BBC America Picks Up Second Season Of Drama ‘The Musketeers’ Ahead Of U.S. Debut

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 7:42am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The MuskateersBBC America today set a June 22 premiere date for The Musketeers and a second-season pickup for the series, which it co-produces with BBC Worldwide. The Musketeers, a BBC Drama production for BBC One, already was renewed by … Read More »

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BBC America Orders First Original Comedy Series

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 9:44am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Almost-RoyalBBC America has greenlighted its first original comedy series, and it has a strong British theme. Almost Royal, which has received a seven-episode order, tells the tale of two young British aristocrats, Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart), on their first trip to the U.S. – interacting with real-life Americans. The project comes from Burning Bright Prods, with Clive Tulloh (Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man) as executive producer and Seamus Murphy-Mitchell (Friday Night With Jonathan Ross) as producer. Almost Royal will premiere June 21, following the Season 2 finale of BBC America’s breakout drama series Orphan Black. BBC America entered original scripted programming with its first original drama Copper, which ran for two seasons, followed by Orphan Black. Read More »

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Hot TV Trailer: ‘Orphan Black’ Season 2

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 1:40pm PDT

orphanblackTatiana Maslany — who stars as a con woman and her numerous clones — was widely considering one the Emmys’ biggest snubs last year, though the Golden Globes did hand her a nom. Now here’s our first look … Read More »

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Amazon’s Prime Instant Video Lands Streaming Deal For ‘Orphan Black’ Repeats

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 6:50am PST

orphanblackAmazon.com today announced a licensing deal with BBC Worldwide North America that will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for streaming Season One and future seasons of the dramatic thriller Orphan Black. The series returns to BBC America on Saturday, April 19, at 9 PM EST. Prime Instant Video is the exclusive online-only subscription home for PBS series Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge, FX drama The Americans, CBS summer series Under The Dome and later this summer, Extant, among other programs that include Veronica Mars, Justified, Falling Skies, Grimm, Workaholics, Suits, Covert Affairs, etc., as well as Amazon’s first original series Alpha House and Betas.
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BBC America Orders Vehicle Transformation Series ‘Mud, Sweat & Gears’

By | Thursday February 27, 2014 @ 6:44am PST

BBC America has given the green light to vehicle transformation series Mud, Sweat & Gears. The eight-episode series, produced by BBC bbc-america-logo__130325101911-200x105Worldwide Productions for BBC America and BBC Worldwide’s new Brit channel, will be hosted by Tom ‘Wookie’ Ford and Jonny Smith — two UK car journalists. Each week, the pair will work as rival captains for two teams of car enthusiasts. They will have 24 hours to reconstruct ordinary vehicles and complete competitive stunt challenges. Perry Simon, General Manager of BBC America, called it a perfect fit for the network’s Top Gear driven Monday lineup. Top Gear, in its 21st season, is on target for its highest rated season yet in the U.S. Production begins shooting next month in California. Mud, Sweat & Gears also will launch across the BBC’s international channels and is the first original commission to be announced for BBC Brit – the new male-skewing factual entertainment channel due to launch in several worldwide markets outside of the U.S. in 2014. In the U.S., the series joins BBC America’s slate of new unscripted programming including Top Gear, Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan, and its new BBC Earth block of natural history programs, The Graham Norton Show and upcoming original series Million Dollar Critic Starring Giles Coren. Read More »

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‘Ripper Street’ Revived: Amazon Orders 3rd Season To Stream Ahead Of Broadcast

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 2:45am PST

ripper streetAmazon has come to the rescue of British period drama Ripper Street. The online giant is today launching its Amazon Prime Instant Video service in the UK and with that has announced a commission for a 3rd season of the BBC crime series. It’s also acquired UK subscription streaming rights to the previous seasons. The Victorian era show, which stars Matthew Macfadyen, was cancelled by the BBC in December after a 2nd season ratings drop. The news elicited an outpouring of lament from fans and it was soon rumored that Amazon’s streaming service LoveFilm might pick up the slack. Amazon recently said it was folding LoveFilm into its Prime service in Britain with the new-look platform bowing today, along with the news that new episodes of Ripper Street will be made available exclusively to Amazon Prime Instant Video members before screening on BBC One a few months later. Read More »

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Stephen Bishop Upped To Regular On BET’s ‘Being Mary Jane’; Tory Kittles Joins ‘Intruders’

By | Thursday February 20, 2014 @ 6:29pm PST

stevenbishopStephen Bishop (Moneyball) has been upped to a series regular on BET’s Being Mary Jane, which stars Gabrielle Union as a successful TV news anchor. Bishop will play David, a man Mary Jane brings back into her life to work things … Read More »

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BBC America Hires Ricky Kelehar As Unscripted Programming VP

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 6:46am PST

bbc-america-logo__130325101911-200x105New York – February 12, 2014 – BBC AMERICA has appointed Ricky Kelehar as VP, Unscripted Programming, overseeing the channel’s original shows such as Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan and the development of new unscripted formats. Based in New York, he will report to Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide North America, and will work closely with Richard De Croce, SVP Programming, to develop new original content for BBC AMERICA. Kelehar is expected to take up his new post next month.

