Lifetime Find The Omen For New TV Series

Cable TV network Lifetime have a reputation for leaning a little more towards female-interest programming, but their latest move might be a little outside the stereotypes, as they order a direct-to-series new show described as a ‘drama thriller’.

the_omen_1976The format, known as Damien, is based upon 20th Century Fox’s classic horror movie The Omen, and just to drill the out-of-the-ordinary point home, the project is being managed by Glen Mazzara, formerly a showrunner for AMC zombie drama series The Walking Dead.

Mazzara is credited as being the writer and executive producer for the new series, where he will be working with Pancho Mansfield and Rose Fineman. The order is currently for a 6-episode first-season with no pilot, part of a deal that the producer has with Fox Television Studios.

It is understood that the format of the show will work as a sequel of sorts to the 1976 film, as ‘mysterious child’ Damien Thorn lives his adult life and faces his destiny of being the antichrist.

Lifetime’s ‘executive vice-president & general manager’ Rob Sharenow stated: “We are thrilled to be bringing a contemporary version of The Omen’s Damien Thorn back to the screen. Glen Mazzara has re-imagined him as a dark, romantic, anti-hero and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original.”

Set to premiere on the network in early 2015, will Lifetime’s commission of Damien put them on the TV map where the horror genre is concerned? A 70′s-style warm-up for what might be expected can be seen below:

True Blood Closes To 4 Million Viewers

While HBO‘s most popular and famous show remains in that status presumably for quite a long time, one of the shows regularly competing to be the network’s second-best production has now shown its last episode.

true_blood_final_season_last_biteVampire drama True Blood aired on Sunday (24 August) to an audience of 4 million viewers for the closure of both season 7 and the show as a whole, though the figure is noted as being on ‘preliminary ratings’ at present.

The numbers are also not yet a ‘true reflection’ of the show’s performance as a whole based on their own ratings, which wait a week to tally up all encore, DVR/on-demand, and HBO Go views before arriving at a total, which for this season has been 9.4m per episode. The final installment is more than likely to beat that based on first-instance TV ratings, to which only the pilot episode can match breaking the 4m barrier.

The night of the finale is noted as having competition from this year’s MTV Video Music Awards show and NFL preseason games in american football.

While it is not near their season 3 peak of 13 million weekly viewers across all platforms, the show has consistently remained near the top of the list when ‘current HBO shows’ spring to mind… until now.

HBO programming director Michael Lombardo, had previously stated his wish for the show’s legacy to be rewarded with a ‘creative high’ in a strong final episode, recently saying of previous years: “It just felt like we had reached a place where the storytelling was hitting a wall.”

Whilst many reacting to the show’s ending do not believe that it did do itself justice, the show is now completely over and the product as a whole will be what the history books judge first… but what will that overall verdict be?

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Amazon Take Over Twitch With $970m Purchase

It has been revealed this week that Amazon have managed to come under the noses of rivals Google with the news that they have taken over streaming platform Twitch, at a cost of just $970m.

twitch_silverThe online retail specialists have moved in on a deal that was long-since rumoured to be Google’s, after the latter had prepared a $1b takeover which has fallen flat in favour of the fast-emerging competing bid.

In spite of the slightly reduced amount received, Twitch are thought to have made the decision based on how each owner could help them grow and fit their vision, with Amazon clearly winning out.

In an open letter towards ‘the Twitch community’, Twitch’s CEO Emmet Shear stated of the reasons: “We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.”

A statement from Amazon’s chief executive Jeff Bezos noted: “Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month. We look forward to learning from them and helping them move even faster to build new services for the gaming community.”

With plenty of the seemingly unpopular changes recently made by the video game content streaming brand had been made with new ownership in mind, Amazon will presumably keep the planned future structure in place, to the distaste of a majority of their 55 million+ ‘unique monthly viewers’.

For one of Amazon’s biggest corporate purchases in their history, will bringing Twitch under their wing sufficiently aid their cause in developing a threat in the video streaming market?

Breaking Bad Adds To Award Tally With Five Emmys

After plenty of anticipation in the build-up to their final appearance at the awards after 5 years, Breaking Bad left the Emmy scene with five more awards to add to their tally from the annual NBC special.

emmy_meshA total that is taken to 6 for the evening with Creative Arts Emmy Awards considered, the AMC drama can now claim to have won a final total of 16 Emmy Awards from a total of 58 nominations, and 6 from 16 at this year’s event.

