Neighbours: Erinsborough High launches
Fremantle, producers of Australia’s longest running drama Neighbours, announced today the iconic series will be expanding beyond Ramsay Street with a unique spin-off mini-series commissioned by the show’s UK broadcaster Channel 5 and screened locally on 10 Play, called Neighbours: Erinsborough High.
The five-episode series, filmed at Fremantle’s Melbourne studio, goes deep into the teen experience for a group of students during the hectic final exam period. Hormones are racing, friendships are tested – but when a popular student goes missing, the turmoil escalates. It will explore issues universally troubling teens today – bullying, mental illness, sexuality, cultural diversity, parental and peer pressure, and teacher-student relationships.
Chris Oliver-Taylor, CEO Asia Pacific, Fremantle, said: “Neighbours is one of the most important dramas in Australian and British history, being able to spin off this iconic series and tell important stories to a young adult audience is an evolution we are all very proud of at Fremantle.”
Developed by Neighbours’ Executive Producer, Jason Herbison, and produced by Natalie Lynch, the series stars a mix of Neighbours regular cast members and newcomers.
Jason Herbison said: “Neighbours: Erinsborough High is an exciting opportunity to shine a light on one of our most iconic playing areas – the local high school. It’s long been an ambition to delve deeper into some of our workplaces and the characters who populate them. Who knows what we might do next?”
The 22-minute episodes will stream on Channel 5’s VOD platform My5, where Neighbours achieved its highest month ever in July 2019 for 16-54s and will also be available to local viewers on 10 Play from November 11.
Oli Thomas, VP, Digital Lead, Channel 5, said: “Neighbours continues to be a popular show which has brought enjoyment to audiences for many years, so it’s hugely exciting to bring its first ever spin-off series to fans in the UK exclusively on My5.”
Neighbours screens weeknights 52 weeks a year, making it the only drama production here and in the UK to broadcast continually throughout the year.
Fresh Off The Boat is set to get even fresher.
ABC is developing a spinoff of the long-running sitcom, per THR.
The Fresh Off The Boat ‘spinoff’ will reportedly feature and all-new cast and central family, making it more of a sequel series.
Said ABC Entertainment chief Karey Burke of the potential series:
“I’m looking for some more disruptive ideas in terms of franchises, trying to harken back to what I think were some of the great brand-defining shows of ABC, which led narratively and were braver in their construct, shows like Lost, Desperate Housewives and Scandal. And also frankly, Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat.”
Per sources, the Fresh Off The Boat spinoff is being eyed for the 2020-21 season.
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STARZ ANNOUNCES OSCAR(R) NOMINEE AND GRAMMY WINNER(R) MARY J. BLIGE TO STAR IN “POWER” SEQUEL SERIES “POWER BOOK II: GHOST”
STARZ ANNOUNCES “POWER” SEASON SIX TO AIR IN TWO PARTS
STARZ SETS EXCLUSIVE “POWER” AFTER SHOW “POWER CONFIDENTIAL”
Beverly Hills, Calif. – July 26, 2019 – Today at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer 2019 Press Tour, Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming for Starz, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), along with “Power” executive producers Courtney A. Kemp and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, announced Grammy(R) winner and Oscar(R) nominated megastar Mary J. Blige (Mudbound, “The Umbrella Academy”) is joining the cast of the first “Power” sequel, “Power Book II: Ghost.”
“We have alluded previously to various spin-offs, prequels and other expansions of the ‘Power’ Universe,” Kemp and Jackson said during the network’s “Power” panel. “Today we are pleased to announce that we are in pre-production on the first of what we know will be a collection of series inspired by the dynamic world of ‘Power.’ ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ will continue the journey of some of ‘Power’s’ most controversial characters. Joining the cast of the new series and the ‘Power’ family, please welcome world-renowned recording artist and Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige.”
Also announced during the TCA session, “Power” season six will be broadcast in two parts. The 10-episode Part I will debut as previously announced on Sunday, August 25th. Part II, which will consist of the final five episodes, will debut in January.
STARZ will also air “Power Confidential,” the exclusive companion piece to the ultimate season of STARZ #1 hit series “Power.” The after-show will air immediately following the premiere of each new episode of “Power.” “Power Confidential” will highlight the most memorable and jaw-dropping moments from that week’s episode, provide exclusive behind-the-scenes insights and give viewers a taste of what’s to come. The cast and creators of “Power” will be joined by celebrity fans and surprise guests.
