'Those Who Kill' officially picked up at A&E; 'Game of Thrones' ratings stay strong

chloe-sevigny-apr-2013-gi.jpgA&E has formally picked up the drama series "Those Who Kill," starring Chloe Sevigny ("Big Love") as a young detective who hunts serial killers.

The formal announcement comes a week after news of the series order leaked. A&E president Bob DiBetetto stresses that the show is not a crime procedural but rather a "deep serialized character portrait of two compelling yet damaged individuals coming together through the revelation of their dark past." James D'Arcy ("Hitchcock") stars opposite Sevigny as a forensic psychiatrist who helps her character in her investigations.

Glen Morgan ("The X-Files") wrote the pilot, which is based on a Danish series, and will serve as showrunner for the series. It's set to begin filming in the fall and premiere next year.

More TV news:

- The second episode of "Game of Thrones" maintained almost the entire audience of its record-setting premiere. Sunday's (April 7) show drew 4.3 million viewers, down only a smidge from the 4.4 million who watched the season premiere. It's the second-biggest audience in the history of the show.

- Michael Imperioli will have a recurring part on "Californication" next season. The former "Sopranos" star will play a TV producer who joins a business venture with Hank ( David Duchovny). [ Deadline]

- Former "Chuck" regular Vik Sahay could be back on NBC next season after taking a potential recurring part in the network's Sean Hayes comedy pilot. He'll play a "nerdy, slightly aggressive IT guy" -- which sounds a little familiar. Also, "Ben and Kate" co-star Maggie Elizabeth Jones has booked roles in two pilots: One is a regular as Debra Messing's daughter in a CBS comedy, and the other is a guest part in The CW's "Oxygen." [ Deadline]

- The syndicated entertainment-news show "Extra" will stay on the air for several more seasons. The new deal renews the show through the 2016-17 season, which will be the show's 23rd.

- "The Newsroom" writer and former MTV News correspondent Gideon Yago is developing a series with Starz called "Airborne." It's a coming-of-age story set in the early days of the Vietnam War. Rob Tapert ("Spartacus") is executive producing.

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