Universal Television

Universal adapting Telemundo telenovelas for US nets

Universal Television and Universal Cable Productions have taken exclusive options on two drama series from US Hispanic broadcaster and NBCUniversal stablemate Telemundo. NBCUniversal production unit Universal Television will adapt El Señor de los Cielos (The Lord of the Skies) for US audiences. The show has been a hit for Telemundo, becoming its highest rated telenovela […]

NBC orders The Slap and a Wizard of Oz series

NBC has ordered a US remake of Australian drama series The Slap. US network has greenlit an eight-episode series. It will be based on the 2011 Australian drama (pictured), which was in turn an adaptation of the Christos Tsiolkas novel of the same name. It tells the story of the effects a seemingly trivial domestic […]

Xbox TV buyers resigns from Microsoft

Former Universal Television chairman Blair Westlake has resigned from the entertainment arm of computer software firm Microsoft. Westlake was Microsoft’s corporate VP, media and entertainment group, a role that saw him oversee a team that licences TV shows for Microsoft platforms such as the Xbox Live entertainment platform. Microsoft has been reorganising its company structure […]

News brief: NBC has another Hollywood Game Night

US broadcaster NBC has ordered a second season of Hollywood Game Night, a game show hosted by Emmy-winning actress Jane Lynch. The show is based on the real-life game nights actor Sean Hayes hosts and sees contestants play games and party with guest celebrities. NBC didn’t give a TX date on the new 10-episode series, […]

Million Second Quiz App for would-be contestants

The creators of The Million Second Quiz have launched an app that allows would-be contestants to win the chance to compete in the much-hyped upcoming gameshow. Billed as a gateway for players that want to head to New York and be on the show the app is now on the Apple App Store. It is […]

NBCU developing sci-fi comic for TV with Walking Dead firm

NBCUniversal production wing Universal Television is working with writer David Schulner to develop a TV adaptation of his comic book series Clone. The deal comes as part of Schulner’s overall deal with NBCU, which has already spawned midseason show Do No Harm, which ran on NBC but was cancelled last year. He has also worked […]

Ovation cuts Smash-ing off-net NBC deal

US cable network Ovation has acquired off-network rights to US scripted show Smash. The musical drama about a the creation of a fictional Broadway musical ran on the NBC broadcast network for two seasons, ending in May this year. It is produced by Universal Television and DreamWorks Television and was based on an idea from […]

NBC readies ‘genre-redefining’ live quiz series

US network NBC has commissioned a huge live interactive quiz show that will broadcast from a giant hourglass in the middle of Manhattan, with a potential US$10 million cash prize on offer. The Million Second Quiz comes from Lambert (pictured), with his Studio Lambert, All3Media America (fka Studio Lambert USA) and Universal Television and will […]

Universal Channel buys Bates Motel for Asia, rebrands

Universal Channel in Asia has acquired Bates Motel, the A&E Network drama based on Alfred Hitchcock horror Psycho, as part of a new global strategy to focus on character-driven programming. The network’s parent, NBCUniversal International Television, plans to rebrand the channel across the 103 territories it broadcasts in, starting with its Asian channel feed on Sunday […]

NBC rejects Eva Longoria’s Love

US broadcast network NBC has cancelled its new dating format Ready For Love after just two episodes. The series, which comes from Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVEable Entertainment, Renegade 83 Entertainment and Universal Television, has been replaced in its Tuesday 10pm time slot by scripted fantasy drama Grimm, which moves across from its current […]