Amazon UK secures Extant season two

Amazon Prime Instant Video has picked up the second season of Halle Berry drama Extant for its subscribers in the US.

Extant

Extant

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.

Bosch lands in Australia

Australia’s SBS has picked up season one and two of Amazon’s original drama series Bosch.

Bosch

Bosch

The crime drama, which is available on Amazon Prime Instant Video, is based on Michael Connelly’s books about relentless LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, who will stop at nothing to bring justice to victims.

It is produced by Fabrik Entertainment for Amazon Studios, and distributed by Red Arrow International. The showrunner is Eric Overmyer.

SBS will begin airing the first season of Bosch in July.

New seasons fall on Amazon

Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK is boosting its drama slate with new seasons of three US dramas.

New episodes of The Red Road, Halt & Catch Fire, and Turn will be available to subscribers from this month after their debut in the US.

Turn

Turn

The Red Road, which debuts on April 4 on SundanceTV, picks up the story of a cop (Martin Henderson) as he continues to police the clashing communities of Walpole. Season two opens as dangerous tribe member Phillip Kopus (Jason Momoa) returns home after having been released from jail.

AMC’s Turn, which launches with two episodes on April 15, resumes the story of New York farmer and America’s first spy Abe Woodhill and The Culper Ring as they continue to battle for American independence. It stars Jamie Bell and is based on the book Washington Spies.

Season two of Halt & Catch Fire, debuting on June 2 and also from AMC, continues to chart the changing culture of Texas’ Silicon Prairie during the personal computing boom.

The first seasons of all three series are already available to view on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Amazon renews Bosch for season two

Amazon has renewed its first original drama Bosch for a second season.

Bosch

Bosch

The online giant says the hour-long series, based on the books by Michael Connelly, scored the biggest debut weekend among all original series and the most-watched title in its first four weeks on its Amazon Prime Instant Video platform.

As with all VoD players, however, actual ratings have not been released.

Season two will be based on Connelly’s novels Trunk Music, and The Drop.

Titus Welliver will return as Harry Bosch, with Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino, Lance Reddick, and Sarah Clarke also rejoining the cast.

The series was developed by Eric Overmyer, who executive produces with Connelly, Henrik Bastin, and Pieter Jan Brugge.

It is produced by Amazon Studios. Red Arrow International distributes the series.

BBC Worldwide showcases drama sales

BBC Worldwide has completed sales of its drama series to online platforms in China, the Middle East, and South Africa during its annual BBC Showcase event.

China’s Tencent has picked up Sherlock, Atlantis, Orphan Black, and Our Zoo, while Hulu in Japan has renewed its three-year licence for shows such as The Musketeers.

Our Zoo

Our Zoo

The distributor has signed a deal with Cellcom in Israel for dramas including Sherlock, Orphan Black, Luther, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Ripper Street, and Call the Midwife.

Meanwhile, Times Media Films’ VIDI TV in South Africa has landed shows such as Sherlock, Call the Midwife, Luther, Misfits, and Torchwood.

Amazon Prime Instant Video in Germany has added Doctor Who and Luther to its library.

Amazon Prime UK falls for Outlander

Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK has celebrated its first birthday with the acquisition of US drama Outlander.

Outlander

Outlander

The VoD platform has picked up the first and second seasons of the Starz series, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon.

The story follows the story of Claire, a married World War Two nurse who is thrown back in time from 1945 into an unknown world, set in 1743.

The cast includes Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, with Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis, Lotte Verbeek, Duncan Lacroix, Stephen Walters, and Annette Badland.

It is executive produced by Ronald D Moore, and comes from Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Company, and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television, which also distributed the series.

Outlander

Outlander

The first eight episodes of season one, filmed in Scotland, will launch to subscribers on March 26.

The remaining episodes will then launch weekly from April 5, just hours after the US broadcast.

Season two is due to begin filming this summer.

Vikings go live on Amazon

Season three of historical drama Vikings has launched on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK.

Vikings

Vikings

The first episode of the season is now available for subscribers, with a new episode debuting every Friday.

In this new run, the family saga of Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), Rollo (Clive Standen), Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) continues as alliances and loyal friendships are questioned, faith is catechized and relationships are strained.

The series was created by Michael Hirst, who executive produces with Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000, Sheila Hockin, John Weber of Take 5 Productions, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, and James Flynn.

Vikings, which airs on History in the US and Canada, is distributed by MGM Television.

Amazon rounds up more Mad Dogs

Amazon Prime Instant Video has ordered two new dramas to series, based on feedback from viewers who have screened the pilots online.

Mad Dogs, created by Cris Cole, is based on the UK series about the reunion of a group of under-achieving 40-something friends.

Celebrating the early retirement of an old friend at his gorgeous Belizean villa, grudges begin to emerge and secrets explode as their trip becomes a labyrinthine nightmare of lies, deception and murder. 

The pilot starred Steve Zahn, Billy Zane, Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli, and Ben Chaplin.

Produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television, it is executive produced by Cole, Shawn Ryan, Marney Hochman, Andy Harries, Suzanne Mackie, and Charles McDougall.

Mad Dogs

Mad Dogs

The second pilot going to series, The Man in the High Castle, is based on Philip K DIck’s 1962 novel that considers what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War Two.

The pilot starred Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rupert Evans, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Joel De La Fuente, Rufus Sewell, and DJ Qualls.

Writer Frank Spotnitz executive produces with Ridley Scott, David W Zucker, Stewart Mackinnon, Christian Baute, and Christopher Tricarico, with co-executive producers Jordan Sheehan, and Kalen Egan.

It is produced by Amazon Studios with Scott Free Productions, Headline Pictures, and Electric Shepherd.

The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle

These new shows will premiere exclusively to Prime members in the UK, Germany and US later this year and in 2016.