LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Fans of British television can rest easy. Following numerous reports that Netflix and the BBC were parting ways, the streaming service has clarified that many of its most popular Brit series are staying put.
In response to headlines that beloved series "Doctor Who," "Luther," the original "The Office" and more were going to be dropped from the service at the end of the month, a Netflix spokeswoman tells Variety that such reports were false.
Among the shows that will still be available on Netflix are classic and current "Doctor Who" series, "Luther," "Top Gear" seasons 17 through 20, "Torchwood," "Wallander," "Keeping Up Appearances," and the original "Office" and "House of Cards" series.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "The Walking Dead" creator Frank Darabont has departed "The Huntsman," Universal's spinoff to 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman."
Darabont left the project over creative differences for the fantasy action movie, which will focus on the Huntsman character Chris Hemsworth played in the original.
Universal is keeping the April 22, 2016, release date.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Amazon Studios will premiere all 10 episodes of "Bosch," its first hour-long drama on Friday, Feb. 13.
The series, based on Michael Connelly's bestselling "Harry Bosch" books, stars Titus Welliver ("Sons of Anarchy," "Argo") as the titular LAPD homicide detective. As with its other originals, "Bosch" will be available exclusively to Amazon Prime subscribers on Prime Instant Video in the U.S., the U.K. and Germany.
"We had a very strong response to the pilot from our customers and, after years of anticipation from the fan community, we are delighted to launch the complete first television season of Michael Connelly's classic works of LA noir," Amazon Studios VP Roy Price said in a statement.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - As "Parks and Recreation" begins its farewell season on NBC, it's not just the fans who have to come to terms with the show's end. It's also the cast.
Leave it to Jerry to sum it up best: "I think most of us have always been very very appreciative of this job, but even more so than ever now," says Jim O'Heir.
With the show coming to a close, Variety asked the stars of "Parks and Recreation's" final season what they'll miss most about their characters.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Get ready for some damn fine coffee, because FBI Agent Dale Cooper is back.
Kyle MacLachlan is reprising his role on Showtime's "Twin Peaks" revival, the cabler's prez, David Nevins, confirmed Monday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena with the help of MacLachlan, who surprised the room by joining Nevins up on stage -- and presenting him with a "damn good cup of coffee."
"I'm very excited to return to the strange and wonderful world of 'Twin Peaks,'" MacLachlan said. "May the forest be with you."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Amazon Studios has signed Woody Allen to write and direct his first television series.
The "Untitled Woody Allen Project," a half-hour series, has received a full season order from Amazon, with episodes to be written and directed by Allen. The series will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the U.S., the UK and Germany.
"Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all time, and it's an honor to be working with him on his first television series," said Roy Price, vice president of Amazon Studios. "From 'Annie Hall' to 'Blue Jasmine,' Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn't be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - What better way to celebrate your first Golden Globe win than with a brand new trailer?
Moments after Kevin Spacey won for best actor in a TV drama at the 72nd annual awards show Sunday night, the full official trailer for "House of Cards'" third season was released, during the commercial break.
Spacey has been nominated at the Golden Globes eight times, and his 2015 nomination marked the second nod for his work as Frank Underwood on "House of Cards." The Netflix drama was also nominated for best TV drama and best actress in a TV drama, recognizing reigning winner Robin Wright, who was beat out by "The Affair's" Ruth Wilson.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The Golden Globes winners won't influence Oscar nominations, since the ballots are already in. Still, Sunday's ceremonies offered some interesting insights into Oscar possibilities and into the state of this year's awards race.
1. The big obvious winners Sunday evening were "Leviathan," "Grand Budapest Hotel," Michael Keaton, Richard Linklater and Eddie Redmayne. The reaction of the 1,200 people in the Golden Globes audience is a bigger Oscar clue than the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. results. The HFPA has 80-plus voters and none is a member of the Academy, so their choices don't necessarily reflect AMPAS. However, virtually everyone at the BevHilton Sunday was an industry member and their reactions showed widespread enthusiasm for those films and individuals.
2 The other big winners included "The Wedding Ringer," "Kingsman: The Secret Service" and "Tomorrowland." Because the Globes are telecast around the world, the ceremony is a great opportunity to plug current or upcoming films, via the nominations -- and presenters. There were nice mentions for those films via presenters Kevin Hart and Colin Firth and footage from "Tomorrowland" in the George Clooney montage.