6 items from 2017
Pete Dillon-Trenchard Apr 29, 2017
This article contains spoilers. Lots of them.
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The Doctor and Bill have saved the day again and something’s knocking in the vault - but it’s only knocking three times, so it doesn’t constitute a reference. Instead, here’s our weekly list of references, callbacks, tenuous spots and generally interesting waffle from this week’s episode. You’ll have to forgive me if I’ve missed anything - I’m at my sister’s wedding as this episode goes out, and they’ve refused to turn the music off »
Cannes — Graced by enticing pre-l.A. screenings of Disney and Lionsgate shows and large excitement at sneak-peaked scenes from Adam Price’s “Ride Upon the Storm” and Tom Tykwer’s “Babylon Berlin,” 2017’s MipTV trade fair underscored why Hollywood still dominates much of global TV, as well as the new raised bar of ambition of European dramas.
Amazon’s Roy Price laid out plans for Amazon to drive into more originals, though he did not go into specifics. Both Amazon and Netflix took meetings with key content suppliers at MipTV. Meanwhile, MipTV caught the TV business, and indeed the world, in vertiginous transition, thanks in business terms to a phenomenon little short of a revolution: the global broadcast of foreign-language shows, currently driven by Netflix.
Change, however, goes beyond that. Not for nothing, The Wit’s Virginia Mouseler drilled down in a Wednesday Fresh TV Fiction on 2017 as the “Year of Trans-Genre, »
- John Hopewell
Drama deals from the last days of the TV market.
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ITV inks Victoria deals
ITV Studios Global Entertainment has scored several territory deals on its historical drama series Victoria.
The show has gone to: satellite station Yes Israel, Mediaset in Italy for free-to-air broadcast, and Russian VoD service Ivi.
ITV has also scored deals on its show Loch Ness, which will debut in the UK and NBC later this year. TV2 has taken the series for Norway, TV4 has taken for Sweden, Rtl has rights for the Netherlands, and Dr has the programme for Denmark.
Read more Miptv: ITV Studios acquires stake in Blumhouse Television
Studiocanal sells The Five to Germany »
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ITV Studios Global Entertainment has secured a raft of new Emea deals for its top dramas, including “Victoria” and “Prime Suspect: Tennison.” The company announced Tuesday that it had signed a number of new agreements for three of its dramas, including the upcoming “Loch Ness.”
Hit royal series “Victoria” has seen latest sales to satellite broadcaster Yes in Israel; VOD service Ivi in Russia, where it will see a simultaneous pay-tv launch on Tricolor Russia’s Kino Premium Channel; and Mediaset in Italy for free-to-air TV broadcast, which will follow its current pay-tv run in Italy on the Feltrinelli Group’s La Effe.
“Victoria” was an instant ratings hit in Britain, becoming ITV’s top-rated drama of 2016 after debuting last August. The show, which stars former “Doctor Who” companion Jenna Coleman as the young monarch and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert, will return for a second season later this year.
- Robert Mitchell
Author: Reuben Roper
Doctor Who fans woke up to the news this morning that Peter Capaldi, the show’s twelfth incarnation of The Doctor, is leaving the show. His departure is not entirely unexpected, as it coincides with the exit of the showrunner Steven Moffat, who has been with the show since Matt Smith took over the role.
It is bittersweet ending for Capaldi’s Doctor, who had to follow the double act of the aforementioned Smith and David Tennant. The show struggled to find its feet with Capaldi initially, however under Capaldi’s reign the show has seen some of its finest hours. We loved his entanglements with Missy, and his one man show Heaven Sent from Series Nine is one of the best episodes of the show’s entire run.
But all’s not lost! We still »
- Reuben Roper
I like a good happy ending. Truly, I am a total sucker for "and they lived happily ever after."
So I'm very happy with the outcome of The Librarians Season 3 Episode 10, which concluded the season and saw the downfall of this year's Big Bad, Apep.
While some might consider it convenient that each of the Librarians had an essential part of the ultimate solution, this was hardly without precedent. The Library ensured practically the same thing back in The Librarians Season One.
It was gratifying that Eve never actually betrayed the Library, though the episode didn't exactly do much to answer the question of whether or not Eve was originally intended to be a Dosa infiltrator, per the general's earlier claims.
I was actually impressed that Dosa managed to construct such an effective technology-based Library equivalent when (even in this episode!) their personnel, up to and including the general herself, »
- Kathleen Wiedel
6 items from 2017
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