Twin Peaks revival… revived at Showtime

The return of cult drama Twin Peaks is still on – with David Lynch back on board.

In January, Showtime placed a nine-episode order for a new season of the show, which will be set in the present day but follows on from the original series that aired on ABC between 1990 and 1991.

The series follows the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town who were left stunned after their homecoming queen Laura Palmer is murdered. Then as an FBI agent arrives to help the sheriff solve the case, more of the town’s secrets are exposed.

Lynch was due to executive produce and write each episode with Mark Frost.

Then in April, Lynch revealed on Twitter he had left the project because there was not enough money on the table to realise his ambitions for the series.

 

However, Lynch has now taken to Twitter again to confirm he was back with the project:

A statement from David Nevins, Showtime’s president, also revealed Lynch will now direct the entire series, which will be longer than the previously advertised nine hours:

This damn fine cup of coffee from Mark and David tastes more delicious than ever. Totally worth the extra brewing time and the cup is even bigger than we expected. David will direct the whole thing which will total more than the originally announced nine hours. Preproduction starts now!!

Twin Peaks is due to air in 2016, the 25th anniversary of when it last aired.

Penny Dreadful returns to Canada

Viewers in Canada will be able to tune in to the second season of Penny Dreadful when the horror drama returns next month.

Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful

Corus Entertainment-owned The Movie Network and Movie Central has acquired rights to the new ten-episode run, which will launch on May 3.

The story picks up with Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani) unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear), and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own.

Penny Dreadful is produced by Neal Street Productions and Desert Wolf Productions.

Creator and writer John Logan executive produces with Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris.

The series was originally commissioned by Showtime in the US and the UK’s Sky Atlantic.

Lynch parts from Twin Peaks reunion

David Lynch has left the long-awaited sequel to cult drama Twin Peaks.

The project was announced by Showtime earlier this year.

But Lynch has revealed he has now parted from the project.

He tweeted:

In January, Showtime placed a nine-episode order fo a new season of Twin Peaks, which will be set in the present day but follows on from the original series that aired on ABC between 1990 and 1991.

The series follows the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town who were left stunned after their homecoming queen Laura Palmer is murdered. Then as an FBI agent arrives to help the sheriff solve the case, more of the town’s secrets are exposed.

Lynch was due to executive produce and write each episode with Mark Frost.

Twin Peaks is due to air in 2016, the 25th anniversary of when it last aired.

Showtime counts Billions

Showtime is taking its Billions pilot to series.

Showtime

Showtime

The US premium cable network has ordered a 12-part series, which takes an insider look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two figures – the politically savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis).

The cast also includes Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, and Condola Rashad.

It is executive produced by writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien, Neil Burger, and Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Production will begin later this year ahead of its launch in 2016.

House of Lies takes fifth season

Don Cheadle will return to Showtime for a fifth season of House of Lies.

House of Lies

House of Lies

The US premium cable network has placed a ten-episode order for 2016, with Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, Donis Leonard Jr, and Glynn Turman also set to reappear.

The series follows a group of management consultants who will stop at nothing to get a deal done.

House of Lies is produced by Showtime. The executive producers for the fourth season were creator and showrunner Matthew Carnahan, Jessika Borsiczky, Cheadle, and David Walpert.

It is based on the book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time, by Martin Kihn.

 

ZDFE banks first look deals

German distributor ZDF Enterprises has signed first-look deals with two UK production companies.

ZDF Enterprises

ZDF Enterprises

The first, Projector Pictures, is behind series including Kidnap and Ransom, and The Body Farm. It is currently working with US premium cable network Showtime on a remake of Kidnap and Ransom.

The company was founded by Trevor Eve, Charles Haswell and Sharon Maughan.

ZDFE has also partnered with Bonafide Films to develop a new slate of projects for the UK and international markets.

The distributor will have exclusive first-look rights to Bonafide’s development slate, handle finance, and take on worldwide distribution for any projects.

Bonafide is currently working on a number of scripted drama projects with writers including Peter Moffat, Peter Straughan, and Sabrina Mahfouz.

Its credits include Talking to the Dead, and Nosferatu in Love.

Sky Atlantic marries The Affair

Sky Atlantic in the UK has acquired Golden Globe-winning drama The Affair.

The Affair

The Affair

The broadcaster has picked up both season one and the forthcoming second season, which is due to begin production this summer and air on Showtime in the US in October.

The series explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair from both the male and female perspectives.

It stars Ruth Wilson as Alison, a young woman waiting tables at a popular Hamptons diner, trying to piece her life back together in the wake of a tragedy. Her husband Cole (Joshua Jackson) struggles to keep it all together, with his wife and with the financially-strained ranch that has been in his family for generations.

Their emotionally-charged marriage becomes even more complicated when Alison begins an affair with Noah (Dominic West), a New York City public school teacher and aspiring novelist who is spending the summer at his in-laws’ estate out in the Hamptons. Maura Tierney plays Helen, Noah’s college sweetheart, best friend, mother of his children, lover and wife of 17 years.

The Affair’s first season won the 2015 Golden Globe for best television drama, while Wilson won the award for best actress in a television drama. West was also nominated in the best actor category.

The series was co-created by Sarah Treem and Hagai Levy, who both executive produce with director Jeffrey Reiner and Eric Overmyer. Treem is also the showrunner.

It will air on Sky Atlantic in the UK and Ireland this May.

The Affair is distributed worldwide by CBS Studios International.

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.

Showtime crosses border to Canada

Series including The Affair and Ray Donovan will have a new home in Canada after a deal was made to bring US premium cable channel Showtime north of the border.

The Affair

The Affair

Bell Media and CBS Corporation have partnered to launch Showtime in Canada for the first time, with hundreds of hours of past, present and future series to be made available in English and French across streaming service CraveTV and pay TV channel The Movie Network.

CraveTV will launch a Showtime-branded strand featuring series including The Affair, Ray Donovan, Penny Dreadful, Masters of Sex, Nurse Jackie, Brotherhood, Sleeper Cell, Weeds, and The Big C.

Later this year, a Showtime block will also debut on The Movie Network.