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CBS confirms Mark Burnett miniseries Dovekeepers

US broadcast network CBS has commissioned a four-part miniseries set in first-century Israel from The Bible creator Mark Burnett (below) and his wife Roma Downey. Burnett first told TBI he was working on what would be his third religion-themed scripted period drama earlier this year and CBS has now revealed this will be called The […]

The CW catches a wave with CSI’s Carol Mendelsohn

US broadcast network The CW has ordered a one-hour surfing-themed period drama from former CSI showrunner Carol Mendelsohn’s production company. The dark comedy drama, set to begin in 1961 and currently untitled, will use a motley crew of Malibu surfers as vehicle to explore historic moments in US history such as the civil rights movement […]

TNT axes summer procedural despite ratings

US cable channel TNT has cancelled King & Maxwell, its new summer drama procedural, despite solid ratings. The show, which comes from CBS Television Studios and Shane Brennan Productions, had out-rated other new scripted summer cable series such as Syfy’s Defiance and Lifetime’s Devious Maids, but is still hitting the scrap heap. King & Maxwell […]

Spielberg sci-fi set for CBS

CBS has given a straight-to-series order to Extant, a new sci-fi drama from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. The futuristic thriller series, set for summer 2014, will follow a female astronaut trying to reconnect with her family after a year in outer space. It follows the success of this year’s Amblin/CBS miniseries Under the Dome, which […]

Dome stays in place at CBS

US broadcast network CBS has renewed its high rating miniseries Under the Dome for a second run. The Stephen King-created series will return for a second 13-episode run on the back of strong ratings this summer. It is currently averaging more than 13.8 million viewers, including pulling in a strong performance in the vital 18-49 […]

New copro partners join CW drama Reign

Frank Siracusa’s Whizbang Films and Vikings coproducer Take 5 Productions have signed up to co-create upcoming CW teen-skewed period drama Reign. The Canadian pair will join CBS Television Studios on the series, which was one of the more popular new season offers at the LA Screenings last month. The CW show follows a young Mary […]

UK channel goes Under the Dome with CBS

Channel 5 in the UK has acquired exclusive broadcast rights to the buzzy CBS miniseries Under the Dome. The show, which comes from CBS Television Studios and Stephen Spielberg’s Amblin Television, will air on the UK terrestrial channel in the autumn. Under the Dome follows events in a small down that is suddenly and inexplicably […]

LA Screenings: Broadcast Strikes Back

With US cable series such as Hatfields & McCoys gaining traction with key demographics in the past year, broadcast networks have reacted with new comedies, reboots and spin offs and a shift toward short-run series for the new season. Jesse Whittock looks at how this will affect buyers at the LA Screenings. Laughter, it’s often […]

Entertainment One poaches Shafer from CBS

Entertainment One has hired David Shafer as VP of production at its TV unit. He joins from CBS Television Studios. Shafer has started at eOne where he is working on the company’s slate of scripted shows including AMC western Hell on Wheels. At CBS Studios, Shafer was VP of production, working on series including Elementary, […]

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