ShowMax boosts TV offering with 125 hours of shows

Written by Tashi from the blog Tashi's TV on 09 Oct 2015
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New VOD service ShowMax has bought the rights to 125 hours of shows from ITV to add to the online platform. They've been in France, spending their bucks at MIPCOM, the global entertainment market where TV execs and other purse strings go buy new TV series for their channels.

MIPCOM ended yesterday so everyone's returning home with their scores. The ShowMax shopping bag includes Seasons 1 to 3 of the excellent Mr Selfridge as well a selection of shows which haven't aired on any of our TV channels yet.

These include the first season of the new fantasy series Good Witch and a new 10-hour miniseries Texas Rising. It stars Bill Paxton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Ray Liotta and tells the story of how the Texas Rangers were created.

They've also bought Seasons 1 to 3 of Rectify, the first scripted series from the Sundance channel, which is exactly what you'd expect a Sundance show to be.

It's created by Sundance but ITV are handling the international distribution rights to it which is why ShowMax bought it from them.

It follows the story of Daniel Holden (played by Aden Young) who's been on death row for 19 years, accused of raping and murdering his girlfriend.

As the series starts, new DNA evidence turns up, which overturns the original court judgement and Daniel goes free. He returns to his small-town home and the series follows events as he tries to integrate back into the society.

The crazy thing about it - and the real appeal - is that you never know whether he's guilty of the crime or not. At first you're totally on his side but then you start to wonder...

Unlike his sister Amantha (played by Abigail Spencer) who believes in his innocence a million percent. She's stuck with him through the trial, she's given up her life to prove his innocence and she has the Sundance nails to prove it, which I'm absolutely mad about because they're my best.

They involve nail polished nails but with the nail polish scratched and coming off. Juno Temple had them in the Sundance movie Little Birds and Amantha has them too.

Here's a trailer:

Actors in this post: Abigail Spencer, Aden Young

Shows in this post: Mr Selfridge

Channels in this post: ShowMax


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