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Iconic kid­dies clay­ma­tion se­ries Wal­lace & Gromit (1990-cur­rent) bid farewell to voiceover artist Peter Sal­lis in June when he passed away aged 96. He gave dog-owner Wal­lace his voice from 1990 un­til re­tir­ing in 2010, and be­fore that, Peter ap­peared in all 295 episodes of Bri­tish sit­com Last Of The Sum­mer Wine (1973-2010).

Fans of Days Of Our Lives (1965cur­rent, see p29) will be de­lighted to hear that Will Hor­ton (Chan­dler Massey) is be­ing res­ur­rected. But he’s dead – so what gives? Will was stran­gled to death in 2015 when Chan­dler didn’t re­new his con­tract and the pro­duc­ers have re­alised that not re­cast­ing the role was a bad idea. There’s no news on how Will will re­turn, but he posted a pic of a Days cof­fee cup to his In­sta­gram so­cial me­dia account @the­re­al­massey with the cap­tion “I’m back”. SA view­ers should see him in 2020 as we’re three years be­hind the US.

Sam Es­mail, the cre­ator of thriller drama se­ries Mr Ro­bot (2015-cur­rent), has re­vealed his new TV project: Home­com­ing. It’s based on a fic­tional pod­cast about se­cret gov­ern­ment agents who want to turn their backs on spy-work and re­turn to be­ing nor­mal civil­ians. Sam is eye­ing film star Ju­lia Roberts as his lead, but he will need to snap her up quickly now that Ju­lia is join­ing the flood of movie stars work­ing on tele­vi­sion – she’s set to star in com­edy se­ries To­day Will Be Dif­fer­ent, which is based on Maria Tem­ple’s 2016 novel of the same name.

We weren’t jok­ing when we told you in our 7 June tv­plus that the world of soapies was like a game of mu­si­cal chairs. Lin­sey God­frey (Caro­line Spencer in Bold & Beau­ti­ful, 1987- cur­rent; see p28) had quit the show and two weeks later she’s done a U-turn. The ac­tress posted this photo to her In­sta­gram account (@ohmy­god­frey) – it’s her on the Bold set. Since the show is su­per-se­cret with sto­ry­lines, it’ll be a month un­til we know how they’ve worked Caro­line back into the ac­tion and slightly longer un­til we see her on­screen in SA – we’re about 15 months be­hind US broad­casts. Archie comic­themed drama Riverdale (2017cur­rent) left sea­son 1 with se­ri­ous cliffhang­ers. Sea­son 2 is ex­pected to be air­ing in De­cem­ber 2017 and the ru­mours point to­wards a big­ger role for South­side Ser­pent biker boss FP Jones (Skeet Ul­rich). Exec pro­ducer Sarah Schecter says that “we could not imag­ine hav­ing Riverdale with­out him. Skeet is a stel­lar ac­tor and we have scratched the sur­face of who FP is”. Sea­son 2 will also be adding Mark Con­sue­los (Ma­teo San­tos on soapie All My Chil­dren, 1970-2011) to the cast as Hi­ram Lodge, who’d only been spo­ken about in sea­son 1.

Bat­man fans can ex­pect a lit­tle more chaos com­ing to town when sea­son 3 of Gotham (2014-cur­rent) comes to a close. The Bat­man pre­quel se­ries is throw­ing vil­lain Har­ley Quinn into the mix but there is a ques­tion about who’ll take on the role made fa­mous by Margot Rob­bie in 2016 ac­tion movie Sui­cide Squad. Erin Richards, who’s played Bar­bara Kean since episode 1, hinted that a ma­jor change is com­ing for her char­ac­ter, adding that “Har­ley Quinn seems to like de­struc­tion for de­struc­tion’s sake. And that’s won­der­ful. But I feel like Bar­bara has a plan. She’s a lit­tle more in­tel­lec­tual in her ap­proach to­ward tak­ing over the un­der­world”. Ac­tion show Taken (2016-cur­rent) has found its ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer. Greg Plage­man, who pulled the strings on ac­tion show Per­son Of In­ter­est (20112016) will be tak­ing over the reigns for sea­son 2 as the show’s bosses hope to win over a big­ger au­di­ence in the US. Clive Standen will be re­turn­ing to his role as CIA agent Bryan Mills later this year for 16, hour­long episodes, up from the 10-episode first sea­son.

Prison dram­edy Orange Is The New Black (2013-cur­rent) might’ve al­ready reached its peak. Sea­son 4 has been praised as “the best yet” af­ter sea­son 5 (all 13 episodes were avail­able on 9 June) has been crit­i­cised for be­ing “too slow”. The sea­son cov­ers three days in­side Litchfield Prison and crit­ics have said that it’s “painful” to watch.

Riverdale’s Skeet Ul­rich as FP Jones.

Wal­lace and his dog Gromit.

Lin­sey God­frey is re­turn­ing to Bold.

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