Battle Creek goes worldwide

Battle Creek, the new drama from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, has been sold into more than 100 countries around the world.

Battle Creek

Battle Creek

Buyers include TF1 in France, RTL in Germany, RTE in Ireland, 365 Media in Iceland, NOS in Portugal, ORF in Austria, ICTV in Ukraine, Canal+ in Spain, D-Smart in Turkey and Turkish-speaking Cyprus, and Rostelecom and SPT Networks in Russia.

It will air on MTG’s free channels and subscription VoD platform Viaplay in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, and on Shaw Media in Canada, and Globo TV in Brazil.

HOT in Israel, M-Net in sub-Saharan Africa, Seven Network in Australia, and TVNZ’s TV One in New Zealand, Chinese online platform iQiyi, and Fox International Channels in southeast Asia have also acquired rights to the show.

Battle Creek, created by Gilligan and David Shore, tells the story of a small town detective whose authority is challenged by the arrival of a big-city FBI agent.

It stars Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel.

The show is produced by Shore Z Productions, High Bridge Productions, Gran Via Productions, and Bad Hat Harry Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television, and CBS Television Studios.

Shore, Gilligan, Bryan Singer, and Mark Johnson executive produce.

Sony Pictures Television distributes the 13×60′ series, which airs on CBS in the US.

Supergirl breaks out on CBS

Here’s the first image from US network CBS’s new pilot Supergirl.



Melissa Benoist plays Kara Zor-El, from the planet Krypton, who escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin as Kara Danvers. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was destined to be.

The pilot is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros Television, based on the characters from DC Comics.

It is executive produced by writers Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, and Andrew Kreisberg, and Sarah Schecter.

Production on the pilot began this week and CBS will reveal whether it has picked up the show for the 2015/16 series during its Upfronts in May.



Hulu becomes home of CSI

US VoD player Hulu has acquired exclusive rights to every episode ever of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.



Subscribers to Hulu Plus will be able to stream all previous seasons of the CBS crime drama, beginning in April.

More than 300 episodes will become available, with past seasons becoming available ahead of future season premieres.

CBS, Showtime series travel to Spain

Penny Dreadful and Ray Donovan are among a host of dramas that will be available for subscribers to a new Spanish VoD platform.

Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful

Telefonica Spain has struck a multi-year deal with CBS Studios International for a range of CBS and Showtime series to air on Movistar Series, which launched in December.

Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, Ray Donovan, and The Affair will all be online, as well as CBS titles Under the Dome, The Good Wife, and Madam Secretary.

Classic series such as Twin Peaks and Medium will also be on offer.

CBS opens James Patterson’s Zoo

Production has started on CBS’s forthcoming drama Zoo.



Based on James Patterson’s novel, the story follows a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet.

As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, a young, renegade American zoologist is thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic before there’s no place left for people to hide.

The cast includes James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Billy Burke, Nora Arnezeder, and Nonso Anozie.

Produced by CBS Television Studios, the executive producers are Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout, and Steve Bowen.

The series will launch on CBS this summer.

CBS Studios International holds global distribution rights.

Morgan joins Extant

Magic City star Jeffrey Dean Morgan has signed on to the cast of CBS’s summer series Extant.

The mystery drama stars Halle Berry as an astronaut who discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction, and that she and a mysterious stranger may be the only hope for survival.

Morgan will play a womanising bounty hunter who thought he had seen everything until Molly Woods (Berry) enters his life.



The series comes from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and CBS Television Studios.

Season two will debut this summer.