IN THE KNOW
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (aka ‘Ellen’) has signed on the dotted line for an early three-year renewal which means the popular chat show will continue on until 2020. The series debuted in 2003 and has become the toprated US daytime chat show since Oprah moved on.
The BBC has commissioned a six-part psychological thriller called Requiem, written and created by Aussie Kris Mrksa (who penned eps The Slap, Underbelly, The Time of Our Lives and Glitch). It’s about a woman who learns that everything she thought she knew about her parents was a lie, following her mother’s death.
Dr Sam (David Walton), a recurring character in season two of New Girl, will be back for season five in a multi-episode arc.
SyFy’s most expensive TV series The Expanse has been renewed for a second season of 13 episodes. Based on the best-selling book of the same name, it’s set 200 years in the future and details how the search for a missing woman winds up uncovering a massive conspiracy.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, currently working on Ballers season 2 for HBO, has announced his return to Wrestlemania this year.
Sean Whitesell, writer and producer for shows including Oz, Cold Case, House and The Killing, has died aged 52 after a long battle with cancer. Louis CK (right) and Albert Brooks will co-write, produce and voice the lead characters in a new half-hour animated pilot for FX.