The Killing fans rejoice!  AMC’s The Killing is coming back for a third season!

After months of negotiations, AMC and Fox Television Studios have closed a deal to bring back previously cancelled The Killing to AMC for a third season. Negotiations with Netflix for a second window to the series are still ongoing. As part of the new deal with AMC, Veena Sud, who developed the adaptation of the Danish series and ran the first two seasons, returns as executive producer, writer and showrunner along with stars Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (Stephen Holder). After the show received backlash from viewers for stretching the resolution of the case from the first season into Season 2, the producers are committing that the new mystery in Season 3 will be resolved over the course of 12 episodes. Production on Season 3 begins February 25 in Vancouver.

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Super Smart Animals: 34950 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  2. The Block: 20370 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Seven Dwarves: 13560 (TV ONE, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
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  5. Best of QI: 9450 (PRIME, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 677,390 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
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  3. Royal Prince Alfred: 491,160 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Border Patrol: 484,720 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
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Sky TV has admitted to the NBR that they were the ones that tipped off HBO that the first episode of Banshee was available for everyone in the world to see.

“Yes we pointed out the error. I’m sure they would have realised before long,”

Wonderful.  Backward looking stupidity that will win them no friends.

An opportunity to generate some positive buzz from what was perceived as marketing genius and the eventual arrival of the future of television is now nothing more than a giant cock up.

I get that there are rights issues but it’s incredibly stingy and detrimental to deliberately undermine the goodwill generated by an apparent “mistake”.  Why they didn’t just roll with it and gather some insight is simply beyond me. Continue reading »

While HBO switched on the geoblocking for YouTube, thanks to the star of the show, we now know it’s still available for non-US viewers on Cinemax’s own site.  Best be quick if you want to watch it.

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We had published the official full episode of Banshee from Youtube but the powers that be have swung the axe and enforced that God-forsaken geoblocking technology.  While non-cable subscribers can still view the episode in the US for free, it is now only available via iSky to Sky subscribers.

The things you can do when you’re a monopoly and have no reason to be innovative.

Like others, we had assumed it was a brilliant marketing strategy to generate global buzz to drive viewers to subscribe.  As it turns out, it was just a stupid mistake by someone who has probably now been fired, or at least, yelled out.

Outrageous Fortune’s Antony Starr plays a crook turned cop in the new US cable drama Banshee.  It’s fantastic.  He’s more Jethro than he is Van and it’s easy to see why he picked up the lead role.

Banshee started on SoHo last night but the US cable network, Cinemax, has put the entire episode online for free!  Well done.  May everyone else follow suit.

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Lewis heading to Top Gear

Top Gear has locked in Homeland’s Damian Lewis for its first episode of the 2013 series. The actor will feature in the “Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car” segment.

Sheen up for Two and a Half Men return

Charlie Sheen has said on The Late Show with David Letterman that is up for a return to Two and a Half Men for the shows finale. “I am dead,” he conceded, “But so is the show.” Continue reading »

Oprah Winfrey has addressed the reports that Lance Armstrong confessed to doping during the pair’s interview this week.

There were a number of reports that claimed the disgraced cyclist had admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during his seven Tour de France wins but none were confirmed.

Winfrey has since said that Armstrong was “forthcoming” when she asked him about the doping charges.

She said that she hadn’t planned to address the interview until after it had aired on January 17 (US time) but was forced to today following the number of reports. Continue reading »

Downton Abbey has locked own the services of one of its best-loved cast members for its fourth season.

Dame Maggie Smith will return to the period drama for the next season, after earning herself a Golden Globe for her role as the Dowager Countess earlier this week.

The show’s executive producer Gareth Neame confirmed the news, adding that all of the other main cast members expected to return have already signed contracts for the fourth season.