Timeless

Since it’s upfronts week for all the major TV networks, plenty of news about all your favorite shows has been hitting the web recently. Last week brought a slew of cancellations and renewals for shows on ABC and NBC, and now we have an update on the fate of a bunch of shows over at FOX and CBS.

If you’re having trouble keeping up with all the renewals and cancellations so far, don’t worry, because we’ll have a round-up of which shows are returning, and which ones have been given the axe. But for now, this edition of TV Bits has great news for Timeless viewers and Elementary fans, bad news Scream Queens and 2 Broke Girls fans and potentially interesting news for people who want to get close to San Diego Comic-Con without actually being at the convention itself. Get details on all that and more after the jump. Read More »

Orphan Black season 4

Welcome to Peak TV, where there is so much television news that we have to cram together updates on Orphan Black, Veep, The Americans, Prison Break, Orange is the New Black, Catastrophe, and Bill Nye Saves the World into one little news post.

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24 Legacy Trailer - Corey Hawkins

Now that we’re into the year 2017, shows are coming back from their midseason hiatus to finish out the rest of their season. In addition, there are some new shows arriving on TV for the first time. And following their panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour this week, FOX has released some new trailers for the shows coming to their network over the next few months.

24: Legacy resets the clock with Corey Hawkins as the new lead of a series set in the universe of the original  starring Kiefer Sutherland (though he won’t be back as Jack Bauer for now). Prison Break is also making a comeback with the return of Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell.

Outside of the returning shows, FOX also has two new crime dramas. APB follows a police precinct in Chicago taken over by a billionaire in an effort to fight crime properly, reduce corruption and create an efficient private police force. Then there’s Shots Fired, a 10-part event series that takes a look at the broken criminal justice system.

Watch the new 24 Legacy trailer and all the rest of the sneak peeks after the jump. Read More »

sherlock season 4 trailer

Let’s consider the importance of a good trailer for a new television show in this day and age. As audiences, we are spoiled: there is simply too many good shows out there and it’s nearly impossible to stay on top of them all. Word of mouth can do a great deal in the long run, but an exciting preview is worth a thousand internet comments saying “You know what? It’s actually really good!”

So let’s check out the new trailers for Sherlock, The Exorcist, and the Prison Break revival and start crafting our new TV schedules now.

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Prison Break

San Diego Comic-Con got a first look at the upcoming limited series Prison Break, picking up after the original four seasons and straight to video movie. Series creator Paul Scheuring got the band back together, after leaving the show in capable hands for seasons three and four. We spoke to the new series’ producers Vaun Wilmott and Michael Horowitz in a roundtable about bringing Prison Break back.

While sequel series like The X-Files and Fuller House revel in nostalgia, Prison Break won’t be interested in that. “I feel like Paul doesn’t care that much about nostalgia,” Horowitz said. “Paul just wants to tell a great story and tell a story that he was excited about and involving our main cast. Yeah, I think there were times where we probably wish we could have had more people back at times, but it was more important just to tell the great story. We also don’t want to be just nostalgic. There’s a bunch of new characters who are exciting that we think the audience is going to be really excited about.”  Read More »

24 legacy trailer

Fox is looking to the past for its 2017 slate, reviving two of the shows that helped shape the network’s identity during the early and mid-’00s. And yet, both are coming back in very different forms. In one corner, you have Prison Break, returning as a special event series that will act as a sequel to the series finale and feature characters fans already know and love. In the other, you have 24: Legacy, which borrows its parent show’s basic format while bringing an entirely new cast into the fray.

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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Beerfest is being developed as a digital series.
  • Director Joe Swanberg (Digging for Fire) is writing, directing, and executive producing Netflix’s Easy.
  • Neil Patrick Harris is finally confirmed to star in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
  • Harris will be joined by Patrick Warburton (The Tick) in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
  • Malachi Kirby will star in an episode of Black Mirror.
  • Sarah Wayne is returning to Prison Break.
  • Lionsgate is launching a Comic-Con channel.

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new Prison Break season

During their announcements to the Television Critics Association, Fox executives confirmed they have received a script for the new Prison Break limited series from series creator Paul Scheuring. After the panel, Chairman and CEO Dana Walden spoke with reporters further about details for Prison Break. Because of Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell’s commitment to The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, production has to wait, but it could begin early this spring. Walden also specified an episode count.  Read More »

24 reboot

At the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Fox executives confirmed the long rumored 24 reboot series. Speaking on an executive panel, Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Dana Walden announced the name of the new 24 and the take from 24 producers.

“We’re ordering a pilot set in the world of 24,” Walden said. “We’ve thought about doing a sequel to this for a long time. After the final event series, we saw the real time format could work in a 12-hour format. Evan Katz and Manny Coto had a fantastic idea for a reboot. It’s very reminiscent of their original. Stephen Hopkins is going to direct 24: Legacy.”  Read More »

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Fox Confirms ‘Prison Break’ Return

new Prison Break season

Today in their Television Critics Association executive session, Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman confirmed development on a new 10-episode season of Prison Break.

Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell are confirmed to return, and Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring has pitched the new season. However, Walden and Newman are split on how the new series will address the straight to video movie Prison Break: The Final Break. Execs also addressed the upcoming Urban Cowboy series, saying the pilot shoots in September and that it could transform from an event series to an ongoing show. Read More »