TV Talk

American Gods Has Its Mr. Wednesday, and Other TV News

by | March 3, 2016 | Comments

This week in TV news, we have a Mr. Wednesday, there are going to be some new Emmy awards, lots of casting news, and more!


LOS ANGELES - SEP 22: Emmy Statue during Preparations for the Emmy awards on September 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA; Shutterstock ID 113604022; Usage: web; Issue Date: N/A
You can expect to hear of a few new awards handed out at this year’s Creative Arts Emmys. The academy will be recognizing short-form content with awards for best male and female actors, and their shows. The pool of nominees will include series that have a minimum of six episodes, an average length of 15 minutes or less each, that can be seen on TV or on the Internet.


von edit
After the success of Netflix’s Making a Murderer, HBO’s The Jinx, and FX’s People v. O.J Simpson:American Crime Story, more networks are jumping into the true-crime pool. Universal Cable Productions is looking to develop a scripted adaptation of the 1983 book The Von Bulow Affair by author-playwright William Wright. Writer Ilene Rosenzweig (Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce), is attached. The subject of the series will be the trials of Claus Von Bulow, a British socialite accused of killing his wife, Sunny, by means of insulin injections, causing her to slip into a vegetative state for the remainder of her life. A guilty conviction from a first trial was reversed; he was found not guilty after a second trial. No network is attached as of yet.


andria tv talk
Nancy Drew has found it’s Nancy Drew! Yay! CBS’s modernized take on the classic has cast Sarah Shahi as the famed detective. Shahi credits include starring roles in Person of Interest and USA’s Fairly Legal; as well as significant roles on The L Word and Chicago Fire. CBS has made a point that this rendition of Nancy will include a diverse and inclusive cast. Shahi, who was born in Texas, is of Iranian, Persian and Spanish ancestry. And while we are talking leading ladies, Cruel Intentions has cast its Annette Hargrove. The role made famous by Reese Witherspoon will be played by Drop Dead Diva alum Kate Levering. Levering’s Annette has to deal with the sudden death of her husband and the aftermath of her son discovering who his biological father is… the scandalous Sebastian Valmont (aka Ryan Phillippe in the original).  Last but certainly not least, ABC’s musical event Dirty Dancing has cast Modern Family star Sarah Hyland as Baby’s big sis. Hyland will play Lisa Houseman, who spends summer vacation at the Catskill Mountains and falls in love with that horrible womanizing waiter Robbie. Well, it looks like some fun is definitely brewing in making the not-so-old new again.


Earlier this week Variety reported that Nickelodeon would be bringing back 90s game show favorite Legends of the Hidden Temple – as a movie! Not much is known other than the TV film will be live-action and “inspired” by the original show, which ran on the network from 1993 to 1995. No word yet on casting, but we’re excited to see who will be cast as the voice of the Olmec Head and we can only hope the final action sequence will include putting together that darn Shrine of the Silver Monkey statue! Nickelodeon is also wrapping up the cliffhanger that ended Hey Arnold!, which ran from 1996 to 2004, with a theatrical movie released in 2002. Series creator Craig Bartlett, who left after disputes with the network before the final season aired,  is on board for the two-part movie, which he announced on his Instagram. Maybe we’ll finally find out what really happened to Arnold’s parents.


Ian McShane as Andrew Finney in Ray Donovan (Season 3, Episode 10). - Photo: Greg Gayne/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: RayDonovan_310_4959.R
Starz announced this week that Ian McShane (Deadwood, Ray Donovan) has been cast as Mr. Wednesday in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods. Playing Mr. Wednesday, McShane joins Ricky Whittle, who was recently announced to play Shadow Moon. Mr. Wednesday is a crafty and endlessly charismatic con man, full of perverse wisdom, curious magic, and grand plans. He hires ex-con Shadow Moon to be his bodyguard as he journeys across America, using his charms to recruit others like him as he prepares for the ultimate battle for power. American Gods will begin shooting in April.
  • Nicholas Cage’s Pyramid Tomb

    I’m pretty sure that at no point in American Gods is Shadow ever called “Shadow Moon”.

  • Josh Mocellin

    Weren’t Arnold’s parents humanitarians that got sick and died helping in some foreign country? 😮

Tag Cloud

adventure Nat Geo Mystery DC Comics composers social media VH1 Thanksgiving Holidays discovery television DC streaming service X-Men Awards Tour aliens Winners Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ratings Comedy Starz 24 frames cults See It Skip It NYCC PaleyFest Shondaland zombies period drama GoT MTV Sundance Now Fox News TNT Infographic Rock Syfy Calendar Action cats Adult Swim Grammys DirecTV politics Esquire Best and Worst TV cinemax Sundance justice league Sony Pictures Ovation 21st Century Fox BBC thriller TIFF Extras The CW travel VICE Logo dramedy festivals American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Star Trek CW Seed BET Fall TV cops Dark Horse Comics Kids & Family 2017 Winter TV ITV CBS comic Pirates Shudder History war Music TCA Pixar Teen Bravo comiccon IFC Films Polls and Games Ghostbusters docudrama medical drama Super Bowl golden globes Sneak Peek Walt Disney Pictures Creative Arts Emmys 2015 sports Cartoon Network GLAAD blaxploitation Warner Bros. finale Christmas talk show Epix El Rey Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Ellie Kemper robots supernatural Masterpiece romance ESPN Nickelodeon Summer Paramount Network TV Land New York Comic Con Rom-Com YouTube Red Superheroe LGBTQ mutant FXX 20th Century Fox Lionsgate cooking MSNBC Paramount TCA 2017 singing competition Schedule Showtime Freeform Certified Fresh crime thriller police drama Tumblr Mary poppins Comics on TV Mindy Kaling IFC CMT WGN award winner AMC CNN TLC FOX 2016 007 President unscripted Countdown Podcast transformers Tomatazos TBS Awards Marathons Trophy Talk Musicals Comedy Central Nominations jamie lee curtis SXSW Marvel TCM Mary Tyler Moore Toys 2019 binge anime Spring TV A&E NBC Netflix YouTube Premium The Arrangement vampires Animation OWN boxoffice what to watch Mary Poppins Returns doctor who SDCC APB Red Carpet Pop CBS All Access Star Wars Trivia Drama Fantasy SundanceTV dc Valentine's Day 45 diversity Watching Series Cosplay Disney DC Universe YA Opinion 2018 PBS hist E3 Columbia Pictures TruTV GIFs Lucasfilm National Geographic Election biography Hulu spy thriller ABC USA Network spider-man Rocky political drama Musical sitcom historical drama First Look Country Reality psycho Photos BBC America Food Network Apple Video Games FX streaming science fiction Spike Comic Book zombie Superheroes serial killer HBO harry potter Oscars Western dceu crime Horror Sci-Fi Martial Arts Crackle technology Writers Guild of America ABC Family Box Office Universal crime drama USA Year in Review Quiz Song of Ice and Fire RT History Character Guide Emmys E! based on movie crossover green book Interview Set visit Premiere Dates San Diego Comic-Con Reality Competition Amazon Disney Channel Britbox Biopics Trailer Acorn TV