Syfy shuts down Helix

Helix has been cancelled after two seasons on US cable channel Syfy.

The story follows a team of scientists who investigate a possible disease outbreak in an Arctic research facility and find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation.

Stars of the show reacted to the news on Twitter:

Helix is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions, in association with Sony Pictures Television. The executive producers are Ronald D Moore, showrunner Steven Maeda and Lynda Obst. The co-executive producer is Cameron Porsandeh.

ABC finishes Revenge

ABC’s soapy drama Revenge will end after four years.

The series, which debuted in 2011, will draw to a close following the final episode of the current season on May 10.

The story followed Emily Thorne, the newest resident of The Hamptons. When she was a little girl (and known as Amanda Clarke) her father, David Clarke, was framed for a horrific crime and subsequently sent to prison. While serving his time, the conspirators plotted and murdered David in order to prevent the truth from coming out. Emily is now back with a new identity and ready to take vengeance on the people who murdered her father and stole her childhood.

Star Emily VanCamp tweeted:

MTV ends Eye Candy

MTV has cancelled its original drama Eye Candy after just one season.

Victoria Justice, who headed the cast, broke the news on Twitter:

Final season of Continuum starts production

Cameras are rolling on the final ever season of Canadian time-travel crime drama Continuum.

Continuum

Continuum

Season four will contain six episodes that will wrap up the story of a policewoman from 2077 who travels back in time to track down escaped Liber8 convicts from the future.

The cast includes Rachel Nichols, Ryan Robbins, Victor Webster, Erik Knudsen, and Stephen Lobo.

The series is produced by Reunion Pictures for Shaw Media’s Showcase.

Creator Simon Barry executive produces with Patrick Williams, Tom Rowe, Lisa Richardson, and Matthew O’Connor.

Filming is due to finish in late May, and the season premiere is scheduled for July 26.

Endemol Worldwide Distribution handles international sales.

Downton Abbey to end after season six

The doors are closing on Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

ITV has confirmed the period drama will come to an end after its sixth season later this year – concluding with a special episode on Christmas Day.

The series is produced by Carnival Films, and coproduecd with Masterpiece for PBS in the US. The executive producers are creator Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame.

Fellowes is now expected to ramp up production on his forthcoming NBC project, The Gilded Age, described as an epic tale of the princes of the American Renaissance, and the vast fortunes they made — and spent — in late nineteenth-century New York.

 

NBC shows no Allegiance

Allegiance, the US drama based on Israel’s The Gordin Cell, has been cancelled by NBC.

Allegiance

Allegiance

The show was on air for five episodes before it was pulled, with actor Scott Cohen suggesting the remaining episodes due to air this summer.

The series follows a young CIA analyst (Gavin Stenhouse) specialising in Russian affairs who learns a shocking secret and his close-knit, affluent family is about to be split apart when it’s revealed that his parents (Cohen and Hope Davis) are covert Russian spies deactivated decades ago.  But today the Kremlin has re-enlisted them into service as they plan a terrorist operation inside the U.S. border that will bring America to its knees.

Cohen posted on Twitter:

Stenhouse also said:

Writer/director George Nolfi executive produces with Avi Nir, Ron Leshem, Amit Cohen, Yona Wisenthal and Giyora Yahalom. It is produced by Universal Television, Keshet Media and Yes.

BBC One runs out of New Tricks

Long-running detective drama New Tricks will end after 12 seasons.

New Tricks

New Tricks

The BBC One series, which debuted in 2003, followed the fictional Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad – retired police officers who were recruited to reinvestigate unsolved crimes.

Star Tamzin Outhwaite tweeted:

The series is produced by Headstrong Pictures. The executive producers are Myar Craig-Brown for Headstrong and Polly Hill for the BBC with Huw Kennair-Jones producing.

Season 12 is due to air later this year.

USA’s trip to Stanistan cancelled

USA Network is not moving forward with its pilot Stanistan.

USA Network

USA Network

From Universal Cable Productions, it followed the staff at the American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan, where state department workers, covert CIA officers and journalists operate in a delicate balance of danger and silliness using every coping mechanism available.

It is written by Andy Parker, who is also a supervising producer. Richard Scarth, Mary Louise Vitelli and Maureen A Ryan are co-executive producers. Steve Scheffer is the executive producer.

Jennifer Carpenter and Jonathan Cake starred in the pilot.

E4 finishes My Mad Fat Diary

E4 drama My Mad Fat Diary will end after its third season.

My Mad Fat Diary

My Mad Fat Diary

The Channel 4-owned network first launched the teen drama in 2013, but will bring the series to a close after a final 3×60′ run this summer.

Filming begins this week, reuniting star Sharon Rooney with castmates Jodie Comer, Jordan Murphy, Ciara Baxendale, and Dan Cohen.

The series is adapted from Rae Earl’s real-life diaries, and subsequent book My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary, and the new series is written by George Kay.

It is a Tiger Aspect production.

The final installments of My Mad Fat Diary will broadcast on E4 in summer 2015.

Atlantis sinks on BBC One

Fantasy drama Atlantis has been cancelled by BBC One.

Atlantis

Atlantis

The series, currently on a break during its second season, is set in the legendary titular city – an ancient world of heroes and mythical creatures.

The story follows the adventures of Jason (Jack Donnelly), who washes up on the shores of Atlantis and teams up with Hercules (Mark Addy) and Pythagoras (Robert Emms) to battle against some of the most famous names in Greek legend.

It also stars Jemima Rooper, Aiysha Hart, Sarah Parish and Juliet Stevenson.

Emms confirmed the news on Twitter:

Atlantis is produced by Urban Myth Films for BBC Cymru Wales, with executive producers Johnny Capps, Julian Murphy, Howard Overman and Bethan Jones.

It was originally commissioned to fill the Saturday evening slot vacated by another fantasy drama, Merlin, which was also executive produced by Capps and Murphy.

The series also airs on BBC America, OTE in Greece, FOX8 in Australia, and KBS in South Korea, among other channels worldwide.