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Fox UK have released the first trailer for their upcoming event series Wayward Pines, which is set to air in early 2015. Based on Blake Crouch’s book, Pines, it tells the story of an FBI agent who arrives in the small town of Wayward Pines in search of two missing agents. But as he delves deeper into the town’s secrets, he soon finds himself wondering if he’ll ever make it out alive. The series is produced by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) and stars Matt Dillon (Crash), Melissa Leo (Prisoners), Carla Gugino (Political Animals) and Terence Howard (Prisoners).

The first official photos for season five of Downton Abbey caused quite a stir this week, though possibly not for the right reasons – a plastic water bottle was accidentally included in one shot. But more importantly, they gave us the first look of some new characters in action, most notably Richard E. Grant (Doctor Who) as well as newcomers Fifi Hart and twins Zac and Oliver Barker, as Sybbie and George, respectively.
Yahoo have also released a teaser trailer for Community, which is set to return for a sixth season sometime in 2015. Whilst the trailer doesn’t contain anything new (it’s mainly a mash up of the show so far), it promises to be ‘better, stronger, faster” than anything that came before. 2015 can’t come soon enough.

Only a week after its premiere (and before a UK broadcaster has even been found), Starz has renewed Outlander for another season. The time travelling show gained record viewing figures in the US and impressed the network enough to gain at least a thirteen episode season order, likely to be based on the next book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.

HBO have also renewed The Leftovers for another season. “We are thrilled to bring back The Leftovers for a second season with the exceptional talents of Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta […] We look forward to continuing the journey as the show delves deeper into the lives of those who remain” said Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming.

HBO’s Westworld continues to expand its cast, with Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings), Thandie Newton (Rogue), Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind) and Rodrigo Santoro (300) all signing up. Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice) have written the pilot, which is to be produced by J.J. Abrams (Lost), Bryan Burk (Lost) and Jerry Weintraub (Ocean’s Eleven).

Finally, Guillermo del Toro’s vampire drama, The Strain, is set to premiere on UK screens from 10pm on Wednesday 17th September on Watch. This is one you won’t want to miss.

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