News Briefs: Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch Are Reportedly in Talks for True Detective Season 2

By Kaitlin Thomas

Jul 12, 2014

... One day after HBO's True Detective earned several Emmy nominations, including nods for both Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, multiple media outlets are reporting that Irish actor Colin Farrell is in talks to star in Season 2. HBO executives weren't willing to spill any casting information yesterday during their panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, but they did say the cast would probably include some familiar faces. You will, of course, recognize Farrell from his critically acclaimed work in Daredevil, Miami Vice, and his sex tape. 

Meanwhile, The Wrap is reporting that Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch is in talks for another role. [THRThe Wrap]


... MTV has renewed its hit reality series Catfish for Season 4, which should at the very least make our own Cory Barker very happy. The network also announced a handful of premiere dates for returning show: Awkward. is back for Season 4B on September 23 at 10pm, Faking It is back for Season 2 on September 23 at 10:30pm, and Are You The One? is back for Season 2 on September 29 at 10pm). New series Happyland, a teen dramedy exploring the underbelly of a popular theme park, will debut Tuesday, September 30 at 11pm. [MTV via press release]

... MTV also announced a straight-to-series, 10-episode order for Shannara, a new drama based on the series of books by Terry Brooks. The first season will be based on The Elfstones of Shannara, the second title in the series. Smallville producers Al Gough and Miles Millar are on board to write and produce. [MTV via press release] 

... Starz is making the premiere of its new drama Outlander available online one week before it officially premieres on August 9. Starting August 2, fans will be able to check it out on, the Starz Play app, YouTube, Facebook, and more. The premium cable network is also splitting the first season in two like it's AMC or something; the first eight episodes will run uninterrupted through September 27, with the second half of the season debuting in early 2015. [Starz via press release]

... Starz has also announced premiere dates for two new series, The Chair and Survivor's RemorseThe Chair is a 10-part documentary from Chris Moore (Project Greenlight) that follows two first-time directors who are going through the process of bringing their debut feature to the big screen; it'll debut Saturday, September 6 at 11pm when everyone's either out or asleep. Survivor's Remorse, a half-hour comedy from executive producers LeBron James (seriously), Mike O'Malley, Maverick Carter, and Tom Werner, follows a young man who's made it big playing basketball (and yes, the original script had the show set in Cleveland). Look for its debut on on Saturday, October 4 at 9pm. [Starz via press release]

... Josh Charles is returning to The Good Wife... as a director. The actor, who was nominated for an Emmy for his performance in Season 5, will direct his fourth episode of the series in Season 6. Charles previously helmed "The Art of War," "The Next Month," and "Tying the Knot." [TV Line]


... Luke Mitchell has a new job and it's not on The CW (that sound you hear is me crying buckets for The Flash). The former star of The Tomorrow People has joined the cast of ABC's Members Only, previously known as The Club. Described as an upstairs/downstairs soap opera set at a country club, Mitchell will play new employee Jesse, who hails from the wrong side of town. [THR]

... Gabrielle Walsh has joined the cast of The Vampire Diaries. She'll first appear in the Season 6 premiere as Sarah, a newcomer to Mystic Falls who has a shady agenda. A shady agenda? I am SHOCKED. [Deadline

... Hung's Thomas Jane has joined the cast of Syfy's The Expanse, the network's upcoming adaptation of the Leviathan Wakes book series from James S. A. Corey (a.k.a. collaborators Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, who write under that pen name). It's a space opera set 200 years in the future, and it centers on a detective and a rogue ship's captain as they race across the solar system in search of a missing young woman... with the potential to expose "the greatest conspiracy in human history." [THR]


... If you're still smarting from yesterday's truly upsetting Emmy nominations, Vox has helpfully broken down the science behind the nomination process, explaining how and why certain people get nominated year after year while others have to settle for our undying love and devotion. [Vox]


... FX's new drama The Strain premieres on Sunday, but should you watch it? Hit the link for Tim's advice. 

... Syfy's Dominion aired its fourth episode this week. But did it pass the world famous 4-Episode Test?

... And here's Noel on the latest episode of Defiance.

... AMC has given a straight-to-series order to a mixed martial arts drama titled Badlands.

