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TNT axes summer procedural despite ratings

US cable channel TNT has cancelled King & Maxwell, its new summer drama procedural, despite solid ratings. The show, which comes from CBS Television Studios and Shane Brennan Productions, had out-rated other new scripted summer cable series such as Syfy’s Defiance and Lifetime’s Devious Maids, but is still hitting the scrap heap. King & Maxwell […]

Upcoming Sony Central Europe channel buys 100 hours from Electus

New Sony Pictures Television-operated Central European channel AXN Black has bought more than 100 hours of programming from US-based multimedia studio Electus. Shows included in the deal with Electus’ global programming arm Electus International are CMT’s unscripted series Dog and Beth: On the Hunt and TNT’s reality competition series The Hero, plus Car Lot Rescue, […]

TNT goes Under the Dome

Latin American pay TV channel TNT has acquired exclusive regional rights to CBS’s Stephen King-penned miniseries Under the Dome. The deal, scored with CBS Studios International, will see the sci-fi show launch on the turner Broadcasting-owned entertainment channel in November. Following its stellar performance in the US, where it has become the highest rated scripted […]

Rizzoli & Isles production stops after star’s death

Production on the new season of TNT’s procedural Rizzoli & Isles has halted following actor Lee Thompson Young’s apparent suicide. The 29 year-old Thompson Young, who played detective Barry Frost on the crime series, was found dead at his home in LA on Monday. His manager subsequently told US news outlets the actor had committed […]

Sony ‘signs Viacom deal for online service’

Sony has reportedly signed a preliminary deal with Viacom to carry the latter’s channels on its planned new online pay TV service. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Sony will carry Viacom channels including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon on the new web offering, though it still needs to “nail down details” of the […]

TNT renews hit series Rizzoli, Major Crimes and Perception

US cable network has renewed signature series Rizzoli & Isles as well as drama shows Major Crimes and Perception. Cop series Rizzoli & Isles was the top-ranked basic cable shows through the summer with an average of 8.4 million viewers. The renewal will take it into its fifth season, which will comprise fifteen episodes. The […]

Turner ups Levy to president, TBS

David Levy has been upped to president, Turner Broadcasting System. In his new role, Levy will oversee all of Turner’s cable nets and businesses. He has been elevated from president, sales, distribution and sports at the Time Warner-owned channel operator. As president, Levy will run TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and […]

Watch gets acquainted with Boston’s Finest

UK pay TV channel Watch has acquired Boston’s Finest, a reality series focusing on the East Coast city’s law enforcement officers. UKTV-owned Watch will launch the 8x60mins series, which debuted on Time Warner-owned TNT and Endemol Worldwide Distribution shops on the international market, in mid-August. The series is billed as a “dramatic journey into the […]

News brief: TNT ups unscripted exec

Turner-owned US cable channel TNT has upped Rachel Brill to VP, unscripted programming for TNT Originals. She was previously director of unscripted development for TNT. She’s based in LA and reports into David Eilenberg, senior VP, unscripted development. Brill joined the network in 2011 and has since developed several series, including new show The Hero, […]

Oz’s Network Ten picks up Reign and raft of LA Screenings shows

Australian free-to-air broadcaster Network Ten has told TBI the shows it has selected from this year’s LA Screenings, which include CBS’ hotly-tipped period drama Reign. Ten has output deals with CBS and Fox and has chosen a raft of new shows from the Studios. From CBS Studios International it has Reign, the series, described as […]