If you think back, long and hard, to last week, you might remember we were talking about the return of American glamorous drama Devious Maids. Well, coincidentally, this week, we celebrated the tenth anniversary since the mother of that show, Desperate Housewives, aired on ABC in America. Coincidentally, Roselyn Sanchez, now starring as housemaid Carmen Luna, was first lined up to play housewife Gabrielle, Courtney Cox was originally earmarked to play Susan and even Pamela Anderson was considered for Edie, which, with hindsight, may have been a less troublesome casting for creator Marc Cherry. Dana Delany was originally cast as Bree, but she later joined the cast as Katherine Mayfair.
But, enough of the history lesson on a show that no longer exists, time to turn our attention to one that no longer exists at the moment, as cult American drama Twin Peaks is set to return to our screens in 2016, 25 years after we first said goodbye. Ah, but there´s a link here too, in case you don´t remember, Twin Peaks starred Kyle MacLachlan, later to join Desperate Housewives as Bree´s other half, Orson.
Now, we shall return to home shores, assuming that home is Chelsea, as Channel 4 announced that their E4 based, scripted, sorry, “structured-reality television series”, returns to Chelsea after a dramatic summer in New York, and features three new characters, Tiffany Watson (Tiff), Lonan O’Herlihy and Will Colebrook. A show enjoyed by young and old alike, although mostly young.
On the subject of young people, many of us of a certain age may have enjoyed the fact that our creations, or works of art, may have once been featured on TV, thanks to the likes of the late Tony Hart and Vision On, well, the very young of today have the opportunity to have their work showcased too, although not by using pencils and crayons as such, but rather their skills with digital devices. “CBBC is giving the next generation of digital content creators an amazing opportunity to design a game that will be turned into a free app and released across the UK for all kids to play.” The competition is open to 6-12 year olds and the winning idea will be chosen by a panel chaired by The Duke of York. Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood, who seem to be trying to shake off their pseudonyms, Dick & Dom, launched the competition this week.
Time to turn our attentions to the more mature audiences now then, as the BBC has this week announced a major new six-part John le Carré series, The Night Manager. Described as a post-Cold War fusion of spies and organised crime, a book that is both hugely exciting and frighteningly plausible. It´s the first BBC television adaptation of a le Carré novel for almost 30 years, since A Perfect Spy aired in 1987.
Meanwhile, filming began this week on a new BBC production, River, written and created by Emmy award-winning Abi Morgan, and starring Stellan Skarsgård, as seen in the hit film, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, as John River, a brilliant police officer whose genius and fault-line is the fragility of his mind – a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest. The show also features Nicola Walker, recently seen in Last Tango In Halifax but more famous for Spooks, playing River’s colleague and confidant, Detective Sergeant Jackie ‘Stevie’ Stevenson.
ITV on the other hand have announced the cast for their new “atmospheric” thriller Safe House. Former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston will be joined by Marsha Thomason from White Collar, and Paterson Joseph who was rumoured to play the Doctor recently, in a new four-part, tense thriller set in the beautiful wilderness of the Lake District. Filming also began this week on the story which revolves around a married couple, former detective Robert and teacher Katy, who are asked by close friend and police officer Mark to turn their remote Guest House into a Safe House. Their first ‘guests’ at the Safe House, are a family in fear of their lives after they are violently attacked by someone who claims to know them.
So it looks like we have a little something for everybody in this latest batch of future TV reviews, and we didn´t have time to mention the BBC celebrating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, or their celebration of the brilliance of Rembrandt, but if you´re lucky, next week, we might talk about a crisis at LAX airport that leaves dozens of airplanes unable to land, and so, the Government enlists a team of misfit geniuses to save the day on the series premiere of Scorpion on ITV.
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