TV News: V, Cancellations, 24, Who

“Battlestar Galactica” star Michael Trucco (Anders) has joined ABC’s alien invasion drama “V” reports Digital Spy. The actor will play John May, the head of the underground rebel group The Fifth Column which opposes the visitors.

It’s that time again as networks begin seriously considering what shows to renew and what to axe. EW has done a scorecard with “24,” “FlashForward,” “Heroes,” “Mercy,” “Medium,” “One Tree Hill,” “Human Target,” and “V” are all on shaky ground while “The Deep End,” “The Forgotten,” “Cold Case,” “Numb3rs,” “Scrubs,” and “Melrose Place” are unlikely to get renewals.

A ruptured cyst near Kiefer Sutherland’s kidney early last week forced filming to halt on the current season of “24”. Sutherland is preparing to have minor surgery and should be back at work shortly says The Hollywood Reporter. In a statement, a Fox rep says “we hope to resume production shortly and do not anticipate any disruption in the broadcast of this season’s episodes”.

Doctor Who
Den of Geek has a good wrap-up of several small pieces of news that have hit in the past week. Amongst the facts garnered:

-The new season’s opening episode is 60 minutes long (as opposed to the regular 45 minutes).
– One episode will be in Belle Epoque-era Paris, another in a future where the UK floats in space
– The season-long thread is a ‘silent menace’ that will follow The Doctor & Amy
– A creature called a ‘Star Whale’ plays a key role in one episode
– Classic series villain race the Silurians are confirmed to be returning.