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HBO: Season 3 of Getting On Premieres Sunday 8 November

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Getting On returns to HBO for a six episode third and final season which will premiere on Sunday 8 November at 10.00pm.

Blending outrageous humor and unexpected moments of tenderness, the critically-acclaimed show follows the daily lives of nurses and doctors as they struggle with the darkly comic realities of caring for the elderly in an overwhelmed healthcare system, skewering the petty bureaucracies of modern medical practice in America.

At the Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit of Mt. Palms Hospital in Long Beach, Cal., the staff attends to the needs of female patients who are often “getting on” in years, while dealing with the challenges of a health-care bureaucracy in need of an overhaul. Even as they attempt to serve their charges under less-than-ideal circumstances, the lives of this ragtag crew are complicated by conflicting agendas, both professional and personal.

Cast regulars on GETTING ON include: Laurie Metcalf (three Emmys ® for “Roseanne”) as Dr. Jenna James, who once hoped to become a medical-research star, but has instead been sentenced to purgatory at the facility; Alex Borstein (“Family Guy”) as Nurse Dawn, whose personal shortcomings undermine her need to excel in her job; Niecy Nash (“Reno 911!”), a recent Emmy® nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, as Nurse DiDi, whose easy rapport with patients should be an example to her superiors, but isn’t; and Mel Rodriguez (“Community”) as Patsy De La Serda, a reform-minded supervising nurse.

Beginning eight months after the conclusion of season two, season three finds Dr. James determined to put the corporate-hospice scandal behind her, and pushing her research ambitions further than ever before. Nurse DiDi emerges as a union leader amidst a family drama that finds its way onto the ward. Newly married Nurse Dawn struggles to make sense of her new responsibilities and uncertain future, continuing to circle the orbit of male Supervising Nurse Patsy, who’s looking to embrace a new lifestyle. These personal stories play out against the backdrop of Billy Barnes’ threatened demise and the fight to keep the ward (and hospital) alive.

New guest stars on the third season of GETTING ON include: Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”), Frances Conroy (HBO’s “Six Feet Under”), Grant Bowler (“Defiance”), Rita Moreno (“West Side Story”), Kristen Johnston (“Third Rock from the Sun”), Jonathan Silverman (“Weekend at Bernie’s”) and musician Janis Ian, as well Vicky Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan, stars of the original British show on which the HBO series is based, who make a special appearance in the fourth episode of the season.

Returning guest stars include: Jayma Mays, Mary Kay Place, June Squibb, Harry Dean Stanton and Daniel Stern.

November’s episodes:

Episode #13 (season 3, episode 1) “This Is About Vomit, People”
Debut: SUNDAY, NOV. 8 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: Nov. 8 (12:30 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 9 (11:15 p.m.), 10 (5:50 p.m.), 11 (9:30 p.m.) and 14 (1:05 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Nov. 9 (10:00 p.m.), 12 (5:30 p.m.) and 14 (6:15 p.m.)

As Dr. Jenna James (Laurie Metcalf) looks to move past her hospice scandal, she finds her job threatened by a handsome new doctor (Grant Bowler) and takes immediate action. DiDi (Niecy Nash) is inspired to fight for her union rights, while cutbacks force Patsy (Mel Rodriguez) to return to floor duty. Dawn (Alex Borstein) questions her marriage and later gets distressing news.

Written by Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer; directed by Miguel Arteta.

Episode #14 (season 3, episode 2) “Don’t Let It Get in You or on You”
Debut: SUNDAY, NOV. 15 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Nov. 15 (12:30 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 16 (1:00 a.m.), 17 (4:15 p.m.), 18 (9:45 p.m.) and 21 (11:10 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Nov. 16 (10:00 p.m.), 19 (5:00 p.m.) and 21 (1:45 p.m.)

The staff faces an infectious disease crisis. DiDi’s family drama spills into work, in the person of Yvette (Marsha Stephanie Blake), her sister-in-law. Dr. James reaches out to a pharmaceutical company and finds herself affected by a patient with a complicated past (Joyce Geronimus). A worn-out Dawn is revived by Patsy’s unpredictable advances.

Written by Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer; directed by Miguel Arteta.

Episode #15 (season 3, episode 3) “No, I Don’t Want a F***ing Smiley Face”
Debut: SUNDAY, NOV. 22 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Nov. 22 (12:30 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 23 (11:30 p.m.), 24 (5:00 p.m.), 25 (9:30 p.m.) and 28 (3:00 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Nov. 23 (10:00 p.m.), 26 (5:00 p.m.) and 28 (1:45 p.m.)

While preparing for a conference, Dr. James is caught off-guard by workplace politics. A felon (Rhea Perlman) with cancer, and a history of daring escapes, arrives at the ward. When his mother (Ivone Coll) pays a visit, Patsy asks Dawn to pose as someone she’s not. DiDi’s
mother-in-law (Gloria Leroy) comes to Billy Barnes for treatment, sparking a family feud.

Written by Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer; directed by Miguel Arteta.

Episode #16 (season 3, episode 4) “Am I Still Me?”
Debut: SUNDAY, NOV. 29 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Nov. 29 (midnight, 2:00 a.m.) and 30 (3:20 a.m.), and Dec. 2 (9:30 p.m.) and 5 (10:45 p.m.)
HBO2 playdate: Nov. 30 (10:00 p.m.)

On the day of her “Sym*poo*sium,” Dr. James is plagued by unexpected complications. Patsy embraces his truth, and DiDi finds herself caught between work and family. Dawn and Dr. James see uncanny visions of themselves in two British visitors, Dr. Pippa Moore (Vicki Pepperdine) and Sister Den Flixter (Joanna Scanlan).

Written by Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer; directed by Miguel Arteta.

