Idris Elba poses in the press room with the Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television award for "Luther" at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills
*BBC America has committed to co-produce and air a four-episode third season of the Idris Elba-led “Luther” this year reports The Chicago Tribune.
The UK’s BBC One greenlit a third season a few months ago, the question remains when in 2012 they will actually get around to filming them, reports Dark Horizons.
Though she was a major character in the second and had a small appearance in the third, Ruth Wilson isn’t expected to return as Alice for this season. The actress is currently committed to the Disney film, “Lone Ranger.”
Earlier this month, Elba picked up a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of John Luther in the series.
ActorIdris Elba arrives at The Weinstein Company's 2012 Golden Globe Awards After Party held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Jan. 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills
*If you’ve slept on BBC America’s intense mini-series “Luther,” the network is offering yet another chance to catch the latest season in its entirety, thanks to the Golden Globe win of its star Idris Elba.
As previously reported, Elba won the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture for Television during Sunday’s ceremony.
He stars as John Luther, the near-genius detective struggling to cope with his own demons, in two distinctive crime stories which make up the four-part series, which also picked up a Golden Globe.
Devastated by the brutal murder of his wife, John Luther returns to policing in a different world. His old unit has gone and he’s working in the newly created Serious and Serial Unit, headed by former police complaints officer Martin Schenk (Dermot Crowley, Babel, Bleak House).
Luther quickly gathers together his team, rescuing his old partner Detective Justin Ripley (Warren Brown) from uniform. It’s not long before they’re dealing with their first case. A masked man wanders the streets of London, carrying out ritualistic murders in historic locations, working his way up to one final masterpiece.
The “Luther” marathon airs Sunday, Jan. 22, from 11 a.m. ET to 3 p.m. ET.
*Halle Berry is making her way back to the small screen again, reportedly set to star in a drama that is being shopped around to network execs at HBO and Showtime and other cable outlets.
According to Deadline.com, DreamWorks TV’s ‘Higher Learning’ is being pitched to several pay cable networks. With specific details about the project being kept under wraps, the one certainty has Berry playing a college professor in the made-for-television movie.
Appearing on the small screen is nothing new for Berry. Berry started off doing small and bit roles on television shows such as ‘Who’s the Boss?’ and ‘Living Dolls,’ in the late ’80s.Those roles were basic platforms that helped launched Berry’s movie career. Berry’s movie career took off after being noticed in
“A Different World’ and ‘Knots Landing.”
Berry came to prominence with starring and roles in “Strictly Business,” “Jungle Fever,” and the TV miniseries “Queen.”
Although Berry’s now most famous for her movie roles, she dips back into TV every now and then, with roles in critically acclaimed TV movies ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ and HBO’s ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,’ for which she won both a Best Actress Emmy and Golden Globe in 2000. However, ‘Higher Learning’ would be her first venture into a TV series in more than 10 years.
By heading back to TV, Berry joins fellow Oscar-winners Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Holly Hunt and Judi Dench who have all picked up some meaty roles in recent years.