TVLine Items: Sense8 EP Exits, Scream After-Show, Mr. Mercedes and More


Yet another twist has taken place behind the scenes of Sense8: Co-creator Lilly Wachowski has stepped down from her producing and directing role on the Netflix drama.

“Lilly needed to take some time off,” series star Jamie Clayton told BuzzFeed News, confirming that Lana Wachowski, Lilly’s producing partner and sister, will helm Sense8‘s Season 2 episodes alone. “Lana is absolutely a superwoman. The way she channels her energy and her creativity … it keeps me in absolute awe whenever I’m in her presence. She’s an absolute force.”

Lilly, who came out as transgender last March, will use the break to focus on her well-being, but BuzzFeed reports that she could return for a potential third season.

This is the second off-screen shake-up to take place during Sense8‘s Season 2 production. British actor Aml Ameen, who portrayed Capheus, was replaced by newcomer Toby Onwumere in April, after Ameen clashed with Lana Wachowski during filming.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* MTV will air a Scream after-show throughout Season 2 of the horror series, hosted by actor/writer Jeffery Self. The first episode will air Monday, May 30, at 12:08 am, following the Season 2 premiere at 11/10c, and will continue periodically during the sophomore run.

* AT&T’s Audience Network has given a 10-episode series order to Mr. Mercedes, an adaptation of Stephen King’s 2014 novel. David E. Kelley will exec-produce the drama, slated for a 2018 premiere, with Brendan Gleeson (the Harry Potter films) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness) set to star, THR reports.

* A&E’s docuseries 60 Days In returns for Season 2 on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 9/8c.

* Showtime has released a new trailer for its upcoming comedy Roadies (premiering June 26 at 10/9c), embedded below: