Round-up: CBS extends ‘Fire Country’ & ‘Ghosts’; Apple orders Owen Wilson drama; Poland’s TVP preps MIPTV shows

Fire Country

CBS extends Fire Country & Ghosts

Paramount’s US broadcaster CBS has renewed its US remake of Ghosts into a fourth season and ordered a third run of Fire Country.

Both series are produced by CBS Studios and are streamed live and on-demand on Paramount+.

Ghosts and Fire Country are proven viewer favorites on both broadcast and streaming thanks to exceptional storytelling, talented actors and an ever-growing fan base,” said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment. “We are elated to keep the momentum going and bring them back to CBS next season.”

Paramount exec George Cheeks said last year that the company has been exploring spin-offs around Fire Country, as part of a strategy to “double down” on franchises.

Apple orders Owen Wilson drama

Apple TV+ is expanding its comedy output with a new show starring and executive produced by Owen Wilson.

The untitled, 10-episode shows has been created, written and executive produced by Jason Keller (Ford v Ferrari). Apple Studios produces.

The series stars Wilson as an over-the-hill, ex-pro golfer whose career was derailed prematurely 20 years ago. After he gets fired from his job at a sports shop and his wife walks out on him, he hedges his bets entirely on a troubled 17-year-old golf phenom.

Apple TV+ comedies to date include Ted Lasso, Shrinking, Platonic, Loot and upcoming Palm Royale.

Poland’s TVP preps MIPTV shows

Polish broadcaster TVP is launching two shows at MIPTV next month, including a “heartwarming comedy” drama revolving around the Russia-Ukraine war.

We Shall Live Together (6 x 45’), which marked the first series produced in Poland that is set during the ongoing Ukrainian war, tracks a couple who find their lives transformed when they allow two refugees from Ukraine to stay in their house.

It is directed by Anna Maliszewska (Infamia, Dad) and Tadeusz Łysiak, director of Oscar-nominated The Dress.

Also on the slate is Matylda, a 13 x 45-minute show about a young rebel who is the daughter of a participant in Poland’s 1863 January Uprising, a guerilla war that influenced the history of the country.

Both series were produced by Telewizja Polska, with We Shall Live Together executive produced by MTL Maxfilm and Matylda executive produced by Delord Sp.

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