Blige signed an exclusive first-look television deal with global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) in June 2019 to develop and produce television series under her newly-launched Blue Butterfly productions. The multifaceted singer-songwriter-actress will also have the opportunity to create content across Lionsgate’s array of business platforms.
Mary J. Blige is represented by APA, The Lede Company and Grubman Shire & Meiselas.
HALLMARK MOVIES NOW’S FIRST ORIGINAL SERIES “WHEN HOPE CALLS” PREMIERES FRIDAY, AUGUST 30th, 2019
Spin-off of Hallmark Channel’s Beloved Series “When Calls the Heart” To Debut Exclusively on Hallmark Movies Now
“When Hope Calls,” Crown Media Family Networks’ first-ever streaming series, will premiere Friday, August 30th, 2019 on Hallmark Movies Now, the network’s digital streaming service. The first two episodes will be available Friday, August 30 with new episodes premiering every Friday through October 25.
From the beloved world of “When Calls the Heart” comes “When Hope Calls,” the first Hallmark Movies Now Original Series. “When Hope Calls” tells the story of sisters Lillian (Morgan Kohan) and Grace (Jocelyn Hudon) who open an orphanage in the 1916 Western town of Brookfield. Caught between the traditions of cattle ranchers and the ambitions of a growing town, they strive to find romance and happiness while overcoming the challenges of helping the children in their care. Throughout their journey, they discover community, acceptance and love as they create the family they always longed to have.
“‘When Hope Calls’ embodies the same heartfelt themes of community, family and faith that have resonated so strongly with ‘When Calls the Heart’ fans over the past six years. This is another series that viewers are sure to treasure,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks. “The series rounds out the experience we are offering loyal viewers in 2019. Along with our linear networks, publishing and podcast platforms, our SVOD service is another way to enjoy the original content our brand is known for,” Vicary concluded.
“When Hope Calls” characters Lillian (Kohan) and Grace (Hudon) first won viewers over in the 2018 ratings record-breaker, “When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing.” Joining them in this spin-off series will be Gabriel (Ryan-James Hatanka), the Brookfield Mountie who has caught Lillian’s attention, and local ranch hand Chuck (Greg Hovanessian), who is vying for Grace’s heart. Rounding out the ensemble is Tess (Wendy Crewson), Chuck’s mother and until recent events, a long-time family friend of Lillian’s.
Hallmark Movies Now launched in October 2017. Subscribers to the service have access to a robust library of content not available on Crown Media Family Network’s linear channels, with new programming available every week. Hallmark Movies Now is available on iOS, Android, Roku and Amazon Fire, among other devices. The SVOD service is also now available over the Internet on both Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Cox’s Contour platforms.
Malory Towers heads up raft of new commissions for BBC Children’s
Enid Blyton’s classic book series Malory Towers is being adapted into a 13-part drama for CBBC, following the adventures of 12 year-old Darrell Rivers as she leaves home for the first time to attend an all-girls’ boarding school.
The 13 x 30’ live-action series is set in the 1940s on the sun-drenched cliffs of the Cornish coast and explores this nostalgic world of midnight feasts, lacrosse, pranks and lasting friendships. Both aspirational and inspirational, the show has also been given a contemporary twist, telling the story of universal experiences such as shifting cliques, FOMO, bullying, crushes, peer pressure, and self-doubt. The girls keep an eye on each other and, like a family, are forever connected by their shared experiences.
The series has been commissioned by Cheryl Taylor, Head of Content BBC Children’s, in association with DHX Media’s Family Channel in Canada. It is being made by King Bert Productions and DHX Media, and is adapted for television by Rachel Flowerday and Sasha Hails. Executive Producers for DHX Media are Josh Scherba, Anne Loi and Michael Goldsmith, with Jo Sargent serving as Executive Producer for King Bert Productions. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Amy Buscombe.
Cheryl Taylor, Head of Content for BBC Children’s, says: “Malory Towers remains hugely popular with fans of all ages and we’re delighted to welcome mischievous Darrell Rivers and her pals to CBBC. We also feel privileged and proud to have such strong returners in the shape of Molly And Mack, The Dumping Ground and The Dengineers, as the quality of these series is exceptional. Several notable new formats including Let’s Go for A Walk, Number One Newton Avenue and Andy And The Band will ensure CBBC and CBeebies remain on sparkling form.”
