NBC orders lockdown comedy from ‘Blindspot’ duo

US network NBC has ordered a Connecting, a Coronavirus-era scripted comedy series filmed entirely through video chats. The eight-part series is being produced by Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, with Blindspot collaborators Martin Gero and Brendan Gall taking on the project. Gero and his Quinn’s House production banner are currently under an […]

NBC buys Canadian drama ‘Transplant’ as Covid-19 coping strategies continue

NBC has become the latest US broadcaster to acquire existing scripted product to avoid the production hiatus by striking a deal for Canadian medical drama Transplant. The 13-part show, which debuted in February on Canuck network CTV, centers on Dr. Bashir ‘Bash’ Hamed, a Syrian doctor who flees the country’s war to set up life […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Breaking down the numbers for 2019/20

2019 might seem like a different world to the Covid-19 dominated landscape we live in today, but the flurry of annual results revealed by US and European majors over recent weeks have provided an illuminating set of insights into how the content business is changing. Tim Westcott and Kia Ling Teoh, analysts at TBI sibling […]

NBCU unveils plans for Peacock, including launch date, originals, cost

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has pulled the curtain back on its forthcoming streaming service Peacock, revealing a raft of programming as well as both AVOD and SVOD options for subscribers. At an investor presentation at NBCU’s New York offices yesterday, NBCU said Peacock would be available as a free ad-supported service with subscription tiers, offering more than […]

NBC to end ‘Will & Grace’ revival after third season

US broadcaster NBC is bringing the curtain down on its revival of comedy series Will & Grace, with a third and final season order. The 18-episode run, due to air in 2020, will be the show’s last after its second season lost viewers. NBC has also faced paying more for the multicamera comedy after its […]

NBC’s ‘The Good Place’ to end after fourth series

The creator of NBC’s The Good Place has said its upcoming fourth season will be its last. The decision to end the critically-acclaimed afterlife sitcom appears to have been taken by the show’s creator Michael Schur, who said in a statement: “After The Good Place was picked up for season two, the writing staff and […]

BBC One builds NBC’s ‘The Wall’ in the UK

BBC One has ordered a UK version of NBC game show format The Wall, which will be produced by Remarkable Television, part of Endemol Shine UK. Hosted by EastEnders star Danny Dyer, The Wall (6×45 minutes) is due to launch later this year in prime time on Saturday nights, with questions voiced by Angela Rippon. […]

TBI Weekly: US studios brace for tough questions from global buyers

As major US studios prepare to reveal their new scripted wares to international buyers, there is an atmosphere of confusion and disorganisation in Los Angeles as the terms of trade hang in the balance.  It may still be May but June gloom has descended upon many international execs at this year’s LA Screenings, which is […]