Turner International To Showcase Impressive Programming Line-Up At MIPCOM 2016
Thursday, October 6, 2016
London, 6th October 2016: Turner International is heading to MIPCOM 2016 with a bold and exciting slate of original programming from its General Entertainment portfolio, comprised of TNT, tbs and truTV.
Leading the charge is TNT thriller Good Behavior, which stars Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery as Letty Dobesh – a thief and con artist who is always one wrong turn and bad decision away from implosion. Fresh out of prison, she tries to stay afloat but chaos returns to Letty’s life when, as she’s about to rob hotel guests in the North Carolina resort town of Ashville, she overhears a hitman (played by Argentine-Spanish heartthrob Juan Diego Botto – Ismael, El Greco) being hired to kill a man’s wife. It premieres on TNT in the US along with select international markets from November 2016.
Also from TNT and following in 2017, Will tells the story of young William Shakespeare’s arrival onto the punk-rock theatre scene in 16th century London – the seductive, violent world where his raw talent faced rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous side-shows. Played by newcomer Laurie Davidson, this is a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s life, played to a modern soundtrack that exposes his recklessness, lustful temptations and brilliance. It also stars Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hell on Wheels), Matthias Inwood (The Shanara Chronicles), Jamie Campbell-Bower (Sweeney Todd, The Twilight Saga) and Ewen Bremner (Transporting, Snowpiercer).
Another exciting addition to Turner’s content line-up is Search Party from tbs, a carefully observed comedic drama about a group of self-absorbed 20-somethings who come together when a former college acquaintance mysteriously disappears. It features Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) as Dory, who becomes fixated on the mystery and drags her Brooklyn hipster friends into a bumbling, perilous pursuit to find the missing girl.
From truTV comes Those Who Can’t, the brand’s first foray into scripted comedy, which has already enjoyed a successful first season in the US and has a second launching this month. The show follows three trouble-making teachers, played by show creators and professional comedians Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy. More inept than the kids they teach, they’re out to beat the system as they struggle to survive each day on their own terms. I’m Sorry is another scripted comedy from truTV that features a seemingly confident, together comedy writer, wife and mom named Andrea (played by writer and stand-up comedian Andrea Savage), who comically exposes her inner immaturity and neuroses through unexpected life situations.
“We’re excited to be at MIPCOM this year with arguably our most impressive slate of original entertainment programming ever,” says Hannes Heyelmann, Senior Vice President, International Original Programming Strategy for Turner. “We’re confident that buyers and audiences alike will love the new direction of TNT, defined by distinct dramas and immersive stories, as well tbs and truTV’s intelligent and entertaining scripted comedy output. We’re looking forward to premiering these new shows on our own networks, as well as finding the best destinations for them on other channels and platforms.”
Turner is also present at MIPCOM with a quirky and surreal line-up from adult swim, led by top-performing animated comedies Rick & Morty, Robot Chicken and Samurai Jack, and a strong roster of kids’ programming including the new series of Ben 10 and The Powerpuff Girls, as well as Cartoon Network flagship shows Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball and more.
About Turner International:
Turner International operates versions of core Turner brands, including CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and TCM Turner Classic Movies, as well as country- and region-specific networks and businesses in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. It manages the business of Pay- and Free-TV-channels, as well as Internet-based services, and oversees commercial partnerships with various third-party media ventures; it teams with Warner Bros. and HBO to leverage Time Warner’s global reach. Turner operates more than 180 channels showcasing 38 brands in 36 languages in over 200 countries. Turner International is a Time Warner company.