Epix opens Berlin Station

US pay TV network Epix is pushing into original programming with the straight-to-series order for a new espionage drama.



Berlin Station follows Daniel Meyer, who has arrived at the CIA foreign station in Berlin with a clandestine mission: to uncover the source of a leak who has supplied information to a now-famous whistleblower named Thomas Shaw.

Guided by jaded veteran Hector DeJean, Daniel learns to contend with the rough-and-tumble world of the field agent — agent-running, deception, the dangers and moral compromises. As he dives deeper into the German capital’s hall of mirrors and uncovers the threads of a conspiracy that leads back to Washington, Daniel wonders: Can anyone ever be the same after a posting to Berlin?

The ten-part series, from Paramount Television, is executive produced by Michaël Roskam, writer Olen Steinhauer, Eric Roth, and Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Keith Redmon, and Luke Rivett from Anonymous Content.

Production will begin this autumn ahead of a premiere scheduled in autumn 2016.

Hallmark hires The Beach House

Andie MacDowell will star in an adaptation of Mary Alice Monroe’s novel The Beach House.

The book will be brought to life by the Hallmark Channel, which has commissioned it as a Hallmark Channel Original Movie.

Hallmark Channel

Hallmark Channel

The story follows Caretta Rutledge, who thought she’d left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mother coming just as her own life is spinning out of control has Cara heading back to the scenic Lowcountry of her childhood summers.

Before long, the rhythms of the island open her heart in wonderful ways as she repairs the family beach house, becomes a bona fide “turtle lady” and renews old acquaintances long thought lost. But it is in reconnecting with her mother that she will learn life’s most precious lessons: true love involves sacrifice, family is forever and the mistakes of the past can be forgiven.

The Beach House is executive produced by MacDowell and Dan Wigutow. Sue Tenney will produce and adapt Monroe’s screenplay for television.

MacDowell currently stars in Hallmark’s original drama Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, which returns for season three on July 18.

Director nabs rights to Detective Emily Cruz novels

Could there be a new female detective coming to television screens?

Writer/director Emily Skopov has acquired film and television rights to the Detective Emilia Cruz novels by mystery writer Carmen Amato with a view to turning them into a new screen franchise.

Carmen Amato

Carmen Amato

The series follows Cruz, the first and only female police detective in Acapulco, as police investigations pit her against Mexico’s drug cartel violence, government corruption, and gender bias against a woman in a traditionally male occupation.
Skopov’s TV credits include Xena: Warrior Princess, and Farscape.

HBO sets date for Show Me a Hero

HBO miniseries Show Me A Hero has been given an August debut.



The six-part series explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, New York.

In an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the young mayor (Oscar Isaac) of a mid-sized American city is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyses the local government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future.

The cast also includes Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, Bob Balaban, and Jim Belushi.

From creator David Simon and director Paul Haggis, it is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin.

It is written by Simon and William F Zorzi, and executive produced by Simon, Nina K Noble, Haggis, Gail Mutrux and Zorzi.

Show Me A Hero will air from August 16.

ITV films new Prey

New faces have joined the second season of ITV crime drama Prey, which has begun production.



Myanna Buring, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Ralph Ineson, and Sammy Winward have joined Philip Glenister and Rosie Cavaliero on the three-part run.

The story sees prison officer David Murdoch’s (Glenister) life become complicated when on a routine visit to a Manchester hospital with female prisoner Jules Hope (Buring) events spiral out of control.  David takes a phone call that will change his life forever and suddenly sees him on the wrong side of the law.

With the life of his heavily pregnant daughter, Emma (Winward), threatened, David has no alternative but to go on the run and inadvertently becomes ‘the prey’.

Kieran O’Brien and Lisa Millet have also joined the cast.

Written by Prey creator Chris Lunt and produced by Red Production Company, it is executive produced by Nicola Shindler and produced by Tom Sherry.

BBC One orders Bronte film

BBC One has ordered a one-off film about the life of the Bronte sisters.



Sally Wainwright will write and direct To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters (1×120′), which will examine their rise from obscurity to produce some of the greatest and most enduring novels of all time.

Produced by BBC Wales, Faith Penhale is the executive producer and Karen Lewis is the producer.

Victoria reigns at ITV

Queen Victoria will be the subject of a new eight-part drama for ITV.



Victoria will follow the early life of the monarch, who leaves childhood behind when she ascends the throne at the age of 18.

Produced by Mammoth Screen, it is written by Daisy Goodwin.

Goodwin executive produces with Dan McCulloch, and Damien Timmer. The project was developed by Mammoth Screen’s creative director Rebecca Keane.

Filming will begin in September.

Victoria will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Cameras roll on Fear the Walking Dead

Zombies have taken over Vancouver as production takes place on AMC’s new drama Fear The Walking Dead.

Fear The Walking Dead

Fear The Walking Dead

A spin-off from The Walking Dead, the show features a new story and a cast that includes Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Mercedes Mason.

Produced by AMC Studios, it is executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert, and showrunner David Erickson. The co-executive producer is Adam Davidson.

The series’ first season, consisting of six one-hour episodes, will premiere on AMC later this summer.

Syfy explores Brave New World

US cable channel Syfy is developing a new drama based on Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World.



Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television is behind the project,  which is set in a world without poverty, war or disease. In this world, humans are given mind-altering drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered in “hatcheries”.

Those who won’t conform are forced onto “reservations” – until one of these “savages” challenges the system, threatening the entire social order.

Amblin’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will be executive producers with Les Bohem, who will write the screenplay. It is produced by Universal Cable Productions.