The Crazy Ones heads up new US shows for Foxtel

New Robin Williams / Sarah Michelle Gellar comedy amongst 5 new US titles coming to Foxtel.

2013-08-21_1042Foxtel has announced a 5 new titles from the US Upfronts, set to screen across 2013 and 2014.

They include the new Robin Williams comedy The Crazy Ones, also starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, animated comedy Murder Police, serial killer drama Those Who Kill starring Chloe Sevigny and James D’Arcy, private investigator drama King and Maxwell, and alien teen romance Star Crossed.

The Crazy Ones was one of the standout shows at this year’s LA screenings, so we are thrilled to have secured the exclusive Australian premiere rights for Foxtel viewers,” said Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television.

“The quality of shows on offer this year was strong and we have walked away with an impressive array of programming from the different studios. Foxtel will continue to build its day and date strategy with many of these new series screening express from the US over the coming months.”


The Crazy Ones
Oscar-winner Robin Williams returns to his television roots with his signature brand of humor in the inspired workplace comedy The Crazy Ones. As a renowned advertising genius whose unorthodox methods would get him fired – if he weren’t the boss – he heads a powerful agency with the biggest clients and brands in the world. The office is staffed with an eclectic group intent on keeping his antics in check, including his daughter Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar), who often questions her father’s sanity while trying to make a name for herself in the advertising world.

Murder Police
Murder Police is a new animated comedy series that expands the boundaries of the cop show genre as only animation can. From David A. Goodman (Family Guy) and rising writer/animator/performer Jason Ruiz, the series follows a dedicated, but inept detective and his colleagues – some perverted, some corrupt, some just plain lazy – in a twisted city precinct.

Those Who Kill
Starring Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress Chloe Sevigny and James D’Arcy, this original scripted drama is based on a popular Danish crime series format inspired by the bestselling work of author Elsebeth Egholm. The series centers on Catherine Jensen (Chloë Sevigny), a freshly minted and incredibly smart police detective who tracks down serial killers. Jensen enlists the help of Thomas Schaffer (James D’Arcy), a forensic psychiatrist, to help her get into the minds of serial killers. Both characters possess a deep psychological understanding that connects them to the killers’ victims and to the killers themselves.


King And Maxwell
In this new scripted drama, Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn play private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, characters originally seen in the best-selling series of books by author David Baldacci. King and Maxwell aren’t your typical private investigators. Both are former Secret Service agents, and their unique skills – not to mention their razor-sharp chemistry – give them a leg up on conventional law enforcement. Maxwell is a former elite athlete who uses her brains, beauty and Beltway connections to solve cases. King’s career in the Secret Service ended when the presidential candidate he was assigned to protect was assassinated, sending him on a downward spiral. Today, King has added a law degree to his arsenal of skills, allowing him to navigate the system in ways a typical private investigator never could. Along the way, King and Maxwell clash over everything, from her garbage-strewn car to his love of wine and beer

Star Crossed
It’s a war of the worlds when an epic “Romeo and Juliet” romance ignites between a human girl and an alien boy, as he and others of his kind (Atrians), are integrated into a suburban high school after being banished for ten years. As this romance causes a violent encounter between their two families, can this couple’s love – and peace between the species – survive? This futuristic story of forbidden love stars Aimee Teegarden, Matt Lanter, Grey Damon and Natalie Hall.

And from September 3 Foxtel will air the critically acclaimed new series of Arrested Development on The Comedy Channel. Starring Jason Bateman, Portia De Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Ceera, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter as members of the habitually dysfunctional Bluth family, the revived series recently received three Emmy nominations.

These new programs join a massive lineup of current US programming on Foxtel including Banshee, The Hero, The Fosters and Twisted (FOX8); Ray Donovan, Newsroom and Dexter (showcase); The Real Housewives of Orange County/Miami/New Jersey, Project Runway and Million Dollar Listing NY (Arena); and The Daily Show With John Stewart, The Colbert Report, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live and Legit (The Comedy Channel).

From September, a raft of popular returning series will commence including Chicago Fire, Last Man Standing, Revolution, Switched At Birth, The Vampire Diaries and Hart of Dixie (FOX8); Boardwalk Empire, Sons of Anarchy and Eastbound & Down (showcase); Million Dollar Listing LA (Arena); and Tosh.0, Key & Peele and Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (The Comedy Channel).


11 Responses

  1. Not being rude Cam, but people from Denmark are usually called Danes.
    Danish are those delicious pastries I love so much!
    And yes, the Danes certainly make excellent programs these days.

  2. Interested in seeing Those Who Kill the Danish have had a good hit ratio lately even on the remakes (which this is), I really like Chloe Sevigny as an actor, she was good in Big Love and fantastic in Hit And Miss (American Horror Story: Asylum she was good in as well).

  3. I agree with DanR about shows like Project Runway. If you can’t fast track them let the fta channels bid for them. Nothing worse than trying to watch a series & not get flashed the results online.
    Eleven are you listening? SYTYCD is a few weeks behind & it is very hard to avoid knowing who has already been eliminated.

  4. “orange” is my new favourite. Great to see a Star Trek personality feature in a new and altogether different role (Go Red!) . Surprised it’s not been picked up yet. Can’t wait for S2.

  5. well that bloody sucks about the crazy ones not being on fta networks it would be perfect for channel 10 or atleast channel 9 another show the fta networks didn’t get that would give them huge ratings

  6. Orange Is The New Black is in NZ, TV2 started showing it this week. If Foxtel didn’t buy it looks like no one did.

    Good that Switched At Birth returning, but why dump it just for August when all they have on is a few summer shows?

  7. Good to see Robyn back on TV, I look forward to seeing what the Crazy Ones has to offer. An interesting mix with Sarah Michelle playing the daughter, it will be interesting to see them work together, but I think she might be a good fit for Robyn.

  8. Who’s secured Orange is the New Black and where the hell is it?!!!

    Don’t think Foxtel should be chest beating about year old reality TV. They need to commit to fast-tracking of shows like Project Runway, etc too, not just drama and comedy.

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