Following the news that 24 will be returning to our screens in 2014 comes the announcement that long-time collaborator, Jon Cassar, will be joining the production as executive producer and director. With Kiefer Sutherland returning as Jack Bauer, 24: Live Another Day is set to be shorter than its predecessors with just a twelve episode run, although Fox have said this could be the first of several such specials. The new season is being written by Howard Gordon and David Fury and will still follow events over a period of twenty-four hours, despite the shorter season length. Cassar has previously directed episodes of 24 before being promoted to producer and then executive producer over the show’s run, leaving at the end of its seventh season. After news of his involvement in the reboot broke, he stated, “Considering I was not involved in season eight, this new 24 event series gives me the chance for closure on a show that is very important to me”.
A first trailer has been released for the upcoming second season of HBO’s The Newsroom. Created by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing), the show follows the trials and tribulations of the crew behind a fictional cable news show, anchored by the gruff Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels). Co-starring Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, John Gallagher Jr, Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel and Olivia Munn, the second season is set to premiere in the US in July. Take a look at the trailer here.
Something else to look forward to this summer is BBC Two’s New Zealand set drama, Top of the Lake. Set in a remote mountain town, it follows detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) as she investigates the disappearance of a twelve year old girl, last seen standing in a frozen lake, and finds herself increasingly pushed to her limits as the investigation deepens. The six episode drama is written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee and co-stars David Wenham, Peter Mullan, Holly Hunter, Jacqueline Joe, Thomas M. Wright, Robyn Malcolm, Sarah Valentine, Jay Ryan, Lucy Lawless and Luke Buchanan and is a co-production between UKTV, Sundance Channel and the BBC. The first teaser trailer for the drama has just been released, watch it here.
Sky Living have announced that the eighth season of The CW’s Supernatural will be airing in the UK at 10pm on Wednesday 3rd July. Created by Eric Kripke and starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, the eighth season follows the continuing efforts of the Winchester brothers to hunt and kill supernatural creatures across America. The new season will begin with a double bill that finds Dean (Jensen Ackles) emerging from purgatory and going in search of his brother, Sam (Jared Padalecki).