Ever since square-jawed teen idol Colton Haynes revealed that the second season of superhero TV drama Arrow would feature a "team" comprising DC Comics heroes, speculation has been rife that we might get to see the Justice League on the small screen...
There's conflict, tears, tension and plenty of eye candy in this week's edition of Must-See TV - and that's just the talent shows we're talking about! Read on for a complete rundown of the programmes you need to look out for in the next seven days...
The Borgias: Monday (June 17) at 9pm on Sky Atlantic We learnt this week that season three of The Borgias will also be its last, so make sure you appreciate every moment you have left in Renaissance-era Rome, where the notorious Pope Alexander (Jeremy Irons) is on his deathbed after being poisoned.
With the Borgia family's dominance hanging in the balance, Rodrigo's loved ones set out to uncover the would-be assassin, while Catherina Sforza plots to finally rub them out and the forward-thinking cardinals start jockeying for position.
Watch a trailer for The Borgias below:
Burn Notice: Monday (June 17) at 9pm on Fox The Miami sun is still shining, but Burn Notice embraces a much more serious and sombre tone in its sixth season, which debuts on Fox this week. With his soulmate Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) in police custody and facing the electric chair unless she gives him up, Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) is more determined than ever to bring down his arch nemesis Anson (Jere Burns).
The 'burned' spy's desperate manhunt across the city puts himself and his loved ones in mortal danger, but it'll all be worth it if he can bring his target down in the premiere's explosive conclusion. Fire up your planner now, because Burn Notice is smokin'.
Watch a clip from the Burn Notice premiere below:
Happy Endings: Tuesday (June 18) at 10pm / Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23: Thursday (June 20) at 9pm on E4 There's a double bill of doomed US comedies hitting E4 this week, with Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 both returning for their final seasons. In Happy Endings Dave (Zachary Knighton) and Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) strive to keep their relationship casual, while Max (Adam Pally) goes all Misery on an injured Penny (Casey Wilson) in order to keep her hunky physical therapist around.
Then, Krysten Ritter is back being a douchess and James Van Der Beek is once again being a blinkin' legend in the second run of Apartment 23. The show relaunches with an epic episode focusing on a Dawson's Creek reunion, and guest starring Van Der Beek's former co-star Busy Philipps and fellow '90s idol Mark-Paul Gosselaar, aka Zack Morris of Saved By the Bell. Too. Cool. For. Words.
Watch a promo for Happy Endings below:
Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model: Thursday (June 20) at 8pm on Sky Living Dannii Minogue makes her long-awaited return to a UK talent show panel for the new series of Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model, joining 'The Body' herself Elle Macpherson and Tyson Beckford on their annual search for the nation's biggest beauties.
In series nine's two-hour launch, 28 hopefuls first attend a model 'Boot Camp' - during which Dannii must have suffered some X Factor flashbacks - before the survivors take part in a magazine shoot directed by the Aussie goddess. Will Dannii be able to steal the spotlight from her arch nemesis Sharon Osbourne, currently making waves back on The X Factor? Tune in and find out...
Watch a trailer for Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model below:
The Voice UK: Saturday (June 22) at 7.15pm on BBC One Okay, we're just going to be honest, because that's all we can be - we've bloody loved The Voice UK this series. As we've mentioned before, the fact that the ratings have been lukewarm and we can't picture half of the finalists with their faces on a CD doesn't really matter to us.
Watching some extraordinary talent at work and playing 'coaches bingo' whenever Jessie J, will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Danny O'Donoghue spew off their catchphrases has been the highlight of our weekends, and now the surviving four acts will face the public vote one last time in the hope of winning a lucrative record deal. Chart-bothering Leah McFall of Team will.i.am seems like the one to beat, but we're personally hoping we get to see Danny O'Donoghue give an epic victory celebration.
Watch Leah McFall perform 'I Will Survive' on The Voice UK below:
What are you looking forward to watching this week? Leave your comments below!
When Netflix launched in the UK in 2012, we have to confess we were slightly underwhelmed. There was limited content compared to our American cousins and the £5.99 price tag felt a bit steep.
However, over the past year, the online streaming network has launched a stealth attack on us and when the recent May Bank Holiday came around we found ourselves glued to our sofas with a laptop and a microwave meal for one rather than joining our friends out in the sunshine. Who needs friends anyway, when we have every season of Prison Break to rewatch?
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We're not convinced that Netflix signals the death of traditional TV viewing - for every boxset binge we've loved, there's the joy of being drip-fed the marvelous Broadchurch and The Fall - but you'd have to be stuffing your head in the sand to not see the world of streaming TV online, on demand, as a gamechanger.
