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Terra Mater, WildBear projects part of PBS ‘Nature’ fall line-up

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American pubcaster PBS’s long-running natural history documentary strand ‘Nature’ has unveiled its programming line-up for this autumn, with Pandas: Born to be Wild (pictured) and Australian Bushfire Rescue highlighting the season.

The 39th season of ‘Nature’ will embark on a global journey to film never-before-seen animal behaviors and conservation efforts for at-risk species. The latest season kicks off Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT with the premiere of Pandas: Born to be Wild, from Terra Mater Factual Studios and Mark Fletcher Productions, in association with Thirteen Productions for WNET.

Produced and photographed by Jacky Poon and Yuanqi Wu, the series will seek to explore – with filmmakers, scientists and rangers – the secretive world of wild pandas in China’s Qinling Mountains.

Filmmaker Max Bourke’s Australian Bushfire Rescue will follow, airing on Oct. 28. The doc provides an intimate look at those who have rescued and cared for the animal survivors – from kangaroos, koalas and wombats – of Australia’s 2019 bushfires. It is narrated by Anja Taylor and produced by WildBear Entertainment and Thirteen Productions for WNET, ZDF/ARTE and ZDFE. Bettina Dalton executive produces alongside producer Dr. Holly Trueman.

Also joining the programming line-up is the BBC Studios three-part miniseries Primates, which will provide an intimate understanding of several species of primates, from gorillas and chimpanzees to the slow loris and tarsier. The series launches over three consecutive Wednesdays, beginning Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. BBC’s Gavin Boyland is series producer and Michael Gunton exec produces. It is produced and directed by Nikki Waldron, Nick Easton and Victoria Buckley.

Additional titles slated to broadcast across the latest season of ‘Nature’ include Terra Mater Factual Studios and Thirteen’s Santa’s Wild Home (Nov. 25); Otmar Penker’s two-part miniseries The Alps (winter/spring 2021); Pumas (w/t; winter/spring 2021) from Terra Mater Factual Studios, Wildlife Films, Thirteen and Doclights/NDR Naturfilm; Big Bend (w/t; winter/spring 2021) from Crossing the Line and Thirteen; and Sharks in Hawaii (w/t; winter/spring 2021) from Pangolin Pictures, Thirteen and Terra Mater Factual Studios.

PBS ‘Nature’ is a production of Thirteen Productions for WNET and PBS. Fred Kaufman is executive producer. Bill Murphy is series producer.

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‘Succession’ Wins Best Drama at Emmys 2020

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Looks like the Roys are taking over for HBO’s Throne. HBO’s Succession took home the coveted prize of Best Drama at the 2020 Emmys. The darkly comic drama about the internal discord tearing a major media family apart edged out the likes of Better Call Saul, Killing Eve, Ozark, Stranger Things, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Mandalorian. Succession also takes the spot formerly held by long-time celebrated HBO show Game of Thrones.

Loosely based on the real-life stories of media mogul families like the Murdochs and Redstones, Succession tells the story of the fictional Roy clan. Lead by irascible patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox), the Roy family is essentially a group of bickering narcissists struggling to find emotional support from the very people they’re competing against for power. The series is a searing indictment of news media, the 1%, and the ruling class. Succession works in huge part thanks to its incredible writing, directing, and ensemble cast. In fact, the show won Best Direction, Best Writing, and Best Lead Drama Actor (for Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy).

Accepting the award from London, series creator Jesse Armstrong gave an unconventional series of “un-thank yous” to the virus for keeping everyone in the show separate, to President Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson for their responses to the COVID-19, to Nationalists everyone, and the “media moguls” whom Armstrong said keep those groups in power.

Is Succession on Netflix? Sadly, if you want to catch up on the big winner of the night, you’ll need either an HBO or HBO Max subscription.

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Star Wars Star Alden Ehrenreich Pushes Back Against Narrative Surrounding Solo

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It’s definitely true that the media tends to polarize not only the good and the bad but also everything in between. When it comes to Solo, there’s a lot to look at; so, let’s separate the conversation into box office and general perception. The first is box office. Was the media unfair to Solo by calling it a box office failure? Well, it’s certainly fair to call it a disappointment. The film was reportedly made for $300M according to Deadline. The film grossed a total of $392M and change worldwide. When you factor in marketing costs and percentage theaters keep, especially overseas, there’s no way the film made its money back theatrically (if the budget numbers are accurate). That being said, when you throw in home entertainment and life it’s getting out of streaming services and merchandise and what not, Solo was definitely not a disaster. It wasn’t what I’m sure Disney hoped, but sometimes that happens.

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SNEAK PEEK: Preview DC Comics’ The Flash #762

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The end is here in Flash #762 – the final issue of acclaimed writer JOSH WILLIAMSON’S record-shattering run! Along with artist HOWARD PORTER, colorist HI-FI, and letterer STEVE WANDS, they’re bringing all things to a dramatic head – and the Flash may never be the same! See how it all ends when this issue hits stores on Tuesday, September 22 – but to whet your appetite ’til then, here’s some HOT preview pages!

SNEAK PEEK: Preview DC Comics’ The Flash #762

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