The Ten Network has secured the Australian rights to the new spin-off to the successful CSI franchise, CSI: Cyber. The series is produced by CBS Studios and was launched in the US earlier this year. The pilot episode was also showcased at the Monte Carlo Television Festival in June. CBS also sold the series to Channel 5 in the UK, Germany's RTL and Prime TV in New Zealand. The series is expected to be a central part of Ten's 2015 schedule.
A Place To Call Home
The pay TV platform Foxtel has secured the rights to the Seven Network drama A Place To Call Home, cancelled earlier this year because of falling ratings. The deal, under which the pay TV broadcaster picks up the rights for a third season, is unprecedented in Australia. It is similar to moves made by US streaming platforms such as Netflix, which picked up Arrested Development, and Amazon Prime, which picked up Ripper Street. Foxtel is expected to confirm the deal at its Upfront event.
Jamie Oliver deal
The Ten Network has signed a multi-year deal for exclusive first run rights in Australia to all new and upcoming Jamie Oliver content, as well as extend its agreement for titles from the Jamie Oliver back catalogue. The deal, with Fremantle Media, covers Oliver's current series, Jamie's Comfort Foods. "All of [Jamie's] franchises are extremely popular with Australian audiences," Ten programmer Beverly McGarvey said. "We are thrilled they will continue to play an integral role in Ten's schedule."
Kiwi Sam Neill is Josephus
New Zealand actor Sam Neill has been cast in the new US miniseries The Dovekeepers about the Jewish scholar Josephus, chronicling the events of the Siege of Masada. The project, which is filming in Malta, is for the US CBS neytwork. It is being executive produced by Survivor producer Mark Burnett and producer Roma Downey. Neill's "breadth of experience will bring ... depth and vision to the role of Josephus," Downey said.
Thunderbirds to return
The rebooted version of the iconic TV series The Thunderbirds, Thunderbirds Are Go, was one one of the series unveiled at the Mipcom television market in Cannes, France, this week. The series, which is owned in Australia by Channel Nine, will run for 26 half-hour episodes and features special effects from Weta Workshop, the New Zealand production house behind Avatar, King Kong and The Lord of the Rings. The series will debut in 2015, 50 years after the debut of the original series.
Jane pulling huge market
Good news for Foxtel with a solid launch for its new US series, Jane the Virgin. The series launched to 1.63 million viewers, delivering the CW Network its biggest audience in the show's timeslot since February 2012. Critically it also delivered big slices of the adults 18-49 and women 18-49 demographics. Meanwhile, the Seven Network's new comedy, Marry Me, also launched to strong numbers, drawing 7.8 million. Australian airdates have not been announced for either series.