– HBO’s highly anticipated crime series, True Detective, has been picked up by UK broadcaster Sky Atlantic and will premiere from Saturday 22nd February. Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) and Woody Harrelson (Natural Born Killers) star in the new series as two detectives involved in the hunt for a serial killer, a search which spans seventeen years, and causes terrible consequences in both their professional and personal lives.
– In more HBO news, it was announced this week that The Newsroom would be returning for a third season, which will also be its last, due to creator Aaron Sorkin’s (The West Wing) increasingly heavy workload. The drama series, which is centred around a cable news show and its outspoken anchor, stars Jeff Daniels (Dumb & Dumber) and Emily Mortimer (Shutter Island) and is expected to bow out sometime later this year.
– BBC Comedy, Outnumbered, will also be returning for a final series this year, with both the creators, Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton, and cast leaving the door open for future special episodes. Its fifth series will air later this year and sees Jake (Tyger Drew-Honey) learning to drive, Ben (Daniel Roche) being cast in the school play and Karen (Ramona Marquez) starting at high school.
– The BBC’s upcoming one-off drama, Remember Me, has scored a major casting coup by signing up Michael Palin to star. The Monty Python actor will play Tom Parfitt, a man who moves into a residential home and witnesses a murder. It’s up to his care worker (Jodie Comer) and the local detective (Mark Addy) to investigate, drawing them further into Tom’s own murky past of love and betrayal. Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One said of the announcement, “It’s a real coup for us that Michael Palin has chosen to make his return to a leading role for the first time in over 20 years on BBC One”.
– The first pictures of Peter Capaldi as the newest incarnation of Doctor Who were released this week, giving us a glimpse of Number 12 in action. Filming is currently underway on Capaldi’s first episode, which will mark the show’s eighth season, and is due to air later this year. Jenna Louise Coleman will be returning as loyal companion, Clara, along with Neve McIntosh and Catrin Stewart as Madam Vastra and Jenny, respectively.
– Over the pond, NBC announced that they were renewing hit comedy, Parks & Recreation for a seventh season. Amy Poehler won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy for her role as the loveable Leslie Knope this week, and the show has gone from strength to strength in recent years, now being the highest rated comedy on the network’s Thursday night line-up.