NBC’s Heroes is set to return for a limited series of thirteen new episodes. The revival, titled Heroes: Reborn, will be helmed by series creator, Tim Kring, and is the latest in a growing trend for ‘event series’. Though very few details have been released, what is clear is that the series will feature a whole new cast of characters, set to be introduced in a digital series beforehand. The original show had a huge cast including the likes of Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Hayden Panettiere (Nashville) and Greg Grunberg (Alias), and Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment, teased that some old fan favourites could possibly make an appearance, “Until we get closer to air in 2015, the show will be appropriately shrouded in secrecy, but we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in”.
Sheridan Smith (Mrs. Biggs) has signed on to star in a new Cilla Black biopic, written by Jeff Pope (Philomena) for ITV. The three-part drama will follow Black from her beginnings in Liverpool, through to her friendship with The Beatles and to her eventual ascent to fame. Speaking about the casting, Smith said, “I am thrilled to be playing Cilla, as she is a British icon. In the 60s, as a young girl from Liverpool, she had numerous number ones and sang with The Beatles, her life story is fascinating”.
Another week, and yet more premiere dates for your diary:
Discovery Channel UK will premiere Klondike, a five part mini-series starring Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Abbie Cornish (RoboCop) and Augustus Prew (The Borgias), from 9pm on Thursday 27th March. Executive Produced by Ridley Scott (Gladiator), it tells the story of a small group of disparate people in a frontier town in the remote Klondike region.
BBC Three will see the return of bomb disposal comedy series, Bluestone 42, for its second season from 10pm on Thursday 27th February. Joining the cast this year is Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis.
Revolution will return to Sky1 to finish its second season run from 10pm on Saturday 1st March.
Production on the upcoming Supernatural spin-off, Supernatural: Tribes, is starting to get underway and this week the first casting details were released. Nathaniel Buzolic (The Vampire Diaries) will play a shapeshifter, trying to live a normal life as a human, but who comes from one of the city’s ruling monster families and Lucien Laviscount (Skins) will be a police trainee who becomes a hunter after his fiancée is killed by monsters. The characters will make their first appearance in an episode of Supernatural later this year and will see the action relocate to the monster-ridden city of Chicago.
Jennifer Lopez will star in Shades of Blue, a police drama set for NBC’s 2015-2016 season. Written by Adi Hasak (From Paris With Love) it will follow a police officer recruited by the FBI to work in an anti-corruption task force, but who finds herself compromised when she must investigate her former police colleagues. Speaking about the casting, Jennifer Salke said, “We’re especially excited that Jennifer is returning to her acting roots from such great movies as Out of Sight and we know that she will create this complicated character in a vivid way that will breathe new life into the cop show genre”.