TVLine Items: Matthew Rhys Is Mr. Darcy, Melissa & Joey Renewed for Season 4 and More!

Matthew Rhys Mr Darcy BBCAn “American” has been tapped to play a beloved Brit.

The AmericansMatthew Rhys will portray Pride and Prejudice‘s Mr. Darcy in BBC’s upcoming three-part project Death Comes To Pemberley.

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Based on the suspense novel by P.D. James, the project — which is timed to P and P‘s 200th anniversary — centers on three of author Jane Austen’s iconic characters: Elizabeth Bennet, George Wickham and, of course, Mr. Darcy.

Anna Maxwell Martin has been cast as Elizabeth, and Matthew Goode will bring George to the small screen.

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• ABC Family has picked up (a lot!) more Melissa & Joey. The cabler on Tuesday gave the sitcom (which returns May 29) a Season 3 back order and renewed it for a fourth season, making it ABC Family’s first comedy to reach 100 episodes.

• Oscar winner Melissa Leo (Louie) will co-star in Fox’s upcoming event series Wayward Pines. From The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan, Pines is described as an “intense, mind-bending thriller” that centers on Secret Service agent Ethan Burke’s (Matt Dillon) search for two missing agents in the titular town. Leo joins as an unpredictable nurse who cares for Ethan when he finds himself in the hospital.

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• CNN’s new Morgan Spurlock-helmed and -hosted docu-series Inside Man premieres Sunday, June 23.

• Brooke Burns (Baywatch) will host GSN’s new quiz show The Chase, Deadline reports.

• Barry Manilow will once again headline PBS’ Fourth of July-themed concert event A Capitol Fourth, per TV Guide Magazine.

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Comments (28)

  • I kind of LOVE that casting of Matthew Rhys, it makes a heck of a lot more sense than Vincent Kartheiser playing him at the Guthrie this summer. It’s a tricky role, though.

    Comment by Maggie – May 28, 2013 12:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Love the Matthew Rhys casting. A little puzzled about Anna Maxwell Martin as Elizabeth though. Don’t get me wrong, she’s a great actress, but I’m just having a hard time picturing her as Elizabeth.

      Comment by gdv – May 28, 2013 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m not as familiar with her work, but Matthew Goode is PERFECT as Wickham! That’s excellent casting

        Comment by Maggie – May 28, 2013 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It will be very hard to dislike Wickham ;)

          Comment by Sarahii – May 29, 2013 09:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thought it said Joey the spin off :OOOO then I was like ehm let’s look at the whole text.. :’(

    Comment by Kresh – May 28, 2013 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YAY! Love Melissa & Joey but please put them together soon…

    Comment by K. – May 28, 2013 12:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • love melissa and joey also but im cool with them just being friends…. at least for now.

      Comment by ed – May 28, 2013 12:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • while i’m happy for the melissa & joey fans, i am disappointed there has been no renewal announcement for bunheads.

    Comment by Kat – May 28, 2013 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Me, too. I love Melissa and Joey, but why are they making the Bunheads fans wait so long for an answer? I need my Michelle fix!!

      Comment by Holly – May 28, 2013 12:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love Melissa and Joey! Can’t wait for the new season to start tomorrow.

    Comment by JJ – May 28, 2013 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So happy Melissa & Joey is renewed. New season tomorrow!!!

    Comment by A – May 28, 2013 12:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ABC Family went ahead and ordered two seasons of “Clarissa & Joey,” but we can’t get an announcement on “Bunheads,” Whoa!

    Comment by Atlanta Theatre Matt – May 28, 2013 01:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ABC Family better renew The Lying Game and/or Bunheads soon or we riot.

    Comment by Tran TV – May 28, 2013 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Just throw yourself down on the floor and have a tantrum at home. It will be just as effective.

      Comment by lyn – May 28, 2013 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes! More Melissa & Joey!

    Comment by nick1372 – May 28, 2013 02:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They took a while renewing The Lying Game first time around. I fear that it might get axed. Bunheads though, I’m surprised. I hope they do renew it, but I’m preparing for bad news right now.

    Comment by Esaul – May 28, 2013 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay! Melissa and Joey! I hope Baby Daddy will get renewed after this season as well.

    When are we going to get Bunheads news by the way? I’m dying here!

    Comment by Babybop – May 28, 2013 02:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Baby Daddy was renewed for a third season a few months ago, which I’m happy about.

      Comment by Lynn – May 28, 2013 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Really? I didn’t hear about that! Yay!

        Comment by Babybop – May 29, 2013 11:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t believe there are more comments about Melissa and Joey than P&P casting. I’m all for the Goode casting but those other 2 DO NOT fit the roles! BBC normally does an excellent job of casting but I think they missed the mark this time.

    Comment by Jenn – May 28, 2013 05:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Odd that its not a Brit playing Darcy. Just seems….wrong. But Matthew MacFayden played him to such perfection in the Kiera Knightly adaptation, that I fear no other will compare. (And yes, I do believe MacFayden did a better job than Firth – the blasphemy! Lol).

    Comment by mia – May 28, 2013 06:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Matthew Rhys IS British; he’s Welsh…

      Comment by Leslie – May 28, 2013 07:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Ummm….okkaaayyyyy.

        Comment by Anon – May 28, 2013 08:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The reference to American is because Matthew Rhys stars in the show “The Americans.” But he is actually from the UK.

      Comment by maggie – May 29, 2013 05:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • He is Welsh, as in from Wales and I defy any American to go to Wales and call them British.

        Comment by Anon – May 29, 2013 05:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does somebody know how many episodes M&J’s third season will have ?

    Comment by KyleScott – May 29, 2013 03:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i like this casting for Death comes to Pemberly but i read the book and it was terrible. Elizabeth had a very small part & Darcy did not act anything like he was in P&P. Maybe they can do a better job with the movie.

    Comment by ragoo16 – May 29, 2013 07:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I wonder if and when Death Comes to Pemberly will be on US television? Maybe PBS or BBC America?

      Comment by maggie – May 29, 2013 05:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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