AMC Networks Picks Up Rights to Dystopian Drama Series ‘Snowpiercer’

AMC Networks has acquired the exclusive U.S. linear and streaming rights to all four seasons of the post-apocalyptic drama series “Snowpiercer.”

The first three seasons of the drama will stream on AMC+ later this year leading up to the series’ season four premiere on AMC and AMC+ in early 2025.

The series previously aired on TNT.

Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity who inhabit a perpetually moving train, with 1,001 cars, that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in the television adaptation based on the graphic novel series by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette, and the film from Oscar-winner Bong Joon Ho (Parasite). The action-packed finale of season three left a split of the train with Melanie Cavill (Jennifer Connelly) leading the Eternal Engine and those passengers who chose to stay aboard Snowpiercer for relative safety, and Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs) leading the others on Big Alice who chose to adventure to the unknown, outside world of New Eden.

In addition to Oscar-winner Connelly and Grammy and Tony Award-winner Diggs, “Snowpiercer” stars Sean Bean, Rowan Blanchard, Emmy nominee Alison Wright, Mickey Sumner, Iddo Goldberg, Katie McGuinness, Tony Award-winner and Grammy nominee Lena Hall, Sam Otto, Chelsea Harris, Mike O’Malley, Roberto Urbina and Sheila Vand. Previously announced new cast members for season four include Clark Gregg (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” The Avengers, Thor) and Tony Award-winner Michael Aronov (The Drop, “The Americans,” Operation Finale).

“’Snowpiercer’ is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride with a loyal fanbase — similar to the passionate fandoms we serve across our biggest franchise series — and a welcome addition to AMC and AMC+,” Ben Davis, EVP of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios, said in a statement. “We look forward to giving viewers an opportunity to binge the first three seasons later this year, in anticipation of the arrival of a remarkable fourth season helmed by Paul Zbyszewski and this stellar cast, which will premiere in 2025.”

“We’re so thrilled the train has finally found a home, and we’re incredibly grateful to everyone at AMC and Tomorrow Studios for giving the fans of Snowpiercer a chance to enjoy season four with all the hard work this amazing cast and crew put into it,” show runner Paul Zbyszewski said in a statement.

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“We love ‘Snowpiercer’ and AMC is the perfect partner to share its final season, which completes an incredible series filled with brilliant talent that entertains viewers while exploring important global issues,” Tomorrow Studios’ founder/CEO Marty Adelstein, president/partner Becky Clements and EVP Alissa Bachner, said in a statement.

Season Two of ‘Snowpiercer’ Traveling to Disc Nov. 9

Snowpiercer: The Complete Second Season will travel to Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 9 from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.

At the end of season one, the survivors of the revolution are trying to pick up the pieces and maintain a fragile peace amongst the now merged classes with Layton (Daveed Diggs) emerging as the train’s leader. Discovering Mr. Wilford (Sean Bean) is alive and headed their way on a rival train, Melanie (Jennifer Connelly) risks going outside to prevent him from invading Snowpiercer. While she’s out there, it’s revealed that Alexandra (Rowan Blanchard), Melanie’s daughter, who she thought had died, is alive and has become Wilford’s dedicated protegee. In season two, an entirely new power struggle emerges, causing a dangerous rift as people are divided between their loyalty to Layton and to Mr. Wilford, who has a new train, new technology and a game plan that keeps everyone guessing. While Layton battles Wilford for the soul of Snowpiercer, Melanie leads the charge on a shocking new discovery that could change the fate of humanity.

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Based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel series and the film from Academy Award winner Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), “Snowpiercer” season two stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), Grammy and Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, “Black-ish”) Sean Bean, Rowan Blanchard, Emmy nominee Alison Wright (“The Americans”), Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha, “Battle of the Sexes”), Iddo Goldberg (“Peaky Blinders,” The Zookeeper’s Wife), Katie McGuinness (Dirty Filthy Love), Tony Award winner and Grammy nominee Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories), Sam Otto (Jellyfish), Roberto Urbina (“Narcos”), Sheila Vand (Argo), and Steven Ogg (“The Walking Dead”).

“Snowpiercer” has been picked up for a fourth season, with season three set to premiere on TNT early next year.

The release includes 21 minutes of extra features, including “The Great Engineer: Bringing the Mysterious Mr. Wilford Aboard,” a behind-the-scenes featurette with the cast exploring the god-like Mr. Wilford; “Season 2 Overview,” an exclusive look at the second season with the cast; “Behind the Character: Mr. Wilford,” in which the cast discusses the mythical character of Mr. Wilford; “Season 2 Roundtable,” featuring the cast and crew; “Daveed Diggs Season 1 Recap,” in which the first season  is recapped through the POV of its main character Layton (Diggs).

