Turner Presents: ‘Legends’, ‘Over The Garden Wall’, ‘Friends of the People’ & ‘Fake Off’ [TCA 2014]

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Turner Networks brought out a few of its properties including truTV, Cartoon Network and TNT at the Television Critics Association Summer 2014 Press Tour this week and presented some of their new programming.

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Cartoon Network

While Cartoon Network didn’t have an actual panel, they did share some footage for their new animated miniseries, Over The Garden Wall, which looks beautiful.

The 10 part miniseries features voices from Elijah Wood, Colin Dean and Melanie Lynskey and follows two brothers Wirt and Greg who get lost in the “Unknown,” a strange forest adrift in time. In order to get back home they enlist the help of a Woodsman and bluebird named Beatrice.

The miniseries was created by Pat McHale and based on his award-winning short film Tome of the Unknown. Over The Garden Wall will premiere this Fall.

Even though I haven’t seen much from it yet, the little I have seen looks magical and is quite a departure from the usual Cartoon Network shows. I can’t wait to see more.

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Following Cartoon Network, TruTV presented a couple of their new shows, Friends of the People and Fake Off.

Friends of the People

Friends of the People is a new sketch comedy (truTV’s first) featuring Kevin Barnett, Jennifer Bartels, Jermaine Fowler, Lil Rey Howery, The Lucas Bros. and Josh Rabinowitz. The show will feature a mix of scripted sketches, man-on-the-street segments and more. It will launch this Fall.

During their presentation, a sketch from the show was shown which kind of sold me on it. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more. The sketch in question was about the Family Matters writers room and the reason they came up with the character of Steve Urkel: to crash and burn the show and get everyone fired. Their reaction to the success of the character is priceless. You can watch the sketch for yourself below.

If that sketch is any indication of what’s to come in the show, this could be another great sketch comedy series to add to your schedule.

Fake Off

I tend not to be a fan of reality shows, but truTV’s latest competition series, Fake Off, might appeal to some of you as the performances in it seem quite visually grandiose and feature performers who recreate iconic moments in pop culture. It made me think of a mix of Cirque du Soleil, dance, acrobatics and illusion. Watching the trailer I almost wished there was an actual show I could buy tickets to see something like this. One of the performances they put on featured the Titanic, another one The Simpsons, it looks quite original.

The judging panel of the show includes music superstar Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of TLC, actor-dancer-choreographer Harry Shum Jr. (Glee, The LXD); and world renowned visual & concept designer Michael Curry (Broadway’s The Lion King, Cirque du Soleil’s Love).

Fake Off will premiere this Fall.

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TNT

The last presentation from Turner was TNT’s upcoming new series Legends starring Sean Bean as an undercover FBI agent who is a genius a transforming himself into a new person for each of his assignments, but soon starts to question whether he even knows his own identity.

In attendance for the panel were series stars Sean Bean (Martin Odum), Ali Larter (Crystal), Morris Chestnut (Tony Rice), Steve Harris (Yates), Amber Valetta (Martin’s ex-wife), and executive producer David Wilcox.

Here are some highlights from the panel:

– One of the attractions for Sean Bean in playing the role of Martin Odum was because he got to play multiple characters, which he had never done before.

– When asked what he thinks of the interest people have in Bean’s previous characters on TV or film dying, he responded that it’s “quite bizarre.”

– When asked about his favorite death so far, Bean said “Lord of the Rings,” he thought it was “quite epic.”

– Ali Larter shared that her character, Crystal, doesn’t have legends, she mostly goes undercover for a little bit in order to do what needs to be done to close the deal.

– Larter explained that she wanted to play a strong woman character that also had a vulnerable side to her.

– When asked about the research they did for the part, Morris Chestnut joked, “I was looking for undercover people to talk to, but I couldn’t find them… cause they’re undercover.”

Legends premieres on August 13th at 9pm on TNT.

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