Serial Bites: Revenge, Fringe, The Walking Dead

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Today’s bite-sized serial menu brings news and tidbits from the worlds of Revenge, Fringe, The West Wing, The Walking Dead, The Newsroom, Burn Notice and Breaking Bad.

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh has landed the mother of all roles, or something like that, on Revenge. The Weeds actress will twist the knife as Emily’s mom in a recurring gig slated to begin early in the ABC drama’s upcoming second season. [TV Line]
  • Amazon Prime has reached an agreement with Warner Bros. to bring Fringe and The West Wing to Prime Streaming, Business Wire report. Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, said:

“We are thrilled to count Amazon as a digital distribution outlet for our television group. As more and more television content is enjoyed by fans across a myriad of subscription channels and platforms and on numerous devices from televisions to tablets, deals such as this give consumers the opportunity to discover, catch-up, or simply enjoy a favorite series again and again.”

  • Danai Gurira spoke to THR about the challenge of playing her new Walking Dead character Michonne:

“It’s amazing, Michonne is her own entity and I’m just lucky enough to step into her bad-ass shoes. It’s amazing to see that she has such a loyal following [..] It’s very unusual, usually you create a character as with most comic stuff, she’s already a full entity that everybody is already attached to, it’s pretty amazing, it’s like she’s whispering in your ear, don’t mess up!”

  • Staying with The Walking Dead, the show will become the first TV series to be featured at Universal Studios and its Orlando counterpart’s Halloween Horror Nights experience, AMC has confirmed. Per THR: ‘Visitors to both theme parks will experience mazes themed to the post-apocalyptic world in the AMC series that will feature elaborately designed sets that include iconic locations and scenes from the show with walkers wondering around both parks.’ EP and SFX make-up artist Greg Nicotero teases:

“We want people to experience the same terror of the walker-filled reality our characters faced in Seasons 1 and 2 — and will continue to face in our third season. Our collaboration with Universal’s creative teams is exciting as we work to truly capture the essence of the show.”

  • Aaron Sorkin‘s The Newsroom has overhauled its writing staff for Season 2, according to reports. The recently renewed HBO drama is understood to have let go of all but one of its Season 1 writing team, according to THR. HBO said in a statement:

“Every year each show reassesses the needs of its writing staffs. This process is nothing out of the ordinary.”

  • Sonja Sohn (Body Of Proof) has landed a 5-episode arc on USA’s Burn Notice, while Patton Oswalt has also joined the series, THR report. Sohn will play a high-level CIA director named Olivia Riley described as “an established author on books of counterintelligence training and procedures who’s clever yet brazen.” Oswalt will play Colin Schmidt, “a quirky smuggler” who will appear in Episodes 14 and 15 of Season 6.

“I’d say 75 [percent chance]. It’s up to [series creator Vince Gilligan], but the party line is that any bad guy on Breaking Bad could come back. And if I can lend to the very depth of creativity that Vince has in mind to end the show on a great note, I gotta tell you: I’d love to come back and haunt Walt in his dreams.”

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