Marvel Studios and Disney+ have dropped some new Marvel series intelligence. Bob Odenkirk is on the mend after a heart attack. Delroy Lindo will star in an Amazon Studios adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys. Star Jodie Whittaker and showrunner Chris Chibnall are leaving Doctor Who and more of the week’s top TV and streaming news.
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Marvel Studios revealed a first-look at Hailee Steinfeld and Jeremy Renner in Hawkeye, while announcing the series’ November 24 release date on Disney+.
Renner reprises his MCU role as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, with Steinfeld debuting as Kate Bishop, another archer from the comics.
The series also stars Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James, and newcomer Alaqua Cox who will star as Maya Lopez (aka “Echo” in the Marvel Universe). Rhys Thomas and duo Bert and Bertie will direct the series. Jonathan Igla (Mad Men) is showrunner.
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First, and most importantly, he’s recovering. But beloved Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk gave his fans quite a scare this week when he collapsed on the AMC drama’s Albuquerque set, where the Saul gang is filming the Breaking Bad prequel’s sixth and final season. TMZ broke the news Tuesday night that Odenkirk, 58, was unconscious when taken away to the hospital, but until Wednesday afternoon, all anyone could do is share well wishes for the actor across social media, along with celebs like Odenkirk’s Saul and Breaking Bad co-stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Michael McKean, and Michael Mando.
But then a statement was issued from Odenkirk’s team, confirming Odenkirk had suffered a “heart-related incident,” and that he was recovering.
“We can confirm Bob is in stable condition after experiencing a heart-related incident. He and his family would like to express gratitude for the incredible doctors and nurses looking after him, as well as his cast, crew and producers who have stayed by his side,” the statement read. “The Odenkirks would also like to thank everyone for the outpouring of well wishes and ask for their privacy at this time as Bob works on his recovery.”
A more personal confirmation came courtesy of Odenkirk’s son, Nate Odenkirk, whose tweet was the ultimate comfort for fans: “He’s going to be okay.”
Which was, to quote the elder Odenkirk’s The Disaster Artist co-star Adam Scott, a big “F—ing whew” for all of us.
UPDATE – Friday July 30, 4pm PT: In a Tweet thread sent out Friday, Odenkirk confirmed he’d had a “small heart attack” and would “take a beat to recover but I’ll be back soon.” He thanked family and friends, as well as fans for the “overwhelming” outpouring of support.
Hi. It's Bob.
To my family and friends who have surrounded me this week.
And for the outpouring of love from everyone who expressed concern and care for me. It’s overwhelming. But I feel the love and it means so much.
— Mr. Bob Odenkirk (@mrbobodenkirk) July 30, 2021
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It is now officially the end of the TARDIS-travelled road for Thirteenth Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker, as the actress and the current showrunner of the classic BBC series will both leave the show after three Who specials that will air in 2022.
Whittaker and showrunner Chris Chibnall are set to premiere the six-episode thirteenth season of the series this fall, followed by two previously planned specials in 2022, one on New Year’s Day and one in the spring. But with both leaving Doctor Who, the BBC asked for another, feature-length, special to wrap up their time with the first female Time Lord, and that will air in fall of 2022.
American Rust is another crime/family drama set in Pennsylvania, but instead of Kate Winslet’s Mare of Easttown “murdur durdur” police detective, Jeff Daniels is small-town police chief Del Harris, who’s caught up in a murder that might involve his girlfriend’s (Maura Tierney) son. Based on the novel by author Philipp Meyer. Also stars Bill Camp. Premieres Sept. 12 on Showtime.
