Upcoming series could go worldwide
Wednesday 26 May 2010
The fall season's US television shows, unveiled to press and advertisers over the last month, are now being screened by studios in Los Angeles this week for consideration by 1,250 international buyers.
Among the new television pilots from Warner Bros., which supplies about one-third of the programming, the fast-action, slick dramas with strong female leads, are favorites for the world market, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
So far, high marks have been given to two shows - ‘Undercovers,' from J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe, Star Trek), with Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Doctor Who) and Boris Kodjoe (Surrogates) as a married couple and ex-spies who opened a restaurant business but are reactivated for duty by the CIA.
Another show receiving a positive response is ‘Nikita,' following the Femme Nikita story. It stars Hong Kong actress Maggie Q (Live Free or Die Hard, Mission Impossible III) seeks revenge on the mysterious organization that trained her to be an assassin.
These two shows could "travel well and gain a big following abroad," said the Finnish representative. Buyers from Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia includ the UK's Sky and Channel 5, Italy's RAI, France's TF1, Australia's Nine, and Germany's ProSieben.
The trailers follow:
Nikita: An excerpted scene from the series shows Nikita's dangerous situations and prowess.
Undercovers: The former spies seem content in their new life until they're called back to active duty and engage in espionage overseas.
Other trailers for upcoming shows on US broadcast television networks:
ABC Matthew Perry in Mr. Sunshine
NBC Outlaw with Jimmy Smits and Harry's Law with Kathy Bates
CBS ?#*! My Dad Says with William Shatner and Tom Selleck in Blue Bloods
FOX Jon Voight in Lonestar and animated series Bob's Burgers
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