TV News: Frontier, Brotherhood, Notorious, Terranauts

Netflix and Discovery have renewed the Jason Momoa-led fur-trading drama “Frontier” for a second season, despite the series not making its debut on the service until early next year.

The six-episode first season is told from multiple perspectives and set in a world where business negotiations are frequently resolved with hatchet fights. The story will also explore the delicate relations between Native tribes and Europeans that can spark bloody conflicts. [Source: The Live Feed]

LL Cool J is stepping behind the camera to produce a scripted CBS comedy titled “Brotherhood” which is based on the UK show of the same name. The story follows two brothers who find their lives turned upside down when they have to move in together to raise their ten-year-old brother. J, Michael Borkow, Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice will executive produce. [Source: Variety

ABC has cut the thirteen episode order for its new drama series “Notorious” down to ten episodes. Such a cut is usually a sign of cancellation, but execs stress that’s not the case and the network is retaining actor options and will fully air the ten episodes.

“Notorious” premiered to under 5.5 million viewers and has declined each week with its fifth episode having fallen to 3.89 million viewers despite a high profile placement. Daniel Sunjata and Piper Perabo star in the series which explores the dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media. [Source: TV Line]

The Terranauts
“The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons will produce “The Terranauts” for The CW. The story follows eight top scientists conducting a grand experiment involving the future of humanity.

Zach Helm will helm the film based on the novel by T.C. Boyle, which is being published this week. WBTV and That’s Wonderful Productions will produce. [Source: Deadline]