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BBC America Developing Robin Hood Drama Series ‘Nottingham’ From ‘Dracula’ Creator

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 3:19pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Prince Of ThievesEXCLUSIVE: What if Robin Hood and his traditional nemesis, the Sheriff of Nottingham, were the same person? That is the premise of Nottingham, a Game Of Thrones reinvention of the classic mythology in the works at BBC America. The series project is written by Dracula creator Cole Haddon, who again takes on a classic villain character. BBC America The GameSony Pictures TV and studio-based Davis Entertainment, the companies behind NBC hit The Blacklist, are producing, with Haddon and Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox executive producing. Described as a soapy class drama, Nottingham centers on the Sheriff of Nottingham whose wife is killed by King John’s men. When nobody is brought to justice, the Sheriff launches a one-man war against the Crown. By day, he remains the reviled Sheriff, loyal servant of the King, but by night he puts on a hood and, using the intelligence he gains from his office, attacks the King where it hurts the most — his coffers. Read More »

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Mira Sorvino To Star In BBC America Series ‘Intruders’

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 5:04pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

MiraSorvinoI’ve learned that Mira Sorvino is set as the female lead opposite John Simm in Intruders, BBC America‘s eight-episode original series. Also cast in the drama, based on Michael Marshall Smith’s 2007 novel The Intruders, is James Frain. … Read More »

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‘Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond’ Set For January 29 Premiere On BBC America

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 11:52am PST

image021Fleming. Ian Fleming. He’s the bloke who authored the James Bond books — and also was their inspiration. Now BBC America is telling his story in the four-part miniseries The Man Who Would Be Bond, which will premiere January … Read More »

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Hot TV Trailer: ‘Doctor Who Christmas Special’ – Goodbye Matt Smith

By | Wednesday December 11, 2013 @ 1:18pm PST

It’s the end of an era as one Time Lord becomes another but yet stays the same. BBC America today released a full trailer for the Time Of The Doctor special set to run on Christmas Day. After over three years as Doctor Who, the special will mark … Read More »

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‘Suits’ Patrick J. Adams Set For ‘Orphan Black’ Guest Role

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 3:10pm PST

patrick-j-adamsEXCLUSIVE: Back in July the USA Network legal drama star tweeted how he was “hooked” on the BBC America show. Well, now Patrick J. Adams is in Toronto today shooting a guest appearance for the upcoming second season … Read More »

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‘Ripper Street’ Cancelled By BBC After 2nd Season Ratings Drop In UK

By | Wednesday December 4, 2013 @ 7:44am PST

ripper-streetVictorian-era drama Ripper Street will not return for a 3rd season after failing to pull sufficient numbers for BBC One. A spokesperson tells Deadline, “We are very proud of Ripper Street which has enjoyed two highly ambitious … Read More »

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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 Read More »

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BBC Unveils ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special Details; ‘Sherlock’ To Return At The Holidays

By | Tuesday November 26, 2013 @ 5:30am PST

The BBC has outlined its holiday programming with yet more clues about Matt Smith’s last outing as Doctor Who. The series’ Christmas episode has been titled The Time Of The Doctor, following the Season 7 finale, The Name Of The Doctor, and last weekend’s The Day Of The Doctor (along with online mini-ep, The Night Of The Doctor). The episode will air December 25th and mark Smith’s departure as it introduces Peter Capaldi as the 12th Time Lord. It will also feature Fringe‘s Orla Brady in a new role. The BBC synopsis goes like this: “Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars… Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.” The Day Of The Doctor smashed records on Saturday for BBC America which traditionally airs the Christmas special in step with the UK.

Showrunner Steven Moffat’s other series, Sherlock, also returns to the BBC over the holidays. (It starts on PBS on January 19th). The first episode of the new three-part series, titled “The Empty Hearse”, will pick up two years after the titular high-functioning sociopath jumped from a building in “The Reichenbach Fall”. With London under the threat of a huge terrorist attack, Holmes will make his return from the dead.

Related: Hot TV Teaser: ‘Sherlock’ Season 3 Read More »

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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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‘Doctor Who’ Claims Victory Over ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

Look out Lionsgate, BBC America‘s after a slice of your box office glory. The network scored a per-screen average of $13,607 on Saturday with its Doctor Who: The Day Of The DoctorRead More »

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Hot Teasers: ‘Sherlock’ Season 3 & ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special

By | Saturday November 23, 2013 @ 4:51pm PST

BBC‘s Sherlock returns for its 3rd season on January 19 on PBS in the U.S., picking up after Season 2′s “Reichenbach Fall” finale. Here’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the 30-second teaser for Sherlock‘s return that was unveiled during today’s 50th Anniversary Doctor Who special:

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