Maisie Williams (Game Of Thrones) is set to appear in the upcoming ninth season of Doctor Who. In true Who fashion, all plot details are being kept firmly under wraps, but the BBC confirmed that Williams will appear in period episode, ‘The Girl Who Died’, written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat.

BBC Two is teaming up with Stephen Poliakoff (Dancing On The Edge) for a new six episode series titled Closer To The Enemy. Set in a bombed out London hotel after World War II, it follows a British army officer who must convince a German scientist to start working with the RAF. Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel) is signed up to star, alongside Jim Sturgess (Across The Universe) and August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds).

Masi Oka will reprise his role as Hiro Nakamura in the Heroes revival series Heroes Reborn. The X-Files event series will also see the return of original stars Mitch Pileggi, Annabeth Gish and Robert Patrick.

The first images have been released for Netflix’s new comedy series Grace & Frankie. Starring Lily Tomlin (Damages) and Jane Fonda (The Newsroom), it tells the story of two women who find their lives turned upside down when their husbands announce that they want to get married. It comes from Marta Kaufman (Friends), Howard J.Morris (The Starter Wife) and Paula Weinstein (Blood Diamond) and also stars Martin Sheen (The West Wing) and Sam Waterston (The Newsroom).
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grace-and-frankie-02The US networks are starting to eye up the autumn TV season and so there have been a slew of renewal announcements this week:

  • Netflix have renewed their new drama series Bloodlines for a second season set to air in 2016.
  • Showtime have also renewed House of Lies for a fifth season, along with giving a sixth season order to the US remake of Shameless.
  • New Girl has been granted a fifth season by Fox. It has already been announced that Damon Wayans Jr. will not be returning as Coach, but the new season will feature John Cho (Star Trek) as a guest star.
  • FX announced that their Cold War drama The Americans has also been renewed for a fourth season.

Finally, ABC Family has given a straight-to-series-order to the Mortal Instruments television adaptation, Shadowhunters. Based on the series of novels by Cassandra Clare, they tell the story of a young woman who discovers she is next in a long line of angel/human hybrids, destined to join in the war against demons.

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