More trailers and teasers released this week:
• Billions returns with six new episodes to conclude its fifth season, as powerful billionaire Mike Prince (Corey Stoll) sends ripples through Axe Capital and gives Chuck (Paul Giamatti) a potential new weapon in his fight against Bobby (Lewis). Also stars Maggie Siff, Asia Kate Dillon, David Costabile, Jeffrey DeMunn, Condola Rashad, and Jeanane Garofalo. (Showtime)
• In See, season 2, Baba Voss (Jason Momoa) is struggling to reunite his family while protecting them as the threat of war looms between the Kingdom of Paya and the Trivantian Republic. Also stars Alfre Woodard, Dave Bautista, and Tom Mison. Premieres Aug. 27. (Apple TV+)
• Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, season 2, premieres with two deliciously funny episodes, featuring Nora training a fellow CBD store employee, and Grandma (Lori Tan Chinn) getting some very unexpected health news. Also starring BD Wong and Bowen Yang. Premieres Aug. 18. (Comedy Central)
• Only Murders in the Building is a murder-mystery comedy starring Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Selena Gomez as true crime–obsessed neighbors who find themselves in the middle of a gnarly murder inside their Upper West Side NYC building. Premieres Aug. 31. (Hulu)
• Untold is the five-part docuseries, from the creators of Wild Wild Country, featuring epic sports tales, from boxer Christy Martin and Caitlin Jenner on winning Olympic gold in the decathlon to the hockey players taking their orders from an alleged mob boss and the legendary 2004 NBA brawl between the Pistons and the Pacers – “The Malice in the Palace.” Premieres Aug. 10. (Netflix)
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Amazon has confirmed that Delroy Lindo will play the titular role in its upcoming Anansi Boys series, based on Neil Gaiman’s bestselling novel. Lindo will play Anansi/Mr. Nancy, who is “all charm. As far as (Charlie Nancy, his estranged son) knows, (Anansi) was a lazy, charming man who cheated on Charlie’s mother. But Mr. Nancy had another side to him. He was a god of stories and trickery.” The six-episode series begins filming in Scotland later this year.
Shailene Woodley will headline Showtime’s Three Women, based on Lisa Taddeo’s New York Times bestseller of the same name, about three women and how their lives are changed by their messy, complicated love lives. Taddeo spent eight years chronicling their lives, and Woodley will play a writer who’s documenting the women’s stories, just as Taddeo did for her book. Taddeo is also writing the series, which begins filming this fall, Deadline reports. Meanwhile, Showtime announced Jurassic World: Dominion star DeWanda Wise will play Sloane, one of the titular three women, a glamorous entrepreneur in a committed open marriage until two sexy new strangers threaten her love story.
Matt Bomer and Michelle Monaghan will star in the Netflix mystery thriller Echoes, about identical twins who secretly swap lives, with two homes, two husbands, and a child in the mix. Monaghan plays both twins, Leni and Gina, whose world blows up when Leni goes missing. Bomer plays Leni’s husband, Jack, a veterinarian who may be the one with the most to lose with Leni’s disappearance.
Hamilton Emmy nominee Phillipa Soo has joined the cast of Apple TV+’s Shining Girls, a thriller starring Elisabeth Moss as a reporter who’s a victim of a brutal attack and then tries to hunt down her attacker. Soo will play the “intelligent and sure-footed” researcher who works at a planetarium in the series, based on the 2013 bestselling novel by author Lauren Beukes. (Deadline)
The Fringe alum Anna Torv has been cast in HBO’s The Last of Us videogame adaptation, playing Tess, a survivor and smuggler in the post-apocalyptic world of the series.
Emmy, Oscar, and Tony winner Ellen Burstyn has joined the cast of Showtime’s The First Lady, where she’ll play Sara Delano Roosevelt, the mother of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who will be played by Kiefer Sutherland in the series. PS: someone get Burstyn a great audiobook project, so she has a shot at completing that EGOT! (Deadline)
David Makes Man alum Nick Creegan will play Marquis Jet, Jada Jet’s (Robin Givens) son on Batwoman. (Deadline)
True Blood alum Joe Manganiello has joined AMC’s moon-set series Moonhaven, playing Tomm, the assistant to the Earth’s diplomat to the moon. Tomm’s plans are changed, though, when he’s shot up with a Moon drug. (TVLine)
Reno 911! star Thomas Lennon has joined The Big Leap, the Fox dramedy that’s a show-within-a show about a group of down on their luck people trying to change their lives by competing on a reality show that ends with a production of Swan Lake. Scott Foley stars in the series, while Lennon will play the head of unscripted programing at the TV network airing the show-within-the show. (Deadline)
RuPaul, Ike Barinholtz, and Lauren Ash will star in the Netflix animated comedy Chicago Party Aunt, about life of the party Diane (Ash), whose motto is, “When life gives you lemons, turn that s— into Mike’s Hard Lemonade.”