‘The Alienist: Angel of Darkness’ Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD May 18

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release The Alienist: Angel of Darkness on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 18.

The eight-episode limited series, which aired on TNT in July and August of 2020, is the second season of “The Alienist,” the first having aired in 2018.

The second season picked up in June 1897, a year after Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline. Kreizler and his friends — high-living crime reporter John Schuyler Moore (Luke Evans); indomitable, derringer-toting Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning); the brilliant (and bickering) detective brothers Marcus and Lucius Isaacson (Douglas Smith and Matthew Shear); powerful and compassionate Cyrus Montrose (Robert Ray Wisdom); and Stevie Taggert (Dominic Herman-Day), the boy Kreizler saved from a life of street crime — have returned to their former pursuits and tried to forget the horror of the Beecham case. But when the distraught wife of a Spanish diplomat begs Sara’s aid, the team reunites to help find her kidnapped infant daughter. It is a case fraught with danger since Spain and the United States are on the verge of war.

The cast also includes Ted Levine, Melanie Field and Rosy McEwen.

Extras include a recap of season one, a series overview, and the featurettes “Inside the Alienist: Building the World,” “Walking the Set 2.0 with Luke Evans” and “Dressing a Modern Woman.”

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WarnerMedia’s TNT, TBS, truTV Up Marathon Holiday Programming, Including ‘Friends,’ ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Episodes

WarnerMedia’s TNT, TBS and truTV are blowing up winter holiday cheer with marathon rollouts of classic holiday movies and TV show episodes throughout December.

On Dec. 17, truTV will feature a new “Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party” episode, celebrating holiday meals and memories. TBS will air all-new Christmas-themed episodes of “American Dad” on December 21 and “The Misery Index” on December 23, as well as festive marathons of “American Dad,” “Family Guy,” “Friends,” “Seinfeld” and “The Big Bang Theory.”

An annual tradition since 1997, TBS and TNT will host a 24-hour marathon of “A Christmas Story” from Christmas Eve to Christmas. This marathon is consistently among television’s highest-rated programs around Christmas, and last year’s marathon reached nearly 35 million viewers across TBS and TNT. This year throughout the marathon, interstitials will feature fan-favorite AEW wrestlers performing a special table read of some of the film’s most iconic scenes. Additionally, the table read will be available to view at TNT.tv and on TNT’s YouTube page.

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TBS 

A Christmas Story
Friday, Dec. 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT

A Christmas Story

Jingle All the Way
Friday, Dec. 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4:00 p.m. ET/PT, Sunday, Dec. 6 at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT & 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, Saturday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, Dec. 13 at 3:30 p.m. ET/PT

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
Sunday, Dec. 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, Dec. 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

“An Elf’s Story: The Elf on the Shelf”
Sunday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, Dec. 13 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas
Friday, Dec. 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, Saturday and Dec. 12 at 3:30 p.m. ET/PT

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas

“American Dad” Marathon
Monday, Dec. 21 at 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET/PT

2:30 p.m. ET/PT – “The Best Christmas Story Never Told”
3:00 p.m. ET/PT – “The Most Adequate Christmas Ever”
3:30 p.m. ET/PT – “Rapture’s Delight”
4:00 p.m. ET/PT – “For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls”
4:30 p.m. ET/PT – “Season’s Beatings”
5:00 p.m. ET/PT – “Minstrel Krampus”
5:30 p.m. ET/PT – “Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas”
6:00 p.m. ET/PT – “Ninety North, Zero West”

“Family Guy” Marathon
Monday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

6:30 p.m. ET/PT – “A  Very Special Family Guy Freakin’ Christmas”
7:00 p.m. ET/PT – “Road to the North Pole Part 1”
7:30 p.m. ET/PT – “Road to the North Pole Part 2”
8:00 p.m. ET/PT – “Jesus, Mary and Joseph!”
8:30 p.m. ET/PT – “Christmas Guy”
9:00 p.m. ET/PT – “The  2000-Year-Old-Virgin”
9:30 p.m. ET/PT – “How the Griffin Stole Christmas”

“American Dad” – New Episode
Monday, Dec. 21 at 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT

10:00 p.m. ET/PT – “Yule. Tide. Repeat.” – New Episode
After Stan’s plan for the perfect Christmas goes terribly, tragically wrong, he’s given a magical opportunity to make things right.

