As part of ReelzChannel’s commitment to expanding their lineup of original content, the network today announced that they have picked up four new series: mini-series Barabbas, docu-series Beverly Hills Pawn, the Canadian period-drama series Bomb Girls and mini-series World Without End.
Based on the novel by Par Lagerkvist, Barabbas is a four part mini-series that explores the story of a man whose life was spared because of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. To be shot on location in Tunisia, this sweeping epic is an ultimate story of redemption that will pick up where the Bible left off. Barabbas is produced by Compagnia Leone Cinematografica.
Beverly Hills Pawn is a new docu-series which explores Yossi Dina’s extraordinary pawn shop in the heart of world famous Beverly Hills. The master businessman and former army captain runs his luxury shop with an iron fist and is known for his savvy negotiating and his superior taste. When Hollywood’s elite fall on hard times, they know exactly where to go to find a lot of cash – fast. Yossi makes multi-million dollar pawn deals at a moments notice for masterpieces, gems, antiques, and priceless Hollywood treasures only attainable by the rich and famous. Each episode follows Yossi and his loyal team as they dole out massive pawn loans to the wealthy for their incredible collectibles. Produced by Asylum Entertainment, the series comes from the development deal that Reelz signed with Asylum last May.
Bomb Girls is a period drama set during World War II, which tells the stories of the women who risked their lives in a munitions factory in support of the European front. Liberated from social and cultural restrictions, they embraced their newfound freedom, changing their lives, and the world around them, forever. Produced by Muse Entertainment, Bomb Girls stars Meg Tilly (Agnes of God), Jodi Balfour (The Sinking of Laconia), Sebastian Pigott (Being Erica) and multiple Gemini Award-nominee Peter Outerbridge (Nikita).
World Without End is the mini-series follow up to Pillars of the Earth, which aired on Reelz last year. Set 200 years after Pillars, the mini-series picks up with a new cast of characters, including Caris, a feisty young woman played by Charlotte Riley (The Duchess, Wuthering Heights), who inspires her medieval town of Kingsbridge to confront the most powerful forces of her time, namely the Church and the Crown, as they fight to save their town from ruin and, ultimately, usher in a new era of freedom, innovation, and enlightenment.
All four series join ReelzChannel’s rapidly growing lineup of original content, which also includes Steven Seagal’s True Justice and Canadian series XIII. The network is also believed to be working on a US adaptation of the French police-drama series Braquo. Speaking of the new series, Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of ReelzChannel, said: “Reelz is a network on the move with year to year prime time growth that no cable network could top. We’re excited keep investing in our momentum for the benefit of our viewers, advertisers and distributors, packing our fall schedule with big stories, compelling and unforgettable characters and our first foray into reality programming.”