25th January 2013 09:00:00
Many Happy Returns - Upcoming New Series Of Doctor Who, Being Human, Mad Men, MORE!
There have been a few return dates for big series announced in the last week, and we've collated them together - which one revs your engine most?
30/1/13 - Derek
After the success of the Derek pilot in April 2013, it returns to Channel 4 for a full-length series. I reviewed said pilot for this site when it aired, and basically that it was an interesting chance to see Ricky Gervais try something different, but I wasn't sure how it would work as a whole series.
But ratings and Gervais's own enthusiasm for the project have spoken, so Derek is back next week for six episodes. There's a decent cast and setting in place, so there's no actual reason this wouldn't work as an ongoing show with a little more drive and humour. I'll be checking out at least the first few episodes out of curiosity. And in the meantime, here's a trailer.
3/2/13 - Being Human
Last series, BBC Three's Being Human surprised a lot of us by losing its entire cast, yet being even better than before. This year, they're back with the difficult task of consolidating. Now-veterans Hal (Damian Moloney) and Tom (Michael Socha) return, accompanied by ghost Alex (Kate Bracken) who debuted in the closing days of last series. I'm quite excited, as series four in 2012 was perhaps the first run of this show I've really really liked.
New picture above, and new trailer below. Just over a week until the Being Human resurrection!
10/2/13 - The Walking Dead
The up-side of splitting your season in half, like The Walking Dead has for two years running, is two premieres and two finales. So here's the second season premiere of season three on AMC, and probably shortly later on FOX in the UK, and I imagine the conflict between the two human settlements is going to pick up speed after Woodbury's leader had an eye poked out by very angry Michonne.
Since last we saw our heroes, the show has been renewed for a fourth season, but with the annoying caveat of losing yet another showrunner. I know the gimmick of The Walking Dead is People Keep Dying, but I think it's only meant to apply to the characters. Nonetheless, new episodes soon, fatalities to follow, trailer below:
30/3/13 - Doctor Who
Another show splitting its run across 2012 and 2013 is good old Doctor Who, returning to BBC One on Easter Saturday (aka 30th March) for the last eight episodes of series seven. Considering they feature a new TARDIS, companion and credits, it may as well be series eight, but nonetheless, this is what they're going for. And regardless of numbering, I must admit I'm excited for this run after loving the recent Christmas special The Snowmen. Looking forward to seeing where they take the mystery of Clara.
Rumours are also starting to fly about the forthcoming 50th Anniversary celebrations - it looks like we're getting one special episode, which may or may not feature some old Doctors. One newspaper said all eleven former Docs would be appearing, but still-living time lord Colin Baker apparently denied involvement on Twitter. Obviously, he could be lying or the show could be using old footage. Surely they can at least get David Tennant back, he still looks the same age and seemed quite a fan.
But that's all for later. First, eight Doctor Who episodes with Clara, including another Neil Gaiman episode, and I'm excited to see how they go. Trailer below, which you may remember from Christmas...
31/3/13 - Game of Thrones
And then, a mere day after that, we've got the confirmed return of Game of Thrones on HBO, and Sky Atlantic a day later. Sci-fi/fantasy fans will have a very happy Easter. Adapting the first half of A Storm Of Swords, the third book in the A Song Of Ice And Fire series, this is where the novels started becoming too long to print in a single edition (thus making it strange to refer to "the third book"), so the HBO series is following suit and splitting it across two seasons.
The producers promise this year features one of the scenes that inspired them to adapt the books in the first place, I look forward to repeatedly guessing which one it is. We had a new raven-themed teaser for the Game of Thrones return recently, and now we have a further promo video focusing on behind-the-scenes footage.
Still, there are interviews with new cast and snippits of season three footage, if you like that sort of thing.
4/13 - Mad Men & Mad Dogs
And in April, which still seems one hell of a long way off, we get the return of Mad Men on AMC in the US, and Mad Dogs to Sky1 in the UK. The phrase "mad as a March hare" might have to be reconsidered in light of this "Mad"-heavy scheduling. According to Digital Spy, there is no confirmed word on a Sky Atlantic return date for Mad Men, and last season's ratings weren't great, so have to wait and see.
Nonetheless, there's plenty to look forward to in the coming months. A steady ongoing rollout of returning TV shows which, by the time they've all finished, will take us up to the summer. And then, y'know, 2013 will be more or less over and we can start thinking about next year. So, which has you the most excited? Honestly, I'm looking forward to each and every one.