A.D.: The Bible Continues may have been cancelled by NBC, but the series could live on. Recently, executives at NBC opted not to bring the event series back for a second season after its initially strong ratings slowed down. But, according to Variety, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett—the husband and wife team who produce the show—still may have plans for the A.D. franchise. The duo have reportedly envisioned an online network that would be built around faith-based programming, like The Bible miniseries and A.D. If that’s the case, more episodes could be coming. As of now, the channel is gearing up for a late-2016 or early-2017 launch. Discuss
Can Shark Week really restore its good name after jumping the shark? Even though they’ve lied to you repeatedly by airing real-looking documentaries about long-extinct sharks, made you believe you’d witness a man being eaten by python, and attempted to get real scientists to be intentionally bit by a shark, Discovery Channel wants you to watch Shark Week this year. This year, they promise, they are not going to blatantly deceive you. This year, Shark Week will be all about actual sharks. They promise.
2015's Shark Week, which is being overseen for the first time by new Discovery president Rich Ross, is reportedly going to be a return to show elements like “facts,” “science” and “sharks that actually exist.” Ross told reporters, "[We're done with] that kind of 'what if' scenario that previous shows sort of played around with from a storytelling perspective, [so] we're just looking forward now, and focusing on science and research." In an interview with Mashable, the network’s VP of “documentaries” and specials, Howard Swartz, said, “I think for those who've maybe wandered away, I say come back and put your toe back in the water." Get it? If you tune in this week, just pretend that whole Megalodon thing never happened. Discuss
Netflix has released a glimpse of their upcoming adaptation of the Lemony Snicket novels A Series of Unfortunate Events. The line of children’s books was previously adapted into a 2004 movie that starred Jim Carrey. No details about the casting for the new series have been announced yet.
UPDATE: So it turns out, the trailer is a fake. Though the Neflix series is in the works, a rep from the streaming content provider told Variety, “This was not released from Netflix and not anything official." Discuss
Discovery released a trailer for the upcoming season of their long-running series, MythBusters, and along with the kinds of science experiments and explosions they’re known for, the duo has something special in store for Breaking Bad fans. ’s creator, Vince Gilligan, will make a guest appearance as the pair will see if the remote controlled robotic machine gun Walter White creates during the series finale would actually work. In case you had any doubts, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have the coolest jobs in the world. The new series debuts July 18. Discuss
The cable network TV Land has pulled reruns of the show Dukes of Hazzard from its schedule following an ongoing national debate over the Confederate flag. The symbol is featured prominently on the Dodge Charger known as the “General Lee” driven by the duo on the show. Use of the Confederate flag—on public grounds, in pop culture and as a piece of merchandise at stores—has come under scrutiny following the murder of nine people at a historic black church by a racist gunman in South Carolina—a state that still flies the Confederate flag on their State House grounds. Several stores, including Target, Amazon, Sears and Walmart, have stopped selling the flag in their stores. Alleged church shooter Dylann Roof was a white supremacist who posted pictures of himself posing with the flag online. Discuss