Hulu will become the exclusive US home of a host of dramas after signing a deal with AMC Networks.
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The agreement includes rights to new and upcoming dramas from AMC, IFC, BBC America, SundanceTV, and WE TV, such as The Walking Dead spin-off Fear The Walking Dead.
Series from AMC Networks will be available on Hulu before each subsequent season’s network premiere.
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.
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.
US cable channel Lifetime is moving into digital for the first time.
Fall Into Me (working title) will feature eight romantic stories, each six minutes long, that will be told from a woman’s point-of-view.
The concept comes from Guy Shalem. Produced by Propagate Content, it is executive produced by Shalem, Howard T Owens, and David McKillop.
It will launch this year.
Amazon Prime Instant Video has picked up the second season of Halle Berry drama Extant for its subscribers in the US.
The new run, which begins on the VoD platform on July 2, see astronaut Molly Woods (Berry) discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction, and that she and mysterious stranger JD Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) may be Earth’s only hope for survival.A new episode will be released each week after its US airing, with season one already available.
The series also stars Pierce Gagnon and Grace Gummer.
Extant is coproduced by CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television. Steven Spielberg, Liz Kruger, Craig Shapiro, Mickey Fisher, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Berry, and Brooklyn Weaver are executive producers.
Hulu has acquired previous episodes of two TNT dramas.
Subscribers to the US VoD service will be able to catch up with previous installments of The Last Ship, and Murder in the First, following the licensing deal with Turner Broadcasting System.
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Netflix has ordered a second season of its comic book adaptation Marvel’s Daredevil.
Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as Daredevil in modern-day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
Marvel’s Daredevil also stars Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Scott Glenn, Bob Gunton, Toby Leonard Moore, Vondie Curtis Hall, and Ayelet Zurer.
Season two will debut in 2016 under the control of new showrunners Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez, who replace Steven DeKnight and Drew Goddard.
Ramirez, Petrie, Goddard, and Jeph Loeb are the executive producers for the show, which is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios.
Marvel’s Daredevil is the first of four comic book adaptations as part of a four series deal with Marvel, which also includes miniseries The Defenders.
Netflix has ordered a fourth season of its prison drama Orange is the New Black.
The commission, which comes ahead of the third season launch, was revealed on Twitter:
US VoD platform Crackle has ordered its first one-hour original drama.
Set in the world of auction houses, The Art of More follows a man who works his way into this business by exploiting his connections to antiquities smuggling rings he was exposed to as a soldier in Iraq.
The ten-part series stars Dennis Quaid, Christian Cooke, and Kate Bosworth.
Writers Gardner Stern and Chuck Rose executive produce with Quaid, Laurence Mark, and Gary Fleder.
It is due to debut this winter.
A second original drama, Capo, is also in development at Crackle.
It follows a man who emerges from prison into a world where his once strong mafia family has eroded, leaving him with no direction and a desire to recreate his past.
Capo is produced by Relativity Television and Hollywood Gang Productions. Tom Forman, Andrew Marcus, Ray Ricord, Gianni Nunnari, and Shannon Gaulding executive produce.
Another in development is the fourth season of action thriller Chosen.
The ten-part series is executive produced by Milo Ventimiglia, Ben Ketai, Ryan Lewis, and Russ Cundiff.
US VoD platform Hulu has commissioned an original drama from Jason Katims and Jessica Goldberg.
The Way is a ten-part series that examines a family at the centre of a controversial faith-based movement struggling with relationships, marriage, and power.
It is produced by Universal Television.
Showrunner Katims will executive produce through True Jack Productions. Creator Goldberg and Michelle Lee also executive produce.
Production is scheduled to begin this summer.
Other original dramas ordered by Hulu include 11/22/63.
Netflix has moved quickly to order a second season of its original drama Bloodline.
The series’ first 13-episode season launched to subscribers on March 20, and just 11 days later commissioned a new run due to air in 2016.
The announcement came on Twitter:
Set in the Florida Keys, Bloodline focuses on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.
It stars Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Jacinda Barrett, Jamie McShane, Enrique Murciano, Sam Shepard, and Sissy Spacek.
The executive producers are Todd A Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler. It is produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with KZK Productions.