Friday Night Lights


NBCU’s new streamer Peacock pulls back Netflix shows, unveils originals

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has ordered a raft of new shows and snatched back rights to Amy Poehler comedy Parks And Recreation from Netflix for its new streaming service, which it has named and said will launch in April. Peacock will offer 15,000 hours of programming, with Parks And Recreation set to become available from October 2020 […]

Fremantle nets Serena Williams film

FremantleMedia has snagged international rights to Serena, a feature doc about world-beating tennis champion Serena Williams. The Film45-produced 1x120mins film is about to go out on US premium pay TV net Epix. It follows Williams through the 2015-16 season and is executive produced by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights). As well as following William’s on-court […]

Canadian SVOD service bags NBCU titles

Canadian on-demand platform Shomi has scored a deal with NBCUniversal handing it shows such as Dig (pictured), Parenthood and Chicago Fire. Shomi has bagged exclusive SVOD rights to various series, which also include Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Chicago PD, 12 Monkeys, State of Affairs, Dominion, Satisfaction, Defiance, Royal Pains and Warehouse 13. Also included are non-exclusives such […]

Hulu orders Katims’ first non-network drama

Friday Nights Light scribe Jason Katims is to make an original drama titled The Way for US streaming service Hulu. Katims’ prodco True Jack Productions has teamed with Jessica Goldberg, who is writer and creator, plus Universal Television on the series. Producer Katims is best-known for NBC’s American football-themed Friday Night Lights, single cam sitcom […]

Reilly to ‘transform’ TBS, TNT with new team

Turner Entertainment boss Kevin Reilly has set out his senior team at the TBS and TNT US cable channels in his first major move since joining Turner last November. Outlining the new structure, the Turner chief said the changes were the first steps in transforming the basic cable channels and “doubling down on original programming”. […]

Big-screen to small-screen

Amid what is described as the ‘Golden Age’ of TV drama there is an increasing trend to look to feature films for small-screen inspiration. John Hazelton looks at the film-to-TV trend and reveals how top creative talent to raiding is studio vaults to find material for the small screen When Fargo won this year’s Emmy […]

Ridley Scott Vatican drama shapes up

US cable network Showtime has added cast members to its upcoming drama series The Vatican. Kyle Chandler, who’s TV credits include Friday Night Lights and big-screen work includes Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, will be the lead in the upcoming pilot. Ridley Scott will direct, the first time he has done so for television. Chandler […]