DCD continues sales for The Slap, Rake

Australian dramas The Slap and Rake are continuing to find new homes after further sales by distributor DCD Rights.

The Slap

The Slap

The Slap (8×60′) has been picked up by Hulu in the US, Societe Radio-Canada, and Kino Polska.

Meanwhile, seasons one and two (16×60′) of legal drama Rake are heading to Fox Africa.

DCD Rights is also distributing The Principal (4×60′), set in a troubled secondary school where a new headteacher’s radical attempts at reform are beginning to make progress – until a student is found dead.

It stars Alex Dimitriades, Aden Young, and Mirrah Foulkes, and is produced by Essential Media for SBS down under.

Winter is coming to A+E Studios

A+E Studios has signed a first-look development deal with producer Rachel Winter.

Under the deal, which covers series and other forms of scripted drama, Winter will work with A+E Studios to develop, create and produce original drama for A+E Networks’ channels, including A&E, Lifetime, and History, and other networks.

Winter recently signed on to executive produce Anne Rice’s The Sleeping Beauty erotic novels for Televisa USA.

She is also producing an ABC drama pilot starring Felicity Huffman, who also produces, about the fearless leader of a team of young agents on the New York City Joint Terrorism Task Force.

William Petersen moves to Manhattan

The second season of atomic bomb drama Manhattan will begin production next season with a new face in the cast.

Manhattan

Manhattan

The WGN America series has cast William Petersen, who returns to television after a ten-year run in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

The cast also includes John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Ashley Zukerman and Rachel Brosnahan.

Manhattan is set against the backdrop of the greatest race against time in the history of science — the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb. The series follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families in Los Alamos as they attempt to coexist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.

Produced by Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios, Manhattan will begin production on its second season in New Mexico in April. It will debut later this year.

It is executive produced by creator Sam Shaw, Thomas Schlamme, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Dustin Thomason.

Heroes Reborn casts familiar face

It might be called Heroes Reborn – but a familiar face will be returning to NBC’s superhero series.

Heroes Reborn

Heroes Reborn

Masi Oka, who played space/time-traveller Hiro Nakamura, will appear as a guest star in the new 13-part event series due to air this autumn.

The cast also includes Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Ryan Guzman, Robbie Kay, Danika Yarosh, Judith Shekoni, Kiki Sukezan, Henry Zebrowski, and Gatlin Green.

Heroes Reborn is produced by Imperative Entertainment, in association with Universal Television. 

Tim Kring, who created the original Heroes series, executive produces with James Middleton and Peter Elkoff.

Final season of Continuum starts production

Cameras are rolling on the final ever season of Canadian time-travel crime drama Continuum.

Continuum

Continuum

Season four will contain six episodes that will wrap up the story of a policewoman from 2077 who travels back in time to track down escaped Liber8 convicts from the future.

The cast includes Rachel Nichols, Ryan Robbins, Victor Webster, Erik Knudsen, and Stephen Lobo.

The series is produced by Reunion Pictures for Shaw Media’s Showcase.

Creator Simon Barry executive produces with Patrick Williams, Tom Rowe, Lisa Richardson, and Matthew O’Connor.

Filming is due to finish in late May, and the season premiere is scheduled for July 26.

Endemol Worldwide Distribution handles international sales.

ITV books new appointment with Doc Martin

Martin Clunes will return for seventh season as that grumpy medic with a phobia of blood – Doc Martin.

Doc Martin

Doc Martin

Filming has begun on eight new episodes of the ITV drama, which will air later this year.

The cast also includes Caroline Catz, Eileen Atkins, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom, John Marquez, and Jessica Ransom.

It is produced by Buffalo Pictures. Philippa Braithwaite will produce the series and Mark Crowdy will executive produce. The writers are Jack Lothian, Richard Stoneman and Julian Unthank.

AMC names Walking Dead spin-off

Reasons to be fearful: The Walking Dead spin-off has a name.

Fear The Walking Dead is set in Los Angeles and features new characters and storylines.

Fear The Walking Dead

Fear The Walking Dead

The show’s first season, which will consist of 6×60′ episodes. is due to premiere on AMC later this year. The show’s second season will air in 2016.

AMC Global has also acquired rights to both seasons and will air each episode in more than 115 countries within 24 hours of their US premiere.

Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert are executive producers of the new series, which is produced by AMC Studios.

Dave Erickson, who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, is an executive producer and showrunner.

The series stars Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam Carey.

Vikings renewed for season four

Historical drama Vikings will return for a fourth season.

Vikings

Vikings

US cable channel History has ordered another run of the series, which portrays the life of Vikings in the Dark Ages.

It stars Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, and Alexander Ludwig.

Vikings is created by writer Michael Hirst, who executive produces with Morgan O’Sullivan, Sheila Hockin, John Weber, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, and James Flynn.

The series is produced by World 2000, and Take 5 Productions. It also airs on History in Canada.

Production on season four will begin this spring in Ireland. It is due to air in 2016.

MGM Television distributes Vikings outside Ireland and Canada.