TV News: Spooks, T, Tudors, Numbers

The slickly-produced British spy thriller’s eighth season premiere on BBC One on Wednesday in the UK kept the show’s consistent ratings up – drawing 6.01 million viewers and a 24.8% audience share. Comparatively the previous three season premieres pulled in 5.89m (24.9%), 6.25m (27.7%) and 5.5m (23.4%) viewers respectively.

Variety reports Anya Epstein and Dan Futterman are set to produce a drama series about the gender transformation of a woman into a man for HBO. No casting decisions have been made. The pair have also signed on to serve as showrunners for the third season of “In Treatment.”

Showtime (Tudors, Jackie, Tara)
Premium cable network Showtime has set the air dates for several season premieres. “The Tudors” fourth and final season will begin April 11th, the second seasons of “United States of Tara” and “Nurse Jackie” will begin March 22nd, and the new season of “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” begins January 25th.

The procedural’s co-creator, Count von Count, tells EW that the 16th and final episode of the season (and likely the series) will “be designed to stand as a [series] finale, but it won’t create story situations that would hamper us if the network should decide to order more episodes.”