CBS has announced it is officially developing a new Star Trek television series, set to premiere on its VOD service in 2017. Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote the recent Star Trek and Star Trek into Darkness, is on board to produce and helm the new series which will star a whole new range of characters.
After months of waiting, BBC One has released the first trailer for its epic War & Peace adaptation. The sprawling novel, regarded as one of the finest pieces of literature, follows several aristocratic families in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars and has been adapted into a six-part drama, described as the BBC’s most ambitious project to date.
BBC One announced it is developing an adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Set in a parallel world, the first book in the series tells the story of Lyra, a young girl who sets out to find her kidnapped friend but soon gets involved in the quest to understand the mysterious Dust.
AMC has released a trailer for its highly anticipated Preacher series, based on the cult comic book series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Preacher follows a small town pastor who develops the ability to make people do whatever he tells them, as he embarks on a cross-country journey to find God. The new series stars Dominic Cooper (Fleming), Ruth Negga (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Joseph Gilgun (Misfits).
AMC also renewed the hit zombie drama The Walking Dead for a seventh series. The show has long been a hit with audiences and critics alike, so the sixteen-episode order came as no surprise.
Amazon has handed out a series order to Sneaky Pete, a drama created by Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House). The series stars Giovanni Ribisi (My Name is Earl) as a con-man who assumes the identity of Pete, his former cellmate, upon his release from jail, soon taking a job in the family’s bail bond business. The series will premiere on Amazon Prime in 2016.
BBC One has renewed Doctor Foster for a second series. The show’s first series told the story of Doctor Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones) as she discovers her husband, Simon (Bertie Carvel), is having an affair, a story which it seems is far from over. Creator Mike Bartlett is returning to write the scripts, with star Suranne Jones set to reprise her role as the eponymous doctor.
Netflix has renewed Longmire for a fifth season, handing out a ten-episode order. The Robert Taylor (Killing Time) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) starring series has proved a hit for Netflix, who picked the show up after it was cancelled by A+E.