TV News: Camelot, Thrones, Who

The Starz Network (“Spartacus: Blood & Sand,” “Crash”) has greenlit a contemporary series update of the King Arthur legend which will be produced by Graham King, Morgan O’Sullivan and Michael Hirst says The Hollywood Reporter.

“Torchwood” scribe Chris Chibnall will pen the ‘romantic adventure’ series which the network calls in the vein of Showtime’s “The Tudors”. The ten-episode first season will kick off filming in Ireland in June and premiere early 2011.

The project is not to be confused with the still running BBC series “Merlin” or at least three major Arthurian film projects in development with directors Sylvain White, Guy Ritchie and Bryan Singer.

Game of Thrones
Irish actress Michelle Fairley will replace Jennifer Ehle in HBO’s new fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin’s book series says Reuters.

Set in a mythical land, the story follows the court intrigue that unfolds when Eddard (Sean Bean), the patriarch of a noble family, becomes the new right-hand man of the king.

Fairley takes over the role of Eddard’s wife. The character was originally betrothed to Eddard’s older brother who is killed, so she fulfils her duty by marrying Eddard and uniting both their noble houses.

Lena Headey, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage also star. Filming on the remaining nine episodes kicks off in Belfast in June.

It’s likely Ehle’s scenes in the already filmed pilot will be reshot with Fairley.

Doctor Who
Broadcast Now reports that Karen Gillan will be returning as a regular in next season’s episodes which kick off shooting in July, a notable change considering the full-time companion has changed each year since the show’s revival, aside from Rose (Billie Piper) who lasted the first two full seasons in 2005 and 2006.

After very little new material video wise of late, the floodgates opened over the weekend. Along with opening their swank new official site for the series, BBC America has also released a new 60-second trailer with a lot of new footage which can be watched on their site.