For those who are uninitiated in the world of Netflix, here are five shows that have us addicted:
House of Cards The show that moved Netflix from a TV aggregator into a TV creator with impressive style. And in many critics' opinions, it's the best new US show of 2013. The remake of the classic 1990 BBC series proved that online TV could be just as good as the traditional networks. Sex, lies, drugs, corruption and a magnetic performance from Kevin Spacey make this a cut above the rest. And if you can't be bothered with Netflix, it's out on DVD right now, so get your hands on a copy. No excuses.
Arrested Development Don't listen to the sniffy critics, the long-awaited fourth outing of Arrested Development may not have been as instant or easy to digest as the original three seasons, but it was more than worth the wait. A unique and bold concept - basically you have to watch all 15 episodes to piece together all the gags - it's TV to watch when your brain is alert and not when you've got a hazy hangover. But if you are just looking for general silliness, just skip to the Gob and Tobias eps. Obviously.
24 Prepare yourself for the return of TV's most bad-ass hero by gorging yourselves silly on Jack Baeur. All eight seasons of the monster action series are available on Netflix and 24: Live Another Day's isn't arriving any time before 2014 (dammit!) so why not binge yourself on the glory years right now.
Breaking Bad If you've never watched Breaking Bad, you'll be mighty sick of people telling you to watch Breaking Bad. If you have watched Breaking Bad, you'll know exactly why it's got everyone stark raving bonkers in love with it. There's only one more season to go, but there's still time to catch up now on Netflix. Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and lots of meth. Perfect binge TV.
Archer The 'Best US TV Show That Nobody In The UK Is Talking About But Really Should Be' award goes to... Archer. Forget your Family Guys and Simpsons, this razor-sharp US comedy is both smart and utterly juvenile at the same time. If you haven't seen it, try it. Now. Right now. NOW!
Notable Ommissions: Apologies to indie comedy classic Portlandia, the awesome motorcycle club Sons of Anarchy, US Marshal Raylan Givens's adventures in Justfiied and the modern TV classics Lost, Modern Family and The Inbetweeners.
In case you hadn't noticed, half of the Tube Talk team have been off sunning it up in Monaco this week at the 53rd Monte Carlo TV Festival (we're not bitter... not at all). While there we've managed to get plenty of scoop on Mr Selfridge, Chicago Fire, Revolution, Grimm and Criminal Minds, which you really should check out when you have a sec.
"I feel like a lot of the relationships he's been in had the potential to go there, but then he says stupid stuff and messes it up," he told us. "I think eventually he will find someone to be with for a long time".
Pretty much confirming that he would be back for season five, McHale added: "I will play Artie as long as they want me. I completely enjoy it. It's a family [on Glee]." Aaaw, doesn't that just bring a tear to your eye?
Are we going to get season four of Community soon?
Yes! We'll be heading back to Greendale for more study sessions with Jeff, Abed, Troy, Britta, Annie, Shirley and Pierce when Community returns on Friday, July 19 at 11pm on Sony Entertainment Television.
Season four is the first - and it turns out only - season without Community creator Dan Harmon on board, it's also the last to feature Chevy Chase as Pierce, and it will open with a Hunger Games parody that sees the gang competing to win a spot in their new class, the 'History of Ice Cream'. It has to be Dean to be believed.
I really loved The Cafe. Any news on a new series?
Prepare yourself for more South Western small talk and BLTs, because we've received news that Ralf Little and Michelle Terry comedy The Cafe will return to Sky1 in July.
The eight-part second series will pick up where the first left off, with Sarah being forced to choose between rival suitors Richard (Little) and John (Daniel Ings) as they head off in different directions. Plus, Hustle and Spooks star Robert Glenister will be popping up in Weston-Super-Mare as Carol's (Ellie Haddington) ex and Sarah's estranged father, Phil. It all sounds more appetising than a goat cheese ciabatta.
When will the final season of CSI: NY be on Channel 5?
Soonish! Those scheduling peeps at Channel 5 confirmed to us in a pleasant phone call yesterday that the ninth and, sadly, final season of CSI: NY is a-coming to your screens on Tuesday, July 30.
From then you'll have 17 episodes left before Detective Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise), Detective Jo Danville (Sela Ward) and the rest of your CSI: NY favourites disappear for good, leaving just the original Las Vegas show left. Don't worry though, there's no way in heck that's getting axed any time soon... cue The Who!
Is there going to be a third series of Threesome?
