TV News: Castle, Leftovers, Carter, Thrones

ABC has confirmed that Stana Katic has closed her deal to return as Kate Beckett in “Castle” for its upcoming eighth season. Both she and co-star Nathan Fillion required new contracts as their original ones expired at the end of this season.

Fillion had already committed to come back but Stanic’s return came down to the wire in the lead up to this morning’s upfront presentation. Now though, it’s set and she will be returning, though the series itself is transitioning to new show runners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter. [Source: Deadline]

Agent Carter
Along with announcing that the second season of “Agent Carter” will once again air during the “Agents of SHIELD” mid-season hiatus in the coming new TV season, ABC has also unveiled a new synopsis for the series which confirms a location change for the show:

“Dedicated to the fight against new atomic age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home – and perhaps even a new love – she’s about to find out that the bright lights of the post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect.”

The Leftovers
The upcoming second season of the HBO drama “The Leftovers” will involve a major shift of location from upstate New York to Texas. Show runner Damon Lindelof says that it was another series on the network, “The Wire,” that inspired him to do the move. He tells Collider:

“Although some people think the second season for ‘The Wire’ is its least successful, I was just completely and totally captivated by the audacity and boldness of just shifting the storytelling down to the docks, and taking the characters who I had become deeply enamored of and sidelining them in favor of entirely new characters. In my mind, it paid off huge because it set up the paradigm for what the third season and the fourth season of ‘The Wire’ could be, not to mention the fifth season. So, I’ve always felt that the next logical season of ‘The Leftovers’ would just be the continuing adventures of these people in this place. Let’s not do that. Let’s try something different.”

Game of Thrones
Even with HBO Now going active and major crackdowns on piracy in numerous countries around the world, that hasn’t stopped fans of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” from flocking to the internet to take the show they want.

Piracy-tracking firm Excipio reports that Sunday night’s fifth episode of the fifth season has already been downloaded more than 2.2 million times in the twelve hours since it first aired. That has broken the show’s own record for the most illegal downloads in a single day. [Source: Variety]