‘Monty Python’ Heads To Netflix As SVOD Service Picks Up Entire Comedy Catalog
Monty Python is heading to Netflix after the SVOD service secured international rights to all of the classic British comedies.
The digital service has picked up the rights to movies including Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python's Life of Brian as part of a package deal. They will initially air in the UK and Canada as well as other territories from April 15 and will be launched on Netflix in the U.S. later in the year.
In addition to the library titles… Read
Channel 4 & Netflix Take Inspiration From ‘Apocalypse Now’ For Teen Drama ‘Kiss Me First’
Channel 4 and Netflix have headed into the heart of darkness with youth drama Kiss Me First, by using the same vintage anamorphic lenses used on Vietnam War feature Apocalypse Now. The series uses state-of-the-art computer-generated virtual world sequences to bolster the story of a teenage girl addicted to a fictional online gaming site called Agora. However, its live action moments have taken their influence from Francis Ford Coppola's classic.
Director Misha… Read
Amazon Snaps Up ‘Falco’; Euro TV Firms Set Internet Protections; Tuchman Joins NextUp – Global Briefs
Amazon Prime Video is taking Mexican crime drama Falco, a remake of German procedural The Last Cop, across Latin America. The SVOD service has struck a deal with Spiral International and Narcos producer Dynamo to air the local remake of the Red Arrow Studios format. The 15-part series, which is based on the show originally produced by ITV Studios Germany for SAT.1, will star Michel Brown and is directed and showrun by El Chapo's Ernesto Contreras. The drama, which is set… Read
‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Writer Tom Rob Smith Says British Drama Is Moving Into Line With U.S.
British writer Tom Rob Smith, who wrote on FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace, has claimed that UK broadcasters are starting to make writers more central to the process of creating drama, bringing them into line with the U.S. business.
Rob Smith, who also wrote Working Title TV's London Spy for BBC Two and BBC America, was an executive producer for the latest instalment of Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story franchise, which ended in the U.S. last night and airs on… Read
‘Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight On Fans & Heroes As He Nabs First BAFTA Nomination For Writing Gangster Saga
EXCLUSIVE: Season 4 of Peaky Blinders was the period gangster epic’s highest-rated ever and BBC Two’s most-watched drama of 2017. Today, the saga of the Shelby clan scored five nominations from the BAFTA TV Craft Awards, including a first-ever nod for creator/writer Steven Knight in the Drama Writing category. When I reached Knight this morning, the 2004 Oscar nominee for his original Dirty Pretty Things screenplay, was surprised — and thoughtful about the show’s fans… Read
‘The Crown’ & ‘Taboo’ Lead BAFTA TV Craft Nominations – Full List
Netflix's The Crown and BBC/FX co-production Taboo are going head-to-head at the British Academy Television Craft Awards with the former scoring seven nominations and the latter nabbing six noms. Elsewhere, Peaky Blinders, Blue Planet II and Black Mirror have all secured five nominations.
This year's awards, which honors the best behind-the-scenes talent working in television, will take place The Brewery in London on Sunday April 22 and will be hosted by Episodes star… Read
‘Trainspotting’s Kelly Macdonald To Star In BBC One Legal Thriller ‘The Victim’
Trainspotting star Kelly Macdonald is to star in BBC One legal drama The Victim, created by The Man In The High Castle writer Rob Williams. Macdonald will be joined in the British thriller by Four Weddings and a Funeral star John Hannah and rising actor James Harkness.
Macdonald, who has also previously appeared in TV series including Black Mirror and Boardwalk Empire, will play Anna Dean, a Scottish mother whose nine-year old boy was murdered fifteen years ago by a 13… Read
‘The Big Bang Theory’ Sets Jerry O’Connell To Play Sheldon’s Brother – PaleyFest
During the Big Bang Theory panel at PaleyFest, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, and Kunal Nayyar were joined on stage by show producers Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Steve Holland, and Bill Prady. The cast and producers talked about the forthcoming Bill Gates episode and remembering Stephen Hawking, who made a cameo on the show. But one of the biggest reveals of the night was the addition of Jerry O’Connell to the cast as Sheldon’s brother, Georgie whose younger… Read
‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’ Season Finale: What Does Designer’s Murder Mean 20 Years Later?
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details about tonight's season finale of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, "Alone" on FX.
Tonight we returned to the July 15, 1997 crime scene where serial killer Andrew Cunanan guns down famed Italian designer Gianni Versace on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion, and a manhunt pursues. Having once been tested with an I.Q of 147, Cunanan was brilliant and he was able to dodge the Feds and change his appearance… Read
‘Most Likely To’: Donald Faison & Laya DeLeon Hayes Cast In ABC Comedy Pilot
Scrubs alum Donald Faison and Laya DeLeon Hayes (Doc McStuffins) are set to co-star opposite Yvette Nicole Brown and Lesli Margherita in ABC comedy pilot Most Likely To, from Diablo Cody, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV.
Written by Cody and directed by Pam Fryman, Most Likely To centers on Liz Cooney (Margherita) and Markie McQueen (Brown). In high school, Liz had everything and Markie had nothing. Twenty years later, they're reunited under the same roof as… Read
‘Magnum P.I.’ Casts Stephen Hill; ‘Dead Inside’ Adds Myles Bullock
Stephen Hill (Law & Order: SVU) is set as a series regular opposite Jay Hernandez and Perdita Weeks in CBS' Magnum P.I. pilot from Peter Lenkov, Davis Entertainment, CBS TV Studios and Universal TV Studios. Co-written by Lenkov and fellow Hawaii Five-0 executive producer/co-showrunner Eric Guggenheim and directed by Justin Lin, the reboot of the classic 1980s Tom Selleck series will feature the same central quartet of characters as the original, but instead of four guys… Read
On Eve Of AT&T-DOJ Trial, Media Business Weighs The Stakes
After one more delay (as a snowstorm pushed back opening arguments), Thursday’s unofficial kickoff to the United States v. AT&T in federal court in Washington means the heavy cloud of uncertainty shrouding the media business gets closer to dissipating.
The legal fight over the AT&T-Time Warner merger hasn’t brought deal flow to a halt, as many initially predicted, but it has ushered in a period of profound disorientation for everyone from creative talent to the executive… Read