American Horror Story Leaps Ahead
Ryan Murphy discussed the upcoming eighth season of horror anthology series American Horror Story at the TCAs this past week and indicated that the series will head into the future for its new storyline. He did not give any specifics on the upcoming story arc, but he did have this to say:
It takes place in the future. It’s still topical, but [set in] the future, which I’ve never done… I think people will like it. It’s different from what we’ve done before.
Series regular Even Peters is expected to be back for the new season along with veterans Adina Porter and Dylan McDermott. AHS is set to return in Fall of 2018.
Gillian Anderson Is Leaving American Gods
We already knew that Gillian Anderson was not planning to return for another season of The X-Files, and now the actress has decided that she will not be back in her celebrated, chameleon-like role as the new god Media in Starz’s fantasy series American Gods according to the LA Times. The reason that Anderson is leaving relates directly to the departure of showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green due who have exited the show due to creative differences. I have seen no comment from Starz about Anderson’s departure at this point. Kristin Chenoweth, who plays the old god Easter, has also indicated that she may not be back for the second season because her character’s arc may not be continued without Fuller and Green involved.
Mid-Season Return Dates Set for The CW Shows
The CW has announced the mid-season schedule dates for the rest of its sci fi and fantasy shows which did not air in Fall 2017. Post-apocalyptic series The 100 will be moving to Tuesdays at 9 PM EST after The Flash and will have its Season 5 premiere on April 24th. Zombie dramady iZombie will be moving to Mondays at 9 PM EST and will have its Season 4 debut on February 26th. Vampire Diaries spin-off The Orginals will remain on Fridays at 9 PM EST and will be back with its fifth and final season on April 20th. The premiere for new superhero entry Black Lightning was previously announced as January 16th, airing at 9 PM EST after The Flash on Tuesdays. That one will have completed it first season run when The 100 takes over that hour in April. Legends of Tomorrow will be sharing the Monday 8 PM EST timeslot with Supergirl during the second half of the season. The latter series returns from hiatus January 15th then goes back on break as LoT returns to wrap up its third season starting February 12th. You can see the full Mid-Season schedule of sci fi and fantasy shows at this link, and you can see a preview of what is coming up in April and beyond at this link.
More Sci Fi TV News
BYUtv’s science fiction series Extinct, co-created by Orson Scott Card, has been cancelled after one season. More on that at CancelledSciFi.com at this link.
The Handmaid’s Tale won Best Drama Series and Best Actress at the Golden Globes last night. io9.com gives a good rundown of the awards for genre fans at this link.
CBS All-Access will be available through Amazon Channels soon, which is part of their Amazon Prime service. That is where Star Trek: Discovery is currently streaming, and the Twilight Zone reboot will be landing there later in the year. Currently, the add-free option will be offered which costs $9.99 per month.
The CW’s boss told Deadline Hollywood that the network is still working on a spin-off from The Originals that will focus on Hope Mikaelson and that a Charmed reboot is still on the table as well.
Kiernan Shipka (The Legend of Korra) has been cast in the lead role in Netflix’s upcoming series to be based on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
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