After zipping over an email to Comedy Central with the subject line 'Threesome?', which in retrospect may have been a bad idea, we can confirm that... there is no news. Yeah, unfortunately Comedy Central have told us that they "are yet to make a decision with regards to a third series of Threesome", so you'll just have to sit tight we're afraid.
One person who "definitely" thinks there's potential for the show to return is Amy Huberman, who plays new mum Alice. She told DS: "I think the hardest thing was bridging the gap to series two. After what they came up with in series one, they've kept running post-baby. I don't think it would be as difficult to bridge the gap [to a third series] now".
And if Threesome does come back, we could be in for a bumper third series with "twice as many episodes" as the previous seven-part run, according to the show's creator Tom McRae. A longer-lasting Threesome - now who wouldn't want that?!
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There's another stonking week of telly ahead, taking viewers on a magical mystery tour to settings as diverse as a 15th-century English battlefield and a sun-soaked beach in modern day California.
As ever, Tube Talk are here to hold your hand and guide you through the schedules with our Must-See TV rundown. Read on to discover which shows we'll be flicking on in the next seven days...
90210: Monday (June 10) at 9pm on E4 Reminding us that even the buff and beautiful don't have it easy, 90210 arrives back on our shores this week for its fifth and final season. Picking up immediately where the last run left off, Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) and Max (Josh Zuckerman) see their plan to elope hit a snag thanks to a car emergency, an armed robber and a policeman.
Meanwhile, Liam (Matt Lanter) is forced to sell his bar to pay off the scheming Vanessa (Arielle Kebbel); Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes) meets a handsome stranger on her country tour; Teddy (Trevor Donovan) contemplates fathering Silver's (Jessica Stroup) baby; and Dixon's (Tristan Wilds) loved ones react to his accident. Plus there's a cameo from Carly Rae Jepsen, which would be really exciting if this was last summer.
So Game of Thrones sent the internet into a bit of a tizzy this past week - the reaction to latest episode 'The Rains of Castamere' was pretty extreme, with fantasy fans the world over going into meltdown over the brutal events of the Red Wedding...
To 'celebrate' George R R Martin's wanton cruelty, this week's Friday Fiver counts off a quintet of television's darkest, most shocking moments - those scenes that, in true Joey from Friends fashion, left us with a strong desire to place our DVD box-sets in the freezer...
Spooks - Helen gets deep-fat-fried The most controversial TV moment of 2002 - attracting 250 viewer complaints - this visceral scene from BBC One's new spy drama saw rookie operative Helen Flynn (Lisa Faulkner) tortured and killed - her head plunged into boiling oil by a vicious thug. Spooks killed off many of its leads in the years that followed, but none quite as brutally as poor Helen.
Breaking Bad - Walter allows Jane to die AMC's acclaimed drama has seen its fair share of violent death, but perhaps the most disturbing moment was the quiet, tragic demise of Jane (Krysten Ritter) - choking on her own vomit, while Walter (Bryan Cranston) stood by and did nothing to save her. From this point on, the show - and Walt - were headed down a dark path from which there was no turning back...
The Walking Dead - Lori and T-Dog bite the big one Another show with a high death toll, but season three's 'Killer Within' is the pinnacle of Walking Dead brutality. After supporting character T-Dog (IronE Singleton) fell prey to a pack of walkers, you might've assumed that the show was done, but no - Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) goes into a violent labour in the midst of a zombie siege and is forced to undergo a makeshift Caesarian section, which she does not survive...
What's more, her young son Carl (Chandler Riggs) is forced to shoot his mother's corpse to prevent her rising from the dead. Lori's husband Rick (Andrew Lincoln) collapses to the ground, an emotional wreck, when he learns of her demise - after watching this episode, we felt like doing much the same.
Dexter - Rita in the bathtub No on-screen violence here - the offending incident occurs off-screen - but Rita's death remains one of Dexter's most chilling moments. Having offed the Trinity Killer (John Lithgow), Dexter (Michael C Hall) returns home, only to find the woman he loves(?) dead in the bathtub - Trinity's final victim - and his infant son Harrison sat in a pool of her blood...
South Park - Scott Tenorman eats Cartman's chilli A deranged child, pushed to the edge by a bully's taunts, has his persecutor's parents murdered, chops them up and feeds them to their oblivious son. So what if it happened on South Park? The climax to 'Scott Tenorman Must Die' is one of TV's most brutal sequences, right down to "crybaby" Scott getting abused by his favourite band, Radiohead...
What are some of TV's most brutal and shocking scenes? Share your own picks below!
