Life on Mars Russian remake will move ’70s action from Manchester to Moscow

Life on Mars is coming to Russian TVby: Ben Dowell and Shiv Malik, soruce: The Guardian.uk

The catchphrase “Fire up the Lada,” could soon by sweeping Russia. The BBC has licensed the hit TV series Life on Mars, which turned actor Philip Glenister’s politically incorrect DCI Gene Hunt into one of the nation’s best loved TV characters, to be remade in the former Soviet Union and the action will be relocated from 1970s Manchester to communist Moscow.

The BBC’s announcement comes as figures from the UK Television Exports survey show that the world’s appetite for British television is booming.

The success of formats such as Strictly Come Dancing, and The X Factor as well as dramas like Downton Abbey and Sherlock have led to a 13% rise in export revenues to more than £1.4bn in the last year. Continue reading

Netflix, Showtime looking at new ‘Arrested Development’ limited series

They are back!!!by Lynette Rice, Source: EW.com

Arrested Development may get another lease on life on the small screen: EW has confirmed that the producers of Arrested Development – the critically-acclaimed but short-lived comedy from Mitchell Hurwitz — are in talks with Showtime and Netflix about airing a limited number of original episodes that will update fans on the Bluth clan.

Hurwitz told attendees at the New Yorker Festival Sunday in New York that he wanted to shoot nine to 10 episodes that would air next fall and catch audiences up on the characters’ lives since the series ended in 2006 on Fox. The episodes would be produced by 20th Century Fox TV, which was responsible for the original single camera series that starred Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, and Portia DeRossi. Continue reading