TV News: Pumpkins, Invisible, Vandal, Pose, Devil

The David S. Pumpkins Animated Halloween Special
NBC has unveiled a promo trailer for “The David S. Pumpkins Animated Halloween Special,” the upcoming half-hour animated one-off special featuring Tom Hanks reprising his role from an SNL sketch last year that went viral all over the globe. The network has crafted the special which will air 11:30pm on Saturday October 28th on the network.

Invisible Man
Hulu is reportedly developing a TV series adaptation of the iconic racially-themed Ralph Ellison 1952 novel “Invisible Man”. John Callahan is serving as an executive producer on the project.

The story is told from the perspective of an unnamed African-American narrator who considers himself to be socially invisible due to the color of his skin. The narrator recalls his life growing up and attending college in the South, then migrating to and living in New York City. [Source: Variety]

American Vandal
Netflix has renewed its mockumentary series “American Vandal” for a second season of eifht episodes to air in 2018. Series co-creators and executive producers Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda, as well as showrunner Dan Lagana, are all slated to return.

The half-hour series spoofs popular true crime documentaries with the first season looking at a high school sophomore and documentarian trying to solve a prank that saw 27 faculty cars vandalized with spray-painted images of penises. The new season focuses on new students in a new school. [Source: Variety]

Pose
Ryan Murphy’s new FX drama “Pose” has just cast the highest number of transgender series regulars ever for a scripted television show including performers MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross.

Ryan Jamaal Swain, Billy Porter and Dyllon Burnside also star in the 1980s New York City-set tale which juxtaposes several segments of life and society in Manhattan: the emergence of super rich and the downtown social and literary scene. [Source: TV Line]

Devil’s Day
The Ink Factory (“The Night Manager”) has scored the rights to “The Loney” author Andrew Michael Hurley’s supernatural-themed second novel “Devil’s Day” and will adapt it for TV.

Set in northern England, the story follows John Pentecost who returns each year to help his family gather the sheep down from the hills – a process involving ancient lore, mythology, and the devil. He and his pregnant wife are soon drawn into fermenting local tensions and must deal with a haunted past. [Source: Variety]