Looks like a trio of three-hour movies wasn’t enough. Amazon Studios has officially landed to the rights to a series adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. The news comes in the wake of previously-reported negotiations between Amazon, Warner Bros. Television, and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien. Amazon will produce the series in-house, with participation from Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema, the Tolkien estate, and publisher HarperCollins. The series, set in Tolkien’s Middle Earth, will include new storylines that take place before The Fellowship of The Ring, the first installment in the book series. The deal also includes the potential for a new spinoff series. None of this came cheap: Amazon reportedly spent somewhere between $200 million and $250 million for the rights to the book series – and production will reportedly cost around $150 million per season.
E! has opted not to renew The Royals. However, according to Deadline, the network’s only remaining scripted series is being shopped by its leading producing studio, Lionsgate TV, and talks are underway with Pop for a possible fifth season pickup.
HGTV picked up a second season of Boise Boys. The series delivered solid ratings in its freshman run, helping the network consistently rank as the #1 cable network among upscale women 25-54 in its Thursday 11p timeslot.
Big changes ahead for the Davis Cup. The ITF AGM today voted in favor of reforms to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas designed to “secure the long-term status of the competition.” Starting next year, the competition will see 18 nations and the world’s best players compete in a week long season finale to crown […]
The quest for the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy is literally getting animated, courtesy of a partnership between ESPN and Marvel that sees the launch of four comic book covers that feature school mascots facing off over Labor Day weekend. This will mark the fifth consecutive year that the two companies have teamed up […]
USA Network is not picking up Shooter for a fourth season. Currently in season three, the drama is averaging 471,000 viewers A18-49 and 1.5 million total viewers in Live+3 Nielsens. The show, based on the novel Point of Impact, has had its challenges, including a delayed debut prompted by real-life shootings, and a shortened second […]