ITV released a trailer this week for the upcoming serial, The Widower. Written by Jeff Pope (Philomena), the three-part drama is based on the true story of Malcolm Webster, a man who murdered his first wife and attempted to kill his second. Reece Shearsmith (Inside No. 9) stars as Webster, alongside John Hannah (Spartacus), Sheridan Smith (Mrs. Biggs) and Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife). Take a look at the trailer below and tune in for the first episode from 9pm on Monday 17th March.
ITV also announced that their period department store series, Mr Selfridge, would be returning next year for a third series, after its second year run proved a hit with audiences. The Jeremy Piven (Entourage) starrer revolves around the men and women who work in the ground-breaking department store following its opening in 1909, a time when women were starting to enjoy a new sense of freedom. Speaking about the renewal, Steve November, ITV’s Director of Drama, said, “It’s been very pleasing to see how the audience have reacted to Mr Selfridge and the vibrant and inspirational world the production team have created”.
Renewals are starting to be announced for US shows as well and Fox announced that comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl and The Mindy Project would all be returning next year, along with the Kevin Williamson (Scream) helmed drama, The Following.
Gotham, Fox’s upcoming comic spin-off series, has added two key new cast members in the form of David Mazouz (Touch) and Camren Bicondova (Battlefield America) who will star as a young Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, before either adopted their alter egos of Batman and Catwoman.
The Americans, a series following two undercover KGB spies living as American civilians at the height of the Cold War, will return for its second season on ITV from 9:20pm on Saturday 15th March.
The Psycho prequel, Bates Motel, will also be back on UK screens for its second season from 9pm on Wednesday 2nd April on Universal Channel. The new series will see the Bates family struggling to adjust when Norma Bates’ (Vera Farmiga) brother makes a reappearance.
And finally, the BBC announced this week that BBC Three would be shutting down in 2015, to be launched instead as an online-only service. The move comes as part of budget-cutting plans at the BBC and would see BBC Three Online operating with a drastically reduced budget. The move has been met with much dismay, particularly in the comedy world, as the channel often showcased new talent and was the home to shows like Gavin & Stacey and Him & Her.