This week in TV news, Robert Kirkman’s new show Outcast is renewed for a second season, the new Xena will be gay, NPH plays Count Olaf, and more.
Cinemax has already renewed Outcast for season two, prior to its debut which will land on June 3. The new show starring Patrick Fugit (Queen of Earth, Wristcutters: A Love Story) and Philip Glenister (Calendar Girls) is created by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) who also writes the comic book that serves as the drama’s source material. Cinemax President of Original Programming Kary Antholis shared, “Going into the first season of Outcast, we knew that Robert Kirkman had once again created a world that would scare us to our core, but what he, [co-executive producer] Chris Black, and the rest of their team have delivered has exceeded even those high expectations.” The show, which deals with a demon-possessed protagonist, has a ten-episode order for its first season.
Bill Geddie, who, along with Barbara Walters, ran The View for 17 years, will executive produce a new Megyn Kelly primetime special. Fox news anchor Kelly will be heading to Fox primetime for a one hour special through which she will interview celebrities and politicians and cover human interest stories. The special has been in the works for a while since Kelly’s Fox News Channel show, The Kelly File, has become the second most-watched show in cable news. The anchor was thrust into mainstream news recently when she co-moderated the three GOP debates on FOX and became the subject of scorn by presidential candidate Donald Trump. Of her goals, Kelly told Variety last year, “Barbara Walters has retired. Diane Sawyer left her anchor role. Oprah has moved to the OWN network and is doing a different thing now. So why not me?” The special will premiere in May.
Doctor Horrible is at it again– except this time he’s out to destroy the world of three very unlucky little orphans. Neil Patrick Harris will be making trouble for the Baudelaire siblings, as he takes on the role of the dastardly Count Olaf in Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The bestselling 13-book series will be adapted into a 13-episode miniseries in 2016.