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‘Miranda’s’ Tom Ellis to Star in ‘Rush’ For USA Network This Summer

A familiar British face will be the leading man in an upcoming American drama this summer. Miranda star Tom Ellis is taking on the lead role in USA Network’s new series Rush, playing a once-successful ER doctor whose addiction to pills and other drugs leads him to set up his own shingle as a professional “fixer” who handles awkward cases and procures off-the-record medial goods for L.A’s elite.

Ellis is probably best known to British television fans for his role as Miranda Hart’s dishy love interest on her sitcom Miranda, but he’s also had roles on EastEnders and appeared for a short time on US series Once Upon a Time as the drama’s original Robin Hood. He’ll be playing main character William Rush who, on the surface, sounds more than a bit like a male (and medically focused) version of Scandal’s Olivia Pope.

The Curious Case of Spy Drama Hunted: Canceled by the BBC, Saved By American Network

Contemporary spy thriller Hunted starring Melissa George was purported to be a replacement for the BBC’s long-running MI-5 before its premiere earlier this Fall. However, despite fairly strong ratings for its first episode, the series lost half of its audience over its six episode UK run. By the time a BBC spokesperson confirmed that the drama would not return for a second series, claiming, “"It hasn't found the mainstream audience it was hoped,” the news didn’t really seem that surprising.

Pretty open and shut case of a fledging drama failing to live up to its expectations, right? Not so fast. Hunted has an American co-producer, which means that the drama is surprisingly going to get a second chance at life. Hunted airs on Cinemax here in the States, and the network is apparently very happy with the show and its performance in the American market – enough to give it a second series in some as yet to be determined form. Talk about a last minute stay of execution!