The multitalented Donald Glover, along with his brother Stephen Glover, are officially making an animated Deadpool television series for FXX. Donald Glover is, of course, a talented actor, rapper, and writer, and his television series Atlanta has been incredibly well received.
The network has ordered the show straight to series, and will have a ten episode first season. No word yet on voice actors for the show, but it’s still early days for the project. While the show won’t have any continuity ties to the Deadpool film franchise, that’s the tone the network will be aiming for.
The animated Deadpool series is expected to premiere sometime in 2018.
The comedic spy series Archer left last season on a rather dark note, and it seems like Season 8 is going to continue from there… sort of. You see, Season 8 (subtitled ‘Dreamland’) appears to take place completely in Sterling Archer’s head. While that may make some disappointing continuity, it does mean the show’s writers have the freedom to take the character anywhere…
…and they’ve decided to go full on Noir.
Honestly, if the trailer is any indication, this should be a fairly entertaining season. By exploring something like a period Noir piece, there are whole new avenues of humor available to the series that weren’t there before. It also means, taking place outside of the regular continuity, that anything can happen to the characters without risking the future of the franchise.
Archer premiers on FXX (its new network) on April 5th.
When the FXX series Cassius and Clay was announced last summer, we were pretty intrigued. The animation team behind Archer was going to make a post-apocalyptic Mad Max-esque story with a cast that featured talents like Kaitlin Olson, Lake Bell and Susan Freakin’ Sarandon. With Adam Reed and Megan Ganz driving the creative side of the project, it looked like it would be amazing. Well, now it looks like it’s going to be nothing.
Despite FXX originally putting in a ten episode order, Cassius and Clay has been cancelled before it could ever air.
This is, honestly, kind of infuriating. It would have been nice to see a women-led action comedy on television, and the show appeared to have the talent behind it to pull it off. No episodes have been produced beyond the pilot, although it’s unlikely we’ll ever see what that actually looked like (unless maybe some season of Archer manages to sneak it in as a DVD extra). It’s spot in the lineup will apparently now go to a as of yet untitled Louis CK led project instead.
According to ComingSoon.net, Adam Reed (Archer) and Megan Ganz (Modern Family, Community) are bringing us Cassius and Clay, an animated post-Apocalyptic comedy. The series will air on FXX, alongside Archer (which is moving to the network for its seventh season).
On this installment of the podcast, we talk about Spider-man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the weird Wheel of Time Pilot that aired, the Master returning in the Doctor Who Series 9 opener, the new Rick Flagg in Suicide Squad, the first picture of Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Deadpool-casting-pa-looza, and Nick and Pher’s trip to Anime Milwaukee.
So for reasons unknown, FXX aired a Wheel of Time short film in the middle of the night. About a half hour long and titled “Winter Dragon,” it was a fairly faithful adaptation of the opening of the prologue from the first book of the series. The cast includes Max Ryan and Billy Zane.
…and no one knows what’s going on. There was no fanfare, no news… just Lews Therin going crazy in the middle of the night.
And there’s a lot of debate as to what this was? Was it Universal just trying to throw something out there to hold onto the rights? Was it a pilot put on air to get a select group to fill out surveys? AM I GOING MAD LIKE THE DRAGON DID?!
It will likely get pulled down, but someone’s posted it to Youtube all the same. I’ve embedded it below:
From all reports, Harriet McDougal Rigney (The late Robert Jordan’s widow and editor) had no idea this was happening.
Of course, no one seems to know what the hell is happening.
Update: As Steve Stockdale pointed out in our comments section, io9 reached out to Red Eagle Entertainment and confirmed the airing was purely to keep the rights. The airtime on FXX was purchased like an infomercial.