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.

Sky returns to Fortitude

Sky will return to the Arctic after commissioning a second season of its original drama Fortitude.

Fortitude

Fortitude

Simon Donald will write a new ten-part story set in the titular Arctic town, which in season one starts to unravel when a mysterious death threatens the community.

Fortitude launched in January on Sky Atlantic and was the first Sky original series to air simultaneously in all Sky markets in Italy, Germany, Austria, the UK, and Ireland.

It also aired in the US on Pivot, which will also coproduce the second season.

The series is produced by Fifty Fathoms and Tiger Aspect Productions, with executive producers Donald, Patrick Spence, Frith Tiplady, Anne Mensah, and Lizzie Gray.

It has also been sold by Sky Vision to more than 100 broadcasters worldwide, including ABC in Australia, Super Channel in Canada, OTE in Greece, and France’s Canal+.

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.

SkyD gets new Powers

Sky Deutschland has picked up the first original series commissioned by the PlayStation Network for viewers in Germany and Austria.

Powers

Powers

The first three episodes of Powers will launch on Sky Go and Sky Anytime Online on March 11, with the remaining seven episodes following each week.

A German dubbed version will then air on Sky Atlantic this summer.

Powers is based on the comic book series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, and tells the story of two homicide detectives who investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities.

The cast includes Sharlto Copley, Susan Heyward, Eddie Izzard, Michelle Forbes, Noah Taylor, Olesya Rulin, Max Fowler, Adam Godley, and Logan Browning.

It is produced by Jinxworld and Circle of Confusion in association with Sony Pictures Television. Bendis, Oeming, Charlie Huston, Remi Aubuchon, David Engel, and Michael Dinner executive produce.

Sky Deutschland deals House of Cards box-set

The entire third season of House of Cards will launch on Sky Go in Germany and Austria at the same time it rolls out worldwide on Netflix.

House of Cards

House of Cards

Subscribers to Sky Deutschland can see the complete 13-episode box-set on-demand from February 27, ahead of the television premiere on Sky Atlantic on March 13.

Each episode will then air weekly.

The series stars Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kristen Connolly, and Kim Dickens.

Sky Atlantic, Canal+ dig new Tunnel

Sky Atlantic in the UK and France’s Canal+ have confirmed a new season of cross-Channel drama The Tunnel.

The Tunnel 2: Debris (w/t) will reunite British detective Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and his French partner Elise Wasserman (Clémence Poésy) in a new original story.

The Tunnel

The Tunnel

In a departure from the second season of Danish/Swedish drama Bron/Broen, upon which the show is based, The Tunnel 2: Debris sees a passenger plane mysteriously crash into the English Channel, killing everyone on board and bringing together Roebuck and Wasserman to solve the case.

Joining the second season is producer Julian Stevens, while Ben Richards returns as lead writer.

It is produced by Kudos Film and Television and Shine France.

The executive producers are Ben Richards, Manda Levin, Karen Wilson, Nora Melhli, Jo McClellan and Anne Mensah.

Filming will start in the UK and France in March.

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.

Sky sets date for Fortitude

Sky’s forthcoming drama Fortitude will air simultaneously in five countries when it debuts later this month.

Fortitude

Fortitude

The series will be the first Sky original programme to premiere at the same time on Sky Atlantic to subscribers across UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy when it launches on January 29.

It will also air that day on US coproducer Pivot TV.

International broadcasters to have acquired the show include Super Channel (Canada), ABC (Australia), Canal+ (France), SVT (Sweden), TV2 (Denmark), NRK (Norway), YLE (Finland), RUV (Iceland), VRT (Belgium), Ale Kino+ (Poland), Sky (New Zealand), YES (Israel), and OTE (Greece).

Fortitude tells the story of a close-knit Arctic community that starts to unravel when a mysterious death threatens the town.

Created and written by Simon Donald, it stars Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston and Sofie Gråbøl.

Sky Vision distributes the series.