Monday, April 24, 2023

The CW Acquires British Thriller 'The Rising' and Australian Drama 'Barons'

The CW has today made two international acquisitions of scripted series - the British drama The Rising and the Australian drama Barons. Furthermore, both series have received summer premiere dates on the broadcast network.

Both dramas will premiere on Monday, May 29 - with The Rising at 8/7c. and Barons at 9/8c.

A remake of the Belgian series Hotel Beau Séjour, The Rising tells the story of Neve Kelly, who discovers that she is dead. Understandably, she's scared and confused by this new non-existence, but moreover, when she realizes she has been murdered, she's furious. Determined to find her killer and get justice, she takes advantage of her new supernatural abilities to go where the police can't and investigate her own death. In doing so, she uncovers deeply buried secrets and is forced to re-examine everything about her life and the people she cared about.

The drama stars Clara Rugaard, Nicholas Gleaves, William Ash, Matthew McNulty, Rebecca Root, Emily Taaffe, Alex Lanipekun, Ann Ogbomo, Nenda Neururer, Robyn Cara, Solly McLeod, Cameron Howitt and Lee Byford.

Pete McTighe developed the drama. He executive produces with Serena Thompson and Julian Stevens. Sky Studios produces.

Barons parallels the story behind the surf brands Billabong and Quiksilver in the 1970s. Set at a time of sexual liberation, social disruption, protest and war, the series captures a moment of upheaval and opportunity as a new surfing counterculture collides with the realities of enterprise. Two best friends, inspired by their love for the Australian beach, create what will become rival iconic surf brands. Little do they know that their success will tear them - and their worlds - apart. When their businesses go mainstream, the young rebels and their friends find themselves pulled deep into a world of corporate politics, jealousy, homophobia and racial tension. In selling their dream to the world, they create bitter, lasting rivalries.

The drama stars Sean Keenan, Ben O'Toole, Jillian Nguyen, Hunter Page-Lochard, George Pullar and Lincoln Younes.

Liz Doran, Michael Lawrence and John Molloy created the drama. Fremantle Australia, Micanical Pictures and 2Jons produce.