Several premiere dates were confirmed today by AMC, along with several new series. A new “The Walking Dead” show is coming to AMC, and the network is bringing back “Lodge 49” and “The Terror: Infamy” with all-new episodes. Viewers can also look for IFC’s new variety sketch comedy show “Sherman’s Showcase,” as well as “Rosehaven” season three in the coming months. There’s also a new true-crime thriller called “No One Saw A Thing,” which AMC picked up from Blumhouse Television. Fans of the award-winning series “Documentary Now!” should be happy to know that the show is also coming back with new episodes, and BBC America is adding a Saturday programming block of nature shows called Project Awe.
A surprise announcement for “The Walking Dead” fans was that the network has greenlit a third series in the expanding universe. The new show is an original drama co-created by Scott M. Gimple, chief content officer of The Walking Dead universe, and Matt Negrete, who has been a writer and producer on The Walking Dead for the past five seasons and will be showrunner of the new series. The third series in a franchise that includes the global hit series “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” will feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it.
Produced and distributed by AMC Studios, the series will begin production on 10 episodes this summer in Virginia and premiere on AMC in 2020.
“We’re thrilled that the Dead will keep walking into a new corner of the post-apocalyptic world, a corner that will present stories and characters unlike any that The Walking Dead has dramatized thus far, and that is bound to excite one of the most passionate fanbases in television,” said David Madden, president of programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “Scott has been an invaluable leader for the Universe since taking on the role of chief content officer, with a distinct and innovative vision for the franchise. Likewise, we’re excited to have Matt, who has been a crucial part of The Walking Dead family for over five years and penned many memorable episodes of TWD, at the helm of this original series.”
“On the heels of an incredible ninth season of The Walking Dead and as we approach an anticipated new season of Fear the Walking Dead on June 2, this is an exciting moment for the Dead franchise, which continues to thrive in a highly competitive environment,” said Sarah Barnett, president of the entertainment networks group for AMC Networks. “We are thankful to be working with some of the best creatives in the business to expand this Universe in new and exciting ways for our fans.”
“Showing audiences an unseen pocket of The Walking Dead Universe steeped in a new mythology is a very cool way to celebrate a ‘Decade of the Dead’ on TV and over fifteen years of Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic,” said Gimple. “Matt Negrete is one of the best writer-producers in TWD’s long history — I’m thrilled to be working beside him to tell stories unlike we’ve seen before, taking our first step into an even larger world.”
“I’m beyond excited to be a part of this new show set in The Walking Dead Universe,” said Negrete. “Writing and producing for the original series has been the job of a lifetime and I’m honored to be working with Scott and all the fine Dead folks at AMC in this new capacity. I can’t wait for the fans of the franchise to see what we’ve been cooking up!”
“The Terror: Infamy” will premiere on August 12th, and the new season is set during World War II. “The Terror: Infamy” centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community, and a young man’s journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible.
The series stars Derek Mio as Chester Nakayama; Kiki Sukezane (Lost in Space) as Yuko, a mysterious woman from Chester’s past; Cristina Rodlo (Miss Bala) as Luz, Chester’s secret girlfriend; Shingo Usami (Unbroken) as Henry Nakayama, Chester’s father; Naoko Mori (Everest) as Asako Nakayama, Chester’s mother; Miki Ishikawa (9-1-1) as Amy, a Nakayama family friend; and renowned actor, producer, author and activist George Takei (Star Trek) as Yamato-san, a community elder and former fishing captain.
“Lodge 49” is coming back for a second season on August 12th and is set in Long Beach, California. The story centers on likable “Squire” and ex-surfer Sean “Dud” Dudley (Wyatt Russell), whose beloved fraternal order — the Ancient and Benevolent Order of the Lynx — is suffering under new rule by an ill-suited leader. Despite his “Knight” and mentor Ernie’s (Brent Jennings) lost faith, and his twin sister Liz’s (Sonya Cassidy) struggle with their past, Dud believes he is the key to restoring the Lodge to its former grandeur and putting the rightful king on the throne.
In addition to Russell, Jennings, and Cassidy, this season’s cast includes Linda Emond (Connie), Eric Allan Kramer (Scott) and David Pasquesi (Blaise).
Jim Gavin (Author, Middle Men) serves as creator, writer and executive-producer alongside showrunner Peter Ocko (Pushing Daisies, The Office).
