TV News: Dogs, Prime, Awards, Fall

Mad Dogs
Amazon has officially given a pilot order to a U.S. remake of the British black comedy/thriller “Mad Dogs”, taking over the production from FX. The original show’s creator is teaming with “Last Resort” and “The SHIELD” show runner Shawn Ryan on the potential series with Emmy winner Charles McDougall set to direct the pilot.

The story follows the reunion of four forty-something guys who visit their now seemingly rich old school friend in an exotic locale. Things soon take an unexpected and dark turn. The original was set in Majorca (and later Ibiza, Morocco and Cape Town). The U.S. version shifts the action to Belize. [Source: Deadline]

Prime Suspect
“Prime Suspect” author Lynda La Plante is penning “Tennison,” a new book set in the 1970s dealing with a twenty-something version of Jane Tennison – the iconic character Helen Mirren played on in the various “Prime Suspect” mini-series between 1991 and 2006.

La Plante has hinted a TV adaptation is in the works, and the problem is going to be finding someone who can play her after Mirren’s portrayal: “I don’t want a face that’s well known. A search will go out to every drama school and acting academy. She has to explode onto the screen…Helen Mirren has a very rare quality as an actress. She has an incredible weight to her, and stillness.” [Source: Digital Spy]

TV Critics Awards
This year’s Television Critics Association Awards have been announced with “Breaking Bad” nabbing Program of the Year. In the individual categories, “The Good Wife” took Outstanding Achievement in Drama, “Veep” & “Louie” tied for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, and “True Detective” nabbed Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials.

Other winners were “Orange is the New Black” for Outstanding New Program, Matthew McConaughey (“True Detective”) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) took Individual Achievement nods, and awards to “The Fosters,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Cosmos” and “Saturday Night Live” for other categories. [Source: The Live Feed]

The Fall
The BBC has released a specially crafted teaser for the second season of “The Fall”. Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan return as DSI Stella Gibson and married serial killer Paul Spector respectively. With the former now finally aware of the latter, the cat and mouse game intensifies. Production on the new season recently wrapped in Belfast.