HBO execs have teased that Game of Thrones is likely to run for eight seasons and are open to the possibility of a prequel series. With two books still to go in George R. R. Martin’s series, there’s plenty of plot left to come in the TV adaptation and a wealth of backstory that could make for its own very exciting prequel.
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have signed a three year deal to front a new motoring series for Amazon Prime. The deal is a major coup for the online streaming service and will see the trio in an as yet untitled new show to be executive produced by former Top Gear EP, Andy Wilman.
In a surprise bit of casting, musician Ed Sheeran has signed on to appear in The Bastard Executioner, the newest series from Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy). Sheeran will play Sir Cormac, an ambitious but deadly protege of a church elder.
BBC Two announced that it would not be renewing The Game for a second season. Created by Toby Whithouse (Being Human), the Cold War espionage thriller failed to pull in viewers over its first season run.
The CW is teaming up with Michael Weatherly (NCIS) for a ‘hyper stylized, gritty adaptation’ of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Yes, really. This new take on the classic novel would see half sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy struggling to survive the dystopian city of Philadelphia, all the while unravelling a conspiracy that stretches far beyond anything they could imagine.
MTV’s Scream has been renewed for a second season. Based on the horror film franchise, the series sees a new group of characters rocked by a brutal murder in their town which stirs up memories of a deadly spree several years earlier.
Netflix has renewed its animated series Bojack Horseman for a third series. The Will Arnett starring show will return in 2016 for a further thirteen episodes. Norwegian mob drama, Lilyhammer, however, has been cancelled after three seasons.
Cinemax’s Banshee will also wrap up its run after the upcoming fourth season. The announcement comes after months of rumours, started when Cinemax only ordered eight episodes for season four, down from the previous year’s ten episode order.
Following his standout performance in Fargo, Billy Bob Thornton is set to return to our screens in Amazon Prime’s upcoming series The Trial, written by David E. Kelley (The Practice) and Jonathan Shapiro (The Firm). The new series follows a former hotshot lawyer, ousted from the legal practice he helped set up, going up against his former partner in the courtroom.