With the TCAs still strongly marching on, plenty of television updates have occurred for us to wrap our heads around. Today, we've decided to bring them all together in one single article for your viewing pleasure. And the biggest headlines concern two female-centered HBO comedies, and two upcoming drama series that certainly have had people talking:
- HBO has set a season premiere window for both comedies Girls and Enlightened.
- Wonderfalls actress Caroline Dhavernas will reunite with creator Bryan Fuller for NBC's upcoming prequel drama series Hannibal.
- Hostel actor Jay Hernandez has joined ABC's new drama series Last Resort in a recurring arc that will have him testing one of the main characters' lives.
First up, HBO has revealed that Girls will be partnering with an all-new woman in their timeslot as they'll be returning in January 2013 against Laura Dern's Enlightened. No exact premiere details have been revealed, but both series will be entering their second seasons. Girls has only been off the air since June, while Enlightened hasn't seen a new episode since December.
Enlightened has gained plenty of negative responses from subscribers of HBO because they believe that while Hung, How to Make it in America and other series were cancelled, Enlightened should not have deserved a renewal. Ratings were horrible the first season while critics seemed to respond strongly to the series. The series was nominated for Best Comedy Series at this year's Golden Globes, while Dern took home the award for Best Actress in a Comedy.
Meanwhile, Girls has revealed that Jorma Taccone is likely to return for the second season after a fan-favorite appearance in the first year while a Twitter picture from creator/writer/star Lena Dunham seemingly confirmed that Chris Noth will be guest starring in an undetermined role. Let the Sex and the City comparisons continue!
Next up, Bryan Fuller will be reaching back into the past for fans of his short-lived cult smash Wonderfalls. It was revealed that Fuller has cast actress Caroline Dhavernas in his new origins-story Hannibal on NBC. And she won't be just a recurring role or guest star, she will in fact be a series regular.
Dhavernas will play a character "named Dr. Alana 'Al' Bloom, a psychiatric protege of Hannibal Lecter’s who teaches psychology at Georgetown University and is consulting with the FBI on criminal profiling when she introduces her mentor to Laurence Fishburne’s Jack Crawford". Planned out for five years thus far, the retelling of Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) is scheduled to hit the network sometime mid-season. [TV Line]
Finally, one actor is going from horror to drama as Hostel star Jay Hernandez has just inked a deal to appear in ABC's new Thursday-night drama Last Resort. The series revolves around a group of military crew members aboard a submarine who are stuck in a jam when asked to launch a nuclear missile to wipe out an entire country. When they disobey, a fellow sub attempts to sink their ship which leads the crew to consider themselves an independent nation.
Hernandez will appear in eight episodes of the 13 ordered so far which will have him play Paul Wells, a charming male who will "test the loyalty" of wife Christine Kendal (Jessy Schram). Christine's husband Sam (Scott Speedman) will play one of the leads of the series, and is one of the crew members of the U.S.S. Colorado that declares themselves an independent nation.
Starring Andre Braugher, Robert Patrick, Autumn Reeser, Dichen Lachman and more, while created by The Shield's Shawn Ryan, Last Resort premieres September 27th. [EW]