“The original playboy” Hugh Hefner passed away earlier this month at the age of 91. But he wasn’t just the founder and editor-in-chief of nudie mag Playboy – Hugh was a bona fide TV star, with more cameos than you could count. Besides appearing in reality series Girls Of The Playboy Mansion (2005-2010), Hugh popped up in shows like The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, The Simpsons and Entourage. There was even a biographical drama series released earlier this year called American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, recounting Hugh’s early years.
Fantasy horror series Teen Wolf (2011-2017) ended with an unspecified time hop that got fans asking about a possible spin- off. But while viewers speculate about the war waged between Monroe and Scott’s armies, showrunner Jeff Davis says that “any talk of a spin- off is just rumour right now”, adding that he’d love to keep the show going “somehow”. Fans of bloody fantasy show The Vampire Diaries (20092017) won’t have to wait long to see Caroline (Candice King) again. She posted a photo on set with Joseph Morgan, Klaus in Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals (2013-current) and captioned it: “Had fun playing with this hooligan over the past couple of days!”
With the revival of reality singing show American Idol (2002-current) gathering pace, the search for its judging panel has also heated up. Ryan Seacrest will be retuning to host season 16, with popstar Katy Perry and country superstar Luke Bryan at the judging table, leaving one spot open. Rumour has it Lionel Richie could be lined up, but there are budget constraints thanks to Katy’s huge wage bill and Lionel might be too expensive.
Season 3 of rebooted sitcom Fuller House (2016-current) has left fans unhappy. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen continue to ignore pleas to reprise their role as Michelle Tanner and showrunner Jeff Franklin adds that the show has “given up” on even a cameo for now. He adds that “they know that the door is always open, if they change their minds”.
Young Sheldon (2017-current) has lived up to the hype and anticipation around its première in the US. It is the spin- off of Big Bang Theory (2007- current) and follows Sheldon Cooper growing up in Texas. Network bosses were so pleased with its performance that they gave it an improved 22- episode order after episode 1 had retained “98% of the Big Bang audience, which is unheard of in the industry,” explains an insider. Young Sheldon aired immediately after Big Bang’s season 11 première, with Iain Armitage playing the younger version of Sheldon, made famous by Jim Parsons who also narrates and executive produces the show
Batman prequel series Gotham (2014-current) has dashed fans’ hopes of seeing Harley Quinn, with bosses saying “it won’t happen”. However the season 4 trailer does feature another Batman villain: Scarecrow! Good news for fans of drama series Pretty Little Liars (2010-2017): it’s getting a second spin- off following 2013’s flop Ravenswood. Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish will reprise their roles as Alison and Mona in Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, which is based on 2014 novels The Perfectionists, also by Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard. The pilot has been ordered by Freecom just three months after Liars ended in the US.
Iain Armitage from Young Sheldon.
Late entertainment mogul Hugh Hefner.
Sasha Pieterse from Pretty Little Liars.
Candice King and Joseph Morgan are reuniting on The Originals.