TV Talk

Matthew McConaughey Reunites with True Detective Creator Nic Pizzolatto for New FX Drama

McConaughey is a preacher caught up in a violent criminal conspiracy in Redeemer while Queen Latifah is set to seek justice in The Equalizer in the week's biggest TV news.

by | January 30, 2020 | Comments

For fans of True Detective, the reunion of a mystery-thriller dream team is reason to smile – and potentially shake with fear – as Matthew McConaughey gets together with that show’s creator for a new FX series. Meanwhile, record-breaking Sundance acquisitions are set to bring big laughs and a fascinating real-life experiment to a small screen near you in this week’s roundup of the biggest TV news stories.


TOP STORY

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY TEAMS WITH NIC PIZZOLATTO FOR NEW FX DRAMA

Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO/courtesy of Getty Images

(Photo by Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO/Courtesy of Getty Images)

True Detective cohorts Matthew McConaughey and Nic Pizzolatto are reuniting for the first time since their Emmy-winning HBO series. The two will collaborate on Redeemer, an FX drama in which McConaughey will play a former pastor who finds out everything is – preemptive apologies – not alright, alright, alright in his new job as a security guard.

In the series, inspired by the 2019 Patrick Coleman novel The Churchgoer, McConaughey’s security guard investigates the disappearance of a woman in Texas, which leads the no-longer-pious man into a discovery of corruption and violence that will also involve his past.

The project, written by True Detective creator and showrunner Pizzolatto, is part of his new overall deal as he leaves HBO to work with Fox 21 and FX Productions.

McConaughey has also signed a first-look deal with FX. Aside from his ubiquitous Cadillac commercials, Redeemer marks the Oscar winner’s first return to a regular TV role since his Emmy-nominated performance in 2014 for the first season of True Detective.

Not bad for a guy whose first TV gig was re-enacting the case of a murder victim on Unsolved Mysteries.


ANDY SAMBERG MOVIE BREAKS SUNDANCE SALES RECORD … BY 69 CENTS, And is Hulu-Bound

Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images

(Photo by Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Hulu scored with worldwide rights to the Andy Samberg comedy Palm Springs, and it only cost the streaming service (in a partnership with independent distributor Neon) $17.5 million … and 69 cents. It’s those pennies that broke the record for most expensive acquisition ever at the Sundance Film Festival; the previous record holder was 2016’s The Birth of a Nation, which sold for $17.5 million. Palm Springs is about a wedding guest (Samberg) and maid of honor (Cristin Milioti) who engage in shenanigans that interrupt the wedding celebration after a “surreal, unexpected” event puts an end to their would-be date.  (THR)

Meanwhile, Apple and A24 set a new record for the purchase price of a documentary at Sundance, dropping $12 million for the worldwide rights to Boys State, about an experiment in which 1,000 17-year-old boys from throughout Texas come together to build a new government from the ground up. The previous record holder for a documentary was 2019’s Knock Down the House, which sold for $10 million. (THR)


THE OUTSIDER IS BESTING WATCHMEN VIEWERSHIP ON HBO

The Outsider’s storyline may have viewers puzzled, but they like it. Ratings for the adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name have grown every week for its first four episodes, including for last week’s installment, which aired opposite the Grammys and increased its number of viewers by 36 percent. Total viewers for all four episodes, across all HBO platforms, is 6.7 million, according to HBO. That means average viewership, including Live+Same Day numbers, for the first four episodes is roughly 800,000. The cable network’s other recent hit drama, Watchmen, was averaging 730,000 total viewers an episode after its first four episodes. (Variety)


NEW TRAILERS: GABRIEL BYRNE WONDERS WHO THE REAL VILLAINS ARE IN WAR OF THE WORLDS


CASTING NEWS: CHANCE THE RAPPER TAKES OVER FOR ASHTON KUTCHER IN Quibi’s UPCOMING PUNK’D REBOOT

Photo by Andrew Lipovsky/ NBC/ NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

(Photo by Photo by Andrew Lipovsky/ NBC/ NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Chance the Rapper will host, and serve as head prank planner, on Quibi’s redo of the MTV reality series Punk’d. Quibi, which launches in April, is also remaking the MTV dating series Singled Out.

