News Briefs: Netflix Renews Lilyhammer for Season 3

By Tim Surette

Jan 14, 2014

THE ORIGINAL BINGER

... Netflix is dropping the 'Hammer! Or rather, it's doing the opposite of that. It's hard to say, because slang is moving so fast that "drop" has like 24 meanings among kids ages 4 to 22. But Netflix has renewed Lilyhammer for Season 3, is what I'm trying to say. It'll consist of eight episodes and debut sometime this year. [Netflix via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... El Rey Network is a new thing that's coming to your television, and the biggest of the things it will bring is an adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's Mexican vampire flick. And now it was a premiere date! From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series will drop on March 11. Also headed to the fledgling network are Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling broadcasts, a docuseries about youth subcultures (those crazy kidz!), and Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman's Matador, a drama about a soccer star who moonlights as a CIA agent. This network sounds like a good time if you're high on rubber cement all the time. BONUS: Here's a trailer for From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series! [El Rey Network via press release]

... Pivot (which is ALSO a network, take my word for it) has ordered a second season of Hitrecord On TV, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's weird variety show. I still don't know if it's "hit record" as in "hit wreck-erd" or "hit re-chord." Or "leave-it" of "levv-it" or "joss-iff" or "josé-ff." I can't read! No word yet on when Season 2 drops. [Pivot via press release]

... Tween alert! Disney Channel has renewed its "hit comedy" (their words, not mine) Liv and Maddie for a second season. Season 2 will drop this fall. [Disney Channel via press release]

... Getting ready for the fall season already, NBC has ordered pilots for Constantine and Mysteries of Laura. NBC put Constantine in development back in September, because every other network has a superhero/comic show airing or in development and NBC refuses to acknowledge my petition to bring back The Cape. Mysteries of Laura, from Arrow's Greg Berlanti, comes via a Spanish show, and follows a female detective as she takes on cases and deals with her ex-husband and twin boys. There is no drop date for either of these, sorry! [TVGuide.com]

... The new season of Worst Cooks in America drops Monday, February 17 at 9pm on Food Network! Or you can just eat your wife's cooking again, am I right fellas? I will be here all week! Seriously, I'm helming News Briefs all week while Kaitlin is at TCAs in Los Angeles and I'm expressing my displeasure through poor attempts at jokes. [Food Network via used napkin]

... NBC is just like, "Guys 18-49 love tits, right?" and will air Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful. The two-hour special will involve someone trying to say really interesting things about bikinis and lots of us at home pausing on "is that a nipple?" shots of Kate Upton rolling around on a sandy third-world beach. The special drops Monday, February 3 at 9pm. [NBC via press release]

... The Returned's second season will air sometime this fall on Sundance Channel. I mean, it drops this fall! This show is so damn good that it's all I want to watch ever. Seriously, watch it now! Your starving baby can wait! [News goddess Kaitlin Thomas via TCA panels]

... Ratings time! Syfy's Helix dropped on Friday and 1.8 million viewers tuned in, which I think is okay, but not good enough for Syfy to really pimp any stat except that it was the "best series premiere day ever on Syfy.com." Fox's Enlisted also dropped on Friday, and it did not go so well despite lots of critics clapping their hands for it (I found it to be pleasant but not that funny). Only 2.4 million viewers tuned in, which translated to a 0.7 rating among the 18-49-year-old set. That's pretty awful. At least there's a time slot to blame. And the Golden Globes hit a 10-year high last night with 20.9 million viewers. Check out Price's photo recap! [Syfy via press release / TV Line / Deadline Hollywood]



CASTING NEWS

... Chuck's Joshua Gomez will stop by The Crazy Ones for a guest appearance. He'll play an ad copywriter in the season's 16th episode. [THR]

... The Big Bang Theory is bringing in some love for Raj. Tania Raymonde, who you might know as Ben's daughter Alex but who I know as the young lady who once dated Jeff Goldblum, will play a potential love interest for Raj in this season's Valentine's Day episode. But wait! There's more! James Earl Jones and Carrie Fisher will also stop by for an episode. [TV Line / TV Line]


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  • Svanehjerte Jan 14, 2014

    I don't understand why so many people bother to watch the Golden Globes.

  • JT_Kirk Jan 14, 2014

    (Almost) Everything's dropping like flies!

    Shouldn't that NBC Constantine article read "NBC pre-cancels Constantine" since we all know that's how it'll go? They'll release 4 episodes on the worst timeslot available, make the show nothing like the Vertigo comics character, then complain that nobody's watching and kill it quietly.

    To be fair, just about everybody of all genders love tits, Tim. And no, it's not an uncovered nipple, it's never an uncovered nipple if it's attached to a woman.

    Damn, Fox really knows how to suck the ratings out of a show. How are they still a network with shows premiering to a 0.7?

    James Earl Jones and Carrie Fisher on The Big Bang Theory? Swoon! Hey, where's the droppage?

  • efonsecajr Jan 14, 2014

    The Returned's second season will air sometime this fall on Sundance Channel.

    Love this.

  • ben45tpy Jan 14, 2014

    I'm glad they're calling it From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. How else would we know that it's a series. In fact why isn't every tv show, movie, novel, poem, painting, song, ballet, opera, symphony, play and sculpture doing this as well. How else would we ever know what sort of thing we're watching/reading/listening to?

  • dh4645 Jan 14, 2014

    love lillyhammer. wish the seasons weren't so short though. i watched it all over 2 days

  • dh4645 Jan 14, 2014

    Tania Raymonde...yum. Love LOST!

  • No1Slayerette Jan 14, 2014

    I guess I'll have to actually watch From Dusk Till Dawn: The Movie first.

  • AndreaMcCooey Jan 14, 2014

    The Returned's second season.... I thought it was starting filming this February? If Kaitlin is right, then Channel 4 in the UK might start showing it even earlier than Autumn! That would make my year, this show is just too good.

  • torque_smacky Jan 14, 2014

    Tania Raymonde was also the weird girl from several episodes of "Malcolm." I've always felt if she got the right part she could become huge.

  • TrevPlatt Jan 14, 2014

    She was great in Death Valley too!

  • Marburg66 Jan 14, 2014

    Dusk Till Dawn finally on the horizon! Effin' cool! =D

    Constantine on the other hand...in my dreams I can only hope could be cool. I'm happy 'ol Johnny's finally gettin' some TV love after a couple decades, but It's impossible for the fanboy in me to properly trust any network to not screw it up all royal-like. I'd love to be wrong but there's that semi-recent & embarrassing New 52 reboot of the character that happened. ewww! ::shudder::

  • JT_Kirk Jan 14, 2014

    Constantine on NBC, how is that not bad enough? New 52 ruined the character by going "Vertigo? Pfft! Fuck that, let's sanitize him into the DC universe" but this will be worse, I promise.

  • Marburg66 Jan 14, 2014

    heh! besides the fact that NBC tends to have their heads up their asses & I know it's a total pipe dream to think DC will allow a network to go off book & ignore the DCU, because of how NBC allowed Fuller to do Hannibal, that hopeless little pipe dream of Hellblazer still sits in my mind until the day they release the teaser trailer & utterly kill it

  • Akyriel Jan 14, 2014

    Hate that expression, "drops". Where exactly does that come from anyway? Must be Tim's calender word of the day.

    The Returned was very good, probably more interesting, up until the last two episodes. Maybe the new season will address my questions / concerns on that.

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