TV News: Downton, Hannibal, Dome, Leftovers

Downton Abbey
Paul Giamatti will join the cast of the upcoming fourth season of “Downton Abbey” which airs this Fall in the UK. Tom Cullen, Nigel Harman and Julian Ovenden also join the series this season.

Giamatti will play Harold Levinson, the playboy brother of Countess Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) in the fourth season finale. [Source: Variety]

Showrunner Bryan Fuller has spoken a bit about what he plans to do in the early episodes of next season:

Will Graham needs to go on trial for the murders that he may or may not have committed. Jack has to be brought before a review board for his participation in what happened to Will, and Hannibal, as Will’s psychiatrist, is going to continue to try to help Will see the truth that Hannibal wants him to see.” [Source: TV Guide]

Under the Dome
Producers Brian K. Vaughan and Neal Baer say the TV mini-series adaptation will “loosely represent a day under the dome”. It also extends beyond the timeframe in the novel.

Vaughan compares it to “The Walking Dead” in that it matches the tone, but it isn’t an exact adaptation – “It’s the same Chester’s Mill and same characters, but we take them to new and unexpected places.” [Source: The Live Feed]

Twins Charlie and Max Carver (“Desperate Housewives,” “Teen Wolf”) have joined the cast of Damon Lindelof and Peter Berg’s HBO drama pilot “The Leftovers”.

Based on Tom Perrotta’s novel, the story takes place after the Rapture happens but not quite like it’s supposed to. The pair play happy-go-lucky identical twins who are friends of the police chief’s daughter. [Source: Deadline]