TV News: UK’s ‘Catastrophe’ to stream in US; Nickelodeon plans stand-alone service

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Nickelodeon. Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman recently announced a venture that will provide the kid-friendly network Nickelodeon as a stand-alone service. This follows recent announcements by HBO, CBS, and others to offer similar services not tied to cable or satellite providers. (THR)

New Shows

Catastrophe. Amazon Prime has announced the pick-up of the UK comedy series Catastrophe to air exclusively in the US on their pay streaming service. The series deals with the challenges of an American man (Rob Delaney) and an Irish woman (Sharon Horgan) face in starting a relationship after their one-night stand leads to pregnancy. Catastrophe, currently airing on the UK’s Channel 4, will debut on Amazon Prime later this spring. (Deadline)

Elena of Avalor. Disney Junior is adding to its line of animated TV princesses with the upcoming Sofia the First spin-off Elena of Avalor. The move further diversifies the line up currently offered by the channel as the character and setting will be inspired by Latin culture and folklore. The series will launch in 2016. (Deadline)

Continuing Shows

Top Chef. Bravo has announced a 13th season of its popular, Emmy-winning reality show Top Chef. The food-based competition show will air its 12th season finale on February 4. (Deadline)

In Development

Limitless. CBS has officially ordered to pilot its long-gestating project based on the 2011 feature film Limitless which starred Bradley Cooper (who will not be participating in the TV project). The TV variation will feature a man who uses the mysterious drug NZT to unlock his brain’s hidden potential and solve weekly cases for the FBI. Limitless joins FOX‘s Minority Report and CBS‘s own Rush Hour as film-to-TV adaptations. (THR)

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