Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to Bring Truth Seekers to TV
The creators of Shaun of the Dead and The World’s End have created there own production company Stolen Pictures and are directing their attention to the small screen. The duo is currently working on a paranormal comedy to be titled Truth Seekers. Pegg had the following to say to Variety about the series:
Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something. It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.
The series is early in the development stage with no network attached at this point. There is no indication that Pegg and Frost will actually star in the series, and since they are busy with other projects they may not have time to lend their talents in front of the camera for the show. As this is a developing story, be sure to stay tuned to further updates.
Sabrina Likely Will Not Be Visiting Riverdale Any Time Soon
Netflix’s upcoming series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, based on the comic book of the same name, began life at The CW as a spin-off of that network’s dark take on the Archie mythos Riverdale. But it has shifted to the streaming service, likely because The CW has a full development plate at the moment, and it appears that ties between the shows will be mostly severed. Chris Hayner, co-host of Archie Digest: A Riverdale Podcast, talked with CW boss Mark Pedowitz and had the following to say about the possibility of a crossover:
Based on what he said, they are completely focused on getting Sabrina off the ground on Netflix and not thinking about crossovers at all, but they hope there might be a possibility sometime in the future. But they want to establish Sabrina as its own entity on Netflix before they even start thinking about it.
So don’t expect a lot of interaction between the shows early on, but since The CW has an exclusive deal with Netflix–the streaming service gets their shows eight days after they complete their current seasons–consider it reasonable that a crossover could occur at some point in the future. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will star Kiernan Shipka in the lead role and the first of the two seasons that Netflix has ordered will likely bow later this year.
The Boys Have Been Cast for Amazon’s Upcoming Series
Amazon is moving forward with its television adaptation of Garth Ennis’ comic The Boys, and they have set the cast for the lead roles. Antony Starr will play team leader Homelander, Dominique McElligott will play Queen Maeve, and Jessie T. Usher will play A-Train. Also onboard are Chace Crawford as The Deep and Nathan Mitchell as Black Noir. Deadline Hollywood gives the following description of the series:
The Boys is set in a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame. It revolves around a group of vigilantes known informally as “the boys,” who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.
Supernatural‘s Eric Kripke will executive produce and Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen will direct. Expect this one to debut on the streaming service later this year.
Sci Fi TV Schedule: Cloak & Dagger Gets Premiere Date, Britannia Debuts on Amazon Next Week
Freeform has set June 7th as the debut date for its upcoming Marvel series Cloak & Dagger. They released the sneak peak above to coincide with the announcement. Amazon’s new fantasy epic Britannia has its bow on the streaming service next week on Friday. That series, starring David Morrissey (The Walking Dead) and Kelly Reilly (True Detective), follows Rome’s attempts to invade the British Isles in 43 AD in the face of resistance from warrior women and the druids of the land who control ancient magic. Apart from that, it is mostly business as usual for the week, but business is good with twenty two sci fi and fantasy shows airing or streaming new episodes. You can keep up with the weekly listings at this link and you can see the full Mid-Season schedule at this link.
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