– The trailer for Frank Darabont’s (The Walking Dead) new series, Mob City, was released this week, giving us a brief glimpse of the action in its stylish 1940s Los Angeles setting. The series tells the story of the violent struggle between the police and the burgeoning criminal underworld, headed by the likes of Ben ‘Bugsy’ Siegel and Mickey Cohen. It has an impressive cast lined up including Neal McDonough (Desperate Housewives), Jeremy Luke (Don Jon), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Edward Burns (Saving Private Ryan), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Robert Knepper (Prison Break) and Gregory Itzin (24). You can take a first look at the series below:
– The latest BBC murder mystery, What Remains, also had its trailer released this week, which you can check out below. Written by Tony Basgallop (Hotel Babylon) it follows the fallout after a woman’s body is discovered in her flat, having been undisturbed for two years and questions how no one could have found her or even noticed her missing. It stars David Threfall (Shameless), Steven Mackintosh (Inside Men), Russell Tovey (Being Human), David Bamber (Rome) and Indira Varma (Hunted) and is set to air in August.
– The second series of Aaron Sorkin’s drama, The Newsroom, has had its UK premiere date announced and will be shown on Sky Atlantic from 9pm on Monday 2nd September. The series follows the trials and tribulations of the crew of a cable news show who endeavour to do their patriotic duty by reporting the news in a clear and unbiased way, against the ongoing struggle for ratings.
– After the critical success of 30 Rock, it’s no surprise that Tina Fey’s next sitcom has already been picked up and given a full season order by the Fox network. Little is known about the (as-yet) untitled comedy except that it will be set at a women’s university just as they begin to accept male students for the first time. Expect more news on this to filter out in the coming weeks.
– And finally, for fans of subtitled television, comes the news that BBC Two have picked up the UK rights for the popular German series, Generation War, described as the “German Band of Brothers”. The three-part series tells the stories of five German friends – a singer, a doctor, two soldiers and a Jew, during the years of 1941 – 45 and follows how all their lives are dramatically affected by the conflict. The head of BBC Acquisitions, Sue Deeks, described the series as having “a truly epic sweep and emotionally compelling narrative” and added, “we are really delighted to bring this critically acclaimed and thought provoking series to BBC viewers.”