Also new for CBBC is Andy And The Band. A 15 x 15’ series, it features a band like no other. The Odd Socks can sing, they can play instruments, and they can completely ‘rock out’ until all their hair stands on end. But the Odd Socks are also, well, odd. And that’s exactly how CBeebies favourite Andy Day alongside Moxy, Rio, Blu and Cousin Mac like it because being an Odd Sock means digging your differences, bigging-up your bizarre bits, taking on the world AND helping everyone else in the world be whatever kind of Odd Sock they want to be too.
The series is made by Three Arrows Media in association with Ninja Pig Productions. Executive Producers for Three Arrows/ Ninja Pig are Jon Hancock, Dave Hallam, Tamsin Skan and Jon Turner. Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Michael Towner.
Other commissions announced for CBBC include The Dengineers, from BBC Children’s In-house Productions, which returns with new spin-off episodes The GarDengineers, in which green-fingered experts help children create special places in their gardens. Also returning is The Dumping Ground, which has been commissioned for another two series.
Brand new for younger viewers on CBeebies is Number One Newton Avenue, a 10 x 7’ maths series about how children encounter maths in their daily lives. In each episode, six year-old Isaac has to solve a maths problem. From simple equations to counting, sequencing, ordering, or geometry, each concept is embedded into an entertaining, stand-alone story. Isaac is helped by a multitude of inanimate objects that come to life, and guide him through every problem he encounters.
Number One Newton Avenue is a scripted, live-action series with animated visual effects. The series has been developed by BBC Children’s In-House Productions and Genre Lead for Children’s In-House Productions is Vanessa Amberleigh.
Other returning series commissioned from BBC Children’s In-house Productions include Justin’s House and two series of the hit pre-school drama, Molly And Mack.
Andy is also presenting an epic new 30-part series, Andy’s Aquatic Adventures for CBeebies. When disaster prevails at Safari World, Andy takes to either his Safari-mobile or his all new Sub-aqua mobile to explore an awe-inspiring aquatic world to find the answer to his predicament. Jen, Safari World’s tech wizard (Puja Panchkoty), monitors Andy’s adventures from the Control Tower. As well as dolphins, sharks and fascinating fish from all corners of the globe, Andy meets the largest marine animal on the planet – the magnificent Blue Whale. But will he and Jen succeed in their mission before their boss, Mr Hammond, (Adam Astill) notices anything is wrong?
Andy’s Aquatic Adventures is produced by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit in Bristol. The Executive Producer for the NHU is Alex Griffiths, Executive Producer for BBC Studios is Henrietta Hurford-Jones, the Associate Producer for BBC Studios is Liz Randall and the Commissioning Editor for CBeebies is Michael Towner.
Let’s Go for A Walk is a brand new live-action show in which presenter Hamza Yassin and his mini-ramblers, explore and discover that there is magic and adventure everywhere… if you only look closely enough. Let’s Go For A Walk, 30 x 15’, is an accessible way for every child to enjoy being outdoors and appreciate the nature on their doorstep, showing how even the everyday walk to nursery or the shops can be extraordinary and an expedition worthy of the greatest explorers. Made by Hello Halo, it is executive produced by Terri Langan and Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Julia Bond.
Hushabye Lullabye is a super soft, quirky 10 x 3’ animation series full of music, lullabies and cuddles. Hushabye Lullabye invites the audience to experience a sense of calm before quiet time and sleep, with loveable alien, Dilly Dally, and the Hushabye Rocket, as they embark on a relaxing musical journey of exploration and discovery to Planet Dream. Made by Maramedia, the Executive Producer is Simon Parsons and Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Julia Bond.
Maddie’s Do You Know? returns with for a fourth series to CBeebies along with exciting new spin-off Maddie, the Zoo & You in which Maddie Moate helps young audiences explore how to stay healthy, look after their bodies and understand how they work, through the wonderful world of animals. But this is no ordinary look at wildlife. Every animal Maddie meets has something special that helps the audience to learn about looking after the human body from a completely different angle. For both series the Executive Producer for 7Wonder is Sarah Trigg and Julia Bond is Commissioning Editor for the BBC.