MIPTV: Hot Projects To Keep An Eye On

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MIPTV, the international trade show where producers, distributors and buyers get together to purchase, sell and finance their projects, kicks off tomorrow in Cannes, France. With over 4000 buyers and 1500 exhibiting companies attending, there is plenty on offer.

UK broadcasters confirmed to be attending include BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, Fox International Channels UK (FX UK), UKTV (Dave, Alibi, Watch etc), Universal International Channels (Universal Channel, Syfy UK) and Chello Zone (CBS Action, CBS Drama etc).

Listed below is TVWise’s pick of hot projects which will be shopped at MIPTV, the only questions is will any UK broadcasters be bringing the UK rights home with them?

Political Animals

Six hour political drama mini-series from Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark. Political Animals revolves around Elaine Barrish, a divorced former First Lady and current Secretary of State, who struggles to keep her family together while simultaneously dealing with the crises of the State Department. She finds an unlikely ally in Susan Berg, a famous D.C. journalist who has spent her career tearing Elaine down.

The mini-series stars Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish, Carla Gugino as Susan Berg, Sebastian Sian as as Thomas “T.J.” Hammond, James Wolk as Douglas Hammond, Brittany Ishibashi as Anne Ogami and Ciaran Hinds as Bud Hammond. Political Animals is produced by Berlanti Productions and Laurence Mark Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television, with Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution is handling international distribution for the series.

Rob

Half-hour comedy series from comedian-writer Rob Schneider, Rob was developed for television by Schneider and Lew Morton and follows Rob, a landscape architect who married into a close-knit Mexican family and spends most of his time trying to get them to like him.

The series stars Rob Schneider as Rob, Claudia Bassols as Maggie, Cheech Marin as Fernando, Diana Maria Riva as Rosa, Eugenio Derbez as Hector, Lupe Ontiveros as Abuelita and Ricky Rico as Pepe. Rob is produced by The Tannenbaum Company and From Out of Nowhere Productions in association with CBS Television Studios, with Kim and Eric Tannenbaum, Lew Morton and Rob Schneider serving as executive producers. CBS Studios International is handling international distribution for the series.

The Firm

One hour drama series based on the novel of the same name. The Firm was developed for television by Law & Order veteran Lukas Reiter and picks up ten years after the book, with the McDeeres leaving the federal witness protection programme and Mitch starting his own law firm, only to discover that the dangers that drove him and his family into witness protection are still out there.

The series stars Josh Lucas as Mitch McDeere, Molly Parker as Abby McDeere, Callum Keith Rennie as Ray McDeere. Juliette Lewis as Tammy Hemphill and Natasha Calis as Claire McDeere. The series is produced by Entertainment One in association with Sony Pictures Television and Paramount Pictures with John Grisham, Lukas Reiter, John Morayniss, Michael Rosenberg and Noreen Halpern serving as executive producers. eOne holds international distribution rights to the series outside of Sony’s AXN markets and will be shopping the series at MIPTV.

Common Law

USA Network’s newest drama series, Common Law was created by Marianne and Cormac Wibberly and follows two LAPD cops who discover they have one problem—each other. Despite their differences, they are still the best detectives on the force, but when things come to a head on the eve of their “seven-year itch,” their captain forces them into couples’ therapy to save their marriage.

The series stars Michael Ealy as Detective Travis Marks, Warren Kole as Detective Wes Mitchell, Jack McGee as Captain Phil Sutton and Sonya Waljer as Dr Ryan. Common Law is produced by Junction Entertainment and CBS Television Studios, with Jon Turteltaub, Craig Sweeney and Marianne and Cormac Wibberly serving as executive producers. CBS Studios International is handling international distribution for the series.

Saving Hope

Saving Hope is a one hour medical drama series which was created by Malcolm MacRury and Morwyn Brebner and will be broadcast by CTV in Canada and NBC in the United States.

The series picks up shortly after Charlie Harris, the Chief of Surgery of Toronto’s Hope-Zion Hospital, ends up in a coma. He leaves the hospital in chaos and his fiancée and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid, in a state of shock. Along with newly-arrived star surgeon, Joel Goran, Alex races to save Harris’ life. The comatose Dr. Harris explores the hospital halls in “spirit” form, not sure if he’s a ghost or a figment of his own imagination while Reid and her fellow doctors press on to save his life and those of their other patients.

Saving Hope stars Erica Durance (Smallville), Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1), Daniel Gillies, (The Vampire Dairies), Huse Madhavji (Combat Hospital), Julia Taylor-Ross (Rookie Blue), and Kristopher Turner (The Listener). The series is being produced by Entertainment One, who will shop the series at MIPTV. Morwyn Brebner, Aaron Martin, Ilana Frank, David Wellington, John Morayniss and Lesley Harrison serve as executive producers.

Longmire

One hour drama series based on the series of novels written by Craig Johnson, Longmire was developed for television by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin. The drama series follows Walt Longmire, the Sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Longmire is a widower who, following his wife’s death, lost interest in his job as Sheriff. But with the help of one of his deputies he re-commits to his job and decides to run for re-election, only to find that one of his own men is running against him.

