TV News: Anarchy, True Blood, Dr Who

Sons of Anarchy
FX has ordered a 13-episode third season for its biker hit “Sons of Anarchy”.

Tuesday’s 90-minute season two finale was cable’s number-one program for the night, delivering 4.3 million total viewers and three million in the key 18-49 demographic, while it beat all three broadcast networks in the male half of that key demo.

Showrunner Kurt Sutter has signed on for a two year extension to his deal to continue in his role, while all series regulars are in place to return next season. The third season will premiere in September 2010.

True Blood
Theo Alexander will play an “intensely beautiful” vampire, while Grant Bowler will play a biker gang leader who is also a werewolf in the upcoming third season of “True Blood”.

Alexander’s character will serve as the boyfriend of Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare), the vampire king of Mississippi.

Both are recurring roles in the show which began production on its third season on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Doctor Who
As previously announced “The End of Time: Part One”, the second-last special of the David Tennant-era airs December 25th in the UK on BBC1 and December 26th in the US on BBC America.

Now, BBC America has confirmed it will follow the same pattern for the last of the specials, “The End of Time: Part Two”, with it airing January 1st in the UK on BBC1 and January 2nd in the US on BBC America. That special has a confirmed runtime of 75 minutes in the UK, at present its unconfirmed if the BBC America broadcast will be trimmed but it will start earlier (8pm, the other two begin at 9pm).

The strategy means the last three specials featuring Tennant will air in the US for three weeks in a row on Saturdays starting with “The Waters of Mars” on December 19th.