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Syfy has set Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, Hunted) to adapt Phillip K. Dick’s novel The Man In The High Castle into a four-hour mini-series. Spotnitz will serve as the primary writer on the adaptation and as an executive producer, alongside Ridley Scott. In addition to writing the first two hours, Spotnitz will supervise the writing on the second two hours.
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MTV UK & Ireland has picked up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to reality series Buckwild, it has been announced. The show’s 12 episode first season is set to receive its UK premiere on MTV on Tuesday March 5th at 9pm. The latest addition to MTV UK’s spring schedule, Buckwild joins the likes of Catfish: The TV Show, dramedy series Underemployed and Canadian drama series The L.A. Complex.
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EXCLUSIVE: Last month, as I was sitting down to work on a report on the US acquisitions market for 2012 (which admittedly should have been published ahead of my 2013-to-date report), I came across some notes from an acquisitions roundup I was working on last August. We’ve now published a good ten or twelve of these roundups (including yesterday’s bumper edition) confirming the status of various scripted imports with their UK broadcasters. Much to my own irritation, I found I’d allowed a number of less high-profile shows to fall between the cracks. After a number of calls over the last 8 weeks to insiders at various broadcasters and distributors, I hear that as many as 6 US scripted series may not be continuing in the UK. I have been able to confirm four of those, however, the fate of the remaining two are still hanging in the balance. Of those six shows, the four that multiple sources are telling me won’t be continuing in the UK are Fox’s animated series Bob’s Burgers, the recently cancelled Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva, ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars and Showtime’s comedy series Weeds. As for the remaining two shows, I’ve confirmed that, as of this writing, the series’ UK broadcasters do not hold the rights to the new seasons of the respective series. That said, however, insiders refused to confirm whether or not an active decision had been made not to acquire future seasons of said shows or if any deals are in progress. Those two shows whose fates are hanging in the balance are TNT’s Franklin & Bash and AMC’s The Killing.
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After airing two low rated episodes, NBC has cancelled freshman drama series Do No Harm. The series has been pulled from the schedule effective immediately and the Thursday night 10pm time-slot will now be filled by repeat episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
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Christina Applegate is leaving NBC’s comedy series Up All Night, TVWise has confirmed.
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EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that TCM has closed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to A&E’s drama series Longmire. I hear that the series is set to premiere on Sunday March 17th at 9pm, occupying the same time-slot vacated by Hell On Wheels two weeks earlier. Representatives of TCM did not immediately respond to our requests for comment.
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Earlier this week TVWise broke the news that Universal Channel had closed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast to Major Crimes, the spin-off of TNT’s long-running drama series The Closer. In that report we also revealed that the deal between Universal Channel and WBITD was for both seasons of the show. Universal Channel made that official today by formally announcing the acquisition. Press release follows below….
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BREAKING…. ITV has renewed period drama series Mr Selfridge for a second season of 10 episodes, which is set to air in 2014. I hear that the show’s second season will again be co-produced by PBS Masterpiece, with production set to commence in April.
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