Riley aces Emmy
Australian production designer Deborah Riley has secured a fourth Emmy award for her work on HBO’s critically acclaimed drama Game of Thrones. It is the fourth win for Riley, who previously won the award in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Another Aussie nominated at the annual creative arts Emmys, Patrick Clair, who was up for outstanding main title design for his work on Westworld, was not so lucky; Clair lost out to the team who worked on the series Counterpart. The creative arts Emmys include categories for casting, cinematography, choreography, costumes, and picture editing. The 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Foxtel on Tuesday.
The political thriller Designated Survivor will live to see a third season, after streaming platform Netflix stepped in to save the series after its US network ABC cancelled it. The series already airs internationally on Netflix, and will now join the platform’s US streaming service. While Netflix does not release audience data, the move would seem to confirm that the title has been successful on Netflix’s streaming platforms in Australia, the UK and elsewhere. The series, which is produced by the studio eOne, stars Kiefer Sutherland and Australian actor Ben Lawson. The third season will air in 2019.
There is, as yet, no decision from the Ten Network on the fate of its television pilots, but they have confirmed plans to exhume a Nine Network renovation classic, the reality show Changing Rooms. The series, when it ran on Nine, was hosted by Suzie Wilks and featured two couples swapping houses and renovating rooms in each other’s homes, aided by a team of designers and renovation experts. The reboot will be produced for Ten by Endemol Shine Australia and will be filmed later this year for broadcast in 2019. Ten’s chief programming officer, Beverly McGarvey, described the format as “fun, bright, energetic and great family viewing.”
New dance partners
Ten’s content relaunch ahead of its planned “upfront” event in October is rolling on in earnest with the network also announcing it is rebooting Dancing with the Stars and launching a local version of the ITV format Saturday Night Takeaway. Dancing with the Stars, which until recently aired on Seven, will be fronted by Grant Denyer and Amanda Keller and will be produced for Ten by Warner Bros, while the local version of Saturday Night Takeaway will be fronted by Chris Brown and Julia Morris and will be nudged forward by a day, with a new title, Sunday Night Takeaway. Brown and Morris already host one of Ten’s tentpole shows I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.