Monday, 7 April 2014

Microsoft already has six TV series lined up for Xbox and more are coming

Though Microsoft has yet to produce any original TV programming, it has Netflix-like ambitions, according to a report from Bloomberg. Xbox's TV studio, headed by ex-CBS exec Nancy Tellem, now has at least six series in production, including a Sarah Silverman sketch show, a Seth Green stop-animation series and Humans, based on a creepy Swedish thriller about replicant-like robots. Those go along with the previously announced Halo TV series produced by Steven Spielberg and Every Street United, a soccer-oriented program set to debut with the World Cup. Despite the seemingly unrelated material, Xbox's new chief Phil Spencer said all shows will be selected to help draw users to the Xbox platform, in particular Xbox Live. As such, they won't be approved unless there's a gaming or or other interactive angle to them. Apart from the shows now in production, there's also a dozen or so in development -- hopefully the budget can stretch to a series with giant brawling robots.
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