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Starz, Weinsteins & Electus Plan Marco Polo Series

NEW YORK: Starz, The Weinstein Company and Electus are collaborating on the new scripted original series Marco Polo. Marco Polo is a fantastical martial arts epic that chronicles the famous adventurer’s early years in the court of Kublai Khan. It is written and created by John Fusco (Hidalgo, Young Guns, ...

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New Kiefer Sutherland Drama Set for the U.K.

LONDON: Sky has struck a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution to become the exclusive U.K. home of the new drama Touch, which stars Kiefer Sutherland and is from Heroes creator Tim Kring. FOX is the U.S. broadcaster for Touch, which has been given a 13-episode order. The series ...

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ALL3MEDIA Sells Fantasy Drama to Syfy UK

LONDON: Syfy in the U.K. has acquired the exclusive British TV rights for the fantasy drama The Almighty Johnsons from ALL3MEDIA International. The ten-part series, produced by South Pacific Pictures for TV3 in New Zealand, tells the story of four brothers who are the descendents from Norse Gods. A second ...

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New Shonda Rhimes Series for ABC

BURBANK: From Shonda Rhimes, the creator and executive producer of Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy, comes Scandal, a new drama for ABC.  Kerry Washington (Ray) stars as Olivia Pope, who has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite. Pope was a former communications ...

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The CW Picks Up Canadian Drama

BURBANK: The Bell Media original Canadian drama The L.A. Complex, about the lives of six young performers pursuing their dreams in Hollywood, has been added to The CW’s spring lineup. The six-part series follows the journey of aspiring performers who are striving for stardom in Hollywood. The show is executive ...

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TNT Orders L.A. Noir Pilot

ATLANTA: TNT has ordered a pilot for a new drama, L.A. Noir, from executive producers Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead), Michael De Luca (The Social Network) and Elliot Webb (Tall Time Tales). L.A. Noir is based on John Buntin’s book book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s ...

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Dallas Finds Canadian Home

TORONTO: Bravo! has secured the exclusive Canadian specialty rights to the new drama Dallas as well as the series Perception. Dallas, a continuation of the iconic drama about the Ewing family cattle and oil dynasty, is launching in the U.S. on TNT. Bravo! now has the rights in Canada for ...

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Cast in Place for Tom Fontana’s Copper

TORONTO: BBC America, Cineflix Studios and Shaw Media have set in place the lead cast of the upcoming original scripted series Copper, which will star Tom Weston-Jones as an Irish-American cop. Alongside Weston-Jones (MI-5/Spooks) is Kyle Schmid (Blood Ties) and Anastasia Griffith (Royal Pains) as well as Franka Potente (The ...

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Body of Proof Finds Free-TV Home in the U.K.

LONDON: The ABC Studios procedural crime drama Body of Proof has scored a slot on free TV in the U.K., where Channel 5 will launch the show in January. The series stars Dana Delany (Desperate Housewives) as a former neurosurgeon turned court medical examiner. Channel 5 scooped up the rights for ...

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BBC Worldwide Makes Pre-Sale for Parade’s End

LONDON: BBC Worldwide has secured its first-ever pre-sale deal with the French channel Arte for Tom Stoppard’s television adaptation of Parade’s End. The five-part flagship drama series for BBC and HBO was adapted by playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard (Brazil, Shakespeare in Love, Empire of the Sun) from novels by ...

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