Serial Bites: MERLIN, TOUCH, TRUE BLOOD, GAME OF THRONES, THE NEWSROOM (more!)

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Today’s bite-sized serial menu serves news and tidbits from the worlds of Merlin, Touch, True Blood, Game Of Thrones, The Newsroom and Hannibal.

  • Colin Morgan and Katie McGrath sat down for a chat with EW about the upcoming fifth series of Merlin, which sees the story jump forward three years into the future. “The really nice thing for us this year as actors is that we’re all older. You [feel the change] mostly in [Series 5],” McGrath shared. Morgan confirmed that “the stories are now more focused on the legends,” with McGrath adding that as a result the story is now more centered around Merlin.
  • Touch has found a permanent Amelia. After the character was in glimpses last season, the show has cast Saxon Sharbino as a series regular to play the gifted daughter of Maria Bello’s Lucy in Season 2. [THR] Following the move to a more serialized commitment at the end of Season 1, it makes sense that we’ll be seeing more Amelia. In addition, Days of Our Lives alum Greg Ellis will play Martin’s old war correspondent buddy “Trevor Wilcox” in a multi-episode arc, while Lukas Haas has been cast as “Calvin Butterfield”, a young genius entrepreneur and scientist, TV Line report. Haas will be a series regular and reunites with 24 costar Kiefer Sutherland on the series.
  • HBO bosses Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler spoke about the futures of True Blood and Game of Thrones at the HBO TCA press tour. On True Blood, Lombardo said that the show will go on for the foreseeable future:

“The show’s obviously doing well. As long as it continues to be performing with the consumer, and more importantly exciting the storytellers, I think we’re there.”

It’s a similar story with Thrones, with Plepler saying:

“As we’ve said to [author] George R.R. Martin, as long as he keeps writing, we’ll keep producing — and he seems very excited with that proposition.”

  • Also coming out of the HBO press tour, the network is “having discussions” about the possibility of a fourth season of David Simon’s Treme.

“The writing staff was not fired, OK? Just seeing that in print is scaring the hell out of the writing staff. They are acting very strangely, they are coming to work very early … I want the old gang back. It is a fantastic group of men and women to come to work with.”

Sorkin also responded to the show’s mixed critical reception:

“For sure we all know that there were critics who did not enjoy watching the first four episodes. And there were critics that did. Obviously you’d prefer the praise be unanimous, but any time people are talking this much about a television show, it’s good for television, for people who watch TC, and people who work in TV.”

  • Hannibal has cast Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls) to play series regular Dr. Alana “Al” Bloom in Bryan Fuller’s take on Red Dragon. Per TV Line, Bloom is described as a psychiatric protege of Hannibal Lecter’s who teaches psychology at Georgetown University and is consulting with the FBI on criminal profiling when she introduces her mentor to Laurence Fishburne’s Jack Crawford.

 

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