Leading up to the new episode, starting Dec. 1st, fans can go to tbs.com/americandad to experience the “American Dad” Advent Calendar for daily unlocked content from holidays past and present and play the American Dad Holiday Edition trivia game

10:30 p.m. ET/PT – “Santa, Schmanta”

“Friends” Marathon
Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET/PT

12:00 p.m. ET/PT – “The One with Phoebe’s Dad”
12:30 p.m. ET/PT – “The One Where Rachel Quits”
1:00 p.m. ET/PT – “The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie”
1:30 p.m. ET/PT – “The One with the Inappropriate Sister”
2:00 p.m. ET/PT – “The One with the Routine”
2:30 p.m. ET/PT – “The One with All the Candy”
3:00 p.m. ET/PT – “The One with the Holiday Armadillo”
3:30 p.m. ET/PT – “The One with Monica’s Boots”
4:00 p.m. ET/PT – “The One with the Ross’ Step Forward”
4:30 p.m. ET/PT – “The One with Christmas in Tulsa”

“Seinfeld”  Marathon
Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET/PT

5:00 p.m. ET/PT – “The Red Dot”
5:30 p.m. ET/PT – “The Pick”
6:00 p.m. ET/PT – “The Race”
6:30 p.m. ET/PT – “The Gum”
7:00 p.m. ET/PT – “The Strike”

“The Big Bang Theory” Marathon
Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
7:30 p.m. ET/PT – “The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis”
8:00 p.m. ET/PT – “The Santa Simulation”
8:30 p.m. ET/PT – “The Cooper Extraction”
9:00 p.m. ET/PT – “The Clean Room Infiltration”
9:30 p.m. ET/PT – “The Holiday Summation”

“The Misery Index” – New Episode
Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on TBS
“The Misery Index Holiday Special”
In this Holiday Special episode of The Misery Index, find out why camels and nativities don’t mix, why Santa never goes rock climbing and why Joe is trying to sell caramelized gingerbread taint. All that and festivities a plenty, plus an epic final round worth fifty thousand dollars!

24 Hours of A Christmas Story
Thursday, Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT to Friday, Dec. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

TNT

A Christmas Carol (1999)
Thursday, Dec. 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
Friday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT and Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Jingle All The Way
Friday, Dec. 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and Saturday, Dec. 19 at 4:02 p.m. ET/PT

“Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party” – New Episode
Thursday, Dec. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

John Stankey: Live Sports Could Play Limited Role in HBO Max AVOD Rollout

With HBO Max looking to expand its presence in Latina America and Western Europe in 2021, WarnerMedia’s subscription streaming VOD platform will also tackle an ad-supported option going forward — that could include live sports.

Speaking on AT&T’s recent fiscal call, CEO John Stankey addressed a host of questions on Max and its relation to the existing pay-TV ecosystem, and its main draw: live sports. WarnerMedia’s TNT networks has major distribution agreements with the NBA, Major League Baseball and the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Tournament.

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Stankey said that live sports will remain a unique pillar of pay-TV, which he contends will be the distribution channel’s key advantage when  cord-cutting reduces the pay-TV household footprint to around 50 million to 60 million in the coming years.

“Sports content is important to our linear business, our cable networks business to make sure we have enough of it that sustains that business and keeps it at attractive must-have offering, an offering that our customers want to have in that cable bundle,” Stankey said.

At the same time, AT&T’s online TV  platform, AT&T TV, and Max aim to push WarnerMedia content beyond premium television. And live sports could be part of the mix — as professional soccer, cycling is doing in Europe. Stankey said the concept of adding live sports to streaming video distribution is appealing.

“You’ll probably see as we move through AVOD, maybe we do some additional live work that we have coming forward,” he said.

But Stankey cautioned that any move would be complementary to pay-TV and not involve growing the company’s sports footprint to include additional leagues beyond e-sports and gaming. WarnerMedia recently launched “TNT Bets,” an online companion show available through the TNT app that features live-streamed feed of the games, commentary on betting analysis and odds.

“ELEAGUE,” the interactive gaming show that airs on TBS, just partnered with Amazon’s Twitch for “Super Punch,” an interactive show where fans can discuss the most relevant gaming topics of the day and week.

“Our goal is not to become known as the sports company,” Stankey said. “I don’t see going deeper in sports is the direction for WarnerMedia.”

