ITV have released the first images for two of their upcoming dramas. First up, take a look at Kieran Bew (Da Vinci’s Demons) in costume as the legendary warrior in Beowulf. The show will see the historic poem adapted into an epic series which follows the titular hero as he hunts down the terrifying Grendel and co-stars William Hurt (The Incredible Hulk), Joanne Whalley (Wolf Hall), Ed Speelers (Downton Abbey) and David Ajala (Black Box).
Second, we have a picture from Jekyll & Hyde giving us a tease of what to expect from the new take on the classic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. The new series, created by Charlie Higson (The Fast Show), takes place in the 1930s and sees Robert Jekyll, grandson of the original Henry Jekyll, struggling to find the truth about his family and understand his affliction. It stars Tom Bateman (Da Vinci’s Demons), Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I), Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street) and Stephanie Hyam (Murdered By My Boyfriend).
In other TV news:
Syfy have announced they are teaming up with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to develop an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Set in an apparent utopia free of war and disease where humans no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered, it follows the story of a ‘savage’ – someone who refuses to conform, who threatens to challenge the entire social order.
Red Dwarf will be returning to our screens, thanks to a two season order from UKTV’s Dave Channel. Original stars Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn are all set to return to reprise their roles, along with series creator Doug Naylor, who will write the twelve new episodes.
Fox have announced that Orlando Jones will not be returning for Sleepy Hollow‘s third season. Jones previously played Captain Frank Irving on the show.
Netflix have just unveiled the trailer for Sense8, their highly intriguing new series from the Wachowski’s (The Matrix) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5). The new series tells the stories of eight strangers across the globe who one day find themselves mentally linked to one another and stars Naveen Andrews (Lost), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Tuppence Middleton (Jupiter Ascending) and Brian J. Smith (Gossip Girl). All twelve episodes of the series will go live on Netflix on Friday 5th June.
Josh Charles (The Good Wife) is set to appear in the upcoming third season of Showtime’s Masters of Sex. Charles will play Daniel Logan, an expert salesman who seeks out Johnson and Masters to help him find and bottle the scent of sex, in the attempt of creating a marketable aphrodisiac.
This time of year finds the US networks starting to map out their autumn schedules and so there’s been a flurry of cancellations and pick-ups this week, with plenty more yet to come.
- First up BBC America has renewed cult sci-fi drama Orphan Black for a fourth season.
- Fox have also renewed The Simpsons for another two years, granting the show a twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth series. By the end of the show’s twenty-eighth run, The Simpsons will have 625 episodes to its name, which is quite an impressive figure.
- CBS have granted a series order to Greg Berlanti’s (Arrow) new superhero show, Supergirl.
- The Mindy Project was not so fortunate however, with Fox deciding to cancel the show, but that may not be the end for Mindy – early reports suggest that Hulu are interested in picking up the show for a further two seasons.