Today’s bite-sized serial menu brings news and tidbits from the worlds of The Vampire Diaries, Weeds, Last Resort, Arrow, American Horror Story and Doctor Who. Plus: New Showtime project Conquest and more from the CW’s interest in adapting Battle Royale.
- Vampire Diaries EP Julie Plec describes the fourth season as something of a reboot following the surprising conclusion to the third season:
“We were toying with it for a long time and we started season three knowing how he would end season three so we were able to lay out all the groundwork for it really quietly and subtly so it makes sense that this girl is mourning who she used to be and wondering if her parents would still be proud of her and missing her human life before vampires were in it and making this choice between these two brothers and what they mean to her, to take her to that point and to rip the rug out from under her and have everything change is almost like we’re starting over. We’re telling the same series all over again but with a different point of view and a different context.”
- At the TCA press tour, Mary-Louise Parker said Weeds will have a “satisfying” conclusion:
“It’s beautiful… I just cried when I read [the script]. [Series creator Jenji Kohan] managed to bring things together in a way that was really satisfying to me. She didn’t make it a ‘happily ever after’ thing, but there was hope in it and there was some sort of benediction.”
- Jay Karnes has been cast in a recurring role on Shawn Ryan’s Last Resort. He’ll play the Secretary of Defense. [EW]
- Arrow‘s universe continues to grow with the casting of Canadian actor Michael Rowe as Deadshot. He’ll appear in the third episode titled “The Lone Gunman.” [TV Guide] The role may recur and follows the casting of Kelly Hu and China White.
- A first-look set photo from American Horror Story Season 2 has been posted by EP Ryan Murphy, who tweeted: “Two of our stars who started shooting today – - the multi-talented Adam Levine and Bloody Face!”:
- Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat has further refuted the notion of a non-continuity Doctor Who movie. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he said that while a DW movie could happen sometime in the future, it wouldn’t be a rebooted continuity, not on his watch:
“There isn’t a film. That was all some weird fantasy going on somewhere. Look, we hopefully will do a Doctor Who film someday. It will be absolutely run by the Doctor Who production office in Cardiff. It will feature the same Doctor as on television. It will not be a rebooted continuity. All of that would be insane. So that whole proposal was not true, did not happen. I can say that with authority because, as far as the BBC is concerned, I’m the voice of Doctor Who. So if I say it, it’s true. The BBC own Doctor Who and, for the moment, I run it for them. So I can assure you definitively that was all nonsense — not the idea of making a film, we’d love to make a film, but the idea of a rebooted continuity, a different Doctor. That’s writing the book on how to destroy a franchise. You don’t behave like that with it. Not ever.”
- Showtime and Imagine TV are teaming up for development project Conquest, Deadline report. Conquest is a vast period drama that tells the story of Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes, who led the Spanish conquest in Mexico, and his clash with Moctezuma II, the last ruler of the Aztec Empire which fell at the hands of Cortes and his men. Conquest is described as “a classic war story about two powerful men and their people ultimately leading to the destruction of the Aztec culture and the men themselves.” The project will be penned by Jose Rivera with Ron Howard to direct.
- At the TCA press tour CW president Mark Pedowitz expressed his enthusiasm to do a Battle Royale TV Series:
“We’d love to do it. Hopefully, we’ll be able to make a deal with the producers, and we’ll see where it goes.”
- As for their dystopian drama The Selection, currently in development, Pedowitz said he’s hoping for a tone similar to Game Of Thrones / The Hunger Games:
“The producers and writers have gone back and are re‑scripting [The Selection] we speak. We’ll hopefully see something soon or make a determination whether to go forward. I really wanted a show that had a Game of Thrones/Hunger Games tone, and we hope it’s The Selection. If it’s not, then we will look at another arena to go to in terms of that. Battle Royale comes with a nice cult following, as we all know.”