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Whatever else it's brought with it, 2014 has been an exemplary year for television. There's so much good stuff around that keeping on top of it has become a job of work. How many of us have started silently dreading hearing enthused recommendations from pals about new series? Who else has developed a nervous tick whenever they hear the words "Have you been watching...". There's simply Too. Much. TV.
Too much, however, is better than not enough. Too much enables debate, and better than that, it enables the ultimate geek pursuit: list-making. A fortnight ago, we asked our writers to nominate their favourite television episodes of the year and have been busily collating their votes and happily clicking Excel buttons ever since.
Here are the results: Den Of Geek »
2014 was a strong year for television, both at home and abroad, but now is the time to narrow down our favourites to only the choicest cuts.
Our countdown of the best TV shows of 2014 continues today with 10-6 - check back tomorrow (December 19) when we'll reveal the top 5 and our favourite show of the year.
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 15-11
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 20-16
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 25-21
10. In The Flesh
One of the great telly crimes of 2014 has BBC Three's willingness to let the fate of this smart, emotional, innovative BAFTA-winning series go unresolved.
Below, you'll find a list of A&E, ABC Family, Amazon, AMC, BBC America, Bet, Bounce TV, and Centric recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows and their current status. To see a series' ratings (if available), click the links in the middle column.
Shows include: The After, Almost Royal, Alpha House, Atlantis, Baby Daddy, Bates Motel, Being Mary Jane, Betas, Better Call Saul, Bosch, Breaking Bad, Broadchurch, Chasing Life, Doctor Who, Family Time, Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, The Fosters, The Game, Halt & Catch Fire, Hell on Wheels, In the Flesh, Intruders, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Law & Order: UK, Let's Stay Together, Longmire, Luther, Mad Men, Mann & Wife, Melissa & Joey, Mozart in the Jungle, The Musketeers, Mystery Girls, Orphan Black, Pretty Little Liars, Ravenswood, Recovery Road, Red Oaks, Reed Between the Lines, The Returned, Ripper Street, Single Ladies, Sisters, Switched at Birth, Transparent, Turn, »
BBC Three will continue to produce new drama if it shifts online in autumn 2015.
Danny Cohen - BBC Director of Television - today (December 10) unveiled details of the corporation's proposal to transform the channel into a digital service, which has been presented to the BBC Trust for approval.
"[They were] both BAFTA winners [and] we want to keep winning BAFTAs for drama on BBC Three. We've got one [drama] that we're planning that will be part of the launch year of the BBC Three digital service if we get the approval."
Though BBC Three will produce less long-form content if the proposal is approved, Cohen explained that "features and formats" programming will bear the brunt of the cuts. »
The online BBC 3 proposal wants to ditch comedy & docs for "make you laugh" and "make you think" shows. So, comedy & docs then?
Amidst the proposals for how the online-only BBC Three could work after its planned autumn 2015 move from broadcast to on-demand is a neat bit of newspeak.
According to the following Tweet from @BBCNewsEnts: "The online @BBCThree will not commission genres like drama, docs and comedy. Shows will instead be branded "Make Me Think" & "Make Me Laugh".
Digging further into the proposal, the two laugh/think strands are explained as follows: "Make Me Think would be a mix of documentary, current affairs, news and drama [...] Make Me Laugh would be centred around scripted comedy, like Uncle or Gavin & Stacey, plus personality-led entertainment [...]".
So, er, that's comedy and documentary then, the key editorial pillars formerly known as genres.
The proposal, which is subject to approval by the BBC Trust, »
The Casual Vacancy is set in the traditional English village of Pagford, which is hiding problems behind its pretty façade.
Speaking at Wales Comic Con, the BAFTA-winner explained that the future of the zombie series should be clarified later this month.
"I think everyone would love to do a series three - I would love to write it," he said. "It's down to the BBC.
"BBC Three is going through a transitional period where they might be going online [and] that decision hasn't even been made yet. That decision will be made in mid-December, so until then it's still up in the air."
