Saturday, February 9, 2019

BBC America, IFC and SundanceTV Set Premiere Dates for 'Luther,' 'Brockmire,' 'A Discovery of Witches,' 'Unspeakable' and 'The Name of the Rose'

During their combined presentation at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, AMC Networks - including BBC America, IFC and SundanceTV - announced premiere dates for Luther, Brockmire, Unspeakable, The Name of the Rose and A Discovery of Witches.

The third season of comedy Brockmire will premiere on IFC on Wednesday, April 3 at 10/9c.

Three months after his stint in rehab, Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) is doing play-by-play in the radio booth for the major leagues in central Florida during spring training while maintaining his brazen and narcissistic tendencies, despite actually being on the wagon. When an opportunity arises for Jim and his new co-host Gabby (Tawny Newsome) to take over as lead broadcasters in Oakland, he must fight to change his ever-present amorality.

Guest stars this season include Richard Kind, Linda Lavin, Martha Plimpton, J.K. Simmons, Christine Woods and Becky Ann Baker.

Joel Church-Cooper created the comedy. He executive produces with Azaria, Mike Farah, Joe Farrell and director Mo Marable. Funny or Die produce.

The new limited series Unspeakable will have a two-night premiere on SundanceTV on Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5, with both episodes airing at 9PM PT / midnight ET.

Based on first-person experience, the drama chronicles the emergence of HIV and Hepatitis C in Canada in the early 1980s. Sarah Wayne Callies stars as a whistleblower who exposes one of the largest medical disasters in history and the tragedy that resulted after thousands of people were infected by tainted blood.

The cast also includes Michael Shanks, Ricky Ortiz, Shawn Doyle, Camille Sullivan, Levi Meaden, Brian Markinson, Aaron Douglas and David Lewis.

Robert C. Cooper created the series. He executive produces with Glenn Cockburn. Mezo Entertainment produces in association with SundanceTV and Canada's CBC.

After a successful launch on Sundance Now and Shudder earlier this year, drama A Discovery of Witches will begin a linear run simulcast on AMC and BBC America starting Sunday, April 7 at 9/8c. following Killing Eve. The drama has already been renewed for Seasons 2 and 3.

Based on Deborah Harkness' book, the drama is a modern-day love story, set in a world where witches, vampires and daemons secretly live and work alongside humans, hidden in plain sight.

The drama stars Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer, Alex Kingston, Valarie Pettiford and Owen Teale.

Kate Brooke developed the drama. She executive produces with Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, Lachlan MacKinnon, Deborah Harkness, Juan Carlos Medina, Alice Troughton and director Sarah Walker. Bad Wolf Studios produces.

The limited series The Name of the Rose will launch on SundanceTV on Wednesday, May 1 at 11/10c.

Based on Umberto Eco's novel and set in Italy in 1327, the Franciscan monk William Baskerville and his novice Adso von Melk arrive at a secluded monastery in the Alps. There they become witnesses to a series of mysterious murders. While Baskerville and Melk investigate and search for the killer, they are hunted themselves by the merciless inquisitor Bernard Gui, who prosecutes those who criticize the pope.

The cast includes John Turturro, Michael Emerson, Rupert Everett, Damian Hardung, Sebastian Koch, James Cosmo, Richard Sammel, Fabrizio Bentivoglio and Greta Scarano.

Giacomo Battiato, Andrea Porporati and Nigel Williams developed the series. They executive produce with Turturro, Matteo Levi, Carlo Degli Esposti, Nicola Serra, Guendalina Ponti, Patrizia Massa, Herbert G. Kloiber, Michele Zatta and Marta Aceto. 11 Marzo Film, Palomar and Tele M√ľnchen Group produce.

The fifth season of drama Luther will debut on BBC America on Sunday, June 2 at 8/7c.

A new spate of nightmarish murders brings DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) to once again face the depths of human depravity on the streets of London. While the monstrous and seemingly indiscriminate killings become ever more audacious and public, Luther and new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday (Wunmi Mosaku) are confounded by a complex tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an untouchable corruption. As the body count rises, and gangster George Cornelius (Patrick Malahide) applies his own pressure, can Luther catch a killer and save his own neck?

Neil Cross, Idris Elba, Marcus Wilson, Hilary Salmon, Elizabeth Kilgarriff and director Jamie Payne executive produce. BBC Studios produces.