Don Hany’s US medical drama will be aired on Foxtel later this year.Calling Dr Love
The American medical drama, Heartbeat, starring Melissa George and Don Hany has found an Australian home on Foxtel’s Universal channel. The series, in production, follows the based-on-real-life story of ”an outspoken world-renowned heart transplant surgeon, one of the few women in her field” played by George, and her boss/former lover, played by Hany. Also starring are Dave Annable, Shelley Conn and Joshua Leonard. The series will screen later this year.
Bikies ride again
The long-rumoured spin-off to hit series Sons of Anarchy has moved closer to reality with the chief executive of America’s FX network finally confirming series creator Kurt Sutter is “working on an idea for a new show”. While Sutter is not expected to write or produce this time, the new series will continue to explore his universe, focusing on the Sons’ rivals, the Mayans. “He’ll be coming to see me soon,” John Landgraf said of Sutter.
Chris Pine, who is starring in the upcoming Wonder Woman film reboot as Major Steve Trevor, has hinted one of television’s iconic actors, original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, might appear in the new film. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pine was asked about the rumoured cameo appearance from Carter. “If I could tell you about that I would,” he replied. “But I can’t.” Carter has previously said she would “love to be involved” in the project.
Netflix is reportedly ready to approve a spin-off to the successful comics-based series Daredevil, with a series to follow the vigilante Frank Castle, aka The Punisher. Played by Jon Bernthal, Castle is due to appear in the next season of Daredevil (which airs in Australia next month) with a high likelihood the character will get his own series once producers work out how to walk the line of making a gun-happy killer the star. “Taking lethal justice into your own hands in America in 2015 is tricky shit,” Daredevil executive producer Doug Petrie said.
Friends to the end?
The stars of Friends have moved to play down talk of a reunion of the show, despite the fact almost all of them will reunite next month for a special to celebrate the work of long-time director Jim Burrows, who recently steered his 1000th episode of television (some of which were of Friends). “There’s no Friends reunion,” David Schwimmer (who played Ross Geller in Friends) told E! Online. He pointed out actors from Frasier, Taxi and other series would also be there. And not all the Friends stars could make it, Matthew Perry said. “It’s not the reunion everyone is hoping for,” he said on The Graham Norton Show. Perrysaid he would be unable to attend due to theatre work in London but would introduce his former castmates via video.