Skip to main content

"Robin Hood" Without... Robin Hood?

What's Robin Hood without... Robin Hood?

BBC America has announced that it is co-producing Season Three of British series Robin Hood, which currently filming in Budapest and airs in the UK on BBC One. The series will return to the digital cabler in 2009, likely after it wraps its run across the pond.

However, much is being made of series lead Jonas Armstrong's decision to vacate the series at the end of the third season, in an episode described as an "explosive, nail-biting finale."

While no one at BBC One is saying that the series will come to an end at the end of Season Three, it's hard to fathom a series surviving after the exit of its title character. (Although, The Hogan Family did emerge from the ashes of Valerie and Monarch of the Glen continued on without laird Archie. Can anyone think of any others?)

"Robin Hood is more than a man," said a spokesperson for BBC One in a statement. "He is a hero and a legend - so how the legacy unfolds after Jonas leaves is in itself mysterious and intriguing, guaranteed to make fans desperate to find out what happens next."

“Jonas has been a superb Robin Hood who updated the legend for a contemporary audience, reinvigorating it for a whole new generation," added Robin Hood executive producer Foz Allen. "It has been a wonderful experience working with Jonas – we will miss him – and wish him all the success for his future. We cannot confirm the series climax, nor can we guarantee who will survive and who won't. You will have to watch it to see! But we can assure you Robin's exit will be unmissable!"

Series Three of Robin Hood is set to depict Robin as "older and tougher" and "hellbent on revenge" following the death of Maid Marian at the hands of Guy of Gisborne and the Sheriff's inability to kill Prince John. But there is possibly hope in the arrival of Friar Tuck (Blood Diamond's David Harewood), who becomes a key ally to Robin.

Robin Hood's third season will air on BBC America in 2009.

What's On Tonight

8 pm: Ghost Whisperer
(CBS); Summer Olympics (NBC); NFL Football (CW; 8-10 pm); War of the Worlds (ABC; 8-11 pm); Hellboy (FOX; 8-10 pm)

9 pm:

10 pm: Swingtown (CBS)

What I'll Be Watching

10 pm: Swingtown.

On tonight's episode ("Running on Empty"), Susan and Bruce try to reconnect with each other and their kids by taking a trip to the family cabin; Laurie tries to keep plans with Doug; Janet and Roger decide to see a therapist.


Anonymous said…
McLeod's Daughters has run through so many "daughters" that you practically need a chart to keep everyone straight.

Also, I think the key here is that "Robin Hood is more than a man." Who's to say that Robin Hood was a single person? What if he's more like the Dread Pirate Roberts, with one retiring and another being appointed to carry on the crusade against the rich? As long as Guy of Gisborne is still played by Richard Armitage, I'll be tuning in.
Sister T said…
Here, here, I second the Richard Armitage sentiment. He's what gets me through the Robin Hood episodes. But his schedule is getting so busy between Robin Hood, Spooks/MI-5 and a Richard III project, I expected he would be the one leaving midway through or at the end of season 3.
Doctor Who has survived (and thrived) by changing it's leading man!
Dan said…
Of course, the mystical Robin Of Sherwood in the '80s had Jason Connery taking over from Richard Praed. So there is a precedent for a change of lead. Mind you, with Marian gone and another rumour suggest Keith Allen wants out as the Sheriff, I don't think the show could survive the loss of all three leads. And isn't the BBC cultivating Merlin as Hood's successor for when Doctor Who isn't on air?

Popular posts from this blog

Katie Lee Packs Her Knives: Breaking News from Bravo's "Top Chef"

The android has left the building. Or the test kitchen, anyway. Top Chef 's robotic host Katie Lee Joel, the veritable "Uptown Girl" herself (pictured at left), will NOT be sticking around for a second course of Bravo's hit culinary competition. According to a well-placed insider, Joel will "not be returning" to the show. No reason for her departure was cited. Unfortunately, the perfect replacement for Joel, Top Chef judge and professional chef Tom Colicchio, will not be taking over as the reality series' host (damn!). Instead, the show's producers are currently scouring to find a replacement for Joel. Top Chef 's second season was announced by Bravo last month, but no return date has been set for the series' ten-episode sophomore season. Stay tuned as this story develops. UPDATE (6/27): Bravo has now confirmed the above story .

BuzzFeed: Meet The TV Successor To "Serial"

HBO's stranger-than-fiction true crime documentary The Jinx   — about real estate heir Robert Durst — brings the chills and thrills missing since Serial   wrapped up its first season. Serial   obsessives: HBO's latest documentary series is exactly what you've been waiting for.   The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst , like Sarah Koenig's beloved podcast, sifts through old documents, finds new leads from fresh interviews, and seeks to determine just what happened on a fateful day in which the most foul murder was committed. And, also like  Serial  before it,  The Jinx may also hold no ultimate answer to innocence or guilt. But that seems almost beside the point; such investigations often remain murky and unclear, and guilt is not so easy a thing to be judged. Instead, this upcoming six-part tantalizing murder mystery, from director Andrew Jarecki ( Capturing the Friedmans ), is a gripping true crime story that unfolds with all of the speed of a page-turner; it

BuzzFeed: "The Good Wife Is The Best Show On Television Right Now"

The CBS legal drama, now in its sixth season, continually shakes up its narrative foundations and proves itself fearless in the process. Spoilers ahead, if you’re not up to date on the show. At BuzzFeed, you can read my latest feature, " The Good Wife Is The Best Show On Television Right Now," in which I praise CBS' The Good Wife and, well, hail it as the best show currently on television. (Yes, you read that right.) There is no need to be delicate here: If you’re not watching The Good Wife, you are missing out on the best show on television. I won’t qualify that statement in the least — I’m not talking about the best show currently airing on broadcast television or outside of cable or on premium or however you want to sandbox this remarkable show. No, the legal drama is the best thing currently airing on any channel on television. That The Good Wife is this perfect in its sixth season is reason to truly celebrate. Few shows embrace complexity and risk-taking in t