Morning Briefing

Midsomer Murders creator suspended

The creator of Midsomer Murders has been suspended following comments made regarding race on the drama series. Brian True-May said in an interview: “Well, we just don’t have ethnic minorities involved. Because it wouldn’t be the English village with them. It just wouldn’t work. We’re the last bastion of Englishness and I want to keep it that way.”

Valderrama joins pilot

That ‘70s Show actor Wilmer Valderrama has signed on to feature inn a new drama pilot called REM. The actor will play a detective in the pilot, which is being billed as an “Inception-esque thriller”.

Chenoweth joins Good Christian Bitches

Actress Kristin Chenoweth has joined the new ABC pilot Good Christian Bitches, which focuses on a recently divorced mum’s move to a small Texas town. Not surprisingly, the pilot has attracted criticism from religious groups who are offended by the title.

Drescher close to TV return

Fran Drescher is nearing a return to TV with news the actresses latest project is close to receiving a series order. The Nanny star and her patented whine feature in the sitcom pilot called Happily Divorced, which is autobiographical for the actress following her split from her husband and collaborative partner last year.

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