To quote the great Maroon 5, it's so hard to keep you satisfied - every week, the readers of the Tube Talk Q&A unleash a barrage of new TV-related queries and questions, but - as ever - we're gonna do our damnedest to answer them all...
Today, there's scoop on sci-fi favourites Doctor Who and Falling Skies, plus UK air dates for the likes of The White Queen, Starlings, Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 - read on!
Very soon - next month, in fact. Yes, Sky1's cosy comedy-drama - co-written by Peep Show's Super Hans, Matt King, would you believe - returns to our screens in July with eight new episodes.
There are new cast additions for series two, including Sherlock's Una Stubbs, plus Cherie Lunghi and Vincent Regan, but all's not well for the Starling clan, who appear to be in danger of falling apart as the relationship between Jan (Lesley Sharp) and Terry (Brendan Coyle) is tested to its limits...
Since you asked so nicely, we'll share - Noah Wyle's sci-fi smash is back on the UK's FOX channel from Tuesday, July 16 at 9pm. In case you like to keep track of these things, that's less than a month after US broadcast. Good stuff, right?
Season three opens with the episode 'On Thin Ice' and you can expect to see a familiar telly face in the new episodes - House's Wilson, actor Robert Sean Leonard, who'll appear in five episodes as a genius scientist...
So screamed my inner monologue the first time I visited the Doctor Who set in Cardiff and saw Matt Smith - in full costume, bow tie and all - stalking towards me. It was mid-2010, Smith was partway through filming his first festive special for the BBC sci-fi smash - the Steven Moffat-penned 'A Christmas Carol' - and I, along with a select group of journalists, had been invited onto the show's Wales set to speak to its lead actor, plus his co-stars Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill.
Once he was done filming for the day, Smith - now in his civvies, which made it somewhat easier for this massive Who nerd to reassume a veneer of professionalism - was led by a PR to the show's props department, where we'd be conducting our filmed interview.
Now the props department might not immediately sound like the most exciting venue for an on-camera chat, but the reality was quite different - I was soon surrounded by the remnants of a Cyberman, the limbs of a Weeping Angel and Doctor bleedin' Who was leaning on a Dalek, cool as you like, in front of me.
Once our interview was completed, Matt was more than happy to pose for a photograph as my last vestiges of professionalism fell away and I was fully exposed as a Who fanatic merely posing as a professional journalist.
Of course, I ruined the picture by blinking at the crucial moment, but that's by the by. I already knew from watching his first run of Who episodes that Matt Smith was a terrific actor - what I learnt from our first encounter was what a terribly nice chap he is too.
The second time I met Matt was in October 2010, at the launch of Doctor Who Live at Wembley Arena. Given that we'd only met the once - and considering how many journalists he must've spoken with before and after - imagine my surprise when Smith immediately recognised me and recalled the details of our first run-in at the prop store, right down to the lurking Dalek...
Since then, I've interviewed Matt Smith multiple times - at every new series launch, at each Christmas special premiere - and every single time, he'd greet me like an old friend, with enormous warmth and enthusiasm.
Now I'm not deluded enough to think that I share some special relationship with the star of Doctor Who - it's a credit to Matt Smith that he remembers every journalist's face, his encounters with each of them and, in all likelihood, greets each and every fan and member of the press with the same warmth and enthusiasm that he always shows me.
The last time I spoke to Matt was a few months back on the set of Who's 50th anniversary special - set to air on November 23 - and much had changed since our first encounter. For my part, in the intervening time, I had learnt to resist my urge to emit a high-pitched squeal every time he entered a room.
Or so I thought. The 50th, of course, is a multi-Doctor adventure and faced with Matt Smith *and* David Tennant - both in full costume - stalking towards me, I immediately devolved into a gibbering fanboy mess. I had my photograph taken again, but I didn't blink this time... so that's progress.
On set for the 'Doctor Who' 50th special.
It's alright, though - Matt hadn't changed either. Three years on from our first interview in the prop store, he was no longer a freshly-minted Time Lord but a seasoned sci-fi veteran, yet still spoke about Doctor Who with the same intensity, the same affection, the same twinkle in his eye as when we first met.
Whoever ultimately ends up taking on the mantle of the 12th Doctor will have enormous shoes to fill - in losing Matt Smith, Doctor Who is losing not just a talented and charismatic lead, but also its greatest ambassador - an actor whose dedication to and enthusiasm for his work, and those who appreciated it, never wavered.
