No, not the actor-cum-racer, but rather the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave filmmaker will direct and co-write a new six-part series for the BBC, which follows a black community in West London from the 1960s to the present day.
“It is very entertaining and moving. Steve has done a lot of research on it and we’re now working on the script and appointing writers with an eye to shooting next spring,” production company Rainmark’s managing director Tracey Scoffield explained to Broadcast.
“Steve would love it to be on BBC One. He wants to reach a very wide audience with this”.
While the series will be McQueen’s first foray into television, he is also currently working on a new series for HBO entitled Codes of Conduct.
Just further proof that the small screen can hold its own against its bigger brother film!
Following Sunday’s huge finale of The Walking Dead‘s fifth season, AMC has revealed the first teaser trailer for the show’s prequel spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead.
“A strange virus is going around,” announces a news reporter in the chilling clip, which warns Los Angeles residents to stay at home and take care of themselves if they’re feeling unwell.
Though not shown in the teaser, we know that Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, House of Cards) will lead the cast as a survivor named Nancy Tomkins, alongside Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam-Carey (The 100), who will play members of her family.
Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill Joins Arrow x Flash Spinoff
The CW has confirmed that British actor Arthur Darvill, best known for his portrayals of Rev. Paul Coates in Broadchurch and Rory Williams in Doctor Who, will play DC Comics superhero Rip Hunter in… read more
Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill Joins Arrow x Flash Spinoff
The CW has confirmed that British actor Arthur Darvill, best known for his portrayals of Rev. Paul Coates in Broadchurch and Rory Williams in Doctor Who, will play DC Comics superhero Rip Hunter in the upcoming Arrow/Flash spinoff. Judging from the pictures above, it’s not a bad resemblance!
The character – who has not yet been explored on television – was the star of the DC comic book series Rip Hunter… Time Master between 1961 and 1965, meaning that this will be Darvill’s second foray into time-travel.
He will be joined by fellow new casting Ciara Renée, who has been confirmed to play Hawkgirl, as well as several existing actors from Arrow and The Flash, including Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/The Atom), Wentworth Miller (Leonard Snart/Captain Cold), Dominic Purcell (Mick Rory/Heat Wave), and Victor Garber (Dr. Martin Stein).
With a line-up like that, we’ve got high hopes for the spinoff!
Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams to star in Doctor Who
The British actress, who’s won our hearts as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, will go from storybook to sci-fi this year when she makes a guest appearance in Doctor Who. And there we were thinking we couldn’t be more excited for the show’s ninth season, which will air this autumn!
Williams said of the role: “I’m so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.”
“It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell,” revealed Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat.
David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party, and Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour party, last night took questions from a studio audience as the campaigning period begins for this year’s elections.
During the interviews, Cameron claimed the Tories would be able to save an additional £10 billion in welfare cuts and urged audiences to think of the economy when choosing how to vote. Miliband responded to criticisms of not being tough enough to stand up to other world leaders, claiming, “Hell yeah, I’m tough enough.”
Snap polls after the broadcast suggest that Cameron won the debate by the close margin of 54% to Miliband’s 46%. But what do TVDaily’s users think?
Netflix Bloodline: Black Sheep and Secrets Rule New Florida Noir
“We’re not bad people, but we did a bad thing,” teases the voice of Kyle Chandler in the trailer for Bloodline.
From the creators of Damages, this latest Netflix original centers around the Rayburns – a family with some dark secrets to hide – and the return of their prodigal son, who threatens to blow the lid off it all.
The cast alone has had us excited for a while. Our favourite Ben Mendelsohn (The Place Beyond the Pines, Starred Up) has already proven his aptitude for portraying criminal menaces on numerous occasions, and his performance as black sheep Danny Rayburn is nothing short of genius. Meanwhile, housewives’ favourite Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, The Wolf of Wall Street) was made to play the role of the family golden boy cum local sheriff John Rayburn. Linda Cardellini (ER, Freaks and Geeks), Sam Shepard (Mud, Black Hawk Down), Sissy Spacek (Carrie, The Straight Story), Norbert Leo Butz (Dan In Real Life) and Jacinda Barrett (Suits, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason) make up the rest of the Rayburn clan, and complete the all-star cast.
Meanwhile, the show’s no-expenses-spared Florida Keys location plays one of Bloodline‘s most crucial roles. A southeastern setting of geographical proximity to True Detective’s Louisianan bayous, yet distant in tone for its glistening beaches and rustling palm trees, the gorgeous landscape makes an irresistible canvas for the inky dark drama that’s about to unfold.
Promising to be the best crime family drama series since The Sopranos, we can’t wait to binge-watch Bloodline in its entirety.
All thirteen episodes will be available to stream from tomorrow, Friday March 19th, for Netflix UK subscribers.
Three new entrepreneurs have signed on for the next series of Dragons’ Den.
Nick Jenkins, Sarah Willingham and Touker Suleyman will join existing Dragons Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones on the 13th series of the BBC show, which sees budding entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas in a bid to receive investments.
Jenkins, who founded the online greeting card website Moonpig.com (which he later sold to Photobox for £120 million) said: ”I am very excited about joining Dragons’ Den and using my experience to back some great new businesses and help them through the turbulent first years.”
”I can’t wait to meet some more brilliant people with brilliant businesses to invest in and support. I’ve been at the coalface with every business I’ve ever launched and I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty and do what it takes to help small businesses grow,” said Willingham.
The new additions come after former Dragons Kelly Hoppen, Piers Linney and Duncan Bannatyne quit the show after the 12th series. We can’t wait to see how the new dynamic plays out!
One of the clips sees Tyrion and Varys discuss why Varys chose to heed Jaime’s orders and sneak Tyrion out of King’s Landing despite the massive risks involved, considering Tyrion was found (wrongly) guilty of murdering his nephew King Joffrey. Varys is his typical slippery self, and responds with, “I believe men of talent have a part to play in the war to come.”
In the other clip, Jon Snow tries to convince Mance Rayder to join his men to Stannis Baratheon’s war efforts. Predictably, Mance is not all that keen on the idea. Jon reasons that Mance managed to unite ninety wildling clans and it will all be for nothing if they sit there and die.
Sherlock Christmas Special To Be Set In Victorian Times
It’s been confirmed – the upcoming Sherlock Christmas special will be set during the Victorian era! Suspicions were first aroused when promotional images for the special revealed Sherlock and… read more
Sherlock Christmas Special To Be Set In Victorian Times
It’s been confirmed – the upcoming Sherlock Christmas special will be set during the Victorian era!
Suspicions were first aroused when promotional images for the special revealed Sherlock and Watson to be wearing 19th century clothing, complete with bowler hats and twirly mustaches. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were later seen wearing the same clothing at a shoot on location in London in January.
The special is reportedly set in an alternative universe to the rest of the series, and has no bearing on the previous three series or the upcoming fourth series. Showrunner Steven Moffat told Entertainment Weekly, “The special is its own thing. We wouldn’t have done the story we’re doing, and the way we’re doing it, if we didn’t have this special.”
“It’s not part of the run of three episodes. So we had this to do it – as we could hardly conceal – it’s Victorian. [Co-creator Mark Gatiss] and me, we wanted to do this, but it had to be a special, it had to be a separate entity on its own.”
Moffat also confirmed that filming for the special was almost complete and that he was “very pleased” with everything so far.
The air date for the special is unconfirmed, though it was reported last year it would be around Christmas time. The special will be followed by a fourth series, which will pick up from where the third left off.
Angry fans mob television network customer service lines about their favourite shows being cancelled all the time, but how about the times we’ve stood back and applauded the decision to put a flailing show and its cast and crew out of their misery?
There have been plenty of examples of television shows that make us want to scalpel out our eyeballs just to have something other to do than watch, yet oddly they’re not always enough for us to reach for the remote where we left it when we accepted the pizza from the delivery guy.
Here are ten shows that we think were cancelled far too late in the production process – as in, they actually made it to air.
When was it cancelled? Confirmed to be ending after season 6.
When should it have been cancelled? Season 3.
You’ve got us, Glee season one was fine. Teenagers at a typical high school singing all your favourite hits from Journey to Beyonce. It was amusingly melodramatic and borderline entertaining, if never laugh-out-loud funny. It was exactly the sort of thing that might attract a strong following of pre-teens (and you) and it did.
Season 2 was hit and miss. Season 3 – around the same time Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk decided to work on American Horror Story instead – was when this show really needed out, and yet we inexplicably got three more seasons instead. Three more seasons of barely comprehensible storylines and top forty songs (because most of the stuff we actually enjoyed listening to had run dry by this point). The writing was lazy and ridiculous. Don’t believe me? Rachel went to stage school. Rachel achieved her dream of being a leading lady on Broadway in her first year of stage school. Rachel decides, a week later, Broadway is boring. Rachel joins a television pilot in LA. Rachel’s television pilot fails. Rachel tries to go back to stage school. Broadway comes knocking. REALLY?
Have this terrifying clip from the recent final season, which could be used for evidence writers have decided to forgo writing and lift lines from fanfiction:
When was it cancelled? Mid-season 2.
When should it have been cancelled? Post-season 1.
Everyone remembers this show as bad, but it wasn’t always so bad. That’s because we remember the horrendously awful second season, when really the first season alone would have been a fair, if not overly exciting, attempt at a Friends spin-off. It wasn’t the smartest comedy ever, but it wasn’t the worst either. If it didn’t continue past season two and wasn’t constantly compared to the sensation that was Friends, it might not be considered so terrible.
Any Friends spin-off without the rest of the group was probably always doomed to failure, but they turned lovable idiot Joey into a moping, unfunny character by mid-season 2. Not at all in keeping with the spirit of the celebrated sitcom Friends.
Here’s a video entitled Funniest moments in Joey season 2… I rest my case:
When was it cancelled? Season 1, episode 1.
When should it have been cancelled? Post-pilot.
With such successful source material (Ironside was a remake of the 1967-75 series) and its being a police procedural drama (audiences can’t seem to get enough of them), you’d think surviving past three episodes would be a given. Unfortunately, Ironside was one of the most boring shows ever to grace US screens – and was very lucky to get three episodes. We’d have cancelled it after one, and only aired the first on the back of the success of the old series. It’s hard to make a violent police drama violently boring, yet Ironside achieved this.
Looking to aid sleep? Try episode one of Ironside:
When was it cancelled? Post season 1, after original episode commission reduced.
When should it have been cancelled? Prior to recording.
One day, “boundary-pushing” Seth MacFarlane had a wonderful idea: why not combine all the least funny, offensive jokes in Family Guy and give them their own platform? Better yet, let’s make it live action. And so Dads came to be.
Almost certainly because MacFarlane was executive producer, Dads was commissioned for a full season on Fox, and survived nineteen episodes before it was officially decided enough was enough. Dads was of course attracting warranted criticism from every media source possible by the debut of its pilot episode. It got so much criticism that the marketing campaign for the show lifted quotes from the negative reviews to make a point about idiot journalists with no sense of humour, but probably just alerted more people to the lack of brains that went into producing this show.
And on top of all that, the racist, homophobic, sexist, and ageist jokes just weren’t funny.
Have an assortment of terrible moments and criticism:
When was it cancelled? Season 1, episode 3.
When should it have been cancelled? Before recording.
Something about this show makes me want to kill myself, and I have still never managed to make it more than halfway through the first episode. Judging by the fact it was cancelled mid-season, other viewers felt similarly. It is both not funny and grates on your soul.
There is nothing likeable or even remotely entertaining about the character of Allen, a prized son of same-sex parents (one of whom isn’t actually gay but a straight trophy husband sticking around for an easy life), he is an irritating beyond belief and I want nothing more than to pick him up and throw him out of the window. The parents aren’t much better, and the jokes at adopted daughter Julie’s expense really aren’t funny. Just like they’re not funny with Meg in Family Guy.
Cancelled after three episodes? How on earth did it make it to broadcast?
This first episode will make you feel a cheesegrater on your brain:
When was it cancelled? Season 1, episode 7.
