TV News: Snowpiercer, Dark, Forest, Now, Big

Tv News Snowpiercer Dark Forest Now Big

The first season hasn’t even aired yet, but production is getting underway on a second season of TNT’s sci-fi drama “Snowpiercer,” based on the comic and film of the same name. The one and only Sean Bean is reportedly joining the cast in a series regular role alongside Season 1 stars Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs, but details of his character are being kept under wraps. [Source: Newsarama]

Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Nickelodeon’s three-part limited series reboot of “Are You Afraid Of The Dark?” was a hit, ranking as the most co-viewed show on broadcast and TV each week of the past three weeks with 33% of Adults 18-49 watching with a Kid 6-11. It was the number-one live-action series on cable TV in all kids’ demos, and saw time-delayed viewing rise well above shows normally in this demographic. [Source: Deadline]

Heaven’s Forest
Netflix has ordered eight episodes of the Ramayana-inspired epic animated action series “Heaven’s Forest” from the “Castlevania” series team including creator Warren Ellis, executive producers Adi Shankar and Kevin Kolde, and Powerhouse Animation.

Written by Ellis, the story is set in an Indo-futuristic world with storyline and characters inspired by the Indian mythology of the Ramayana. That ancient epic follows Prince Rama’s quest to rescue his beloved wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana with the help of an army of monkeys. [Source: Deadline]

The Now
Short-form service Quibi has handed out a formal series order to “The Now” a comedy which has Dave Franco attached to star and will be co-directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly. Steve Leff and Pete Jones co-write.

Franco plays Ed Poole, a man considering suicide who achieves clarity when a secret from his past has seemingly destroyed his future. He soon realizes that the only thing that will make his life worth living is to forget the past, screw the future and live in the present. [Source: The Live Feed]

Big Shots
Actor John Stamos will lead David E. Kelley’s new ten-episode dramedy series “Big Shots” for the Disney+ streaming service. Set in the world of girls high school basketball, Stamos plays a temperamental coach who gets fired from his job and must take a teaching and coaching job at an elite all-girls private high school.

Shiri Appleby and Yvette Nicole Brown also star as the coach’s assistant and the school’s dean respectively. Kelley will write the series along with Dean Lorey, with both executive producing. Brad Garrett will also executive produce and the series will begin shooting in November in Los Angeles. [Source: Variety]