TV News: Cards, HBO, Fortitude, Salem

House of Cards
We’re only about three weeks away from the release of the entire 13-episode second season of Netflix’s “House of Cards” on the streaming service on February 14th. Today, new stills from the series have gone online over on She Knows.

Clearing its decks this year of all pre-2014 dramas bar “Game of Thrones,” HBO is now taking a hatchet to its comedy series department. Both of last year’s new comedies “Hello Ladies” and “Family Tree” are NOT being renewed for a second season. [Source: The Live Feed]

Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston, Luke Treadaway, Jessica Raine and original Danish “The Killing” star Sofie Grabol have all joined Sky Atlantic’s new drama “Fortitude”. The twelve-part series that began filming this week in Iceland and the UK and is described as ‘Broadchurch in the Arctic’.

Tucci plays a detective who flies into an Icelandic mining town to join a local sheriff (Richard Dormer) to investigate its first-ever murder. Eccleston is an english scientist, Gambon a dying wildlife photographer, and Grabol the town’s governor. [Source: The Guardian]