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downton-abbey-series4There’s still plenty of good television to come this year but with a whole range of new shows announced this week, it looks like there’s lots to look forward to on the horizon. Here’s your weekly round-up including first look images and news on Walter White’s final return to our screens…

– Netflix UK & Ireland have picked up the rights to show the concluding eight episodes of Breaking Bad. The new episodes will be made available to customers of the online streaming service in the UK from Monday 12th August, just one day after their premiere in America. Series creator, Vince Gilligan said, “I am delighted that fans there will be able to enjoy the end of Breaking Bad on Netflix so soon after it airs in the US”.

– The first images of season four of Downton Abbey have been released, giving us a few hints of what to expect from the new series. Several of the pictures show Branson (Allen Leech) with his daughter, indicating that his adjustment to life without Lady Sybil is going to be a major storyline this year. Details on the new series are being kept tightly under wraps however and we’ll have to wait until September to see just what lies in store.

– Lucasfilm have released the first glimpse of their upcoming animated series, Star Wars Rebels, intended as a follow-up to the highly popular Cartoon Network series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The new show will have a look which is highly influenced by the work of the original Star Wars concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie, and is expected to air in late 2014.

– The SyFy network have announced that Sharknado will be shown in the UK at 9pm on 7th August (set your DVRs now!). The TV movie caused quite a stir on Twitter when it aired in the States last month, thanks mainly to its unique title, and a sequel is rumoured to already be in the works. The bonkers movie tells the story of a giant storm which sucks up sharks and drops them from the sky onto the unsuspecting residents of Los Angeles.

– Anyone who’s been avidly watching The Returned (Les Revenants) will be happy to hear that Channel 4 have announced they will be showing the second series. The wildly popular French show about a group of people who have seemingly returned from the dead will be back for another run of eight episodes, sometime in 2014.

– NBC have announced a slew of new dramas currently in development including a reboot of Rosemary’s Baby, with the devil worshippers being relocated to Paris. There’s also an adaptation of the Stephen King novel, Tommyknockers, about the residents of a small town in Maine who discover what they believe to be a crashed alien spaceship and finally a show titled, Plymouth, about the landing of the Mayflower.

– AMC have also released the first details of two new shows in development, the first of which is Halt & Catch Fire – a 1980s set drama about the boom in computer technology and starring Lee Pace (The Fall), Scoot McNairy (Argo) and Mackenzie Davis (Smashed). The second is Turn, based on the book Washington Spies, which tells the story of a farmer who gathers his friends together in order to form The Culper Ring – a spy ring who were instrumental in America’s fight for independence. It’s set to star Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Burn Gorman (Torchwood). Both series are expected sometime in 2014 and have been given ten episode orders.

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