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25 Nov 2015 | Leave a Comment

This really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone, but Sky 1 have announced that the Arrow/Flash spin off Legends of Tomorrow will be coming to the channel in 2016. As with the other DC properties, it’ll also be available on NOW TV.

From Berlanti Productions, the creators of Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl, comes this epic super hero team-up. Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is executive produced by Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Blindspot), Andrew Kreisberg (The Flash, Arrow, Fringe), Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), Phil Klemmer (Chuck, The Tomorrow People) and Sarah Schechter (The Flash, Arrow, The Mysteries of Laura, Supergirl). Distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, the series comes from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Adam MacDonald, director of Sky 1, commented: “Hot on the heels of the amazing success of Supergirl, I’m really pleased to announce that another exciting comic-book drama is coming to the channel. From the team behind our three best-loved superhero shows and with a great high-profile cast, there’s real pedigree behind DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. And it’s set in the same world as The Flash and Arrow, too, so it couldn’t be more suited to Sky 1. Our customers are going to love it.”

No news on the exact air date yet, but it airs in America on 21st January, so I would expect it pretty soon after that on Sky 1.

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11 Nov 2015 | Leave a Comment

Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim and John Hurt are coming to Sky Atlantic in brand new European crime thriller The Last Panthers.

The six-part series, which has been commissioned in partnership with CANAL+, opens with a daring diamond heist before quickly delving into the dark heart of Europe where a shadowy alliance of gangsters and ‘banksters’ now rules.

A stellar cast is led by Academy® Award Nominee and BAFTA winner, Samantha Morton as Naomi, a British loss adjustor charged with recovering the stolen diamonds whatever the cost. Two-time Academy® Award Nominee, three-time BAFTA Award winner, and Golden Globe® winner John Hurt portrays Tom, her nefarious boss. Also in pursuit is a French-Algerian policeman Khalil, played by double Cesar award winner Tahar Rahim, one of France’s most talented and versatile actors.

Check out the real story behind the series here:

The Last Panthers originated as an idea from celebrated French journalist Jerome Pierrat and the screenplay is from award winning writer and co-creator Jack Thorne. The series has been directed by Johan Renck and filmed in London, Marseille, Belgrade and Montenegro.

Zai Bennett, Director of Sky Atlantic said: “As Sky continues to invest in more original programming, The Last Panthers is the perfect series to add to Sky Atlantic’s exciting drama slate. It has all the ingredients to ensure our customers will love it and it will flourish on the channel – on and off screen world-class talent combined with a gripping and thought provoking story. We’re delighted that the support of Sky Deutschland means that The Last Panthers will also air on Sky Atlantic in Germany.”

The Last Panthers will air 12 November 2015 at 9pm on Sky Atlantic.

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3 Nov 2015 | Leave a Comment

His Dark Materials coming to BBC One

His Dark Materials coming to BBC One

The BBC have announced the commission of a new drama series based on Philip Pullman’s epic fantasy trilogy of novels, His Dark Materials, to be produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema. This isn’t the first time New Line have tried to bring the trilogy to screen, although the previous effort with the 2007 movie The Golden Compass received decidedly lukewarm reviews… This version however, should fair better, and looks like it will be driven by the team at Bad Wolf… And yes, that is a Doctor Who reference. Bad Wolf is the production company set up by ex-Who, Torchwood and Da Vinci’s Demons execs Jane Tranter & Julie Gardner.

His Dark Materials has been published in more than 40 languages and has sold worldwide close to 17.5 million copies, so it’s fair to say, there’s an audience already out there for it! The trilogy is one of the supreme works of imaginative fiction for both children and adults published in the 20th century. Northern Lights introduces Lyra, an orphan, who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. In The Subtle Knife she is joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds and leads to a thrilling conclusion in The Amber Spyglass.

Philip Pullman is quoting as saying “In recent years we’ve seen the way that long stories on television, whether adaptations (Game Of Thrones) or original (The Sopranos, The Wire), can reach depths of characterisation and heights of suspense by taking the time for events to make their proper impact and for consequences to unravel.

“And the sheer talent now working in the world of long-form television is formidable. For all those reasons I’m delighted at the prospect of a television version of His Dark Materials. I’m especially pleased at the involvement of Jane Tranter, whose experience, imagination, and drive are second to none. As for the BBC, it has no stronger supporter than me. I couldn’t be more pleased with this news.”

Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner

Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner

Jane Tranter, Executive Producer for Bad Wolf adds: “It is an honour and a joy to be part of the team responsible for bringing Philip Pullman’s trilogy of novels to the BBC. Ever since they were first published these books have been a huge influence on so much of my thinking and imagination and it is enormously inspiring to be now working on them for television adaptation.

“The broad horizons of television suggests itself as the best of vehicles to capture the expansiveness of the story and worlds of Lyra and Will and I am looking forward to seeing how Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass will occupy their place in an audience’s imagination across many episodes and seasons.

“To say that I am grateful to Philip Pullman and to Toby and Carolyn at New Line Cinema for entrusting this to Bad Wolf is an understatement and we will give everything that we have to rise to the challenge of doing justice to these great works and to the responsibility that Philip and the incomparable BBC have bestowed on us.”

His Dark Materials is the first commission from Bad Wolf and is New Line Cinema’s first move into TV production. The show will be made in Wales for BBC One.

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2 Nov 2015 | Leave a Comment

UPDATED: Now the official press release is out, we have a little bit more info on the upcoming new Star Trek TV show. It’ll air on CBS in January 2017… But only the first episode will be on the main channel. After that, it’ll be on CBS All Access, which is their On Demand service, which already offers every episode of all the previous series.

It’s being produced by Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote JJ’s recent reboot of the franchise, and will star an entirely new cast of characters “seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.”

Interestingly, they say “the new television series is not related to the upcoming feature film Star Trek Beyond, which is scheduled to be distributed by Paramount Pictures in summer 2016.” This has to do with the rights of the Star Trek tv show being with CBS, where as the film rights belong to Paramount. It does raise the question of whether the new show will continue in the original timeline (Shatner/Kirk, Stewart/Picard etc…), which is also the one used by the Star Trek Online game, or if it’ll be set in JJ’s alt (i.e. Chris Pine/Kirk) timeline used in the films. That statement seems to imply it may be a continuation of the original timeline…

Obviously there’s no news yet on where it’ll air in the UK as it’s only just been announced, but given Sky’s history with the franchise, I’d be extremely surprised if it didn’t end up on Sky 1 or Sky Atlantic.

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Can i just say YAY it’s about time! 😀

Alex Kurtzman co-writer and executive producer of JJ’s Star Trek movie has announced he’s bring the show back to the small screen at CBS. Not much more is know about it yet, but expect more announcements later today!

Star Trek has been off the small screen for 10 years (yes… ST: Enterprise is 10yrs old!), but after Abrams, Kurtzman & Orci spectacularly brought the show back to the cinema, rumours had been circulating of a TV revival. With the 50th anniversary next year, now is a great time to do it as the new show will air in the Jan 2017 in the US.

We’ll update with more news as we get it.




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2 Nov 2015 | Leave a Comment

Sky Living have announced uk premiere dates for 2 of super-producer Shonda Rhimes’s shows, with Grey’s Anatomy Season 12 & Scandal Season 5 both airing this December.

Grey’s Anatomy Season 12 will air on Sky Living Wednesday 9th December at 9pm, and picks up 3 months after the emotional end to season 11. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) is adjusting to a new living situation, Bailey (Chandra Wilson) is battling to become chief of surgery and April’s relationship with Jackson is floundering in the wake of her trip to Jordan.

Scandal Season 5 gets the UK air date of Thursday 3rd December at 10pm on Sky Living, and see’s Kerry Washington return in her Golden Globe-nominated performance as DC crisis manager Olivia Pope in another smash-hit series direct from ShondaLand.

With a cool head, and an even cooler wardrobe, Olivia tries to protect the reputations of America’s rich and powerful. However, a host of problems in her own backyard, including a long-running affair with married President ‘Fitz’ (Tony Goldwyn), prove Olivia Pope & Associates are just as susceptible to scandal as anyone.


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2 Nov 2015 | Leave a Comment

Sky announced today they will be simulcast the 2 hour premiere of Vinyl, the latest show from Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street, Boardwalk Empire) on 15th February 2016 at 2am, with a repeat at 9pm.

Created by Mick Jagger, Scorsese & Winter, the 10 part ride through the sex and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop. The drama, set in 1970s New York City, stars Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire, Ant-Man) as record label president Richie Finestra, who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path.

Joining Cannavale will be Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, James Jagger and Paul Ben-Victor.