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Louisa Mellor Jun 1, 2017
Some exciting new UK drama and comedy commissions are making their way to TV over the next year or so…
We know, we know. You still have two episodes of Fargo season two before you can think about starting season three. You’ve already fallen behind on American Gods. Your planner memory is chock-a-block with Big Little Lies and that Oj Simpson thing and some Spanish prison series your workmate bullied you into recording. You’re struggling to make time for Twin Peaks. New Game Of Thrones is just around the corner. And guess what, Netflix UK have just added a whole new season of It’s Always Sunny, those sods. You need a list of new TV show recommendations like you need a hole in the head.
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And yet, as long as they keep making them, we’ll keep recommending them. »
'Deadlock' (photo credit: Louella Pleffer).
Deadlock, a teenage-focused ABC iview series from Every Cloud Productions, the producers of Miss Fisher.s Murder Mysteries and Newton.s Law, is set to shoot on the north coast of Nsw in July.
Based on an original concept from Every Cloud.s Deb Cox, the 5 x 12 web series, set in Byron Bay, will follow what happens after a .mysterious car crash exposes the dark underbelly of an idyllic paradise. and changes the lives of the teens it affects.
Deadlock was developed with emerging writers (including Pleffer) in a script lab hosted by Screenworks and held in collaboration with.Skins co-creator and co-writer Bryan Elsley..The workshop involved bringing in teenagers from the Northern Rivers to help inform »
- Jackie Keast
The executives behind Pop, the young cable outlet backed by Lionsgate and CBS, think rival networks might be set to burst.
As more new-tech distributors seek to offer narrower “bundles” of content to subscribers eager to get video content on demand, Brad Schwartz believes there will be less room for TV outlets that cannot lure a robust, passionate audience. “I think we are going to see a culling of the herd when it comes to cable networks,” said Schwartz, Pop’s president. “People are going to have to pick and choose the content they want to invest in. We are going to be one of those networks left standing. Over the next one to three years, there will be more channels that go away.”
He cites Viacom’s recent decision to focus on six core networks and NBCUniversal’s recent move to scrap cable networks Esquire and Cloo as evidence of the trend. Distributors »
- Brian Steinberg
Caroline Preece Jan 25, 2017
Skins debuted on E4 10 years ago. We revisit a bold and unique adolescent drama that kick-started countless careers...
It’s been a decade since Skins, E4’s controversial teen drama, premiered. At the time, it was a source of anxiety for parents about what teenagers were getting up to when they weren’t looking, but for television executives it was pure gold. It achieved that rare feat - it got young people to watch and talk about it - and, after seven years of drinking, drugs and general debauchery, it bowed out in 2013.
Now it’s simply another teen drama of the past, perhaps remembered by most for the real-world ‘Skins Parties’ it inspired rather than the steps it took or the ground it broke. Whether it was casting complete unknowns, »
4 items from 2017
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