– First up, AMC announced this week that, to nobody’s surprise, their hit zombie drama, The Walking Dead, would be returning for a fifth season. The show’s current fourth season continues to draw in viewers and managed to bring in a record size audience for its season premiere. Charlie Collier, President of AMC said of the show, “Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season […] the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history”.
– Spooks is set to return in the form of a feature film titled Spooks: The Greater Good, with Peter Firth back in action as Section Chief Harry Pearce. The film will see Harry taking the blame when a terrorist suspect manages to escape during a supposedly routine prisoner transfer. It’s not yet been announced whether any other cast members will be returning, but with Spooks’ notorious body count, it’s likely that the film will include some new faces. Place your bets now if Harry will make it to the end credits alive…
– It’s been a big week for Peter Firth actually, as it was also announced that the actor has been cast in a new two-part ITV drama alongside Claire Goose (Mount Pleasant) titled Undeniable. The thriller will see Goose star as Jane Fielding, a woman who witnessed her own mother’s brutal murder as a child. Now an adult, she thinks she’s put her past behind her until she catches sight of Andrew Bolton (Firth) a well respected oncologist, and recognises him as the murderer.
– NBC have picked up a new comedy series from Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Robert Carlock (Saturday Night Light) which will star Ellie Kemper (The Office) as a woman who moves to New York after escaping from a doomsday cult. The as yet untitled series has already been given a thirteen episode order, due probably to both Fey and Carlock’s proven track record of writing hit shows. The show will form part of NBC’s 2014 season.
– And finally comes the news that cult classic, Babylon 5, will be returning to our screens on UKTV’s Watch channel. The deal comes after an intense campaign led by series creator, J. Michael Straczynski, and fans of the series who wanted the programme to be re-broadcast on British television, in the hope that it would garner support for new series. The show initially ran between 1993 and 1998 in the States and was highly praised for its careful plotting and season-long arcs. Speaking about the announcement, Staczynski said, “I am thrilled beyond words that Watch has successfully drilled through the walls and allowed Babylon 5 to escape onto television screens throughout the UK TV universe”. The series will be shown at 5pm on weekdays, starting from the 4th November.