Ray Romano will guest star on the Season 4 premiere (March 24, Pop TV) of One Day at a Time, playing a census taker who visits the Alvarez household.

Orlando Jones has joined the Spectrum Originals cop drama L.A.’s Finest, starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, in the recurring role of an Internal Affairs member who investigates Union’s Syd Burnett after one of her investigations turns deadly. The role is Jones’ first after the controversial end to his American Gods role. (Deadline)

Peacock’s Saved by the Bell reboot has set some key members of its new generation cast. Mitchell Hoog (Richard Jewell) will play Mac Morris, son of Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s Zack Morris, who is now the governor of California in the update. And Belmont Cameli (Empire) will play Jamie Spano, the football-playing spawn of Elizabeth Berkley’s Jessie Spano. Both Gosselaar and Berkley, along with Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, will reprise their roles for the Peacock series, while Tiffani Thiessen, who played Kelly Kapowski in the original series, is reportedly in talks to return. Previously announced new cast members include Dexter Darden, Josie Totah, Alycia Pascual-Pena, Haskin Velazquez, Rose Abdoo, and John Michael Higgins as new Bayside High principal Mr. Toddman.

Glee alum Jessalyn Gilsig has replaced Shiri Appleby in Disney+’s upcoming John Stamos series Big Shot. Gilsig plays the assistant coach to the grumpy high school girls basketball team head coach played by Stamos. David E. Kelley, who previously worked with Gilsig on Boston Legal, is an executive producer on the dramedy. (Deadline)


DEVELOPMENT NEWS: QUEEN LATIFAH IS TV’S NEW EQUALIZER

Photo by Jim Spellman/FilmMagic/Courtesy of Getty Images

(Photo by Photo by Jim Spellman/FilmMagic/Courtesy of Getty Images)

CBS has ordered a pilot of its reboot of The Equalizer, with Queen Latifah starring as a woman with a very particular set of skills she uses to help people with problems and no one else to help solve them. The show is a remake of the 1985-89 CBS series that starred Edward Woodward, and the 2014 and 2018 movies that starred Denzel Washington.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place creator Mike Schur is teaming with Broad City writers Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, and Jen Statsky to create a dark comedy pilot at HBO Max. The comedy will revolve around two women – a Las Vegas diva who mentors a twentysomething, entitled rich kid. The pilot is the most recent project from Schur, as part of his nine-figure deal with Universal TV. (THR)

Netflix and Sony are teaming up for a movie adaptation of Matilda the Musical (itself an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel), which will be released in theaters and Netflix in the U.K., and eventually on Netflix around the world. (THR)

The CW announced the theme for the next musical episode of Riverdale: It will be Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The episode, which will air on April 8, finds Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) determined to spotlight Hedwig, especially after Principal Honey (Kerr Smith) forbids it. Each member of the Riverdale gang will perform a song from the play in the special musical episode that, “as always, reflects out characters’ inner lives and struggles,” the network statement reveals. “And amidst all the drama, one forbidden ‘showmance’ begins to blossom.”

Riverdale cast. (Marc Hom/The CW -- © 2017 The CW Network)

(Photo by Marc Hom/The CW )

NFL quarterback legend and broadcaster Terry Bradshaw will star with his wife, daughters, and grandchildren in an E! reality series called The Bradshaw Bunch. As per E!: “From real-life hijinks to juggling football, fame and farm life, unpredictable hilarity ensues as Bradshaw and family give viewers a peek into rural living in Oklahoma. Alongside his playful and pranking wife Tammy, entrepreneurial and talented daughters Rachel, Lacey and Erin, and his loveable grandkids, the four-time Super Bowl champion and true country boy finds his most important job is father to his three kids.” The series is set to premiere in summer 2020.