GETTING ON is executive produced by Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer under their Anima Sola Productions Banner, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner of BBC Worldwide Productions, Miguel Arteta, Geoff Atkinson, Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine; co-executive producers, Lisa Bellomo, Courtney Conte and Chrisann Verges.

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ITV, Kate Beckinsale to star in The Widow, a Harry and Jack Williams series

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ITV have announced that Kate Beckinsale will take the leading role in ITV and Amazon Prime Video Drama, The Widow, from acclaimed writers Harry and Jack Williams. The series will be produced in conjunction with Amazon Prime Video.

In The Widow Kate will play Georgia Wells who has her life turned upside-down with a phone-call in the middle of the night. Her husband of over 10 years, Will, has been reported dead after a plane crash in the Congolese jungle.

Three years later, with her old life now a thing of the past, Georgia learns something shocking. Something that will take her to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, looking to uncover the truth about his disappearance.

Still haunted by the past, Georgia is grieving for the man she loved and the life they’ve lost, but she hasn’t given up hope.

The Widow has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, who said: “I’m delighted to announce Kate Beckinsale’s casting in The Widow. She is perfect for the role of Georgia in what is, as always, brilliant, compelling and surprising storytelling from Harry and Jack Williams. We’re very pleased to have secured the series which is an ITV original commission and co-production with Amazon Prime.”

On behalf of Amazon Prime Video, Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide TV Content Acquisition said: “We are thrilled to continue our existing relationship with Kate Beckinsale on the heels of her incredible performances in Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed films.”

“Harry and Jack Williams have created a powerful story, which will be brought to life by one of the world’s most talented actresses, and we are excited to bring this thrilling series to Prime members around the world,” he added.

Commented Harry and Jack Williams: “Kate Beckinsale is a brilliantly talented actress and we’re thrilled she’s joining us on this journey – we couldn’t imagine anyone more perfect for the role. The Widow is our most ambitious and cinematic piece to date and we can’t wait to bring the dark heart of the Congolese jungle to the screen.”

The Widow will be produced by Eliza Mellor (Liar, The Living and the Dead, Poldark, Death Comes to Pemberley) and will be directed by lead director Sam Donovan (Humans, Liar, Utopia) and Olly Blackburn (Donkey Punch, Glue) who is also directing four episodes of the series. Jack and Harry Williams will executive produce the drama.

The series will go into production in January 2018 in South Africa, Wales and Rotterdam.

The Widow will premiere on ITV before airing as an Amazon Prime Original in the US. The series will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories for members to watch via the Prime Video app for popular smart TVs, Fire TV, Fire Tablets and Android and iOS phones and tablets.

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Channel 9, Married At First Sight 2018 New Series Premieres 29 Jan

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What started as something of a social experiment but is now more or less straight reality (but still calling itself a social experiment), Married At First Sight will premiere it’s new series on Channel 9 on Monday January 29 at 7.30pm.

Once again the team – relationship expert John Aiken, neuropsychotherapist Dr Trisha Stratford, and dating and relationship expert Mel Schilling – aim to put relationships to the test in a unique experiment designed to determine if science can predict true love in couples who will get married at first sight.

The experts will undertake the mammoth task of pairing 20 brave singles to create their perfect match as 10 brides and 10 grooms undergo the most intense experiment yet.

The experts will match all our couples on the basis of extensive psychological and neurological testing and profiling.

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Each couple meet for the first time on their wedding day, and from the moment they exchange vows their relationships are thrust under a microscope as they experience the highs and lows of marriage at full speed – alongside other couples riding the same rollercoaster.

Once again, the couples will reside under the same roof as relationships are tested like never before.

They’ll get the chance to compare their experiences at often explosive dinner parties – and put their relationships to the test at the most confronting commitment ceremonies we’ve ever seen.

But while some couples will struggle with all the complexities an intense relationship experiment brings, others will find true joy as their fairytale blossoms from first glance.

10 brides. 10 grooms. 10 weddings. Who will find true lasting love?

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Netflix, German Supernatural drama Dark given Second Season

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Netflix has renewed its first German original production, DARK, for a second season. The acclaimed drama created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese has resonated with audiences in Germany and around the world, including the U.S., Brazil, Italy, Turkey, Spain and France among other countries. DARK, a family saga with a supernatural twist, is now one of the most-watched entirely non-English shows on Netflix, a German series that transcends borders to connect with audiences in every country.

Kelly Luegenbiehl, Vice President of International Originals for Netflix, said: “When we first heard about DARK, we realized very early on that we hadn’t seen anything like this show before — in Germany or anywhere else in the world. DARK is a testament that great storytelling transcends geography. We’re excited that our members around the globe are captivated by the mysterious world of Winden, and will now be able to continue to see how the story unfolds.”

Showrunners Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese about the audience reception and the renewal of season two added: “We are overwhelmed by the response to DARK and are thrilled that our story has been a success with a global audience. Viewers have been captivated by the secrets of our protagonists and have taken delight in unravelling the various puzzles that the story presents. To know that we will now embark on our next journey is, for us showrunners, a dream come true. And our fans can be sure that we have plenty of surprises in store for the second season of DARK.”

Producer Quirin Berg concludes: “Jantje Friese, Baran Bo Odar, our wonderful actors and our fantastic team have put an incredible amount of energy into making DARK a unique and gripping series. We thank all of those who have accompanied us on this path. And we thank Netflix for their trust and for the excellent cooperation. We are extremely happy that DARK has by now received such an overwhelming response, both in Germany and around the world, and we are particularly thrilled about the quick decision by Netflix to take it into a second season. We can hardly wait to continue telling the story!”

DARK is now streaming on Netflix, it is set in a German town in present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families. In ten, hour-long episodes, the story takes on a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986.

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