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Syfy UK heads to Midnight, Texas

Pay TV channel Syfy UK has bought network drama Midnight, Texas from Comcast cousin NBCUniversal International Distribution. The supernatural-themed thriller is set in a remote Texan town where being strange is normal and only outsiders fit in. François Arnaud (Blindspot stars). It will debut in the UK in July. NBCU International Networks VP of programming […]

NBC selects drama pair & shuts Emerald City

US broadcaster NBC has given the greenlight to a pair of dramas, and also cancelled 2016-17 season series Emerald City. The Comcast-owned network has ordered full seasons of Rise and For God & Country. Rise is a drama from Friday Night Lights’ Jason Katims and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller. It stars Josh Radnor (How I […]

Hulu’s Mindy Project coming to an end

Hulu comedy The Mindy Project is to end after a final, sixth season. The series has been on air since 2012, initially on US broadcaster Fox and latterly Fox-backed on-demand service Hulu, which rescued it in 2015. Hulu has now renewed the show for a sixth run that’s scheduled for September this year, with the […]

NBC confirms Will & Grace comeback

US broadcaster NBC has confirmed it is bringing back LGBTQ comedy Will & Grace as a limited ten-part series. Stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullaly will reprise their roles in the series, which is slated for the 2017-18 season, along with creators, original showrunners and executive producers Max Mutchnick and David […]

NBC confirms Will & Grace comeback

US broadcaster NBC has confirmed it is bringing back LGBTQ comedy Will & Grace as a limited ten-part series. Stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullaly will reprise their roles in the series, which is slated for the 2017-18 season, along with creators, original showrunners and executive producers Max Mutchnick and David […]

Will and Grace reboot talk intensifies

Will and Grace is returning to TV, according to one of its stars. Leslie Jordan told radio station KPBS that US broadcaster NBC had ordered a reboot, eleven years after the sitcom ended. “It’s back; NBC has ordered it,” added Jordan, who claimed the commission was for ten episodes, and would be ready to go […]

Awesomeness staffs up Verizon content venture

The upcoming AwesomenessTV and Verizon mobile content venture has drafted in the former drama department head at Universal Television. Russell Rothberg (pictured) has been named senior VP, creative for the currently unnamed service. He exited NBCUniveral’s production arm earlier this year, following president Bela Bajaria out of the door. Bajaria recently resurfaced at another digital […]

Netflix hires ex-Universal TV exec as content VP

Netflix has appointed former Universal Television president Bela Bajaria as its vice-president of content. Bajaria will lead the team at Netflix responsible for licensing content from the major US studios, including her former employer NBCUniversal, and agreeing coproduction deals with the major US networks. She will also oversee a new team developing original unscripted programmes […]

Pretty Little Liars ending, Grimm axed

Pretty Little Liars and Grimm have been cancelled by US channels Freeform and NBC respectively. Cable broadcaster Freeform confirmed Pretty Little Liars would come to an end after its seventh season, which will begin airing in April 2017. The finale will be a two-hour special, and be followed by the premiere of new series Famous in […]

Sons of Anarchy, Modern Family popular on Shomi

Sons of Anarchy and Modern Family are among the most-watched titles on one-year-old Canadian SVOD platform Shomi. The Rogers Media-owned service released data on its first birthday, which revealed its ten most popular titles, that it currently offers subscribers 17,698 episodes of programming, and that it had more than 143 million total video plays. Comedy, […]