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  • Summer_Maru Jul 14, 2014

    I would love to see Colin Farrell in True Detectives. His better but maybe unknown movies, 'In Bruges', 'Cassandra's Dream', 'Dead Man Down' and 'London Boulevard' show a different side to Farrell's acting ability. Much different than his previous 'Miami Vice', 'Alexander' & 'Fright Night' was just boring altogether (not because of him). 'Seven Psychopaths' he's also very good in but the movie itself took a little too much comedy out of the dark comedy genre.

  • current Jul 13, 2014

    Outlander sounds like something that should be aired opposite big sports nights for the ladies to argue over with their partners, as to who gets to TIVO what and still have sex later.
    Unless TD is going to return as a pretty boy buddy road movie with minor detection themes and a Thelma or Louise strong female brass ovaries character, then some recasting needs to take place. In any case, if a woman is going to be cast you can bet that she'll be a strong blah, blah, blah. Whenever something new comes out now that gets plaudits, it's got to have a significant Y in the cast or face criticism. I'm all for decent roles for women but I, for one, am sick and tired of those roles meaning they get to deride the male actors throughout and destroy any real chance of synergy.
    Members Only sounds like that it's going to packed with them. Pass.
    The Expanse may as well add Summer Glau and be done with it claiming any sense of the new - I wonder if the missing girl is called Miranda, just for kicks.

  • Arithon_UK Jul 13, 2014

    Colin Farrell is a weak actor and has black marks in my book for taking a major dump on two hallowed classics, Fright Night and Total Recall. He has the on-screen presence of scenery and the acting range of Paris Hilton. Why does he ever get screen roles. The only role he didn't suck at was in Minority report, where he was a supporting actor and got shot. Is it wrong to cheer?

  • antmorris3511 Jul 14, 2014

    I watched some of Total Recall. It didnt really hold my attention. the original Fright Night was so good I didnt even care to see them botch the remake. I saw Minority Report but I dont even remember Farrell being in it. Amazing.

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  • kevekev302 Jul 13, 2014

    But he played Alexander the Great!! Oh and the movie where he was in the phone booth the whole time, what a display of acting that was!! Ughhhhh I hope its not true.

  • antmorris3511 Jul 14, 2014

    There's lots of bad casting goin around. You should see the chick they cast as Wonder Woman.

  • JohnCouto Jul 13, 2014

    What ever happened to the 'Scream' show that mtv was supposed to make?

  • Kerkesh Jul 13, 2014

    True Detective can do much better than Colin Farell, who actually stunk in both Daredevil and Miami Vice. He is a very minor second rate actor at best. As for whatever his name, someone I have never even heard of, are you fucking kidding me? Finally, on the subject, where did the idea to have at least one female actress in the leading role? Please do not make me puke over this.
    I think Starz is smart in getting us to have sneek at Outlander, which actually seems to stand a chance, especially after seeing what Extant and The Leftovers look like.

  • missjudgment Jul 13, 2014

    So happy to see Luke Mitchell employed, and not on Flash.

  • dref22 Jul 12, 2014

    Colin Farrell? :(

  • Mate Jul 12, 2014

    Farrell has had some decent roles and Kitsch impressed me with his portrayal of Lt. Michael Murphy in Lone Survivor (way better than Marky Mark). But let us not forget, up until recently Matthew McConaughey was kind of a bland actor until the last few roles.

    But let us not forget that the reveal of the big bad wasn't that great or big or really that bad and the writers left a lot of plot holes and a conspiracy unsolved.

  • mekare06 Jul 12, 2014

    i would like THAT true D...if you know what i mean

  • antmorris3511 Jul 12, 2014

    I see what you did there as well. I think you'll probably be needing a True Microscope, or at the very least, a True Magnifying glass.

  • Sanity_Bleeds Jul 12, 2014

    I see what you did there, and I frown on your shenanigans!

  • MarlboroMagpi Jul 12, 2014

    With the popularity of True Detectives, I would have thought they are able to get better casting than Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch.

  • Sanity_Bleeds Jul 12, 2014

    Maybe we'll be lucky and they'll be the villains who get horribly slaughtered though? Wouldn't we all love to at least see Kitsch get violently mutilated on screen??

  • MarlboroMagpi Jul 12, 2014

    LOL ! Good idea !

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