So Nina Dobrev is leaving The Vampire Diaries! Even though I am having a difficult time imagining the show without its female lead, I also have to say it's not that big a surprise, given the rumors that she and co-star/former honey Ian Somerhalder now hate each other. Could it possibly have been an either/or situation for the producers, as in one of them had to go?
When consulted for comment, our Vampire Diaries reviewer Josie Kafka says that she foresees the show ending next year.
The Twin Peaks revival isn't going well, either. Showtime and David Lynch have had a difference of opinion about money and have parted ways. It's all a bit confusing, but it appears that Lynch and Mark Frost have already written the scripts, and it is just Lynch's participation as a director that won't be happening. Original cast members are weighing in and they don't sound happy. I'm sure we'll hear more soon.
Miscellaneous TV news and trailers
-- ABC is working quietly on an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff. I like AoS and it's doing better this season than last, but it's not a monster hit. Doesn't a show have to be doing really well to get a spinoff? Is this Marvel-universe-related, perhaps?
-- Arrested Development's fifth season is apparently in the works, and will consist of 17 episodes. Netflix wasn't mentioned but it's likely that's where it will air.
-- Steven Moffat says the BBC is planning to keep Doctor Who around at least through 2020. That sounds so far away but it's just five years.
-- Fox is planning a TV movie remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show. There are so very, very many reasons why this is a bad idea, but I will mention only one: lightning never strikes twice in the same place.
-- Netflix has reunited Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, who costarred many years ago in one of my son's favorite movies, 9 to 5, in Grace and Frankie, a story of two women whose husbands (played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) leave them to marry each other. The thirteen episode series drops on May 8. I might have to catch this one. I mean, just look at the cast.
-- True Detective's second season begins June 21.
-- Orange is the New Black's third season begins June 12.
This week in casts
-- John Noble (Fringe, Sleepy Hollow) will be guesting on the Forever finale. Will it be a season finale or a series finale? No definitive word as yet.
-- Jimmy Jean-Louis will return as the Haitian on Heroes Reborn.
-- Zachary Levi will be playing Abraham Lincoln in season 2 of Hulu's Deadbeat.
-- Eliza Dushku (Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse) will play a recurring character, an FBI profiler, on the fourth season of Banshee. I don't have Cinemax and haven't seen Banshee. Is it good?
-- Taraji P. Henson will be returning for a flashback episode of Person of Interest.
-- Lots of casting news for Hulu's nine-hour miniseries adaptation of the Stephen King novel, 11/22/63. James Franco, who will be playing the lead, will be joined by Daniel Webber (Lee Harvey Oswald), plus Cherry Jones, Lucy Fry, Chris Cooper, Leon Rippy, Sarah Gadon and George MacKay.
This week in
In honor of tonight's return of Game of Thrones, I give you... Game of Chairs. With a warning that since it's a parody, you could be spoiled by some Game of Thrones plot points from earlier seasons.
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for a ridiculously long time. More Billie Doux.