News on Reverie, The Passage (Video), Manifest, People’s Sexiest Man Alive (Video) and Syfy’s Deadly Class (Video)
NBC announced today that Reverie, the Sarah Shahi virtual reality thriller, has been cancelled after one season. The show premiered May 30, 2018 and struggled in the ratings during its 10 episode run.
Reverie also starred Dennis Haysbert, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Jessica Lu and Kathryn Morris. Extant creator Mickey Fisher was the creator and showrunner.
Sendhil Ramamurthy has already moved on to a new show, one of the fall season’s hits, New Amsterdam. Congrats to him.
For more information, check out TVLine.com’s post.
Other news I’ve been slow in posting or just came up:
Manifest received a full season order of 16 episodes. It’s not the traditional broadcast network standard of 22, but it’s now more typical for prestige and genre TV shows to have fewer episodes, while 22 episodes still works fine for procedurals. This Is Us has 18 episodes per season. The Walking Dead has generally had 16 episodes. Game of Thrones has 10 episodes a season.
I find 10-16 episodes to be ideal for serialized and thriller/mystery shows. Anything more than that becomes bogged down in repetition and filler, losing momentum 2/3 of the way through the season, unless they split the season into 2 or 3 mini seasons. 22 episodes also frequently leads to creative fatigue on the part of the cast and crew, since they have very little down time between seasons to pursue other projects and recharge themselves.
16 episodes seems like a decent number of episodes per season for Manifest to work with, giving the writers wiggle room to flesh out the story, but not unnecessarily dragging out the season. Then the extended time off between seasons will allow them to thoroughly plan story arcs.
Fox has announced the premiere date and more cast members for its midseason scifi vampire show, The Passage, based on the series of books by Justin Cronin. The series will kick off on FOX Monday, January 14 at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.
Recently announced cast additions include: Jennifer Ferrin (ATWT, The Knick) as Elizabeth, wife of Henry Ian Cusick’s Jonas Lear. James Le Gros (Justified, Ally McBeal) as recurring character Horace Guilder, deputy director of the Department of Special Weapons. Kecia Lewis (Law & Order: SVU) plays former nun Lacey Antoine, who has been significantly changed from the same character in the books. Jason Fuchs (The Good Wife) recurs as Grey, a Project Noah worker who has dark visions involving the virals. McKinley Belcher III, who plays Project Noah test subject Anthony Carter, has been promoted from recurring to series regular.
The Passage also recently released a new, extended trailer:
I don’t normally post on this type of thing, but what the heck. We need a little frivolity in these dark times. 😘 People magazine has chosen Idris Elba as this year’s Sexiest Man Alive, a welcome change from last year’s choice, who shall not be named here. 😜 This is only the third time in 32 years that a person of color has been chosen.
Syfy’s Deadly Class, based on the graphic novel series of the same name, released a new trailer this week. The series will debut on Syfy Wednesday, January 16, at 10:00 EST/9:00 CST.
Deadly Class is executive produced by the Russo Brothers, of Avengers: Infinity War fame and the second two Captain America movies, plus Arrested Development. The author of the graphic novels, Rick Remender, is one of the showrunners. The cast includes Benedict Wong (Avengers: Infinity War), Benjamin Wadsworth (Teen Wolf) , Lana Condor (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before), María Gabriela de Faría (Crossing Point), Luke Tennie (Shock and Awe), Liam James (The Family) and Michel Duval (Queen of the South).