Explosive political drama Tyrant is back for a brand new season on Wednesday 4th November at 9pm exclusively on FOX. Starring British actor Adam Rayner (Mistresses, Hunted) Tyrant is the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Bassam ‘Barry’ Al-Fayeed (Rayner), the youngest son of a war-torn country’s controversial dictator, returns to his homeland – after a self-imposed 20-year exile in America – for his nephew’s wedding. When his father dies unexpectedly, Barry is forced back into the treacherous familial and national politics of his youth, reluctantly assuming the role of confidante and counsellor to his temperamental brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom), Abuddin’s new president. While his American wife and kids struggle to understand his reasons for staying, Barry has become a powerful force within the government, fuelled by visions of bringing humanitarian freedoms to his homeland.
Season one ended in a shocking cliff-hanger, with Barry’s life hanging in the balance. Upon realising that Jamal lacks any sense of justice or morality, Barry had colluded with members of the U.S. government to covertly overthrow his tyrannical reign. But just as the coup is set in motion, Barry was betrayed and Jamal uncovered the plot. Will blood ultimately prove thicker than water as Barry is set to be executed for treason?
We already knew Sullivan Stapleton’s new show Blindspot was heading to Sky Living (currently slated for Nov 2015), but now they have also announced the channel has picked up Limitless, the tv continuation of the Bradley Cooper movie, and The Catch from tv hit factory Shonda Rhimes.
Blindspot stars Thor’s Lady Sif, Jaimie Alexander, as Jane Doe. A lady who is covered in tattoos and delivered naked in a bag to FBI agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton of Sky 1’s Strike Back fame) with no memory of how she got there, or why she was sent. Along with an assistant director of the FBI played by Broadchurch’s Marianne Jean-Baptiste, the group have to figure out who Jane is, and why she is covered in cryptic tattoos. Coming to Sky Living Nov 2015.
From Shonda Rhimes’s ShondaLand production company comes The Catch, due to land on Sky Living in 2016. The show stars Mireille Enos (US version of the The Killing) as Alice Martin, a fraud investigator who’s unfortunately not realised she’s about to become a victim of fraud by her own husband (Peter Krause – Six Feet Under, Parenthood, Dirty Sexy Money). No a good CV day… She’s determined to find and stop him before he wrecks her life and career. Coming to Sky Living in 2016.
Limitless is a continuation from the 2011 Bradley Cooper film, and stars Jake McDorman (American Sniper, US version of Shameless) as down-on-his-luck musician Brian Finch who discovers the brain-boosting power of the infamous NZT. This transformation from musician to genius puts him on the FBI’s radar, who pressgang him into solving complex cases for them. He’s more effective than all the Bureau’s other agents combined, making him the FBI’s greatest asset. But what they don’t know is that Brian also has a secret relationship with an NZT-using presidential hopeful with his own plans for his new protégé… Coming to Sky Living… at some point (I suspect 2016, but we don’t have a date for this yet!) 😉
News broke last night that BBC Three have commissioned a new Doctor Who spin-off called ‘Class‘ based at Coal Hill School. It’ll be 8 x 45min episodes written by the ‘young adult’ author Patrick Ness, best know for his Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls. The writer said “I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself. There’s so much room there for all kinds of amazing stories, and to work with Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin to find a place to tell one of my own has been an absolute joy. I can’t wait for people to meet the heroes of Class, to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your A-Levels.”
Set in contemporary London, the show is said to be about “incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected…” It does raise a few interesting questions. Clara teaches at Coal Hill, but we know she’s leaving Who this year to play Queen Victoria on ITV, which would probably write her out of the new series. But why wouldn’t she go back to teaching if she’s leaving the Doctor? That possibly doesn’t bode well for the Impossible Girl… Speaking of companions, it was referenced that former companion Ian Chesterton is Chairman of the Governors at Coal Hill. Could it be we’ll see more of him in this spin-off?
The new show will, of course, be exec produced by Who head honcho Steven Moffat, along with Patrick Ness and Who exec producer Brian Minchin. Moffat is a fan of Ness, and said of the new show “No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we’re bringing his brilliant storytelling into Doctor Who. This is growing up in modern Britain – but with monsters!”
Class will be filmed in Wales in Spring 2016, and premiere on BBC Three later in the year (presumably that will be after the channel has moved online if all goes to plan), and then be repeated on BBC1 at a later date.
Those of you who are fans of Charlie Brooker’s slightly warped but utterly brilliant Black Mirror might want to get yourselves a Netflix subscription if you haven’t already, as the streaming service have just announced they’ve commissioned 12 new episodes from him. The move had been rumoured for a few weeks as we mentioned on the Geektown Radio show, but it’s now official.
Black Mirror is a satirical anthology show which explores modern society, particularly focusing on obsession with technology, and Brooker is promising “bigger, stranger, more international and diverse stories than before…”
Brooker will continue to write the show, and will continue as exec producers and showrunner along with Annabel Jones who exec produced previous seasons, so it’s pretty much business as usual, albeit with a larger audience and budget! Cindy Holland, the Vice President of Original Content at Netflix “Charlie has created a one-of-a-kind series with an uncanny voice and prescient, darkly comedic vision. We’re tremendously proud to bring Black Mirror to our members as a Netflix original series…”
As it’s now being made under the Netflix Original banner, that probably means you won’t see it back on Channel 4 any time soon… Or maybe you will… It would seem Channel 4 still had first refusal rights to the show, and would have to walk away from it for Netflix to be able to air it in the UK. It’s possible Netflix have done some sort of deal with Channel 4 so they can air it first in the UK & Ireland, but there’s currently no announcement on exactly what’s happening. We can say Black Mirror series 3 will air on Netflix internationally in the new year… It should be on Netflix or Channel 4 next year too. We’ll let you know when we know more!
Amazon today announced that they have acquired the rights to the critically-acclaimed and popular new series, Mr. Robot to air from Friday 16 October 2015! The show stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night, and the ever watchable Christian Slater as Edward Alderson insurrectionary anarchist who recruits Elliot into an underground hacker group called fsociety.
“Mr. Robot is one the most compelling new dramas on television,” said Brad Beale, Amazon Vice President of Digital Video Content Acquisition. “Rami Malek delivers a mesmerizing performance and leads a great cast with an intriguing story full of dark twists. Prime members are going to love binging on this awesome show.”
Find out more about Amazon Prime Instant Video here!
In an interesting move for the Beeb, BBC America’s Orphan Black will be launching tonight (23rd Sept) at 10pm directly onto the iPlayer. And that’s not just 1 episode, it’s the entire 10 episode run!
We were first aware something a little odd was going on when the show popped up on the schedules on BBC Three – 27th Sept… at 2.10am… Which is an odd way to treat a popular show… However, as has rather been proven by the decision to take BBC Three totally online next year, the channel’s target market tend towards watching online rather than live anyway, so the time they actually air it on the channel is somewhat irrelevant.
If you’ve not seen Orphan Black, it’s a tour de force performance from the super talented Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning and 10 (i think… i lose count!) other wildly different ‘clones’, all born via in vitro fertilisation by a shadowy organisation looking to study and experiment on them… It’s a phenomenal performance (or rather, performances!), and somewhat criminal she has yet to win an Emmy or Globe for it. Maslany was at least nominated this year for the Emmy, but was up against Viola Davis for her outstanding work as Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder, and that’s a tough battle for anyone to win!