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DirectTV Orders Its First Original Series 'Rogue'


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#1 OFFLINE   Xsabresx

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 09:32 AM

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 10, 2012 – DIRECTV announced today that it has ordered ten episodes of an original suspense-drama, ROGUE, starring award-winning actress Thandie Newton (Mission Impossible 2, Crash) from leading independent studio Entertainment One Television (eOne) and Greenroom Entertainment. ROGUE marks DIRECTV’s first foray into commissioning an original drama series exclusively for its customers. Production is slated to begin in August 2012 and the series will premiere next summer 2013 on DIRECTV’s Audience Network.

ROGUE revolves around a morally and emotionally conflicted cop, Grace (Newton), who is tormented by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her son’s death. Grace’s search for the truth is further complicated by her forbidden relationship with the crime boss who may have played a hand in the crime. With the addition of ROGUE, DIRECTV expands on its commitment to offer quality, exclusive programming to its customers after establishing great success in providing a home and new creative life to Emmy-winning series such as Damages and Friday Night Lights, and exclusive, first-run series like Underbelly, The Slap and the upcoming series, Hit & Miss.



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#2 OFFLINE   Ed Campbell

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 05:14 AM

Wish they'd pickup and continue Person of Interest from NBC for Audience. It was just becoming addictive when NBC gave it the SyFy end of game treatment and blasted out the last episodes of the first series in a few hours.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 06:03 AM

Maybe pickup Harry's Law and Finder too...
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 06:22 AM

Wish they'd pickup and continue Person of Interest from NBC for Audience. It was just becoming addictive when NBC gave it the SyFy end of game treatment and blasted out the last episodes of the first series in a few hours.


I thought Person of Interest got renewed for another season?

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 07:03 AM

Horrible. I'd rather have them increase their HD offerings or other delivery-related improvements.

This is like Ford deciding to open a line of gas stations. UGHH!

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 07:21 AM

I thought Person of Interest got renewed for another season?


And it's on CBS, not NBC.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 07:21 AM

Wish they'd pickup and continue Person of Interest from NBC for Audience. It was just becoming addictive when NBC gave it the SyFy end of game treatment and blasted out the last episodes of the first series in a few hours.


You mean CBS, not NBC.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 07:32 AM

I thought Person of Interest got renewed for another season?

Me too. Looks like it's safe here: http://tvbythenumber...-season/133799/
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:06 AM

Yeah, Person of Interest was renewed in March.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 12:15 PM

Horrible. I'd rather have them increase their HD offerings or other delivery-related improvements.

This is like Ford deciding to open a line of gas stations. UGHH!


They're to cheap!

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 01:18 PM

Excellent. The Audience Network keeps getting better and better.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 07:25 AM

yes, the last thing I want now is programming from DTV.

Let's get with adding some more channels instead

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 07:34 AM

yes, the last thing I want now is programming from DTV.

Let's get with adding some more channels instead


What channels would you like added?

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:19 PM

retroplex, indieplex, etc. I am probably leaving DTV after my contract if over and don't care about their original productions. I want the prices to go down.

DTV has very high cost packages.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:15 PM

don't care about their original productions.


How do you know it won't be your favorite show? Do you not watch any original programming?

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 05:18 PM

As a rule, I like movies not these tv series. why would DTV be able to create better series than networks and pbs? it is impossbile, espec. with their limited budget.

and if it is any good, I can watch it for free online on hulu or torrent.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 07:19 PM

As a rule, I like movies not these tv series. why would DTV be able to create better series than networks and pbs? it is impossbile, espec. with their limited budget.


AMC, among others, did it. Some interesting stuff on Audience as well, though not produced by DIRECTV®.
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 07:42 PM

amc has more resources than dtv.

Plus for every hit that amc has had, they have had 3 losers.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 08:05 PM

amc has more resources than dtv.

Plus for every hit that amc has had, they have had 3 losers.


By what measure do you reckon AMC has more resources??

And a hit/loser ratio of 1:3 isn't so bad.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:04 AM

retroplex, indieplex, etc. I am probably leaving DTV after my contract if over and don't care about their original productions. I want the prices to go down.

DTV has very high cost packages.


As a rule, I like movies not these tv series. why would DTV be able to create better series than networks and pbs? it is impossbile, espec. with their limited budget.

and if it is any good, I can watch it for free online on hulu or torrent.


If you are only interested in movies, then a Netflix subscription is far less expensive than DTV (or Dish or any cable service).

What DTV can do with original productions that the major networks are not willing to do is provide programming that appeals to those who are outside of the 18 to 40 year old demographic. It does not matter to the major networks how many people over 40 watch a program. Advertisers only pay for the number of 18 to 40 year olds.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:15 AM

If you are only interested in movies, then a Netflix subscription is far less expensive than DTV (or Dish or any cable service).

What DTV can do with original productions that the major networks are not willing to do is provide programming that appeals to those who are outside of the 18 to 40 year old demographic. It does not matter to the major networks how many people over 40 watch a program. Advertisers only pay for the number of 18 to 40 year olds.


You have to be kidding. Do you think DTV can provide better programming than ABC NBC CBS FOX PBS, HBO, Showtime, Starz and thirty other cable channels? Don't make me laugh.

I can see picking up an old series that was dropped and playing re-runs. But a new original series? Count me out.

I mean like there is such a shortage of detective and police dramas on TV!

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:26 AM

You have to be kidding. Do you think DTV can provide better programming than ABC NBC CBS FOX PBS, HBO, Showtime, Starz and thirty other cable channels? Don't make me laugh.

I can see picking up an old series that was dropped and playing re-runs. But a new original series? Count me out.

I mean like there is such a shortage of detective and police dramas on TV!


Big does not equate to quality. Your position sounds like one taken by those who doubted AMC and before that HBO.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:12 AM

You have to be kidding. Do you think DTV can provide better programming than ABC NBC CBS FOX PBS, HBO, Showtime, Starz and thirty other cable channels? Don't make me laugh.

I can see picking up an old series that was dropped and playing re-runs. But a new original series? Count me out.

I mean like there is such a shortage of detective and police dramas on TV!


Better? Maybe/maybe not. Another choice? Definitely. They did petty well with Damages after it had been dropped by FX.

As I understand, DirecTV is not producing the program themselves - they have contracted with an established production company to purchase 10 episodes of an original series. This is no different from what all of the others do. Studios often produce pilots on speculation with the hopes that they can find a buyer. In this case DTV is the buyer. The only difference between this and Damages is that this is a new series, and Damages was new episodes of a previously existing series (much like CBS did with JAG after it had been dropped by NBC).

The only difference size makes is that DTV is buying 10 hours of an original program (presumably one hour per week for 10 weeks). NBC and ABC buy 21 hours per week and Fox buys 14 hours per week. Can DirecTV by one hour per week that is better than the best hour per week on the other networks? Possibly not. Can DirecTV buy one hour per week that is better than the 21st hour on NBC or ABC or the 14th hour on Fox? Probably.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:23 AM

Are they running ads to finance the shows? Or are they just hoping people will order DTV in order to watch the shows?

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:46 PM

Even though my Dish Network hardware was starting to fail the really big incentive for me to go with Directv was being able to watch new seasons of Friday Night Lights on The 101! before they aired on NBC.




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