TVLine Items: The Killing Final Season Casting News, Highway to Heaven Reboot and More

Joan Allen The KillingJoan Allen is about to make a Killing.

The Oscar-nominated actress has joined the drama’s six-episode fourth and final season on AMC Netflix, TVLine has confirmed.

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Allen, last seen in HBO’s Luck, will play Margaret O’Neal, the head of an all-boys military academy based outside of Seattle, who figures into Holder and Linden’s new investigation.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well….

* A&E is developing a reboot of the 1980s Michael Landon drama Highway to Heaven, per The Hollywood Reporter. Hell on Wheels showrunner John Wirth is penning the script.

* Bravo is expanding its Top Chef franchise with Top Chef Extreme, a new competition series that will pit “two of the biggest, boldest and most talked-about personalities” from past seasons of Top Chef and Top Chef Masters against each other. It’s slated to premiere this summer.

* Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced (via Conan O’Brien, of all people) the release of the complete 1960s Batman series (the one starring Adam West) later this year.

* Nick Lachey has been tapped to replace Carrie Keagan as host of VH1’s pop culture news show Big Morning Buzz Live!, US Weekly reports.

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  1. caprigirl60 says:

    Highway to Heaven starred Michael Landon, not John.

  2. Jon says:

    Holy crap, I hadn’t heard the news that The Killing was getting another season. I actually felt like the ending was kind of perfect but this is good news just the same.

  3. Jared says:

    I like Nick Lachey and all but really VH1???

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  5. Ally Oop says:

    Speaking of Michael Landon, I hope someone remakes Little House On the Prairie or maybe does Little House In the Big Woods. Unlike a lot of other remakes of shows, Little House is based on a book series. It would make a nice Sunday night family show.

  6. tvdiva says:

    If Highway to Heaven is getting a reboot, I hope someone reboots Touched by an Angel, too.

    • catlover04 says:

      But it wouldn’t be the same without Roma Downey, Della Reese, and the late John Dye. :-}} I loved Touched By An Angel….that wonderful show was on when I was going through a lot of hard stuff. I found it very encouraging.

  7. Will says:

    Am I the only one who felt The Killing was super dark and depressing? I think I made it to S01E07 by the time I stopped.
    I am glad for its fans that is will get an additional season although only 6 episodes, why not make it at least 10 or something?

  8. Charisma says:

    I don’t understand why they wouldn’t give continuity to such an amazing series. I have seen enough of Crime Scene stories but this one takes the crown. Spine chilling suspense keeps us audiences at the edges of our seats. My whole family is a fan of the series . And the actors are more realistic and believable than most others out there. For audiences like us who are tired of watching the same old plots, I bet there are so many more of us , who want to see more of it. Please give us some justice and produce more seasons of the killing. 3 Cheers to the team for making such an amazingly unique series!!