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Five strangers wake up on a beach in some sort of netherworld and have to figure out why they are there and what is the mysterious creature that is tormenting them.
Another entry in the FrightFest Presents collection, AfterDeath is a British chiller that begins with a young woman named Robyn (Miranda Raison) waking up on a beach at night. Trying to escape some weird explosions on the beach she runs to a nearby beach house where she interrupts the permanently horny Seb (Sam Keeley) having a threesome with Patricia (Elarica Gallacher) and Livvy (Lorna Nickson Brown) as a smoky spirit flies around the room. Also in the house is Onie (Daniella Kertesz), who keeps disappearing and reappearing randomly, and Robyn soon comes to the realisation that they are »
- Amie Cranswick
The drama is the cabler’s first-ever scripted original series.
“Esquire Network proudly broke the genre barriers offering a series that combined elements of danger and drama with a sharp satirical edge,” said Matt Hanna, Esquire Network’s exec VP of original programming. “We are thrilled to once again partner with Tandem Productions and look forward to the wild ride of season two as we continue to gain momentum as a network and reach new heights.”
The Season 2 renewal comes in the midst of Esquire’s upward momentum, as the NBCUniversal-owned cabler wrapped up the first quarter of 2016 with significant growth, marking the net’s most-watched quarter ever among adults 25-54 and total viewers and the second most-watched quarter in the 18-49 demo.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Recently airing on NBC Universal’s Esquire Network, the Studiocanal-sold crime dramedy “Spotless,” a Canal Plus original series produced by Tandem Productions, has been licensed to Brazilian TV giant Globo’s pay TV service Globosat, the biggest cable-satellite operator in the country.
“Spotless” is Tandem’s first production for Canal Plus after it was purchased in January 2012, by Studiocanal, owned in turn by Vivendi’s Canal Plus Group – an early example of synergies within Vivendi companies. “Spotless” also marks a new step in Canal Plus’ international production of original content, as Fabrice de la Patelliere, director of French drama and co-productions at Canal Plus, said when “Spotless” was announced at 2014’s Mip TV in April 2014.
With Vivendi looking to broaden dramatically its talent base and boost a show’s lure far outside its native France, that international drive is instanced by cast – star Marc-Andre Grondin (“C.R.A.Z.Y. »
- John Hopewell
London — DirecTV Latin America has acquired dark, irreverent one-hour crime drama series “Spotless” from Studiocanal, which is handling worldwide distribution.
The series, which airs on NBCUniversal’s Esquire Network in the U.S., stars Marc-Andre Grondin (“C.R.A.Z.Y”), Denis Menochet (“Inglourious Basterds”), Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”) and Miranda Raison (“24: Live Another Day”). The show was co-created by Ed McCardie (“Shameless”) and Corinne Marrinan, and is produced by Munich-based Tandem Productions.
The first 10-episode season of “Spotless” received plaudits from the U.S. and French media. The Washington Post stated, “Esquire Network finds a winner with first scripted drama,” the Philadelphia Inquirer called the show “brilliant,” Le Figaro applauded it as “a French-British co-production of a rare quality,” while Le Monde said it was “a complete success.”
Grondin plays Jean Bastiere, whose life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother Martin (Menochet) gets both of them involved in organized crime. »
- Leo Barraclough
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