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.

Epix

Epix

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.

HBO sets date for Show Me a Hero

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

HBO

HBO

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.

ITV

ITV

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.

BBC One

BBC One

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.

ITV

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.

Upfronts 2015/16: NBC

NBC has ordered seven new dramas for 2015/16, including series starring Jennifer Lopez and Wesley Snipes.

NBC

NBC

Blindspot, Heroes Reborn, Heartbreaker, The Player, Chicago Med, Shades of Blue, and Game of Silence have all been added to the Peacock network’s forthcoming schedule, as well as sniper miniseries The Reaper.

Returning dramas include The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grimm, Law & Order: SVU, The Mysteries of Laura, and The Night Shift.

However, Constantine, Allegiance, and State of Affairs have been cancelled.

No decision has yet been made on the futures of AD The Bible Continues, and American Odyssey.

Season three of Hannibal is set to premiere on June 4.

Blindspot (season one)

A vast international plot explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos, is discovered naked in Times Square with no memory of who she is or how she got there. But there’s one tattoo that is impossible to miss: the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller, emblazoned across her back. They quickly realise that each mark on her body is a crime to solve, leading them closer to the truth about her identity and the mysteries to be revealed. The cast includes Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Audrey Esparza, Rob Brown, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Ukweli Roach, and Ashley Johnson.

Produced by Warner Bros Television and Berlanti Productions, writer Martin Gero, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Mark Pellington executive produce.

Blindspot

Blindspot

Chicago Med (season one)

The latest installment of the compelling “Chicago” franchise takes viewers inside the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together. The cast includes Oliver Platt, S Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss, and Yaya Dacosta.

Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt, and Derek Haas serve as writers and executive producers. Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski and Joe Chappelle also executive produce. Chicago Med is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films.

Chicago Med

Chicago Med

Game of Silence (season one)

A successful Atlanta attorney’s (David Lyons) long-lost childhood friends unexpectedly reappear after 25 years. When a dark secret they thought they had buried resurfaces, the brotherhood bands together to right the wrongs of their shared past – a journey that will push the limits of their loyalty and quench their thirst for revenge. The cast includes Michael Raymond-James, Larenz Tate, Bre Blair, Conor O’Farrell, Deidrie Henry, Demetrius Grosse, and Claire Van Der Boom.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television, Universal Television and Carol Mendelsohn Productions, writer David Hudgins executive produces with Carol Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz, and Niels Arden Oplev.

Game of Silence

Game of Silence

Heartbreaker (season one)

Based on the real life and achievements of Dr Kathy Magliato, this medical drama follows Dr Alex Panttiere (Melissa George), an outspoken world-renowned heart-transplant surgeon and one of the few women in her field. She revels in a racy personal life, manages the daily demands of skeptical faculty and dutiful interns, and pushes the boundaries of medical science to impressive new heights. The cast includes Dave Annable, Don Hany, Shelley Conn, DL Hughley, Jamie Kennedy, Maya Erskine, J Louis Mills, and Joshua Leonard.

From Universal Television, writer Jill Gordon executive produces with Amy Brenneman, Brad Silberling, and Robbie Duncan McNeill.

Heartbreaker

Heartbreaker

Heroes Reborn (limited event series)

The hit series returns with a fresh crop of inspiring heroes who take on the ultimate struggle between those with extraordinary abilities and those with nefarious motives to hunt and harness their powers. The cast includes Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Masi Oka, Judith Shekoni, Robbie Kay, Henry Zebrowski, Kiki Sukezane, Ryan Guzman, Danika Yarosh, Toru Uchikado, Eve Harlow, and Gatlin Green.

From Universal Television, Imperative Entertainment, and Tailwind Productions, creator and writer Tim Kring executive produces with Peter Elkoff, and James Middleton.

Heroes Reborn

The Player (season one)

A Las Vegas thriller about a former military operative turned security expert who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an organisation of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. The cast includes Wesley Snipes, Charity Wakefield, and Damon Gupton.

Writer John Rogers executive produces with John Davis, John Fox, and Bharat Nalluri for Sony Pictures Television, Davis Entertainment, and Kung Fu Monkey.

The Player

The Player

Shades of Blue (season one)

Jennifer Lopez stars as sexy New York detective (and single mother) Harlee Santos, who fell in with a tight-knit group of dirty cops, taking bribes and protection money that she uses to provide the best life for her honest and talented daughter. When she’s trapped by the FBI, however, and forced to inform on her own “brothers,” she’ll have to walk the fine line between love, loyalty, honor and betrayal, and try to keep it together for her daughter’s future. The cast also includes Ray Liotta, Warren Kole, Dayo Okeniyi, Drea De Matteo, Hampton Fluker, Vincent Laresca, and Sarah Jeffery.

Writers Jack Orman and Adi Hasak executive produce with Jennifer Lopez, Barry Levinson, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Ryan Seacrest, and Nina Wass  for Universal Television, Nuyorican Productions, EGTV, and Ryan Seacrest Productions.

The Reaper (miniseries)

Based on the memoir The Reaper by Nicholas Irving, this event miniseries recounts the 100-day Afghanistan deployment of Sgt Nicholas Irving, nicknamed The Reaper. The first African-American sniper, Irving tallied 33 official kills during this single deployment, a record that still stands today.

Writers Tom Donnelly and Josh Oppenheimer executive produce with Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein for The Weinstein Company.

