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HBO Max greenlights JJ Abrams’ & LaToya Morgan’s FBI drama ‘Duster’

HBO Max has given the go-ahead to Duster, the drama series from JJ Abrams and LaToya Morgan about the first Black female FBI agent. Produced by Warner Bros. Television, and first announced in 2020, the first two episodes of Duster are written by Abrams and Morgan and directed and executive produced by Steph Green. Rachel […]

ITV Studios & Bad Robot’s Ben Stephenson to launch new drama prodco

Bad Robot Productions head of TV and former BBC scripted chief Ben Stephenson is launching a new transatlantic label within ITV Studios (ITVS). Stephenson’s scripted-focused outfit, which has not yet been named, will be based in London and LA, with the exec splitting his time between the two cities. Distribution of shows will be led by ITVS. […]

Apple TV+ orders ‘Presumed Innocent’ adaptation from David E Kelley & JJ Abrams

Apple TV+ has commissioned an adaptation of the Scott Turow novel Presumed Innocent, from David E Kelley, Dustin Thomason and JJ Abrams. The courtroom thriller is being adapted as an eight-part limited series and tells the story of a horrific murder that upends the Chicago Prosecuting Attorneys’ office when one of its own employees is […]

Hulu cancels Stephen King anthology series ‘Castle Rock’

Hulu has cancelled the psychological horror series Castle Rock. It has been reported that the series, which premiered in 2018 and aired its second season last October, will not be returning for a third run. The show, from Bad Robot Productions, is an anthology series based upon the works of prolific horror writer Stephen King […]

TBI In Conversation: Bad Robot’s Ben Stephenson on ‘game-changing’ WarnerMedia deal

This latest instalment of TBI’s In Conversation strand catches up with Ben Stephenson, head of television for JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, who tells us about the ‘game-changing’ benefits of partnering with WarnerMedia. Ben Stephenson is no stranger to working on high-profile TV. He spent 11 years at UK pubcaster the BBC, including a seven-year […]

CBS rejigs entertainment as Geller exits

US broadcaster CBS has upped Kelly Kahl to president of entertainment and drafted in The CW exec Thom Sherman, with Glenn Geller (pictured) set to exit. Kahl has been upped from senior executive VP of CBS Primetime, a role she has held since 2005. Sherman, who joins from CBS’s part-owned network The CW later this […]

Westworld lights up HBO Canada

Buzzy HBO drama Westworld has become the best ever launch for HBO Canada and The Movie Network. The sci-fi series bowed strongly on HBO in the US and also on Sky Atlantic in the UK. In both Canada and the UK the series opener beat Game of Thrones in terms of viewing numbers. On HBO […]