With the San Diego Comic Con taking place this past weekend came a whole slew of exciting announcements and teases for the upcoming television season. Read on for the biggest reveals…
– Production is well underway for the ninth and final season of Supernatural, and executive producer, Bob Singer, let slip this weekend that plans are also in motion for a spin off show. It’s not clear who would star, although he hinted that it would be more city-centred and would potentially feature a character to be introduced in Episode 20 of the final series.
– The Little Mermaid is coming to Storybrooke – yes, Ariel will be featuring in the upcoming season of Once Upon a Time and could potentially be joining the cast as a main character. Although there’s no casting news yet, expect her character to be given the usual Once Upon a Time twist. That wasn’t the only casting announcement though; Naveen Andrews (Lost) will be joining the series’ spin off show, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, where he will be playing the pivotal role of Jafar – the scheming villain from Aladdin. Speaking about the part, Andrews said, “This role will be a real departure from any animated versions because of the layered emotions and complexities involved with making him a real three-dimensional character”.
– After news broke over the weekend that the fifth season premiere of Glee had been pushed back until the end of September, came confirmation that the third episode would be a special tribute to Cory Monteith, who died last week. Show creator, Ryan Murphy, said that the character would not be recast and added, “When we do the tribute episode to that character, we’ll have to do it in a way where the cast members will not have to re-create feelings of grief that they’ve had this week – but do it in an upbeat way”. It is not clear yet how Monteith’s death will be written into the show.
– Sherlock executive producers Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Sue Vertue announced that a fourth series of the hit show is potentially on the cards. Although no official commission has been given by the BBC, Vertue confirmed that both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are optioned for another series and added, “We just haven’t worked out when we’re gonna do it”. With both actors now juggling burgeoning film careers, it seems that scheduling is the main problem and there could be another long time delay between seasons. Although Gatiss said, “There is something lovely about the idea of Benedict and Martin aged 55, around the same fireplace, becoming the same age we associate with Holmes and Watson”.