The time has come for us to once again group together the most exciting television news of the week, and it has been an incredible seven days of confirmed rumours, tragic cast changes and more.
Here’s all of the biggest TV news of the week…
Regé-Jean Page won’t appear in Bridgerton Season 2
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.
Page also told Variety that he had always known his Bridgerton role had a shelf life, which was a part of the appeal for the young star.
The Mighty Ducks reboot ignores systemic racism despite star's pleas
There won’t be any focus on racial injustice in the upcoming Disney+ original series, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, despite the show taking place in the United States.
Disney said that the show would be "comfort food", despite returning star Emilio Estevez's concerns about ignoring such an important and topical subject.
Speaking with Vanity Fair, he explained: “So I pushed back at the producers and at the studio. I said, “You know, guys, we have to acknowledge this. We’re in the middle of a pandemic.” I got on my soapbox and I cried out that I can’t play a character who’s complaining about owning a million-dollar piece of real estate in downtown Minneapolis when the city’s on fire around us.
“And the pushback was, “This is a show that people need that doesn’t remind them of what’s happening in the world right now. That is the Disney brand. We’re not going to acknowledge the virus; we’re not going to acknowledge the systemic racism; we are going to be comfort food as we shoot these episodes.”
“I got in a huge argument with the showrunners about it. I said, “Look, you’ve got to check your own privilege here. We have an obligation as artists, as storytellers to speak to the times that we’re living in.” And there was pushback.”
Unfortunately, Estevez’s pleas seemed to fall on deaf ears. The actor should be commended however, for putting up such a fight.
Ryan Murphy asks fans to vote on American Horror Story’s future
We know that American Horror Story will expand with the spinoff American Horror Stories in the future, telling a different story with each and every episode of a new series. Now, it looks like fans of the franchise are able to vote on what they want to see either from that upcoming release, or in another season of AHS entirely.
Creator Ryan Murphy took to his social media to ask audiences to vote on what they would like to see as the theme for an upcoming AHS project. He gave six options, each of which would undoubtedly provide some stunning cinematography and compelling narratives!
Personally, we think a Christmas Horror and The Piggy Man are the most unique and interesting twists we could see, but we wouldn’t be against checking out all six at some point!
The Last Of Us starts filming in Canada this Summer
According to CBC, the Director's Guild of Canada have revealed that filming for The Last Of Us will commence in Calgary, Alberta this coming summer. A production start date is set for July 5th, 2021 with almost 12 months set aside and a proposed wrap of June 8th, 2022.
This is an incredibly-long filming schedule, and you have to wonder if the entire time will be spent in production or, if the studio are simply keeping ahold of the space whilst scheduling breaks in-between various weeks and months between July 2021 and June 2022.
Bringing video games to the small or big screen is always a challenge, but we imagine that the freedom given to creators over at HBO will be in The Last Of Us’ favour.
Chucky TV series details revealed
The much-anticipated Chucky television show is coming together, with two new cast members being revealed ahead of its premiere.
Lexa Doig has joined the show, taking on the role of Bree Webber. SYFYWire have described the character as someone "held to an unrealistic standard - by her husband and herself, which leads her to keep a dark secret from her family.”
Barbara Alyn Woods (One Tree Hill) has also signed up to star in the series as Mayor Michelle Cross, responsible (according to TVLine) for "maintaining Hackensack's safe image with the rising tide of mysterious violence, which she has no idea has been caused by a child's doll.”
We can’t wait to see how this one turns out. Hopefully, it’ll follow in the same successful vein of other horror shows such as Bates Motel and American Horror Story, rather than Damien!
The Friends reunion will finally film for HBO next week
Multiple delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic saw the Friends reunion on HBO Max pushed back repeatedly. Now, we finally have a secure date on when filming will take place.
According to Deadline, all six original stars will be in attendance alongside creators Marta Kauffman and David Cran, as well as director Ben Winston.
Filming will take place on the original Friends sound stage at Warner Bros.' lot, next weekend!
Though it's right around the corner, a premiere date for the show has not yet been revealed.
Happy Easter weekend, everyone! Once again we bring you a list of some of the best film news from the past week; ranging from new film trailers to Steven Yeun’s latest role…