TV News: Preacher, Night, Snowblind, Ratings, DC

Work has begun on the pilot episode of AMC’s TV series adaptation of the famed Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon comic series “Preacher”. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are producing the series while Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”) serves as show runner, and today Rogen has tweeted a photo of the pilot episode outline board. [Source: Twitter]

Night Shift
NBC has renewed new medical drama series “The Night Shift” for a second season of fourteen episodes, an expansion on the eight ordered for the first season. The series centers on the medical staff of San Antonio Memorial Hospital who work the night shift.

Averaging 6.9 million viewers per episode, it has become the network’s third most-watched drama on NBC this season behind only “The Blacklist” and “Chicago Fire”. It’s also the number one new scripted series on network and cable this summer in ages 18-49. [Source: Variety]

Universal Television and “Da Vinci’s Demons” producer David S. Goyer have optioned the TV rights to Christopher Golden’s just released New England-set horror novel “Snowblind”.

The plan is to create a limited series out of the work which tracks the denizens of a town still reeling from the disappearance of more than a dozen people who were snatched during a sinister snowstorm twelve years prior. Goyer, Golden and Pete Donaldson will executive produce. [Source: Deadline]

CBS’ “Under the Dome” returned down for its second season premiere with 9.4 million viewers and a 2.2 rating on Monday night. Despite the 33% decline from last year, it easily won the night and had the highest-rated scripted-program debut of the summer.

HBO’s “The Leftovers” pulled in both critically divided reviews and 1 .8 million viewers to its first telecast on Sunday night, a solid if soft debut for a new HBO series launch. It’s a bit off the unanimous raves and 2.3 million who tuned in for “True Detective” earlier this year. [Source: EW]

DC Shows
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are teaming to premiere the pilots of FOX’s “Gotham,” The CW’s “The Flash” and footage from both NBC’s “Constantine” and the third season of The CW’s “Arrow” at this year’s San Diego Comic Con on Saturday July 26th. Cast and crew members from each show will also appear at the panel. [Source: CBM]