According to Deadline, Samuel L. Jackson is about to make the rare dip into the TV waters. Jackson will reportedly star in Old Man, based on the Jonathan E. Steinberg crime thriller, as a widower named Dan Chase who harbors a dark secret. After a botched military operation in Libya 35 years prior, Chase went on the run attempting to escape those who wanted him dead. Now, in his older age and starting to feel safe, the onetime soldier finds himself back in the crosshairs. The series is currently being pitched to cable and streaming platforms.
Jackson isn’t the only film star venturing into TV, as Friends star Jennifer Aniston is reportedly in talks to star in her first series in over a decade, and a familiar Friends face may join her. Reese Witherspoon, who played Aniston’s sister on Friends, will reportedly co-star in the still untitled series that explores the world of morning shows and the New York media scene. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series is being shopped to cable and streaming platforms.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are teaming up to bring a new Boston-based drama series called City on a Hill to television, with Showtime reportedly being the favorite to land the show. The series will be based on the real life events known as “the Boston Miracle.” This fictional account will follow a Brooklyn-born African American district attorney and a hardened FBI vet who work together to bring down a family of armored car robbers.
Modern Family’s younger cast members just got a nice raise. Deadline reports that Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez have signed new two-year deals that will reportedly increase their salaries to over $100,000 per episode.
HBO offered a wealth of information this week. First up, things seem to be moving forward in a positive direction for the long-discussed Deadwood wrap-up revival. Also, the network has started making moves toward a potential third season of True Detective, with Oscar winner Mahershala Ali set to star should another season be greenlit. And HBO has approached author Liane Moriarty to “take a crack” at a second season of Big Little Lies after the positive returns for the limited series and cast interest in continuing the stories beyond the book adaptation.
HBO also announced that former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart will headline two comedy specials, his first stand-up specials since a 1996 special for HBO. Plus, the James Franco / Maggie Gyllenhaal series The Deuce about the rise of the porn culture in New York’s ’70s and ’80s, will premiere Sept. 10. And, the ninth season of the popular Curb Your Enthusiasm, will start up Oct. 1 with a guest cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Nick Offerman, Elizabeth Banks, Ed Begley Jr., Carrie Brownstein, Lauren Graham, Nasim Pedrad and Elizabeth Perkins.
TBS will keep the laughs coming with their Naked Gun-esque detective series Angie Tribeca. The show completed its third season earlier this summer and will return for a fourth season in 2018. Early word is that Bobby Cannavale will join the show as well in a yet-to-be-revealed role.
TBS has announced an Oct. 24 premiere for the new Tracy Morgan comedy series The Last O.G. The network also revealed that Drop the Mic will debut Oct. 26, while Season 2 of Search Party will start back up on Nov. 19.
Over at TNT, Animal Kingdom enjoyed a fierce second season and has been picked up by the network for Season 3. TNT also revealed that the Wonder Woman pair of director Patty Jenkins and actor Chris Pine will team up on the six-episode limited series One Day She’ll Darken, which centers on a young woman’s investigation into her birth that leads her down a path connected to a suspect in the infamous Black Dahlia murder and a disgraced reporter (Pine) who had previously investigated the suspect.
The upcoming fifth season of Vikings now has a premiere date, with the History Channel bringing it back Wednesday, Nov. 29 with a two-hour premiere.
SyFy network has reupped Wynonna Earp for a third season, which is expected to debut sometime in 2018.
NCIS has added a well-respected name to the cast, as Maria Bello is coming on board for Season 15 of the show. TV Line reports that Bello will premiere in the new season’s fourth episode as a commissioned second lieutenant with an expertise in forensic psychology who occasionally will butt heads with Gibbs (Mark Harmon). NCIS returns on Sept. 26.
Britt Robertson, fresh off the series Girlboss, has landed the lead role in the new Shonda Rhimes legal series For the People. Robertson replaces Britney Oldford, who was initially cast in the role and appears in the pilot. TV Line reports that the show, which also features Ben Rappaport and Anna Deavere Smith, is expected to arrive at midseason.
Also in “Shondaland,” Rosewood actress Jaina Lee Ortiz has landed a starring role in Rhimes‘ upcoming Grey’s Anatomy still-untitled spinoff based in the world of heroic firefighters. Deadline reports that the show will premiere at midseason after a Grey’s Anatomy episode that introduces several of the show’s characters.
Chicago P.D. has elevated Tracy Spiridakos to regular status for the upcoming fifth season of the NBC series. Spiridakos recurred during Season 4 as Det. Hailey Upton. The new season starts Sept. 27.
Emilie de Ravin will return for at least one episode of Once Upon a Time’s seventh season. EW reports that the actress who exited the show as Belle at the end of Season 6 will be back in the fourth episode of the new season to provide an update on her character.
Desmond Harrington has landed a recurring role in the upcoming sixth season of CBS’ Elementary. The former Dexter actor will reportedly play a recovering addict named Michael who once found inspiration in Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) who hopes to return the favor with the detective struggling in a time of need. Elementary returns to the CBS schedule in early 2018.
Lost alum Elizabeth Mitchell has joined the cast of The Expanse. TV Line reports that Mitchell’s recurring character will bring a spiritual perspective to the third season of the SyFy drama.
Zachary Knighton, who previous starred on ABC’s Happy Endings and Flash Forward, will have a major recurring role in the second season of Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet, according to Deadline.
NBC’s casting overhaul for the second season of Taken sees The Flash actress Jessica Camacho joining the cast. According to TV Line, Camacho will play Santana, a smart, rule-breaking former Army captain with a specialty in logistics. After undergoing significant cast changes, the network pushed the show’s second season to mid-season to allow for the changing story development.