News round-up: Prime Video & S4C announce sports docs; Showtime axes ‘The L Word: Generation Q’

Prime Video orders Newcastle Utd doc

Amazon SVOD Prime Video has ordered a sports docuseries following UK football team Newcastle United.

72 Films and Lorton Entertainment will produce the as-yet-untitled series, which follows the club over the course of the latest Premier League season.

“We are thrilled to be working with Newcastle United,” said Lorton CEO Julian Bird.

“With rapid change occurring on and off the pitch, it is a fascinating time to go behind the scenes at the club.”

S4C orders sports doc duo

Welsh pubcaster S4C has ordered two new sports documentaries.

Barn Media, an independent TV production company based in South Wales, will produce a 1 x 60-minute film under the working title, Gareth Bale – Byw’r Freuddwyd (aka Gareth Bale – Living the Dream).

Directed by Rhys Edwards, the doc celebrates the remarkable story of one of football’s most talented players, Gareth Bale.

Meanwhile, Ffilmiau Twm Twm, an indie based company in Y Felinheli, Gwynedd, has been commissioned to produce Qatar – Cymru Ar Ben y Byd (aka Wales on Top of The World). This is a behind the scenes documentary looking at the experiences of the Welsh football team and the dedicated Red Wall of football fans at a momentous moment in Welsh sporting history.

Iwan England, head of unscripted at S4C said: “Football has provided the nation with some of its biggest highs and most memorable collective moments in recent years, as well as a few disappointments along the way, and these documentaries will tell the stories of some of our most dedicated supporters as well as our biggest star.”

The L Word: Generation Q

Showtime axes ‘The L Word: Generation Q’

Showtime has cancelled drama series The L Word: Generation Q.

News that the show will not return for a fourth season comes just two months after the conclusion of its third season.

A follow-up to The L Word, the series followed the lives and loves of a group of LGBTQ friends living in Los Angeles.

Created by Ilene Chaiken, the cast included Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey and Kate Moennig.

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