– First up is the announcement that Homeland will return to our screens on Channel 4 on 6th October, only a week after its American premiere. The third season of the hit show will also include new cast members William Abadie (Blue Bloods), Amy Morton (Boss), David Aaron Baker (Boardwalk Empire) and Joanna Merlin (Law & Order: SVU).
– Jessica Brown Findlay has been cast in the leading role for Emma Frost’s (The White Queen) new series, Jamaica Inn, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. She’s set to star in the adaptation, set in the 19th Century, which tells the story of a Mary (Brown Findlay) as she encounters a group of smugglers working off the Cornish coast. Ben Daniels (House of Cards), Sean Harris (Southcliffe) and Joanna Whalley (The Borgias) are also set to star.
– Following the news that Martin Freeman (Sherlock) was joining the cast of the upcoming TV adaptation of Fargo, came the announcement that Colin Hanks (Dexter) would be joining him. The pair will star alongside the previously announced Billy Bob Thornton in the ten episode series, based on the cult Coen Brothers movie. Production on the series begins this autumn, with an eye to a premiere in 2014.
– With Breaking Bad finally coming to an end, series creator, Vince Gilligan, announced this week that he would be teaming up with House creator, David Shore, to work on a detective drama titled Battle Creek. The show has already been given a straight-to-series order by commissioning network, CBS, showing that they have faith in Gilligan and Shore to create something just as good as their previous respective hits.
– In other commissioning news came the announcement that Fox have ordered a new series from Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) about Commissioner James Gordon of the Gotham City Police. The series would be set before Batman appears on the streets of Gotham and would chart his ascent through the police force and find him encountering famous villains from the Caped Crusader’s history. There’s no cast attached yet, but this one’s sure to attract a lot of attention so expect more details to filter out soon.
– And finally, comes the news that David Tennant is set to appear in the American remake of the hit drama series, Broadchurch. Though details involving his character may be different in the remake, he’ll still be the lead detective investigating the murder of the young boy, though this time he’ll be playing an American.