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AMC and Channel 4 have announced the cast for their new co-production, Humans, written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks). The stellar line up includes William Hurt (The Incredible Hulk), Colin Morgan (Merlin), Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr Selfridge), Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It), Katherine Parkinson (The Honourable Woman), Neil Maskell (Utopia) and Gemma Chan (Dates). Set in an alternate present, it sees humanity adapting to the latest must have gadget – robot servants called ‘Synths’.

BBC One have released a trailer for their new thriller The Missing, which premieres at 9pm on Tuesday 28th October. Starring James Nesbitt (The Hobbit), it tells the story of a man struggling to cope after his son goes missing on a holiday in France and takes place in two time frames. It looks suitably gripping.

Syfy continues its big push into more scripted drama with the announcement that they are once again teaming up with Paul Mullie and Joseph Mallozzi (Stargate) for a new space-opera series. Based on a graphic novel by Mullie and Mallozzi, Dark Matter takes place on board an old space ship where the crew awaken from stasis to discover they have no memory of who they are or what their mission is. The show is eyed for a 2015 premiere.

Fox have given a full season order to Gotham, the James ‘Jim’ Gordon origin series from Bruno Heller (The Mentalist). The series charts Gordon’s rise through the Gotham police department from his humble beginnings as a homicide detective, to his eventual promotion to Commissioner and sees him encountering some of Batman’s classic villains, such as Catwoman and the Penguin, along the way. The first season will now have a run of 22 episodes.

Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story has also been renewed for a fifth season, set to air on FX sometime in 2015. The show’s fourth season, Freak Show, has just premiered in the US to wide acclaim and though nothing is yet known about where the fifth season may be set, it’s likely that several of its cast members will return.

With 2014’s new television season barely upon us, the networks are already eyeing their 2015 slate with several projects in the works:

  • NBC are working on a Marley & Me adaptation, which would be a single camera comedy set several years after the events of the film. The series would follow the same couple, originally played by Jennifer Anison and Owen Wilson, as they adopt a stray puppy and name it for their late dog.
  • The CW are working on an adaptation of The Illusionist, an Edward Norton starring film about a stage magician who uses his skills to win back the love of his life. The new series would see the action moved to New York and would follow an illusionist newly released from prison who must use his abilities to infiltrate a criminal gang.
  • CBS are also getting in on the movie adaptation action, with a comedy in the works based on In Good Company. Starring Dennis Quaid, the film told the story of an ad executive who must adapt to a much younger new boss when his firm is bought out. The CBS show is set to follow the same storyline.

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