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.
*Reggae producer Winston Riley, who has worked with the likes of Boris Gardiner and Johnny Osbourne, has died, weeks after he was shot in the head in his native Jamaica.
Riley fell into a coma after he was gunned down in Kingston on Nov. 1. He died on Thursday (Jan 19) at the age of 65.
Widely recognized as one of the most successful reggae producers of all time, Riley began his career as a singer at the age of 16, when he formed his own band The Techniques. They recorded with producers Byron Lee and Duke Reid, before Riley quit the group and moved behind the soundboard to try his hand at producing.
He went on to work with reggae acts including Gardiner and Osbourne, and scored international success in 1971 with Dave and Ansell Collins’ hit “Double Barrel.”
Riley became known for creating the popular “Stalag” beat and later helped to launch the careers of Buju Banton, Lone Ranger and Frankie Paul.
Riley had been targeted in a number of vicious attacks in the past year – he was shot in August and stabbed repeatedly in another incident in September. Police have struggled to establish a motive for any of the attacks and his son, radio DJ Kurt Riley, remains equally baffled by the shocking wave of violence.
He says, “Unfortunately Daddy didn’t wake up so we could talk to him to find out if there was something he was not telling us. He was a straightforward man, who was allergic to hypocrisy.”