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 for 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 Australia, 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
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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:
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
At today’s TCA panel on Almost Human — Fox’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 »
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 »