Longmire stars Robert Taylor (The Matrix), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Lou Diamond Phillips (Stargate: Universe), Bailey Chase (Damages), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) and newcomer Adam Bartley. The series is produced by Warner Horizon Television, with John Coveny, Hunt Baldwin, Greer Shephard and Michael M Robin serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution is handling international distribution for the series.

A Gifted Man

One of CBS’s new shows for the 2011 – 2012 TV season, A Gifted Man is a one hour medical drama series which was created by Susannah Grant and revolves around Michael Holt, a surgeon in New York City who, after his deceased wife visits him as a ghost, decides to run a free clinic for those who cant afford health care.

A Gifted Man stars Patrick Wilson as Michael Holt, Jennifer Ehle as Anna Paul, Margo Martindale as Rita Perkins-Hall, Rachel Lefevre, Pablo Schreiber as Anton Little Creek and Julie Benz as Christina Holt. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios with Neil Baer, Susannah Grant, Jonathan Demme, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly serving as executive producers. CBS Studios International are handling international distributon for the series.

Copper

One hour drama series created by Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life On The Street) and Will Rokos. Copper is set in New York in the 1860’s and revolves around Kevin Corcoran, a tough yet decent police detective, who returns from war to find his wife missing and his daughter dead. On a hunt for the truth, Corcoran divides his time between working cases for the City and trying to piece together what happened to his family.

The drama series stars Tom Weston-Jones as Kevin Corcoran, Kyle Schmid as Robert Morehouse, Anastasia Griffith as Elizabeth Haverford and Franka Potente as Eva Heissan. Copper is produced by Cineflix Studios in association with BBC America, Beta Film and Shaw Media, with Tom Fontana, Barry Levinson, Christina Wayne and Will Rokos serving as executive producers. Beta Film is handling international distribution for the series.

NYC 22

A late entry in the 2011 – 2012 TV season, NYC 22 was created by by Richard Price and follows six NYPD rookies and their training officers as they hit the streets of New York in an attempt to protect and serve, while making a lot of mistakes along the way.

The series stars Terry Kinney as Daniel Dean, Adam Goldberg as Ray Harper, Leelee Sobieski as Jennifer Perry, Stark Sands as Kenny McLaren, Judy Marte as Tonya Sanchez, Harold “House” Moore as Jayson Toney, Tom Reed as Ahmad Khan and Felix Solis as Terry Howard. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios, with Robert De Niro, Richard Price, James Mansgold, Jane Rosenthal and Ken Sanzel serving as executive Producers. CBS Studios International is handling international distribution for the series.

Person of Interest

One hour drama series created by Jonathan Nolan and produce by JJ Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot Productions. Person of Interest revolves around John Reese, a former CIA operation officer, who is recruited by wealthy businessman Harold Finch to prevent future crimes using a computer he constructed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Person of Interest stars Jim Caviezel as John Reese, Michael Emerson as Harold Finch, Taraji P. Henson as Detective Joss Carter and Kevin Chapman as Detective Lionel Fusco. The series is produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with JJ Abrams, Bryan Burk, Jonathan Nolan, Richard J. Lewis and Greg Plageman serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution is handling international distribution for the series.

Evolution

This one hour drama series from former NYPD Blue co-creator Steven Bochco and writer Bryan Law is set three million years in the future when the unearthing of a box of “human knowledge” leads to a revival of Social Darwinism, while the boy who discovered the knowledge must decipher the lessons it contains.

Evolution is the latest straight-to-series order for independent production company eOne, other such shows from the company include Haven and The Firm. The series is being produced by Entertainment One, who will also be shopping the series to international buyers at MIPTV. Bochco will executive produce the series alongside eOne’s John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg, with Bryan Law serving as a supervising producer.

The series was only announced by eOne earlier this week and I’m told no scripts have been written, nor has any casting been done. There are also no confirmed broadcasters for the series. Previously, eOne’s series have landed at ABC (Rookie Blue), NBC (The Firm, Saving Hope) and Syfy (Haven) in the US. While in the UK, Universal International Channels picked up both Rookie Blue (Universal Channel) and Haven (Syfy UK).

Major Crimes

One Hour drama series and spin-off of TNT’s long running drama series The Closer. Major Crimes revolves around the LAPD’s Major Crimes Division following the departure of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. One of the many changes brought on by her departure is that Captain Sharon Raydor is now in charge.

The series stars Mary McDonnell as Captain Sharon Raydor, G.W. Bailey as Lieutenant Louie Provenza, Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, Michael Paul Chan as Lieutenant Michael Tao, Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez, Phillip P. Keene as Buzz Watson, Kearran Giovanni as Detective Amy Sykes and Graham Patrick Martin as a homeless juvenile, with Robert Gosset and Jon Tenney reprising their roles of Commander Russel Taylor and FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard on a recurring basis.

Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, with James Duff, Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution is handling international distribution for the series.