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Issa Rae and J.J. Abrams are executive producers on Fledgling, an HBO adaptation of the 2005 novel of the same name by the late author Octavia E. Butler. Lovecraft Country writers Sonya Winton-Odamtten and Jonathan I. Kidd are writers on the project, which tells the story of a young woman who comes to the conclusion that she’s a vampire, and has to deal with that while also trying to find out how to save herself and her loved ones from the being who wants to destroy her. (Variety)
Universal Pictures and Peacock have reportedly spent more than $400 million for the rights to a trilogy of The Exorcist movies that would reboot the classic horror series. Original star Ellen Burstyn will reprise her role as Chris MacNeil, whose daughter Regan (Linda Blair) was the subject of a demonic possession, while Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr. will also star in the trio of films, with the first one released in theaters, and the second and third movies planned to debut on Peacock, which just hit 54 million subscribers.
Damon Lindelof and Matt Reeves are teaming with British filmmaker Oscar Sharp to develop The Human Conditions, a series about a doctor who has to treat her patients’ emotional problems in order to heal their “impossible, fantastical” physical ailments. Sharp will write and direct the project, and act as an executive producer alongside Lindelof and Reeves. (Deadline)
Netflix is developing a live-action series based on the Pokemon cartoon, trading cards, and video games. Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson has opened a writers room for the project, THR reports.
FX has extended its partnership with The New York Times for the documentary series The New York Times Presents, which has included the Emmy-nominated Framing Britney Spears and The Killing of Breonna Taylor.
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Michael B. Jordan is rumored to be developing a Black Superman limited series at HBO Max, based on the version of Superman from Earth 2, a.k.a. the Val-Zod story. Collider reports Jordan’s production company Outlier Society has hired a writer to develop the project, which he could also possibly star in. The news comes as J.J. Abrams and Ta-Nehisi Coates are developing a Black Superman movie for Warner Bros., with Coates writing the script. Jordan had previously worked with the studio to develop a Black Superman film.
Producer Mark Gordon, who produced the Oscar-nominated 2015 biopic of Steve Jobs that was adapted from Walter Isaacson’s 2011 book Steve Jobs, is reuniting with Isaacson on a limited series adaptation of the author’s recent book The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race, about the Nobel Prize–winning Doudna and her work creating technology that makes it possible to edit DNA.
WWE honcho Vince McMahon will also be the subject of a limited series, a Blumhouse TV drama about McMahon’s legal woes when he was accused of giving wrestlers steroids. The United States of America vs. Vince McMahon will follow the story that began with a series of columns in the New York Post that alleged McMahon was doling out steroids, and led to federal prosecutors to put him on trial. This was all happening in the ’90s, when the WWE was on the verge of bankruptcy, though McMahon was eventually acquitted. He will also be an executive producer on the project, which is not yet attached to a network. (THR)
Country music legend Willie Nelson is participating in a docuseries that will use into his personal archives to tell the history of his decades-long career. Willie Nelson and Family is currently in production from filmmakers Thom Zimny, who frequently works with Bruce Springsteen, and Oren Moverman (The Messenger).
Netflix will release the Kenya Barris–produced documentary Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali, about the relationship between Ali and Malcolm X, on Sept. 9. Based on the book Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by authors Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith, the film will include previously unseen footage. (Deadline)
B.J. Novak’s upcoming comedy anthology series, The Premise, created, written, and hosted by The Office alum, will combine “comedic premises with dramatic performances” to address timely topics, with a cast that includes Kaitlyn Dever, Jon Bernthal, Ed Asner, Beau Bridges, Daniel Dae Kim, Eric Lange, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ben Platt, George Wallace, Lucas Hedges, Boyd Holbrook, and O’Shea Jackson Jr. The premise premieres on FX on Hulu on Sept. 16.
The Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman do-over starring Schitt’s Creek alum Emily Hampshire has landed at TBS. The remake of Norman Lear’s 1976-77 cult classic comedy will feature the just-turned-99-years-old Lear as an executive producer, alongside Hampshire, who is also writing the script with Letterkenny star and writer Jacob Tierney.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Clue finds the Nine-Nine gang hunting around the precinct for a hidden trophy, and Sopranos Monopoly includes tokens of a baby duck, Tony’s boat (The Stugots), the Satriale’s pig, Dr. Melfi’s chair, a Barone garbage truck, and Bobby Bacala’s toy train engine.