ABC ends relationship with Mistresses

US broadcaster ABC has cancelled female-skewed drama Mistresses after four seasons. The soapy summer season scripted series will not return for a fifth run following a lower fourth season ratings. It has sold internationally to likes of TLC in the UK, where it was a launch title in 2013. Mistresses is a coproduction of Good […]

FX chief slams ‘assembly line’ Netflix

FX Networks president John Landgraf has criticised the algorithm-based commissioning system of SVOD service Netflix, claiming programmes are “not best made by engineers or coders”. In a revealing TCA tour session, Langraf (pictured) warned against tech companies such as Netflix treating programming as a commodity, and said his previous prediction that TV drama originals would […]

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 […]

Archer gets triple-season renewal at FX

FX animated comedy Archer has landed a triple-season renewal. This will bring the series through to ten seasons, with each of the new runs going to eight episodes. It’s a renewal RAMPAAAAAAAAGE. See you next year. #ArcherFX https://t.co/WxgMFvzBJt — Archer (@ArcherFX) June 21, 2016 This comes as the prodco that created the show, Floyd County […]

Viceland orders first scripted series

Viceland’s Canadian feed has ordered its first scripted series. Nirvanna the Band the Show will comprise one of six new series from Canada that the network, which Vice operates locally with Rogers Media, has commissioned. The others are 16-part doc series Cyberwar, skateboard ten-partner Abandoned, eight-part Dead Set on Life, Indigenous community-themed RISE, and millennials-focused […]

Landgraf: drama output to peak in 2016 or 2017

FX Networks CEO John Landgraf has predicted a peak in the production of high-end drama television this year or next. Landgraf has been outspoken in his belief that too much television is currently being produced, and yesterday at FX’s TCA presentation added further colour. He upgraded recently-released FX data that suggested 409 scripted series had […]

FX preps Louis C.K. toon, shelves Cassius

US cable net FX is piloting a new Louis C.K. animated show, while its sister net FXX has shelved another grown-up toon project, Cassius and Clay. Louis C.K. will team with fellow comedian Albert Brooks to write and voice their as-yet-unnamed half-hour animated project. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to cover the news. Meanwhile, […]

Fox hires Bekker replacement for Africa

Fox International Channels has recruited Ratna Siriah (below left) as general manager of its operations in Africa, filling a role vacated by Hannelie Bekker. Siriah joins from Cat 2 where she worked in the launch a dubbed Bollywood channel in Africa. She has also worked for several FMCG companies outside of the TV sector. She […]

FX no longer Married to comedy

US basic cable channel FX has cancelled its relationship comedy Married after two seasons. Married creator Andrew Gurland confirmed the news through his Twitter account yesterday. There will be no season three of @MarriedFX. Thank you @FXNetworks for the opportunity and thank you to all the fans. It’s been a blast. — andrew gurland (@andrewgurland) […]

Hulu boss cool on original movies, international

Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins has said there are no plans afoot to follow the likes of Amazon and Netflix into movies and that there are no international expansion plans afoot, for the short term at least. Hopkins was speaking to US trade The Hollywood Reporter and added that the US$700,000 per episode deal for classic […]

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