Picture Credits (l-r): AMC, PA Images, NBC
Picture Credits (l-r): AMC, PA Images, NBC

With another week gone by of course comes a whole slew of new information about upcoming and returning television shows. So that you don’t have to pick through everything that’s been announced, we’ve put together our weekly list of the top five news stories you should know about if you consider yourself a TV junkie!

Michelle Monaghan to play twins in new Netflix thriller Echoes

Created and written by Australian writer and director Vanessa Gazy, upcoming Netflix thriller Echoes will tell the psychological story of identical twin sisters who share a dangerous secret. Now, we know exactly who will be stepping into the lead role of those twins.

Deadline revealed that Michelle Monaghan has come onboard to play both Leni and Gina, which should be an incredible challenge for an actor to show the different facets and aspects of each individual twin’s unique personality.

Having secretly swapped their lives since childhood, Leni and Gina have, even as adults, shared homes, husbands and a child. It’s a strange and warped relationship but, one that works for them. When one of the twins go missing however, just how will they recover?

Anna Torv joins The Last of Us as Tess

Picture Credit: Netflix
Picture Credit: Netflix

If you were a fan of Anna Torv in Netflix original series Mindhunter, then you'll be pleased to know she's picked up another brilliant role; that of the character Tess for the upcoming HBO series The Last of Us, based on the video game property of the same name.

As a fellow smuggler, we will likely see Torv working closely alongside Pedro Pascal as Joel, as well as Bella Ramsey as Ellie. She is a part of the earlier moments in the story and a pivotal player in everything that comes thereafter, thanks to her influence.

After seeing such huge success with the game, HBO will be hoping they can replicate that and bring another heavy-hitter to the small screen. With filming now underway, we’ll hopefully not have too much longer to wait before we can tune in!

NBC and Netflix both in talks to save Manifest

Melissa Roxburgh in the third season of Manifest / Picture Credit: NBC
Melissa Roxburgh in the third season of Manifest / Picture Credit: NBC

When Manifest fans learned that the show would not be returning for a fourth season at NBC, despite Season 3 ending on a massive cliffhanger, they quickly took to social media in an attempt to see it saved, using various hashtags and setting up petitions. After Netflix passed on picking the series up however, it looked like all hope was lost.

Still, there is hope! Both NBC and Netflix are now taking a second look at bringing Season 4 to fans, with Warner Bros. TV in talks with both the network and the streaming service, hoping that they can give their audience the true ending they deserve.

With Good Girls cancelled over at NBC and Law & Order: For the Defense being rejected, spots have opened up; could it make a comeback to the network that dropped it? Or will Netflix swoop in and snatch up the rights? The third option? It doesn’t return at all. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we know in which direction this goes!

Framing Britney Spears documentary could get sequel

Britney Spears is fighting for freedom of her father's control / Picture Credit: Hahn Lionel/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images
Britney Spears is fighting for freedom of her father's control / Picture Credit: Hahn Lionel/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

Britney Spears has been making headlines for quite some time now, thanks to the campaign by fans and supporters to free her from what she claims is an abusive conservatorship, led by her father, Jamie Spears.

Part of the hidden world behind that conservatorship was explored in the documentary Framing Britney Spears, from filmmakers Mary Robertson, Samantha Stark and Liz Day. Now, the trio are thinking about making a follow-up, saying there are new insights that could be explored.

Speaking to THR, Stark said: “There’s so much more to the story. There’s so much more. Liz listed a lot of things that we want to look into. Right now, we’re researching and gathering and seeing if it’s possible. We’re looking for people with first-hand experience who can shed light on things that have been very kept in secret. I think a lot of people have been scared to share what they know. I also think that the only person who can tell her story, who can tell the story of Britney Spears, is Britney Spears.”

Let’s hope that if anything is made, it’s with Britney’s blessing!

Fear The Walking Dead will be ‘reinvented' with Season 7

Alycia Debnam-Carey in Fear The Walking Dead Season 6 / Picture Credit: AMC
Alycia Debnam-Carey in Fear The Walking Dead Season 6 / Picture Credit: AMC

If you've been a fan of the first six seasons of The Walking Dead spinoff, Fear The Walking Dead, then buckle up; co-showrunner Ian Goldberg has described the upcoming seventh season as a “reinvention”.

Speaking during a livestream with TWDUniverse on Twitch, Goldberg explained: "We have multiple nuclear warheads that have detonated, so that's gonna change everything," before adding, "Just when they [the survivors] got a handle on how to deal with the apocalypse, now we have another apocalypse on top of the one they've been living on.”

He concluded: "I think it's not a spoiler to say that people are scattered to the four corners and they're going to be struggling to survive in this new world and finding each other might just be a small part of how they're gonna navigate that."

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