Global Showbiz Briefs: Foxtel Gets BBC Programs For Australia; ‘Almost Human’ Headed To UKTV’s Watch; More

BBC Programming Heads Down Under With Foxtel
Australia’s Foxtel is getting a burst of BBC programming beginning in August. The BBC First channel will be the new home of premium British drama and comedy in Oz, grouping a bevy of shows together in one place Foxtelfor the first time. Launch titles include recent British hits The Musketeers and Peaky Blinders, along with The Politician’s Husband, single drama Burton And Taylor and the new Alan Partridge mockumentaries. Returning series including Call The Midwife will start airing in 2015. BBC First will be the first window in peaky-blinders-fin_2705945bAustralia, with programs debuting there before potentially moving to terrestrial television at least 12 months later. Oz is the first territory to launch BBC First, one of three new global brands announced by BBC Worldwide in October 2013. Banished, written by Jimmy McGovern, will be the first local production for BBC First. Co-commissioned with BBC Two in the UK and produced by RSJ Films/See-Saw Films, the epic seven-part series is loosely inspired by events in 1788 when Britain established a penal colony in Australia. BBC First joins existing BBC channels – UKTV, BBC Knowledge, CBeebies and BBC World News – on the Foxtel platform

Read More »

Comments (0)

Hot Trailer: IFC Midnight’s ‘Almost Human’

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 6:41pm PST

Almost Human (2014)IFC Midnight has released a trailer for Almost Human, the sci-fi slasher from neophyte helmer Joe Begos about New Englanders who discover their alien abductee buddy has returned home with some newfound killer instincts. Begos wrote, directed, DP’ed and produced the John Carpenter-esque throwback while longtime pal Josh Ethier produced, edited, did sound and starred in the pic with Graham Skipper and Vanessa Leigh. IFC’s genre arm took rights following the film’s Toronto Film Fest premiere last Fall and has set a limited theatrical/VOD release for February 21: Read More »

Comments (6)

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Hits Performance Finale Low, ‘Almost Human’ & ‘Mom’ Down To Low, ‘Mike & Molly’ Up

ALMOST HUMAN DEC 16Just over a week before those presents under the tree are opened, Tuesday’s primetime was full of holiday specials and more year-enders but not a lot of cheer for some. Almost Human (1.6/5) wrapped up the first … Read More »

Comments (2)

Ratings Rat Race: ‘Blacklist’ Ends Fall Run On High Note, ‘Almost Human’ Slips Again

By | Tuesday December 3, 2013 @ 9:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

blacklistfinale2It was an encouraging finish for NBC‘s new drama The Blacklist. Part 2 of its fall closer (3.5 in adults 18-49) tied its lead, The Voice, for the first time in the demo. (It actually built on the … Read More »

Comments (10)

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Almost Human’ Down In Move To Monday

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 9:46am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: Sleepy Hollow went up a tenth in the finals to 2.6, as did NBC’s The Voice (to 3.5). The NFL-inflated Dancing (2.0) dropped .3, Castle (1.9) dived .4.

PREVIOUS: With football season in full swing, the top attraction on TV last night was ESPN’s Monday Night Football game between the Patriots and Panthers, which drew a big 11.2 overnight rating, up 42% from last Monday and the second highest this season. Surprisingly, the big game had little impact on most shows, including Fox’s Sleepy Hollow (2.5 in adults 18-49), which matched its fast national from last week, and the entire CBS comedy block as all half-hours were even with last Monday. But Fox’s new drama Almost Human (2.2) tumbled 29% in its move to Monday after a Sunday premiere behind an NFL double-header. A drop had been expected, but this is likely more than Fox brass had hoped for as the Sunday debut also faced an NFL game in the second half-hour. On the bright side, Almost Human still outperformed Fox’s Monday 8 PM slot by 5% and held its audience from the first to second half-hour. Read More »

Comments 22

Ratings Rat Race: ‘Almost Human’ Solid In Debut, ‘Revenge’ Rebounds, ‘Once’ Hits Low

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 9:56am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Almost Human Ratings Premiere FoxDramas’ strong fall continued last night with the debut of Fox’s Almost Human. Boosted by NFL overrun on the East Coast but facing a highly rated Sunday Night Football game on NBC, Almost Human drew a 3.1 in adults 18-49 and 9.1 million viewers. It follows the strong fall debuts of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (4.6 in fast nationals), NBC’s The Blacklist (3.8) and Fox’s Sleepy Hollow (3.4). Fox is on somewhat of a drama streak with three consecutive solid launches: The Following (3.1) last January, Sleepy Hollow and now Almost Human, which will be paired with Sleepy Hollow starting tonight. Fox’s abbreviated 9-10 PM Sunday animated comedy block featured veterans The Simpsons (1.8, even with last week when it aired at 8 PM) and Family Guy, (2.2), which benefited from the stronger lead-in, up 10%.

