Friday, May 19, 2023

The CW to Co-Produce Drama 'Joan'; Orders 'The Librarians' Spinoff; and Acquires German Drama 'The Swarm'

The CW has joined the upcoming British drama series Joan as a co-producer. Moreover, the broadcast network has given a series order to a spinoff of TNT's The Librarians and acquired the German drama series The Swarm.

Set against the vibrant backdrop of the 1980s - an era known for its bold fashion trends, iconic music and cultural shifts, Joan follows Joan Hannington, a fiery and uncompromising woman in her twenties who is deeply scarred and vulnerable. She is a devoted mother to her six-year-old daughter, Kelly, but is trapped in a disastrous marriage with a violent criminal named Gary. When Gary goes on the run, Joan seizes the opportunity to create a new life for herself and her daughter. Adopting new identities and making new acquaintances along the way, Joan becomes a master jewel thief. She embarks on a thrilling, high-stakes journey that challenges her every limit, driven by her desire to care for her daughter and create a secure home for them both. Through her sharp intelligence, charm and talent for impersonation and performance, we follow the twists and turns in Joan's life, the ups and downs, the heartache and the joy that makes this story so compelling to follow.

The drama stars Sophie Turner, Frank Dillane, Kirsty J. Curtis, Gershwyn Eustache Jr. and Laura Aikman.

Anna Symon created the drama. She executive produces with Ruth Kenley-Letts, Jenny Van Der Lande, Neil Blair and director Richard Laxton. Paul Frift serves as a producer. All3Media and Snowed-In Productions produce.

The 6-episode first season is currently in production and will air on ITVX in the United Kingdom later this year.

The Librarians: The Next Chapter centers on a "Librarian" from the past, who time traveled to the present and now finds himself stuck here. When he returns to his castle, which is now a museum, he inadvertently releases magic across the continent. He is given a new team to help him clean up the mess he made, forming a new team of Librarians.

Dean Devlin created the drama. He executive produces with Rachel Olschan-Wilson and Marc Roskin. Jonathan English serves as a producer. Electric Entertainment and Balkanic Media produce.

The Librarians originated as a film franchise on TNT - producing three films between 2004 and 2008. It then segued into a television series on TNT, which aired for four seasons from 2014 to 2018.

The Swarm is based on the novel by Frank Schätzing. Around the world, strange happenings, borne out of the oceans: Whales destroy boats, deep sea crabs attack beaches, mussels block container ships. An unknown ice worm destabilizes continental slopes and triggers tsunamis. A deadly pathogen spreads into the drinking water. Across the globe, lives are increasingly imperiled, the situation worsening by the day - and yet, nobody can draw a connection between the seemingly random attacks. Except for a group of scientists who come together through their shared sense that something bigger is at play: an intelligent life force, dwelling in the deep - capable of manipulating the ocean, and everything that resides in it. A being which has borne witness to our destruction of the seas and has decided to drive us to extinction. But hardly anyone believes their findings. And so, the group are forced to undertake a life-threatening mission, tracking the intelligent life force within the Arctic Ocean. It is a mission they know may claim their lives.

The drama stars Cécile de France, Alexander Karim, Leonie Benesch and Joshua Odjick. 

Frank Doelger created the drama. He executive produces with Eric Welbers, Marc Huffam and Ute Leonhardt. Schwarm TV Productions produces.

The 8-episode first season aired earlier this year on ZDF in Germany.