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Fans of Da Vinci’s Demons have had a long wait since the end of season two and were met with mixed news today when Starz announced that the show would return in October for its third season, which will also be its last. To soothe the pain of the show’s cancellation, Starz also released an action packed trailer for the new season, showing Leo (Tom Riley) back in action as he discovers the Turks are using his own inventions against him.

Robert and Michelle King, the creators of The Good Wife, are developing a new show with CBS. Titled BrainDead and described as a ‘comic thriller’, mixing elements of The West Wing and The Strain, it will follow a new Capitol Hill staffer who arrives in Washington DC to discover that aliens have eaten the brains of a growing number of Congressmen. From the premise alone this sounds like it could be tremendous fun.

ITV have released a trailer for their new series Jekyll and Hyde which sees Robert Jekyll (Tom Bateman), the son of the original doctor, on a search for answers after he realises he too has a dark side. The action packed series, created by Charlie Higson (The Fast Show), will also feature a whole manner of classic monsters including ‘ghouls, zombies, werewolves and vampires’, all set loose on the streets of 1930s London.

HBO has renewed its Jack Black fronted show, The Brink, for a second series. Created by Kim and Roberto Benabib (Weeds), it sees the world on the edge of global war after a rogue general seizes control of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. HBO also handed out a renewal to their sports comedy Ballers, starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, which will return for a second season in 2016.

Michael Chiklis (American Horror Story: Freak Show) has joined the cast of Gotham, where he will appear as a series regular for the show’s second season. Chiklis will play Captain Nathaniel Barnes, a man who becomes a hero and mentor to Gordon (Ben McKenzie).

Top of the Lake is set to return for a second season, with original writers Jane Campion and Gerald Lee once more at the helm. Plot details are scarce at the moment, but the new season will see the action relocated to Sydney, with Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) investigating a new crime. If the second season is anything as good as the first, then this is sure to be a gem.

And X-Files fans rejoice – the Lone Gunmen are back. Despite their unceremonious deaths in season nine of The X-Files, Dean Haglund, Bruce Harwood and Tom Braidwood are all set to return as Langly, Byers and Frohike, respectively. The manner of their return is being kept tightly under wraps, but this isn’t the first time the show has resurrected previously dead characters. In other X-Files news, Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People) and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) have joined the cast of the six-episode revival, playing a new pair of FBI agents. Spin-off, anyone?

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