CBS reveals SVOD Star Trek drama title

The upcoming Star Trek CBS on-demand drama officially has a name. The CBS All Access original will be called Star Trek Discovery, and will feature a new starship of the same name. Executive producer Bryan Fuller revealed the name and ship to fans at the San Diego Comic-Con International event on Friday. Star Trek Discovery […]

Vampire Diaries dead, Bates Motel shut

The Vampire Diaries and Bates Motel will end after their respective final seasons. The CW’s Vampire Diaries will stop after its eighth season, while Bates Motel will turn off the lights for the final time after five seasons on A&E. Vampire Diaries, based on L.J. Smith’s book series of the same name, debuted in 2009, […]

Sky hires comedy commissioner from BBC

Sky has brought in Tilusha Ghelani as a comedy commissioner. The new recruit joins from UK pubcaster the BBC, starting next month. In 14 years at the UK pubcaster she has been a researcher, a producer, and most recently, an assistant commissioner in the comedy department, working across TV and radio. At pay TV broadcaster […]

Study: ‘peak TV’ reached this summer

Most consumers believe 2016 will mark the ‘summer of peak TV’, but that the saturation of series on television is no bad thing, according to a study. Some 73% of respondents to a Miner & Co. Studio study agreed 2016 was ‘the summer of peak TV’, with more quality content released than ever before, with […]

Night Manager firm preps new le Carré series

The prodco behind hit John Le Carré adaptation The Night Manager is now turning one of the author’s best known books – The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – into a TV series. Slumdog Millionaire scribe Simon Beaufoy will pen the cold war spy drama. The Ink Factory, which is run by Le […]

NBCU makes splash with ITV’s Loch Ness deals

NBCUniversal International Networks has bought upcoming ITV mystery drama Loch Ness for territories in Europe. ITV Studios Global Entertainment has shopped NBCU rights to the ITV Studios-produced six-parter for the 13th Street thematic channel in France, Spain, Germany and Poland. “As the channel dedicated to the best in crime and suspense drama, 13th Street is […]

The Rock brings Muscle Beach to USA

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has sold a scripted series about bodybuilders from the famous Venice Beach in the 1980s to US cable channel USA Network. Muscle Beach, will see “a colourful tribe of lost souls struggle to reinvent themselves by bench-pressing their way to a bigger, better American dream, no matter what the cost”. News […]

Starz’ Black Sails plots course for final season

Starz has greenlit a new season of Black Sails, and said it will be the pirate drama’s last. The premium cabler ordered a ten-episode final run of the Treasure Island prequel, which it will launch next year. The show, made in South Africa, is distributed by Starz’s sales arm, which says it has shopped it […]

C4, Nat Geo team for ISIS drama

Channel 4 and National Geographic Channel are joining forces to make a drama series about a group of young British citizens who leave the country to join the so-called ISIS in Syria. Peter Kosminsky (Wolf Hall) has created the series, which will run to 4x60mins and be produced by Archery Pictures, the UK indie formed […]

Dumb & Dumber, Colbert writers team for comedy

The AT&T Audience Network has given a straight-to-series order to Loudermilk, a new comedy from Peter Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber) and Bobby Mort (The Colbert Report). The 10x30mins show will be produced for the US pay TV channel by indie prodco Primary Wave Entertainment. Production gets underway, in Vancouver, in October. The show will, the […]