The truth is still out there. After weeks of speculation and rumour, Fox have finally confirmed that The X-Files will be returning as a six episode event series. Original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are both confirmed to reprise their roles as FBI Agents Mulder and Scully, respectively, with series creator Chris Carter returning to pen the series. If you never saw the classic series, now would be a good time to get watching.
Steve McQueen’s (12 Years a Slave) series Codes of Conduct has been picked up by HBO as a six episode series. Written by Steve McQueen and Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z), it tells the story of a talented African American man as he rises through the ranks of the New York elite. Newcomer Devon Terrell stars alongside the likes of Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine), Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter) and Rebecca Hall (Parade’s End).
HBO announced that their sophomore series, Looking, would not be returning for a third season. The relationship drama, about a group of gay friends in San Francisco, failed to pull in large audiences, though it did well with critics, but HBO revealed that a one-off special was in the works in order to wrap everything up.
ITV have confirmed that the upcoming sixth season of Downton Abbey will be its last. The news is not hugely surprising, given Maggie Smith’s recent comments that the show may be nearing its conclusion, but with an end date in sight, it’s sure to mean the eight episode final season and Christmas special will be as popular as ever. Get those hankies at the ready for what is sure to be an emotional send off.
Ray Stevenson (Rome) will be joining the cast for the upcoming third series of Black Sails as infamous pirate, Blackbeard.
History confirmed that Vikings would be returning for a fourth series, due to air sometime in 2016. The channel continues to foster its drama department, also announcing that another scripted series was in development, to be produced by Jeremy Renner (The Avengers). The new series, Knightfall, will tell of the lead up to and fiery persecution of the Knights Templar in the fourteenth century.
And finally Showtime have picked up Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Paul Giamatti’s (Sideways) financial drama, Billions, to series. Set in the high stakes world of international finance, it sees two heavy-weights pitted against each other, focusing on the conflict between a US Attorney (Giamatti) and a hedge-fund manager (Lewis).