NBC is set to win Sunday night in all key measures with the Kansas City Chiefs-Denver Broncos game, which averaged a 16.7/27 in metered-market households from 8:30-midnight ET, the highest rating for a November primetime NFL game in 17 yearssince November 25, 1996. Most of ABC’s Sunday shows were actually up against the big game. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4) was up 8%, while Revenge (1.5) and Betrayal (0.9) both rebounded from last week’s series lows, up 15% (0.2) and 13% (0.1), respectively. But Once Upon A Time (1.9) was down 10% to a series low. Read More »

Comments (18)

Fake News From The Future To Hype New Drama ‘Almost Human’ On Fox Stations

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 7:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Remember those Bus Stop and Bus Bench For Humans only signs from the viral marketing campaign for District 9 that got people’s attention by mixing fiction and reality? Fox is hoping for a similar effect with its promos for another futuristic project, upcoming drama series Almost Human. The network is sending to its local stations newscast segments made to look like local news from the future. (you can watch them after the jump.) Anchored by Houston/Fox 26’s Rita Garcia (formerly of Los Angeles’ KCAL), each promo includes a news story related to the plot of the series about cops being partnered with androids as well as miscellaneous news headlines, like a retinal scan that allows you to pay as you blink, subliminal election campaign messages secretly installed on car windshields during carwashes and cheeseburgers in a pill.  Wonder how many people will stop going to the carwash or will start googling “cheeseburger pill” after seeing the stories on their local news… Read More »

Comments (4)

J.J. Abrams: Taking Over ‘Star Wars’ Writing Duties With Lawrence Kasdan A Matter Of Time

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 10:03am PST

Related: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Gets December 2015 Release Date

Changing the screenplay team on the new Star Wars movie was all about time, said JJ Abrams today. “It became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be,” said the Episode VII director Thursday. “Working with Larry Kasdan, especially on a Star Wars movie is kind of unbeatable,” Abrams told Deadline. The upcoming Disney project is set to be released in 2015. On October 24, it was announced that Abrams would take over the writing of the script for the upcoming new Star Wars pic with Empire Strikes Back co-writer Lawrence Kasdan. Oscar winner and Hunger Games: Catching Fire scribe Michael Arndt had been on board as writing the script based on treatments he had drafted. The new Star Wars movie is set to start filming early next year in the UK. The Stars Wars: Episode VII director was participating in a media conference call Thursday with his fellow Almost Human EP J.H. Wyman on the upcoming Fox series. Read More »

Comments (19)

Fox Unspools 8 Minutes Of ‘Almost Human’: Video

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 4:22pm PDT

After postponing the series debut of sci-fi-tinged crime drama Almost Human by two weeks, Fox is giving Hulu-watchers a sneak peek at the premiere episode. The Karl Urban-fronted series airs in a two-night event on Sunday and Monday, November 17-18. Check out this eight-minute clip:

Comments (7)

Fox Postpones Premiere Of ‘Almost Human’ By 2 Weeks For Two-Night Launch

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 5:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox‘s new drama series Almost Human, originally slated to premiere on Monday, November 4, will now launch as a two-night event on Sunday, November 17 and Monday, November 18. The network is making the change to take advantage of the football doubleheader lead-in on Sunday, November 17 and try to keep the momentum going with the second episode of Almost Human airing the next night in its regular Monday 8 PM time period. The decision also will help breakout Sleepy Hollow, keeping its successful pairing with Bones for a couple more weeks before Bones relocates to Fridays on November 15. That same night, Raising Hope will have its fourth season premiere with one hour of all-new back-to-back episodes. Here are Fox November schedule updates: Read More »

Comments (11)

IFC Midnight Acquires ‘Almost Human’

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 3:05pm PDT

The horror pic from writer-director Joe Begos has been been acquired by IFC Midnight following its Toronto Film Festival premiere. Almost Human stars Graham Skipper, Vanessa Leigh, and Josh Ethier in the … Read More »

