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‘The Watch’: ‘Pennyworth’s Anna Chancellor & ‘Outlander’s James Fleet Join BBC America’s Terry Pratchett Adaptation

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‘The Watch’: ‘Pennyworth’s Anna Chancellor & ‘Outlander’s James Fleet Join BBC America’s Terry Pratchett Adaptation
Pennyworth’s Anna Chancellor and Outlander’s James Fleet have joined the cast of BBC America’s The Watch, based on Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.

The pair are the latest actors to join the BBC Studios and Narrativia-produced series, joining lead Richard Dormer.

Chancellor stars as Lord Vetinari, The Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, and architect of the city’s normalized wrongness and ramshackle system of governance, while Fleet stars as The Archchancellor, wizard, magical advisor, and the Head of the Unseen University.

Set in the fictional city of Ankh-Morpork, where crime has been legalized, The Watch is a “punk rock” drama. The eight-part series centers on a group of misfit cops as they rise up from decades of helplessness to save their corrupt city from catastrophe.

Elsewhere, Ingrid Oliver (Doctor Who) stars as the Head of The Assassins’ Guild, Doctor Cruces. Ruth Madeley (The Rook) stars as the wiry Throat,
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‘His Dark Materials’: BBC/HBO Show Becomes Biggest New Drama On British TV In 5 Years With 7.2M Viewers

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His Dark Materials got off to a blockbuster start for the BBC ahead of its launch on HBO tonight.

The lavish adaptation of Philip Pullman’s books from Bad Wolf was watched by nearly 7.2M viewers in the 8Pm slot on BBC One on Sunday night, making it the biggest new drama launch on British TV in more than five years.

The eight-part series was the highest-rated drama premiere on any channel since BBC One’s The Musketeers was watched by 7.4M in January 2014, according to the BBC. It was also comfortably the biggest show in the slot, according to Barb figures provided by overnights.tv.

His Dark Materials beat the debuts of other dramas on BBC One this year, including Gentleman Jack (5.1M), Baptiste (4.5M), and Les Miserables (4.5M). The channel’s biggest drama of 2019 so far was the first episode in series five of Line Of Duty, which was watched by 7.8M viewers.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Richard Dormer Cast in Terry Pratchett Series ‘The Watch’

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Richard Dormer Cast in Terry Pratchett Series ‘The Watch’
Richard Dormer will lead the cast of “The Watch,” an upcoming BBC America series based on stories from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books. Dormer, who played Beric Dondarrion in “Game of Thrones,” will star as Sam Vimes, the captain of a band of misfit cops known as The Watch.

Set in the fictional city of Ankh-Morpork, where crime is legal, “The Watch” is billed as an anarchic drama. The eight-episode series follows The Watch as the group rises up from decades of helplessness to save their corrupt city from catastrophe. It is based on “City Watch,” a spinoff series within Pratchett’s bestselling “Discworld” novels.

“I’m so thrilled to be part of this brilliant madness and mayhem,” Dormer said. “I was immediately drawn to the multitude of layers to Sam Vimes, and I find the dynamic between him and his band of disenfranchised comrades very compelling.”

Also joining the
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Game of Thrones Alum Richard Dormer, 5 More Join Cast of BBC America's Discworld Adaptation The Watch

Game of Thrones Alum Richard Dormer, 5 More Join Cast of BBC America's Discworld Adaptation The Watch
Richard Dormer is leaping right back into the fantasy fray: The Game of Thrones veteran will lead the cast of BBC America’s Discworld adaptation The Watch, TVLine has learned.

Based on Sir Terry Pratchett’s beloved fantasy novels, The Watch is set in the fictional city of Ankh-Morpork, where crime has been legalized, and centers on a band of misfit cops trying to save their city from total anarchy. (The eight-episode series begins filming later this month.) Dormer will star as Sam Vimes, captain of The Watch, who’s been “disempowered by a broken society that’s reduced his
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Peter Capaldi joins the cast of The Suicide Squad, Pete Davidson in talks

Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi is the latest addition to the expanding cast of the upcoming DC film, The Suicide Squad, directed by James Gunn, with Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson in talks to appear in a small cameo. According to Deadline, there are currently no details on the roles for both Capaldi or Davidson.

Capaldi is best known for his role as the Doctor in Doctor Who between 2013-2017. His other credits include The Thick of It, Torchwood, BBC’s The Musketeers, and World War Z.