TNT to Air Network Premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

WarnerMedia’s TNT will air the network television premiere of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War on June 27. There will be an encore presentation on June 28 as a part of TNT’s “Big Ticket Movies” content promotion.

To further “eventize” the broadcasts, TNT is promoting a sweepstakes where 20 winners will receive a copy of the Avengers: Infinity War soundtrack on vinyl and a Crosley record player to be provided by Disney Music Emporium and Crosley Brands.

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In Infinity War, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.

The 2018 release generated more than $2 billion at the global box office, including $679 million domestically.

TNT’s ‘I Am the Night’ Coming to DVD June 11

TNT’s six-episode miniseries I Am the Night will arrive on DVD June 11 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The finale airs on TNT March 5.

Inspired by true events, ​​I Am the Night​ tells the story of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley), a teenage girl who is given away at birth, and grows up outside of Reno, Nevada. One day, makes a discovery that leads her to question her origins, and during her investigation she meets a disgraced reporter (Chris Pine), and together they uncover a sinister trail leading them to an infamous Los Angeles gynecologist (Jefferson Mays), who may be involved with Hollywood’s most infamous unsolved crime.

The miniseries was directed by Patty Jenkins and written by Sam Sheridan.

The DVD will include the documentary “Myths from Inside the Sowden House,” an 18-minute look into The Black Dahlia killings and the house where it all began.

 

WarnerMedia CEO: ‘My Job is Not to Build Another Netflix’

On the heels of AT&T’s odd corporate decision announcing — in an Oct. 10 regulatory filing by the CFO — the future (Q4 2019) launch of a subscription video-on-demand service, WarnerMedia subsidiary CEO John Stankey rushed out a follow-up statement with few additional details.

Stankey, who was in Los Angeles attending a media conference, said the unnamed and unpriced service would help WarnerMedia expand its reach by offering consumers a new distribution choice for HBO, Warner Bros. and Turner’s collection of films, television series, libraries, documentaries.

“We expect to create such a compelling product that it will help distributors increase consumer penetration of their current packages and help us successfully reach more customers,” Stankey said in the statement.

Speaking at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, Stankey said the OTT video service would be different from existing products on the market.

“My job isn’t to build another Netflix,” he said.

As expected, the executive – who made news earlier this year when he challenged HBO to up its game – said the OTT venture would be spearheaded by HBO with Turner (CNN, TNT, TBS) and Warner Bros. content bundled in.

“Our job is to build a compelling offer of content that gets a large number of customers,” Stankey said.

That apparently includes creating original content for AT&T businesses that include DirecTV Now and pending AT&T Watch.

“We’ll do both within our business,” Stankey said.

 

 

 

 

 

Fubo TV Adds WarnerMedia’s Turner Networks

Fubo TV, the sports-centric online TV service, Aug. 22 announced the addition of Turner Networks portfolio of pay-TV channels, including TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM and HLN. The addtions bring to 75 channels available on Fubo for $39.99 monthly.

“Adding Turner Sports’ programming builds upon our heritage in soccer, while expanding our sports offering with more MLB, NBA, PGA and college sports,” Ben Grad, head of content strategy and acquisition at Fubo TV, said in a statement. “Turner’s news, entertainment and kids brands will continue to drive engagement with viewers, while reinforcing our commitment to offering a premium, high-quality cable replacement.”

Turner’s Boomerang and CNN International are also being added to Fubo Extra, the company’s 90-plus channel tier that is now available at $44.99 for the first month. Additionally, CNN en Español has been added to Fubo Latino.

The above channels are all available to be streamed live, with popular programming to be available on-demand in the coming weeks. All fuboTV subscriptions come with 30 hours of personal cloud DVR storage, two simultaneous streams, and the ability to upgrade to 500 hours and three streams, respectively, with no contracts, cords or set-top boxes required.

The service is available on the Web at www.fubo.tv, and via Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, and TV connected devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.

Netflix Picks Up International Rights to ‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Dirty John’

Netflix has picked up international rights to the futuristic series “Snowpiercer,” which will debut on TNT in the United States, and “Dirty John,” premiering on Bravo domestically.

“Snowpiercer” comes to Netflix through a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The series, co-produced by Tomorrow Studios and Studio T, will be available to Netflix members globally outside of the U.S. and China in 2019. The series, based on the movie of the same name, stars Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs. Seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe, face class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival.

“Dirty John” is based on the articles and true crime podcast of the same name from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard. It follows Debra Newell (Connie Britton) and her romance with John Meehan (Eric Bana), a charmer who sweeps her off her feet and pulls her into his web of lies.