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PBS, Walter Presents to Air Belgian Crime Drama ‘Professor T’ Nationwide (Exclusive)

  • Variety
PBS Distribution and Walter Presents are set to bring Belgian crime drama “Professor T” to audiences across the U.S. “Professor T” will be the second international title distributed under the Walter’s Choice banner, the partnership between PBS Distribution, the home video arm of PBS, and streaming service Walter Presents, which brings non-English language drama to PBS’ regional network of broadcast stations.

The first season of “Professor T” is set to air on PBS broadcast stations across the U.S. from May 2. The 13-part series will also be available via members-only streaming service PBS Passport. The announcement follows the introduction of the new Walter’s Choice brand in February, which launched with Swedish crime thriller “Modus.”

Bill Young, vice president of television programming for Kera, the PBS station serving northern Texas, said viewers were already “really responding” to “Modus.” “They will now have the opportunity to follow it up with ‘Professor T,
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Kim Cattrall To Star In Tate Taylor’s Fox Southern Drama Pilot ‘Filthy Rich’

  • Deadline
Kim Cattrall To Star In Tate Taylor’s Fox Southern Drama Pilot ‘Filthy Rich’
Kim Cattrall is set to lead the cast of Filthy Rich. The Sex and the City alumna also will serve as a producer on Fox’s soapy drama pilot from The Help writer-director Tate Taylor, Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox TV.

Written and to be directed by Taylor based on the New Zealand series, Filthy Rich is described as a larger-than-life Southern gothic dramedy that revolves around two strong, sharp women who will go to any length to protect their loved ones and get their due. When the wealthy CEO of the world’s largest Christian network dies in a plane crash, his wife and adult children are stunned to discover he has grown, illegitimate kids who are also in his will. When the steel azalea matriarch of the family tries to pay them to go away, these newly legitimized heirs have very different ideas and insist on not
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PBS, Walter Presents Team Up to Air Swedish Series ‘Modus’ on PBS Stations (Exclusive)

  • Variety
PBS Distribution and streaming service Walter Presents have teamed up to bring Swedish crime thriller “Modus” to PBS stations across the U.S.

PBS Distribution, the home video arm of PBS, will roll out “Modus” regionally, starting with Los Angeles station Klcs on Saturday at 11 p.m. Pt. The show will continue to air in the same slot throughout its eight-week run. “Modus” is already available on the members-only streaming service PBS Passport and on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel via Amazon.

“This is a really exciting phase for Walter Presents USA, and we’re delighted to be bringing the very best in world drama to a much broader linear audience,” said Walter Iuzzolino, curator of Walter Presents, a joint venture between British broadcaster Channel 4 and Global Series Network. The service specializes in foreign-language drama series.

“American audiences have already embraced the best of British drama and now
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Co-Writer Hakan Lindhe on Politics, Image in Viaplay’s ‘The Inner Circle’

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Co-Writer Hakan Lindhe on Politics, Image in Viaplay’s ‘The Inner Circle’
David Ehrling, Sweden’s Minister for Enterprise, who is tipped to be its next Prime Minister, spends a lot of the time in Sweden’s “The Inner Circle” not preparing his speeches, or in impassioned discussion of key political issues, but staring into the mirror, rain checking on his strong-jawed image.

He spends much of his enterprise, not developing a program to take Sweden into the future, but attempting to sidestep sexual and financial scandals fueled by an ever-present media. Welcome to the world of modern Swedish politics, indeed much politics at large.

Sold by Drg, and produced by Fundament Film for the Nordic Entertainment Group-owned Viaplay, a Scandinavian VOD platform powerhouse of original series production, “The Inner Circle” begins with Ehrling (Niklas Engdahl) being advised by Sweden’s prime minister that he is a candidate to succeed her. As Almedalen Week, Sweden’s annual early July political forum,
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Top Swedish Actresses Join Forces on Thriller Series ‘Honour’ (Exclusive)

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Top Swedish Actresses Join Forces on Thriller Series ‘Honour’ (Exclusive)
Sweden’s leading actresses – Sofia Helin (“The Bridge”), Alexandra Rapaport (“The Hunt”), Julia Dufvenius (“Molanders”) and Anja Lundqvist (“Modus”) – have joined forces to create and executive produce “Honour,” a contemporary thriller series following four daring lawyers fighting violence against women.

