TV Bits: 'Watchmen,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Mindhunter,' and Cinemax is Dead, Long Live Cinemax
— Cinemax is not dead, but it’s “dead.” The premium cable channel will no longer producer originals, and its content will not be going to HBO Max. It will, however, remain a linear cable option, although without any originals. I don’t who will be subscribing. They will apparently honor their existing commitments (i.e., Warrior), but I am assuming this also means the end for the fantastic Carla Gugino series, Jett. (I had been banking on HBO Max to help that series find a well-deserved audience).
— I genuinely don’t know how long we’ve been talking about the Snowpiercer TV series. Well, after five years, “after two showrunners, two pilot directors, two networks and a season two renewal,” it finally has a premiere date on TNT on Sunday, May 31st. I don’t even remember who is in this anymore? (Oh, Daveed Diggs, Jennifer Connelly, Alison Wright, among others).
— Weiss and Benioff’s Confederate is officially dead.
— Netflix’s fantastic Mindhunter is not dead, but the cast has been released from their contracts, while David Fincher focuses on other projects. He may or may not circle back around to Mindhunter. (He better circle back around to Mindhunter).
— House of Dragon, the Game of Thrones spin-off set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, is likely to premiere in 2022.
— The Dark Tower television adaptation is not moving ahead at Amazon. No one is ever going to get this right, so everyone should just give up.
— Season two of The Watchmen will come if and when Damon Lindelof comes up with an idea for season two. Whatever Lindelof wants to do, of course … but there’s an Audible original out right now called The Minuteman, and it’s basically about how the real-life Jewish mafia in the 1940s chased white supremacists out of Newark using violence. It could offer a seed for an interesting prequel to The Watchmen.
— I dig that they’re doing a John Wick TV series, The Continental, which is on track to premiere after the fourth John Wick movie. I do not dig that it’s on Starz, which — aside from Outlander — has not done a particularly good job of cultivating and growing good shows when they get them (see Boss, Flesh and Bone, Counterpart, American Gods, Party Down).
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