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[03/10/08 - 09:40 AM]
HBO to Partner with the Weinstein Company and the BBC to Present New Drama Series the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Based on the International Bestselling Novels by Alexander Mccall Smith
In addition to the two-hour film, which will serve as the pilot, HBO has ordered 13 one-hour episodes that will begin filming this summer.

[via press release from The Weinstein Company]

HBO to Partner with The Weinstein Company and the BBC to Present New Drama Series THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY, Based on the International Bestselling Novels By Alexander McCall Smith

Series Is A Mirage Enterprises And Cinechicks Production; Grammy Winner Jill Scott Stars

NEW YORK, March 10 -- HBO will partner with The Weinstein Company and the BBC to bring Alexander McCall Smith's international bestselling book series THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY to television, it was announced today by Richard Plepler, co-president, HBO and Michael Lombardo, president, Programming Group and West Coast Operations, HBO. Grammy Award winner Jill Scott ("Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?," "Hounddog") stars in the series, whose two-hour pilot was recently filmed on location in Botswana under the direction of Academy Award(R) winner Anthony Minghella ("Cold Mountain," "The English Patient") from a script by Minghella and Academy Award(R) nominee Richard Curtis ("Four Weddings and a Funeral," HBO's "The Girl in the Cafe"), who also executive produce. The producers are Academy Award(R) winner Sydney Pollack ("Out of Africa") and Timothy Bricknell ("Cold Mountain") for Mirage Enterprises, along with Amy Moore for Cinechicks.

In addition to the two-hour film, which will serve as the pilot, HBO has ordered 13 one-hour episodes that will begin filming this summer, with HBO obtaining U.S. and Canadian television and home video rights, and the BBC taking UK television distribution. The Weinstein Company, which controls all other international territories, is planning to take the project to market at MIP in April.

"Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful books have been a sensation around the world for years, and we're thrilled to be teaming up with the BBC and The Weinstein Company (TWC) to adapt these highly entertaining stories for HBO," notes Plepler. "And needless to say, the opportunity to work with the exceptionally gifted Anthony Minghella and Richard Curtis makes this project all the more exciting."

Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, states, "The Weinstein Company is uniquely positioned to develop and create television programming that matches the quality viewers expect when seeing a film in a theater, and having HBO and BBC on board will provide this initiative with the broadest possible audience. We are very excited about this project and so pleased to continue our decade-long collaboration with Mirage on this new series."

Says director/co-writer/executive producer Minghella, "Filming THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY in Botswana was an amazing adventure. The people were marvelous and the landscape, especially in the northern areas of the country, is extraordinary. Particularly fascinating to me was working and filming in an African country where old and new are currently coexisting, where traditional values have not yet been eroded by the demands and efficiencies and neuroses of the modern. It was a privilege to be working on a film which celebrates what we can learn from Africa, and not what we think we can teach it."

Adds Jane Tranter, BBC Controller, Fiction, "I am looking forward to continuing a strong working relationship with Anthony Minghella, Richard Curtis, Mirage and The Weinstein Company on a new series of THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY, and to partner with HBO on this fabulous project, following the success of 'Rome,' 'Five Days' and 'Stuart: A Life Backwards.'"

"THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY" is a poignant and passionate book series chronicling the adventures of Precious Ramotswe, the eminently sensible and wise proprietor of the only female-owned detective agency in Botswana. Aided by her highly-efficient yet rather peculiar secretary Mma Makutsi, Mma Ramotswe investigates cases, helps people solve problems in their lives, and begins a special friendship with the highly respectable owner of a local garage.

The dynamic and diverse cast for the television pilot includes Grammy Award-winning singer Jill Scott as series heroine Precious Ramotswe, who has become one of the most beloved characters in international contemporary fiction. Anika Noni Rose ("Dreamgirls") stars as Precious' quirky secretary Mma Makutsi, and Lucian Msamati stars as Mma Ramotswe's devoted suitor JLB Matekoni. They are joined by David Oyelowo ("The Last King of Scotland," HBO's "Five Days" and "As You Like It"), Idris Elba ("28 Weeks Later," HBO's "The Wire"), Colin Salmon ("Die Another Day," "Match Point") and Tony Award winner John Kani ("Final Solution," "The Ghost and the Darkness").

