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Showtime has announced the cast of its much-anticipated reboot of the ABC cult classic Twin Peaks. Returning cast members include Kyle MacLachlan, Peggy Lipton and Sherilyn Fenn. New additions include Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ashley Judd and Tom Sizemore. The series is set to premiere in 2017.

ABC's Castle calls it quits. After eight seasons - and months of "Will it end?"/"Won't it end?" - ABC announced the mystery series Castle finished May 16, 2016. The finale is available to Hulu subscribers (and via other on-demand services.)

On FOX: Houdini & Doyle. The long-anticipated series stars Stephen Mangan (Episodes) and Michael Weston (House). Inspired by true events, the series draws heavily on the rich history of the period. Two great men of the 20th Century - Harry Houdini (Weston), master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker; and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Mangan), prolific writer, creator of "Sherlock Holmes" and paranormal aficionado - grudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate unsolved and inexplicable crimes with a supernatural slant. The first episode premiered May 2, 2016, and is freely available on FOX NOW through May 31st.

Acorn TV Debuts Irish crime drama Clean Break on May 23, 2016. The four-part series about a failing car dealership owner and his reckless kidnapping plan demonstrates just how punishing desperation can be.

Also on Acorn TV, season nine of the popular Canadian series Murdoch Mysteries.

Investigation Discovery teams up with People Magazine to create People Magazine Investigates. Slated for fall 2016, the 10-episode series re-examines some of the nation's most high-profile cases. It promises to reveal "shocking twists, new evidence and unexpected resolutions."

Academy Award winners Helen Hunt and Richard Dreyfuss star in the upcoming FOX event series Shots Fired. The series examines the racially charged aftermath of shootings in a small town in North Carolina. Hunt plays the fictional governor, while Dreyfuss portrays the owner of a private prison who is involved in the shootings. Additional cast members include Stephen Moyer (True Blood) cast as the officer investigating the incident.

Jason Patric Signs On for Season 2 of Wayward Pines - After the success of the first season, M. Night Shyamalan's Wayward Pines returns this summer with Patric playing Dr. Theo Yedlin, a surgeon committed to helping the residents of the town escape the iron-fisted rule of the First Generation.

Judgment Day: Prison or Parole Coming to Investigation Discovery Spring 2016 - Every year in America, more than a quarter of a million inmates become eligible for parole. Most will be denied, but a large percentage are released from prison before serving their full sentences. Upon release, two thirds of these parolees will commit a crime that sends them back behind bars. Judgment Day: Prison or Parole, directed and executive produced by Peabody and Emmy Award-winning documentarian Joe Berlinger, takes viewers inside the emotional and potentially troubling process of parole hearings in a three-part original series.

Broadchurch Season 3 Now Filming - Olivia Colman made the announcement on the Graham Norton Show, and confirmed that both she and David Tennant will return.

FOX's horror-comedy murder mystery “Scream Queens” Renewed - After an incredibly strong reception (#1 new comedy among adults 18-34; #1 new series on video on demand; #1 new series in social media buzz) Scream Queens will return - but this time the action takes place post-college graduation in a hospital. Cast to be announced at a later date.

Mum's the Word Adapted for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries - Kate Collins' Flower Shop Mysteries are now TV movies starring Brooke Shields.

Johnny Depp in talks to star in Paramount's crime thriller Triple Frontier - Set in the border zone between Argentina, Brazil and Paraquay, this ensemble project - which some are reporting includes Tom Hanks - tackles the story of the notorious South American haven for organized crime.

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