Francis Lawrence, who is already directing the second Hunger Games film, will return to direct Mockingjay parts one and two. The three movies will come out in back-to-back-to-back years, so don’t expect Lawrence to be taking on any new projects until 2016.
Meanwhile, Idris Elba begins filming this month on the third season of BBC’s bleak, complex, and amazing Luther. There will be four more episodes of the series, though there’s no word on whether Alice will return. Showrunner Neil Cross, however, has expressed interest in a feature-film version of “Luther” at the end of season three, as well as a mini-series based on the Alice character.
Over on the USA Network, they have recently announced the cancellations of both Sarah Shahi’s “Fairly Legal” and Michael Ealy’s “Common Law.” No great loss in either respect, and it frees both actors to take on roles better suited to their talent and prettiness. Man, that Ealy: No one has more soulful eyes. Burn Notice will be returning for a seventh season.
In a surprise to no one, Mitt Romney has nailed down the Montgomery Burns endorsement.
Brendan Fraser had a new TNT show, “Legends,” in which he’d play a CIA Agent, but Brendan Fraser now no longer has a TNT show, as he’s left citing creative differences.
Meanwhile, AMC has renewed Hell on Wheels for a third season, but has not put that renewal on hold until they can find a new show runner after its existing one departed.
HBO has picked up eight episodes of a new series from Stephen Merchant, co-creator of the BBC’s “The Office.” He’ll co-write “Hello Ladies” with former American “The Office” writer-producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. The series will also star Merchant as a “6 foot-7 Merchant as a gawky Englishman searching for the woman of his dreams in Los Angeles. Half as charming as he thinks he is — and twice as desperate — he’s obsessed with infiltrating the glamorous world of beautiful people.”
Finally, the image above comes from the dark comedy “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” a four-part series set to air in Britain based on the short stories of Mikhail Bulgakov, in which Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm play the same character at different stages of life.