TV News: Who, Slap, Wolf, Powers, Munsters

Doctor Who
There’s still no title but the first official image from this year’s “Doctor Who” Christmas special has arrived. Clips from the episode are expected to be shown during the BBC’s Children In Need appeal tonight in the U.K. The episode will be the sole new bit of ‘Who’ to air between now and next Fall. [Source: Den of Geek]

The Slap
Matchbox Pictures has sold the rights to the controversial Australian TV series “The Slap” to DirecTV and TVOntario in the US and Canada respectively. DirecTV will screen the series on the Audience Network later this year.

Sundance Channel will screen the show in much of Europe and Asia while BBC4 began broadcasting the show late last month. Told from eight different points of view, the story follows the repercussions of a single ‘slap’ from a man to a child at a summer barbecue. Melissa George, Sophie Okonedo and Jonathan LaPaglia star. [Source: iF Magazine]

Wolf Hall
HBO and the BBC are developing a four-part miniseries adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s historical novel “Wolf Hall”. The story is a fictionalized biography documenting the rapid rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of King Henry VIII.

Peter Straughan, who co-wrote the recent movie adaptation of John le Carre’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, will pen the script. [Source: Deadline]

Though a pilot has already been shot, FX’s TV adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s comic series “Powers” will undergo retooling. It’s unknown if Jason Patrick and Lucy Punch will star onboard.

The network has scrapped its planned “Outlaw Country” series after both the original pilot and a reshot version weren’t considered up to snuff. [Source: Bleeding Cool]

The Munsters
NBC has issued a pilot order for “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller’s reboot of “The Munsters” franchise which Universal Television will produce.

Fuller’s script features all the same Munsters characters along with Fuller’s signature visual style mixed in with these classic characters. [Source: Deadline]