Those awards won were naturally all in the ‘Drama Series’ section of the show, claiming ‘Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing‘ (Skip MacDonald, “Felina”), ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor‘ (Aaron Paul, “Confessions”) ‘Outstanding Writing‘ (Moria Walley-Beckett), ‘Outstanding Lead Actor‘ (Bryan Cranston), ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress‘ (Anna Gunn, all “Ozymandias”), and the coveted ‘Outstanding Drama Series‘ prize.

Other series which had a good night at the Primetime event included BBC/PBS series Sherlock and ABC‘s Modern Family with 3 awards each (the latter taking ‘Outstanding Comedy Series‘), and FX shows American Horror Story and Fargo taking 2 apiece.

Meanwhile, one of the biggest possible professional awards in the animation industry (‘Outstanding Animated Series‘ as a Creative Arts Emmy), was claimed by Fox series Bob’s Burgers for the first time, beating competition from Archer Vice, Futurama, South Park, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The full results can be found here, whilst highlights of the evening away from the awards and trivial ‘who’s wearing who’ gossip include Billy Crystal leading a tribute to the recently-deceased Robin Williams, presenter Seth Meyers opening the show with a critically-acclaimed monologue:

…And singer Weird Al Yankovic making a surprise appearance with a specially-written song to the tune of current TV theme songs:

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Breaking Bad Goes To The Streets… View

While some of the shows themselves have been going all-out to celebrate their participation on the nominees’ lists for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC tonight, one of the most popular starting points for finding out more on said shows has made their celebratory move ahead of the evening, utilising one of its other divisions to do so.

breaking_bad_los_pollos_hermanos_restaurant_street_viewNot one for letting a day go past without it being commemorated in some way, Google have picked out Google Street View as the place where they will celebrate the day of the Emmys this year, bringing a new Google LatLong blog post to attention with links to a special collection of show-themed ground-level browsing.

The blog highlights a number of prime filming locations from a number of the shows that will be competing for awards tonight, enabling viewers to get close-ish to the locations that their favourite actors once (or continue to) grace while on-duty. Content linked to in the post includes “Los Pollos Hermanos” of Breaking Bad fame, “Freddy’s BBQ Joint” from House of Cards, and “Yunkai” on Game of Thrones. Other award-nominated shows included with special set-based virtual visits include Downton Abbey and Scandal.

The post summarised: “Whether you’re into D.C. intrigue or Khaleesi’s conquests, chances are you’re watching the Emmy Awards on Monday. To get ready for the show, relive your favorite moments from this year’s nominees with Google Maps. While we can’t get you a ticket to the awards, Google Maps can at least make you feel like an extra on the set of your favorite show. Happy (Street) viewing!”

Of course, those who are really desperate to visit the awards on location could visit the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles (USA) on Street View tonight and pretend like a bouncer isn’t letting them in… and also that it’s darker than in the pictures.

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Aaron Paul Creates Breaking Bad Scavenger Hunt For Emmys

Knowing that they will never have this chance again as part of the now-ended series, the cast of AMC‘s hit show Breaking Bad are going all-out to commemorate their last-ever Emmy award season, in particular Aaron Paul a.k.a. “Jesse Pinkman”.

jesse_lookingThe supporting actor, who has been nominated as such (in “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series”) for the ceremony on NBC, has announced that fans will be able to celebrate the broadcast day by participating in a scavenger hunt that he has set up around Los Angeles (USA) this week.

Eligible to… whoever finds the items first, fans of the show will be able to claim items of signed Breaking Bad memorabilia as their own on Monday 25 August, starting 11am local time running through to the Primetime Emmy Awards aired that evening, presented by Seth Meyers.

Items on offer by the actor include signed scripts, posters, action figures and dolls, amongst other things, presumably with clues considering Los Angeles is not exactly a small place.

Paul claims to be staging the city-scale event as a way of thanking fans for supporting the show and commemorating Breaking Bad’s final set of Emmy nominations. Announcing the contest on Instagram, he wrote: “Dear friends, in honour of the Emmys and the final time Breaking Bad will be up for anything I will be holding a scavenger hunt around LA on Monday before the Emmys for all of you Breaking Bad fans. Just wanted to do a little something to say ‘Thank You’ to everyone that has supported us thru out the years (sic).”

Up for a total of 16 awards, there could be many prizes added to the shelves of the cast and crew of Breaking Bad by the time next Tuesday rolls around, and viewers of the show with the right searching skills will be able to make a similar claim…

Although on YouTube, people have long-since completed Jesse Pinkman-themed scavenger hunts of their own:

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