Champions League Moves to Turner; ‘Unplugged’ Returns to MTV; ‘Better Call Saul’ Meets ‘Breaking Bad’; and More TV News

Christmas may be coming early for fans of Bryan Fuller’s critically adored Hannibal, an adaptation of Thomas Harris’ series of novels about Hannibal Lecter that was canceled by NBC just before a young FBI agent named Clarice Starling would have come into the story: Producer Martha De Laurentiis tweeted a photo of herself with Fuller, coincidentally just before the rights to “The Silence of the Lambs” (the book) will come available. No word on whether the revived show would land on NBC or elsewhere. (The A.V. Club)

 

MTV is bringing back Unplugged, one of its biggest hits from its most culturally relevant period (the early ‘90s), starting with an acoustic set by songwriter Shawn Mendes on September 8. (The A.V. Club)

 

AMC’s excellent Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul may take a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead approach to coming seasons: In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, star Bob Odenkirk said “In Breaking Bad, we only saw Saul at work, which makes sense because he was working for Walter and that was his value and purpose in the story of Breaking Bad. But if we’re going to get to know him as well as we have in Saul, perhaps some of those sequences in Breaking Bad, we might get to see behind Saul’s story a little more. His side of the story that might make him a different character in the course of seeing that — [a side] even I haven’t seen yet.” Odenkirk goes on to speculate that the current series might also catch up to the flash-forwards of Gene in Nebraska and pick up the story from there. (The Hollywood Reporter)

 

Suits fan favorite Gina Torres is finally getting a spinoff focused on her character Jessica Pearson: the season 7 finale of the USA series will function as a “back door pilot,” kind of like the episode of Happy Days were the Fonz met Mork. The as-yet untitled new show will focus on Jessica getting into Chicago politics, which as everyone knows is super chill. (Deadline)

 

Andrea Savage’s very funny half-hour on TruTV, I’m Sorry, has received a second-season order. The show features Savage as a comedy writer whose ceaseless wisecracking gets her into trouble, with Tom Everett Scott as her extremely patient husband and Judy Greer and Jason Mantzoukas in recurring roles. (The Hollywood Reporter)

 

The TV revival craze, which has re-animated the likes of Will & Grace, Roseanne, The X-Files, Full House, Twin Peaks, Prison Break, and who knows what else, has been a great source of snark, but can it be the premise of a sitcom? Fox is betting that it will: the network has greenlit Revival, about a former ‘80s child star whose life is turned upside down when he is dragged into a revival of his old show. Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer) is set to direct the pilot. (Vulture)

 

Turner Broadcasting has acquired exclusive English-language rights to broadcast the UEFA Champions League for three years, starting with the 2018-19 season. Games will air across Turner’s linear channels TBS, TNT, and TruTV, as well as on a new direct-to-consumer streaming service. (The Hollywood Reporter)