TV News: Horace, Civil, NBC, Ransom

Horace and Pete
Louis C.K.’s ten-episode web series “Horace and Pete” has suddenly become available on Hulu as part of a exclusive multi-year SVOD pact. The comedian along with Steve Buscemi and Alan Alda starred in the ten-episode show which was previously only available on

C.K. had told Howard Stern in April that he was millions of dollars in debt because of the show. As he holds all the rights though, the deal with Hulu combined with proceeds from continued sales on his site should mitigate some of the expense. [Source: Variety]

TNT has decided not to proceed with the pilot for its political and social drama “Civil”. “A Simple Plan” scribe Scott Smith penned and Allen Coulter directed the series which boasts a cast led by Bradley Whitford, Courtney B. Vance, Toby Jones and Enrique Murciano.

The story took place in the wake of a hotly contested Presidential election, as America finds itself plunging uncontrollably into a modern day Civil War. The series weaves together the personal stories of citizens from all walks of life, whose actions add fuel to the conflict and affect the fate of the entire country. [Source: Deadline]

NBC has announced premiere sates for several midseason shows including the DC Comics-inspired “Powerless” on February 2nd, the high-profile spin-off series “The Blacklist: Redemption” which begins February 23rd, “Trial & Error” on March 7th, and finally “Great News” on April 25th. [Source: THR]

CBS has released the first trailer for Frank Spotnitz’s midseason suspense drama “Ransom”. The story is inspired by the professional experiences of crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert who is amongst the top negotiators in the world.

In the series, Luke Roberts stars as crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont. Eric understands criminals better than they do, and uses his insight into human behavior to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases. The series premieres January 1st.