Space checks out The Librarians

Space has picked up Canadian rights to new US drama The Librarians.

The Librarians

The Librarians

The ten-part adventure series, commissioned by TNT, centres on an ancient organisation tasked with protecting an unwitting world from a hidden, magical reality that exists around them. Working from their headquarters hidden below the public library, the group solves challenging mysteries, fights the supernatural, and recovers powerful ancient artifacts, including Excalibur, the Ark of the Covenant, and The Judas Chalice.

It stars Rebecca Romijn and Noah Wyle.

Based on The Librarian film series, the drama begins on TNT and Space on December 7.

First look: Penny Dreadful season two

Here’s the first look at the second season of horror fantasy Penny Dreadful.

Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful

The Sky Atlantic series is currently in production in Dublin and is due to debut in 2015.

The show stars Eva Green and Josh Hartnett, pictured, with Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadaway, Danny Sapani, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear , Billie Piper, Helen McCrory, and Simon Russell Beale.

Penny Dreadful is created, written and executive produced by John Logan, and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris from Neal Street Productions.

BBC Two dresses up for The Woman in Red

Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer will lead the cast in a new one-off factual drama for BBC Two.

BBC Two

BBC Two

The Woman in Red (1×90′) follows the life of Lady Seymour Worsley, who dared to leave her husband and elope with his best friend.

Shaun Evans and Aneurin Barnard also star.

Written by David Eldridge and based on Hallie Rubenhold’s book Lady Worsley’s Whim, it is produced by Wall to Wall Media.

The executive producers are Eleanor Greene, and Leanne Klein, with producer Madonna Baptiste.

The Woman in Red will air in 2015.

 

HBO lands in Westworld

HBO has confirmed plans for a series inspired by the 1973 film Westworld.

HBO

HBO

Westworld is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.

The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman.

The one-hour drama is produced by Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films in association with Warner Bros Television.

Writers Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan will executive produce with JJ Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk, and co-executive producer Kathy Lingg.

The producer is Athena Wickham and the coproducer is Susie Ekins.

The Westworld film was written and directed by Michael Crichton.

FX jumps on Taboo

FX has come onboard BBC One’s forthcoming period drama about a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father

FX

FX

Taboo, created by Steven Knight, is produced by Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker.

Actor Tom Hardy, who also stars in the 1813-set series, executive produces with Knight, Ridley Scott, Kate Crowe, Dean Baker, and Gene Stein.

Production will begin in the second half of 2015, with the series due to air in mid-2016.

Sonar Entertainment is distributing the series worldwide.

Netflix resurrects Longmire

Netflix has given a fourth season order to crime drama Longmire.

Longmire

Longmire

The series was cancelled by A&E earlier this year, but the online VoD service has commissioned a run of ten new episodes.

Based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by Craig Johnson, it stars Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman, Adam Bartley, and Bailey Chase.

Longmire is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television. Hunt Baldwin, John Coveny, Greer Shephard, and Michael M Robin executive produce.

The new season will premiere in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

BBC showcases new dramas

The BBC has unveiled a huge new slate of dramas. Here are the details:

BBC One

BBC One

BBC One

  • Luther (2×60′)
Luther

Luther

The crime series returns for a two-part special, with Idris Elba reprising his role as the eponymous murder detective. It is created and written by Neil Cross, and executive produced by ElizabethKilgarrif for BBC Drama Production England. Filming will take place in London in March ahead of its premiere next year. It will also air on BBC America, which coproduces the series.

  • One of Us (4×60′)

Against the backdrop of a horrific double murder that rocks the lives of two families living side by side in rural Scotland, this series explores the fallout for the grieving relatives and the consequences that threaten to shatter their lives. Written by Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing), it is produced by BBC Drama Production, BBC Scotland, and Two Brothers Pictures. The executive producers are Christopher Aird and Harry and Jack Williams.

  • SS-GB (5×60′)

Based on the novel by Len Deighton, SS-GB is a thriller set in 1940s London, which is under Nazi occupation after Germany wins the Battle of Britain. A Scotland Yard detective faces working under the SS faces the dilemma of whether to collaborate or join the resistance. It is written by Robert Wade and Neal Purvis, and produced by Sid Gentle Films. The executive producers are Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, and Lucy Richer.

  • Cuffs (8×60′)

Created and written by Julie Gearey (Prisoners’ Wives) and produced by Tiger Aspect Productions, cop show Cuffs will be the first new drama series commissioned for BBC One’s 8pm slot in more than eight years. The series portrays the everyday life of being a police officer in the UK, focusing on the relationships between the officers and detectives and the impact their job has on their personal lives. Set in Brighton, it is executive produced by Gearey, Will Gould and Polly Hill.

  • The Secret Agent (3×60′)

Adapted from the Joseph Conrad novel set in 1886 London, a shopkeeper who works as a secret agent for the Russian government is coerced into planting a bomb that will provoke the British authorities to crack down on extremists. Caught between the Russians and the British police, he reluctantly draws his own family into a tragic terror plot. Written by Tony Marchant, it is produced by World Productions. The executive producers are Simon Heath and Polly Hill.

  • Undercover (working title, 6×60′)

A political thriller about the first black Director of Public Prosecutions who discovers her husband and the father of her children has been lying to her for years. Written by Peter Moffat, it is executive produced by Hilary Salmon for BBC Drama Production England.

  • The A Word (6×60′)
The A Word (Israel)

The A Word (Israel)

The story of a family who find they must learn how to communicate with each other after the youngest son is diagnosed with autism. Written by Peter Bowker, it is based on the Israeli format from Keshet International and July-August Productions, which was created and written by Keren Margalit. The series is produced by Fifthy Fathoms, Tiger Aspect Productions, and Keshet UK. The executive producers are Bowker, Margalit, Patrick Spence, Sara Johnson, Avi Nir, and Lucy Richer. Filming is due to begin in 2015 for a 2016 debut.

BBC TWO

BBC Two

BBC Two

  • The Dresser (1×120′)

Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen will star in this adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s play, inspired by his own experiences as a dresser to actor-manager DonaldWolfit. It is produced by Playground Entertainment and Sonia Friedman Productions, and executive produced by Colin Callender, Sonia Friedman, and Ben Stephenson. The director is Richard Eyre.

  • Top of the Lake (6×60′)

Jane Campion’s drama returns for a second season, written by Campion and Gerard Lee. Whereas the first season was set in New Zealand, this new run will be set in Sydney, Australia.

Top of the Lake

Top of the Lake