Haut et Court, Tandem, July-August float Rubber Ducks drama

Production companies in France and Israel have teamed up for a new psychological drama series called Rubber Ducks.

Haut et Court TV, whose credits include zombie drama Les Revenants, has partnered with July-August Productions on the 10×60′ project, which is a fictionalised story based on an actual NASA experiment.

In 2008, NASA embarked on a low-tech experiment, dropping 90 rubber duck toys through holes in a Greenland glacier, trying to track how the Arctic icecap is melting. Hoping the rubber ducks would find their way into channels beneath the surface, scientists planned to track the flow of melting water into the ocean.

The ducks are seemingly lost without trace, but ten years later, they pop up in unlikely isolated communities where the inhabitants are directly affected in unexpected ways.

Rubber Ducks, co-developed with German distributor Tandem Communications, is written byYaelHedaya (BeTipul).

Producers are Haut et Court’s Caroline Benjo, Jimmy Desmarais, Carole Scotta and Simon Arnal and July-August Productions’ Eilon Ratzkovsky, Lisa and Yossi Uzrad and Guy Jacuel.

Falco takes European trip

French crime drama Falco will air in 15 new countries after it was sold to AXN Central Europe.

Falco

Falco

Red Arrow International completed the deal for pay TV rights to season one and two of the series, which airs on TF1, to travel to the AXN channel, which broadcasts in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, among other countries.

Falco, produced by Beaubourg Audiovisuel, is based on German format Der letzte Bulle (aka The Last Cop), Sat.1’s most successful crime series. It has also been acquired by Mediaset in Italy.

In Falco, a detective is shot in the head during a police operation in 1991 and wakes up in 2013. After settling into his new life and routine, he dedicates himself to seeking justice for the victims of crime.

DirecTV builds new Kingdom

Mixed martial arts drama Kingdom has been renewed for two more seasons.

Kingdom

Kingdom

Production will begin in spring 2015, with ten episodes due to air on the Audience Network that autumn. A second batch of ten episodes will then air in 2016.

Set in Venice, California, Kingdom is a family drama that is set against the backdrop of the world of mixed martial arts.

The cast includes Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, Nick Jonas, and Joanna Going.

Series creator Byron Balasco is executive producer and showrunner.  Kingdom is produced by Endemol Studios.

The series is distributed internationally by Endemol Worldwide Distribution.

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

Syfy conquers more Z Nation

Syfy drama Z Nation has been renewed for a second season.

Z Nation

Z Nation

Producers The Asylum broke the news on Twitter:

Set three years after a zombie virus has gutted the country, Z Nation follows a team that must transport the only known survivor from New York to California, where the last working viral lab waits for his blood.

The series, created by Karl Schaefer, debuted on Syfy in September and is currently midway through its 13-episode run.

The Flash speeds up for full season

Freshman drama The Flash has been given a full season order at The CW.

The Flash

The Flash

The series debuted in the US on October 7 to 4.83 million viewers (6.1 million Live + 3 Day), making it the network’s highest rated series premiere since The Vampire Diaries in 2009.

The Flash is produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, David Nutter, and Sarah Schechter. It is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.