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Ransom: Season Two Viewer Votes

Are Eric Beaumont and the team still in top form during the second season of the Ransom TV show on CBS? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV show Ransom is cancelled or renewed for season three. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of the Ransom season two episodes below. A CBS crime drama from creators Frank Spotnitz and David Vainola, Ransom stars Luke Roberts, Sarah Greene, Brandon Jay McLaren, and Nazneen Contractor. The mystery thriller centers on crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont (Roberts). He and his team save lives which often seem beyond saving, in part, because Eric
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Foreign Drama Enters ‘Brilliant’ Era as Global Giants Embrace Local Stories

“The volume, quality and global reach of drama [now] is unequalled in the history of television,” Lorenzo Di Maio, an agent at Endeavor Content, said Tuesday at a panel on TV drama financing at Canneseries, a festival in Cannes dedicated to drama series. Di Maio’s company is handling international sales on Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Killing Eve,” which plays in the festival’s competition.

The growing quality of high-end series is drawing in top actors and that is pushing up budgets, the panelists said. Eleonara Andreatta, director at Italy’s Rai Fiction, which has “Il Cacciatore” (The Hunter) in the festival’s competition,
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Ransom: Is the CBS TV Show Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?

Vulture Watch Are Eric Beaumont and his crack team still on the job? Is the Ransom TV show cancelled or renewed for a third season on CBS? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Ransom, season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? A CBS crime drama from creators Frank Spotnitz and David Vainola, Ransom stars Luke Roberts, Sarah Greene, Brandon Jay McLaren, and Nazneen Contractor. The mystery thriller centers on crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont (Roberts). He and his team save lives which often seem beyond saving, in part, because Eric understands criminals better than they understand themselves.
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Ransom: Season Two Ratings

Even though the first season of the Ransom TV show did so poorly in the Nielsen ratings that it should have been cancelled, CBS renewed it for a second season, anyhow. The show has a lot of international partners and did well outside the Us, so the Tiffany Network decided to pickup season two, and once again air it on Saturday nights. How will the crime drama fare, in its sophomore outing? Will Ransom be cancelled or renewed for season three? If it is renewed, will CBS carry it? Stay tuned. A CBS mystery thriller from creators Frank Spotnitz and David Vainola, Ransom stars Luke Roberts, Sarah Greene, Brandon Jay McLaren, and Nazneen Contractor. The story centers on crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont (Roberts). He and his team save lives which often seem beyond saving, in part, because Eric understands criminals better
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Will Netflix’s English-Language ‘Medici: Masters of Florence’ Rescue Italy’s TV Biz?

Will Netflix’s English-Language ‘Medici: Masters of Florence’ Rescue Italy’s TV Biz?
During the early 15th century the Medici family helped foster a cultural revolution that took Italy out of the dark ages. Cut to the present. The English-language “Medici: Masters of Florence” TV series, which Frank Spotnitz is showrunning on a $28 million budget co-financed by Netflix, is considered a harbinger of change within the Italian TV industry.

The first eight-episode season, in which Dustin Hoffman played Giovanni de’ Medici, the Florentine family’s patriarch, scored an average primetime share of more than 25% in 2016 on Italian pubcaster Rai and traveled widely.

The second installment, “Medici: Masters of Florence. The Magnificent,” will instead feature Daniel Sharman (“Teen Wolf”) as Lorenzo de’ Medici and Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”) as Jacopo de’ Pazzi, head of a rival banking family who plotted to kill the Florentine ruler known as The Magnificent.

Co-produced by Rome’s Lux Vide with Rai Fiction, Altice Group and Spotnitz’s Big Light Prods., the show — which
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Netflix’s ‘The Indian Detective’ Elevates Russell Peters, And His Comedic Take on Identity, Beyond Stand-up Into Stardom

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Netflix’s ‘The Indian Detective’ Elevates Russell Peters, And His Comedic Take on Identity, Beyond Stand-up Into Stardom
Identity is a prevalent theme in Russell Peters’ stand-up, and it also serves as the launch pad for the laughs in “The Indian Detective,” his new four-episode series now streaming on Netflix.

“Identity comedy is universal. I may be talking about my Indian parents, but I know that my ‘Indian’ parents are the same as everyone’s parents in some way — Greek, Italian, Arab, Chinese,” Peters said. “That’s what my audience is responding to. I’m also exploring race and culture, and a lot of people aren’t comfortable with that.”

In “The Indian Detective,” Peters stars as Toronto Police constable Doug D’Mello, a man desperate to prove his salt and be promoted to detective, but instead winds up suspended following a bust gone wrong. Through a guilty ploy by his father (Anupam Kher), he heads to Mumbai during his repose where a pretty girl (Mishqah Parthiephal) leads
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'Vikings' showrunner launches TV outfit and strikes MGM first-look deal

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'Vikings' showrunner launches TV outfit and strikes MGM first-look deal
Michael Hurst creates Green Pavilion Entertainment.

Vikings showrunner and The Tudors creator Michael Hirst has launched a TV drama indie, securing a multi-year deal with MGM Television for its premium projects.

