TV: Archer, Torchwood, Sherlock, Burn

FX will roll out the thirteen episode second season of its critically acclaimed spy satire “Archer” on Thursday January 27th at 10 PM ET/PT. Sadly the network has decided to release the first season on DVD only (no Blu-ray), that release comes out December 28th.

Torchwood: The New Earth
Everything’s on track for the ten episode fourth season to begin production January 11th reports Wales Online. Two weeks of shooting will take place in Wales in the second half of January, the rest of the production will take place in Los Angeles.

Actress Eve Myles has confirmed she’s now setup in Los Angeles and will be residing there for seven months to work on the production which will air in the Summer.

Davies himself confirmed earlier this month that events in ‘New Earth’ will take place two years after the events of ‘Children of Earth’. The three new key character roles have yet to be announced, though Enver Gjokaj (“Dollhouse”) and Chad Michael Murray (“One Tree Hill”) are said to be in the running for the role of young CIA agent Rex Matheson.

Despite the contemporary setting, the first season of Steven Moffat’s highly acclaimed take on the Holmes stories borrowed much from the books. The first and most acclaimed of the TV movies, A Study in Pink, was a surprisingly faithful adaptation of “A Study in Scarlet”.

Thus it comes as no major surprise that with the show’s second season, showrunner Steven Moffat is bringing out the big guns with three of the great detectives most famous works being adapted for the new season. Asked for hints of what to expect next year, Moffat told NPR last month three critical words – “Adler, Hound, Reichenbach”.

These of course refer to “A Scandal in Bohemia”, “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and “The Final Problem”. ‘Bohemia’ is the sole adventure featuring Irene Adler, the only woman to match Holmes’ intellect. ‘Hound’ is the single most famous and most adapted of all the Holmes stories. ‘Problem’ is the first and only appearance of Moriarty in the books and famously ends with him and Holmes seemingly falling to their death at Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland.

Burn Notice
Michael Westen himself, actor Jeffrey Donovan, is set to direct the upcoming TV movie prequel currently scheduled to air Spring 2011.

Set in late 2005, the story follows Lieutenant Commander Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell) as he is sent down to Colombia to advise the military on tackling trouble-making local rebels. He soon comes to realisations about what he’s doing.

Shooting will begin in January on location in Bogota, Columbia.