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Fan­tasy se­ries Game Of Thrones (2011-cur­rent; see more on p38) has re­branded its com­pan­ion talk­show for the fi­nal two sea­sons and made an­other small tweak. Af­ter The Thrones will be called Talk The Thrones from this sea­son but won’t air on par­ent net­work HBO. In­stead, it will stream live on Twit­ter and Periscope af­ter episodes air in the US. “We jumped at the chance to blow out our show into an in­ter­ac­tive mul­ti­me­dia ex­pe­ri­ence,” says ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Bill Sim­mons. “Some­thing that re­acts im­me­di­ately to what just hap­pened – like Twit­ter and Game Of Thrones – is un­par­al­leled right now.”

Para­mount Net­work is work­ing on a dark com­edy based on the life of Tom Arnold, who is most fa­mous for be­ing mar­ried to Roseanne Barr from 1990 to 1994 and play­ing Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger’s side­kick in 1994 ac­tion film True Lies. Tom has never been shy about his drug and al­co­hol ad­dic­tions, so ex­pect them to fea­ture in sto­ry­lines. There are con­flict­ing sto­ries about a sec­ond sea­son of thriller drama Big Lit­tle Lies (2017cur­rent). While Ni­cole Kid­man, who played Ce­leste, says that there are “ab­so­lutely no ac­tive plans for a sec­ond run” and “you al­ways hope but there is no story or prospects right now,” the show cre­ator has other ideas. David E Kel­ley (best known for drama se­ries Bos­ton Le­gal, 2004-2008) says that “we planned on seven episodes but there is the pos­si­bil­ity that a sec­ond run would hap­pen”. Mean­while lead ac­tress Reese Wither­spoon (Made­line) has told fans “to do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble” to con­vince au­thor Liane Mo­ri­arty to do a sec­ond book. Na­tional Ge­o­graphic’s bi­o­graph­i­cal drama Ge­nius (2017- cur­rent) was such a hit in­ves­ti­gat­ing the life of Al­bert Ein­stein (Ge­of­frey Rush) that they’ve al­ready an­nounced sea­son 2’s subject: Span­ish artist Pablo Pi­casso. “We went through dozens of pos­si­ble fig­ures,” says exec pro­ducer Ken Biller. “Pablo Pi­casso was some­one who saw the world in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent way, so it was im­por­tant to us to make a declar­a­tive state­ment.” Pro­duc­tion is ex­pected to start later this year.

The writ­ers and pro­duc­ers of drama show Sher­lock (2010- cur­rent) are bring­ing an­other lit­er­ary icon to life. Drac­ula will be flap­ping his way onto screens in a sim­i­lar minis­eries for­mat made pop­u­lar with Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch’s por­trayal of con­sult­ing de­tec­tive Sher­lock Holmes, but it’s un­clear if it will get a mod­ern Bri­tish set­ting like Sher­lock or some­thing older and more East­ern Euro­pean.

Fans of period drama Down­ton Abbey (2010-2015) aren’t get­ting a spin- off any­time soon, but a movie is on the way. “It’s been in the works for some time al­ready,” says Michael Edel­stein, the pres­i­dent of the show’s dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany NBC Uni­ver­sal. “We are work­ing on get­ting the script right, then we’ve got to fig­ure out how to get the cast to­gether again. But we’re hope­ful that we’ll be mak­ing it by some­time next year.”

Going in the re­verse di­rec­tion, 2009 sci-fi comic book adap­ta­tion Watch­men is be­ing de­vel­oped into a se­ries by HBO, who brought Game Of Thrones to screens. Da­mon Lin­de­lof, co-cre­ator and writer of fan­tasy se­ries The Leftovers (2014-2017) has been linked to the show af­ter the movie’s di­rec­tor Zack Snyder was ruled out. HBO have so far re­fused to com­ment on the show.

The Hound (Rory McCann) from Game Of Thrones.

Big Lit­tle Lies’ Ni­cole Kid­man.

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