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ITV Orders Book-Based Period Drama

LONDON: ITV has commissioned Grantchester, a six-part series inspired by James Runcie's novel Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death. Set in 1953, Grantchester is about a clergyman named Sidney Chambers, who is looking into the suspicious death of a fellow parishioner. Filming will take place from March to June 2014 ...

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American Horror Story Returning to FX in 2014

LOS ANGELES: FX is scheduled to air the upcoming fourth season of American Horror Story, produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television, next year. The 13-episode new season does not have an official title yet. It will premiere at some point after the finale of the current season, American Horror Story: ...

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Norwegian Crime Novel Getting TV Treatment for HBO

LONDON: HBO has acquired Headhunters, a new drama series from writer/executive producer Alexander Woo (True Blood) and executive producer Carolyn Strauss (Game of Thrones) that is based on a Norwegian crime novel of the same name by Jo Nesbø. Yellow Bird Entertainment and Lionsgate Television are also on board the ...

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CTV Commits to More Saving Hope

TORONTO: CTV has commissioned an 18-episode third season of Saving Hope, an original drama series, from ICF Films and Entertainment One (eOne). Saving Hope zeroes in a hospital where the chief of surgery has fallen into a coma. Production on the new season is slated to start in the spring. ...

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Channel 4 Goes for Season 5 of The Good Wife

LONDON: Channel 4 in the U.K. has picked up the exclusive broadcast and digital catch-up rights for the fifth season of The Good Wife, a drama series distributed by CBS Studios International. Starring Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife centers on the life of a woman who is balancing a law ...

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Lifetime Adapting Broadway Hit The Trip to Bountiful

LOS ANGELES: The Broadway revival The Trip to Bountiful is currently in production for a TV adaptation to debut on Lifetime in 2014. The film stars original cast members Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams, who are joined by Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer. The Trip to Bountiful tells the story ...

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Video Interview: Breathless’s Jack Davenport & Zoe Boyle

NEW YORK: TV Drama spoke with Jack Davenport and Zoe Boyle, the stars of the ITV drama Breathless, about what viewers can expect from the series.   ITV’s successful drama run continues this season with Breathless, a new period series that premiered to some 3.7 million viewers last month. Created ...

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ITV Adds New Thriller to Lineup

LONDON: ITV has placed an order for Undeniable, a two-part drama starring Claire Goose (Mount Pleasant) and Peter Firth (World Without End) and written by Chris Lang. Undeniable centers on a woman who is convinced that she has found the man that killed her mother more than two decades ago. ...

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Viasat Goes for More Power Dramas

LONDON: Power has sold more than 50 hours of drama programming to Viasat for broadcast on the Nova and Diema networks in Bulgaria. The agreement involves a total of 22 television movies and mini-series. Among the titles are Air Force Once is Down, Blackout, Treasure Island and Neverland. There is ...

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Weinstein Company Signs Up for Peaky Blinders

LONDON: The Weinstein Company (TWC) has acquired the TV and SVOD rights for the U.S. for the British drama Peaky Blinders via a deal with Endemol Worldwide Distribution. The agreement is for seasons one through three, with an option to acquire further seasons. The series debuted in September on BBC ...

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