The actor will join the returning cast members Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) and Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), while new additions include David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man) as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior (Valor da Vida) as Ratcatcher, Steve Agee (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) as King Shark and Idris Elba (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
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‘A Discovery Of Witches’: ‘Victoria’ Star Tom Hughes Joins Cast Of Supernatural Drama For Season Two

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Victoria star Tom Hughes is joining the cast of Sky and AMC Networks drama A Discovery of Witches.

Hughes will star as Kit Marlowe, an English playwright, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era, for the show’s second season. Hughes, who also starred in BBC Cold War drama The Game, is the first name revealed to join the cast after the British pay-broadcaster made a bumper two-season order for the supernatural series.

Downton Abbey and The Good Wife star Matthew Goode stars as vampire Matthew Clairmont in the Bad Wolf-produced show, while Hacksaw Ridge‘s Teresa Palmer plays heroine Diana Bishop in the series.

A Discovery Of Witches is the first installment of Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy, which has sold more than 3.5M copies worldwide. Originally published in 2011, Discovery is the story of Diana, a young scholar at Oxford who is a descendant of the Salem witches. When she accidentally unlocks an enchanted manuscript,
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‘Wolf Hall’ Producer Company Pictures Bolsters Drama Ranks As Carnival Films’ Richard Fell Joins

Wolf Hall producer Company Pictures is bolstering its drama business with the appointment of three new hires including Richard Fell from Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films.

This comes after Deadline revealed earlier this week that The White Princess producer was developing an adaptation of Rebecca Stott’s cult novel In The Days of Rain.

The All3Media-owned indie has hired Fell as Head of Drama. He joins from the NBCU-backed firm, where he was exec producer on Sky’s Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and Jamestown. Before joining Carnival, he was Managing Director at Fresh Pictures and Senior Executive at Tiger Aspect Drama and also spent 11 years at the BBC.

Lucy Raffety joins as Director of Development. She was previously senior producer on long-running BBC medical drama Casualty and has also worked on shows including The Musketeers, Waterloo Road and Bad Girls.

Finally, Josephine Davies joins as Development Producer from Pulse Films.
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CBS' The Red Line: Grade the Premiere

CBS' The Red Line: Grade the Premiere
Noah Wyle is back in Chicago, albeit in a very different drama than ER. In CBS’ eight-part limited series The Red Line, Wyle plays Daniel Calder, a high school history teacher mourning the death of his husband, Dr. Harrison Brennan, an African American man who is shot, while unarmed, by a white cop (played by Shameless‘ Noel Fisher).

The tragedy occurs in the opening minutes of Sunday’s double-episode premiere, when Harrison enters a convenience store to pick up a gallon of milk. After placing it on the counter, he turns his back to retrieve a newspaper reporting on the
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Yellow Bird U.K. Boards Murder Mystery ‘The Secret Woman’ (Exclusive)

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Rolling off the Netflix original show “Young Wallander,” Yellow Bird U.K. is set to produce its second drama, “The Secret Woman,” a series adaptation of the Danish book of the same name written by Anna Ekberg.

Leading British screenwriter Adrian Hodges, whose credits include “My Week With Marilyn,” “The Musketeers,” “The Go-Between” and “Labyrinth,” has come on board to adapt the novel.

Launched a year ago, Yellow Bird U.K. is the Britain-based arm of the Banijay-owned thriving Scandinavian banner Yellow Bird Sweden which is behind such hits as “Wallander,” “Occupied,” “Millennium” and “Hidden.”

Berna Levin, the Cco of Yellow Bird UK, described “The Secret Woman” as a “luscious female-led murder mystery.” The novel centers on Louise Andersen, a forty-something woman who lives in a secluded village on the Danish island of Bornholm with Joachim, who is 10 years older than her. Their routinal life is disrupted by the arrival of Edmund,
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Seven co-commissions TV adaptation of Jules Verne classic

(L-r) Ashley Pharoah, Ahmed Sylla and Simon Crawford Collins.

The Seven Network and three European public broadcasters have commissioned a big budgeted, eight-part re-imagining of the Jules Verne classic Around the World in 80 Days.

A co-production between Seven West Media’s London-based Slim Film + Television and Paris-based Federation Entertainment, the series will be filmed around the world, budgeted at about €3 million ($4.7 million) per episode.

