TVLine has learned exclusively that Die Hard franchise alum William Atherton will fill the role of E-Rep official Viceroy Mercado aka Major Pottinger’s commanding officer. Described as ruthless, sarcastic and fond of peppering his sentences with “old Earth” references, Mercado is harboring a dark secret that would shock both his colleagues and the people of Defiance.
Also boarding the show’s sophomore run is Anna Hopkins as Jessica “Berlin” Rai, a soldier and documentarian who makes propaganda films that shine a positive light on E-Rep’s occupation of Defiance. Watch for this tough, fearless lass to form the center of a passionate love triangle.
Atherton’s more recent TV credits include guest gigs on Workaholics, Castle and The Glades, while Hopkins appeared in a February episode of Nikita.
When Defiance opens Season 2 in June 2014, E-Rep has assumed control of the titular town with far-reaching consequences — including a new mayor — while Nolan is traversing the badlands to find Irisa, Amanda assumes an unexpected role as she searches for Kenya and the Tarr family desperately tries to keep control of their criminal empire.
As reported by Deadline, the cabler has given a cast-contigent green light to a series adaptation of the 1995 Terry Gilliam film, which starred Bruce Willis as a convict from a post-apocalyptic future sent back in time to acquire intel on a virus that will wreak havoc on humanity.
Brad Pitt costarred as a mental patient Willis’ character meets who may have ties to the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, a terrorist group believed responsible for the viral attack.
Filming on the pilot, which was penned by Terra Nova‘s Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, is set to begin in November, with 12 Monkeys movie producer Charles Roven on board as an EP.
Christian Camargo, who on Dexter played Brian Moser aka Dex’s brother aka the Ice Truck Killer, is joining Haven Season 4 in the recurring role of Duke’s estranged half-sibling Wade, Syfy announced on Thursday.
Described as “charming, driven, and slightly devious,” Wade is a successful businessman seemingly at the top of his game by in reality haunted by a dark and lethal family secret.
In other Season 4 news, the Syfy series has cast Hellcats alum Emma Lahana as Jennifer Mason, a slightly off-kilter young lady who hears strange voices in her head — voices that could produce valuable clues about Audrey Parker’s whereabouts. As Jennifer digs into her own personal history, it is revealed she may have a bigger role to play in the town’s strange happenings.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported on the two castings.
Haven returns with new episodes on Friday, Sept. 13.
British actor James Murray, whose TV credits include Primeval, Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire (as Ralph Longshaft) and CBS’ short-lived Chaos, is joining Syfy’s Defiance in the new series regular role of Niles Pottinger, Deadline reports.
Hailing from the UK (which was devastated during the Pale Wars), Niles is appointed Defiance’s provisional mayor by E-Rep — probably because Datak has either gone on the lam after killing the military conglom’s Colonel Marsh, or because he gets caught.
Niles is described as a man who has transcended his working class roots to appreciate the finer things in life — all while exhibiting a rock star’s charisma. And the next “finer thing” he obsessively sets his sights on is none other than ex-mayor Amanda (played by Julie Benz). Smart man.
Defiance is set to launch its 13-episode sophomore run in June 2014.
The thriller follows a team of Centers for Disease Control scientists who travel to the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak. Once there, they find themselves involved in a life-and-death struggle “that holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation.”
Campbell, will star as Dr. Alan Farragut, the team’s leader who is still reeling from the affair his wife had with his brother (who has been infected with a mysterious, fatal disease. Decisions!).
Campbell’s other TV credits include NatGeo’s Killing Lincoln, two seasons of The Killing, The O.C. and Once and Again.
Helix starts production later this month in Montreal, with an eye on a January 2014 debut.
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And now, the Scorecard (grouped by network)…
Bunheads: Season 1 ended Feb. 25; Season 2 renewal could go either way
Baby Daddy: Season 2 premiered May 29; Renewed for Season 3
Chasing Life: Season 1 to debut in early 2014
The Fosters: Season 1 premiered June 3
Melissa & Joey: Season 3 premiered May 29; Renewed for Season 4
The Lying Game: Season 2A ended March 13; Season 2B renewal could go either way
Pretty Little Liars: Season 4 premieres June 11; Renewed for Season 5
Ravenswood: Season 1 to debut in October
The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Series finale aired June 3
Switched at Birth: Season 2B premieres June 10
Twisted: Season 1 premieres June 11
Bates Motel: Season 1 ended May 20; Season 2 to debut in 2014
The Glades: Season 4 premiered May 27
Longmire: Season 2 premiered May 27
Breaking Bad: Season 5B/Final Season premieres Aug. 11
Hell on Wheels: Season 3 premieres Aug. 3
The Killing: Season 3 premiered June 2; Season 4 renewal is too early to tell
Low Winter Sun: Season 1 premieres Aug. 11
Mad Men: Season 6 finale airs June 23; Season 7 renewal a sure thing
