Syfy shuts down Helix

Helix has been cancelled after two seasons on US cable channel Syfy.

The story follows a team of scientists who investigate a possible disease outbreak in an Arctic research facility and find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation.

Stars of the show reacted to the news on Twitter:

Helix is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions, in association with Sony Pictures Television. The executive producers are Ronald D Moore, showrunner Steven Maeda and Lynda Obst. The co-executive producer is Cameron Porsandeh.

Damien checks in at A&E

The small screen follow-up to the classic horror film The Omen is changing channels – and has been given an increased episode order.

The Omen

The Omen

A&E will air the original drama Damien, which will now run for ten episodes, up from six. It was previously ordered for Lifetime.

The story follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him.  Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny – that he is the Antichrist.

The cast includes Bradley James as Damien, with Barbara Hershey, Omid Abtahi, and Meganlyn Echikunwoke.

Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, 44 Strong Productions and Fineman Entertainment, the executive producers are writer Glen Mazzara, Ross Fineman, Pancho Mansfield, and director Shekhar Kapur.

Damien is currently in production in Toronto.

ABC, DR take No Offence

Broadcasters in Australia and Denmark have picked up new Channel 4 crime drama No Offence.

No Offence

No Offence

ABC down under and Denmark’s DR have both acquired the police procedural, following deals with distributor FremantleMedia International.

Described as “crime on steroids” by the FMI’s CEO Jens Richter, No Offence sees a crack team of no nonsense coppers clamp down on crime in an attempt to keep the streets clean.

Created by Paul Abbott, it is produced by AbbottVision. The cast includes Joanna Scanlon, Elaine Cassidy, Alexandra Roach, Will Mellor, Paul Ritter, and Colin Salmon.

It debuts on Channel 4 on May 5.

NBC orders drama trio

Ahead of its annual Upfronts presentation, NBC has ordered three new dramas for the 2015/2016 season.

NBC

NBC

A spin-off from sister series Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, Chicago Med follows a team of doctors who work in the city’s hospital. Produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films, it is executive produced by Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski, and Joe Chappelle.

The cast includes Oliver Platt, S Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss, and Yaya Dacosta.

Heartbreaker (fka Heart Matters) is another medical drama about Dr Alex Panttiere (Melissa George), a world-renowned heart-transplant surgeon who balances a racy personal life with breaking the boundaries of medical science.

Based on the life of Dr Kathy Magliato, it is produced by Universal Television, and executive produced by writer Jill Gordon, Amy Brenneman, Brad Silberling, and Robbie Duncan McNeill. The cast also includes Dave Annable, Don Hany, Shelley Conn, DL Hughley, Jamie Kennedy, Maya Erskine, J Louis Mills, and Joshua Leonard.

Blindspot centres on an international plot that comes to light when a woman is discovered naked in Times Square, covered in tattoos with no memory of who she is or how she got there. However, one mark is name the of an FBI agent, and he and the rest of the FBI quickly realise every one of her tattoos is an unsolved crime that leads them closer to uncovering her identity and future mysteries.

From Warner Bros Television, it is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, writer Martin Gero, Sarah Schechter, and Mark Pellington. The cast includes Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Audrey Esparza, Rob Brown, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Ukweli Roach, and Ashley Johnson.

NBC unleashes Aquarius online

It’s a move that’s proven successful for online platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.

But now US network NBC is pushing new boundaries by releasing every episode of a drama at once.

All 13 episodes of Aquarius will be made available on NBC.com and other VoD players after the show’s terrestrial debut on May 28.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The full season will be available online for four weeks, while the show will air one episode each week on NBC.

Aquarius, set in Los Angeles in 1967, follows a decorated World War Two veteran and homicide detective who agrees to search for the missing daughter of an old girlfriend with the help of an idealistic undercover vice cop.

But they soon realise they need to get her home as soon as possible because she has joined a small, but growing, band of drifters under the sway of a career criminal who now dreams of being a rock star: Charles Manson.

It stars David Duchovny, Emma Dumont, Grey Damon, and Gethin Anthony.

Writer John McNamara executive produces with Marty Adelstein, Duchovny, Becky Clements, and Melanie Greene.