Fans of the show have started up online petitions and used the Twitter hashtag #saveintheflesh to drum up support for a third series, with Mitchell voicing his thanks for the "incredible" campaign.
"We're so appreciative for all [the fans] doing that - it's touching," he said. "The BBC do know about it »
We think BBC Three’s In The Flesh richly deserves a third series. If you agree, here’s how you can join the fan campaign to save it…
Unlike Channel 4’s Utopia, we’ve yet to hear official word on the future of BBC Three’s terrific original drama In The Flesh. Its second series ingeniously expanded the drama’s supernatural world and by its finale had clearly cemented the show’s potential as a returning series with a long future.
That was in June.
Since then, the BBC has kept fans waiting to hear renewal news, prompting a dedicated group of Rotters, apologies, the Redeemed, to take matters into their own hands and make as much noise as possible about why In The Flesh deserves to come back for a third series.
We spoke to the organisers behind the campaign to find out what they're up to, and »
Jk Rowling will revisit the world of Harry Potter with new movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and, according to producer David Heyman, the search to find Newton Scamander will begin early next year.
Fans already have their own ideas about who they'd like to see in the role of Rowling's Magizoologist and have started their own social media campaign championing an upcoming British actor for the part.
Newberry is largely unknown to the wider filmgoing public, but that might not be much of a barrier. The original Harry Potter trio were unseen actors before being cast in Philosopher's Stone. Henry Cavill, like Newberry, was also a TV regular before landing the lead role in Man of Steel.
Gather round, you ne'er-do-wells, for another hearty helping of TV scoop!
It's the Tube Talk Q&A - providing you with the latest telly teasers and air-dates on a (mostly) weekly basis.
The sci-fi thriller - which made its UK debut exclusively via Amazon Prime Instant Video - has in fact been acquired by Syfy UK.
Will there be anymore My Mad Fat Diary?
Yes there will, Pipkin3 - after an agonising 8-month wait (eight months! »
The television adaptation of Jk Rowling's best-selling 2012 novel will hit screens next year.
The Casual Vacancy takes place in the seemingly idyllic English village of Pagford, which behind its pretty façade is actually a town at war.
Androids, magic, parallel worlds, ghostly crime, and the apocalypse. Here’s a raft of new forthcoming UK sci-fi and fantasy TV…
The superhero genre may be taking up residence in cinemas for the foreseeable, and Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead are leading Us TV's genre output, but what can fans of UK sci-fi and fantasy look forward to seeing on television over the next year?
There’s Doctor Who of course, which appears to be in rude health and going nowhere, a Christmas Special from Black Mirror, and a hint of new Red Dwarf on its way. (And of course, if there’s anything like justice in the world, the terrific In The Flesh will be recommissioned for a third series.)
If though, you’re thirsting for something new, 2015 is promising to deliver a handful of geek TV gems. We’ve scoured the new UK commission announcements for anything spooky, »
The Tube Talk Q&A is back (yes, we missed you guys too) and is once more diving headfirst into the fascinating world of television!
As ever, we've got the latest on your UK and Us favourites, kicking off with an update on Person of Interest...
Any news on Person of Interest season 3 airing on either Channel 5 or Netflix?
Nowt on the Netflix front, mad-professor, but Channel 5 have confirmed that they will be airing the third season of Jim Caviezel's increasingly labyrinthine action thriller next year.
It's been an epic waiting period - that run of episodes premiered in the Us back in September 2013 - but we'll finally be reunited with Reese and Finch in January 2015.
Any news on season 3 of Bates Motel?
D'you want the good news or the bad, JohnDoc? Universal Channel has confirmed to us that they have acquired the rights to season three of the Psycho prequel series, »
Over the weekend, Shock Till You Drop came face-to-face with a collection of oddities featured in "Face Off - In the Flesh," one of the many scare zones that pepper the streets of Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Orlando. Attendees walk through this ominous, fog-enshrouded block of the theme park and feast their eyes on various creatures that were featured on SyFy's hit reality series Face Off.
