Series Cancellation

'Home Fires'' Final Season Comes to Masterpiece This April

The women of "Home Fires" Season 2 (Photo: Courtesy of ITV Studios and MASTERPIECE)

The second season of female-led drama Home Fires will finally screen in America this spring! Season 2 will air on PBS’ Masterpiece beginning Sunday, April 2 at 9pm. It’ll be paired with the new season of period drama Call the Midwife.

The series stars Samantha Bond and Francesa Annis as the leaders of a group of Women’s Institute members in a rural Cheshire community during World War II. Season 2 is set during the summer of 1940 and the village of Great Paxton is caught up in the Battle of Britain. Two weeks after the defeat at Dunkirk, with the German army advancing though France, Britain braces itself for invasion. The women must all rely on each other and their friendships forged in their community to survive what is to come.

‘Inspector Lewis” Final Season to Air on Masterpiece This Summer

One last time: Laurence Fox as DI Hathaway and Kevin Whately as DI Lewis (Photo: Courtesy of (C) ITV Studios/MASTERPIECE)

Get ready, America, it’s time to say goodbye to Inspector Lewis once again.

The mystery series, itself a sequel to the equally popular Inspector Morse, will come to an end after ten years on-air. (Sort of.) Inspector Lewis, which premiered in 2006, has had something of a tumultuous history in recent years, as the drama sort of wrapped up its run back in 2013, before returning for a surprise eighth season in 2014. Now, the mystery series is back for one last and final run. 

Period Drama ‘Home Fires’ Canceled by British Network ITV; Fans Rally to Try and Save Show

The ladies of "Home Fires". (Photo: ITV for Masterpiece)

Sad news for fans of the female-led period drama Home Fires – the show was recently canceled by British network ITV after just two seasons.

The series starred Samantha Bond and Francesca Annis as the leaders of a group of Women’s Institute members in a rural Cheshire community during World War II. The second season is set during the summer of 1940, and the village of Great Paxton is caught up in the Battle of Britain. Two weeks after the defeat at Dunkirk, with the German army advancing though France, Britain braces itself for invasion.

American fans will still be able to watch Home Fires’ six-episode second season when it screens on PBS stations later this year. But, since Season 2 reportedly ends on a fairly major cliffhanger, perhaps it’s best if we all start preparing ourselves to live with the fact that the show is not going to get what we’d probably call a satisfying ending. In the wake of the series' cancellation, however, a group of fans has rallied in an attempt to save the show. 

‘Vicious’ Finale Special to Air This Summer on PBS

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi in "Vicious" (Photo: Courtesy of Gary Moyes / © Brown Eyed Boy Ltd 2016)

Comedy series Vicious will air its last episode this summer.

The news the show would not be returning for a third season was announced by ITV late last year, though the cancellation blow was somewhat softened by the fact that it was given a final, extended one-off episode to wrap everything up. And, at last, now we have an official airdate for the series’ swan song.

The comedy will officially bow out with a one-night, series finale special that’s set to air on Sunday, June 19 on PBS stations nationwide. Reminder, however: June is a pledge month for most PBS stations, so it's highly likely your particular station may be moving this broadcast around on its schedule. Make sure you check your local listings! (WETA folks, we'll be airing this on WETA UK that day!)

‘The Paradise’ Season 2 Comes to America This September

So…there’s some good news and bad news for fans of period drama The Paradise.

I’m pretty sure that the number one question I get asked on the blog – regularly, repeatedly, and almost a year after Series 1 concluded in the US – is about The Paradise. When is Series 2 airing? How can we find it? Will there be a Series 3? What’s going on with all that?

Well, I can’t answer everything, but there is finally some news to share about the show’s US airdates and future prospects. Rejoice!

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