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Channel 4 reveals Houdini acquisition

The UK’s Channel 4 has acquired upcoming Adrien Brody drama miniseries Houdini. The British network will launch the show this month buoyed by its debut last night on History in the US. Its debut took 3.7 million viewers, making it the biggest-rating cable miniseries premiere this year, according to Nielsen data. Channel 4 bought show […]

CBC ascends to Syfy drama series

Canadian pubcaster CBC has acquired Ascension, US network Syfy’s upcoming futuristic drama. The Canandian pubcaster will launch the six-part show in November. The deal comes after Ascension went into production in Montreal this week. The thriller follows a group of people sent from Earth in 1963 to populate a new planet who are rocked by […]

Orange is the New Black sets return date

Netflix has set a launch date for the second season of its well-received female prison drama Orange is the New Black. The series will return on June 6, with all 13 episodes made live simultaneously as per the regular Netflix windowing model. Viewers who had binge-watched the entire second season of another original, House of […]

Lionsgate developing Twitter creation drama

Lionsgate Television is adapting a non-fiction book on the birth of social messaging service Twitter into a TV series. The studio has optioned rights to journalist Nick Bilton’s bestseller Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Power, Friendship and Betrayal and has Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games) attached to executive produce the project. Bilton will write […]

HBO orders Nesbo novel adaptation

HBO is developing an hour-long drama based on Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbø’s crime story and feature film Headhunters. Writer and executive producer Alexander Woo (True Blood) will adapt the 2008 novel for US premium cable channel. TBI first learned Zodiak Media-owned Scandi prodco Yellow Bird Entertainment was looking to take the property to television in […]

WGN America goes to Manhattan for second original

US station WGN America has ordered its second original drama, a 13-part about the scientists racing to create the first atomic bomb that has The West Wing exec producer Thomas Schlamme attached. Manhattan is written and created by Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex), who will exec produce alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and […]

News brief: TBS renews original trio

US cable channel TBS has commissioned third seasons of its sitcoms Sullivan & Son and Men at Work and a second of prank show format Deal With It. Sullivan & Son (pictured), which is about a corporate lawyer that buys a family-owned bar and comes from Wild West Picture Show Productions and Warner Horizon Television, […]