News Briefs: Netflix Casts a Boardwalk Empire Star as Daredevil

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... Netflix has cast the title role in its upcoming Daredevil television series, which is approximately the bajillionth superhero show that's set to come out between now and next year. The dashing and handsome and other synonyms for "hot" Charlie Cox, who's best known to the TV world as Owen from Boardwalk Empire, will suit up as the blind lawyer and crimefighter. And Cox isn't the show's only new recruit: Spartacus's Steven DeKnight was appointed as showrunner over the weekend, taking over for Drew Goddard.

Daredevil is part of Netflix's huge deal with Marvel Comics; it's the first of four Marvel series coming to streaming service. The others center on Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, with an Avengers-like combo series planned as well. Netflix hasn't announced a premiere date for Daredevil, but the 13-episode series is expected to debut sometime in 2015. [Marvel]


BUSINESS TIME

... HBO is turning the clock back to the 1960s with Open City, a new drama in development about the cultural revolution of the decade that gave us lots of cool things to make television about. Hairspray director Adam Shankman and The Invasion screenwriter David Kajganich are partnering on the project, which will follow characters from different walks of life in Manhattan as they explore the ever-changing social climate of the era. Open City will also focus on the "unlikely alliance between the Mafia and the city's gay community in the opening of a West Village nightclub" and the rise of the gay-rights movement. [THR] 

... One thing that may've helped clearing the way for Open City is the success of HBO's The Normal Heart, the network's '80s-set film about the AIDS crisis that premiered on Sunday. It drew 1.4 million viewers, making it HBO's fifth-most-watched made-for-TV movie in history. Hopefully most of those weren't people tuning into Game of Thrones, which took the holiday weekend off. [EW

... And while we're all gearing up for Pride Week, Showtime will re-air full seasons of The L Word and Queer as Folk. Starting June 2 and going through June 30, Showtime will air episodes of the two series back-to-back every weekday at 8pm. After that, episodes will air on Thursday nights at 8pm from July 3 to November 13. Both series will also be available on Showtime Anytime. [Showtime via press release]

... The very busy Graham Yost just got a little busier. Yost, who's the series creator and showrunner of Justified as well as an executive producer on The Americans, is developing a new war drama at WGN America. Avenue of Spies is based on the upcoming book by Alex Kershaw; the series is set in Nazi-occupied France and will follow an American-born doctor who helps the French by spying on Ze Germans. [THR]

... We're all paying for the initial curiosity we had about Sharknado that made us tune in for (and tweet about) the sharksploitation movie, making it an unexpected hit. Syfy is milking the franchise for all it's worth, and has decided to run a Sharknado Week in advance of the July 30 debut of Sharknado 2: The Second One. It's really just a way of branding what will be a full week's worth of Syfy's other killer shark fare, including Mega Shark vs. Mecha SharkSharktopus vs. Pteracuda, and probably a couple more Sharksomethingorother vs. Some Other Mutant Beast match-ups. Sharknado Week will run July 26 through August 2. [Syfy via press release]

... Remember the trailer for Fox's Red Band Society that the network released right after its Upfront presentation a few weeks ago? Oh that's right, it was peculiarly absent from the onslaught of trailers released to the public. But now it's finally online, so we can all stop wondering what One Tree Hill With Cancer would look like. 


... ABC Family is putting the first episode of its upcoming drama Chasing Life on smartphones and computers two weeks ahead of its broadcast debut on June 10. The series premiere is now available on the Watch ABC Family app, and will be available via on demand on participating cable packages starting June 3. Based on the telenovela Terminales, Chasing Life follows a young aspiring journalist (Italia Ricci) who finds out she has terminal cancer. [ABC Family via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... The CW's The Flash is paying respect to its elders. John Wesley Shipp, who played the speedy superhero in the 1990s series on CBS, will recur on The CW's version as old man Flash. He'll play Henry Allen, father of Grant Gustin's Barry Allen. Harry is accused of the murder of his wife, and Barry hopes to use his super speed to help prove his father's innocence. Ummm, I hope that includes speeding through law school! [TV Guide]

... Sleepy Hollow is hiring a new sheriff to deal with all the craziness that takes place in that town. House of Cards' Sakina Jaffrey will recur as Leena Reyes, a former border patrol agent who arrives in Sleepy Hollow to wear the sheriff's star. Also joining the cast will be One Tree Hill's Matt Barr; he'll play a bounty hunter who teams up with Abbie and Ichabod for a case. [TV Guide]


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