FlashForward close to cancellation
Drama series FlashForward is reportedly close to cancellation in the US due to poor ratings. Despite performing well overseas, the American series is not hitting the mark stateside and ABC is said to be thinking of axing it. Fans will know next week as to the future of the show.
New series to be shot in NZ
A prequel to swords and sandals series Spartacus: Blood and Sand is set to start production in New Zealand this winter. The six-part series will star Lucy Lawless and John Hannah and focus on the rise of the House of Batiatus and its champions before Spartacus. Meanwhile, the second season of Spartacus has been delayed due to star Andy Whitfield’s cancer diagnosis.
Burn Notice gains Reynolds
Burt Reynolds has signed on to appear in Burn Notice next season. The 74-year-old will take on the role of a former CIA operative who has since retired alongside series regular Michael Western (Jeffrey Donovan). The upcoming season of Burn Notice hits American screens this June.
NZNTM wants more Maori models
Producers of the second cycle of New Zealand’s Next Top Model are urging more Maori women to apply for the show. With auditions being held next month around the country, producer have said they would love to see more Maori models auditioning as they believe they would have better opportunities overseas due to their “special New Zealand look”.
Cast additions to True Blood
Several new faces will appear on the next season of vampire series True Blood with Lara Pulver and Michael Steger confirmed as series regulars. British actress Pulver will play Sookies’s fairy godmother Claudine while 90210’s Steger will feature as a gay prostitute named Tony. The pair join Alfie Woodard and Ugly Betty’s Grant Bowler as newbies for the next season.
US remake Skins
MTV has ordered a US remake of hit UK teen series Skins. As with the UK original, the remake will utilise unknown talent and young writers on the staff in order to keep the show as close to the original as possible. There will be, however, an overhaul of character names.
New additions to Jersey Shore
The next season of MTV reality series Jersey Shore will feature several new characters. It has been reported that the new faces will make their appearance halfway through the season. The original cast will still headline the show which is currently filming scenes down in Miami before returning to their usual beach haunt of Seaside Heights in New Jersey.
The Office star on new series
The Office star Mackenzie Crook, who played office weirdo Gareth alongside Ricky Gervais’s David Brent, has signed on for a new BBC crime drama. The six-part series entitled Accused will feature Crook and fellow Brit Christopher Eccleston along with four other headlining actors. Each episode of the series will focus on how one of the men came to be in court.
Astronaut to host WWE
Ex-American astronaut Buzz Aldrin will guest host an episode of WWE Raw in Canada. Aldrin, who headed to the moon alongside Neil Armstrong, has been all over TV recently after featuring in the American version of Dancing With The Stars. When he hosts the two-hour wrestling special he will appear under his official WWE name ‘Rocket Hero’.
Grey’s actress in new role
Grey’s Anatomy actress Sandra Oh has signed on to a new British crime drama. Oh, who plays Cristina Yang on the medical series, will take a lead role in Thorne: Scaredy Cat, an adaptation of a Mark Billingham novel which focuses on the Metropolitan Police as they investigate a number of murders in London.