Serial Bites: Revenge, American Horror Story, SOA, CW Targets Another Dystopian TV Series?

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Today’s bite-sized serial menu brings news and tidbits from the worlds of Revenge, American Horror Story, Sons Of Anarchy, Mad Men, Hannibal and another potential CW project with a serious dystopian vibe — Battle Royale.

  • The second season of ABC’s Revenge will explore the idea of fate versus freewill, something that becomes particularly poignant for Emily with the arrival of her mother played by Jennifer Jason Leigh. EP Mike Kelley told TV Guide:

“Whether you have a hand in choosing your own destiny or whether it’s something that’s already laid out for you. This season is all about free will versus fate.”

  • Franka Potente (Run Lola Run) will check into the second season of American Horror Story as a mysterious patient of the facility in a two-episode arc. [TV Line]. In addition, Jenna Dewan will play one half of ‘The Lovers’ — a major couple in the in the new season of the FX serial-anthology. [EW]
  • Here’s another look behind the scenes of the fifth season of Sons Of Anarchy, with Dayton Callie (“Unser”) and series newcomer Harold Perrineau (“Damon Pope”) to hear about life on the set of SOA and the Unser mythology:

  • Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner teased the fate of Peggy in a chat with TV Line:

“When people leave Sterling Cooper, sometimes it is the end for [the character]. But I will spoil that one tiny piece of anticipation and tell people that Elisabeth [Moss] will be showing up to work.”

  • As had been rumored, Laurence Fishburne has been cast in a key recurring role in NBC’s Hannibal. He’ll play FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit leader Jack Crawford. [EW]
  • The CW is reportedly looking to turn Japanese feature film Battle Royale into a TV series, THR report. Like The Hunger Games, the 2000 movie is set in a dystopian future in which high school students are forced to fight one another to the death and are based on Koushun Takumi’s novel of the same name. The CW has another dystopian project in the development in The Selection, so it looks like they have a taste for this kind of story. We’ll see what happens.

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