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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson gets another TNT series

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is making another US cable series after TNT greenlit Wake Up Call (WT). The series will be made by 5×5 Media, 7 Bucks Entertainment and Electus, which also made Johnson’s other TV series The Hero, also for TNT. Electus is expected to handle international sales. The new show will feature the […]

Power Play: why celebs are becoming execs

As the global media superpowers march into ever more sectors, A-list actors, musicians, fashion gurus and novelists are taking control of television projects. Jesse Whittock reports on the rise of the celebrity superproducer. In the past, the glamorous worlds of film, sport, pop music and fashion looked down their noses at TV from behind the […]

Mark Burnett cooking series On the Menu for TNT

Turner-owned cablenet TNT has given the greenlight to a new cooking series from The Bible producer Mark Burnett. On the Menu (WT) is being billed as “the first cooking show ever to give viewers the chance to taste the winning dish after every episode”. TNT has given the show a 10-episode run and pencilled in […]

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 […]