Three episodes in, Paramount Network’s new drama “Yellowstone” is the second most-watched TV series on ad-supported cable to air this year behind only “The Walking Dead”. The series has averaged 4.6 million viewers in Live+3 and has actually grown in key demographics so far. New episodes premiere 10pm Wednesdays. [Source: Deadline]
CBS and Global have renewed the series “Ransom” for a third season with production to begin in October.
Luke Roberts plays renowned crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont who employs insight into human behaviour to deal with challenging kidnap and ransom cases, refusing to ever resort to violence. As such his skills often cause issues in his personal and professional relationships. Nazneen Contractor and Sarah Greene co-star. [Source: Variety]
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Deaf actress Lauren Ridloff has been cast in the ninth season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”. Ridloff will play the character of Connie in a multi-episode arc. She’s described as a seasoned survivor deft at using her senses to read people, situations, and trouble. Ridloff scored a nomination for a recent stage version of “Children of a Lesser God”. [Source: EW]
Charlie Matthau, son of the late Walter Matthau, is reportedly developing a six-part television series on the 1920 presidential election. He has also optioned David Pietrusza’s book “1920: The Year of the Six Presidents” through his Matthau Company and plans to air the series in 2020. [Source: Variety]
The BBC has unveiled the first clip of its forthcoming dramas for the second half of the year – many of these series are already set for broadcast elsewhere in other countries including Netflix, Amazon, HBO, PBS and AMC. Included are looks at “The ABC Murders,” “The Little Drummer Girl,” “Black Earth Rising,” “Gentleman Jack,” “Mrs Wilson,” new takes on “War of the Worlds” and “Les Miserables” and the new season of “Luther”.