REVIEW: True Detective (S3 E3/8)

As indications of a loss in faith go, it was pretty definitive – the viewing figures both here and Stateside for the opening episodes of True Detective’s third season were way down on those of its sophomore premiere. It would seem the series has a long way to go to shore up the confidence of…

Matthew Rhys to star in Perry Mason reboot

We’ve been following the story of HBO Perry Mason origin story series (read out original story here), but now things seem to have settled down: not only do we have a star, but we have an idea what it might look like. The Americans’ award-winning star, British actor Matthew Rhys, has been pegged to star…

Julia Roberts leaves Homecoming

It was a big deal when Oscar-winning actress, Julia Roberts, announced that she would be making her TV debut in Amazon Prime’s thriller series, Homecoming. The show itself got to number 11 in our Best Crime Dramas Of 2018, and was critically praised all over the place. Now we’re hearing that, for series two, Roberts…

The Hypnotist’s Love Story to be made for television

Liane Moriarty’s best-selling thriller, The Hypnotist’s Love Story is to be made for television, with Heather Graham taking one of the lead roles. US network, ABC, is behind the adaptation. Hypnotherapist Ellen is fascinated by what makes people tick. So when she falls in love with Patrick, the fact that he has a stalker doesn’t…

REVIEW: True Detective (S3 E1&2/8)

The phenomenon of True Detective is primarily based around its flawless first season, which was widely regarded as a modern-day classic of crime drama (and we agreed – it was the winner of our Top Crime Dramas of 2014). The inspired casting of its lead actors Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey combined with a labyrinthine…

Two original cast members join NYPD Blue reboot

One of the more divisive pieces of news from the last year was the reboot of NYPD Blue: the beloved US police drama from the 1990s. Some were thrilled about it (we have to admit at being intrigued), but some were fearful – why try to reboot a classic? Whatever your views, there’s more news…

Sky Atlantic confirms True Detective transmission date

One of the big, returning series this year is True Detective, Nic Pizzolatto’s anthology series. Series one, of course, won The Killing Times’ first-ever Best Crime Drama Of The Year back in 2014. After an absence of four years, the series is back, this time starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, Stephen Dorff and Carmen Ejogo…

CBS cancels Elementary

Sad news to report from the US – Elementary, the Sherlock Holmes reimagination, has been cancelled by its home network, CBS. It’s had its ups and downs but, for the most part Elementary was a solid, enjoyable and pretty consistent watch. TV Line quoted CBS Entertainment President, Kelly Kahl: A lot of parties came together…

Escape At Dannemora gets a New Year’s Day start on Sky Atlantic

Twenty-Nineteen is looking like a big year when it comes to returning US crime drama – we can’t wait for the likes of True Detective, Fargo and Mindhunter – but one of the new shows we’ve got our eye on is Escape At Dannemora, which boasts the likes of Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano, Bonnie…

Donald Sutherland joins cast of HBO’s The Undoing

Our interest was piqued when it was announced that Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant were to star in a new HBO thriller, The Undoing. Now we’re hearing that the venerable Donald Sutherland, who has been fantastic in Truth, has joined the cast. An adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s book You Should Have Known, The Undoing centres on…

Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes renewed for a third series

David E Kelly’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes has been a noteworthy crime drama this year. Starring Brendan Gleeson and Harry Treadaway, it tells the story of Bill Hodges, a detective way past his prime who gets his groove back when the psychopathic killer from a high-profile cold case re-emerges to mock the old…

FX greenlights Noah Hawley’s Piety

As regular readers will know, we think Fargo is one of the best crime dramas on the box, and its showrunner, Noah Hawley, has (rightly) become one of the most sought-after talents in Hollywood. We’re expecting series four of Fargo next year, but as if he’s not got enough on his plate, new reaches us…