A&E scripted chief switches to Fox

Gabriel Marano has joined the drama division at Fox Broadcasting Company, with his current network, A&E, getting out of scripted production. Marano was senior VP of drama production at US cable channel A&E until recently, when the channel decided to ditch scripted in favour of more traditional unscripted genres. At Fox, he will be SVP […]

US cable net A&E dropping scripted

The A&E net in the US is dropping scripted programming from its line-up, although the wider A+E Networks group said it remains committed to drama. A&E was historically an unscripted net and will now return to that mode, as Deadline was first to report. The cable net had run drama series including Bates Motel (pictured), […]

Channel 5 buys Rookie Blue

Channel 5 has acquired cop procedural Rookie Blue. The Viacom-owned UK free-to-air broadcaster has bought seasons one and two of Rookie Blue and will run the series on its 5USA channel, starting next month. It already runs in the UK on pay TV channel Universal Channel. The series is produced and distributed by Entertainment One, […]

Netflix saves Longmire

Streaming service Netflix has revived Longmire, commissioning a fourth season after US cable net A&E axed the cop drama. Producer Warner Horizon Television has been shopping the series around since A&E decided to give it the chop in August. Netflix has now stepped into the fray and ordered a 10-part series that will premiere exclusively […]

Lifetime, A&E, History join for Bonnie & Clyde simulcast

The A&E, History and Lifetime US cable channels will join forces to simulcast two-part original drama Bonnie & Clyde. All three of the A+E Networks channels will show the series, in two-hour instalments over two nights, starting Sunday, December 8. History has made a hugely successful push into scripted with Hatfield & McCoys, The Bible […]

News brief: A&E cancels Glades despite ratings growth

US cable channel A&E has cancelled its drama series The Glades despite the show just posting its most-watched episode. Though the finale of season four of the show delivered 3.4 million viewers – its most since debuting in 2010 – the A+E-owned channel has pulled the plug. It has averaged 2.6 million during its latest […]

A+E gives Longmire third run

US cable channel A&E has commissioned a third season of its crime drama Longmire, according to an executive producer. John Coveny, who developed the show along with Hunt Baldwin, tweeted that A&E parent A+E Networks has given a third run the greenlight following impressive ratings throughout season two. “Thanks to the five million plus weekly […]

Turner UK launching time-shifted TCM

Turner Broadcasting System is today launching a time-shifted version of pay channel TCM in the UK. TCM + 1 will be a 24-hour time shifted channel and will replace an existing eight-hour programming block on TCM2, which ran from 8pm – 4pm. TCM, which has expanded beyond classic movies and currently broadcasts shows such as […]

TCM buys Longmire

The UK version of Turner’s TCM has acquired drama series Longmire. The one-hour drama series, about a Wyoming sheriff (Robert Taylor), was shown on the A+E Network in the US where it was, at the time, the network’s most-watched original series. With an average of 4.1 million viewers. TCM has bought the series from Warner […]

Netflix inks ’unprecedented’ Warner Bros. TV deal

Netflix has bagged rights to eight series distributed by Warner Bros. The deal between the streaming service and the Hollywood studio gives it rights to several new and library scripted titles. It comes soon after Netflix secured Disney content and there was an immediate uptick in the US-listed company’s share price following the announcement of […]