– CBS have announced that the rumoured How I Met Your Mother spin-off is a go, with the series being given a pilot order. Show creators, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, have teamed up with Up All Night’s Emily Spivey, to create the new series, titled How I Met Your Dad, which will follow a similar format to the hit comedy, but with a female slant on the idea.
– ITV confirmed this week that the ever popular Downton Abbey would be returning next year for a fifth series, plus the annual Christmas special. Despite not being critically rated, this year’s fourth series has been pulling in massive audiences and the show remains one of the highest watched programmes on UK TV. Steve November, Director of Drama Commissioning at ITV said of the renewal, “With Julian writing and Gareth and Liz producing we know it will be as warm, witty, romantic and dramatic as previous series and we can’t wait to catch up with our favourite characters again”.
– As part of their Doctor Who 50th Anniversary season, the BBC will air a biopic about the First Doctor, William Hartnell, and the inception of the classic series. An Adventure in Time and Space has been written by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and will star David Bradley (Game of Thrones). You can check out the new trailer below:
– News also broke this week that ITV have cancelled their Rupert Penry-Jones helmed crime drama, Whitechapel, after its fourth season. The actor confirmed the news via Twitter: “Sorry to be the bearer of bad news everyone but ITV don’t want any more Whitechapel. That’s all folks x” (@rpenryj).
– Frank Darabont’s (The Walking Dead) new series, Mob City, has been picked up by Fox UK, with a premiere date set for January 2014. Based on John Buntin’s book, LA Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City, it tells the story of 1940s Los Angeles, home to movie stars and mob bosses alike and governed over by a corrupt police force. Neal McDonough (Desperate Housewives), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Jeremy Luke (Don Jon) and Ed Burns (Entourage) are set to star.
– Despite being twice cancelled, The Killing, has been picked up for a fourth and final series by Netflix. The American remake of the hit Danish drama, Forbrydelsen, was originally aired on AMC, but after falling ratings in its second season, the show was cancelled, only for it to be revived when Netflix signed a deal to co-finance. AMC again cancelled the series after its most recent third series, but Netflix have stepped in once again to offer it a final series. Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix said of the deal, “The rich, serialized storytelling in The Killing thrives on Netflix, and we believe that it is only fitting to give Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder a proper send off”.