Source: BBC Two

Vikings

The Bafta-nominated writer has teamed with long-time producing partners Morgan O’Sullivan and James Flynn to launch Green Pavilion Entertainment. It will develop and produce high-end dramas for international and domestic markets.

The indie has struck an exclusive first-look deal with MGM to develop and produce dramas across a variety of genres. The trio of execs previously collaborated with MGM Television on History’s long-running scripted drama Vikings.

Green Pavilion’s first project under the MGM deal is Ronin, a series inspired by United Artists’ 1998 spy thriller. In the movie, which starred Robert De Niro, a team of special operatives are hired to steal a mysterious briefcase.

The fledgling outfit has also hired Sharon Remmer as creative director.

Formerly a drama head
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'Vikings' showrunner launches TV outfit and strikes MGM first-look deal

Michael Hurst creates Green Pavilion Entertainment.

Vikings showrunner and The Tudors creator Michael Hirst has launched a TV drama indie, securing a multi-year deal with MGM Television for its premium projects.

Source: BBC Two

Vikings

The Bafta-nominated writer has teamed with long-time producing partners Morgan O’Sullivan and James Flynn to launch Green Pavilion Entertainment. It will develop and produce high-end dramas for international and domestic markets.

The indie has struck an exclusive first-look deal with MGM to develop and produce dramas across a variety of genres. The trio of execs previously collaborated with MGM Television on History’s long-running scripted drama Vikings.

Green Pavilion’s first project under the MGM deal is Ronin, a series inspired by United Artists’ 1998 spy thriller. In the movie, which starred Robert De Niro, a team of special operatives are hired to steal a mysterious briefcase.

The fledgling outfit has also hired Sharon Remmer as creative director.
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The Indian Detective

Network: Netflix. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: December 19, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Russell Peters, Mishqah Parthiephal, Christina Cole, Scott Cavalheiro, Anupam Kher, Hazma Haq, and William Shatner. TV show description: A "fish-out-of-water" tale, The Indian Detective TV show comes from creators Frank Spotnitz and Smita Bhide. The police procedural dramedy centers on Doug D'Mello (Peters), a Toronto police officer who, while visiting his father Stanley (Kher) in Mumbai, gets caught up in a murder investigation. Although he's a genial guy, Constable Doug D'Mello is nothing if not determined, and he usually manages to find a way to rebound from setbacks. Doug dearly wants to become
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‘The Indian Detective’ Trailer: First Look & Premiere Date For Netflix’s Canadian Series Starring Russell Peters

We’re getting an exclusive first look at The Indian Detective, a four-part comedy series developed by Frank Spotnitz and Smita Bhide (Transporter: The Series) for comedian Russell Peters in his first toplining role. Following its initial run on Bell Media’s CraveTV and CTV, it’s set to premiere on Netflix on December 19. Peters, a Canadian of Indian descent, plays Doug D'Mello, a Toronto cop who unexpectedly finds himself investigating a murder in his parents' Indian…
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Exclusive Interview: The Man in the High Castle’s Alexa Davalos, Rufus Sewell and Jason O’Mara talk about humanizing the enemy

Justin Cook caught up with The Man in the High Castle cast members Alexa Davalos, Rufus Sewell and Jason O’Mara and executive producer Dan Percival at New York Comic Con. First and second season spoilers lie ahead…

When it comes to dystopian fiction, perhaps none is as scary, or as consistently timely as Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, which imagines a world in which the Axis powers won World War II and the United States has been divided by the Greater Nazi Reich and the Japanese Empire. Amazon Video’s adaptation of the work is gearing up for its third season and the cast/executive producers of the show were present for the “World of Philip K. Dick” New York Comic Con panel, where a chilling sneak peek from the forthcoming season was unveiled.

Returning series stars Alexa Davalos and Rufus Sewell, cast newcomer
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Ransom; Season Two: CBS Renews Low-Rated Hostage Drama Series

Fans are no longer being held hostage to fears that this show is cancelled. Finally, CBS has renewed its low-rated Ransom TV show for a second season. On May 17, 2017, it looked like Ransom would be cancelled. By May 19th, however, we reported there was still a chance this international co-production would be renewed for season two. A CBS crime drama from creators Frank Spotnitz and David Vainola, Ransom follows experienced crisis and hostage negotiator, Eric Beaumont (Luke Roberts). The cast also includes Brandon Jay McLaren, Nazneen Contractor, and Sarah Greene. The Ransom season two premiere date has not yet been announced. Read More…
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‘Ransom’ Renewed For Second Season On CBS

‘Ransom’ Renewed For Second Season On CBS
CBS has demanded more Ransom. The network today handed a 13-episode Season 2 renewal to the drama series created David Vainola and Frank Spotnitz. While CBS paid up for Ransom‘s return, it wasn’t an exorbitant sum: The Canada-Hungary production was a low-cost acquisition. No word yet on a premiere date, but the series midseason debuted on New Year’s Day and moved to its regular Saturday slot on January 7. Luke Roberts stars in Ransom as crisis and hostage negotiator Eric…
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'Ransom' Renewed for Season 2 at CBS

In a surprise twist, CBS is bringing Ransom back for a second season.

