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BBC America Picks Up Second Season Of ‘Atlantis’

By | Wednesday November 27, 2013 @ 11:46am PST
Nellie Andreeva

atlantisBBC America has picked up the second season of British fantasy-adventure series Atlantis. The BBC, which originally commissioned the show inspired by Greek mythology, has already renewed it for a second season. For BBC America, which came aboard as co-producer on Atlantis in July, the pickup comes on the heels of the show’s November 23 premiere, which delivered the network’s highest-rated series premiere ever for Supernatural Saturday with 838,000 total viewers. Atlantis is an Urban Myth Films production for BBC Cymru Wales. The series follows the adventures of Jason (Jack Donnelly), Hercules (Mark Addy) and Pythagoras (Robert Emms) who battle against some of the most famous names of Greek legend, often in unexpected guises.

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UPDATE: ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Special Scores In U.S. & UK

UPDATE, 4:05 PM: It turns out BBC America got some good news from the Doctor too: The network’s simulcast and later primetime replay of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor drew 3.6 million viewers Saturday. The 2.4 million viewers for the 2:50 PM ET simulcast marked the channel’s best numbers ever in Live+Same Day, netting 1.2 million adults 25-54. Beyond lucrative Saturday movie theater screenings (and more today) in conjunction with NCM Fathom Events, the UK series’ special event was No. 1 on Twitter for the day among all TV shows and set records on Tumblr. The heat helped BBC America’s new fantasy series Atlantis, which piggybacked Doctor Who on the network’s Supernatural Saturday with 838,000 total viewers in the premiere of the 13-part series. Next big appointment for BBC America to see the Doctor? This Christmas, it will premiere Matt Smith’s final episode, Doctor Who’s Christmas Special.

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Fox Adventure Drama From Sheldon Turner & Ken Nolan Searches For Atlantis

By | Tuesday October 15, 2013 @ 3:14pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has put in development Atlantis, a drama project written by feature writers Sheldon Turner (Up In The Air) and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down). The project, from Sony Pictures TV and Turner and Jennifer Klein’s studio-based Vendetta Prods, follows two estranged brothers, who — along with a ragtag crew and a billion dollar state-of-the-art vessel — begin a search for the lost city of Atlantis, discovering mysteries of the deep sea along the way. Atlantis reunites Turner and Klein with Nolan. Last season, the trio developed drama Black Friday at ABC with Nolan writing. This is Vendetta’s third sale this year, along with Frayed, also at Fox, which is written by Turner, and Never Look Away at NBC. Nolan, who has feature script Rocket’s Red Glare set up at Sony on the feature side, is with CAA, which also reps Vendetta.

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BBC America To Co-Produce British Fantasy Series ‘Atlantis’

By | Monday July 22, 2013 @ 12:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

BBC America has come on board to co-produce BBC One’s upcoming fantasy drama Atlantis to premiere as part of Supernatural Saturday in Fall 2013. The 13-episode Atlantis, created by Howard Overman (Misfits), Julian Murphy (Merlin) and Johnny Capps (Merlin) revisits Greek myths and legends re-imagined for a new generation. Atlantis is an Urban Myth Films production for BBC Cymru Wales co-produced with BBC America. The cast includes Mark Addy (Game Of Thrones), Jemima Rooper (Hex), Juliet Stevenson (The Hour), Sarah Parish (Hatfields & McCoys), Robert Emms (War Horse), Aiysha Hart (About Time) and Jack Donnelly (Dancing On The Edge). Executive producers are Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy and Howard Overman for Urban Myth Films. The series is currently filming in Wales and Morocco.

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