With another week gone by, there have been countless, exciting announcements from the world of television. Here, we’ve collected together the five top pieces of news that may have escaped you over the past seven days, so you don’t have to go digging to find out what’s happening behind-the-scenes of your favourite shows!
Anthony Mackie’s Falcon and Winter Soldier fears
Following the success of Disney+ original series WandaVision, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are now excited to see what the next small screen adventure will bring. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will of course focus on the two titular heroes, played by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan respectively.
Speaking with Variety, Mackie opened up about the pressures surrounding the series and his character being a central focus. Admitting he was "confused and frightened", he explained: "I didn't think we could do on the television what we'd been doing on the big screen. I didn't want to be the face of the first Marvel franchise to fail.
"Like, 'See, We cast the Black dude, and now this sh** is awful.’
"That was a huge fear of mine, and also a huge responsibility with playing a Marvel character.”
It’s a real shame that a Black actor like Mackie not only feels the usual pressures that any performer would feel going into such a big project, but the weight of the Black community on his shoulders. It’s clear that he figures that if this show wasn’t a success, then opportunities for stars from minority backgrounds would greatly reduce in the future.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premieres exclusively on Disney+ from March 19th, 2021.
Pose will end with its third season
Groundbreaking FX series Pose from Ryan Murphy, will conclude with its upcoming third season, it's been confirmed. Making history by casting the most transgender actors for any TV show, it became an instantly hit with the LGBTQ+ community and beyond, thanks to the stunning performances of the cast, hard work of the crew and, slick writing of the creators.
Co-creator and executive producer Steven Canals broke the news on Twitter about the "difficult" decision, saying that the story "we wanted to tell" had been told, in the way they "wanted to tell it”.
Actor Angel Bismark Curiel was one of the show's first stars to respond to the news on social media, getting teary-eyed as he thanked the fans and spoke of the decision:
Consisting of seven episodes, the final season will come to American screens from May 7th via FX. Exactly when that will translate to a British broadcast date remains to be seen, but it hopefully won’t be too long before we get to see exactly how this story ends…
Chucky TV series cast revealed
Making his move from the big screen to the small, horror icon Chucky will be back to terrorise an entirely new group of people in ways only he knows how.
Set to debut on Syfy, the series will see Brad Dourif reprise his role as the evil toy, with Jennifer Tilly also making her return as the Bride of Chucky. Now, the rest of the cast has been fleshed out, with one name in particular getting us excited!
According to Collider, Veteran horror star Devon Sawa has signed up and is set to appear alongside Zackary Arthur, Teo Briones, Bjorgvin Anarson and Alyvia Alyn Lind. No character details were revealed, but Sawa's said to be central to the narrative.
What we do know about the plot is that Chucky will appear for sale in a suburban yard, throwing what was originally a peaceful American town into madness. With murder on his mind, Chucky exposes the hypocrisies of the town, but will face enemies and allies from his own past that threaten to expose his actions.
Edie Falco to play Hillary Clinton in American Crime Story
Former Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has been embroiled in her fair share of controversy throughout her political career. What she unfortunately will likely be remembered for above all else however, alongside losing the Presidential race to Donald Trump in 2016 of course, will be the fact that her husband Bill Clinton cheated on her with Monica Lewinsky.
Ryan Murphy’s hit series American Crime Story will explore the scandal from Lewinsky’s perspective, in a season subtitled Impeachment, based on Jeffrey Tobin's book, A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down A President.
We already knew that Beanie Feldstein would be tackling that role, but now it's also been revealed via Deadline that The Sopranos star Edie Falco would be taking on the immeasurable task of playing Hillary Clinton.
She'll star alongside Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp, Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones, and Betty Gilpin as Ann Coulter.
Patrick Star getting SpongeBob SquarePants spinoff
Nickelodeon have now officially announced upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants spinoff, The Patrick Star Show. The character fronting the series? Well, isn't it obvious?!
Set to premiere this summer, Star's family will be explored in the show, with parents Bunny and Cecil, sister Squidina and grandfather GrandPat all central to the narrative.
Bill Fagerbakke returns to voice Patrick, with Tom Wilson, Cree Summer, Jill Talley and Dana Snyder also lending their talents to the series.
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