TV News: Who, Earp, City, Anna, Gemstones

Whittaker Returns For Doctor Who S12

Doctor Who
Jodie Whittaker’s second season of “Doctor Who” isn’t set to air until 2020 but now plans are reportedly underway to air a standalone special some time before the twelfth season hits screens, potentially in a festive slot like Christmas or New Year’s Day. The new season has already been in production for some time and will feature the return of classic villains and a story in wartime Paris. [Source: Radio Times]

Wynonna Earp
Production on the fourth season of Syfy’s series “Wynonna Earp” is going ahead after all with the premiere slated for summer 2020. Syfy previously commissioned two more seasons, but show producer IDW Entertainment ran into financial difficulties and was unable to begin shooting. Cineflix Studios has come aboard to co-produce and the financials have now been worked out. Melanie Scrofano stars in the series as the titular Earp, Wyatt Earp’s demon-fighting great-great-granddaughter. [Source: Variety]

City on a Hill
“Orange is the New Black” actress Emma Myles has joined the cast of Showtime’s “City on a Hill” in a recurring role as Kelly Kinicki’s widow, Babsie. As Jackie (Kevin Bacon) and Decourcy (Aldis Hodge) re-open the investigation on Kelly’s disappearance, Babsie must deal with her grief. [Source: The Wrap]

Anna Karenina
BBC Studios’ Expectation is developing a new TV adaptation of Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s 1878 tragic romance novel “Anna Karenina” with Gwyneth Hughes (“The Girl,” “Vanity Fair”) penning the adaptation. The property was most recently adapted in 2012 by director Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley in the title role.

Set against late-19th-century Russia high-society, the story follows Princess Anna Karenina who has entered into a scandalous affair with Cavalry officer Vronsky. As Anna questions her happiness, change comes to her family, friends, and community. [Source: Deadline]

The Righteous Gemstones
Ahead of the show’s premiere on HBO on August 18th, the new trailer has arrived for “The Righteous Gemstones”. Hailing from the folks behind “Eastbound & Down” and “Vice Principals,” the series follows a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work. John Goodman, Danny McBride, Adam Devine, Edi Patterson and Walton Goggins co-star.