Fox has announced it is developing two new X-Men series, neither of which will be about the X-Men, but will take place within the universe. Legion, written by Noah Hawley (Fargo) for FX, will tell the story of a man named David Haller who begins to believe that his strange visions, caused by dissociative identity disorder, may be real. The second show, Hellfire, written by Patrick McKay (Star Trek Beyond) and JD Payne (Star Trek Beyond), is set in the 60s and is about a young Special Agent who discovers that a woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a secret organisation to takeover the world.
Da Vinci’s Demons may be set to end after its upcoming third season, but that may not be the last we see of Leonardo (Tom Riley). Creator David Goyer has teased that the series could return in a few years time for an event series which could include “the Bonfire of the Vanities and Savanarola and Michelangelo and some other stuff“, all of which would have been too much to cram into the show’s current season. Da Vinci’s Demons returns to our screens on Fox on Monday 26th October.
Showtime have handed out a series order to Roadies, a new comedy from Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous). The new series will look at the music world as seen from the perspective of the roadies, the unsung heroes who make the show happen each night. Luke Wilson (Old School) stars, alongside Carla Gugino (San Andreas), Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) and Rafe Spall (One Day).
BBC Three has renewed its surreal comedy Murder in Successville for a second series. Each episode sees Detective Inspector Sleet (Tom Davis) investigating a new murder case with the assistance of a celebrity sidekick. The new series will start shooting in early 2016 and premiere later in the year.The CW’s Beauty and the Beast is to end after its upcoming fourth season. The network decided to pull the plug on the rebooted series after its continuing struggle to pull in viewers. The final series is expected to air sometime in summer 2016.
And finally, big change is coming to Q.I. – veteran host Stephen Fry has announced that he is set to leave after it’s upcoming ‘M’ series, having been the face of the show for thirteen years. Frequent guest and all-round funny person Sandi Toksvig is lined up to replace him.
AMC has renewed its tech drama Halt & Catch Fire for a third season, with series creators Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers taking over as co-showrunners. Set in the 1980s, it tells the story of the computer boom and the birth of the internet.
Sky Living have released a trailer for The Blacklist ahead of its return on Friday 30th October. The third season picks up after last season’s cliffhanger, with the FBI putting Liz (Megan Boone) on their Top Ten Most Wanted List, alongside Red (James Spader), following the murder of the Attorney General.
Marvel is developing a new television series with ABC based on the comic book series Damage Control. The half hour comedy, being adapted by Ben Karlin (Modern Family), would revolve around a dedicated, yet underpaid crew who specialise in cleaning up the aftermath from superhero battles.
CBS has cancelled sci-fi thriller Extant. After struggling in its first season to pull in viewers, the second season saw a big shake-up in characters and storylines, but this also failed to improve ratings, prompting the network and producers to make the decision. Series star Halle Berry will stay on at CBS however, serving as an executive producer on a new legal drama.
CBS have also picked up American Gothic, a new murder mystery produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Corinne Brinkerhoff (Jane the Virgin). The thirteen episode series will tell the story of a Boston family who come to realise that their recently deceased patriarch may be connected to a number of grisly murders, with another of their own acting as his accomplice.