Want to know who’ll be cosying up to Branson in the new season of Downton Abbey, or what Alan Moore thinks of the upcoming League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series? Read on to find out…
– Production is already underway on the fourth season of Downton Abbey, but this week came the news that Branson would be getting a new love interest in the form of Daisy Lewis (Pusher), who has been cast as a governess. Her character will reportedly help Branson and the family come to terms with Lady Sybil’s sudden death and the blossoming romance between the pair is expected to be one of the main storylines this year.
– Fox announced last week that it was developing a new adaptation of Alan Moore’s widely respected graphic novel series, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, with former Heroes scribe, Michael Green, acting as executive producer and writer. It tells the story of a group of Victorian literary figures who unite against a common enemy, with the league including the likes of Captain Nemo, The Invisible Man and Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Moore has spoken out in the past, condemning adaptations of his works, and recently commented, “The announcement that there is a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen television series hasn’t caused me to drastically alter my opinions. Now it seems that they are recycling things that have already proven not to work”.
– HBO have decided to renew their hit vampire show True Blood for a seventh series. The news is unsurprising given the programme’s wide popularity, but after some recent troubles behind the scenes, it comes as a sign of confidence in new showrunner, Brian Buckner. Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming said, “True Blood remains a signature show for HBO, and a true phenomenon with our viewers. Thanks to Brian Buckner and his talented team, the show continues to be a thrill ride like nothing else on TV”.
– The first trailer for the upcoming BBC Three sitcom, Badults, has been released ahead of its late summer premiere. It tells the story of three friends – Tom, Ben and Matthew, who live together and face the ongoing struggle of what it means to be a responsible adult. Created by and starring the comedy trio, Pappy’s, this is sure to be worth a look and seems to be much more than your typical arrested development sitcom. Check it out below:
– And finally, the tragic news that Cory Monteith, who played star quarterback Finn Hudson in the hit show Glee, was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver on Saturday. Co-stars and friends have been paying tribute to the 31 year old, with Dot-Marie Jones, who plays Coach Shannon Bieste on the show, tweeting, “I have no words! My heart is broken”. The Fox network also issued a statement and called Monteith, “an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously”.