TV News: Power, Episodes, Down, Way, Fame

Starz has renewed its New York-based drama “Power” for a ten-episode third season in the wake of the second season premiere scoring 1.43 million Live+SD viewers, the most ever for a Starz Original series season premiere episode.

More than 3.62 million Live+SD viewers watched the episode over the initial weekend, securing “Power’s” second season Starz premiere weekend as the most watched episode ever for a Starz Original series. [Source: Starz]

Showtime has renewed the Matt LeBlanc comedy “Episodes” for a fifth season. filming on the nine episode batch will kick off in London next year.

The Showtime and BBC co-production has been a regular awards season contender for the cabler, earning LeBlanc three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe. [Source: THR]

The Get Down
Jaden Smith has joined the cast of Baz Luhrmann’s music-driven Netflix period drama “The Get Down. Smith will play Marcus ‘Dizzee’ Kipling, a talented and enigmatic graffiti writer raised in the South Bronx.

The series is set in 1970s New York and focuses on a group of teens struggling to survive who find outlets through music. All thirteen episodes of the show will debut in all Netflix territories in 2016. [Source: Variety]

The Way
Michelle Monaghan (“True Detective,” “Source Code”) has scored the female lead in the Hulu original drama series “The Way”. Mike Cahill (“Another Earth”) will direct the first episode of the ten-episode series.

The story follows a family at the center of a controversial movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power, with each episode taking an in-depth look at what it means to choose between our real lives and dream lives. Monaghan will play Sarah Cleary, a high level member of a controversial movement. [Source: Deadline]

Lifetime has picked up MGM Television’s long-gestating “Fame” reboot to series with “Smash” and “Gossip Girl” alum Josh Safran to pen the script and executive produce.

This reimagining of the 1980 hit movie and subsequent NBC series revolves around a group of adults struggling to balance high pressures of life at a performing arts college along with the trials and drama of their personal lives. [Source: The Live Feed]

Better Late Than Never
William Shatner, Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman and Jeff Dye will headline NBC’s comedy adventure series “Better Late Than Never”.

The story follows the five men as they travel together to Asia in search of intimate, life-changing experiences to tick off their bucket lists. They must do so without their entourages or assistants. The one-hour series will begin production in August and travel to Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Chang Mai. [Source: The Live Feed]