The Exorcist TV Series

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • The Exorcist pilot has cast Geena Davis.
  • Breaking Bad‘s composer will work his magic on Preacher.
  • Gary Busey has joined the cast of Sharknado 4, because of course he has.
  • 24: Legacy adds another new cast member.
  • HBO is planning a whole bunch of new shows.
  • Leighton Meester joins the cast of Making History.
  • Houdini & Doyle reveals a new poster.

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preacher cast

Preacher the television series will not be Preacher the comic. The trailer showed us that. Reactions from early screenings of the pilot have told us that. Even the casting of certain characters have made that clear. And that’s fine. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s infamous Vertigo comic series was never going to make the transition to the small screen intact and it probably shouldn’t. What works in the pages of comic book, what’s palatable in the pages of a comic book, doesn’t always translate to something that’s fun to actually watch.

But man, as a fan of the original series (occasionally embarrassing warts and all), it’s a genuine rush to see the trio of main characters brought to life. AMC has released new images of the three leads and they look just about perfect. We’ll see how their performances work out, but things are looking good.

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supergirl renewed for season 2

The television landscape is a harsh landscape littered with broken dreams and the bodies of cancelled shows. Sure, we’re living through a TV golden age where it’s literally impossible to keep up with everything that is worth your time, but that doesn’t make the whole industry any less forgiving. There’s almost too much good stuff out there – a show that doesn’t strike a chord with audiences feels doomed.

So when you look at the news of Supergirl and Into the Badlands each receiving a second season, you can’t help but consider the context. Sophomore seasons were never a sure thing for either of these shows, but their networks obviously view them as strong long-term investments.

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fear the walking dead season 2

While AMC’s The Walking Dead continues to grab headlines left and right as it casts strong actors as frightening villains and riles fans up with wacky plot twists and big developments, Fear the Walking Dead has just been kind of sitting there. The first season of the spin-off, which turns back to the clock to the earliest days of the zombie apocalypse and takes place on a separate coast entirely, received mixed reviews from fans and critics alike. Every joy came coupled with a frustration, which really is the Walking Dead experience in a nutshell.

With Fear the Walking Dead returning next month, AMC has released new key art that seemingly teases the focus of the new season. Yep, it’s time explore the zombie apocalypse from a boat.

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the terror tv series

The good news: AMC has greenlit a television series based on Dan SimmonsThe Terror, an acclaimed historical horror novel that could make for thrilling TV. The weird news: it is reportedly an “anthology series” and I literally have no idea what that could possibly mean in this context. Seriously.

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The Walking Dead Honest Trailer

This past weekend, The Walking Dead returned to AMC to finish out the sixth season of the hit zombie drama series that will apparently continue until the end of time. So what better time to deliver another round of The Walking Dead Honest Trailer, this time focusing on everything from the fourth season up until the midseason of the sixth season. I’m not sure why they wouldn’t just wait until the end of the sixth season, but whatever. Be prepared for a staggering amount of walking and pretty much the same story told for six seasons in a row. And obviously, beware of spoilers as well. Read More »

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night manager

Less than a month after the first trailer for The Night Manager, we’ve got another look at the upcoming miniseries. The adaptation of John Le Carré‘s novel originally aired on the BBC, but AMC is bringing the miniseries to the States in the coming months. The Night Manager stars Tom HiddlestonHugh LaurieOlivia ColmanTom Hollander, and Elizabeth Debicki.

Watch The Night Manager trailer below.

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Hollyweed

Apparently Kevin Smith has a nice relationship with AMC. Smith’s Comic Book Men has been on the network for around four years now. I’ve never watched it, but it’s done well enough for AMC to give the writer-director another program. Smith and actor Greg Grunberg (Heroes) will co-host a talk show, called Geeking Out (working title).

Find out more about the project below.

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preacher casts jackie earle haley

Preacher was never going to make it to television without undergoing its fair share of changes. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s blasphemous and brutal comic series is very much a product of the ’90s, a story that gives political correctness a big middle finger being stomping its face in with a steel-toed cowboy boot. It’s certainly not unadaptable, but it features characters, storylines, and images that feel specifically built for a comic book, where things like “budget” and “good taste” don’t have to exist. To adapt Preacher is to recognize the spirit of the thing – to bottle its acerbic wit, grotesque slapstick, and surprising humanity – even if it means taking the story in a separate direction.

Now, a piece of casting news has revealed just how far from the source material writer/producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin and planning to stray. Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley has joined the cast as a villainous character whose presence in the show’s first season defies the comic’s original storyline in a huge way.

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