Finally: State of Play Returning For Second Season

Paul Abbott‘s tour de force of politics and journalism – the incomparable British series State of Play – will finally get that long-awaited second season, Abbott tells The Sun. “We’re looking at doing six episodes,” he says. The show had a crazy-brilliant cast – Bill Nighy, John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, Polly Walker, David Morrissey, Philip Glenister – and everyone acted their butts off. Only Simm and Nighy are confirmed for Season Two, but one expects the others to sign on as well, if only to experience some of the best writing ever on TV, British or otherwise. And that Brad Pitt remake – even if it majorly blows – will be the best publicity the series could receive.

In other news:

  • Chart Rigger has an exclusive interview with The Feeling‘s Dan Gillespie Sells in which he talks about his boyfriend (damn it). “I’ve never told anyone before, because no one ever asked directly. This is really pathetic, but it’s probably the first proper boyfriend I’ve really ever had, because I’ve just totally scuttered around the whole thing for so many years. And I’m 28 years old and I’m, like, talking about my first real boyfriend…but certainly, it’s the first relationship that I’ve been really happy to talk about.”
  • Robert DeNiro is angry that David Bowie‘s High Line Festival will take place just days after his Tribeca Film Festival. (Page Six)
  • Mel B. challenges Eddie Murphy to surrender his genetic material!(Page Six)
  • The Daily Mail digs deep into the life of Mel B. – her lesbian flings, her persistent love for Eddie, and a voodoo priestess named Tabitha.
  • Little Britain‘s David Walliams steps out with “Mystery Blonde.”(Daily Mail)
  • Photos from 28 Weeks Later.(Daily Mail)
  • While filming Charlie Wilson’s War, Emily Blunt admits she was starstruck by Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. She says, “I have a rather raunchy scene with Tom Hanks, and he couldn’t have been nicer about it. It was that weird thing where I’m crawling all over him, and suddenly my mind drifts off and I’m like, ‘Oh, I loved you in Turner & Hooch.’” This dame’s a hoot!(Starpulse)
  • Johnny Marr, a.k.a. the hardest working man in showbiz, will appear on Crowded House‘s first album in 14 years.(Monsters and Critics)
  • Kele Okereke says his comments about Pete Doherty and Oasis were taken “out of context.”(Gigwise)
  • Hot Chip‘s frontman Alexis Taylor talks about the band’s DJ mix album and the band’s follow-up to The Warning.(Pitchfork)
  • Get your Sugababes dolls.(The Scotsman)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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