– The day has finally arrived. Yes, Arrested Development returned to our lives this week for a hotly anticipated fourth season made and shown by Netflix. The video streaming service revived the critically acclaimed show after a three season run on Fox from 2003 – 2006 and has produced 15 episodes, all of which were released online on Sunday. This gave fans of the cancelled sitcom the dilemma of whether to watch the new episodes in one binge sitting or to spread them out and watch them on a weekly basis in a more traditional manner. However you choose to watch them though, fans should savour the moment – it’s not often that a show gets brought back from the dead.
– Following the trailer released by Showtime last week, the Fox network has announced a UK airdate for the eighth and final season of Dexter. The serial killer drama, based on the books by Jeff Lindsay and starring Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter will begin its final run at 9pm on Sunday 7th July. The new season will pick up six months after the events of last year’s finale and will find Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) still struggling to come to terms with the death of LaGuerta whilst newcomer Dr Evelyn Vogel (Charlotte Rampling) has the potential to shed some light on Dexter’s (Michael C. Hall) troubled past.
– In other scheduling news, Sky Atlantic has acquired the UK broadcast rights to Showtime’s new drama, Ray Donovan. Starring Liev Schreiber as a man who professionally solves problems for the rich and famous of LA, there isn’t a situation he can’t fix, until his own troubled family come back into his life. From Ann Biderman, the creator of Southland, and also starring Jon Voight and Eddie Marsan, the show will air in the US from July on Showtime. Check out the trailer below:
– ITV have also announced the UK airdate for The Americans, a Cold War espionage drama starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell. Set to be shown at 10pm on Saturday 1st June, the drama follows two KGB spies living undercover in the suburbs of Washington DC shortly after the election of Ronald Reagan. The murky world in which they operate constantly puts their prearranged marriage into question however, and their very mission is put under further pressure by the arrival of an FBI agent next door. A second series of the show has already been commissioned so this could well be worth a look.
– And finally some casting news – the BBC have announced that Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Anna Maxwell Martin (The Bletchley Circle) and Matthew Goode (A Single Man) have all signed up to star in the new drama Death Comes to Pemberley, based on P.D. James’ popular novel, as Fitzwilliam Darcy, Elizabeth Bennett and George Wickham, respectively. The three part series returns to Pemberley six years after the events of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and finds the happily married Elizabeth and Darcy launched into a murder investigation when a body is discovered in the grounds of the estate. It is set to film on location around Yorkshire this summer.