Netflix announced today that they are renewing Orange Is The New Black, for not 1, not 2, but 3 additional seasons. Season 4 will launch worldwide on the 17th June, with 3 more seasons following over subsequent years, meaning we’ll be with the ladies of Litchfield Penitentiary up until at least 2019.
“Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal and impactful series that is both funny and dramatic, outrageous and heartfelt. Audiences around the world have come to love the ladies and men of Orange is the New Black, and we are eager to see where three more seasons will take them,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix.
“Three more years! Not quite a political term, but still plenty of time to do some interesting things. In some cultures, ‘May you lead an interesting life,’ is a curse, but I don’t live in those cultures,” said series creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan. “Here’s to keeping it interesting. Thanks Netflix! Both thanks and you’re welcome Lionsgate! And kudos and gratitude to the stellar cast and crew and writers and producers and editors and musicians and mixers and shleppers… with whom I have the pride and honor of crafting this show. Three more years! Three more years!”
The acclaimed hour-long series stars a diverse and award-winning ensemble of women including Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Samira Wiley, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore and Elizabeth Rodriguez, along with Michael Harney and Nick Sandow. The series is based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman.
Never let it be said that Chris Evans doesn’t think outside the box! The BBC today announced the first person to be joining the Radio 2 DJ as co-host of Top Gear is Matt LeBlanc. Yes, the one from Friends, and the excellent Episodes.
This isn’t the first time Matt has appeared on Top Gear, having taken the ‘Star In A Reasonably Priced Car’ challenge twice on the show already, setting a still unbeaten 1m42.1sec in the Kia C’eed. He said of the appointment “As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I’m honoured and excited to be a part of this iconic show’s new chapter. What a thrill!” He also presented the recent standalone spin-off Top Gear: The Races for the BBC Store.
Chris remarked “Matt’s a lifelong fellow petrolhead and I’m thrilled he’s joining Top Gear. Acting out our craziest car notions on screen is a dream job and I know we’ll both be debating some epic road trip ideas. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been up to on screen later this year.”
Adding an well know, and liked American to the show makes sense, as Chris has expressed a wish to expand Top Gear’s US audience, although the appointment of actor rather than a motoring journalist to the line up has raised a few eyebrows in motoring circles.
Have to say i’m somewhat surprised this is happening so soon, but CBS has just announced that The Flash will be paying a visit to National City to meet Supergirl in March this year! What made this a rather more unlikely prospect than the Flash/Arrow crossovers we’ve seen is that, unlike in the UK where all the shows are on Sky 1, in the US, The Flash airs on The CW, and Supergirl is on CBS. Although they are 2 separate networks, they do have the same parent company, and both shows are made by Berlanti Productions. However, the bosses at CBS had initially ruled out any sort of crossover, as they wanted Supergirl to stand as a separate entity.
Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg said “We are so incredibly excited to announce something that we have dreamed of happening since we starting making Supergirl —The Flash and Supergirl are teaming up! We want to thank Grant Gustin for making the time to come visit (on top of his already immense workload) and all of the folks at CBS, The CW, Warner Bros., and DC for working this out. And finally thanks to the fans and journalists who have kept asking for this to happen. It is our pleasure and hope to create an episode worthy of everyone’s enthusiasm and support.”
Whilst Arrow isn’t joining Barry and Kara in this one, the important thing is it establishes that they do all share the same universe. This not only means there’s potential for Green Arrow to pop up in the future, it would also mean more characters could be passed back and forth. That would mean a certain green skinned Martian could pop up on Flash or Arrow, or even Supergirl herself. It also establishes that Superman exists in the Flash/Arrow universe, which is something that’s not been totally clear up until now. Still no word on Batman or any of the extended Bat-family, but I have my fingers crossed!
The Supergirl crossover episode airs in the US on the 28th March on CBS, but it’s hard to say exactly when that means it’ll air over here. Sky had got Supergirl returning 1st April, one month after Flash/Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow which air on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd of March, but at the moment we don’t know if that’s due to CBS having more gaps in their schedule than The CW, or if they were just planning on running it later as their wasn’t any crossover. We’ve asked Sky for comment, so we’ll let you know what they say.
Seriously Dara, what the heck have you got on the BBC execs? I mean, I like you. You’re a funny guy, and your stand up is hilarious. But EVERY show that needs a male host? Really? Think of your fellow presenters. If you ever decide to start cross dressing, Sue Perkins is toast! 😉
Okay I know it’s an exaggeration, and Dara doesn’t host everything (it just feels like it) but today it was announced that he would be the presenter of the newly rebooted Robot Wars, along with Irish TV Presenter Angela Scanlon, when it returns to BBC2. I suspect there will be a number of people upset that Craig Charles won’t be returning (including Charles himself), however the Beeb did say they wanted to highlight the science more with this revamp, so Dara is probably the most obvious pick.
