Check out what is coming at us this summer... Humans looks interesting, Fear the Walking Dead will be an origins kind of tale about how the virus started, and Rectify is a tough, slow developing dark tale, if you can muster it.
Humans – Premieres June 2015Channel 4, AMC and Kudos’ ambitious new series, Humans, set in a parallel present, where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences.
Starring William Hurt (A History of Violence, Damages), Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, The Honorable Woman), Tom Goodman-Hill (The Devil’s Whore, Mr Selfridge), Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Fall), Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It, Just William), Neil Maskell (Utopia, The Mimic) and Gemma Chan (Dates, Fresh Meat).
Fear the Walking Dead – Premieres Late Summer 2015
The new series (title to be announced) will be set in Los Angeles and focused on new characters and storylines. The show’s first season will consist of six one-hour episodes and premiere on AMC in late summer. The show’s second season will air in 2016. Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert from “The Walking Dead” are executive producers of the new series, which, like the original, is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson (“Marco Polo,” “Sons of Anarchy”), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, is an executive producer and showrunner. The series will star Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).
Hell on Wheels - The Fifth & Final Season Premieres Summer 2015
“Hell on Wheels” will be returning for a fifth and final season of 14 episodes on AMC. Seven new episodes will air this summer, with the final seven episodes of the series following in the summer of 2016. The Western period drama opened up a new night of original programming for AMC on Saturday and the most recent season delivered an average of 3.4 million viewers on the most challenging night of the week for television. In its fourth season, “Hell on Wheels” became a top-20 ad-supported cable drama, and the show’s social media community has seen significant growth in terms of reach and engagement when compared to season three. Starring Anson Mount and Colm Meaney, “Hell on Wheels” was developed by Endemol USA. The series is produced by leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) and Nomadic Pictures.
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Serial Thriller - Premieres Summer 2015
Investigation Discovery recently announced its first foray into scripted programming with SERIAL THRILLER, a three-part miniseries event that propels viewers into the heart of a community terrorized by a real-life serial killer. The eerie outcome may be ripped from the headlines, but SERIAL THRILLER deepens the narrative by delving into the untold personal stories of the residents, the victims and those in charge of the criminal investigation. All on a collision course with fate, their complex lives intertwine as investigators decode the mystery of one of America’s most notorious serial killers – and try to capture him before he kills again. The murderer’s identity will be a mystery at first, leaving viewers to unravel the clues from episode to episode, with each character’s vivid storyline serving as a reminder that behind every crime are real people and lives devastatingly transformed.
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Big Crazy Family Adventure - Premieres Sunday, June 21 with back-to-back episodes at 9:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
Trekking through the Himalaya (with a short stop at Mt. Everest’s base camp), sailing the Ganges River, crossing the North Pacific Ocean on a container ship, meditating with monks in a Tibetan monastery – these are not the typical activities you might expect during a family vacation with two young children. But the Kirkby family is on an extraordinary adventure halfway around the globe – and inviting everyone to come along. Travel Channel’s mesmerizing and cinematic new series, “Big Crazy Family Adventure,” premiering Sunday, June 21 with a special two-hour premiere at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, follows wilderness guide, writer and award-winning photographer Bruce Kirkby throughout this epic trip – from his home in Kimberley, British Columbia, to a remote monastery in the Himalaya – with his wife, Christine Pitkanen, and their two young boys: Bodi, 7 and Taj, 3. There’s just one catch: on their 13,000-mile adventure they won’t be taking ANY airplanes. To fully experience the life-changing and serendipitous moments that exploring the world provides, they’ll get to their final destination through surface travel only – canoe, container ship, ferry, high-speed train, river boat, tuk tuk, pony, their own eight feet and more. The series is comprised of one two-hour special and seven hour-long episodes.
