News Briefs: BBC America Orders Another Season of Ripper Street

By Tim Surette

Jan 30, 2013


... BBC America has ordered a second season of Ripper Street, its period procedural set in the aftermath of Jack the Ripper's reign of ripping. Season 2 will consist of eight episodes and will debut in 2014. I've liked what I've seen of the series—which is only on Episode 2 of its first season here in the states—mostly because Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones' Bronn) is totally badass in it. [BBC America via press release]

... CBS had renewed its daytime lineup of The Price is Right, The Talk, Let's Make a Deal, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful, so if you're a working stiff like me, this changes your life zero percent. But if you're president of the Wayne Brady fan club, update your tumblr! [CBS via press release]


... Fox's The Following did something it wasn't supposed to do in its second week: It actually increased its ratings over its highly publicized debut, but just barely. Episode 2 registered a 3.3 in the adult demo as compared to the pilot's 3.2. HOWEVER. Ratings hog CBS was in repeats, which is probably a big reason people checked out the Kevin Bacon drama. Or maybe, just maybe, people actually like this shit. [TV By The Numbers]

... I know what you've been saying: "Tim, where is all the Criss Angel news?" Well here you go! The magician is getting his own TV show on Spike that will let him show off a bunch of his tricks ("illusions, Michael...") over the course of 11 hour-long episodes. I've always been impressed with Criss Angel, especially his greatest trick where he leaves his house wearing Ed Hardy shirts on purpose. [Spike TV via press release]

... Starz is developing a drama set in the world of ballet, showing off the dark side of the business that we don't normally see. As opposed to the rest of the ballet business that we're so in tune with. [Starz via press release]


... ABC orders the weirdest pilots, and I love them for it. The latest is Big Thunder, a drama based on the Disneyland and Disney World ride Big Thunder Mountain. The show will follow a nineteenth-century doctor from New York who moves west for an opportunity in a mining town run by a shady tycoon. I don't remember that being part of the ride, but then again, I will never ride that death trap again. Oh Disney, like any media project based on one of your rides will ever make a lot of money! Also ordered by ABC were Gothica, a soapy drama that brings to life classic characters from classic spooky literature like Dracula and Frankenstein; Reckless, about a man who gets embroiled in political intrigue when he tries to spring his wife from an overseas prison; and Murder in Manhattan, a dramedy about a mother-and-daughter private investigation team in New York. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC has ordered a pilot for Wonderland, a sequel to the classic Alice in Wonderland. This actually sounds partially cool: It focuses on Clara, who heads into the famed Wonderland to take on the new Queen... ALICE! [EW]

... Charlize Theron's project Hatfields & McCoys has also received a pilot order from NBC. This take will be set in modern-day Pittsburgh and reignite the legendary family feud between the working-class McCoys and rich Hatfields. [THR]


... Rob Corddry (Childrens Hospital) has signed on to play the lead in the ABC comedy pilot Spy that was just announced. Corddry will play Tim (sweet name), a father who inadvertently joins the Secret Service to prove his worth to his son. Okay, I'll bite: How do you accidentally join the Secret Service? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jeff Zucker has put down his fist as the new head of CNN, and underneath it are the squashed remains of James Carville and Mary Matalin, smeared on his desk. The husband-and-wife team had been frequent contributors to the network. [Politico]

... Felicia Day will be back on Supernatural later this season after two appearances (one this season and one last season) as a geek queen who enjoys computer games and LARPing. [TV Line]

... Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor will guest-star on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in an attempt to lengthen his IMDB page. He'll play an attorney defending a hip-hop artist. [TV Guide]

... Scott Wolf (V, because that's quicker to type than Party of Five) is joining the next season of TNT's Perception. He'll play an assistant U.S. attorney and husband to Rachel Leigh Cook's Kate. [TV Guide]

Follow writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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  • michellegill5243 Jan 03, 2014

    The BBC, in their infinite stupidity, have cancelled Ripper Street. They scheduled it against a popular reality TV show to give them the excuse of "bad ratings" to kill it. Please sign the online petition if you'd like to support the show ( and follow @SaveRipperStreet on Twitter #SaveRipperStreet

  • bkyle2429 Feb 05, 2013

    Ripper Street is awesome

  • Celestra9 Feb 04, 2013

    I love Ripper Street, so this is awesome news!!!

  • FlorBlyth Jan 31, 2013

    SPY is AMAZING! We love this comedy, the whole cast is brilliant, the script, the jokes and the british accent are a must @ home every week. This will be an act hard to follow, specially since we're talking ABC here, but I trust Corddry will make a very funy american Tim.. will check it out anyways

  • hockeyrick Jan 31, 2013

    Corddry and all his band of crazy friends make some of the best comedy on tv! Creative and just absurd!!!!! mainstream comedy shows are somewhat lacking compared to what else is on the screen!

  • fernkelsey Jan 30, 2013

    Hahaha I about died at "illusions, Michael..." so great!

  • JT_Kirk Jan 30, 2013

    "A trick is something a whore does for money, Michael... or cocaine." Criss Angel is a has-been now that he shills a home magic kit in infomercials, so of course he's a perfect match for Throbbing Shaft TV... I mean "Spike TV".

    Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is based on an older attraction, the Mine Train through Nature's Wonderland, and there's a lot of story between the two for simple rides, so visually and story there's something to draw from. I could foresee this being an interesting show if it's handled right and looks good. So long as this is "Pirates of the Caribbean" screen entertainment quality and not "Haunted Mansion" or "Country Bear Jamboree" awful, I'll be there.

    Murder in Manhattan is a dramedy PI team, is its pilot going to be an episode of Castle since it stinks so much of a ripoff?

    Gothica sounds suspiciously like Dino Stamatopoulos' Mary Shelley's Frankenhole.

    Alice in Wonderland already had a goddamned sequel, "Through the Looking Glass", and there was no Clara. How lazy is NBC?!? Oh, wait, right, SUUUUUPER lazy.

    How exactly is that the Hatfields & McCoys if it's between poor and rich? Stupid primetime soap opera crap.

    Oh dear, I wanted to like the idea of Spy but Corddry weekly doing his thing is hard to watch, on Childrens Hospital it worked because from week to week he'd be given different motivations - sometimes he was playing a bastard, sometimes he was playing a goofball, sometimes he was playing wounded, sometimes he was playing earnest - but that comedy sounds quite one-note.

    Jeff Zucker, stamping out some of the smartest people on CNN, hope he gets a really itchy venereal disease quite soon and lives a long, painful life from it.

    I liked Perception, but it's going to be really difficult to like Scott Wolf as the husband of the female lead, he's generally playing a bastard in these sorts of things and she really can't be believable putting up with a smarmy guy like that which means more moony eyes at her former professor and current investigatory partner.

  • Writerpatrick Jan 30, 2013

    ABC's Gothica was announced back in the summer. It will either be their attempt to do Supernatural, their attempt to do Vampire Diaries, their attempt at Grimm, their attempt at Twilight or a mix of those shows. And I wouldn't be surprised if they schedule it at 9pm Friday.

  • dragon22a Jan 30, 2013

    Really, a Criss Angel series. I wish Spike would have brought back Deadliest Warrior or picked up Attack of the Show and X-Play from G4. At the very least Ninja Warrior.

  • spudda32 Jan 30, 2013

    Another US attempt to remake a British comedy in Spy. The UK version is fantastic, USA have pretty lousy track records in moving the British humour to the states

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