After much speculation, it has been confirmed that Jenna Coleman will be exiting Doctor Who ahead of its tenth season in order to star as Queen Victoria in a new show for ITV. Victoria will be an eight part series that tells the story of Queen Victoria’s early years on the throne, from when she became queen at eighteen to her eventual courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.
Sky One have released a trailer for their new comedy You, Me & The Apocalypse, starring Rob Lowe (Parks & Recreation). Created by Iain Hollands (Beaver Falls), it tells the story of mankind on the brink of annihilation with a comet headed straight for Earth and how an eclectic group of characters from around the world find themselves connected in unexpected ways. With a bunker under Slough their only salvation, it seems some of them may be humanity’s last hope.
Production is underway on Poldark series two, which has now been extended to ten episodes, and several new faces have been added to the cast. John Nettles (Midsommer Murders) will play Ray Penvenen, a wealthy landowner, with Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) as his niece, Caroline. Hugh Skinner (W1A) has also been cast and will play Unwin Trevaunance, a prospective MP with hopes to marry Caroline.
After months of waiting, Netflix have now released the first look pictures of Marvel’s Jessica Jones, showing stars Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Mike Colter and Rachael Taylor in character. The series premieres globally on Netflix on Friday 20th November.Megan Fox (Jennifer’s Body) is set to be the new girl for Fox’s New Girl. The show’s upcoming fifth season will see several episodes without star Zooey Deschanel, who is out on maternity leave, and so has cast Fox as Reagan, a straight-shooting pharmaceuticals rep who rents Jess’ room whilst she is away.
A+E has added more names to the cast of the upcoming Roots remake, with Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Anika Noni Rose (The Good Wife), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) and Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead) all signing on.
NBC have handed a straight to series order for a new series based on Taken. Described as a prequel to the 2008 Liam Neeson-starring film, the new show will be set several years earlier and show how Bryan Mills acquired his impressive skills whilst working for the mysterious company. Luc Besson, who created the original movie, is on hand to executive produce the new series.