TV News: McHale, Gone, Little, Cards, Sucks

The Joel McHale Show
Netflix released the official trailer for “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale,” a weekly comedy commentary series tackling the absurdity of today’s politics, sports, and pop culture distilling all of it into snappy half-hour episodes.

Kevin Hart will guest star in the first episode with Alison Brie, Mike Colter, Paul Reiser and Jim Rash appearing in subsequent episodes. The show premieres on Netflix on February 18th.

Gone Baby Gone
Phillip Noyce (“The Quiet American,” “Clear and Present Danger”) is set to direct an untitled drama pilot based on Dennis Lehane’s novel “Gone Baby Gone” with Robert Levine (“Black Sails”) penning the script.

The story follows detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro who, armed with their wits, their street knowledge and an undeniable chemistry, right wrongs the law can’t in the working-class Boston borough of Dorchester. Ben Affleck directed the previous film adaptation. [Source: Deadline]

Little America
Apple is teaming with “The Big Sick” writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon to develop the half-hour anthology series “Little America” which will be produced by Universal Television. Lee Eisenberg (“SMILF”) and Alan Yang (“Master of None”) will also executive produce as will Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis.

Episodes are based on the true stories featured in Epic Magazine and are “a small, collective portrait of America’s immigrants” with the tone veering between funny, romantic, heartfelt, and inspiring. [Source: Deadline]

House of Cards
Cody Fern (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”), who was originally eyed to play a new love interest for Kevin Spacey’s disgraced U.S. President Frank Underwood, is staying onboard Netflix’s retooled sixth and final season of “House of Cards”.
Fern’s character is being modified rather than simply let go.

He joins a cast that includes returnees Robin Wright as Clare Underwood along with Michael Kelly (Doug), Jayne Atkinson (Catherine), Boris McGiver (Tom), Derek Cecil (Seth), Patricia Clarkson (Jane), Campbell Scott (Mark) and Constance Zimmer (Janine). The eight-episode farewell season is currently in production in Baltimore. [Source: TV Line]

Everything Sucks
Ahead of its release on the service next week, Netflix has unveiled the “Everything Sucks!” trailer which follows romances of teens and single parents (one of which is the principal of the teens’ school) in the midst of the 1990s in Oregon. Jahi Winston, Peyton Kennedy, Patch Darragh and Claudine Nako co-star in the series and all ten episodes hit the service on February 16th.