New Ronald D Moore series greenlit; X-Men casting; Knight Rider movie gets writer; missing Avengers episodes get new lease of life… all the latest news hoovered up so you don’t have to look at those other websites that you don’t love as much as us.
• We’ve known for about a year that Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D Moore was working on a series called Outlander (as part of a two-year deal with Sony Pictures Television). Now the Starz network have officially ordered 16 episodes, for transmission in 2014. Based on a seven-book series by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander concerns a British army nurse from 1945 who’s mysteriously flung back to 1743 after visiting some standing stones near Inverness; there, she ends up marrying a Scottish warrior (even though she’s already married in the “present” – awkward). Filming starts this Autumn, in bonnie Scotland. Hmm, wonder if they’ll visit Castle Leod, the inspiration for the books’ Castle Leoch?
• Australian actor Josh Helman (right) has joined the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past, according to The Wrap. No word on what role he’s lined up for, but apparently he is “expected on set for several weeks”, whatever the hell that means. Like all Australian actors (we think there’s some sort of law) the youthful Helman appeared in Home And Away, but he’s hit the big time recently with roles in Jack Reacher and the forthcoming Mad Max: Fury Road. He has no connection to the popular mayonnaise.
• A Knight Rider movie has taken a step closer to magnificent reality, with the Weinstein Co (who now own the rights) tasking one Brad Copeland (no, us neither) with writing a draft of the script, according to The LA Times. Copeland’s previous credits include half a dozen episodes of Arrested Development, so he can obviously do the funnies. Just make sure there’s a swishy red light on the front of KITT and we’ll be happy, Brad.
• Uncork the champagne, fans of The Avengers (the ‘60s TV series, that is): audio drama types Big Finish are producing new full-cast adaptations of a dozen episodes from the comparatively-sensible first series, all of which are missing from the archives. One will be opening episode “Hot Snow” (of which just the first act survives). No word yet on who’ll take the lead roles of Dr David Keel and John Steed (that’s right – Cathy Gale didn’t arrive until series two), other than that they’re “brilliant, high-profile actors”. Fingers crossed that Ralph Fiennes is unavailable. The 12 audios will be released in three four-CD box sets, with the first due in January 2014. Recording starts in July.