8 items from 2016
The CW is continuing their relationship with mega-producer Greg Berlanti.
Already at the helm of “The Flash,” “Arrow” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” Berlanti’s pilot “Riverdale” just landed a formal pickup. Based on the characters from Archie Comics, but set in present day, the project is a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.
Exec produced by Berlanti, “Riverdale” was written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who will also exec produce, along with Sarah Schechter and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater. Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions will produce.
“No Tomorrow” also landed a pilot order. Written by “Jane the Virgin’s” Corinne Brinkerhoff, Scott McCabe and Tory Stanton, the potential series follows a risk-averse, straight arrow, female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center who falls in love »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The CW has picked up four new pilots, including Gerg Berlanti’s “Riverdale,” based on the Archie comics. The pickups come just hours after the youth-skewing network picked up two pilots, a paranormal thriller from Kevin Williamson and a remake of the sci-fi drama “Frequency.” The network has also picked up “No Tomorrow,” from “Jane The Virgin” alum Corinne Brinkerhoff, along with Scott McCabe and Tory Stanton. Ben Silverman will also serve as executive producer. The story follows a risk-averse, straight-arrow, female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center who falls in love with a freewheeling man who lives life to the fullest. »
- Linda Ge
Argentina’s leading TV network Telefe has set up a production outpost in Los Angeles in a bid to further expand its international reach.
Diego Piasek, who was most recently the VP for Int’l Production, Distribution and Acquisitions at Ben Silverman’s Electus Int’l ,and previously held key executive positions at Shine and Fox Television Studios, will head U.S. operations, reporting to Telefe global content chief Tomas Yankelevich.
News broke during Natpe where Telefe recently announced a two-year development partnership with FremantleMedia to create entertainment/non-scripted formats for the Argentine and Latin American markets.
Telefe has also been presenting its new slate, which includes such ambitious series as “El Regreso de Lucas” (“The Return of Lucas”), shot in Ultra HD with 4K technology in co-production with Peru’s America TV. Its pan-Latin American cast includes Ana Maria Orozco from Colombia, Peru’s Salvador del Solar and Diego Bertie, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Flaked is the serio-comic story of Chip, a celebrated long-time resident of the insular world of Venice, California who falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination. Soon the tangled web of half-truths and semi-bullshit that underpins his all-important image and sobriety begins to unravel. Five-time Emmy Award nominee Will Arnett plays Chip, a man doing his honest best to stay one step ahead of his own lies. The series also stars David Sullivan, Ruth Kearney and George Basil. Executive producers Will Arnett and Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret) co-created and co-wrote the 8-episode series. Ben Silverman (Founder and Chairman of Electus), Peter Principato and Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) also serve as executive producers on the show. »
- Amie Cranswick
It might be said that many of us love Netflix at the moment and, yes, I mean love. A sublime selection of programmes, films, originals and more have been gracing the streaming service and we’ve all been winners for some of the best television in years. Let alone the first series of Jessica Jones, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Daredevil, House of Cards, Master of None… and that’s just some I can think of right now. We’ve all found our favourites.
2016 is set to be another huge year for the Netflix folk, with Marvel’s Jessica Jones getting a second series; and casting on the highly-anticipated series Black Mirror. Anyway, enough of me, here’s your info:
- Dan Bullock
The cast of Flaked stars: Will Arnett as Chip, with David Sullivan, Ruth Kearney, and George Basil. Co-creators and writers, Will Arnett and Mark Chappell, are executive producing with Ben Silverman, Peter Principato, and Mitch Hurwitz.
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Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, today announced premiere dates for several upcoming comedy series and kids series, the renewal of its acclaimed drama Marvel's Jessica Jones and casting on the highly-anticipated series Black Mirror. British star Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights, Concussion and Doctor Who) and Canada's Mackenzie Davis (The F Word, Halt & Catch Fire and The Martian) have been cast in lead roles in one of the episodes of the Netflix original series Black Mirror. Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends) will direct the episode. Created and written by Charlie Brooker, the series is produced by House of Tomorrow, and Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones serve as executive producers.
Netflix also announced that Marvel's Jessica Jones will return for a second season. Currently streaming its first season on Netflix, Marvel's Jessica Jones is a suspenseful, edgy look into the life of Jessica Jones, one of the most popular »
As for new shows, Ashton Kutcher’s “The Ranch,” Winona Ryder’s supernatural series and Will Arnett’s comedy are all on the slate, plus Baz Luhrmann’s hotly anticipated music drama “The Get Down,” which will premiere this summer with the first half of its first season.
Premiere dates for a group of children’s shows were also announced on Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Season 2 — Friday, April 15, 2016
The Emmy-nominated comedy starring “The Office” alum Ellie Kemper returns to Netflix for its second season, as the streaming service picked “Kimmy” up for two rounds when it bought the sitcom from NBC (the network that passed on the show »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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