The first full-length trailer for Doctor Who landed this week, with glimpses of dinosaurs in London, Peter Capaldi’s new-look Tardis and a return of the Daleks. It was also announced that Sanjeev Bhaskar (The Kumars) will guest star in the finale of the upcoming series, though further details about his character are being kept firmly under wraps.
The Primetime Emmy nominations were announced last week and Game of Thrones leads the way with a huge 19 nominations. Downton Abbey managed to work its way into the Best Drama category, along with Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, True Detective, Mad Men and House of Cards. In the acting categories, it was great to see Alison Janney nominated for her turn in Masters of Sex and Margo Martindale for her guest appearance in The Americans. The Good Wife was sadly excluded from the Best Drama list and Parks & Recreation continued to be left out of Best Comedy, whilst The Big Bang Theory got nominated once again.
Production is gearing up for the sixth season of Glee but Fox has announced that it is cutting the season order from 24 down to 13 episodes. Glee‘s final run is expected to air sometime in mid 2015.
BBC America has renewed Orphan Black for a third season. The cult clone drama has gone from strength to strength this year and its renewal comes as no surprise.
Some big casting changes in store for NBC’s upcoming series, Constantine, with news that Lucy Griffith’s (True Blood) Liv will be written out after the pilot and the new character of Zed will take her place, played by Angelica Celaya (Dallas).
Colin Farrell (In Bruges) is reportedly in final talks to play one of the lead roles in the second season of True Detective. A final casting announcement is expected this week but the new season is rumoured to have three stars – two men and one woman, and will take place in modern day California.
BBC Two has ordered a new historical drama, The Last Kingdom, described as Game of Thrones meets Vikings. Created by Stephen Butchard (Good Cop), the eight episode series is based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories and takes place in the year 872 when a young Saxon boy is orphaned by Vikings who then kidnap and try to raise him. Carnival Films will produce the series and Gareth Neame stated, “In part the epic quest of our hero Uhtred, it is also a fascinating re-telling of the tale of King Alfred the Great and how he united the many separate kingdoms on this island into what would become England”.