Sweden’s top local Svod service, Viaplay, has ordered the eight-part series, which Eccho Rights is representing in international markets. Stockholm-based company Bigster is producing the show, which is currently being shot and will be delivered next August.

Rapaport, Dufvenius and Lundqvist headline the series, along with Swedish TV host-actress Eva Röse, as four partners in a law firm called Heder (Swedish for “honor”) who have become famous for helping victims of sex crimes and speaking out against patriarchy.

“At a time when prostitution is moving off the streets and on to smartphones, hidden in the pocket of any man with access to the right app, ‘Honour’ is needed more than ever,
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Tobias Lindholm To Launch ‘The Investigation’ About Murder Of Swedish Journalist Kim Wall

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Tobias Lindholm To Launch ‘The Investigation’ About Murder Of Swedish Journalist Kim Wall
Tobias Lindholm, director of 2016 Oscar nominee A War, is set to write and helm crime series The Investigation. Based on the probe into the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, the drama is being developed by Miso Film, Denmark’s TV2 and TV4 and Sweden’s C More.

The six-part series centers on the Copenhagen Police and its Head of Homicide, Jens Møller’s investigation and follows the methodical, unusual and technical work that enabled them to solve Wall’s murder. The case has been in the headlines this year after entrepreneur Peter Madsen was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in April, following a widely publicized trial.

Wall was a Swedish freelance journalist who went missing in 2017 after boarding Madsen’s submarine to interview him. The sub put out a distress call and sunk on the morning of August 11. Madsen was rescued and initially claimed to have let Wall
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Kim Cattrall to Star in Fairy Tale Thriller Tell Me a Story on CBS All Access

Kim Cattrall to Star in Fairy Tale Thriller Tell Me a Story on CBS All Access
Kim Cattrall has found her happily ever after — with CBS All Access.

The Sex and the City alumna has been tapped to star in Tell Me a Story, the streaming service’s upcoming psychological thriller.

Written by Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries), Tell Me a Story — which was ordered straight to series in November — puts a dark twist on well-known fairy tales. Set in present-day New York, the serialized drama’s first season will weave together elements of The Three Little Pigs, Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood.

Cattrall will play Colleen, described as an unlikely and very nontraditional grandmother.
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Kim Cattrall to Star in CBS All Access Series ‘Tell Me a Story’

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Kim Cattrall to Star in CBS All Access Series ‘Tell Me a Story’
Kim Cattrall has joined the cast of the upcoming CBS All Access series “Tell Me a Story.”

The series takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season of the serialized drama interweaves “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel” into an tale of love, loss, greed, revenge, and murder

Cattrall will play Colleen, an unlikely and very nontraditional grandmother. When her son moves back home, bringing with him a troubled teenager, Kayla, this former chorus girl is going to have to grow up finally and take on the parental duties to protect her family against a very dark and sinister threat. She joins previously announced cast member Billy Magnussen.

This is Cattrall’s first starring role in a U.S. television series since “Sex and the City.
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‘Tell Me A Story’: Kim Cattrall To Star In CBS All Access Thriller Series

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‘Tell Me A Story’: Kim Cattrall To Star In CBS All Access Thriller Series
Exclusive: Former Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall is set for a lead role opposite Billy Magnussen in CBS All Access’ straight-to-series psychological thriller Tell Me a Story, from Kevin Williamson and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.

Written by Williamson, Tell Me a Story takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern day New York City, the first season of this serialized drama interweaves “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Hansel and Gretel” into an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder.

In her first U.S. television series starring role since HBO’s Sex and the City, Cattrall will play Colleen, an unlikely and very non-traditional grandmother. When her son moves back home, bringing with him a troubled teenager, Kayla, this former chorus girl is going to have
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Modus review – it’s not The Killing, but a pacy, undemanding thriller

There’s nothing very subtle or clever about this new Nordic noir, but it does have Kim Cattrall playing the Us president. Plus: can this really be the end of Hard Sun?

Air Force One lands at Arlanda airport in Stockholm. Potus is on a state visit. The red carpet is rolled out, the door opens, and out steps … Samantha Jones from Sex and the City! Well, that’s definitely an improvement. Fiction one, reality nil.

Yes, Kim Cattrall is the Us president in the second series of Modus, which is back in the Borgen slot (Saturday night, BBC Four). This one is adapted from Anne Holt’s book Death in Oslo. I know, Oslo is in Norway and Holt is Norwegian – she used to be the minister of justice there – but they have moved it all next door to Stockholm, Ok?

