Variety reports that Karen Gillan and Hugh Bonneville have signed for the leading roles in the upcoming limited drama entitled Douglas is Cancelled. It centers around a veteran news anchor whose life and career gets disrupted after becoming getting cancelled on social media. Doctor Who writer and Sherlock Holmes creator, Stephen Moffat is behind the new series.

“I just sat down and wrote this,” Moffat said. “Didn’t even tell anyone what I was doing. And now it’s all happening, thanks to the amazing Sue Vertue (renowned TV producer and in a rare moment of weakness, my wife). I can’t quite believe we’ve managed to get the mighty Hugh Bonneville involved as Douglas and that we’ve lured my old friend Karen Gillan back from Hollywood to play Madeline. And like that’s not enough, we’ve got Ben Miles, Alex Kingston, Nick Mohammed and Simon Russell Beale. It’s the kind of cast that makes you terrified about stepping into the room.”

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“In the series, Douglas lives a perfect life. He enjoys his privileged status as national treasure and host of current affairs show ‘Live at Six’ while off-air he shares a harmonious home with wife Sheila, a newspaper editor,” reads the synopsis. “But their world is turned upside down when, at a family wedding, he’s overheard making an ‘ill-advised joke.’ As a guest threatens to expose Douglas on social media the rumor mill goes into overdrive and sparks off a digital storm that quickly upends his life and career. With her 2 million social media followers, tech-savvy co-anchor Madeline could throw Douglas a lifeline by posting in his defense . . . but will she?”

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