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It’s been one of the worst kept secrets of recent memory, but HBO has now formally announced that they have renewed comedy series Girls for a third season of 12 episodes.
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A+E Networks UK – the joint venture between BSkyB and A+E Networks – has reported record breaking ratings figures for its History and Bio channels in 2012.
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EXCLUSIVE: It looks as if there will be a change of leadership as action series Strike Back heads into its new season (the fourth for Sky1 and the third for Cinemax). My sources are telling me that Co-Executive Producer Tony Saint will not be returning to the Left Bank Pictures produced series, which just recently entered production in South Africa. Saint had been with the show since the second season (its first on Cinemax) and after serving as a member of the writing team, he was elevated to co-executive producer/lead writer/show-runner for the most recent season. I hear that Saint’s position on the series is being filled by Michael J. Basset, James Dormer and Tim Vaughan. Word is that Basset is serving as the fifth member of the show’s writing team alongside Simon Burke, John Simpson, James Dormer and Richard Zajdlic, whilst also serving as lead director, co-executive producer and co-showrunner. The series has something of a history of shaking things up with its show-runners since Cinemax came on-board with season 2. The writing team on the ten episode second season was led by co-showrunners Frank Spotnitz and Dan Percival, with Tony Saint taking over in season 3.
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EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Jim Howick (Peep Show) and Bernice Stegers (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries) have been cast in Undercover, the sitcom pilot being produced by Baby Cow Productions and Bonafide Films for UKTV’s Dave channel which stars Sacha Alexander. While Dave has yet to formally announce anything in connection to this project, TVWise previously broke the news that Undercover had received a pilot order and that it would be directed by Tom Marshall.
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EXCLUSIVE: My sources are telling me that British actor Robson Green has joined the cast of the Sky1/Cinemax series Strike Back as a regular for its upcoming season (the fourth for Sky1 and the third for Cinemax). Green will be playing Phillip Locke, the new CO of Section 20. Green’s previous credits include Wire In The Blood, Being Human and Mount Pleasant.
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Following on from BSkyB announing their drama slate for 2013, and as part of the company’s stated desire to be spending £600 million per year on home-grown programming by 2014, Sky Living has revealed deatils of its original programming slate for 2013. These new commissions, which includes the previously announced Reckless strand, are underpinned by new channel director Antonia Hurford Jone’s desire to reflect the diverse, ever-evolving tastes of its customers. Part of that is said to be commissioning programs men will want to watch, rather than programming exclusively for a female demographic, which had been the channel’s previous strategy.
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The 12 episode first season of Underemployed will receive its UK premiere on MTV on Wednesday February 13th at 9pm, it has been announced.
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Sky Living has renewed their dramedy series Mount Pleasant for a third season of 8 episodes, which is set to air later this year.
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