Deutschland 83 wins best drama prize

Cold War drama Deutschland 83 has been named Best World Drama at the annual Séries Mania festival.

Deutschland 83

Deutschland 83

The series, produced by UFA Fiction for Germany’s RTL, follows Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay) as a 24-year-old East Germany native pulled from the world as he knows it and sent to the West as an undercover spy for the Stasi foreign service.

The German-language drama is due to premiere in the US on SundanceTV on June 17, with other deals sending it to Canal+ in France, SVT in Sweden, NRK in Norway, DR in Denmark, YLE in Finland, and RUV in Iceland.

The series was created by Anna Winger and Joerg Winger, and is executive produced by UFA Fiction’s Joerg Winger and Nico Hofmann.

Deutschland 83 is distributed worldwide by FremantleMedia International.

The Affair conquers Golden Globes

The Affair took home two awards when the Golden Globes were handed out at a star-studded ceremony.

The Showtime series was named best drama, while Ruth Wilson also won the best actress in a drama prize.

The Affair

The Affair

Elsewhere, FX’s Fargo was named best miniseries or TV movie; House of Cards star Kevin Spacey won in the best actor in a drama category; and Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) took home the statuette for best actor in a limited series.

Maggie Gyllenhaal picked up the best actress in a limited series award for BBC America’s The Honorable Woman; Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt was best supporting actress; and The Normal Heart’s Matt Bomer was best supporting actor.

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey


Golden Globes 2015 preview

The turkey’s been eaten, the presents unwrapped and the Christmas tree put away for another year.

But as festive December makes way for murky January, there’s no need to pack up the tinsel and glitter just yet – it’s time for awards season!

The television industry on both sides of the pond is gearing up for another round of ceremonies to celebrate the great and good on the small screen.

Leading the charge this month is the Golden Globes, which will be presented by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on January 11.

And yet, there’s a problem. What television show could possibly fill the giant Breaking Bad-shaped hole left from last year’s ceremony, where the AMC series bagged awards for best television series – drama, and best actor in a television series – drama for Bryan Cranston’s portrayal of chemistry teacher-turned-meth cook Walter White.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

The field looks even wider when you consider another AMC awards collector, Mad Men, isn’t nominated, as the show sits in hiatus between the first and second halves of its seventh and final season.

The candidates for the best drama gong include Showtime’s The Affair, and HBO’s Game of Thrones, with CBS’s celebrated legal drama The Good Wife, PBS Masterpiece’s British import Downton Abbey, and Netflix’s House of Cards also in contention.

After missing out last year, this could be House of Cards’ time to shine as Kevin Spacey is also tipped to win the best actor in a drama series prize for his role as Frank Underwood in the political drama. Clive Owen (HBO’s The Knick), Liev Schreiber (Showtime’s Ray Donovan), James Spader (NBC’s The Blacklist), and Dominic West (The Affair) are also in the running.

As for the best actress award, this one did belong to House of Cards last year, but Robin Wright faces a fight to pick up consecutive Globes. Her chief opponent is Viola Davis, star of breakout ABC drama How To Get Away With Murder, while Ruth Wilson of The Affair also has a chance. Claire Danes could win a third Globe for her role as Carrie Mathison in the much improved fourth season of Showtime’s Homeland, with Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) also nominated.

In the running for best miniseries or motion picture made for television, FX’s Fargo and Starz’s The Missing go head-to-head with three HBO titles – The Normal Heart, Olive Kitteridge, and True Detective. The latter has lost a lot of buzz since it went off air but should still be the favourite for the award, with feature film spin-off Fargo pushing it close.

True Detective

True Detective

The star power of True Detective should also see it succeed in the best actor in a miniseries or TV movie category, with both Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey nominated. Fargo also has two leads in the running, with Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton. Mark Ruffalo from The Normal Heart completes the line-up.

Meanwhile, another Fargo alum, Allison Tolman, is nominated for best actress in a miniseries or TV movie, alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal for SundanceTV’s The Honorable Woman, FX series American Horror Story: Freak Show’s Jessica Lange, Starz drama The Missing’s Frances O’Connor, and the runaway favourite Frances McDormand, who played the titular character in Olive Kitteridge.

In the supporting actor category, The Normal Heart’s Matt Bomer, The Good Wife’s Alan Cumming, Fargo’s Colin Hanks, Olive Kitteridge’s Bill Murray, and Jon Voight from Ray Donovan complete the line-up.

Three of the five nominees in the supporting actress category appeared in dramas – Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Freak Show), Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), and Michelle Monaghan (True Detective).

Overall, Fargo received the most nominations of any television programme with five nods, while True Detective received four. The Affair, The Good Wife, House of Cards, The Normal Heart, and Olive Kitteridge all received three.



NCIS most watched worldwide

US procedural NCIS has been hailed as the most watched drama in the world.



The series has received the International Television Audience award for a drama TV series at the 54th Monte Carlo Television Festival.

The award was judged from ratings gathered across five continents in 2013 and NCIS came out on top with more than 57.6 million viewers.

NCIS, which is heading into its 12th season this fall on CBS, is distributed worldwide by CBS Studios International.

The action drama, which follows a team who investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corp links, stars Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen, Emily Wickersham and David McCallum.

NCIS is produced by Belisarius Productions in association with CBS Television Studios. It is executive produced by Gary Glasberg, Chas Floyd Johnson, Mark Horowitz, Harmon, Frank Cardea, George Schenck, Steven D Binder, Scott Williams, Shane Brennan and Donald P Bellisario.