IFC‘s “Sherman’s Showcase” will premiere on July 31st and the show was created and written by Diallo Riddle (Marlon, Rise) and Bashir Salahuddin (GLOW, Snatched). Drawing inspiration from dance/variety shows Solid Gold, Soul Train and Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, each episode of Sherman’s Showcase is hosted by Sherman McDaniels as he takes viewers through time, via music and comedy drawn from the 40-year library of a legendary (but fictional) musical variety show. Whether it’s a questionably attired funk super group in the 1970s, an up-and-coming MC in the 1980s or an R&B diva from the 1990s, Sherman’s Showcase has it all: music, comedy, famous guest stars and dancing with an exuberant host who’s been with the show throughout its run.
Sundance TV’s “The Name of the Rose” will premiere on May 23rd and is based on Umberto Eco’s highly acclaimed novel. The limited series is led by an all-star cast including Emmy Award-winner John Turturro (The Night Of), Emmy Award-winner Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest), Golden Globe nominee Rupert Everett (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Damian Hardung (Red Band Society), Sebastian Koch (Homeland), James Cosmo (Game of Thrones), Richard Sammel (Inglourious Basterds), Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Human Capital) and Greta Scarano (In Treatment).
Set in Italy in 1327, The Name of the Rose follows the Franciscan monk William of Baskerville (Turturro) and his novice Adso von Melk (Hardung) as they arrive at a secluded monastery in the Alps. There they become witnesses to a series of mysterious murders. While Baskerville and Melk investigate and search for the killer, they are hunted themselves by the merciless inquisitor Bernard Gui (Everett), who prosecutes those who criticize the pope.
If you’re a fan of “Rosehaven,” the big season three premiere is on June 20th. Written by and starring two of Australia’s favorite comedians Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola, Rosehaven follows the story of two friends and unlikely real estate agents, Daniel (Tasmanian McGregor) and Emma (Pacquola). Season 3 finds the best friends and workmates facing big changes in their personal lives and a real estate opportunity that threatens to divide the whole town.
“No One Saw A Thing” is the newest true-crime documentary on the market and it premieres on July 31st. The show comes from Blumhouse Television, and examines an unsolved and mysterious death in the American Heartland and the corrosive effects of vigilantism in small town America. The case garnered international attention in the early 1980s after a resident was shot dead in front of almost 60 townspeople. These witnesses deny having seen anything, to this very day.
Award-winning Israeli filmmaker Avi Belkin (Winding, Tunnel, Elephant Graveyard, Paddle Ball) will direct and serve as executive producer of the six-episode series, which will also be executive produced by Alexandra Shiva (This Is Home, Stage Door, How to Dance in Ohio), Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, and Marci Wiseman and co-executive produced by Mary Lisio as part of Blumhouse Television.
As we mentioned earlier, “Documentary Now!” is coming back for a new season. The series is produced by Broadway Video and created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, Rhys Thomas and executive produced by Lorne Michaels. IFC has ordered seven episodes for the upcoming season, but the network stopped short of announcing a premiere date.
“This has, and will always be, a cash grab,” said Seth Meyers. “There’s money in hyper-specific fake documentaries which is why we keep making them.”
“Every project in existence is great. All shows are of equal quality and value, and this one is no different,” said Fred Armisen. “Directors and camera operators all work very hard on every show and I assume they will do that on future episodes of ‘Documentary Now!’”
“Project Awe” is a new program event on the network, and will be the exclusive U.S. television home to the “Planet Earth Collection” and the new installments of the BBC Landmark Natural History Series including “Frozen Planet II” and “Planet Earth III.”
Every Saturday for 24 hours, BBC America will transform into Project Awe, a brand-new television destination for premium nature and wildlife content designed to inspire, connect and make viewers “feel the awe.” BBC America is the co-producer, exclusive U.S. broadcaster, and first-window platform for the next installments of BBC natural history landmarks in the U.S., including Sir David Attenborough’s next series One Planet: Seven Worlds, Frozen Planet II and Planet Earth III. According to the network, every Saturday beginning at 6:00 am, 52 weeks of the year, BBC America will transform into Project Awe.
“As the past, present and future U.S. home to this iconic BBC nature and wildlife programming, we know that epic documentaries about this spellbinding blue planet we all share pulls people from all backgrounds and all ages together in a transcendent way that’s unlike anything else, which is why we have been ‘all in,’ on this groundbreaking programming for many years, and will continue to be for many more to come,” said Sarah Barnett, president of the entertainment networks group for AMC Networks. “It is a privilege to be a home for experiences that make us feel part of something bigger than ourselves and remind us of our profound connectedness. BBC AMERICA’s Project Awe is created as a place for audiences to gather together and feel something bigger than themselves.”
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