TV Heartbeat! Invasion by Music Stars and the Movies!!!

It’s a relatively quiet week on the airwaves this week, but there’s tons of news for what’s coming up! Pop stars will be popping up and TV is getting ready for a slew of movie adaptions.

AMC’s Humans wraps up a engrossing first season this week! If you’ve haven’t seen the show, it’s a fascinating story where technology is just starting to pass human abilities. How do people reaction when dumb machines suddenly become smart? What do the machines think of us? The show stars Colin Morgan (Merlin) and William Hurt among others. Definitely check this one out and binge it before the finale on Sunday!

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BBC America is prepping for the next season of Doctor Who with The Doctor’s Finest. This is going to be 6 weeks of “essential” episodes from the modern Doctor Who era with additional interviews with cast, crew and fans.

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Power ends its second season on Starz, secure in the knowledge that this pre-Empire drama about the music industry will be back for another season. Starz will begin the day with a marathon of the season and a Periscope pre-party with cast members.

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Tonight: Complications season finale (USA), Kevin from Work debut (ABC Family)
Friday: The Knick debuts on HBO Go and HBO Now
Saturday: Power season finale (Starz), The Doctor’s Finest debut (BBC America)
Sunday: Humans season finale (AMC), Show Me a Hero debut (HBO), Teen Choice 2015 (Fox), Ed Sheeran – Live at Wembley Stadium (NBC)

Health check

The Last Ship keeps sailing on with a third season on the way for the action drama. Good stuff!

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And the laughs keep coming with renewals for summer comedies: Whose Line is it Anyway?, Penn & Teller: Fool Us (both on The CW) and Bravo’s Odd Mom Out.

Odd Mom Out

But its not all laughs in renewal land. Showtime is cancelling a pair of comedies including Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy and Happyish.

Crystal Ball

Twin Peaks starts filming next month!!! It’s really happening! Beyond that, well, things are a little mysterious in this quirky town. Showtime won’t announce who is returning, but they promise we’ll be pleased. Showtime also won’t announce how many episodes there will be since it’s up to David Lynch to decide. Showtime is also letting Lynch sort of dictate the debut which is either late next year or 2017. It sounds like Showtime has learned a lesson from ABC and will leave Lynch alone to do his thing. Hopefully we’ll be hearing that dreamy music before long!

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Baz Luhrman has a musical series that’s debuting on Netflix! The debut date isn’t fixed yet since they are in the middle of shooting the season and are taking a quick production break to work on scripts. Not a good sign, but I am definitely intrigued…

Agent Reyes is returning to the X-Files. Who? That’s Annabeth Gish who was one of the stars of the final seasons which most people try to forget ever happened.


Bill Hader is dropping by Brooklyn Nine-Nine as the new captain since Andre Braugher’s character took a re-assignment at the end of last season.

It’s Britney, bitch! Britney Spears is set to guest appear on one of her favorite shows, Jane the Virgin. She’ll play herself and go toe-to-toe with Rogelio which should make for good TV!

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Let’s not forget that Lady Gaga is a cast member (not a guest star) on American Horror Story: Hotel this season. I guess she’ll be surrounded by monsters of a different sort…

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And speaking of musical guest stars, Empire will sparkle brightest with its enormous roster of guest stars this season including Mariah Carey, Chris Rock and Pitbull. Oprah is still a possibility since she and creator Lee Daniels have worked together before, but no official word on O yet.

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In development…

With the new fall TV season set to debut in about 6 weeks, the networks are, of course, thinking about NEXT year! Yep, that’s how long it takes to get a show up and running. I don’t normally report on these since a LOT happens and 90% of these projects won’t progress, but there there is a major theme on what may be debuting a year and 6 weeks from now:

  • X-Men (Fox) – Fox is talking with Marvel to get the TV rights for the mutants. I guess this is in case Lucifer doesn’t take as their comic book TV show.
  • The Notebook (The CW) – The Notebook without the Goz or the older couple seems like it won’t be The Notebook, but writer Nicholas Sparks is determined to make this into a TV show.
  • Friday the 13th (The CW) – Horror is making a comeback on TV (The Walking Dead, Scream, American Horror Story, etc…) so the CW is going back to the grand daddy of horro.
  • Training Day – This  project hasn’t found a network yet, but director Antoine Fuqua is working with Jerry Bruckheimer  so it’s probably going to find a home for at least pilot season.
  • Empire spinoff – The only non-movie adaption on this list, Lee Daniels is building his own empire with a spinoff of his hit TV show. This would give him three shows with Empire and another show in development, Star, about a girl group in the music industry.

Yes, so your TV could look a lot like the movies if this year’s Minority Report and Limitless also make it to next year. Not to mention Scream and all the DC heroes who appear on TV and in the movies… (I’m looking at you Gotham and Flash!)

Stay tuned!

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