TV News and reviews: Presence has a lead, Emerald City is Back , The Walking Dead and more!


ABC has signed on to Oscar award winning (12 Years a Slave) John Ridley’s drama “Presence” which will focus on an Army counter insurgency operative who finds herself navigating Los Angeles as an unlicensed private investigator.

Presence” should premier sometime in the 2016-2017 season. No casting news is available at this time. Ridley is also in talks with ABC about an unnamed Marvel project. (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/john-ridley-sells-detective-drama-802451)

Emerald City” is back alive at NBC and has its new star. According to The Hollywood Reporter (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbcs-emerald-city-casts-true-802634), Adria Arjona (Person of Interest) will play a 20-something-year-old named Dorothy. She and her K9 dog will be transported to a magical land to fight for supremacy.

The once, twice, thrice dead show is back alive and set to premier mid-season. David Schulner (The Event, Dracula) will write, executive produce and be show runner for the 10 episode series. “Emerald City” is based on L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz books.

Starz has picked up Neil Gaiman’s adaptation of “American Gods” HBO passed on the series earlier. Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green (Heroes, Everwood) will serve as showrunners and executive producers

Casting news:

Winona Ryder is coming to TV, according to TVLine (http://tvline.com/2015/06/15/winona-ryder-montauk-cast-netflix-series/ ) She will be the lead in the Netflix yet-to-be-named super natural thriller. Ryder will play the mother of a missing two year old who uses her unknown powers to find him.

The series was originally titled “Montauk“. David Harbour (State of Affairs) will co-star with Ross and Matt Duffner (Wayward Pines, Hidden) writing and directing eight episodes.

Giancarlo Esposito is coming back to TV! According to The Hollywood Reporter (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/giancarlo-esposito-joins-baz-luhrmanns-803463) , Esposito (Breaking Bad, Once Upon a Time and Revolution) has joined on to Netflix’s ‘The Get Down”

Esposito will play the the fiery Pastor Ramon Cruz. “The Get Down” also stars Jimmy Smits.

Renewals and cancellations:

A&E has canceled Carelton Cuse’s drama “The Returned“. However, his “Bates Motel” has been renewed for season four, according to Zap2It (http://www.zap2it.com/blogs/2014-15_canceled_tv_shows_list-2014-11 )

Speculation news:

Jessica Lange might be returning to “American Horror Story” According to The Wrap (http://www.thewrap.com/jessica-lange-says-shes-open-to-american-horror-story-return/), she does not object to the idea, if her and Ryan Murphy can work something out.  Please Jessica! (sorry, just said that to my TV.)

And in Holy Frakking news!

AMC has released the trailer for “Fear The Dead“, the spin off of “The Walking Dead“, You can watch it here! http://www.amc.com/shows/fear-the-walking-dead/video-extras/trailer-nicks-escape-fear-the-walking-dead-series-premiere

That will be my TV news round up for this week. Hope to see you all back next week!

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