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This week in entertainment, fans were privy to leaky releases at Netflix, a (returning) rage among the machines at ABC, and a few ‘Walking Dead’ faces walking right into new roles.
House of Cards Almost Topples After An Early Release
Someone at Netflix got a little antsy over the third season of Netflix’s hit political drama, House of Cards. On Wednesday, the online streaming giant accidentally released the entire 13 episode season a good two weeks before it was scheduled to premiere. Fans didn’t see much as the company managed to grab the episodes within half an hour of them going up, but the news of the mistake got around quickly. On the plus side, fans are now even more excited to see what’s coming and we got this great gag from the Netflix social media crew.
This is Washington. There’s always a leak. All 13 episodes will launch February 27.
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) February 11, 2015
Sleepy Hollow Star Developing His Own Wild Ride
We’re all pretty obsessed with Sleepy Hollow here at ScreenSpy, just ask our dedicated Sleepy Hollow twitter @SleepyHollowSpy. So, it’s safe to assume that when were heard this news about our favorite zombie!captain, we got pretty excited. Sleepy star Orlando Jones has optioned, through his Drive-By Entertainment production company, the rights to the real-life story of cult deprogrammer, Ted Patrick. Patrick is known most as a self-taught brainwashing expert who assisted families with recovering their loved ones from cults by rather extreme and controversial methods (e.g. forced imprisonment and starvation). Sounds like good practice in handling those baddies, Captain, if you aren’t still one!
ABC Adds Another Mistress, Proposes A Robot Re-boot
Last year we reported that Alyssa Milano would not be returning for Mistresses third season. That news left many of the show’s fans wondering whether their favorite four would become a terrific trinity. Well, wait no more. Former Blue Bloods actress Jennifer Esposito has joined the cast in a series regular role. Esposito is slated to play Calista, “a woman whose fun eccentricities cloak a darker, more devious nature.” Sounds just like the kind of sweet and salty lady Mistresses is known for.
And in case you weren’t getting your metal crushing fix, ABC announced plans earlier this week to revive Battlebots. Off the air for over a decade, the network intends to bring back the reality series, along with the series’ original creators Ed Roski and Greg Munson.
The Librarians Live To See Another Chapter
Yesterday, TNT’s hit freshman series about a magical library — and the team of talented misfits who protect its legendary contents — scored itself a second season. The Librarians, a spin-off of the network’s record breaking TV movie of the same name, debuted to 5.4 million viewers last December and finished its ten episode run this past January as cable’s second best rated new series. Season two will most likely air later this year during the 2015-2016 season.
CBS Pilots Cast Quite A Few Familiar Faces
CBS is raking in the stars this development season, including a history-making one.
Colin Hanks (Fargo, The Good Guys) has been cast in the CBS pilot Life in Pieces. Hanks set to play Greg, the family’s youngest, most coddled son who must find a way to deal with his transition into fatherhood. The single camera comedy, from Aaron Kaplan and Justin Adler (Better Off Ted), ultimately follows “one family, as told through the separate stories of its different family members.”
The network has also added an Orange Is The New Black face to their pilot roster. Laverne Cox is set to co-star in legal drama Doubt as Cameron Wirth, a transgender Ivy League-educated attorney that’s as competitive as she is compassionate. Cox, known for her role as Sophia Burset in OITNB, was the first openly transgender actress to win an Emmy. Doubt centers on a chic and successful defense lawyer who ends up romantically involved with a client who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.
HBO Wants Some Support With Supernatural Comedy
Even supernaturals need a shoulder now and then, at least HBO thinks so. The cable network is in the process of developing Incurable, a comedy about a support group for individuals with supernatural problems. Will Strouse will write the pilot script, in addition to serving as executive producer alongside Alan Poul (Six Feet Under, The Newsroom). Poul is also slated to direct the pilot if ordered.
Walking Dead Alums Rise Again For New Projects
In case you missed it, Emily Kinney, known for her beloved role as Beth Greene on The Walking Dead has been recently cast in a villanious role for The CW’s hit series The Flash. TWD’s former Governer David Morrissey will also be joining the cast of CBS’ Spielberg series, Extant. On the other side of the camera, Walking Dead executive producer Robert Kirkman has scored a ten episode order from Cinemax for his possession series based on the Skybound/Image comic title Outcast.
Meanwhile, executive producer Gale Anne Hurde has two projects in the works. The first is Syfy’s alien drama Hunters, which will follow Pennsylvania detective-turned-suspect Flynn Carroll and a search for his missing wife that uncovers an alarming truth: dangerous alien cells are living among us. The second is Crime, a story that centers on three childhood friends. On the brink of losing everything, they resort to carrying out one last crime to keep their families off the streets.
A Game of Yums Is Coming To London
In some “not quite, but almost” tv related news, HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones is set to get its owned themed eatery. In celebration of the season 4 U.K. DVD and Blu-Ray release, the Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel will host — from February 13-15 — a “private, clandestine meeting of the Small Council in King’s Landing.” What should attendees expect on the menu? HBO has released the name of one dish, cleverly titled “The Lies Of Tyrion Lannister And His Proclaimed Innocence.” Its contents are even better than its name. The dish will feature poached veal tongue with beetroot, horseradish, and “Oldtown Mustard.” Yum?