We round up the geek TV news that came in over the holidays, with two new trailers, big news on new series, and more.
Marvel has released a trailer (below) and announced a premiere date of January 18 for Season 2 of The Punisher on Netflix. Although likely that this will be the last season due to the Disney-Netflix split, the situation with Punisher is different from the other Marvel series on Netflix (see “Don’t Expect Daredevil and the Defenders on Disney+ Any Time Soon”).
Netflix has released a trailer (below) for its new Carmen Sandiego animated series, also dropping on January 18. The series features Gina Rodriguez as Carmen and Finn Wolfhard as Player. The IP is the source material for at least two tabletop games plus Funko figures.Hollywood Reporter. The pilot will be directed by David Nutter, who also directed the pilots for Arrow and The Flash. A potential series would be led by showrunner and writer Caroline Dries, with the very busy Greg Berlanti as exec producer. Ruby Rose will star; her first appearance as the character was in the CW’s Elseworlds crossover last month (see “Batwoman First Look”).
Apple has signed a deal with DHX Media for new Peanuts programming for Apple’s streaming service, according to Variety. The content will include original series, specials, and shorts, including special STEM content under an agreement between Peanuts Worldwide and NASA. DHX acquired an 80% stake in the Peanuts property in 2017 (see “Geek M&A Round-Up”).Deadline. The comics, collected by Fantagraphics, feature a 15-year-old freshman girl with budding telekinetic powers. The series will be directed by Jonathan Entwistle, who also directed a series for British TV (soon coming to Netflix) based on Forsman’s The End of the F**king World. The series is being produced by ‘Stranger Things’ executive producer Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps.
Leonardo Nam, who plays Felix Lutz on Westworld, has been cast in DC Universe’s Swamp Thing, according to Deadline. He’ll play Harlan Edwards, Abby Arcane’s second-in-command.