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Fox’s Red Band Society disbanded

Fox’s teen medical drama Red Band Society has been pulled from schedules, prompting questions over its future. The series will drop from air after its tenth episode on December 3, with US broadcaster Fox opting not to order a back nine. Thirteen episodes have filmed so far, and it is unclear when and where the […]

ABC to remake UK’s Wire in the Blood

US broadcast network ABC has called on Endemol Studios to adapt British drama procedural Wire in the Blood for American screens. The UK series (pictured), which ran on ITV for six seasons between 2002 and 2008, is based on a book from Scottish suspense novelist Val McDermid. Endemol Studios and ABC Studios will now coproduce […]

Sky 1 deal shows Intelligence

UK satellite channel Sky 1 has acquired CBS cyber crime drama Intelligence. The show, which ABC Studios creates in association with CBS Television Studios for CBS in the US, will launch in Britain on April 17. Intelligence follows Josh Holloway (Lost) as a futuristic US National Security Agency cyber command specialist who has an implant […]

Disney/ABC chief Sweeney to exit post

Disney/ABC Television Group president and Disney Media Networks co-chair Anne Sweeney is to leave the company to become a TV director. Sweeney, who joined Disney in 1996, will step down in January 2015. The Disney/ABC Television Group includes broadcast channel ABC, cable net ABC Family, kids channel Disney Channel, the Disney Channels Worldwide business and […]

Disney brings on-demand services under ABC Studios banner

Disney is rebranding its on-demand services as part of a wider initiative to have ‘ABC Studios’ as an umbrella brand for its content products and services. Catherine Powell, senior VP, Media Distribution, EMEA at The Walt Disney Company, told TBI that moving forward SVOD platforms that want Disney-distributed content will be sold it as part […]

ABC goes straight-to-series with Secrets & Lies remake

An upcoming Australian crime drama is being remade for US broadcast net ABC, which has made a 10-part, straight-to-series order. Secrets & Lies comes from Oz prodco Hoodlum and is set to begin broadcasting on Network Ten in 2014, and is now being remade by ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Hoodlum is also […]

Channel 5 acquires ABC’s Betrayal

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has acquired upcoming ABC scripted series Betrayal from Disney UK & Ireland. The ABC Studios-produced show, set in Chicago, follows a photographer and an attorney who strike up an affair after a chance meeting but find themselves on opposing sides of a murder case. It will launch in the UK this […]

TNT renews hit series Rizzoli, Major Crimes and Perception

US cable network has renewed signature series Rizzoli & Isles as well as drama shows Major Crimes and Perception. Cop series Rizzoli & Isles was the top-ranked basic cable shows through the summer with an average of 8.4 million viewers. The renewal will take it into its fifth season, which will comprise fifteen episodes. The […]

News brief: More Devious Maids for Lifetime

A+E Networks-owned Lifetime has ordered a second season of the Judy Reyes-starring melodrama Devious Maids. The 13-episode order will lead Lifetime’s 2014 scripted slate, according to Lifetime’s executive VP and general manager Rob Sharenow. It will be produced by ABC Studios. The first season launched on June 23. It follows four close-knit maids who first […]

Reports: Jossen out at ABC Studios, Moran upped

US news outlets are reporting ABC Studios head Barry Jossen is being replaced by Patrick Moran. Moran, who was most recently VP of development for the Disney/ABC-owned studio, will assume the position in the restructure, which Paul Lee, ABC Entertainment Group’s president, reportedly helmed. Before joining ABC Studios, Moran was senior VP of drama, at […]