News Mania: FX Orders ‘The Strain,’ Ultimate Drew Goddard Takes the ‘Daredevil’ Helm and More

Welcome to week five of News Mania where Anna Gunn is still in-demand, FX professes their love for us and How I Met Your Mother refuses to die.

There’s lots to get through this week, so let’s dive right in.

Awesome Flavored News

Ultimate Drew Goddard to Write/Run Netflix’s Daredevil

Ultimate Drew Goddard, one of the Whedonverse’s most beloved writers and the man behind Cabin in the Woods, is taking the reigns on Disney and Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil series. Goddard will serve as the showrunner and head writer for the first of Netflix’s four planned Marvel series. With the show in Goddard’s hands, expect for no one to remember the Ben Affleck movie was a thing that ever happened. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

FX Commits to Guillermo del Toro Series The Strain

The Strain is actually happening. FX has ordered 13 episodes of the vampiric, Guillermo del Toro series starring Corey Stall. Former Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse is also attached to the project. It’s okay to freak out. I did. [Source: TV Line]

Bill Murray is Set to Star in HBO’s Olive Kitteridge

The little seen of late Bill Murray has been cast in HBO’s Olive Kitteridge miniseries. Based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Elizabeth Strout, the plot centers a small town plagued by secrets and affairs. That hardly matters though; Bill Murray is going to be on TV again. That’s reason enough to rejoice. [Source: Deadline]

This Week in Fandom News

The CW Plans Stand-Alone Flash Pilot

Earlier this season, The CW announced plans to embed a backdoor pilot for The Flash in the back half of Arrow‘s second season. While Barry Allen has been introduced into the world of Arrow, the planned backdoor pilot has been scrapped in favor of a traditional pilot. Allen will now embrace his famed alter ego in his very own show, instead of in episode 20 of Arrow season two– although, it should be noted that this doesn’t necessarily mean The Flash will be picked up to series. [Source: Deadline]

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Announces New Cast Members

The upcoming 10-part From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series has announced the latest additions to its cast. Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The X-Files) is on-board as Jacob Fuller, Madison Davenport (Shameless) as Kate Fuller, Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game) as Scott Fuller and Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez) as Santánico Pandemonium.

González is stepping into the role of Pandemonium, the character that is credited for launching Salma Hayek’s film career. Patrick portrays Jacob Fuller, father to Kate (Davenport) and Scott (Soo Hoo), who are held hostage by main characters, Seth and Richie Gecko. They join previously announced D.J. Cotrona (Dear John) who plays Seth Gecko, Zane Holtz (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as Richie Gecko, Jesse Garcia (Sons of Anarchy) who plays Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez, a new character created for the series, and Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Nash Bridges) who joins in a recurring role as Sheriff Earl McGraw.

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series will premiere on the soon to be launched cable channel El Rey Network.

Jessica Jones Series Finds Showrunner

In addition to Drew Goddard being announced as the showrunner for Netflix’s Daredevil, the streaming giant also announced that the second planned series Jessica Jones has found its showrunner as well, Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter, The Twilight Franchise). Jones is an ex-superhero turned PI/Journalist. [Source: Deadline]

The CW Planning Tales From the Darkside Reboot

The CW is flirting with the idea of rebooting George A. Romero’s classic ’80s-era horror anthology series. The most exciting news is that Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son and writer of the awesome Locke & Key comic book series) is behind the reboot. If the series is picked up it will most likely air in Summer 2014. [Source: THR]

Arrow Casts Daughter of Ra’s al Ghul

Katrina Law (Spartacus) will be guesting on Arrow as Nyssa al Ghul, the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul and a member of League of Assassins. Nyssa will show up in Starling City to pursue The Canary. [Source: TV Guide]

Shows Coming to a TV Near You

NBC Co-Producing Working the Engels

NBC and Canada are making history with the countries’ first sitcom co-production in Working the Engels. The comedy will focus on a family who is left with a mountain of debt after the father of the family dies. In order to survive, the family will have to come together to run the father’s store-front law office, even though the oldest daughter is the only one with law experience. NBC and Canada will produce 12-episodes.

John Oliver gets Topical HBO Show

It’s finally happened: John Oliver is getting his on Daily Show style program, only in a twist, it won’t be on Comedy Central. Instead, HBO has greenlit the weekly series for a 2014 debut. [Source: TV Line]

Russell T. Davies Creates Show About 21st Century Gay Life for Channel 4

Former Doctor Who showrunner and Queer As Folk creator, Russell T. Davies is getting back to his roots with Cucumber and Banana, two new shows about modern gay life. The eight-part Cucumber focuses on 46 year old Henry and his long-suffering boyfriend Lance, while Banana will focus around the characters who orbit around Henry for E4.

“No one can look into the heart and soul of modern relationships quite like Russell and across Channel 4, E4 and online, he paints an unflinching and forensic portrait of how our sex lives affect us all,” says Head of Drama, Piers Wenger. “It might be fifteen years since Queer As Folk, but he has made it more than worth the wait.”

USA Orders Event Series Dig From Tim Kring

Heroes creator Tim Kring is teaming up with Homeland‘s Gideon Raff for the USA event series Dig. The series focuses on an FBI agent who discovers a 2,000 year old conspiracy in Jerusalem. [Source: THR]

Cinemax Nabs Robert Kirkman’s Outcast

After an intense bidding war, Cinemax has come out on top to produce the exorcism drama Outcast based on Kirkman’s comic book series of the same name. The project has been given a script commitment with a penalty attached– which means there’s almost a 100% chance you’ll be seeing Outcast on your television screen. [Source:THR]

WGN America and Weinstein Company Team Up for 10 Commandments Event Series

History Channel proved that The Bible can bring in serious ratings, so it’s understandable that the new to the originals game WGN America is betting on a 10 Commandments miniseries. The 10-part event series could potentially have a different A-list director for each episode. [Source: Deadline]

Casting Corner

Arrested Development favorite David Cross will guest star in Community‘s season five follow-up to their first Dungeons & Dragons episode. [Source: Vulture]

– Comic Aisha Tyler has joined the cast of HBO’s Ryan Murphy infidelity drama Open as a women with modern views on marriage. [Source:TV Line]

Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn and Academy Award Nominee Jacki Weaver have joined the cast of Gracepoint, alongside David Tennant. The series is an American remake of the hit British series Broadchurch.

– Jason Ritter is reprising his role as Mark Cyr on Parenthood in episode 19 of season five. Right now Ritter is only on board for one episode. [Source: TV Line

The Most Random News Item of the Week Goes To…

Just when you thought you could see the light at the end of the tunnel Carter & Bays and CBS have decided that what the world needs is even more How I Met Your Mother in the form of How I Met Your Dad, which will be different because it will be told from a female perspective. Let us all collectively head-desk together. That horse isn’t just dead, CBS, it’s already been turned into glue. [Source: THR]


That’s a wrap for News Mania week five. We discussed quite a few new shows in the works, which one are you looking forward to the most?

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