I love the BBC’s Shakespearean history play adaptations that are collected together as The Hollow Crown, and while I haven’t yet seen a date for the new season airing in the U.S., the Beeb has kindly put a bunch of clips on YouTube, so at least we can enjoy those!
Queen Margaret strikes the Duchess of Gloucester:
Edward IV is captivated by Elizabeth:
Richard III dreams of the throne:
Richard III and Richmond rally their troops for battle:
Missing Grantchester already? Here’s a fun behind-the-scenes look at season two, featuring stars Robson Green, James Norton, and Tessa Peake-Jones, EP Diederick Santer, writer Daisy Coulam, dog handler Sandra Pearson, and more. They talk the Dickens’s stunt double, the atmosphere on set, and, well: “It’s like three puppy dogs, not just one.” Aww.
Wayward Pines returns for season two this month, premiering on Fox on May 25th, and the always delightful Kacey Rohl has joined the cast! Here you can hear her tease a bit about the character she’ll be playing. Season one of Wayward Pines was completely insane in a way I wound up finding really compelling, so I’m very curious to see where they go with season two. If you’re intrigued, you have time to catch up before the premiere – there are only ten episodes and they’re all on Hulu!
Excited for the May 1st premiere of the new season of Penny Dreadful? You can watch a TV-14 version of the episode right here, right now. Thoughts? (I know this show isn’t a direct adaptation of anything, but it uses enough literature as source material that I HAVE DECIDED IT COUNTS.)
Bones finally returns to Fox tomorrow (Thursday) at 8/7c, so let’s take a gander at some clips! And I’ll take this opportunity to ask: Are you guys still watching the show? Should I be covering it, or not bother? Let me know!
At long last, we have a premiere date for Shadowhunters – it will debut on ABC Family (soon to be Freeform) on January 12th, along with new episodes of Pretty Little Liars. And we ALSO have two teasers and two sneak peeks from the show. It looks like it will be quite a ride. Buckle in and watch, then let me know what you think! So far I think it all looks basically fine, but Magnus and Simon seem particularly perfect.
1. WHAT IS WITH THIS TITLE? No, seriously. I get that it’s the company that the people in the show run, but it’s a TERRIBLE title. The Frankenstein Code wasn’t a GOOD title, but it was better than this.
2. “He looks beautiful. The monster is inside.” Of course. Because this is TV.
3. I do like that they named the main female character Mary, presumably after Mary Shelley.
4. Wasn’t Tim DeKay supposed to be one of the stars of this? Where . . . is he?
5. Other than the whole “bringing someone to life” thing (through genetic splicing here, not sewing together parts), I’m not really convinced that it has much to do with Frankenstein. Which is fine, and maybe part of why they changed the name, but . . . huh. I’ll be curious to see how many thematic echoes there are, if not direct plot echoes.
What do you think? Anyone planning to watch this? I was thinking it was a fall show, but nope, 2016, so we’ve got a while to wait to see if it’s as ridiculous as it looks!
Wolf Hall has its U.S. premiere on Sunday night on PBS, and they’ve released this new clip, featuring Mark Rylance as Cromwell and Jonathan Pryce as Wolsey. It’s a fairly quiet scene, but intense and compelling.