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Peacock scores sports doc ‘Mission To Burnley’ & extends ‘Twisted Metal’

US streamer Peacock has acquired sports docuseries Mission To Burnley and renewed action-comedy Twisted Metal for a second season. The NBCUniversal-owned service is launching Mission To Burnley on 15 December after striking a deal for the show with distributor Banijay Rights. Produced by Ad Hoc Films as a Sky Original, the four-part docuseries follows the […]

US series ‘The Bold Type’ & Oz drama ‘Bad Behaviour’ come to UK’s BBC Three

UK pubcaster the BBC has acquired all five seasons of US comedy-drama series The Bold Type, as well as Australian drama Bad Behaviour, for its youth-skewing BBC Three and VOD service BBC iPlayer. Both shows were picked up following a deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution, with The Bold Type offering a glimpse into the outrageous […]

Paramount+ drives vehicular action-comedy ‘Twisted Metal’ to Canada

Paramount+ has acquired video game adaptation Twisted Metal for Canada. The action-comedy, based on the PlayStation game series and commissioned for Peacock in the US, will launch all 10 episodes exclusively on the service in Canada on 10 August, with the streamer also set to debut the show in other as-yet unannounced territories. Written by […]

NBC to end ‘Magnum P.I.’, with axe falling once again on former CBS show

Magnum P.I. has been cancelled by NBC, marking a short-lived reprieve for the series, which had been dropped by original network CBS last year. The upcoming batch 10 episodes that will form the second half of the current fifth season are set to be the show’s last, with the axe falling on the show after […]

News round -up: RTS Switzerland picks up ‘Runes’; ‘Willow’ creator clarifies future; ‘Bel-Air’ renewed for S3

RTS Switzerland picks up ‘Runes’ RTS Switzerland has picked up Les Armateurs’ animated series Runes, following a deal with French production and distribution company, Prime Entertainment Group. The 26 x 22-minute Runes follows the story of 12-year-old William, heir to the throne of Normandy. After his father’s death, William seeks refuge in the village of […]

Exclusive: How to rescue a scripted series from cancellation

Shows get cancelled all the time, but a fortunate few get a second chance when a new network or platform steps in to renew them. Mark Layton finds out what it takes to pull a series back from the brink It is never welcome news when a show gets cancelled, but it can feel particularly […]

Universal Studio Group hires Netflix & Lee Daniels alums for development

Universal Studio Group has made new senior appointments to the development teams at Universal Television and Universal Content Productions. Former Netflix exec Naketha Mattocks is joining Universal Television as SVP of drama development, reporting to Vivian Cannon, EVP of drama development. Mattocks launched Netflix’s family film division in 2018, with the team producing films such […]

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