Dara said of the appointment: “I am thrilled to be presenting Robot Wars. For too long, the schedules have cried out for a show in which dedicated amateurs, toiling day and night, handcraft sophisticated automatons built on the delicate interplay of hand-wired servo motors with custom-built circuit boards and fingertip motion control, just to see them get smashed to pieces by a dustbin carrying a massive hammer. It’s war, and how I love it so.”
The new Robot Wars show will be broadcast from the new purpose-built fighting arena in Glasgow (…insert own joke here, i’m saying nothin’), which will allow viewers to get even closer to the action.
It’s also been announced that Jonathan Pearce will return as commentator on the fights.
If you want to get involved in the new six-part series of Robot Wars, you can apply to see the battles first hand in the studio audience by contacting lostintv.com; by emailing [email protected] or by calling 0208 5308 100.
So this was rather unexpected, but I’ve just been informed that a genuine friend of Geektown has written an episode of THE FLASH! It seems Lilah Vandenburgh, co-writer of BBC’s amazing comedy series Uncle (starring Nick Helm), spent the month of December in LA writing season 2, episode 16 of THE FLASH called ‘Trajectory‘.
The episode was written along with Lauren Certo, and introduces a new, and the first female speedster to The Flash in the form of Eliza Harmon aka Trajectory played by Allison Paige (Days of Our Lives, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), who arrives to create havoc in Central City. Lilah and Lauren apparently campaigned for the idea of introducing a new female villain to The Flash, and the production team were really keen on it.
In the comic books Trajectory first appeared in the brilliant 52 run of DC Comics as a subject of Lex Luthor’s Everyman Project. This was during a year went DC removed ‘The Trinity’ (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman) from their regular books, and allowed more of the minor characters to shine. Booster Gold takes a leading role in the books, and i’m still surprised he’s not made in into the DC shows… yet… Lex decides to create a group of heroes he can control, and uses a process to give a group of young potentials powers. Often these came with a downside, and in Trajectory’s case, her super speed was always on, meaning she had to take a drug to let her slow down.
I expect the version of Trajectory used on The Flash will have somewhat different origins, but I am looking forward to seeing another speedster on the show.
If you’re wondering about Uncle season 3, Lilah and her co-writer Oliver Refson are hard at work writing right now for it to shoot in the summer, so expect a new series later in the year. If you want to hear the interview we did with Oli and Lilah last year, you can listen to that here.
Steven Moffat has announced he’s handing over the keys to the TARDIS, and the rest of the Doctor Who universe when he completes Series 10 of the show to Broadchurch’s Chris Chibnall… in 2017… Yes, it’s going to be another one of those years for Who fans. Whilst this isn’t a total shock if you’ve been listening to Steven Moffat talk over the last few interviews, the announcement that there will only be a Christmas special in 2016, with the show returning in the Spring of 2017 is a bit of a surprise.
Moffat said of the decision, “Feels odd to be talking about leaving when I’m just starting work on the scripts for season 10, but the fact is my timey-wimey is running out. While Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I’ll be finishing up on the best job in the universe and keeping the TARDIS warm for him. It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British Television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future. At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip.”
So that’s a 2016 Christmas special, followed by Moffat’s final season (series 10) airing in Spring 2017, with Chris Chibnall first episode presumably being the 2017 Christmas Special, with his first full season (series 11) following in 2018. BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore explains the decision to move the show saying “I have decided to schedule Steven’s big finale series in Spring 2017 to bring the nation together for what will be a huge event on the channel. 2016 is spoilt with national moments including the Euros and Olympics and I want to hold something big back for 2017 – I promise it will be worth the wait!”
New show-runner Chris Chibnall said of the job that Doctor Who is “the ultimate BBC programme – bold, unique, vastly entertaining, and adored all around the world. So it’s a privilege and a joy to be the next curator of this funny, scary and emotional family drama. I’ve loved Doctor Who since I was four years old, and I’m relishing the thought of working with the exceptional team at BBC Wales to create new characters, creatures and worlds for the Doctor to explore.”
We’ve said before of Moffat that he’s a superb writer, but a so/so show-runner, however he really seemed to pull things together much better this series, so we’ll be sad to see him go… when he does… in 2017…