News Mania: ABC Plots ‘Body of Proof’ Return, ‘My Little Pony’ Season 4 Gets a Premiere Date, ‘Game of Thrones’ Finds Its Raven, and More

Welcome to week two of News Mania! We’ve got a lot to cover this week thanks to an abundance of casting news including Game of Thrones‘ three-eyed raven and a the newly minted Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. We also have news on a possible Body of Proof resurrection, some new shows coming soon and a random news item that will have all the former ’90s kids in the audience squeeing.

Awesome Flavored News

Body of Proof Might Rise From the Dead

ABC axed Dana Delany’s reliable procedural Body of Proof last season, but with almost all of their new dramas under-performing, Deadline reports that ABC is seriously considering bringing the series back. The only hitch is the actors, writers and crew have moved on, so whether or not the show returns is largely dependent on ABC’s ability to entice the primary players back or plot a partial reboot ala CBS’s Unforgettable.

The CW Buys a ’30s era Hollywood Drama with the Coolest Premise Ever

Earlier this week, Deadline revealed that The CW has purchased a ’30s era Hollywood drama about a young woman who moves to Hollywood seeking revenge for her sister’s death and ends up sucked into the glitz and glamor of the studio system. The series comes from Ellen DeGeneres’ production company and sounds like a slam dunk…at least for movie history nerds.

The show hasn’t been picked up, but maybe if we all think really positive thoughts it will work out. Also Ellen is basically the new Oprah and no one says no to Oprah.

ABC Orders Two Extra Scripts for Back in the Game and Super Fun Night

ABC is having a rough time launching shows this season, and neither Back in the Game or Super Fun Night have taken the world by storm, but they’re both a blast to watch. So I may have started singing “Don’t Stop Me Now” when Deadline shared that ABC was tentatively committing to the comedies with two extra scripts at least.

This Week in Fandom News

Game of Thrones Casts the Three-Eyed Raven

You know that raven Bran has been following? Well, now he has a face. Or a voice. I’ve already said too much, but according to Zap2it (beware of spoilers if you click the link), the Bloodraven will be played by British actor Struan Rodger (Stardust). Or he could be playing someone else entirely, you never really know for sure with this show. Either way, Rodger will be in season four playing someone or something important.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 4 Premiere Date Announced

Listen up Bronies and other assorted My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fans: season four premieres Saturday, November 23, with two all-new, back-to-back episodes starting at 10 a.m. ET/ 7 a.m. PT on The Hub. Which also happens to be the day the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary premieres, so it’s basically fandom Christmas now.

BBC America Finds Their Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

BBC America’s upcoming seven-part magician drama based on Susanna Clarke’s novel of the same name has found its leads. Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan, The Worlds End) and Olivier award-winning Bertie Carvel (Restless, Matilda) have been cast in BBC America’s co-production, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Marsan will take on the role of the reclusive Mr. Norrell, while Carval will play the charming Jonathan Strange.

“I read the book some years ago and was totally enchanted,” said Carvel in a statement. “I’ve been casting spells for the part of Strange ever since. It is a considerable surprise to find that some of them worked!”

Shows Coming to a TV Near You

Syfy Greenlights Opposite Worlds

Syfy’s latest reality competition series actually sounds fun. Opposite Worlds, set to premiere this January 21st with 12 episodes airing over six weeks, will divide fourteen people into two teams. One team will have to live in one house divided by time! (Okay, a glass wall, but one environment will be based on the past and the other in the future.) Players will have to face weekly challenges, and be held at the mercy of viewers at home (a first for Syfy).

Secrets & Lies Gets 10-Episode Pickup from ABC

The Australian drama Secrets & Lies is getting an American remake. Deadline broke the news that the series has been picked up for 10 episodes by ABC. They describe the original series as the story of “a family man who finds the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect; he has no choice but to try to find the real killer as his marriage, his kids, his reputation and his sanity are all at stake.”

TNT Order’s Wake Up Call from Dwayne Johnson

TNT must be really into Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Last summer he led normal people to be heroes for the network and now he’ll be producing and starring in Wake Up Call, which is very vaguely described as a reality series where Johnson helps real people with real problems. So that’s happening.

Casting Corner

Fringe alum Kirk Acevedo is heading to Blue Bloods as the estranged brother of Maria Baez on November 22nd. [Source: Zap2It]

– Martha Plimpton’s real life father Keith Carradine (Dexter) will appear in a season four episode of Raising Hope as a no-nonsense dude ranch owner. [Source: TV Line]

– Jessica Chaffin will be tasked with taking Winston’s mind off his cat beginning with episode nine of New Girl. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

– Starz has added Lela Loren (Snitch), Naturi Naughton (Mad Men) and Joseph Sikora (Boardwalk Empire) to the cast of Power, from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

– CBS has cast Pierce Gagnon as Halle Berry’s young son in the upcoming summer sci-fi drama Extant.

The Most Random News Item of the Week Goes To…

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Boy Meets World fans still contemplating what happened to the ultra-crushworthy Mr. Turner will get an answer…in Girl Meets World. Boy Meets World creator Michael Jacobs told EW that he plans to answer the question in the new series which increasingly sounds like it will not be watched by anyone under the age of 20, not that there’s anything wrong with that.


That’s a wrap for this week’s News Mania. Leave your best guesses as to what happened to Mr. Turner in the comments!

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