Netflix picks up A Suitable Boy

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Sprawling period drama A Suitable Boy will screen in Australia on Netflix.

Directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake, Queen of Katwe), the story by Vikram Seth is adapted by Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, War & Peace, Les Misérables).

The cast of the six-part drama, shot entirely on location in India, is led by Ishaan Khatter (Beyond the Clouds, Dhadak) and Indian screen legend Tabu (The Namesake, Life of Pi, Andhadhun) alongside rising star Tanya Maniktala in the central role of Lata.

A Suitable Boy tells the story of spirited university student Lata (Tanya Maniktala) as she comes of age in North India in 1951, at the same time as the country is carving out its own identity as an independent nation and is about to go to the polls for its first democratic general election.

Damian Keogh, Managing Director of UK drama studio Lookout Point, said: “We’re hugely excited to be partnering with Netflix to bring A Suitable Boy to international audiences, hot on the heels of its UK debut on BBC One. This epic tale speaks of human truths of life, love and family amid a country in rapid transition – themes and experiences as relevant today as when they were written.”

Caroline Stone, Director of Independent Drama at BBC Studios said: “The demand for quality British drama is higher than ever globally so we are thrilled to be partnering with Netflix on this wonderful series to bring audiences around the world Vikram Seth’s literary classic reimagined with such colour and vigour. The talent on and off screen for A Suitable Boy are exceptional and have helped to make this a series of which we are very proud.”

It airs in the UK in late July but Netflix is yet to confirm Australian dates.

Executive Producers are Andrew Davies, Mira Nair and Vikram Seth; Faith Penhale, Laura Lankester and Will Johnston for Lookout Point; Lydia Dean Pilcher and Aradhana Seth (who also produce); and Mona Qureshi and Ayela Butt for the BBC. BBC Studios distributes the series internationally.

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Foxtel push to drop 10% Drama requirement

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Foxtel wants to drop a minimum requirement to invest new Australian drama programs as part of a deregulation of local content.

But it still values the importance of Australian storytelling which resonate with its subscribers.

In its submission to a government option paper on local content, Foxtel aligns with Free TV commercial broadcasters in the removal of regulation. The Subscription TV provider says Foxtel is the most heavily regulated media business in Australia, arguing that the anti-siphoning list, the Australian content expenditure obligation and “significant captioning obligations relative to those imposed on the free to air broadcasters” inhibit their ability to compete with other platforms and broadcasters.

Under the New Eligible Drama Expenditure scheme Foxtel is required to spend at least 10% of total program expenditure on new Australian drama programs. Where it is unable to meet its obligations for one reporting period, these must be carried forward to the subsequent period.

In its submission, Foxtel argues the removal of the NEDE scheme will also allow for flexibility of investment on Australian content across a variety of genres.

“… Foxtel has proven success with Australian drama and the removal of the NEDE scheme does not mean that audiences will no longer see themselves represented on our screens, it simply provides Foxtel the freedom to compete unhindered in the way and manner we see fit,” it noted.

It also wants a review of the $440,000 license fee paid to producers for every hour of local drama, arguing it lacks flexibility.

“The $440,000 per hour licence fee requirement for drama makes sense for a traditional media structure that caters to mass audiences. Subscription television by nature does not adhere to this format, therefore the ‘one size fits all’ approach by Screen Australia results in subscription television services, such as Foxtel, being unable to take advantage of this option. And it is not just subscription broadcasters who do not fit this singular approach to the licence fees,” it stated.

“The model itself means that low cost production models and platforms who do not subscribe to the advertiser-funded mass audience approach are excluded.”

Foxtel, which has recently produced Upright, Lambs of God, Wentworth, Secret City, Mr. Inbetween, Fighting Season and the upcoming The End also noted there is no local content requirement on streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime and YouTube Premium.

“The fast uptake of these services by Australian audiences is having a direct effect on traditional broadcaster revenues and causing major structural change in the landscape. The sheer scale of large global companies such as Amazon and Netflix means these companies are able to invest in and make premium content at rates that Australian platforms cannot match. While Foxtel recognises the importance of providing viewers with content from a range of sources, it must be noted that there exists a perpetual imbalance in the landscape,” it continued.

Foxtel also stressed the impact of COVID-19 on its business. In recent months it has seen big staffing numbers depart the company while others were temporarily stood down.

“The impacts on the Foxtel Group have been significant with the loss of advertising revenue; the cessation of live sports coupled with closure of licenced venues which have severely impacted subscriber income and the almost instant onset of unemployment also impacting subscriptions. These have all had immediate financial impacts on Foxtel.”

While Free TV Australia also supports a Deregulated model moving forward, a slew of Australian screen guilds and associations representing producers, writers, actors and more, favour a different Model, which requires a minimum percentage of revenue invested into new Australian scripted content, regulated by ACMA, including with sub-quotas for new drama, documentary and children’s programs.

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What have you been watching? Including Retrograde

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Previously on TMINE

Wednesday again. That’s almost approaching consistency. Can’t have that.

Equally consistently, no new reviews of anything over the past week. But then there’s not been much TV worth watching. And I decided to have a couple of days off. Because I needed them.

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At some point, even though I’m taking Friday and Monday off, too, I’m going to try to review both Aladdin (2019) and Greyhound (2020) for Covideodrome. Or maybe even Orange Thursday.

TV-wise, we do have some promising things coming up. Brave New World (US: Peacock; UK: Sky Atlantic) has just started, as has Sextortion (New Zealand: TNVZ On Demand). United We Fall (US: ABC) starts tonight, after only a year of waiting, while Arthurian deconstruction Cursed starts on Netflix on Friday.

