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Channel Zero, Trial and Error cancelled; Rush acquired; + more

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Israeli TV

UK TV

  • Robert James-Collier and Charlie Hardwick join Channel 4’s Ackley Bridge
  • Robert Bathurst, Kevin McNally, Bernard Cribbins et al to star in Gold’s Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes

US TV

US TV show casting

  • MAJOR. to recur on Fox’s Star

New US TV shows

Jane Fonda in Netflix's Grace and Frankie
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Grace and Frankie, Stath Lets Flats renewed; Sky to include NBC streaming service; + more

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Film

  • Billy Magnussen and Corey Stoll join Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark

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Michelle Yeoh in Star Trek Discovery
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Michelle Yeoh Star Trek spin-off; Matthew Rhys is young Perry Mason; + more

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Film

  • Vera Farmiga and Jon Bernthal join Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark

Internet TV

International TV

  • tvN (Korea) green lights: adaptation of Netflix’s Designated Survivor, crime thriller Confessions, romance drama Her Private Life, fantasy drama WWW and historical fantasy drama Asdal Chronicles

Scandinavian TV

  • YLE (Finland) green lights: series of 1970s Chilean asylum drama Invisible Heroes, with Pelle Heikkilä, Ilkka Villi, Sophia Heikkilä et al

UK TV

US TV

  • NBC to launch streaming service in 2020

US TV show casting

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Safe Harbour
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Stella Blómkvist, Safe Harbour acquired; IMDB Freedive launches in the US; + more

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Internet TV

  • Trailer for YouTube’s Wayne and Del
  • IMDb launches free, US-only TV and movie streaming service IMDb Freedive

Scandinavian TV

  • Trailer for Elisa Viihde (Finland)’s Kaikki synnit (All the Sins)

UK TV

  • Sky1 green lights: series of sci-fi cop comedy Code 404, with Daniel Mays and Stephen Graham

US TV

  • Trailer for season 4 of Showtime’s Billions

US TV show casting

New US TV shows

  • NBC green lights: pilots of telepathic singing dramedy Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and amnesiac child conspiracy thriller Emergence

New US TV show casting

Airdates

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Four acquisitions this week, but only one with a premiere date. Let me elucidate:

Acquisitions

  • Universal has picked up Global (Canada)’s six-part event mini-series about a vanished aeroplane, Departure, which stars Archie Panjabi, Christopher Plummer and a host of others. However, there’s no premiere date as of yet, probably because it only started production in November and hasn’t aired in Canada.
  • Alibi has acquired Nine (Australia)’s “so dumb it hurts” serial killer drama Bite Club, featuring Lost’s Dominic Monaghan. That’s likely to air in February, but there’s no exact date yet.
  • Walter’s bought DR (Denmark)’s adaptation of Jakob Ejersbo’s book of the same name, Liberty, featuring Connie Nielsen, Carsten Bjørnlund and Sofie Gråbøl. No premiere date either, as ‘this year’ is the best information Walter is offering at the moment.

Premiere dates

NEW AMSTERDAM — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: Ryan Eggold as Dr. Max Goodwin — (Photo by: Francisco Roman/NBC)
New Amsterdam (US: NBC; UK: Amazon)
Premiere date: Friday, February 8

The Black List: Redemption‘s Ryan Eggold playing a newly arrived medical director at New York’s largest, oldest and most famous public hospital, New Amsterdam. He reckons there’s a lot wrong with it, so plans to turn it upside down, ignore all the rules and fire everybody who’s part of ‘the system’, so that doctors can get back to being doctors rather than accountants/golf players. Why, he’s so optimistic and revolutionary, he might even inspire that Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who, Sense8, The Carrie Diaries) to stop touring all the TV talk shows to raise funding and come back to working as a doctor again.

Based on a real-life doctor at the real New York hospital of Bellevue, there is at least a germ of something different in New Amsterdam and it was moderately interesting to see Eggold doing some robust change management, listening to those on the front-line to see what could be changed and then putting it into practice. The show doesn’t make him an all-knowing genius, but one who makes mistakes and is prepared to listen to find out how to fix them. It’s also not entirely populated with pretty people, with nice old doctor Anupam Kher turning out to have almost House-ian diagnostic skills, if a much better bedside manner, thanks to the mystic skill of “taking your time”.

However, the rest of the time, it’s plain old medical procedural melodrama and soap, with Eggold turning out to have cancer, his wife nearly miscarrying their baby, doctors trying to have relationships and dumping their girlfriends for not being black enough and so on. That’s before we get onto the likelihood of random people being injected with Ebola by terrorists in order to destroy New York.

This is clearly not a production team confident in its ability to woo viewers with rigorous MBA framework analyses.

By the end of the first episode, I’d been pleasantly surprised by the show but not interested in it enough to want to watch much more of it. But at the very least, it wasn’t a waste of my time.

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