Pivot said this afternoon it has greenlit The Operatives, an original series spotlighting an elite team of conservationists that takes on the world’s worst eco-offenders. The series stars Pete Bethune, who is described by Pivot as an “adventurer, author and eco-warrior.” He and his team of “extreme conservationists” travel the world to “take on and expose the offenders who are harming vulnerable wildlife, natural resources and ecosystems around the world.” In the first of eight one-hour telecasts, Bethune and his team set out to film the Namibian seal pup kill that results in the deaths of 90,000 annually, the network said. The Operatives is an acquisition from Zodiak Rights.
Additionally Pivot will debut two new half hour series on October 17: Welcome To Fairfax and Freestyle Love Supreme. Network president Evan Shapiro also announced a third-season pickup for its coming-of-age comedy Please Like Me – created, written and exec produced by 27-year-old comic Josh Thomas – in advance of its second season debut on August 8. Meanwhile, Fortitude, an original drama series about the small Arctic town of Fortitude, whose peaceful existence is shattered after a brutal murder, will debut in January 2015, Shapiro said. Stanley Tucci plays a detective who is flow in to investigate the murder.
In April, the network revealed it was developing Freestyle Love Supreme – described as a series of 10 half-hour original episodes that ” brings Pivot’s national audience into New York City to experience the much talked about live improvised show from two of the creators of the Tony Award®-winning musical, In The Heights.” The show uses rap to spin audience suggestions into fully realized musical numbers. Freestyle Love Supreme stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anthony Veneziale, Chris Sullivan, Christopher Jackson, Bill Sherman and Arthur Lewis. The show is created by Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale.
Welcome to Fairfax — also a 10-episode order — is, Pivot says, “a behind-the scenes look at a vibrant, artistic and unique community that has emerged in the Fairfax area of Los Angeles, as seen through the eyes of some of the young visionaries who inhabit it. The neighborhood, which is often visited by megastars who themselves are looking for the newest fads, is a crossroads of the skate-life and rap-life filled with the next wave of young trendsetters and innovators who are willing to defy the odds in order to achieve greatness.” Produced by Ryan Sidhoo and Ben Selkow, along with Todd Lubin and Jay Peterson of Matador, the series is executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Belisa Balaban, who is also executive in charge of production for Pivot.