Amazon has given a two-season order to Fairfax, an adult-aimed animated comedy about a group of junior high students who are trying to be the coolest kids on their block, L.A.’s Fairfax Avenue, the center of hypebeast culture. “This show is a love letter to kids today – the generation that will most definitely save the world from global warming, if they don’t die from eating Tide Pods first,” creators Matt Hausfater, Aaron Buchsbaum, and Teddy Riley said in a statement. “It’s a modern look at the timeless struggle to be cooler than you are, to fit in while standing out, and what it feels like to wait in line for a pair of sneakers you’re never going to cop.” (Deadline)

Rose Byrne will star in a new Apple TV+ dramedy called Physical, about a Southern California housewife who “finds an unconventional path to power through the world of aerobics.” (THR)

In more Amazon animation news, Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne are teaming up for The Hospital, an animated comedy pilot at Amazon, the first project from their Animal Pictures joint production company. The story follows Sleech and Klak, two female alien doctors who have to work to find a cure when one of them catches a rare disease from another dimension.

Disney+ is reviving the 2014 ABC reality competition series The Quest. Like the original series, the reboot will be filmed in a castle in Austria, where actors in a scripted storyline will be mixed with teenage contestants who will compete in the fantasy world of the fictional Everealm. (Variety)

Netflix will adapt One Piece, one of the best-selling manga series of all time, as a 10-episode, live-action series. The series will follow the story of Monkey D. Luffy and his “pirate crew as they explore a fantastical world of endless oceans and exotic islands in search of the world’s ultimate treasure.” Lost and The X-Files writer Steven Maeda will write and serve as showrunner and EP of the series, which comes from Tomorrow Studios, the company behind the Netflix adaptation of another manga series, Cowboy Bebop. (Deadline)

How did HGTV miss this one: Quibi is teaming with interior designer Delia Kenza and Bachelorette Season 15 alum Tyler Cameron for the adorably-titled Barkitecture, a show in which dog owners work with Cameron and Kenza to design and build custom luxury doghouses.