Aquarius is produced by Tomorrow Studios, a joint partnership between Adelstein and ITV Studios.

Mediaset taps 100 Code

German crime drama 100 Code is travelling to Italy.

100 Code

100 Code

Mediaset has picked up the series, which stars Dominic Monaghan as an NYPD detective who travels to Sweden to investigate a string of shocking murders.

Once in Sweden, he is paired with another cop, Eklund, played by Michael Nyqvist.

The series was developed by Bobby Moresco and Fabrik Entertainment, and is produced by 100 Code AB and Zen Productions for Kanal 5 in Sweden and Sky Deutschland.

Klaus Zimmermann executive produces with Moresco, Henrik Bastin, and Mikkel Bondesen. Joakim Hansson is producer.

100 Code launched in March on Sky Deutschland’s Sky Atlantic and HBO Nordics. It will air on Kanal 5 later this year.

Red Arrow International distributes the series.

Bravo develops White Collar Wives

US cable channel Bravo has is developing two new dramas.

Bravo

Bravo

The first, called White Collar Wives, follows the New York City women married to the financial elite who will do anything to save themselves from ruin. A FBI investigation sets into motion a series of events that leads one woman to prison, a best friend to commit the ultimate betrayal and an unexpected death.

It is written by Vanessa Reisen for Adjacent Productions. Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner executive produce.

The second drama being developed at Bravo, All that Glitters, is set at the height of the magazine era in the 1980s, when fashion icon Anna Wintour and media mogul Tina Brown were ruthless in their competition to dominate the publishing world and forever changed the way fashion, news and entertainment were consumed.

Based on the book Newhouse: All The Glitter, Power and Glory of America’s Richest Media Empire and the Secretive Man Behind It by Thomas Maier, it is produced by Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment and Judith Verno’s Peace Out Productions for Universal Cable Productions and Sony Pictures Television.

ITV orders dose of Doctor Thorne

Julian Fellowes will adapt Anthony Trollope’s novel Doctor Thorne for a new three-part ITV drama.

ITV

ITV

The story follows Dr Thomas Thorne, who lives with his beautiful niece, Mary, a girl blessed with every gift except money.When the terrifying Lady Arabella Gresham discovers that her son Frank has fallen in love with Dr Thorne’s penniless niece, she is horrified. Her husband has frittered away the family fortune and is only being kept afloat by very favourable loans that Dr Thorne has secured from a railway millionaire, Sir Roger Scatcherd. However, Sir Roger is drinking himself into an early grave and the financial future is uncertain, so Lady Arabella believes it is her son’s duty to make a rich marriage to save the family estate and launches a campaign to secure her son an heiress for a bride.The adaptation will be produced by Hat Trick Productions. The executive producers are Fellowes, Mark Redhead, Chris Kelly, and Ted Childs.Filming will begin later this year.

Snowfall lands on FX

The rise of the crack cocaine epidemic in 1981 Los Angeles is the subject of a new drama pilot ordered by US cable channel FX.

FX

FX

Snowfall follows three characters on a violent collision course: Franklin Saint, a young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream; and Logan Miller, a prominent family’s “black sheep” desperate to escape his father’s shadow.

The pilot is produced by FX Productions.

John Singleton directs from a script he wrote with Eric Amadio. Both executive produce with Dave Andron, Michael London of Groundswell Productions, and Trevor Engelson of Underground.

Production will begin this summer.

ABC finishes Revenge

ABC’s soapy drama Revenge will end after four years.

The series, which debuted in 2011, will draw to a close following the final episode of the current season on May 10.

The story followed Emily Thorne, the newest resident of The Hamptons. When she was a little girl (and known as Amanda Clarke) her father, David Clarke, was framed for a horrific crime and subsequently sent to prison. While serving his time, the conspirators plotted and murdered David in order to prevent the truth from coming out. Emily is now back with a new identity and ready to take vengeance on the people who murdered her father and stole her childhood.

Star Emily VanCamp tweeted:

The show is produced by ABC Studios and Temple Hill Entertainment. The executive producers are Marty Bowen, Mike Kelley, Phillip Noyce, and Wyck Godfrey.