Game of Thrones to M-Net; Camelot to TopTV

2011-07-15 14:10
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town - Television viewers are in for a bumper crop of terrific television as South African pay broadcasters are now dueling to get the best big-buzz TV shows first. Sources tell Channel24 that M-Net on DStv has acquired and added epic big-buzz fantasy drama Game of Thrones which will be screened from early November, while a source also confirmed that Fox Entertainment on TopTV has secured the rights of the lavish drama Camelot that will start in mid-October.

Both of these new acquisitions – both with first seasons of 10 episodes each – are epic costume dramas filmed on location in Ireland (Camelot) and Malta and Northern Ireland (Game of Thrones). Meanwhile M-Net has also secured the highly anticipated new Steven Spielberg dino-time travel adventure drama Terra Nova for January, while Fox Entertainment grabbed Spielberg's other new show about a modern-day alien invasion Falling Skies that's currently being broadcast.

Sources tell Channel24 that TopTV is also actively pursuing the rights of the new Dallas for one of the Fox channels on TopTV. The already buzzed about Dallas will start in America early next year and will see the return of Larry Hagman as oil tycoon JR Ewing, Patrick Duffy as his brother Bobby, Linda Gray as Sue Ellen as well as a new generation of clashing Ewings at the iconic Southfork ranch.  

Game of Thrones which will start early November on M-Net is based on George RR Martin's best-selling fantasy series and brings a universe in the style of the Lord of the Rings movies to television as a drama series. In a fantasy world a big wall erected centuries ago is meant to keep evil away, but now evil has become a mere legend. While interwoven families clash and fight for political control, they are unaware of the supernatural stirrings at the other side of the wall that wants to destroy them all.

Camelot which starts on October 18 on Fox Entertainment (TopTV channel 180) is a lavish reinterpretation of the Arthurian legend with Joseph Fiennes as Merlin and Eva Green as Morgan. The show, filmed on location in Ireland, boasts magnificent set pieces, costumes and excellent production value and tells the story of how the sorcerer Merlin finds a young Arthur who has to 'rebuild' the court of Camelot after the murder of the king.

Camelot that started its broadcast in February in America will not have second season due to hefty production hurdles, despite viewership in America and Britain being steady and enough to warrant a continuation.

Game of Thrones was nominated on Thursday for an Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Drama Series.