Original Programming

Ratings winner: The Good Doctor on call

ABC’s autism-themed medical drama is the biggest new show on US primetime, and buyers are responding in kind, TBI reports. Every year, TBI travels to the LA Screenings in May to view the latest pilots from the US broadcasters. Picking which will become new season hits is rarely easy, and although The Good Doctor was […]

Lupe’s creative burst: Why the US rapper turned content producer

Lupe Fiasco has created a prodco that looks to touch on cultural exchange, artificial intelligence and creativity. Kaltrina Bylykbashi speaks to the musician and his business partner Bonnie Chan Woo Looking at 2018, Lupe Fiasco, the rapper and record producer, is aiming to establish a forward-looking, global production company that incorporates his experiences as a […]

Apple wants viewers to See original epic drama

In its latest push for originals, Apple has ordered an epic futuristic drama written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight (pictured). See will be directed by The Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence, according to Deadline, which first reported the story. The drama will arrive from the joint venture between Chernin Entertainment and Endeavour Content. See will […]

Higher ratings drive ROI, Disney study confirms

US series with a 1.0 or higher rating deliver twice the return on investment (ROI) than those that rate 0.4 or below, a study from The Walt Disney Company shows. While it is no surprise that better ratings equals more revenue, Disney-ABC Television Group claims its report is among the only studies that have quantified […]

Doctor Blake Mysteries halts production over McLachlan allegations

Australian drama The Doctor Blake Mysteries has halted production after a series of assault allegations against star Craig McLachlan were made. Producer December Media has stopped the tape rolling while the allegations are checked out, while streaming service ABC iView has withdrawn its fifth season episodes and a TV movie. This comes after an ABC […]

Apple heads for Home with original docuseries

Apple has gone straight-to-series on a ten-part docuseries about boundary-pushing home builds. Home will take viewers into some of the world’s most imaginative homes and look at the characters behind the people that built them. Matt Tyrnauer and Corey Reeser’s Altimeter Films is coproducing with Time Inc. Productions, Media Weaver Entertainment and musicals director Matthew […]

Game of Thrones won’t return until 2019 – official

Game of Thrones’ final winter is coming – but not until 2019. An announcement from US premium cable channel HBO has confirmed long suspected rumours that the show would not return in 2018. The eighth season of the fantasy epic, which follows a number of great houses warring for control of the Iron Throne on […]

Hulu revives Animaniacs with Spielberg & Warner Bros.

US streamer Hulu has ordered a new version of Warner Bros. Animation (WBA)’s cartoon franchise Animaniacs, with Steven Spielberg returning as executive producer. Spielberg’s Amblin Televsion is producing the revival, which has landed a straight-to-series order of two seasons, with WBA. New episodes will launch on the VOD service in 2020, and they represent the […]

The Mayor loses popularity at ABC

US broadcaster ABC has effectively cancelled The Mayor, its in-house sitcom about an unconventional political leader. The show was due to return after the holiday season in its Tuesday 9.30pm slot, but has been pulled from the schedule, with a Modern Family re-run replacing it. The Hollywood Reporter has reported producers will attempt the revive […]

Apple adds second Witherspoon scripted original

Apple’s push into original scripted television has continued by putting a second series from Reese Witherspoon into development. Are You Sleeping is billed as a thriller drama series from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine prodco. Octavia Spencer (The Help) will star, with Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife) the writer and creator. The series is based on […]

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