TV Bits: ‘Powers’, ‘Hell on Wheels’, ‘Daily Show’, ‘Colbert Report’, Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe, Brendan Fraser, Tim Seeley, Stephen Merchant
Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Under what circumstances might you see Harry Potter and Don Draper taking a bath together? Hit the jump to find out. Plus:
- Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert go live for the election
- What does your favorite show say about your politics?
- Brendan Fraser won’t be one of TNT’s Legends after all
- AMC puts Hell on Wheels‘ Season 3 renewal on hold
- FX isn’t so happy with the second Powers pilot, either
- An adaptation of Tim Seeley‘s Revival is in the works
- HBO goes forward with Stephen Merchant‘s Hello Ladies
Don Draper and Harry Potter in a bathtub is probably one of the odder things you’ll see today, so let’s start with that. Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe signed on back in May for A Young Doctor’s Notebook, a four-part Brit miniseries based on the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov. The darkly comedic story centers on a middle-aged doctor (Hamm) struggling with self-doubt. He recalls his days as a WWI medic, and interacts with his younger self (played by Radcliffe). Check out the first photos below:
Hamm and Radcliffe barely pass as relatives, let alone the same person, but it could be fun to watch these two fan favorites playing off of each other all the same. The miniseries airs on UK’s Sky Arts 1 in early December. [Digital Spy]
When election night rolls around next week, you’ll want to turn to a reliable source for the latest updates. Thank God Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are on the case. The Daily Show and The Colbert Report will both report live Tuesday, November 6 on Comedy Central.
The Daily Show will get things started at 11 PM Eastern time (8 PM Pacific) with Election Night 2012: This Ends Now, featuring early results and analysis from Stewart and his correspondents. Colbert’s Election 2012: A Nation Votes, Ohio Decides; The Re-Presidenting of America: Who Will Replace Obama? ’012! will follow at 11:30 PM Eastern (8:30 PM Pacific), with a guest appearance by Andrew Sullivan. And if you happen to be in New York, you’ll be able to see it on one giant-ass screen — both episodes will broadcast live on MTV’s jumbotron in Times Square. [Deadline]
Speaking of politics, Buzzfeed has a couple of fun infographics detailing the political leanings of certain shows and networks, as based on Facebook data analysis. The results aren’t terribly shocking — it turns out devotees of HBO’s The Newsroom are very blue, while Fox News viewers are very red, imagine that — but it’s still cool to see the data laid out this way.
Head to the site for more charts, like these ones showing what your taste in food says about your voting preferences.
It was just a couple of weeks ago that Brendan Fraser landed his first regular TV series gig on TNT’s Legends, but it looks like he’s already back out again. The actor has dropped out of the Howard Gordon-produced pilot due to “creative differences.” Fraser’s lead character, a deep-undercover agent, will be recast. [TV Line]
Also backtracking is AMC on its recent renewal of Hell on Wheels, owing to some drama behind the scenes. Showrunner John Shiban has decided to step down, prompting the network to put the renewal on hold. The fate of the series now depends on its finding a new showrunner who can get network approval.
Shiban’s reasons for leaving have not been revealed. However, it’s worth noting that he wouldn’t be the first showrunner to suddenly drop out of an AMC series. Frank Darabont made headlines last year when he abruptly departed The Walking Dead, and Rubicon creator Jason Horwitch dropped out during the show’s first season. [Deadline]
And now in other bad news, Brian Michael Bendis‘ Powers is still struggling to make it to the screen. A TV adaptation has been in the works for a few years already, but for some reason it just doesn’t seem to be working. FX shot and rejected a pilot several months ago, then filmed a second pilot with a completely new cast — which apparently isn’t working any better. It’s not clear right now whether the network will press try again (third time’s the charm?) or simply drop the project altogether.
Set in a universe where superpowers are relatively commonplace, Powers centers around a superhero turned homicide detective specializing in cases that involve unusual abilities. Latino Review‘s source suggests the budget may have been one stumbling block for the project, as portraying so many superpowers could have been prohibitively expensive.
On a more positive note for comic book lovers, Tim Seeley‘s Revival is being developed for TV by NBC Studios and producers David Alpert and David Engel. The hope is that it’ll eventually make it to series on NBC. The graphic novel is described as a “rural noir,” with zombies. Alpert and Engel have also worked on The Walking Dead, which as you may recall almost went to NBC before it wound up at the more gore-friendly AMC. Hit Latino Review for more details.
HBO has seen Stephen Merchant‘s pilot Hello Ladies, which it ordered this summer, and is now moving forward with an eight-episode series order. Co-written by Merchant, Lee Eisenberg, and Gene Stupnitsky, the comedy stars Merchant as an awkward guy who desperately wants to be accepted by the glam and beautiful crowd. Problem is, he’s not nearly as charming as he thinks he is. The premise is based on Merchant’s standup show of the same title. [Deadline]