- Ryan Turek
Atlantis series 2 kicks off in November - and we've got a brief teaser trailer here...
Fans to Atlantis, rejoice – the mythological BBC show is returning to our screens next month.
The news was broken via Twitter, where the BBC revealed the start date for the second series would be Saturday 15 November.
Following the second series tradition, we’re told "It seems to be that it's taking a more adult turn, and it's getting darker," according to Medusa actress Jemima Rooper. “All the stakes are bigger,” she added.
Mixing up the formula even further, there are cast additions too. The biggest is probably The Fall, In The Flesh and Hollyoaks alumnus Emmett J Scanlan, who is joining proceedings in a currently unannounced role.
More news on Atlantis series 2 as we hear it. »
Universal’s marketing team had a challenge when coming up with their campaign for “Dracula Untold,” the studio’s latest tale of Vlad the Impaler who becomes the iconic blood sucking vampire.
The film, which Legendary Entertainment helped co-finance, revolves around the origins of the character and his love for his family, and stars a younger Vlad, played by Luke Evans, who wears armor rather than a cape. The film also spends less time in a dark, dreary castle and more time on a battlefield with Turkish armies. There are still bats, however. Lots of bats.
With Halloween Horror Nights, Universal found itself with the opportunity to turn to its theme parks to bring the film to life with a maze that showcases the film’s setpieces and introduces them to moviegoers who may not have known about the new angle producers are taking on the classic monster.
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- Marc Graser
Every fall, Universal Studios hosts their annual Halloween Horror Nights, a special immersive experience where horror fans can explore the physical manifestations of their favorite movies and television shows, by walking through various themed haunted houses. This year, some of the newer mazes included “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood”, “Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead”, “Clowns 3D Music by Slash”, “An American Werewolf in London”, “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Twister”, and “Face Off: In the Flesh”.
Halloween Horror Nights kicked off on Friday, September 19th, with the Eyegore Awards, an award show honoring filmmakers, special effects artists, musicians and more in the genre. Even though it’s exciting to see these legends receive recognition for their efforts, what’s really important about this ceremony is that it gathers like-minded people to celebrate our love for horror movies.
The post Event Report: Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood »
- Ryan Turek
It was much so simpler when they’d just kill you. Once upon a time, viruses in TV dramas were straightforward slaughterers. The flu of 1975’s Survivors, for instance, cut a swathe through the UK, leaving well-spoken corpses wherever it went. Once infected, you’d cough, start sweating, and then drop dead - unless you numbered amongst the lucky immune, in which case it was time to brush up on your scouting badge survival skills and attempt to make your way in a post-plague world.
Nowadays, TV’s infected aren’t given anything like such an easy time of it. After the coughing, sweating, lurching - and often, dying - stage, more often than not, the virus transforms you. You mutate into something monstrous, one »
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Per Entertainment Weekly, which first reported on the casting, Corrigan on the NBC freshman is a New Orleans homicide detective “who doesn’t let … red tape stop him from putting away the bad guys, even if the bad guys turn out to be inhuman.”
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Scanlan’s previous TV credits include »
Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2014 is quickly approaching, and as always that means a brand new installment of the Eyegore Awards. Uni just released the details, and we have 'em for you right here. Scare it up!
From the Press Release
Universal Studios Hollywood sets the stage for the eagerly-awaited arrival of “Halloween Horror Nights” on Friday, September 19, with the annual “Eyegore Awards,” honoring influential entertainment professionals for bringing the horror genre to life within the movie, television and music industries.
For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood is offering 500 “Halloween Horror Nights” fans a chance to attend the coveted “Eyegore Awards,” which will feature a roster of today’s leading Hollywood horror icons.
The 2014 “Eyegore Award” recipients include multiple Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker and Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead,” Galyntine, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, “Breaking Bad,” Pain & Gain, Django Unchained, Predators, The Chronicles of Narnia, »
- Steve Barton
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