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Adam Brody is headed to DirecTV.
EW has confirmed that Brody is set to star alongside Lisa Joyce in the upcoming series Billy & Billie for DirecTV. The network has given the show, which is written, directed and produced by Neil LaBute, a 10-episode order for its Audience Network.
Billy & Billie follows two young adults as they fall in love. The catch: They’re stepsiblings. According to a press release, the two of them “struggle to fight what others perceive as taboo, but something that feels completely right to them.”
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
DirecTV’s newest original show Kingdom has only aired two episodes of its 10-episode first season, and it’s already made its mark on the network.
DirecTV has ordered 20 more episodes of the MMA-centric series from creator Byron Balasco. Although DirecTV hasn’t released ratings, it said in a release that Kingdom “has proven to be one of Audience Network’s most popular shows of all time.”
Production on the new episodes will begin in spring 2015, with the first round of 10 episodes airing that fall. The following 10 episodes will then air in 2016.
If Warrior were made into a TV show, swapping Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton for Matt Lauria and Nick Jonas, you’d have Kingdom, a new series from DirecTV.
In the first trailer for Kingdom, we’re introduced to a family drama set in the world of mixed martial arts. At the center of it all is Warrior star Frank Grillo, who once again plays a trainer and the owner of a gym. Jonas stars as Grillo’s prize-fighting son, while Jonathan Tucker plays Jonas’ older, slightly darker brother. Friday Night Light‘s Matt Lauria also comes into play as a fighter recently released on parole and trying to come back into their world.
DirecTV customers will have The Weather Channel back on their lineup starting Wednesday.
The move comes nearly three months after the TV distributor dropped the channel after the two parties failed to reach a carrier agreement. The financial terms of their new contract were not disclosed, but in a release, The Weather Channel said they had “agreed to reduce reality programming by half” on weekdays. READ FULL STORY
DirecTV is doubling down on scripted television: The satellite service provider announced today that it has ordered 10 episodes of Full Circle from filmmaker and playwright Neil LaBute, making his TV debut. The series “examines the human condition and relationships through a series of conversations between 11 people whose lives, unbeknownst to them, are intertwined,” according to a press release. It continues: “Full Circle is a modern day La Ronde meets My Dinner with Andre as it explores the nature of human contact and true togetherness in our current technology-driven world.”
LaBute will serve as writer and co-exec producer on the series. Nick Hamm, the producer/director behind DirecTV’s Rogue, will exec-produce/direct Full Circle.
“In dissecting how closely connected we all are, Full Circle will take viewers on a journey that will traverse the full range of human emotion. I know the series will flourish under the stewardship of Neil and Nick Hamm,” said DirecTV Senior VP Chris Long.
DirecTV has become the latest entertainment outlet to offer original scripted programming, announcing today that it has ordered 10 episodes of its first-ever original series Rogue, starring Thandie Newton (Crash).
According to a press release, the suspense-drama “revolves around a morally and emotionally conflicted cop, Grace (Newton), who is tormented by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her son’s death. Grace’s search for the truth is further complicated by her forbidden relationship with the crime boss who may have played a hand in the crime.” The series, created by Matthew Parkhill and exec produced by Nick Hamm, Steven Marrs, John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg, will debut in summer 2013.
DirecTV’s first foray into original programming is just one in a recent trend of non-traditional media companies commissioning original content. Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu are diving into first-run scripted content, as are E! and Yahoo!.
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