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Future-Set Series The Expanse Scores Syfy Renewal

NEW YORK: Syfy has ordered a second season of The Expanse, a science-fiction series that takes place 200 years in the future, from Alcon Television Group. The Expanse, which first debuted on Syfy last month, is based on the books penned by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. The show centers ...

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Guillermo del Toro Series Part of DWA & Netflix’s Expanded Deal

BEVERLY HILLS/GLENDALE: Netflix and DreamWorks Animation (DWA) have expanded their current multiyear agreement, making the streaming service the global home—outside of China—to a number of new original series produced by the studio, including one from acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. The deal includes the streaming rights to the DWA feature ...

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RTL Preps International Network

COLOGNE: RTL Germany has set a mid-January launch for RTL International, a brand-new pay-TV channel that will roll out worldwide in HD. RTL International will mark the first German TV station with general-interest entertainment content that targets German-speaking expats and ...

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Nat Geo People Slates Chinese Food Docuseries

TORONTO: The culinary-themed documentary series Confucius Was a Foodie is slated to begin airing on Nat Geo People in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The 6×1-hour first season of Confucius Was a Foodie looks on as celebrity chef Christine Cushing explores traditional Chinese cuisine in North America while examining ...

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Alcon Entertainment Taps Former NBC Drama Exec for TV Role

LOS ANGELES: Alcon Entertainment has hired Laura Lancaster, who previously served as executive VP of drama programming at NBC Entertainment, as president of its TV group. Lancaster will report to Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Alcon recently scored a second season order for its Syfy ...

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Netflix Unveils New Original Psychological Thriller for 2017

BEVERLY HILLS: Adding another original series to its lineup, Netflix has ordered ten episodes of the psychological thriller Gypsy from Universal Television, Working Title and writer Lisa Rubin. The show will become available to Netflix members across the globe in 2017. It centers on a therapist named Jean Holloway who ...

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Lionsgate Ties Up with Reality TV Producer Jonathan Karsh

SANTA MONICA/VANCOUVER: Lionsgate has signed a multiyear overall agreement with Jonathan Karsh, an Emmy-winning director and unscripted television producer, who will develop and produce alternative programming through his new Shiny Objects Entertainment banner. Karsh previously served as senior VP of creative affairs at Relativity Television, which he helped build from ...

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YTV Unveils Season Two of Nerds and Monsters

VANCOUVER: Corus Entertainment’s YTV has slated the season two premiere of the animated series Nerds and Monsters, distributed by 9 Story Media Group, for this weekend. Produced by Slap Happy Cartoons, the sophomore season will debut this Saturday, January 9, at 10 a.m. Starting January 16, Nerds and Monsters will return ...

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Lifetime’s UnREAL to Stream on Hulu

SANTA MONICA: Hulu has picked up the exclusive SVOD rights for the A+E Studios-produced breakout drama series UnREAL. All episodes from the freshman season of UnREAL will begin streaming through Hulu’s No Commercials and Limited Commercials plans on February 3. Future seasons will become available on the service after their ...

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More Inside Amy Schumer, Broad City for Comedy Central

PASADENA: Comedy Central has renewed its hit shows Inside Amy Schumer and Broad City, while greenlighting the new limited series Time Traveling Bong. Inside Amy Schumer, which won the first Emmy Award for outstanding variety sketch series, was given a fifth season. Its fourth season is due out in April. ...

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