The BBC may not have renewed The Hour for season three, but we have written the show a love letter anyway. If you haven’t seen it yet, here are 6 excuses to get you started.

Our hearts are broken, and BBC Two is to blame. The cause? BBC’s terrible decision not to renew The Hour, their brilliant period newsroom drama, despite being originally planned as three seasons. They dug the knife deep in an official statement that said “We loved the show but have to make hard choices to bring new shows through.” Obviously they didn’t love it enough. Some fans have reacted by petitioning for a third season, but sorry BBC, we couldn’t hear you through our river of tears.

1. It’s ‘The Newsroom’ meets ‘Mad Men’


The Hour is a dream combination between Mad Men glamour and The Newsroom drama. Imagine Aaron Sorkin’s fast-paced team transported to London and running around in beautifully tailored suits, high-waisted trousers and perfectly fitted dresses. Like in any good period piece, the clothes themselves were almost like another character. But they didn’t overshadow the brilliant dialogue or twisting plots, instead it was a witty mash-up of two things we adore, but (kind of) better. Yes, we went there.

2. Ben Whishaw being a perfect human


There is no argument that the beautiful Ben Whishaw is the key to this show. Did we say beautiful? Oh, you caught us. He delighted in Skyfall as nerdy hipster Q and made us fall in love as the poet John Keats in Bright Star, but this was his perfect role. He won our hearts as intelligent and idealistic reporter Freddie Lyon, who would absolutely risk everything to get the story. But Freddie was more than a reporter, he was a best friend and a competitor, he was charming, manipulative and endearing. And he spent a lot of time drinking copious amounts of tea and whiskey. What’s not to love?

3. Brilliant acting from the rest of the cast


Don’t let our extreme love of Ben Whishaw put you off, he had to really fight to stand out in such a wonderful cast. Romola Garai (The Crimson Petal and the White) and Dominic West (The Wire) made up the rest of this talented trio. Garai was resplendent as tough newswoman but social sweetheart Bel, while West brought depth to news anchor Hector who could have been completely one note. The supporting cast was equally brilliant, although the standout for us was Anna Chancellor as the fiercely wonderful Lix Storm. Not to mention, The Hour is a who’s who of British drama, you’ll be on IMDb with the rest of us wondering where you have seen them all before.

4. Storylines that pull no punches


Sure, each episode contained it’s own story, but not at the expense of the overall season-long narratives – and there were multiple. News stories don’t come and disappear in real life, and they didn’t in The Hour. Both seasons reflected the political and social climate of the period, while illustrating real relationships between this tight knit group of people. The Bel and Freddie friendship was heartbreaking and hilarious, but it felt like the kind you could have in your own life (preferably with Ben Whishaw). Every character was necessary to the story, and with all of the twists and turns, what are you waiting for?

5. A perfect period setting


The level of detail that has gone into this show is amazing. From the clothes to the lighting and the set design, you will truly feel like you have been transported to a news studio in 1950s London. When you watch, check out the newspaper cuttings that paper Freddie’s corner of the office, or the dull haze of smoke that permeates almost every scene. Every decision is deliberate, and as with any good show, it is so good that you don’t really notice it – you just accept that this is the time period you are in. But take a closer look next time, and you will be amazed.

6. There are only 12 episodes. Yes, 12.


This is both a positive and negative to us. Because hey, we have already watched all 12 episodes and we now know that no more are coming. But to you, new viewer, see this as a challenge you can meet. You’re not agreeing to watch five seasons of Merlin, or ten seasons of Friends. 12 hour-long episodes are completely achievable, some of our staffers watch more TV than that in a single week. And don’t be put off by the sudden dropping of the show, yes we would have loved three seasons, but we believe the two they gave us were wrapped up pretty well (once you recover from the soul-destroying realization that it is over, which we haven’t yet).

And more

We could keep expounding on our deep heartfelt love for The Hour, but while you are probably getting excited thinking “Wow, this sounds great and also this cast is highly attractive,” we have just reminded ourselves that it is all over. Thanks a lot BBC. So hurry up and watch this wonderfully crafted television show so that you can have an enriched life, but a destroyed soul.

So for now, you’ll just have to excuse us.



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Fox has moved the third and final Maze Runner movie to 2018.

The cast and crew were only a few days into filming The Death Cure in March when Dylan O’Brien suffered serious injuries on set, prompting the production to be put on a break so he could recover. When his recovery ended up taking longer than expected, the production was put on an indefinite hold.

Now, a plan to resume the shoot seems to be in place. Fox announced Friday The Death Cure will be hitting theaters January 12, 2018, which is nearly a year later than the original February 2017 date. The last Maze Runner movie, The Scorch Trials, opened last September.

Production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure likely won’t resume until late this year or early next. Dylan O’Brien has already committed to another movie which is expected to shoot this summer.

Getting the rest of the cast and crew back together to shoot The Maze Runner finale may be a bit of a challenge since they may’ve committed to other projects that were supposed to be shooting after they finished The Maze Runner. However, the new Death Cure release date suggests Fox has found a time that’ll work for everyone.

Tom Cavanagh will return to The Flash in season 3 as a series regular, though which character he’ll be playing remains to be seen.

Cavanagh has had a unique acting challenge on The Flash, playing a different version of his character in each of the first two seasons — and now it looks like he’ll be doing it for a third season in a row, as EW confirms that he will be a series regular in season 3.

In season 1, Cavanagh played Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse Flash, in Harrison Wells’ body. Thawne, after traveling back in time, killed the original Wells and took his form to expedite the development of the particle accelerator so he could return to his own time. Thawne was written out of existence in the season 1 finale, though, leaving fans curious about who Cavanagh would be playing in season 2.

This past season, Cavanagh played the Earth-2 version of Harrison Wells, nicknamed Harry, who was a significantly different character from the man we thought was Wells in season 1. However, in the season 2 finale, Harry and his daughter, Jesse, returned to Earth-2.

The Flash season 2, episode 6 recap Wells

So, who does that leave for Cavanagh to play in the third season?

My guess would be the Earth-1 version of Harrison Wells, who we only briefly met in a flashback in season 1. Why the original Wells? Because in the final moments of the season 2 finale, Barry traveled back in time and stopped Thawne from killing his mother. This means the timeline in which Thawne killed Wells and took his form no longer exists, so Earth-1 Wells would be the version left alive.

Assuming he does play the original version of the character, the one who was killed and had his identity stolen, it will be interesting to see Cavanagh inhabit yet another version of the character. While we already met Wells briefly in the flashback to his death, that was a small sample size. I look forward to seeing him differentiate another Wells from those he’s already played for entire seasons.

Are you excited to see more Tom Cavanagh on ‘The Flash’?

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.