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The breeding of racehorses aims to bring together two genetically complimentary thoroughbreds in the hope of creating an even stronger winner: for example, Saturday's Grand National winner, Auroras Empire, was bred in Ireland by combining the dam Sama Veda and the sire Second Empire. So it's fitting that, shortly after TV's biggest race, television announced its own attempt at breeding a new winner from two frontrunners.
A planned political drama, hoped to be seen by 2014, will, in stud-farm parlance, be "by" House of Cards "out of" Borgen. Or, possibly, the other way round. Because while, in the case of horses, it is pretty clear which of the partners should be on top, the announced collaboration between Michael Dobbs, creator of the British parliamentary thriller, and Adam Price, »
- Mark Lawson
The last time we saw Homeland's Nicholas Brody he was being ferreted by his lover, Carrie Mathison, into a foreign land where not even the American intelligence agencies' finest minds could find him. Canada.
Back home, the CIA's headquarters in Langley had been devastated by a car bomb, with more than 200 dead. Brody, the kidnapped Us marine who returned home a national hero only to cut short his political career by murdering the vice president, was the No 1 suspect. Again.
The first series met with almost universal critical acclaim but the second, with its extravagant twists and turns, put a strain on viewers' ability to suspend their disbelief, »
- John Plunkett
Ang Lee has signed on to direct the pilot of FX's upcoming drama Tyrant, the network announced today. It'll be Lee's first foray into television and his first directing gig since winning an Oscar for Life of Pi. Tyrant is from Homeland's Howard Gordon, Hatufim's Gideon Raff, and Six Feet Under's Craig Wright, and centers on an American family that gets caught up in a political conflict in the Middle East. The show plays into that who-i-am-on-the-inside-versus-who-i-am-on-the-outside that's sort of Lee's specialty, even if a political thriller seems outside his typical work. »
- Margaret Lyons
“So Ang Lee, you’ve won the Oscar for best director what are ya gonna do now?” “I’m going to direct and executive produce a TV show!” Once again cluing us all into just how the TV landscape has changed over the last fifteen years from second-tier to top notch storytelling, the Life Of Pi director is set to helm the pilot of Tyrant, a new show that is being set up at FX which will follow an American family caught amidst the inner workings of a Middle Eastern nation. Hit the jump for the lowdown. The announcement of Lee’s involvement today comes via FX, and the filmmaker will be traveling to Morocco in the next few months to oversee production. If the pilot heads to series then Lee will remain on the show as an executive producer. There is no further word on the story and nor have they started casting, »
- Ben Umstead
Cologne, Germany -- Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, executive producers of Emmy-award winning Showtime series Homeland, will give a Media Mastermind Keynote address at the upcoming Mip TV international television conference in April. Photos: Spying on 'Homeland' Homeland, the big winner at last year's Emmys with six wins including Outstanding Drama Series, is based on the Israeli format Hatufim - Prisoners of War from Keshet Broadcasting, which Raff created, wrote and directed and which was first introduced to international buyers at Mip. Prisoners of War was Israel's highest-rated drama series and won nine Israeli Television Academy Awards. Gordon, whose
- Scott Roxborough
On January 19th, the Israeli TV series Prisoners of War premiered on Sbs One..For those who haven't heard it it, Pow.is the drama that the award-winning American series Homeland is based upon. Written by the Israeli director Gideon Raff, Prisoners of War tells the home-returning journey of three Israeli soldiers. After 17 years in captivity, they returned to their homeland, two of them alive and one in a coffin. The original script Hatufim, the Hebrew name for Pow, was sold to Twentieth Century Fox in 2009 and adapted into Homeland by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, producers of Fox hit 24. With 1.08 million viewers, Homeland broke the viewership marks for the American TV channel Showtime. As the executive producer of the show, Ran Telem shared in Homeland.s victory at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012. He is also the executive producer of Prisoners of War and VP Programming for Keshet Broadcasting, »
- Yuan Liu
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