Scripted


ABC tasks Inhumans with Friday mission

US broadcaster ABC has slated its buzzy new superhero drama Marvel’s Inhumans on Friday nights in its 2017/18 season, and is reviving sitcom Roseanne. Inhumans is one of four new scripted series for the fall season in the US, alongside David Shore medical drama The Good Doctor, comedies The Mayor and The Gospel of Kevin. […]

Fox tinkers with fall schedule

US broadcaster Fox has made changes across the week as it prepares to launch four new dramas and a pair of comedies. The 21st Century Fox-owned network has pushed The X-Files to midseason, making space for new efforts The Gifted (pictured), a Marvel Television series set in the X-Men universe, and Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi comedy-drama […]

Sky, HBO anoint New Pope with Sorrentino

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (pictured) will create a second high-end drama about the Catholic Papacy for Sky in Europe and HBO in the US. The New Pope follows on from the Jude Law-starring drama The Young Pope, which Sky, HBO and Canal+ in France all backed financially. However, The New Pope is not part of […]

NATPE lines up expanded studios screenings

Hungary will play host to an expanded US studio screenings as part of the 2017 NATPE Budapest event. Warner Bros., NBCUniversal, CBS, 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate Entertainment and MGM Television will all screen their latest wares at the event next month. NATPE president and CEO J.P. Bommel (pictured) last year moved to host studio screenings […]

Netflix takes on Stan with first Aussie original

Netflix has commissioned its first original series out of Australia, placing it head-to-head with SVOD rival Stan. Production will start next year in Queensland on Tidelands, marking Netflix’s move into original programming in Australia. Nine Network-backed Stan is already commissioning high-end original series, most notably through its series reboot of Australian horror movie Wolf Creek. […]

Channel 4 to tell Handmaid’s Tale in UK

UK terrestrial Channel 4 has acquired buzzy US drama The Handmaid’s Tale from MGM Television. Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) star in the series, which Hulu commissioned in the US, with MGM producing. The story is set in a totalitarian society of the future in which women, many of whom […]

Grand Tour pushes Netflix from global demand top spot

A non-Netflix show – The Grand Tour – was the most popular digital title in terms of demand globally for the first time in the quarter to March, according to the latest Global On Demand Report from Parrot Analytics. Parrot Analytics analysed the demand for 30 recent popular US digital titles across ten markets, based […]

Show stoppers

The golden age of TV drama has meant more programmes in production, and with resources increasingly scarce, American showrunners are coming to Europe to find work and vice versa. How far have the lines become blurred. Words: Jesse Whittock Though the US has been the dominant force in global television for decades, its model of […]

Newen debuts €50m UK drama fund

France’s Newen Group has created a €50 million (US$54.8 million) drama investment fund. TF1 Group-owned Newen will seek to invest in high-end scripted series from the UK to build up its portfolio of English-language content through sales arm Newen Distribution. To support the plan Newen has created an advisory board that includes veteran UK TV […]

Fifty Fathoms exec joins Playground in rejig

Fifty Fathoms’s head of development, Melissa Gallant, is joining Wolf Hall producer Playground Entertainment, which has restructured its UK team. Gallant has been named creative director at Playground, where she will work alongside Katie Draper, who has been promoted to the same position. At the same time, existing Playground creative director Sophie Gardiner (pictured) has […]