– First up, Showtime has released a trailer for the upcoming third series of Homeland, starring Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin. Although the video has practically no dialogue, it does give us glimpses into all the major characters and confirms that Rupert Friend will be back as the enigmatic Peter Quinn, along with Morena Baccarin, Morgan Saylor and Jackson Pace as the Brody family. You can check out the trailer below:
– Showtime were apparently in a giving mood this week as they have also released a trailer for their new drama series, Masters of Sex, starring Michael Sheen (The Damned United) and Lizzy Caplan (Party Down) as William Masters and Virginia Johnson – two pioneers in the study of human sexuality. Take a look below:
– A poster for the new BBC series, Atlantis, was released this week, giving us our first idea of what the show will be like. Co-created by Merlin’s Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, along with Misfits’ Howard Overman, it is intended to replace Merlin in the family friendly, Saturday night slot and will tell the story the Greek hero, Jason, as he arrives in the mythical city of Atlantis and encounters a whole array of monsters. The 13 part series will air this autumn and stars Robert Emms (War Horse), Mark Addy (Game of Thrones) and Jack Donnelly (House of Anubis).
– There has also been a whole slate of new casting announcements, following on from last week’s bonanza: Tobias Menzies (Rome) has been cast in Outlander, the history/science-fiction show from Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica). He will play two roles and appear in both the 20th century and 18th century storylines as a loving husband and then a villainous English Army Captain, respectively.
– Amber Tamblyn has been cast in the next season of Two And A Half Men in the recurring role of Jenny – Charlie Harper’s (Charlie Sheen) lesbian daughter; the line being that she liked everything her father did, including women. She’s being touted as a possible replacement for Jake Harper (Angus T. Jones) who is being written out of the show on a permanent basis.
– The BBC announced that Hermione Norris (Spooks), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey) and Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey) are all set to star in their forthcoming WWI drama, The Ark, about the lives of the doctors and nurses working in a military field hospital in France. Joining them will be Kerry Fox, Marianne Oldham, Alice St Clair, Jack Gordon, Alex Wyndham, Jeremy Swift and Richard Rankin. The Ark is part of the channel’s series of programmes set to coincide with the centenary.
– And finally, the news that The Wombles may soon be returning to our screens. Mike Batt, a songwriter who worked on 1970s children’s show, announced plans for two new series of 26 episodes each, along with a feature film outing and an online interactive experience. Speaking about his intentions, Batt said, “We think there are audiences of new children and international audiences who missed the Wombles the first time around and will be thrilled to see the brilliant high-quality animations and new musical productions we shall be mounting”. If it’s anything like the Captain Scarlet revivial, let’s hope this one never comes to pass.