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The Seven Network has revealed its programming slate for the coming 18 months. Among it are a number of new Australia dramas, including: Olivia Newton-John, Warnie, Hoges: The Paul Hogan Story and the anticipated Blue Murder: Killer Cop, which sees Richard Roxburgh reprise his role as Roger Rogerson.
Also new for Seven are Million Dollar Cold Case, Yummy Mummies, The Aussie Property Flippers and Murder Uncovered. The network has also touted a controversial new show.—..now being filmed under a veil of secrecy..—.which it claims will be the most talked about program of 2017.
Seven has confirmed reality mainstays.My Kitchen Rules, House Rules, First Dates and Seven Year Switch for new seasons.
- Jackie Keast
After more than 13 years on the air and nearly 300 episodes, “Mythbusters” came to an end this spring. For fans of the dearly departed show, there’s good news: Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci and Kari Byron (Aka the Build Team) are headed to Netflix with a new venture. Described by the trio as “Mythbusters in Wonderland,” “The White Rabbit Project” will debut on the streaming platform later this year.
According to Nerdist, the title comes from the fact this new show will center around the oddities you might encounter when you ‘go down the rabbit hole on the internet.’ A quick teaser was shown at Dragon Con, where the announcement was made, featuring Belleci and Byron attempting to enjoy a glass of wine — only one of them is “strapped up to a bunch of wires” while »
- Michael Nordine
For his latest project, prolific indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg is moving to Netflix. “Easy,” a comedic anthology series written, directed and produced by Swanberg, is set in Chicago and revolves around a diverse cast of characters making their way through the vagaries of modern life. Watch its animated teaser below.
The first season will consist of eight half-hour episodes “about sexual evolution,” with a huge amount of actors appearing: Orlando Bloom, Malin Åkerman, Michael Chernus, Marc Maron, Kiersey Clemons, Elizabeth Reaser, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jake Johnson, Aya Cash, Dave Franco, Jane Adams, Hannibal Buress and Emily Ratajkowski, among others. Unlike this teaser, “Easy” itself isn’t a cartoon.
Swanberg’s first foray into television, an episode of “Love,” was also for »
- Michael Nordine
The business and financial news produced and distributed by Bloomberg LP is consumed around the globe, but now the media company wants to ensure it is a bigger part of the information used by a growing consumer base in India.
The company’s Bloomberg Media unit has unveiled a new joint venture in India with Quintillion Media, a digital news venture founded by Raghav Bahl, an entrepreneur who was instrumental in bringing CNBC programming to India and whose ability to build a network of TV channels has prompted comparisons with Rupert Murdoch. Under the rubric BloombergQuint, the two companies will produce TV programming, digital and mobile content and live events across India and deliver business and financial news to a population whose interest in such stuff is growing exponentially, according to Bahl.
Bloomberg has partnered with other companies to deliver its TV programming abroad, said Justin Smith, chief executive of Bloomberg Media, »
- Brian Steinberg
Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's semi-regular rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not feeling anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. Just when you start getting excited about the new Indiana Jones, Friday has to come around and steal all your joy: David Koepp, longtime Steven Spielberg collaborator who wrote the widely-reviled Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (and directed Mortdecai, but let's not go there) has officially signed on to pen the script for the fifth installment. But first, in fairness: the controversial idea to insert aliens into the Indiana Jones universe was not Koepp's but, famously, producer George Lucas's, who at this point has no involvement with the upcoming movie. Also in fairness: let's not forget that Koepp wrote Jurassic Park for Spielberg and boasts other well-regarded credits including Sam Raimi's Spider-Man and David Fincher's Panic Room. »
- Chris Eggertsen
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