Game of Thrones looks to be the dominant player at this year’s Director’s Guild of America awards, securing three of the five television drama nominations. The three nominated directors are Jeremy Podeswa (for the episode The Dragon and the Wolf), Matt Shakman (The Spoils of War) and Alan Taylor (Beyond the Wall). The other two nominated directors were the Duffer Brothers, for the Stranger Things episode The Gate, and Reed Morano, who directed The Handmaid’s Tale episode Offred. Other nominees included Amy Sherman-Palladino, for The Marvellous Mrs Maisel, and Jean-Marc Valee for Big Little Lies. Missed its Chance
Being not beholden to TV ratings was once hailed as a freedom in the streaming era, where programs could survive on love and not eyeballs. But the downside is that in a crowded marketplace, a failure to find oxygen is now grounds for cancellation. Hulu has confirmed it will not renew the thriller series Chance, which stars Hugh Laurie and Ethan Suplee. Two seasons of the series, in which Laurie plays a neuropsychiatrist, have been made but its failure to command a slice of the (admittedly crowded) “golden age of TV” chattersphere has been blamed for the decision. The series airs on SBS in . Closing the file
The current – 10th – season of The X-Files looks to be its last with actress Gillian Anderson confirming she will not return as Agent Dana Scully. While the series has toyed with a reboot featuring new agents, there was little enthusiasm for that as the producers spruiked the new season to media in Los Angeles this week. Meanwhile, Anderson is holding firm. “It’s time for me to hang up Scully’s hat. This is it for me, I’m really serious.” Anderson first flagged her intentions at last year’s Comic-Con. Anderson has also bowed out of her other US series, American Gods, following confirmation its producers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green were leaving. Sort of Superman
One of the most anticipated titles unveiled to reporters this week was Warner Bros’ (sort of) Superman origin story Krypton. A teaser for the series filled in some gaps and revealed – warning: spoilers follow – that the series will follow Superman’s grandfather Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) as he battles to stop the planet Krypton’s future being changed. (In the established canon, Krypton’s destruction is the event which precipitates Superman’s arrival on Earth; Krypton plans to alter that.) The series will feature other DC Comics heroes, but notably Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) who travels to Krypton to warn Seg-El of what is coming. And sort of ‘no’
In a peculiar and disturbing trend, the gap between original material and remake seems to be shortening. A reboot – or worse, a return – for Lost was among the concepts floated for discussion at a US programming event this week, with ABC president Channing Dungey saying it’s a no, but not a no-no, just a no-with-a-maybe option. “It’s something that’s on a list of, wouldn’t it be great if [ideas],” Dungey said. Lost would be a trick series to encore, given it finished with a comprehensive – of sorts – ending, and re-writing history in the manner that Will & Grace and Roseanne have – would be a face slap for fans of the original series who agonised over its conclusion.