TV News: Detective, Royal, Matador, Trip

True Detective
In a ballsy move, HBO has opted to let its crime drama “True Detective” compete for the top prize of the best drama series category at this year’s Emmys rather than the recently re-instated miniseries category.

There’s no real question the show would’ve won all the prizes in the mini-series category. In the drama series category though it faces tougher competition. [Source: The Live Feed

Almost Royal
BBC America has ordered a seven episode first season of “Almost Royal,” its first original scripted comedy series. The season two finale of “Orphan Black” on June 21st will be used as a launchpad for the premiere of “Almost Royal” immediately after at 10pm.

The story follows Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart), distant descendants of Britain’s Royal Family and a large country estate in Norfolk. The sheltered siblings, who’ve never worked a day in their lives, invite a camera crew follow them on an unofficial royal tour of the USA. [Source: The Wrap]

Alfred Molina, Dylan Bruce and Jonny Cruz are in talks for roles in El Rey’s second scripted series “Matador”. Gabriel Luna plays a popular soccer star who uses his fame to cover the fact that he’s a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little known branch of the CIA.

Molina plays a telecom millionaire turned owner of a L.A. soccer team, and part of an evil conspiracy to control global events. Cruz plays Luna’s brother, Bruce plays a sleazy DEA agent. [Source: Screen]

The Trip to Italy
Comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon re-team for a second amusing travelogue with “The Trip to Italy”. The cut-down feature-length version hits cinemas later this year, but the full-sized BBC2 TV six-episode version is scheduled to air shortly and a commercial for it has gone online.