TV News: Scalped, Rhimes, Zero, Deception, White

Belgian writer-directing duo Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi are set to direct WGN America’s drama pilot “Scalped” based on the DC graphic novel series. Doug Jung (“Banshee”) is penning the series which features a predominantly Native American cast – a first for a television series in recent history.

A modern-day crime story set in the world of a Native American reservation led by the ambitious Chief Lincoln Red Crow as he reckons with Dashiell Bad Horse, who has returned home after years away from the reservation. [Source: Deadline]

Shonda Rhimes Shows
ABC has handed out early renewals for all three Shonda Rhimes-produced regular series – “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” with each set to make the 2017-18 broadcast season.

That will mean ‘Grey’ will score a fourteenth season, “Scandal” a seventh and ‘Murder’ a fourth. Rhimes’ new drama “The Catch” has not yet premiered so its renewal chances remain unknown. [Source: The Live Feed]

Channel Zero
Syfy and Universal Cable Productions have announced they they have picked up their critically-acclaimed horror anthology series “Channel Zero” for two further seasons – bringing its total up to four.

Simultaneously showrunner Nick Antosca has has signed an overall deal with UCP to develop and produce more scripted programming. Each installment of the “Channel Zero” anthology is based on user-generated horror stories published online. [Source: A.V. Club]

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “Dunkirk” actor Jack Cutmore-Scott is set to take on the lead role in ABC’s magic drama pilot “Deception” from the team behind “Blindspot”. Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero and Sarah Schechter will executive produce.

The story centers on a superstar magician (Cutmore-Scott) whose career is ruined by scandal, leaving him one place to turn to practice his art – the FBI. He becomes the world’s first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation, and trap criminals and spies by using deception. [Source: The Live Feed]

The White Princess
Starz has announced an April 16th premiere date for “The White Princess,” the upcoming event series follow-up to Starz’s “The White Queen”. At the same time the first trailer has debuted and can be seen below.

Set in 15th century England at the end of The War of the Roses, the drama is drawn from the novel of the same name by Philippa Gregory. The action follows Princess Elizabeth of York who is determined to stay loyal, even when she is forced to marry into the House of Tudor.