Upfronts 2015/16: Fox

Fox has ordered five new dramas for 2015/16, including the small screen adaptation of movie Minority Report – and the return of The X-Files.

Fox

Fox

Rosewood, Lucifer, and The Frankenstein Code will also line-up on the network during the year.

Returning dramas include Bones, Sleepy Hollow, Empire, and Gotham.

Gracepoint, Red Band Society, Backstrom, and The Following have all been cancelled, while Glee wrapped up its six season run in March this year.

Minority Report (season one)

Based on the international blockbuster film by executive producer Steven Spielberg and the first of his films to be adapted for television, this drama follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen. The cast includes Meagan Good, Stark Sands, Wilmer Valderrama, Daniel London, Laura Regan, Li Jun Li, and Zhane Hal.

From 20th Century Fox Television, Paramount Television, and Amblin Television, it is executive produced by writer Max Borenstein, Kevin Falls, Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, and Mark Mylod.

Minority Report

Minority Report

Rosewood (season one)

The story of Dr Beaumont Rosewood Jr (Morris Chestnut), the most brilliant private pathologist in Miami. Using his wildly sophisticated autopsy lab, he performs for-hire autopsies to uncover clues that the Miami PD can’t see. The cast also includes Jaina Lee Ortiz, Gabrielle Dennis, and Anna Konkle.

From 20th Century Fox Television and Temple Hill, writer Todd Harthan executive produces with Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, and Richard Shepard.

Rosewood

Rosewood

The X-Files (limited event series)

Thirteen years after the original series run, the next chapter of The X-Files will be a six-episode event series, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Production is set to begin in summer 2015.

From 20th Century Fox Television, and Ten Thirteen Productions, creator Chris Carter executive produces with Glen Morgan.

The X-Files

The X-Files

The Frankenstein Code (season one)

A modern re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s classic novel about a man brought back to life by two scientists playing god. Seventy-five-year-old Jimmy Pritchard (Philip Baker Hall) was forced to resign as LA County Sheriff for corrupt conduct more than a decade ago. Now, 15 years later, he is killed when he stumbles upon a robbery at the home of FBI Agent Duval Pritchard (Tim DeKay), one of his three children. But he is brought back to life by billionaire tech-genius twins Mary Goodwin (Dilshad Vadsaria) and her brother Otto (Adhir Kalyan), founders of the social networking empire, Lookinglass. Resurrected as a younger version of himself, with physical abilities he never dreamed, a re-animated Pritchard (Rob Kazinsky) is given a second chance at life.

From 20th Century Fox Television, Teakwood Lane Productions, and Kara Productions, writer Rand Ravich executive produces with Howard Gordon, Michael Cuesta, and co-executive producer Hugh Fitzpatrick.

The Frankenstein Code

The Frankenstein Code

Lucifer (season one)

Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, Lucifer is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) has abandoned his throne and retired to LA, where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub. The cast also includes Lesley-Ann Brandt, Lauren German, and DB Woodside.

From Warner Bros Television, Jerry Bruckheimer Television, and Aggressive Mediocrity, writer Tom Kapinos executive produces with Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Len Wiseman, Ildy Modrovich, and Joe Henderson.

Lucifer

Lucifer

USA crowns Queen of the South

USA Network has picked up its pilot Queen of the South to series, ordering a 13-part run.

USA Network

USA Network

The show, based on the novel La Reina Del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Alex Braga). When her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the Cartel.

The novel was previously adapted by US hispanic network Telemundo, under the title La Reina Del Sur.

It is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, and Universal Cable Productions. The executive producers are MA Fortin, Joshua John Miller, David Friendly, and Pancho Mansfield.

Fortin and Miller wrote the pilot.

Queen of the South is due to air on the US cable network in 2016.

The drama is the third pilot to be ordered to series from USA’s 2014/15 development slate. Others previously announced include Complications, and Mr Robot.

 

ITV flies away with Peter Pan

Paloma Faith, Stanley Tucci, and Laura Fraser will headline a new reimagining of JM Barrie’s classic novel Peter Pan.

Peter & Wendy, commissioned by ITV, will open in modern-day Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) where 12-year-old Lucy Rose (Hazel Doupe, who also plays Wendy Darling) is awaiting treatment for a serious heart condition.

ITV

ITV

Her mother Julie (Fraser, also doubling up as Mrs Darling) is distraught with the fear of losing her child, and surgeon Mr Wylie (Tucci, who also plays Hook) assures her he’ll do everything in his power to make the operation a success.

The day before her operation, Lucy reads JM Barrie’s novel of Peter Pan to a crowd of sick children in the hospital, and she goes to sleep with thoughts of the classic tale in her head. Lucy dreams this version of Peter Pan into existence and the story is retold through the young girl’s imagination.

Zac Sutcliffe will play Peter Pan, with Faith starring as Tinker Bell. Bjarne Henriksen, Ben Crompton, and Rasmus Hardiker complete the cast.

Peter & Wendy will be produced by Headline Pictures, Juliette Films, and Lip Sync Productions, and is written by Adrian Hodges. The producers are Christian Baute and Stewart Mackinnon.

The drama is produced in partnership with Catalyst Global Media, the film and television financing and production company run by co-founder and CEO Charlotte Walls.

It will be distributed worldwide by Red Arrow International.

Peter & Wendy is currently in production with filming taking place over a six-week period in Luxembourg, London, and Dorset.