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

Fox News Winter TV romance American Society of Cinematographers Sci-Fi parents toy story halloween RT21 Classic Film obituary Anna Paquin cartoon adventure 93rd Oscars justice league stop motion cops Thanksgiving mockumentary popular Comics on TV Super Bowl tv talk TLC aliens renewed TV shows comiccon ABC Family Hallmark biography FXX 72 Emmy Awards archives Paramount Turner WGN SundanceTV Best and Worst Sundance Black History Month NBC 45 book adaptation dceu Acorn TV Polls and Games dark YouTube Red 007 SDCC Chilling Adventures of Sabrina sports Showtime HBO Go series jurassic park robots spanish blockbuster stoner science fiction Comic Book The Witch natural history Animation sitcom comedies venice superhero historical drama facebook The Purge TIFF heist movie halloween tv Vudu Year in Review Epix docuseries Election IFC Films Watching Series japanese Action spider-man reboot quibi travel Mindy Kaling movies 21st Century Fox movie Rom-Com cancelled TV series Podcast FOX Paramount Network romantic comedy mutant VH1 anthology cancelled television spinoff CBS All Access dramedy Exclusive Video VICE DirecTV Fall TV miniseries Adult Swim police drama hidden camera comics Walt Disney Pictures unscripted FX on Hulu National Geographic 2017 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Grammys Rocky NYCC batman binge docudrama Extras theme song revenge pirates of the caribbean Mary poppins 2016 Pixar crime thriller MSNBC Writers Guild of America award winner CBS Reality Competition disaster adaptation slashers PaleyFest El Rey book Pride Month Opinion Fox Searchlight chucky spy thriller singing competition streaming LGBT blockbusters Country CMT transformers Lifetime BBC America Creative Arts Emmys Crunchyroll CNN Marathons Hear Us Out vampires San Diego Comic-Con TruTV Amazon Prime Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Alien Mudbound Academy Awards comic books Pet Sematary richard e. Grant Travel Channel Broadway football ratings YouTube twilight Britbox Film Binge Guide Comedy christmas movies directors ghosts BET Awards RT History Columbia Pictures scorecard Film Festival discovery black rotten movies we love child's play Disney Plus GLAAD Freeform HBO Amazon Prime Video Women's History Month HBO Max Lionsgate rom-coms canceled anime casting TCA Winter 2020 Sony Pictures laika BBC Disney The Arrangement Martial Arts Tomatazos hollywood Ghostbusters DC Universe women Video Games 2019 zombie supernatural Lifetime Christmas movies TV renewals Brie Larson TCM Box Office Summer 2015 Sundance TV indie nfl spanish language Family kids 71st Emmy Awards Apple TV Plus Avengers YA Marvel Studios USA Horror Black Mirror BAFTA Nat Geo Interview hispanic First Reviews Stephen King concert cats universal monsters rt archives Food Network Heroines Rock dc CW Seed ITV Emmys Superheroe game of thrones foreign Peacock scary movies classics Apple TCA 2017 war PlayStation 2021 Elton John Hallmark Christmas movies Syfy A&E Drama Tumblr TNT BET razzies stand-up comedy children's TV crime drama screenings FX Rocketman E3 DC Comics cancelled TV shows werewolf E! finale Awards best Baby Yoda Certified Fresh Apple TV+ TBS Emmy Nominations monster movies psycho all-time worst movies MCU films PBS Mary Tyler Moore Red Carpet LGBTQ comic zero dark thirty TV Discovery Channel Funimation Logo Netflix boxoffice godzilla documentaries Schedule reviews Teen Musical kong space President Star Wars cults Premiere Dates dragons Tarantino Sundance Now Valentine's Day Disney streaming service superman Pop BBC One Trophy Talk political drama what to watch Tubi independent A24 Calendar nature Esquire green book Masterpiece doctor who Sneak Peek game show criterion strong female leads Ovation The Walking Dead Reality OWN Song of Ice and Fire Marvel joker DC streaming service mission: impossible GIFs ABC Marvel Television SXSW Spring TV remakes Television Critics Association Toys composers TV One worst Winners IFC MTV Biopics animated Shudder Christmas USA Network prank Endgame fresh YouTube Premium talk show telelvision Legendary politics spain Mary Poppins Returns Kids & Family Countdown diversity 2018 Nickelodeon X-Men Turner Classic Movies Amazon Studios critics psychological thriller medical drama Holiday Chernobyl dogs 2020 technology zombies ABC Signature Warner Bros. crossover The Walt Disney Company Western Awards Tour thriller TCA Awards cars news emmy awards satire Shondaland Fantasy indiana jones ViacomCBS New York Comic Con Quiz boxing ESPN cooking name the review DGA Disney Channel teaser rotten Trivia Disney+ Disney Plus television OneApp VOD cinemax golden globe awards versus Lucasfilm Ellie Kemper 99% blaxploitation Mystery Musicals video true crime latino canceled TV shows harry potter Nominations french APB Dark Horse Comics Cartoon Network Pop TV WarnerMedia TV Land History video on demand sequel cancelled trailers documentary franchise breaking bad First Look Character Guide australia Bravo asian-american Cosplay witnail GoT italian Trailer sequels Hulu Oscars free movies sag awards based on movie Television Academy golden globes TCA nbcuniversal Spike a nightmare on elm street Paramount Plus Universal Comedy Central 20th Century Fox die hard hist ID Star Trek AMC Spectrum Originals toronto Set visit Captain marvel Pirates Netflix Christmas movies See It Skip It festival deadpool Superheroes social media serial killer Photos Amazon Crackle Music 24 frames Cannes period drama Starz elevated horror jamie lee curtis The CW The Academy crime 4/20 screen actors guild new star wars movies south america king kong james bond Holidays Arrowverse fast and furious festivals kaiju Infographic