Lifelong adventurers Bruce and Christine did not give up their passion for exploration once they had children; and they’ve been traveling with both kids since they were infants. The couple saw this opportunity, their biggest journey yet, as an unforgettable learning experience, but also as a chance to unplug from technology and expose their boys to some of life’s simple wonders. The 96-day expedition ends at Karsha Gompa – a secluded cliff-side monastery in Ladakh, India, where they’ll live and work for three months with Buddhist monks. Each episode travels alongside the family as they experience four Wonders of the World and make their way through expansive landscapes, challenging climates and unique communities in some of the most remote areas of the northern hemisphere. A complex journey, there are challenges at every corner – from altitude acclimatization and unfamiliar foods, to meltdowns and missed trains. Yet each challenge reaps even bigger rewards and unexpected transformations, especially for eldest son Bodi. On the autism spectrum, a once shy and introverted Bodi matures during the journey in ways his parents never expect. He gains confidence bargaining with sellers in the crowded Asian markets, discovers meditation and overcomes his fear of animals. In three long months on the road, “Tiny T” (Taj) grows from a toddler into an active and curious little boy.
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EL REY NETWORK
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series - SEASON TWO - Premieres Late Summer 2015
Shot in Austin, Texas, season one of "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” centered on bank robber Seth Gecko and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko, who were on the run to Mexico when they encountered former pastor Jacob Fuller and his family, who were taken hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensued when the group detoured to the Titty Twister, a strip club populated by culebras, snake-like ancient creatures who survive by drinking human blood. They were forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive.
Season Two explores a new chapter in this supernatural crime saga that travels from Mexico to the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Robert Rodriguez. It also deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and new dynamics. Season Two begins with our characters in their separate worlds – Santanico (Eiza Gonzalez) and Richie (Zane Holtz) are outside Houston, living like Bonnie and Clyde; Seth (D.J. Cotrona) and Kate (Madison Davenport) are scraping by South of the Border; and Freddie Gonzalez (Jessie Garcia) is protecting his wife and young daughter in a Houston suburb. And Carlos Madrigal (Wilmer Valderrama) and Scott Fuller (Brandon Soo-Hoo) emerge from the Titty Twister, changed men. They will all come together once again – this time facing off against an even bigger threat.
The returning cast includes: D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, Sons Of Anarchy); Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez); Wilmer Valderrama (That ‘70s Show, To Whom It May Concern); Madison Davenport (Noah, Shameless); and Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, Incredible Crew). New to the cast this season are Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills), Jeff Fahey, Esai Morales (Criminal Minds, NYPD Blue), and Briana Evigan (Step Up 2).
“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is a Miramax production in association with Rodriguez International Pictures, FactoryMade Ventures, and Sugarcane Entertainment. Executive producers are Robert Rodriguez, Carlos Coto (also showrunner), Diego Gutierrez (also writer) and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa.
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Rectify—Season 3 premieres Summer 2015 (July 9th)
“Rectify” tells the story of Daniel Holden (Aden Young) who is released after serving nearly 20 years in complete isolation on death row, as he returns as an outsider to his family, to his community, and to the times. In season two viewers saw Daniel becoming an active participant in his life, making decisions and thinking about the future as he struggled to find meaning in a dangerous and unpredictable world. It also delved into the lives changed by Daniel’s return and the ripple effect his actions have on the people around him. Also starring in “Rectify” alongside Aden Young (Killer Elite, The Tree) as Daniel Holden are Abigail Spencer (Cowboys and Aliens, “Mad Men,” Oz the Great and Powerful), who portrays Amantha Holden, Daniel Holden’s younger sister who believes completely in his innocence and has devoted her entire adult life to securing his release; J. Smith Cameron (“True Blood”, Margaret) who plays Janet Talbot, Daniel’s loving mother, who has been living with the impending death of her son for nineteen years and who long ago had made peace with the loss of her son, giving up on any hope for his release; Luke Kirby (Take this Waltz, “Slings and Arrows”) tackles the role of Jon Stern, Daniel’s lawyer who works for an organization dedicated to exonerating the wrongfully convicted; Clayne Crawford (A Walk to Remember) portrays Ted Talbot, Jr., Daniel’s stepbrother whom he had never previously met; Adelaide Clemens (Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, The Great Gatsby) plays Tawney Talbot, Ted’s kind-hearted wife; and Jake Austin Walker (The Chaperone) plays Daniel’s half brother Jared.
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