Comments (11)

‘Almost Human’ Co-Showrunner Naren Shankar Exits

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 6:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Naren Shankar is leaving Fox‘s new drama series Almost Human, where he served as executive producer/co-showrunner alongside creator/executive producer/showrunner J.H. Wyman. Almost Human, from Warner Bros. TV and J.J. Abrams’ … Read More »

Comments 25

Toronto: Paradigm Signs ‘Almost Human’ Helmer Joe Begos

By | Saturday September 7, 2013 @ 11:52am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Joe Begos, whose pic Almost Human makes its Toronto debut Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 11:59 PM in the Midnight Madness section, has signed with Paradigm. It was a competitive signing and he’s also … Read More »

Comments (5)

TCA: ‘Almost Human’ Creator Says Android Police Drama Is No ‘Fringe’ – A Good Thing

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 4:07pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

At today’s TCA panel on Almost HumanFox’s new human-android, near-future (2048) police drama creator/executive producer J.H. Wyman called the new series “more accessible” than Fringe, the previous sci-fi series from the JJ Abrams team. During the panel, Wyman joked that Fringe survived 5 years on Fox despite low ratings due to “the incredible taste” of Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly. He acknowledged that the former series had its own mythology but “as the story evolved it wasn’t exactly clear.” The new series, he said, “is a police drama. This is about hardworking brave people in the front lines of a future that is just a stone’s throw away.” He said “We don’t look at episodic television as a bad word” and added that the series would “present a compelling case every week that involves these characters.” He and executive producer Naren Shankar stressed that they are not creating a dystopian future, but one in which good trumps evil.

After the session, Wyman was quick to say his onstage comments weren’t intended to diss Fringe. “I’m very proud of Fringe,” he said. But he joked it was show that people either loved or hated and added that not everyone is ready for a dose of string theory on TV. “I think this is more accessible because people don’t seem to want to think about science when they come home from work.” Read More »

Comments (16)

Hot Toronto Trailer: ‘Almost Human’

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 1:38am PDT

Joe Begos’ horror pic Almost Human was just slotted for a spot in the Toronto International Film Festival‘s Midnight Madness sidebar, where films like Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno and opening-night film All Cheerleaders Die will also be making their world premieres. This one doesn’t skimp on … Read More »

Comments (6)

New Drama Series Hire Producing Directors

Nellie Andreeva

As the newly picked-up broadcast series are gearing up for production, they’ve brought in producing directors. Here are some notable hires on new drama series. Jace Alexander will be co-executive producer/director on hot NBC drama The Blacklist. He is with ICM Partners and Fineman Entertainment. Ghost Whisperer creator John GrayRead More »

Comments (11)

Fox Picks Up Dramas ‘Rake’, ‘Gang Related’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ And ‘Almost Human’

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 6:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox just made its new drama series pickups, ordering four shows — Rake starring Greg Kinnear, Gang Related starring Ramon Rodriguez, Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci’s Sleepy Hollow, and Almost Human, from the Fringe duo of J.H. Wyman and J.J. After last season’s experiment with Mob Doctor, Fox went unapologetically male with its new hours, all toplined by male actors — Kinnear (Rake), Rodriguez (Gang Related), Brit Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow), — who is poised to be one of the breakout stars next season — and Karl Urban and Michael Ealy (Almost Human). I hear Rake is eyed for a midseason launch in the mold of another starring Fox drama vehicle, this season’s The Following. The drama pickups assure continuous presence on Fox for Abrams, Wyman, Kurtzman and Orci. Fringe, which Abrams, Kurtzman and Orci created and Wyman ran, finished its run on the network earlier this season. Studio-wise, Fox spread the wealth, picking up two projects from its sister studio and one each from Warner Bros. and Sony. Two of the pilots were directed by big-name feature helmers, Sam Raimi (Rake) and Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow). Fox’s other hourlong pilots, Delirium, starring Emma Roberts; Boomerang, starring Felicity Huffman and Anthony LaPaglia; and The List, starring Michael Pena, are dead. The network’s comedy pickups are expected shortly. Here are descriptions of Fox’s new drama series along with first-glimpse photos:

Related: PRIMETIME PILOT PANIC: Rumor Mill

Related: Fox Picks Up Dramas ‘Rake’, ‘Gang Related’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ And ‘Almost Human’

Read More »

Comments 84