ICYMI: Netflix renews Stranger Things and Channel 4 and AMC renew Humans!
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To start off, we have some exciting news for all fans of Stranger Things. The highly popular Netflix original has been renewed for a third season. The series received no less than 18 Emmy nominations for its first season and won a total of five. So buy another box of Eggo waffles (or twenty) and get ready for more interdimensional fun in Hawkins and the Upside Down!
Fans of Channel 4 and AMC’s series Humans also have cause to celebrate. The show was recently renewed for a third season. It’s also been confirmed that Sam Palladio will be returning to the series. Season 3 of Humans is expected to premiere sometime in 2018.
Read on for more sci-fi-related news!
Guess Who: Saïd Taghmaoui leaves Legion production
Saïd Taghmaoui, known for his role as Sameer in Wonder Woman, has left the production of Legion. Taghmaoui was cast as the villain, Amahl Farouk (aka, the Shadow King) for the second season. It’s unclear exactly how he’ll be departing the series as there was no comment from one of his representatives. Season 2 of Legion started filming in September and is expected to premiere in February 2018.
Social Frenzy: An end to a Star Trek captain Twitter feud
A recent Twitter feud between original Star Trek star William Shatner and Star Trek: Discovery star Jason Isaacs has come to an end. The two stars had a tense standoff on Twitter that had led to Shatner blocking Isaacs. The unblocking was followed by some playful banter from the two actors.
He who must not be named’s bff is now unblocked.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) November 28, 2017
Interviews: Matt Smith’s possible return to Doctor Who and Chris Carter talks criticism of season 10 of The X-Files
“I’d come back, you know if the timing was right. You got to give a few years to Ms. Whitaker to sort of get the TARDIS under her belt, as it were, and then yeah, one day.”
Saying he’d like to return and actually returning are very different things, of course. Nothing has been officially confirmed. But if Chris Chibnall and the other producers of the show end up onboard with the idea in the future, then it might just end up happening.
Chris Carter, the creator and showrunner of The X-Files, also sat down recently to respond to criticisms of season 10 of the show. Instead of outright refuting the criticism, he acknowledged the criticism and directly addressed the concerns some fans had with the relaunch of the series after its twelve-year hiatus.
“It was like old friends getting back together. We had to shake some of the stiffness out. […] I think that we’re all in fighting shape now.”
It’s difficult to say if Carter’s acknowledgment of the criticisms will result in a less divisive eleventh season. The X-Files returns to Fox on January 3, 2018.
Coming Soon: The X-Files season 11 teaser and new UFO series Rendlesham
With the premiere of season 11 of The X-Files rapidly approaching, we were finally given a few more hints about what’s in store for Agents Mulder and Scully. The creator Chris Carter and stars David Duchovny (Fox Mulder) and Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully) broke down the season 10 cliffhanger and teased season 11.
Sony has recently announced that they will be teaming up with Doctor Who director Joe Ahearne to create a new UFO series titled Rendlesham. The series is inspired by an incident that took place in the 1980s.
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