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24: Live Another Day to premiere in May

American network Fox have announced a premiere date for 24: Live Another Day, the brand new 12-episode event series that carries on the story of Jack Bauer: the series will get under way with a two-hour premiere on May 6 (NZT). Fox also announced a list of new stars joining the show, including Yvonne Strahovski, who just finished a two-season spot on Dexter. Continue reading »

Nothing Trivial may be back for a one-off special

Fans of cancelled Kiwi drama Nothing Trivial may get some satisfaction, with news that TVNZ have agreed to look at a one-off special from South Pacific Pictures that would wrap up the series. “There are plenty of ifs and buts, and it’s perfectly possible that this won’t go ahead, so we don’t want to raise hopes only to dash them,” TVNZ spokesperson Megan Richards revealed in a statement. “We’ve had to disappoint fans once and we’d rather not do it again.” Nothing Trivial was cancelled late last year due to poor ratings – the average 5+ audience for the show had dropped from 412,000 to 258,000 and it had fallen to new lows in its target demographic. TVNZ took criticism from fans due to the timing of the cancellation: the news broke with two episodes left in the third season, which also ended with a cliffhanger.

HBO giving free access to Girls S3 premiere on YouTube

US network HBO is making the first two episodes of Girls available for free on YouTube around twelve hours after they premiere there. “For us, this is an increasingly challenging demographic to reach with traditional means,” HBO exec Sabrina Caluori told Mashable in an interview. No mention of New Zealand, but with the show airing here Thursday, I would imagine the double-episode will be geo-blocked.

True Detective creator discusses anthology shows

“There could be a season that’s much more of a wide-spread conspiracy thriller,” True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto explained to journalists at the TCA press tour over the weekend, “a season that’s a small town murder mystery, a season where nobody is murdered and it’s a master criminal versus a master detective. Even the title True Detective is meant to be, of course, purposefully somewhat generic. There are deeper indications, the word true can also mean honorable….as long as there is some crime in there.” True Detective starts on SoHo, Tuesday at 8.30pm.

The Walking Dead gets a parody film

It was only a matter of time: production company MNDFCK have entered development on a parody film of hit drama The Walking Dead, titled – wait for it – Walking The Dead. The official synopsis of the film reveals additional references to Zombieland and Warm Bodies. No word on when the film might be released. The Walking Dead returns to TV2 in early February. As they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery …

First trailer lands for Starz’ Outlander

The first trailer for Outlander – a new show from US network Starz, based on the hit book by Diana Gabaldon (known as Cross Stitch in most parts of the world) – has a trailer online, our first look at the new show. Starz announced over the weekend that the show will be debuting in the middle of this year.Outlander is produced by Ronald D Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies in the main roles. Click here to check out the trailer.

AMC confirm programming slate for 2014

AMC have confirmed details on their 2014 slate at the TCA press tour over the weekend, spending the first part of their session revealing scheduling plans for the year: brand new Revolutionary War spy drama Turn will debut with a ninety-minute episode on April 6, while the first half of the seventh (and final season) of Mad Men will premiere on April 13. Brand new drama Halt & Catch Fire, about the computing boom of the 1980s, will debut in June; the fourth season of Hell On Wheels will debut during our winter; hit drama The Walking Dead will be back for its fifth season in October; and much anticipated Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul will hit the airwaves in November. Expect all these shows to follow close behind the US when they make it to New Zealand.

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” Continue reading »

Stan Lee to cameo on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The legendary comics writer has let slip that he’ll be appearing in an upcoming episode of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., describing his part as a “big role” in an episode likely to air in February as part of the USA sweeps period. His appearance on S.H.I.E.L.D. comes at the right time: the show is struggling in the ratings, amid poor reviews from critics and low engagement with fans – a fear voiced by some analysts who worried that viewers would reject a product that was not at the level of the existing cinematic universe. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuts on TV2 soon, as part of their new season lineup. Continue reading »

English village changing name to honor Game Of Thrones

The Radio Times is reporting that the rural village of Kings Langley – a civil parish in Hertfordshire, England – will temporarily change its name to Kings Landing to mark the release of Game Of Thrones’ Season 3 DVD set. Apparently a producer on the show arranged the new title after hearing “Kings Langley” as a train stop while visiting London. No word on whether the people of Kings Langley will have to put up with an annoying brat king.

Beauty & The Beast likely cancelled Continue reading »