Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s ‘Fleabag’ helps UK to dominant Emmys display

Killing Eve star Jodie Comer and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s comedy Fleabag were among the standout winners at the 71st Emmy Awards in LA last night, in what turned out to be a trophy-laden night for UK shows and their stars. Fleabag beat off competition from HBO’s Veep and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs Maisel to secure the […]

HBO greenlights Iannucci’s space comedy ‘Avenue 5’

HBO has given a series order to Armando Iannucci’s space comedy pilot Avenue 5, starring Hugh Laurie, Josh Gad, Zach Woods and Nikki Amuka-Bird. Avenue 5 was given a pilot order by HBO last September and was filmed in London. Described as a space tourism comedy, Avenue 5 is set 40 years in the future […]

Veep to step down from HBO

US premium cable network HBO is ending political sitcom Veep after seven seasons. The series has been a solid performer for the Time Warner-owned channel since it launched in 2012. British comedy writer and producer Armando Iannucci developed it as a US adaptation of The Thick of It, the BBC comedy that ran between in […]

HBO renews Veep and Silicon Valley

They may not get huge ratings, but HBO’s Veep and Silicon Valley are regarded as two of the best scripted series on TV right now, so it’s no real surprise that the premium pay TV channel has decided to reward them with new seasons. Veep, created by Armando Iannucci, has been given a seventh season […]

Raft of commissions for Channel 4

UK broadcaster Channel 4 unveiled a raft of new programming at its upfront in London yesterday. The pubcaster has a history of breakout comedy and announced the return of Peep Show duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb to its air with sitcom Back. Simon Blackwell (Veep, Peep Show) will pen the 6x30mins series, which follows […]

SoHo dropped as Foxtel encourages Binge viewing

Australian pay giant Foxtel is moving premium programming currently on its SoHo drama channel to its Showcase network, while launching a channel targeted at binge viewers. As of October 1, Binge will replace SoHo on the EPG offering curated seasons of shows such as Arrow (pictured), The Flash, Supergirl, Pretty Little Liars, Empire, Californication and […]

HBO launching in Spain with Vodafone

HBO has struck a deal with Vodafone in Spain for the launch of its planned streaming video-on-demand service in the country, to be called HBO España. HBO said its Spanish service will launch with an extensive catalogue of premium content including current series such as Game of Thrones, True Detective, Veep, Silicon Valley and a variety […]

HBO president Lombardo exiting

Michael Lombardo is exiting his position as president of programming at HBO, ending a 33-year career at the US premium cabler. Variety broke the news over the weekend, with Lombardo subsequently explaining his decision to rival US trade Deadline. He said he first considered leaving HBO after last year’s Emmy’s, at which it scooped the […]

Star becomes ‘India’s home of HBO’

21st Century Fox-owned pay TV service Star India has become the latest local ‘home of HBO’ after an agreement with the US-based premium television provider. As of January 1, 2016, Star’s English-language networks and digital platform Hotstar will become the exclusive broadcaster of all HBO programming, including Game of Thrones, Veep (pictured) and True Detective. […]

Sky launches Veep on demand before linear

Sky is making the new, fourth, season of HBO comedy Veep available as on on-demand box-set ahead of it hitting linear TV. The UK pay TV operator will make the entire season available as a Fourth of July special through its Sky Box Sets on-demand service. The previous three seasons will also be available. The […]

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