Morning Briefing, January 10

Moffat confirms planning on Sherlock S4/S5

The third season of Sherlock wraps up this week in the UK (coming to TV One as part of their new season, so “soon”), marked by a spcial gala screening of the final episode. Producer and writer Steven Moffat took the opportunity to share some exciting news about the series: “Rather excitingly, Mark [Gatiss] and I, for no particular reason, we just got out of the rain and sat at the top of the production bus […] and we just started plotting out what we could do in the future. […] And we plotted out the whole of series four and five … The ideas we had that day, I thought were the best we’ve ever had”

0110sherHills star calls show “manipulated”

The Hills star Audrina Partridge has opened up about her time on MTV reality show The Hills, calling some of the situations staged in a recent interview with E! News. “In the beginning, a lot of it was real. As it went on, it was very manipulated and guided,” Partridge explained. “We were there for about three hours and they were like, ‘You can’t leave until you and Kristin get into a fight,’ We did it and we got to leave. So, little things like that.”

Ronald D Moore talks about Outlander

Legendary producer Ronald D Moore (Battlestar Galactica) has opened up about his upcoming adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s romance novel Outlander – known as Cross Stitch in some parts of the world, including New Zealand – about a combat nurse in 1940s Scotland who travels through a time travel portal to the 18th century and falls for a warrior there. “I’m a fan of history and historical fiction. But I think what attracted me the most is the central character of Claire,” says Moore. “She is smart and funny and interesting and I like that she’s a woman of the 1940s instead of contemporary. I like the way she handled things. In order for the audience to accept [the premise], the character had to be very real and very grounded … The general scheme is one season, one book. There will be 16 episodes for the first season, and it will cover the entire first book.”

Zoe Saldana takes lead role in Rosemary’s Baby

Star Trek and Avatar star Zoe Saldana has signed on to take the lead in a remake of classic horror film Rosemary’s Baby, which has been reimagined as a four-hour miniseries to air on NBC later this year. “Zoe has proven that she is one of our most gifted actresses and we think she has the perfect combination of spirit and gravitas to take on the title role from Ira Levin’s infamous novel,” said Quinn Taylor, an executive at NBC Entertainment. “With Zoe leading the cast under the direction of Agnieszka Holland, this reimagined event mini-series is off to a great start.”

DC Comics’ Gotham TV series gets a director

Gotham, a new police drama set in Batman’s hometown of Gotham City, has signed on a director for its pilot episode: veteran television and film director Danny Cannon will helm the first episode of the DC Comics show, which has been written and developed by The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller.
Heller’s version of Gotham will focus on a younger James Gordon – later known as Commissioner Gordon, played by Gary Oldman in the Dark Knight trilogy – as he climbs the ranks of the Gotham City Police Department.

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