SOURCE The Weinstein Company
http://homeboxoffice.com





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· AS YOU LIKE IT (HBO)
· FIVE DAYS (HBO)
· GIRL IN THE CAFE, THE (HBO)
· NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY, THE (HBO)
· ROME (HBO)
· STUART: A LIFE BACKWARDS (HBO)
· WIRE, THE (HBO)





[04/25/17 - 10:03 AM]
AMC Heading Deeper "Into the Badlands" - Series Renewed for Expanded 16-Episode Third Season, Returning in 2018
Midway through its current second season, "Into the Badlands" is averaging 3.6 million viewers per episode, including 2.1 million adults 25-54 in Nielsen Live+3 ratings.

[04/25/17 - 10:01 AM]
"Full Frontal with Samantha Bee's" "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner" to Stream on Twitter After TBS Debut
Fans on Twitter in the United States will be able to access the stream by going to samanthabee.twitter.com, as well as via the @FullFrontalSamB Twitter handle.

[04/25/17 - 10:00 AM]
For the First Time, Celebrities Go Undercover on Two Special Editions of "Undercover Boss"
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[04/25/17 - 09:29 AM]
Harry Styles to "Move Into" the "The Late Late Show with James Corden" Studio for First Ever Week-Long Residency, May 15 - May 18
The residency coincides with the release of his highly anticipated solo album.

[04/25/17 - 09:20 AM]
Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment Announce All-New Live-Action Series "Titans," from Executive Producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, to Debut in 2018
Additionally, Warner Bros. Animation's "Young Justice: Outsiders," the highly anticipated third season of the popular "Young Justice" series, is also ramping up for its first mission next year.

[04/25/17 - 09:07 AM]
Season 3 of CNBC's "The Filthy Rich Guide" Begins May 10th
Season 3A airs for five consecutive Wednesdays with the remaining five episodes of Season 3B due on August 15.

[04/25/17 - 08:21 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "The Voice" Remain on Top in Demos
ABC, "Dancing with the Stars" then are the most-watched overall.

[04/25/17 - 08:14 AM]
Elvis Costello & The Imposters to Perform at After-Party for "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee's" First Annual "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner"
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[04/25/17 - 07:01 AM]
TBS Renews "The Detour" for Third Season
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[04/25/17 - 07:00 AM]
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The two episodes, "The Dancing Star," featuring Van Johnson, and "Harpo Marx," with comedian Harpo Marx, are newly colorized with a nod to the 1950s period in which they were filmed.

[04/25/17 - 06:01 AM]
In an Unprecedented, Far-Reaching Programming Event, the Disney Channel Original Movie "Descendants 2" Will Have a Simultaneous Premiere on Five Television Networks Within the Disney-ABC Television Group, Friday, July 21
Disney Channel, ABC, Disney XD, Freeform and Lifetime are among the participating networks.

[04/24/17 - 06:05 PM]
TLC Breaks Record Ratings on Sunday Night with Veteran Series and Premiere of Live Television Event
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[04/24/17 - 06:01 PM]
NBC Drops "Powerless" from Thursdays; "Superstore" to Fill Entire Hour
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[04/24/17 - 04:21 PM]
Tarek and Christina El Moussa Will Return for New Season of Hit HGTV Series "Flip or Flop" in December
Five of the 20 episodes are currently in post-production, with filming of the remaining episodes continuing through the fall.

[04/24/17 - 04:15 PM]
Freeform's "Famous In Love" Amasses Over 10 Million Total Views During Its Premiere Week as "Pretty Little Liars" Returns at No. 1 Across Target Demos
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