The Walking Dead: Season 4 premieres October 2013
Being Human: Final season premieres July 13
Copper: Season 2 premieres June 23
Doctor Who: Season 7 ended May 18; Renewed for Season 8
In The Flesh: Season 1 premieres June 6
Luther: Season 2 ended July 2011; Season 3 premieres Sept. 3
Orphan Black: Season 2 to debut in 2014
Ripper Street: Season 1 ended Feb. 24; Season 2 to debut in early 2014
The Game: Season 6 currently airing; Season 7 to debut in 2014
Let’s Stay Together: Season 3 ended May 21; Season 4 to debut in 2014
Banshee: Season 1 ended March 15; Season 2 to debut in early 2014
Strike Back: Season 2 ended Oct. 2012; Season 3 to debut in mid-to-late 2013
American Horror Story: Season 2 ended Jan. 21; Season 3 to premiere in October
The Americans: Season 1 ended May 1; Season 2 to debut in early 2014
Anger Management: The 90-episode Season 2 premiered Jan. 17
Archer: Season 4 ended April 11; Season 5 to debut in 2014
The Bridge: Season 1 premieres July 10
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 9 to debut this fall; Renewed for Season 10
Justified: Season 4 ended April 2; Season 5 to debut in early 2014
The League: Season 4 ended Dec. 20; Season 5 to debut this fall; Renewed for Season 6
Legit: Season 1 ended April 11; Season 2 to debut in 2014
Louie: Season 3 ended Sept. 2012; Season 4 to debut in Spring 2014
Sons of Anarchy: Season 5 ended Dec. 4; Season 6 to debut in fall 2013
Wilfred: Season 3 premieres June 20
The Borgias: Season 3 finale airs June 16; A shortened Season 4/wrap-up TV-movie is a safe bet
Californication: Season 6 ended April 7; Season 7 to debut in 2014
Dexter: Season 8/Final Season premieres June 30
Episodes: Season 3 to debut in early 2014
Homeland: Season 2 ended Dec. 2012; Season 3 to debut Sept. 29
House of Lies: Season 2 ended April 7; Season 3 to debut in 2014
Masters of Sex: Season 1 premieres Sept. 29
Nurse Jackie: Season 5 finale airs June 16; Season 6 renewal could go either way
Ray Donovan: Season 1 premieres June 30
Shameless: Season 3 ended April 7; Season 4 to debut in 2014
Web Therapy: Season 3 premieres July 22
Black Sails: Season 1 premieres Jan. 2014
Da Vinci’s Demons: Season 1 currently airing; Season 2 to debut in 2014
Magic City: Season 2 premieres June 14
The White Queen: Season 1 premieres Aug. 10
Rectify: Season 1 ended May 20; Season 2 to debut in 2014
Being Human: Season 3 ended April 8; Season 4 to debut in 2014
Continuum: Season 2 premieres June 7
Defiance: Season 1 currently airing; Season 2 to debut in 2014
Haven: Season 3 ended Jan. 17; Season 4 to debut in October
Lost Girl: Season 3 ended April 22; Season 4 to debut in 2014
Warehouse 13: Season 4 currently airing; Season 5/Final Season to debut in 2014
Dallas: Season 2 ended April 15; Season 3 to debut in 2014
Falling Skies: Season 3 premieres June 9
Franklin & Bash: Season 3 premieres June 19
King & Maxwell: Season 1 premieres June 10
The Last Ship: Season 1 to debut in 2014
Legends: Season 1 to debut in 2014
Lost Angels (fka L.A. Noir): Season 1 to debut in 2014
Major Crimes: Season 2 premieres June 10
Monday Mornings: Officially cancelled
Perception: Season 2 premieres June 25
Rizzoli & Isles: Season 4 premieres June 25
Southland: Officially cancelled
The Exes: Season 3 premieres June 19
Happily Divorced: Season 2B ended Feb. 13; Season 3 is a long-shot
Hot in Cleveland: Season 4B premieres June 19; Season 5 to debut in late 2013
The Soul Man: Season 2 premieres June 19
Burn Notice: Season 7/Final Season premieres June 6
Covert Affairs: Season 4 premieres July 16
Graceland: Season 1 premieres June 6
Necessary Roughness: Season 3 premieres June 12
Psych: Season 7 finale aired May 29; Renewed for Season 8
Royal Pains: Season 5 premieres June 12
Suits: Season 3 premieres July 16
White Collar: Season 4 ended March 5; Season 5 to debut in fall 2013
Syfy has renewed Warehouse 13 for an abbreviated fifth and final season, TVLine has confirmed.
According to our sister site Deadline, which first broke the news, production on the six-episode goodbye will begin this summer in Toronto.
“Warehouse 13 has been an incredible signature series for us,” Syfy President of Original Content Mark Stern said in a statement. “We are grateful to the loyal and passionate fan base and know that Jack Kenny, his gifted creative team, and outstanding ensemble cast will give them an amazing finale season.”
The series’ current fourth season is set to conclude in late June.
Syfy is booking a longer stay in Defiance.
The sci-fi drama, which is the first TV series to ever launch simultaneously with a video game, was renewed for a second season, Syfy officially announced on Friday.
Production on season two, which will be 13 episodes, is set to begin in Toronto in August, with Syfy looking at a 2014 premiere.
The Grant Bowler and Julie Benz-led action drama debuted on April 15 to the second largest 18-49 demo audience rating in Syfy’s history.
“Bringing the rich world of Defiance to life has been an incredible team effort. We couldn’t ask for better partners than Kevin Murphy, his amazing cast and crew, and Trion Worlds,” Mark Stern, President of Original Content for Syfy and Co-Head of Original Content for UCP, said in statement. “We can’t wait to see where they take us in the second season.”
Slated to return for season two are showrunner Kevin Murphy and executive producers Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin.