TWIN PEAKS Gets Official Green Light at Showtime

A sequel series to TWIN PEAKS, one of the greatest-yet-flawed TV serials of all time, has officially been approved by premium cable network Showtime. It will be set in the present and continue the original storyline 20 years later.

All nine episodes will be written by original creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, with Lynch directing each installment. There is no word on casting, but it would hard to imagine to any sequel without Kyle MacLachlan‘s Special Agent Dale Cooper. And Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) did promise Dale she would see him again in 25 years (2015 will mark 25 years since the series debuted) back when he visited the Black Lodge:

The revival will go into production soon and premiere in 2016.

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HIEROGLYPH Journeys to Ancient Egypt

Not sure how to describe Fox’s upcoming HIEROGLYPH other than to call it a sort of historical detective story – and likely early casualty among January’s replacement series.

I don’t really see anything all that interesting in this clip; at least, nothing that hasn’t been done better elsewhere. Since HIEROGLYPH is airing on broadcast TV, it will have any of the extreme violence, bloodshed and copious nudity necessary for it to survive.

Even Fox doesn’t seem to be all that jazzed with HIEROGLYPH; its official capsule description is:

The world of ancient Egypt — a time of magic, Pharaohs, gods and thieves — lives again in FOX’s new adventure series HIEROGLYPH.

Like I said: Meh.

First Trailer for Fox’s BROADCHURCH Reboot, GRACEPOINT

One of British television’s greatest achievements was last year’s eight-part miniseries BROADCHURCH, which examined the agony of a small town after a child is found murdered. The series has been transplanted across the pond and reimagined for American audiences as the 10-part GRACEPOINT.

DOCTOR WHO’s David Tennant – who recreates his role from BROADCHURCH – and BREAKING BAD’s Anna Gunn star as the detectives charged with unmasking the killer before the town tears itself apart.

Chris Chibnall, who created and wrote BROADCHURCH, serves as an executive producer on GRACEPOINT and wrote the premiere episode, so he will be establishing the tone of the series. Hopefully he is allowed to keep things as intelligent and emotional as he was on the brilliant original. I’d hate to see that absolutely searing miniseries blunted and dumbed-down for Americans.
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Tennant Imported for BROADCHURCH Reboot

tenantBCThat American remake of BROADCHURCH on Fox just got a whole lot better with the hiring of David Tennant — star of the original British version — to lead the new ensemble. He will play a character similar to the original’s DI Alec Hardy, but he will use an American accent.

BROADCHURCH creator Chris Chibnall is serving as executive producer on the reboot, and he wrote the premiere episode, which will follow the general outline of the first series: A young boy is found dead at the foot of a cliff in a small seaside town packed with secrets. The acclaimed BBC one series just completed its run on BBC America last week.

The American BROADCHURCH starts shooting in January for broadcast during the 2014-’15 TV season. A second series of BROADCHURCH has been commissioned in the UK, but Chibnall has not disclosed which cast members will return. Tennant had been assumed to be asked back, but if he’s working in America…

BROADCHURCH 1.8

BC4The final episode of BROADCHURCH began with Detective Inspector Alec Hardy getting his walking papers and literally walking away — but he also got his man, collaring Danny’s killer on his last day on the job. True, the murderer wanted to get caught, but Alec had his suspicions and would have got him even without Danny’s cell phone.

The best thing I can say about the BROADCHURCH finale is that lived up to it promise; the series got the ending it deserved. And, as the recently concluded DEXTER proved, that’s no easy feat.
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BROADCHURCH 1.7

broad1It’s the penultimate episode of BROADCHURCH, and the dominoes are beginning to fall — not only in the Danny Latimer murder case specifically, but also the pieces of the puzzles behind some characters have come together, including Detective Inspector Alec Hardy’s Sandbrook misadventure and Susan Wright’s mysterious past (and reason for the name change).

But there are still several key pieces missing, and I expect next week’s finale to be a pretty jam-packed episode. As suspects like Susan are eliminated, others become more likely. But I’m still holding out for a less-usual suspect. I’m not buying Nigel as the killer; I would be more satisfied if Steve were the perp and he got himself caught by insisting on interfering in the investigation. But my pet theory pointing to Ellie’s husband got a big boost this week.
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BROADCHURCH 1.6

BC01Time has passed in this episode of BROADCHURCH and, ironically just as some are questioning the investigation dragging on, a sense of momentum suddenly began to build in the story’s second half. Clues have finally started to pay off, forensics results are coming in, and the killer may have been prompted to make a hasty, ill-advised move.

The spotlight of suspicion has shifted firmly toward Susan and Paul, but why is Tom acting so strangely — and is Ellie being paranoid, or is Joe acting more and more suspiciously? This week she uncovered a possibly significant lie about her husband’s relationship with Tom, Mark and Danny.
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