymour Durst — faced his real self in the mirror. What looked back may have helped put him away.
Linked to three separate murders, but never found guilty, Durst had essentially evaded the law for over three decades. With ties to the cases of his first wife, Kathleen McCormack, his longtime friend Susan Berman and Texas neighbor, Morris Black, The Jinx explored Durst’s connection to all three deaths and the circumstantial evidence that couldn’t put him away.
In the episode’s final moments, after stepping away from a follow up interview with director Andrew Jarecki, Berman admitted to killing all three people. Unaware that the mic still clipped to him was on, he spoke these fragmented and chilling words to himself in the bathroom mirror:
There it is. You’re caught. You’re right, of course. But you can’t imagine. Arrest him. I don’t know what’s in the house. Oh, I want this. What a disaster. He was right. I was wrong. And the burping. I’m having difficulty with the question. What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.
Time Travel Is The New Black
What a time to be alive, folks! Two very different stories of time hijinks received renewals from their respective networks last week. Syfy’s television adaptation 12 Monkeys will continue to explore if and how Cole and Co. can save the world from an apocalyptic virus with its second season.
Sleepy Hollow‘s season three fate was also revealed, along with the news of a new showrunner. David Madden, President of Entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company shared the exciting renewal announcement.
“Sleepy Hollow is truly inventive television,” Madden said of the series. “The talented producers – led by Alex, Bob, Len and Heather – along with the brilliant cast, anchored by Nicole and Tom, have created a fantastic world that brings ‘history’ to life with compelling and vibrant storytelling.”
Clifton Campbell, known for his work as executive producer on A&E’s The Glades and co-executive producer on USA Network’s White Collar, will replace Mark Goffman as the series’ EP and showrunner. It was reported earlier this month that Goffman would be stepping down from his creative duties with Sleepy Hollow and making a move to CBS TV Studios, where he has signed a two-year deal to develop new projects.
Our Return to Twin Peaks Might Not Happen
So remember when David Lynch’s daughter told everyone that there wouldn’t be anymore Twin Peaks and that we should all just go home (quite nicely, of course)? And then remember when Showtime was like “GOTCHA! It’s coming back!” Remember that feeling of drowning in your own joy? Well, you might want to come up for air — at least temporarily. While speaking at a panel for his new exhibit at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia, Lynch raised a few eyebrows and a few questions about the fate of the cult drama’s future.
When asked by a fan whether or not the reboot was still on, Lynch reportedly said, “I don’t know. There are complications.” Those complications are apparently about his contract negotiations with the network. When asked for clarification after the panel, Lynch responded, “I haven’t returned yet and we’re still working on the contract, but I love the world of Twin Peaks and I love those characters.”
While it’s unclear where negotiations are currently, fans should still hold out hope. Many of the series’ original actors have signed on to return and appears that all parties involved are invested, to some degree, in bringing the story back. In the words of the Log Lady, “There are many stories in Twin Peaks — some of them are sad, some funny. Some of them are stories of madness, of violence. Some are ordinary. Yet they all have about them a sense of mystery — the mystery of life.” The mystery of whether or not Twin Peaks will return is one we’ll happily wait to have revealed. After twenty years, what’s a little while longer?
American Horror Story Says A Few Hellos and One Very Big Goodbye
Paleyfest took over New York City this past week, and American Horror Story was once again one of its biggest draws. During the panel, fans learned whether or not the series most prolific actress would be returning.
Star Jessica Lange confirmed what most had been fearing since the end of season three: Freakshow would be her last go with the horror anthology. On her departure, Lange was both honest and genuine, saying “To cut to the chase, yes, I’m done.” The actress did enjoy her experience working on the show and noted that at the end of season three she knew it was time to leave and leave out on top, as “it’s never going to get any better than this.”
“We’ve had a great run,” Lange said. “I have absolutely loved doing these four characters, and in all the madness, I loved the writers, actors, Ryan, the whole insanity of it, the stories, shooting here, shooting in New Orleans, everything.”
Meanwhile the panel confirmed that Ryan Murphy favorites Cheyenne Jackson (Glee, 30 Rock) and Matt Bomer (White Collar) would be joining the cast. AHS regular Denis O’Hare noted that he is close to a deal for the upcoming season, titled Hotel. Sarah Paulson, who is now attached to Murphy’s crime drama American Crime Story, is still working out whether she will be able to return.
“My hope is that we can make both shows work out [because] no one has ever survived but Paulson. I can’t ruin that streak now,” Paulson told Vulture in an interview prior to the Paley panel. “No, I want the title. I have it now, and I am certainly not ready to relinquish it.”
Showtime Releases Ominous Penny Dreadful Season 2 Trailer
We can hardly wait for the deliciously dark Penny Dreadful to make its season two return. The characters (and their demons) are back for what is sure to be another chilling and intense ride. If you’re over eager like us, you don’t have to wait until the premiere to get your first taste of what’s to come. Check out this new teaser trailer, courtesy of Showtime, and find out what your favorite creature of the night will be up to.
Extant Adds Two More to Season 2 Crew
It looks like the Extant team is growing over at CBS. Yesterday it was announced that Necar Zadegan (Girlfriends Guide To Divorce) and Lyndon Smith (Parenthood) have earned arcs on the sophomore season of the hit summer series.
Zadegan will appear as Shayna Velez, a former Lt. Colonel who is now Chief of Staff to Tobias Shepherd, the head of the Global Security Commission. Her persona lends itself to class a bit with her boss, which will also put her at odds with Molly Woods (Halle Berry).
Lyndon Smith will take on a bristling role as well, recurring as as JD Richter’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) estranged and quite rebellious child.
CBS’ Supergirl to Use Super Sets
— Andrew Kreisberg (@AJKreisberg) March 16, 2015
Looks like CBS is trying to keep things in the family, if you will, with its upcoming Supergirl series. Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow) shared the above image through his twitter on Monday, March 16. Look familiar? If you were a fan of ABC’s Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, you might recognize it as the old Daily Planet set. That mantra of “Reuse and Recycle” now takes on a whole new (awesome) meaning.
In other Supergirl news, it was announced that actor Owain Yeoman (The Mentalist, Extant) would be joining the this super cast — but not as a good guy. Yeoman is slated to appear as supervillian Vartox in the series’ pilot. Vartox is an alien convict, who has been hiding on Earth for the past twelve years. The pilot will see him seeking Supergirl out to learn her identity and — of course — do battle.