The international co-production starring Luke Roberts and produced by Frank Spotnitz was slotted on Saturdays starting in January in the network's attempt to revitalize the typically low-watched night. Its freshman season averaged 3.5 million total viewers and a 0.4 among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. The series will return for another round of 13 episodes. A premiere date has not yet been determined.

Ransom is inspired by the professional experiences of crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert, who, along with his partner, Marwan Mery, are among the top...
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Mipcom: Beta Film Boards Second Season of 'Medici: Masters of Florence'

German production heavyweight Beta Film has signed up to co-produce the second season of European period drama Medici: Masters of Florence, taking over from French outfit Wild Bunch.

The series, which airs on Netflix in the U.S., is a production of Italy's Lux Vide in cooperation with Rai Fiction and Big Light Productions, the European outfit run by The Man in the High Castle creator Frank Spotnitz. Dutch telecommunications company Altice Group has also signed on to produce the show's second season, which will be titled: Medici: Masters of Florence. The Magnificent.

Set in 15th century Florence, the series follows...
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Watch a sneak peek clip from season 3 of The Man in the High Castle

Amazon has debuted a sneak peek clip at the New York Comic Con for the upcoming third season of its alternate history series The Man in the High Castle which sees Rufus Sewell’s John Smith learning more about time travelers; take a look below…

Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States.

The Man in the High Castle is set to premiere in 2018.
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Daniel Sharman and Bradley James Join Netflix’s ‘Medici’ (Exclusive)

Daniel Sharman and Bradley James Join Netflix’s ‘Medici’ (Exclusive)
The producers of Netflix’s “Medici: Masters of Florence” have completed casting for season two, with Daniel Sharman and Bradley James among the new names on the Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer-created Italian period drama, Variety has learned.

An international cast is headed by Sharman (“Fear the Walking Dead”), who will take the lead role, playing a young Lorenzo the Magnificent in 15th century Florence. James (“Damien”) will star as his brother Giuliano.

Shooting on the €24 million ($28 million), eight-episode, series gets underway in Rome on August 24. Other key cast members for season two include Julian Sands (“Gotham”) as Lorenzo and Giuliano’s father, Piero, and Sebastian De Souza (“Crossing Lines”) as their friend, Sandro Botticelli.

The sophomore season of “Medici” is set 20 years after the events of the first. A young Lorenzo, the nephew of Richard Madden’s character Cosimo from the first series, is forced to take over the family bank, which
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‘The X-Files’ Season 11: Chris Carter Is Failing His Show By Rejecting Diversity and New Voices

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‘The X-Files’ Season 11: Chris Carter Is Failing His Show By Rejecting Diversity and New Voices
When Fox revealed this week who exactly would be writing the next season of “The X-Files,” the reaction was relatively polarized: excitement over the return of fan favorites versus dismay that creator Chris Carter had passed up the opportunity to bring new voices into the mix. The creator brought in three former assistants to join returning Season 10 writers Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong.

Read More: ‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Fills Its Writers’ Room With All-Male Staff

For anyone who believes a variety of diverse voices can do a lot to improve the quality of a show’s writing, this move came as a real blow. But it wasn’t really anything new for “The X-Files.” As noted by Carly Lane at Nerdist, over the course of the show’s original nine seasons, only six women in 202 episodes ever received a writing credit:

Marilyn Osborn (“Shapes”) Sara B. Charno (“Aubrey,
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‘Man in the High Castle’ Producer Ramping Up

Big Light Productions, the company behind Amazon series “Man in the High Castle,” is set to ramp up its slate of dramas, with two seasoned executives joining its ranks.

Frances Flannery (“Spotless”) will work up a slate of original scripted projects for the production company, which was founded by Frank Spotnitz (“The X Files”). She has worked at Kudos and Wall to Wall.

Emily Feller comes to Spotlight from Studiocanal’s Red Production Company and will executive produce new original series and the new season of Rai and Netflix series “Medici: Masters of Florence.” Her credits include British shows “Bodies” and “The Driver.”

“With projects already in development in the U.K., the U.S. and Europe, it’s an exciting moment for Emily and Frances to join the team,” said Big Light’s head of drama, Katie McAleese. “They’re both exceptionally writer-focused and have fantastic editorial instincts. I’m thrilled that they’re joining as
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The X-Files Season 11 Writers Revealed: Who's Back? Who's Missing?

The X-Files Season 11 Writers Revealed: Who's Back? Who's Missing?
The gang’s (almost all) back together.

X-Files creator Chris Carter has finalized the writers room for the series’ forthcoming 10-episode 11th season, and, like last year’s revival (aka Season 10), it’s stacked with franchise vets.

RelatedX-Files: 7 Tweaks That Must Be Made in Season 11 (Paging Vince Gilligan…)

Most notably, Carter will once again reunite with former producers Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong, each of whom were responsible for writing and directing one of Season 10’s six episodes. (Darin Morgan’s installment, “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster,” was widely viewed as the revival’s strongest outing.)

The quartet
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