Snowfall lands on FX

The rise of the crack cocaine epidemic in 1981 Los Angeles is the subject of a new drama pilot ordered by US cable channel FX.

FX

FX

Snowfall follows three characters on a violent collision course: Franklin Saint, a young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream; and Logan Miller, a prominent family’s “black sheep” desperate to escape his father’s shadow.

The pilot is produced by FX Productions.

John Singleton directs from a script he wrote with Eric Amadio. Both executive produce with Dave Andron, Michael London of Groundswell Productions, and Trevor Engelson of Underground.

Production will begin this summer.

Wayward Pines lands worldwide sales

M Night Shyamalan’s suspense thriller Wayward Pines has been sold to five new broadcasters.

Wayward Pines

Wayward Pines

The ten-part series has been picked up by City TV in Canada, Sky in New Zealand, Star World in India, DBS in Israel, and Filmbox in Romania, following deals with Fox International Channels Content Sales.

It will also air on new Canadian VoD platform Shomi.

They will all join Fox in the US, Fox International Channels worldwide, and Canal+ in France for the global launch on May 14, which will create the largest scripted drama launch in television history.

Wayward Pines stars Matt Dillon as a secret service agent who arrives in the titular town on a mission to find two missing federal agents. Each step closer to the truth takes him further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

The cast also includes Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Terrence Howard, and Juliette Lewis.

Based on the book by Blake Crouch and developed for television by Chad Hodge, it is produced by FX Productions.

Shyamalan executive produces with Hodge, Donald De Line, and Ashwin Rajan.

FX spies fourth season of The Americans

Cold War spy drama The Americans has been ordered for a fourth season on US cable channel FX.

The Americans

The Americans

The series explores the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President.

It stars Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell, and Noah Emmerich.

Creator Joe Weisberg executive produces with Joel Fields, Graham Yost, and Daniel Sackheim, with Amblin Television’s Justin Falvey, and Darryl Frank. It is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

Season three is due to conclude on April 22, with the 13-episode season four due to air in 2016.

Sky Atlantic takes The Strain in Germany

Sky Atlantic in Germany will launch US horror The Strain next month.

The Strain

The Strain

The 13-part series, distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, tells the story of Dr Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City.

Goodweather and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

It is produced by FX Productions. Showrunner Carlton Cuse executive produces with Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and Gary Ungar.

The series, which is based on the book by Hogan and del Toro and airs on FX in the US, debuts in Germany on February 12.

Fox in event series Rusch

US broadcast network Fox has hired the producer of new Amazon drama Bosch to lead its slate of event series.

Fox

Fox

The move reunites Rachel Rusch, named as vice president of event series, with David Madden, president of entertainment at Fox. They previously worked together at Fox Television Studios.

In her new role, Rusch will oversee the network’s limited-run series, working alongside 20th Century Fox Television, FX Productions and outside production companies to commission and develop event series and live scripted events for Fox.

Rusch previously worked as director of development for Fabrik Entertainment, which produced Bosch for Amazon Prime Instant Video, and was manager of programming at Fox Television Studios, where her credits included The Americans, The Killing, and White Collar.

Hulu takes Fargo rights

US VoD platform Hulu has picked up exclusive rights to Fargo.

Fargo

Fargo

Subscribers to Hulu will be able to see all episodes of season one from 2015, following a deal with MGM International Television Distribution.

Fargo, which airs on FX, is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions.

In a further deal with MGM, Hulu has also landed rights to History’s original scripted series Vikings.

Season one and two of the show are now available, with season three launching in February.

The extended partnership between Hulu and MGM builds on a previous deal that gave the VoD player access to more than 1,500 episodes of series including the Stargate franchise (Stargate Universe, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1), and Flipper, Green Acres, and The Addams Family.

FX cancels The Bridge

FX has cancelled The Bridge, its adaptation of Danish/Swedish drama Bron/Broen.

The Bridge ran for two seasons on the US cable network, which has said it will not be ordering a third season.

A network statement said:

FX will not be moving forward with a third season of The Bridge.

The US series followed two detectives, Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) from El Paso PD and Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) from Chihuahua State Police, who must work together to catch a serial killer operating on both sides of the US-Mexican border.

The Bridge is coproduced by Shine America and FX Productions.

Executive producers Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid adapted the series for American television from the series Bron/Broen, which was set on the border of Denmark and Sweden.  Bron/Broen is produced by Sweden’s Filmlance and Denmark’s Nimbus Film.

The Bridge US

The Bridge

FX tells American Crime Story

FX has ordered a companion show for its anthology series American Horror Story.

FX

FX

Like its sister show, each season of American Crime Story will tell a new story, though this new drama will be based on true crime events.

The first ten-hour season, called American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson, is based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v OJ Simpson, by Jeffrey Toobin.

It is produced by FX Productions and Fox 21.

Series creator Ryan Murphy executive produces with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto, and writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

Production is due to begin in Los Angeles early next year.

FX takes more Tyrant

Tyrant is coming back for a second season on FX.

Tyrant

Tyrant

The US cable channel has ordered a new 13-part run of the series, which will begin production in spring 2015 and air next summer.

It tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent fictional Middle Eastern nation.

Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed, the younger son of the dictator of a war-torn nation, ends a self-imposed 20-year exile to return to his homeland, accompanied by his American wife and children, for his nephew’s wedding. Barry’s reluctant homecoming leads to a dramatic clash of cultures as he is thrown back into the familial and national politics of his youth.

The cast includes Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom, Moran Atias, Noah Silver, Anne Winters, Fares Fares, Salim Daw, Justin Kirk, Mehdi Dehbi, and Alice Krige.

Tyrant was created by Gideon Raff and is produced by Fox 21 and FX Productions. Howard Gordon and Craig Wright developed the series.

Glenn Gordon Caron, Peter Noah, Michael Lehmann, and Avi Nir executive produce with showrunner Gordon and his Teakwood Lane Productions label. Chris Levinson is the co-executive producer and Chris Keyser is the consulting producer.

Fargo finds Spanish home

Canal+ in Spain is heading to Minnesota after acquiring US drama Fargo.

Fargo

Fargo

Based on the film of the same name, it features new characters and a new story set in the American state. This time, the story follows Billy Bob Thornton as a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of a small town insurance salesman, played by Martin Freeman.

It is written by Noah Hawley, who executive produces with Warren Littlefield, Joel and Ethan Coen and Geyer Kosinski.

MGM Television and FX Productions produce the series.

Fargo will air on Canal+ this fall.

US cable channel FX has already ordered a second season of Fargo, with production of ten new episodes, telling a new story with new characters, due to begin in January 2015.