A leading British actor yet to be announced will play Phileas Fogg, a rich but solitary gentleman who sets off in 1872 to circumnavigate the world in 80 days to win a £20,000 bet with fellow members of the Reform Club.

French actor Ahmed Sylla will play Passepartout, his valet who accompanies him on the adventure of a lifetime. The lead female role, newspaper reporter Abigail Fix, who joins the travellers in an attempt to make her mark in a man’s world and to emerge from
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Captain Picard "Star Trek" Series Casts Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd

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Captain Picard
The cast of the Captain Jean-Luc Picard series at CBS All Access has begun to take shape.

Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd have both joins the upcoming “Star Trek” streaming show in series regular roles. The exact nature of their roles is being kept under wraps.

As previously reported, the CBS All Access series will see Patrick Stewart reprise the role he played for seven seasons on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

Cabrera most recently starred in the CBS series “Salvation” and also starred in HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” He is also known for his role in the BBC series “The Musketeers.” His other television credits include “The Mindy Project,” “Merlin,” “Heroes,” and “Hemingway and Gellhorn.”
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Santiago Cabrera & Michelle Hurd To Co-Star In ‘Star Trek’ Jean-Luc Picard Series On CBS All Access

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Santiago Cabrera & Michelle Hurd To Co-Star In ‘Star Trek’ Jean-Luc Picard Series On CBS All Access
Salvation star Santiago Cabrera is reuniting with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout and CBS Studios for a co-starring role opposite Patrick Stewart in CBS All Access’ upcoming Star Trek series that will explore the next chapter of Jean-Luc Picard. Blindspot alumna Michelle Hurd also will co-star in the series, produced by CBS TV Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.

The new untitled Star Trek series features Stewart reprising his iconic role as Picard, which he played for seven seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation, as he takes on a new adventure.

No details are being revealed about the characters Cabrera and Hurd are playing, but I hear Cabrera will play the pilot of Picard’s ship who also is a skillful thief. Hurd is playing a former intelligence officer who is a brilliant analyst with a terrific memory that has not been affected by her drug and alcohol abuse.
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First trailer for the Ava DuVernay-produced CBS series The Red Line

CBS has released the first trailer for its upcoming drama series The Red Line. Produced by Ava DuVernay (Queen Sugar) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow), it features a cast that includes Noah Wyle (ER), Emayatzy Corinealdi (Ballers), Noel Fisher (Shameless), Howard Charles (The Musketeers), Aliyah Royale (Mann & Wife), Patrick Thornton (Private Practice), Vinny Chhibber (No Tomorrow), Elizabeth Laidlaw (Boss); watch it here…

A heart-in-your-throat drama, Red Line begins with the mistaken shooting of a black doctor at the hands of a white cop and unfolds from the perspective of each of the families connected to the tragedy. It’s a then-and-now meets us-and-them tale about the often-personal politics of crime.

The Red Line premieres on April 28th on CBS.

The post First trailer for the Ava DuVernay-produced CBS series The Red Line appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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The Red Line: Noah Wyle-Led CBS Drama Releases Emotional Trailer

CBS has released a first trailer for The Red Line, its Noah Wyle-led, eight-episode “event series” that will air four straight Sundays from 8 to 10 pm, starting April 28.

The Red Line follows three very different Chicago families as they journey toward hope and healing after a tragedy connects them all. As revealed early in the trailer, ER alum Wyle plays Daniel Calder, a high school history teacher who is mourning the death of his husband, an African American doctor who was shot by a white cop. As Daniel tries to comfort their grieving daughter, Jira (played by Aliyah Royale), the
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CBS Sets Premiere Dates for The Code, Ransom and More!

CBS is firming up its midseason roster.

The eye network has revealed premiere dates for new dramas The Red Line and The Code, as well as returning drama, Ransom.

The Red Line will get underway Sunday, April 28 and will air two episodes for four weeks.

"After a white cop in Chicago mistakenly shoots and kills a black doctor, we follow three vastly different families that all have connections with the case as the story is told from each perspective," according to the official logline.

The cast includes includes Noah Wyle (ER), Noel Fisher (Shameless), Emayatzy Corinealdi (Hand of God), Howard Charles (The Musketeers), Michael Patrick Thornton (Private Practice), Elizabeth Laidlaw (Boss), Vinny Chhibber (No Tomorrow) and Aliyah Royale.