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Greg Wise, Billy Campbell Join Swedish Crime Series ‘Modus’ With Kim Cattrall

Greg Wise and Billy Campbell are set to join Kim Cattrall in the second season of Swedish thriller Modus. Originated by TV4's streaming service C More where it debuts this fall, Modus is produced by Miso Film and adapted from Norwegian lawyer Anne Holt's book, Frukta Inte. The first season followed psychologist and profiler Inger Johanne Vik (Melinda Kinnaman) as she found herself, and her autistic daughter, drawn into an investigation surrounding a series of disturbing…
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Kim Cattrall To Play Potus In Swedish Crime Series ‘Modus’

Kim Cattrall is adding to her international TV credits with Modus, the Swedish crime series originated by TV4’s streaming service C More. The erstwhile Samantha Jones will play the U.S. President in the psychological thriller’s second season which is currently in production for air this fall. Modus‘ first season followed psychologist and profiler Inger Johanne Vik (Melinda Kinnaman) as she found herself, and her autistic daughter, drawn into an investigation surrounding a…
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‘Modus: Complete Season One’ DVD Review

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Part of my love of Nordic Noir is the dark style and tone of a lot of the shows. Modus is my latest for review, and is a beautifully dark tale pitting killer against psychologist. Almost pitch black in its style, the fact it reminded me of Hannibal in many ways is a very good sign…

When Inger Johanne Vik’s (Melinda Kinnaman) daughter is saved from the path of a speeding truck by a seemingly passing stranger (Marek Oravec) little does she know that it would be this man who pulls her back into profiling. Working with Ingvar Nyman (Henrik Norlén) on a murder case, Vik has no idea that the encounter with the stranger has also put her daughter in danger.

In Modus we are introduced to the killer straight away, though we know little about him. The most enticing of relationships though is of him and the daughter.
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Exclusive Interview: Modus star Melinda Kinnaman

Paul Risker chats with Modus star Melinda Kinnaman

Melinda Kinnaman plays Inger Johanne Vik, a character that creates a separation from her Nordic counterparts Sarah Lund (The Killing) and Saga Norén (The Bridge). A psychologist, police profiler and devoted mother, she is in stark contrast to her recent counterparts that have defined Nordic Noir through their detective status and non-existent or fractured personal lives. Yet in spite of this contrast there are moments where Vik shares much in common with Lund and Norén – that inward looking introvert character type that has an isolationist effect in shaping her world and her relationships. In Vik, Kinnaman has discovered a character that nurtures the complexity of the troubled Nordic female protagonist, offset by a narrative that taps into contemporary social intolerance, and the exploitation of religion.

In conversation with Flickering Myth, Kinnaman spoke about how her perspective of the art of performance has
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Modus review – pacy and gripping, like a high-end Volvo

It’s another hit for BBC4’s Borgen slot – although perhaps a bit shallower than the classic Nordic noirs we know and love

Good news. A bit of Scandinavian noir for a Saturday night. In the Borgen slot, also known as the Guardian readers’ slot – BBC4, subtitles, not The X Factor etc. This one’s called Modus (BBC4, Saturday). It’s Swedish this time, but it’s based on a book by Anne Holt, the Norwegian crime writer, lawyer and former justice minister (there aren’t enough of them over there; they have to double up).

So, what have we got? Dark skies, obviously. And frozen landscapes. And cold trees, from above – a bit like the ones at the start of The Missing, although those trees are seen from below. Here’s a man living in a caravan in the woods – up to no good, I’m thinking. Never trust
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Saturday's best TV: Modus; Strictly Come Dancing; Jazzie B’s 1980s

  • The Guardian - TV News
A frosty new Scandi crime saga kicks off, the Cha Cha Challenge shuffles on to the Strictly stage – plus Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B reflects on British club culture in From Dole to Soul

The apparently inexhaustible supply of wintry and portentous Scandinavian crime thrillers continues. For Modus, we’re in Sweden, meeting novelist Anne Holt’s criminal psychologist Inger Johanne Vik. From the moment Vik uses a speech at a wedding to muse on the nature of loneliness, it’s clear that a decidedly hygge-free tale is unfolding. And so it proves, as Vik’s autistic daughter Stina finds herself in the bad books of a silently murderous and, as yet, motive-free stranger. Frosty. Phil Harrison

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