Today in development news, two Netflix series on opposite ends of the genre spectrum announce the premiere dates for their upcoming seasons while an Oscar-nominated animator hopes to make Ohio the next big place for cartoon features. Read further for talking tennis shoes, time travelers, and some very, very unlucky kids.
First up, let’s get back to those time travelers. According to Variety, the third season of the Canadian export Travelers will premiere exclusively on Netflix starting on Dec. 14. The Eric McCormack-starring show, which aired on Canada’s Showcase and on Netflix outside of the country for its first two seasons, is moving its FBI antics to the streaming service full-time for Year 3.
The upcoming season will star MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper, Jared Abrahamson, Reilly Dolman, and Patrick Gilmore as they help McCormack’s Grant MacLaren deal with their future AI leader as they grapple with the public’s knowledge of their secretive initiative. Along the way, there’ll be rogue agents, enemy factions (one named the Faction, naturally), and interteam issues.
Also on Netflix is A Series of Unfortunate Events, the live-action series based on Lemony Snicket’s books of the same name. Unfortunately, fitting as it may be with the name of the franchise, a new teaser for the upcoming starring Neil Patrick Harris’ Count Olaf and Patrick Warburton’s Lemony Snicket detailed the premiere date of the new and final season of the show.
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Season 3 concludes the adaptation by jamming the four final novels (of thirteen) into the season’s seven episodes — all of which will premiere on Netflix on Jan. 1, 2019.
Finally, in happier news for the younger crowd, there’ll be some new animation coming from an ex-Pixar employee. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Teddy Newton is directing the indie film Sneaks after working on films like The Incredibles and Toy Story 3. Sneaks, the first animated feature made in Ohio, is coming from Newton and comedian/writer Harland Williams, telling the story of some misplaced NYC sneakers that have to band together to “get back to their ‘sole mates’.” Oof.
Puns aside, the film has plenty of pedigree, with Monsters Inc.’s Ricky Nierva lending a creative hand (foot?) to Newton and his Columbus-based team. "Building on the capabilities we've established with our sister company, the Ohio Film Group, we are excited to begin our journey into big-screen animated original content," said Hartman, while Williams asked, "What's not to like about a diverse group of sneakers making a quest through the perils of New York City? It's laced with all of the elements for adventure, comedy and deep emotional bonds."
If talking Cars spawned a wildly successful franchise, why not shoes? And if they’re a diverse group of sneakers (whatever that means), all the better.