The Red Line is a serialized drama with compelling characters and provocative themes that we expect viewers will want to watch more than one hour per week, so we wanted to eventize
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Dana Delany's Jag Series, Noah Wyle Drama Get CBS Premiere Dates

CBS has announced a new batch of midseason dates, and before you ask, Instinct, Elementary and Life in Pieces remain Mia.

What TVLine can report, however, is that CBS has set April premieres for the new series The Code and The Red Line, while Ransom Season 3 will begin Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8/7c.

The Code will get a special showcase on Tuesday, April 9 at 9 pm, before moving to its regular Mondays-at-9 time slot on April 15 (after Magnum P.I. wraps its freshman run). The freshman drama follows the military’s brightest judge advocates as they tackle the toughest legal challenges facing the U.S. Marine Corps.
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The 2018 Truffles – The HeyUGuys Alternative Movie Awards

It’s the end of another fine year in cinema, with stalwart blockbusters continuing to dominate much of the popular discussion alongside the bold new voices in filmmaking. Our annual Best Movies of the Year results give us a good indication of what’s what in movieland. It’s no surprise that Mission: Impossible Fallout, the latest in a film series which has honed its execution while building on a two decade history, came up trumps. It’s hugely likeable cast, astonishing technical and stunt work, and a massive fan base made it a sure box office winner.

But this isn’t to discount the many original films we saw. Indeed, some of my personal favourites stood out because, unlike many of the sequels, reboots and franchise riders, I was able to go in and be surprised. And man, were there some surprises.

It was a year in which Hereditary sat alongside Halloween,
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Sundance Now and Shudder to Acquire Seasons 2 and 3 of A Discovery Of Witches

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AMC will introduce viewers to a magical new world when A Discovery of Witches comes to the Sundance Now and Shudder streaming services this January, and ahead of the first season's premiere, they've already acquired the second and third seasons of the Sky One UK series:

Press Release: New York, NY – November 5, 2018 – On heels of Sky UK’s greenlight announcement for second and third seasons of the captivating series “A Discovery of Witches,” Sundance Now, AMC Networks’ direct-to-consumer Svod service curated with high-quality dramas and crime thrillers, and Shudder, the leading premium streaming service for thriller, suspense and horror, has confirmed the acquisition of both seasons. The first season is set to premiere on both the services in U.S. and Canada on January 17, 2019.

Adapted from Deborah Harkness’s critically-acclaimed and bestselling All Souls trilogy, the Sky original production launched in September in the U.K. and was produced by Bad Wolf,
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Sky Hands Supernatural Drama ‘A Discovery Of Witches’ Bumper Two-Season Order

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Sky is doubling down on A Discovery of Witches – hanging the supernatural drama a bumper two season order.

The British pay-tv giant has ordered seasons two and three of the Bad Wolf-produced series after the first season become the biggest drama on Sky One this year.

Downton Abbey and The Good Wife star Goode stars as vampire Matthew Clairmont, while Hacksaw Ridge‘s Teresa Palmer plays heroine Diana Bishop in the series.

A Discovery Of Witches is the first installment of Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy, which has sold more than 3.5M copies worldwide. Originally published in 2011, Discovery is the story of Diana, a young scholar at Oxford who is a descendant of the Salem witches. When she accidentally unlocks an enchanted manuscript, she is compelled to embrace the magic in her blood and enters a forbidden romance with charming 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew. The second All Souls novel, Shadow Of Night,
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The Watch: Discworld Series Cast and Details for BBC America Adaptation

Michael Ahr Kayti Burt Nov 19, 2019

A corner of Terry Pratchett’s classic Discworld series will be adapted for the small screen by BBC America in The Watch.

The sprawling universe of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, a comic fantasy series of novels that has long since reached classic status, is getting a television adaptation treatment courtesy of BBC America in the form of a new original scripted series, The Watch, but the show will necessarily narrow its focus to the misfit cops that inhabit a subset of stories in the beloved series. BBC America will co-produce with Narrativia, and Simon Allen (The Musketeers) will pen the series with Hilary Salmon (Luther) at the helm.

The Watch's 8-episode inaugural season will follow the legendary City Watch along with recognizable characters such as Captain Sam Vimes, the last scion of nobility Lady Sybil Ramkin, the naïve but heroic Carrot, the mysterious Angua,
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