Picture Credits (l-r): Channel 4, Disney+ and Netflix
Picture Credits (l-r): Channel 4, Disney+ and Netflix

With another week out of the way and April getting off to an interesting start to say the very least, there has been no lack of reports when it comes to exciting television news.

Here, we’ve collected some of our favourite stories from the past seven days so that you can keep up with everything that’s going on! From new trailers to attempted reboots and, a landmark deal for a Kanye West documentary, there’s surely something for everybody…

Queer As Folk reboot in the works

Picture Credit: Channel 4
Picture Credit: Channel 4

The groundbreaking Queer as Folk is still as popular today as it ever was and now, a landmark reboot is planned with Russell T. Davies and Stephen Dunn returning to their original creative behind-the-scenes roles.

Dunn issues a statement that said it was a "surreal honour" to adapt the series, noting that the "next generation didn't have to watch Queer as Folk alone in their dank basements with the sound muted, but with their family and friends and the volume cranked all the way to the max…"

We can’t wait to see just which direction the story will be taken in when it returns to our screens!

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Season 2 trailer drops

With a new semester comes all-new drama in the second season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Yes, the title is a mouthful but, if you can get past that then the over-the-top shenanigans of the show are everything you need to get you through yet another few weeks of lockdown restrictions.

With brand-new solos from Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett, and a cast that includes a whole bunch of talented rising stars, we’ll see loyalties tested as the students and their mentors face some of the toughest challenges in their lives so far.

If you need to catch up, now’s the time to do so! All of Season 1 is available exclusively on Disney+, with Season 2 starting on May 14th, 2021.

Netflix buy Kanye West documentary for $30 million

Kanye West at Dries Van Noten's Ready-to-Wear Spring-Summer 2015 show in Paris, September 2014 / Picture Credit: Mhabille Sophie/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images
Kanye West at Dries Van Noten's Ready-to-Wear Spring-Summer 2015 show in Paris, September 2014 / Picture Credit: Mhabille Sophie/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

Whether you love or loathe Kanye West, there's no denying the fact that he is one of the most compelling figures of the modern era. Now, audiences will get a glimpse into his life like never before in a documentary that will include unseen footage, collected over 20 years.

Streaming service Netflix have spent a whopping $30 million on purchasing the rights to the docuseries, which is made up of film captured by Coodie Simmons, who's been working on the feature since West's early days in the 90s.

The relationship shared between Simmons and West will be a part of the show, it's understood, with the main focus being on West's meteoric rise to fame and, at times, infamy. Fans will also see him more vulnerable than ever, as it delves into his experiences following the death of his mother.

West himself is said not to be creatively involved with the project.

Trailer drops for Apple TV+ original The Mosquito Coast

Justin Theroux, Melissa George, Logan Polish and Gabriel Bateman star in The Mosquito Coast, adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name from author Paul Theroux.

Award-winning novelist Neil Cross is bringing the "gripping adventure" to the small screen, which follows the dangerous journey of radical idealist and inventor Allie Fox (Justin Theroux), who uproots his family for Mexico when they're forced to go on the run from the US government.

Those who recognise the show's title may have seen the 1986 film, also based on the novel. There, Harrison Ford starred alongside Helen Mirren, River Phoenix and Jadrien Steele, with Peter Weir serving as director.

The Crown to begin filming Season 5 in July

Picture Credit: Netflix
Picture Credit: Netflix

Following the monumental reaction to its fourth season, The Crown will begin gearing up for its return to Netflix this July, when filming starts on the fifth season of the hit series.

An all-new cast will join proceedings, with yet another time jump propelling us forward to focus on some of the most memorable moments in the Royal Family's history. Amongst them are Elizabeth Debicki, who will play Princess Diana and, Dominic West who will play Prince Charles.

Imelda Staunton will step into the role of Queen Elizabeth II with Lesley Manville playing her sister, Princess Margaret. Jonathan Pryce takes on the late Prince Philip.

With some major roles to still be filled, it’s going to be very interesting to see just who has signed on to help bring the royals’ story to audiences in Season 5.

LAST WEEK’S BIGGEST TV NEWS: Friends cast reunion filming, as Bridgerton loses main star ahead of second season

Despite being a fan-favourite and perhaps the single biggest breakout star from Netflix original series Bridgerton, Regé-Jean Page won’t be making a comeback for the upcoming second season of the critically-acclaimed show.

Taking on the role of The Duke of Hastings, Simon Basset, those who were first introduced to this story via the streaming platform are sad to see him go. News of his departure won't be a shock to those who have read the Julia Quinn novels on which the series is based, however…

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