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Oz Spending on TV Dramas ‘Scaled Back’

October 30, 2015

SYDNEY: After four years of increased investment, expenditure on TV drama in Australia was down in 2014-15, with total spend at A$299 million ($213 million). The adult TV drama slate comprised 34 titles (401 hours), with budgets totaling A$238 million …

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Sky Atlantic to Simulcast U.S. Premiere of Vinyl

November 2, 2015

LONDON: Sky Atlantic is set to simulcast the upcoming 1970s-set drama Vinyl on February 15, alongside the show's U.S. debut on HBO. The series will broadcast simultaneously on Sky Atlantic and HBO, with a two-hour premiere at 2 a.m., repeated at 9 …

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More The Walking Dead & Talking Dead for AMC

November 2, 2015

NEW YORK: AMC has renewed the hit horror series The Walking Dead for a seventh season and has also ordered new episodes of Talking Dead, the live after-show hosted by Chris Hardwick. The Walking Dead has been the number one program …

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Acorn TV Lines Up U.S. Premieres

November 2, 2015

SILVER SPRING: Acorn TV is set to launch the U.S. premieres of several drama series this month, including the crime title Umbre. On November 9, Acorn TV will premiere the HBO Europe Romanian crime drama Umbre, while the BBC drama Mayday, starring …

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Netflix Greenlights Fifth Season of Longmire

November 2, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS: Netflix has renewed the Western Longmire for a fifth season. The online streaming service picked up the drama from A&E, which canceled it after three seasons. A ten-part fourth season launched on Netflix in September. Created by Hunt …

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New Star Trek Series Launching on CBS All Access in 2017

November 2, 2015

STUDIO CITY/NEW YORK: A new chapter of the long-running sci-fi series Star Trek has been slated to premiere in 2017 on CBS’s digital VOD service. The program will be the first original series developed specifically for U.S. audiences for CBS All …

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TV Adaptation for His Dark Materials

November 3, 2015

LONDON: Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials is being adapted for television by Jane Tranter's Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema for BBC One. Pullman's acclaimed trilogy has sold almost 17.5 million copies worldwide since the first book, Northern Lights, was …

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American Version Prepped for Collision

November 3, 2015

LONDON: The 2009 ITV series Collision is getting a U.S. treatment, with Eleventh Hour Films prepping a version for NBC in partnership with TriStar Television. Anthony Horowitz, who created the original, will serve as showrunner on the American version, alongside …

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ITV’s Lewis Ends After Ten Years

November 3, 2015

LONDON: ITV has confirmed that its long-running drama Lewis will come to a close with a two-part film, What Lies Tangled, this month. Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox are retiring after playing detective duo Robbie Lewis and James Hathaway in …

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Starz Offers Preview of Flesh and Bone

November 3, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS: Ahead of its November 8 premiere, Starz is offering a multiplatform, nationwide preview of the first episode of its limited drama series Flesh and Bone, from Emmy Award-winning writer and executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett. On-demand and online-sampling opportunities …