There'll be plenty more to say about the fall of the Eleventh in the run-up to Christmas, and indeed in its aftermath, but for now, I just wanted to say thank you, Matt Smith. Thank you for being the Doctor.
Reader, we must confess - there's a little bit of cheating going on in this week's Must-See TV rundown. There's so many great shows on in the next seven days that we couldn't narrow it down to just five, so we'd be grateful if you could look the other way while we bend the rules.
Please also make sure you pay tribute to some of the heroes of World War II on the 69th anniversary of the Normandy landings this week with real-time recreation D-Day: As It Happened (Wednesday, June 5 at 9pm on Channel 4) and in-depth documentary D-Day: The Last Heroes (Sunday, June 9 at 9.10pm on BBC One).
And you can do more good while sat at home in front of the telly by supporting Channel 4's Comedy Gala, which airs Friday, June 7 at 9pm.
Mad Dogs: Tuesday (June 4) at 9pm on Sky1 John Simm, Max Beesley, Philip Glenister and Marc Warren are still being driven barking mad by the lads' holiday from hell in Mad Dogs, beginning the third series behind bars in a nightmarish Moroccan jail.
As if being tortured for information by their barbaric captors wasn't painful enough, the gang also have to put up with gobby Brit babe Jaime Winstone, who joins the cast as vicious prisoner Mercedes. Will she be able to help them out of those fetching orange jumpsuits?
Watch a clip from Mad Dogs below:
Love and Marriage: Wednesday (June 5) at 9pm on ITV Gavin and Stacey star Alison Steadman washes herself of eager-to-please Essex mum Pam to play a matriarch who's finally had enough of her family in Love and Marriage, ITV's latest star-packed drama.
When her husband fails to show support throughout her retirement and the death of her father, frustrated doormat Pauline Paradise (Steadman) breaks it to her adult kids - who include Ashley Jensen and Coronation Street star Graeme Hawley - that she's packing her bags and starting a new life. Also featuring Celia Imrie and Larry Lamb, Love and Marriage is at once funny and poignant, disheartening and upflifting. We'd say it's definitely worth a peek, even before the mini-Gavin and Stacey reunion.
Watch a clip from Love and Marriage below:
The New Normal: Thursday (June 6) at 9pm on E4 / Glee: Sunday (June 9) at 8pm on Sky1 Producer extraordinaire Ryan Murphy brings the curtain down on two of his shows this week - and unfortunately for one, it's goodbye forever. The New Normal may be a charming, witty and frankly gamechanging programme, but it also features gay men getting married and adopting kids, and that just didn't wash with certain folks in the good old US of A.
So, the upcoming last episode of season one will also be The New Normal's last episode ever, but at least we're likely to get a heartfelt goodbye as Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David's (Justin Bartha) plan to tie the knot before the baby arrives is undone when Goldie's (Georgia King) waters break in the middle of the ceremony.
Glee, meanwhile, is showing no signs of slowing down in its own season finale, with an engagement, the unmasking of Ryder's (Blake Jenner) catfish, a surprise declaration of love, Regionals and an emotional goodbye from a main cast member all sure to leave you salivating for more.
Watch Lea Michele perform in the Glee finale below:
The Voice UK: Friday (June 7) at 7pm on BBC One / Britain's Got Talent: Saturday (June 8) at 7.30pm on ITV Get ready for a veritable tornado of talent this weekend as The Voice UK heats up with its first live show just as Britain's Got Talent crowns its latest winner. On the former, coaches Jessie J, will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Danny O'Donoghue prepare to 'be honest', speak jibberish, doze off and pout respectively - but now in real time - when the remaining 12 contestants finally face the public.
Then the following night Simon Cowell will be praying that a kid emerges victorious and he can stick two fingers up to Bruce Forsyth in the final of Britain's Got Talent's seventh series on ITV. Will The Queen be pretending to smile at a singer, a dance group, an impressionist or an entirely different act at this year's Royal Variety Performance? The choice is yours!
Watch Britain's Got Talent favourite Jack Carroll perform below:
The Returned: Sunday (June 9) at 9pm on Channel 4 There's more than a few cries of 'Sacre bleu!' in French supernatural thriller The Returned when a number of supposedly dead people appear at a small Alpine town with no memory of what happened to them.
Their reappearance is not the only phenomenon freaking out the locals - there's also recurring power outages, strange marks on the bodies of the living and the dead and a series of gruesome murders to deal with. We challenge you to sit through this trailer without being equal parts terrified and intrigued by The Returned...
Watch a promo for The Returned below:
What are you looking forward to watching this week? Leave your comments below!