I might watch any or all of those. Review them? Who knows?

What TMINE has been watching

Dark required more attention of me than I was prepared to give this week, so I’ve not got any further. Less demanding was Stranger Things, which remains true to the original meaning of the word ‘nostalgia’, being an almost physically painful, beautiful journey home to the 80s. I think I could watch it and never get tired of it.

Coupling also proves to be as clever as always, as we went through some of its numerous highlights (The Girl with Two Breasts, The Cupboard of Patrick’s Love, The Man with Two Legs, Remember This and The Freckle, the Key, and the Couple Who Weren’t, to name but a few). The plotting is genuinely superb; the sexual politics less so. But the average sitcom would kill itself for just one of Coupling‘s jokes, so let’s squint passed that.

I’ve also been watching Tron (1982) and Tron Legacy (2010), so I tuned into a weird documentary, Photo Tronology, that must have come out at the same time as the latter movie, in which director Steven Lisberger and his son Carl look through a bunch of photos from the Disney archives that were taken when the first film was being made. It’s not bad, but you have to be a real Tron fan to enjoy a couple of people looking at photos for 17 minutes.

I did watch one new TV show: Retrograde (Australia: ABC), which is one of the first TV comedies to emerge from the Coronavirus lockdown. I’ll tell you about that after the jump.

That’s on top of the latest episodes of the usual regulars: Condor, Das Boot, Doom Patrol, Stargirl and The Twilight Zone. See you in a mo.


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Peacock shows its colors

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I love how NBC’s new streaming service, Peacock, plans to launch today with a focus on COMEDY. 

 

When you consider that the highest rated streaming shows are FRIENDS and THE OFFICE, and other top performers are KING OF QUEENS and TWO AND A HALF MEN, if you have a lot of comedy in your library why not take advantage? 

 

And NBC does.

 

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, PARKS & REC, 30 ROCK, CHEERS, SAVED BY THE BELL, COMMUNITY, THE BIG BANG THEORY, SHAMELESS, SCHITT’S CREEK, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, SUPERSTORE, KIMMY SCHMIDT, BOJACK HORSEMAN, WILL & GRACE, MOM, BROAD CITY, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, SEINFELD, THE GOLDBERGS, MODERN FAMILY. 

 

Using those as anchors, the network is also commissioning new comedies including projects from Tina Fey and Mike Schur. 

 

Comedy works. 

 

Especially now in a pandemic.   I bet for all the shows offered on HBO Max, their best performer is FRIENDS.   As excellent as series like THE HANDMAID’S TALE are, you can’t build a brand around them. 

 

APPLE + launched with glossy new shows with big names attached.   And for all that high visibility the reaction has been meh.   None of their shows really took off.  

 

And more people are going to watch Steve Carell on THE OFFICE on Peacock than THE MORNING SHOW on Apple. 

 

Comedy works. 

 

Netflix just canceled a bunch of original shows.  I’m hearing no buzz from anybody.  They also lost the rights to CHEERS on July 1st.   I’m hearing an outcry over that – even though you can still find CHEERS on Hulu, CBS All-Access, and I understand Peacock will offer it too.

 

The bottom line:  There has always been and still remains a healthy appetite for comedy.   On the one hand I applaud Peacock for recognizing that; on the other – doesn’t it just seem obvious? 

 

Good luck with today’s launch. 

 

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TMINE’s Daily Global TV News: Kidding cancelled; Ted Lasso, La Révolution trailers; + more

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Fear City: New York vs The Mafia | Official Trailer | Netflix

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In the 70s, New York was owned by the Mob. From the producers of Don’t F**k With Cats, comes the inside story of the rise and fall of New York’s most powerful Mafia families and the end of the golden era of the Mob. With the full might of the FBI and an army of undercover agents, witness the bugging, the investigation, and the era-defining conclusion of the historic Mafia Commission Trial that changed everything.

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Five Mafia families ruled New York with a bloody fist in the 1970s and ’80s, until a group of federal agents tried the unthinkable: taking them down.

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Lucifer Season 5 | Official Trailer | Netflix

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Lucifer is back and acting…strange. Get ready – this season all your desires will be fulfilled. Season 5 Part 1 premieres August 21 only on Netflix.

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Lucifer makes a tumultuous return, Chloe rethinks romance, Ella finally finds a nice guy, and Amenadiel adjusts to the whole fatherhood thing.

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The Making of The Protector: That’s A Wrap! | Netflix

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A team of Turkey’s most talented are behind The Protector’s four season-long story.

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Vizier and the Immortals rule over modern Istanbul, Hakan travels to the past to stop a war, and Zeynep undergoes a powerful transformation.

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Grey’s Anatomy Stars Meet Real Doctors From Lenox Hill | Netflix

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Grey’s Anatomy stars Chandra Wilson, Kim Raver, and Greg Germann interview the doctors from Netflix’s docuseries Lenox Hill.

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Four doctors at New York’s storied Lenox Hill Hospital balance their personal lives and their dedication to their patients in this documentary series.

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Behind the Scenes of Cursed | Netflix

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Explore the vibrant world of Cursed, an epic twist on the Arthurian legend from the minds of Frank Miller and Thomas Wheeler, arriving July 17th on Netflix. Cursed stars Katherine Langford, Daniel Sharman, Gustaf Skarsgard, Devon Terrell and more.

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Armed with mysterious powers and a legendary sword, young rebel Nimue joins forces with charming mercenary Arthur on a mission to save her people.

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