When should it have been cancelled? Episode 3.
‘Selfie’ was Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2013, so a sitcom was absolutely essential. On the surface, it was sort-of a cool idea to have it be a modern re-working of the 1912 George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion, too. Except it wasn’t, because the show is based on a dated concept that needed far more intelligent writing to be plausible in 2014. BUT it did star Karen Gillan, who was stellar in Doctor Who.
However, the show seemed determined to tell selfie-obsessed Eliza that she was wrong for being the way she is, but didn’t really serve up any justification for that idea. Actually, there are worse things than having a huge online following in the digital age. Just ask Zoella.
It ended up not being particularly funny and made little use of Gillan’s talents, and maybe should have been cancelled by episode three, when it became exceedingly clear Eliza really was a vapid, one-trick pony.
Check out the totally barf-worthy first episode here:
When was it cancelled? Post-season 1.
When should it have been cancelled? Pilot.
We understand the concept behind Cavemen, we really do. It was supposed to be a thoughtful look at racism by creating a race of ‘cavemen’ that were considered in their world second class citizens. However, after some really awful make-up and prosthetics, what we had left was a really odd and uneventful comedy. Perhaps the light tone and comedy setting just didn’t work for the high-concept, or maybe it just needed writers who weren’t satisfied to ride on one good idea.
We got a confusing real world scenario with hairy cavemen in every scene, acting like typical unpopular kids. It was weird and would have been better without the ‘cavemen’ idea, as in a show about unpopular/dorky/awkward people (pretty much the format for every sitcom ever).
Watch the full first episode and laugh not once:
The Inbetweeners US
When was it cancelled? Post-season 1.
When should it have been cancelled? Whenever producers first saw the scripts. Possibly they never did.
There had to be a place for a US adaptation of a popular British series on this list somewhere, didn’t there? Watching the US version of The Inbetweeners is somehow physically painful.
For some reason, nobody thought to actually adapt the scripts to a US audience in the US. The quirky British humour that makes sense to us – along with anything Jay says – is extremely cringeworthy when spoken by Americans who really don’t seem to get it.
Watch the (still-too-long) series trailer here:
The Office US
When was it cancelled? Finished after season 9.
When should it have been cancelled? Post-season 7.
Contrary to the Inbetweeners, The Office is easily one of the best US adaptations of British television and during its second season became the highest rated show on NBC. Not half bad. However, in later seasons it suffered from the almost uniquely American fate of dragging on far too long. The jokes aren’t funny, the style is tired, and after season 7 lead star Steve Carell has had enough and left.
There are some funny moments in seasons 8 and 9, but overall it’s a tiring job wading through the same old jokes trying to find them. Certainly not two seasons to marathon, unless your intention is to cull insomnia.
Watch The Office US season 8, episode 7 (already far into the show’s decline):
Two and a Half Men
When was it cancelled? Finishing after season 12.
When should it have been cancelled? Post-season 7.
The story-lite, ratings-hit sitcom managed to survive twelve seasons, critical distaste and lead actor Charlie Sheen being indisposed. It was misogynistic, lazy, and provided canned laughter at moments one couldn’t even imagine laughing at. Yet somehow it’s quite easy to watch, even if it’s with your head in your hands, criticising every moment and telling anyone who happens to pass the living room that you actually hate the show.
Our pick for when this show should have ended is season 7, right when serial-womaniser Charlie was with his long-term fiance Chelsea. It would have offered character growth for Charlie (a phrase unheard of in the Two and a Half Men writer’s room) and made a fair enough ending if the two had gotten hitched. Plus, we could have avoided the string of terrible storylines in season eight, namely Charlie and Rose running off together after Rose pretends a mannequin is her husband, and Alan going weirdly insane for one episode. Sheen leaving was a blessing in disguise. He escaped the show – we wish we could have.*
Watch the worst song is the history of musical theatre, as performed on Two and a Half Men:
*(That’s not to say we didn’t enjoy Ashton Kutcher taking his clothes off at every opportunity, but let’s face it, had he not been on Two and a Half Men we would have seen Ashton somewhere else).