In the storied ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel (home to the Golden Globe Awards), TV critics and members of the press are gathering for the summer session of their bi-annual event known as the Television Critics Association Press Tour (or the TCAs, for short). Here, TV networks proudly present their upcoming freshman shows and returning hopefuls in hopes that critics will take kindly to, or maybe even champion, them.
We went to observe as happy little flies on the wall, and now we can’t wait for Fall TV. Here are 5 things we were particularly excited to learn about for the upcoming SHOWTIME season:
1. The Twin Peaks Reboot
It's hard to believe it's been 15 years since the cult favorite last captivated TV lovers across the globe. According to President & CEO, David Nevins and President of Programming, Gary Levine, SHOWTIME will be taking us all back to the mysterious town, sometime mid-year in 2017. The original creative team of David Lynch and Mark Frost have just wrapped production and are currently in editing. Though there is a completed script, the number of episodes it will be broken into has yet to be determined. The process has been described as "fluid."
Levine says, even having seen only the dailies, they were instantly transported. Led by Kyle MacLachlan, the reboot cast will include familiar and new faces including Dana Ashbrook, David Duchovny, Kimmy Robertson, Harry Goaz, Laura Dern, Ashley Judd, Amanda Seyfried, Jim Belushi, and, Robert Knepper.
We're already craving cherry pie.
2. A Stephen Colbert Election Special?
President & CEO, David Nevins made a non-announcement about a possible live election night comedy special hosted by Stephen Colbert. Nevins seemed fairly confident it will happen as he, the network, and Stephen Colbert all want to do it. He speculated it would be unfeathered Colbert with the promise of a few curse words. Logistically, Colbert does have the night off from his show, so we're definitely keeping our fingers crossed for this one.
3. Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah to Star in Separate Pilots
With buzz just earlier this week that Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah will not be to returning to Saturday Night Live this fall, both actors were announced to star in 30-minute pilots for SHOWTIME.
Killam will lead the comedy Mating by Jason Katims (Parenthood, The Path) while Jay Pharoah will be starring in the Jamie Foxx project White Famous, about an African-American comedian trying to break into the "white" market.
4. A Fifth POV for The Affair
With the return of The Affair this November, a fifth point of view will be added to the show in the form of a new love interest for Noah. Joining the foursome will be Irène Jacob, who many may know from Red of Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colors Trilogy.
Creator Sarah Treem shared that Season 3 will be exploring the darker side of the characters. Treem also said that the perspective theme from past seasons will be augmented with ideas of inner perspective, how well do we really know our selves? Well, we know we can't wait until November.
We are thrilled to hear that production for Season 6 will begins next week in New York. Equally thrilled is actress Claire Danes, who shared her excitement in being able to film where she lives (past seasons had been shot in the Middle East, Morocco, and most recently, Germany). She also noted that her husband, Hugh Dancy, will also be filming in New York at the same time for the The Path, so another bonus for the couple.
Set in New York, Season 6 will take place in the 70-day period between the election and inauguration of a new president, essentially the education of a new president and the transition between two White Houses. Consequently, their president elect is a female, but Executive Producer Alex Gansa described her as a little Hillary, a little Trump, and a little Bernie.
Though Mandy Patinkin did admit that some people forget he and his character Saul are not the same person, he was particularly grateful that the success of the show has garnered him the opportunity to do human rights work and give a voice to those who don't have a voice. “I try as Mandy to be more like Saul, because I like Saul more than Mandy.” (We love YOU, Mandy!)
Homeland has been announced through an eighth season, though Gansa admitted there is no set end game, rather they are tackling season by season, episode by episode. Danes joked that perhaps by the end Carrie will become a master rollerblader. We'd watch that spinoff.