I love the detective drama series Luther but there’s one massive reason this show get’s on my nerves. The wait.
After three years. Three, whole, long years fans and viewers are expected to pick up from where Idris Elba’s protaginist DCI John Luther left off. The first series consisted of six episodes and was broadcast in 2010. Due to it’s high ratings and popularity the BBC commissioned a second series almost immediately, which consisted of only four episodes and was aired in 2011. Following on from this a further four episodes were filmed for series three but the didn’t hit the screens until 2013 and then almost three years later we got series 4 which was a paltry two episode affair. Now here we are three years after the last series aired with just 16 episodes in total over almost a decade. A fucking decade!
Anyway the trailer for series 5 is above. Luther is back solving crime and locking super villians up and some character is returning that we all thought was dead…but none of us can really remember as it’s been that fucking long ago!
Call me Sherlock ”Meth Lab Motor’ Holmes because I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that we hadn’t seen the last of Jesse Pinkman or Walter White in Vince Gilligan’s amazing Albequerqiverse.
Yesterday, in an announcement TV fans didn’t see coming, series creator Vince Gilligan revealed that there will be a Breaking Bad movie and it will focus on the fate of Jesse Pinkman, who we all watched drive off into the sunset with an acute case of post traumatic stress disorder.
Greenbrier will begin production as early as next month and will be a straight sequel to the award-winning crime drama series and will also tie up the fates of a few periphery characters we may have forgotten about, (Badger?). Actor Aaron Paul will reprise his role and there’s even a rumour Bryan Cranston could return in flashback scenes as Walter White, although he has stated he has yet to see the script.
As a long time fan of the original series and spin-off Better Call Saul, (which, in my humble opinion is the superior of the two), I think Gilligan is doing something very special. Stretching an epic story with rich characters across two series and now a movie. His plan, so far, hasn’t suffered from any form of weakness or dilution and it’s exciting to watch a master storyteller create an entire universe these complex, rich and diverse characters inhabit.
No word yet if the movie will be a TV feature only or will get theatrical release.
HBO’s terrifically, gritty and sweary, western drama Deadwood is finally getting a movie and now it seems a dozen key characters will be returning for the big screen production.
Series creator David Milch has written a script and Daniel Minahan has been named as director and production of the Deadwood movie is now officially underway and today’s announcement that a dozen original cast members will be reprising their roles has sent fans of the series into meltdown.
The movie will be set 10 years after the series finale and these characters and more will all be reunited to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood where former rivalries are reignited, as they all face the changes modernity and time have wrought.
No word yet if this will be a TV feature or will be theatrically released but for now a script, director and cast is in place and Deadwood the movie is scheduled for completion next year.
It may only be a brief and disappointing ten seconds in length but this AMC teaser trailer for the Breaking Bad spin-off series Better Call Saul gives fans a glimpse of what to expect.
As we already know Better Call Saul will focus on Albuquerque’s finest criminal lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, and will be set before, during and after the events involving Walter White in Breaking Bad. From the looks of Saul’s hair the clip above may be from the ‘before’ stage of the series.
Here’s the first official trailer and look at the new Michael Bay produced pirate TV series called Black Sails.
It begins in January and will be shown on the American Starz channel, but no word yet which UK channel will pick it up over here. Apparently work has already begun on a commissioned second series. Black Sails focuses on Captain Flint 20 years before the events of Traesure Island take place and will be set in New Providence a corner of the world described by series creators as a haven of pirates, thieves, prostitutes and fortune seekers….much like Los Angeles.
The award winning drama series Homeland embarks on it’s third season next month and to bring all it’s fans back up to speed with the story so far, the creative minds behind the series have made this nine minute long fictional mini-documentary which serves as an excellent re-cap.
Without revealing any spoilers it picks up right at the end of season two.
When the third series of Eastbound & Down ended earlier this year it was assumed the hit show starringDanny Mcbride had finished for good. But, keeping in mind that golden rule about assuming nothing when it comes to the world of TV, HBO officially announced today that the series will now return for a surprise fourth season for only eight episodes, which will be broadcast next year.
Mcbride and show co-creator Jody Hill have always maintained that they had no intention of ‘stringing‘ the series out and just last year Hill suggested that a trilogy of seasons seemed like the most natural way to conclude the story of Kenny Powers. Without going into any spoilers the end of series three pretty much neatly wrapped things up for the chaotic baseball pitcher, but when you’ve got a hit series on your hands, high ratings, a solid fanbase and the possibility of making even more money, why say no.
Shawn Ryan, the writer and creator of possibly the second greatest police/crime drama series ever made for television was asked by website C21 Media if he had a million dollars what would he invest in.
His answer was to fund a national search for real men to teach them how to act and mold them into powerful TV stars. In his own words:
‘It’s really hard to find some solid male TV stars these days.’
You can watch the short interview video by charting a course for HERE. Hey Shawn, if you happen to ever read this flimsy article we just want you to know that we are pirates and Scottish and can be reached by email; firstname.lastname@example.org.
If we were betting men we’d probably slap down all the doubloons we own on HBO’s up and coming series Luck being a sure fire ratings hit.
Of course nobody has seen Luck yet so the jury is still out, but taking into account that it’s directed and produced by Michael Mann, (Heat, Miami Vice), created By David Milch, (Deadwood), and stars Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Dennis Farina, Michael Gambon and Richard Kind it’s safe to say there’s very little that could go wrong with this series.
Hoffman stars as Chester ‘Ace’ Bernstein, who comes out of prison, after serving as a long time tough guy to various gambling rackets, to enact a possible heist with his former muscle Gus Economou (Farina). Nick Nolte plays a disillusioned racing trainer desperately searching for a second chance.