Four episodes have been clipped from the series The Player. Melissa Benoist has the title role in Supergirl.
Up, up and away The highly anticipated television series Supergirl has made its debut in the US and, as you might expect from a girl who knows how to fly, she is off to a soaring start. The first episode drew an audience of 12.9 million viewers, making it the highest-rating new series launch for this television season. The series is owned in by Foxtel, which acquired it as part of an expanding suite of DC Comics tie-in programs, including another series, DC Legends, which will launch in early 2016.
Ab Fab filming begins A film version of the iconic British comedy Absolutely Fabulous has begun filming. The film will reunite the hit TV series’ two stars: frantic London public relations executive Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and her loyal, leeching best friend, magazine maven Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley). The project is a collaboration between Fox Searchlight Pictures and BBC Films. The film will also mark the return of the show’s full ensemble, including Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks and June Whitfield.
Oscars news The comedian Chris Rock will host next year’s Oscars, the show’s n producer has confirmed. Rock, who previously hosted the Academy Awards in 2005, will return as host, producer David Hill says. “He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host.” Hill, a television executive whose long career includes stints at Channel Nine in , the US sports network Fox Sports and the US broadcast network Fox, has launched his own production company. The 88th annual Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles in February 2016.
No wonder The Ten Network has confirmed the drama series Wonderland will not return. The series, which was produced by Fremantle Media , aired on Ten for two seasons. It was set in a Sydney apartment building and focused on the private and professional lives of four couples. The series starred Michael Dorman, Jessica Tovey, Ben Mingay, Tim Ross and Brooke Satchwell.
Play on The US drama series The Player has been clipped from an initial 13-episode order to just nine episodes. That move is a red flag from its US network NBC that the series is underperforming. Short of a miracle, it is an early warning that the series will likely be cancelled. It’s mixed news for Seven, which is already airing the series; US series that are cancelled on or before the 13-episode mark and not yet aired in a foreign market are usually studio contract deductibles. The series, created by John Rogers and John Fox, stars Wesley Snipes, Philip Winchester and Charity Wakefield.
Going for a song The Ten Network has acquired the n rights to the new animated children’s series Kuu Kuu Harajuku. The series is produced by Gwen Stefani, who also sings the series’ theme song. The series tells the story of a singer, G, who forms a group with her friends Love, Angel, Music and Baby. The characters were created by Stefani while she was working on her album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Ten will launch the series in November on the digital channel Eleven.