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A guide to the TV content for the Xbox platform

by William Schwartz

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Comedies. Dramas. Documentaries. Halo. You name it, Microsoft has that in the works for their TV plans for the Xbox platform. In regards to the shows, they will be broken down into two categories: those that have already been greenlit, and those that are still in the early production stages. Here is the complete breakdown so far:

Greenlit

Halo Television Series –  A groundbreaking original series based on the award-winning “Halo” franchise.

The names: Steven Spielberg will executive produce, with collaboration from 343 Industries and Amblin Television

Every Street United – Unscripted series of eight, thirty-minute episodes and a one-hour finale, featuring legendary soccer players Thierry Henry and Edgar Davids, focused on the global search for soccer’s most gifted and undiscovered street stars scouted across eight countries (United States, England, Argentina, Spain, Brazil, the Netherlands, Ghana and South Korea). The series culminates this July in a 4v4 street game finale in the shadow of the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

The names: Jonathan Hock (Streetball, 30 for 30: The Best That Never Was) will be directing and Mike Tollin and Mandalay Sports Media will be executive producing.

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Halo “Digital Feature” – Not much is known, other than it concerns the lore of Halo and is a “digital feature”

The names: Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator) and David Zucker will be executive producers while Sergio Mimica-Gezzen (Battlestar Galactica, Heroes) will direct.

Humans –  Set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequence.

The names: Jane Featherstone (Life on Mars, Broadchurch) and Derek Wax (The Hour, Sex Traffic) will be executive producers. Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks) will be writing the show.

Bonnaroo – Xbox owners around the globe can experience the magic of the 13th annual Bonnaroo music and arts festival with a live concert destination on Xbox Live Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15, 2014.

The names: Famous musicians attending Bonnaroo include Kanye West, Elton John, The Flaming Lips, Vampire Weekend, Disclosure, Ice Cube, Neutral Milk Hotel, Skrillex and more.

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Signal to Noise – A six film documentary series that will expose little known stories of how modern technology has radically altered the way we interact with our world. The first episode is “Atari: Game Over”, which is centered around the fabled “Great Video Game Burial of 1983” in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

The names: Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire) and Jonathan Chinn (30 Days, American High) will be producing. “Atari: Game Over” is being written and directed by Zak Penn (X-Men 2, Avengers)

Pre-Production

Fearless – Unscripted series currently in pilot production starring Paul de Gelder, an Australian Navy bomb clearance diver and shark attack survivor who takes on an adrenaline-fueled quest to aid individuals who risk their lives to make the world a better place.

The names: Produced by Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder.

Gun Machine –  A hardboiled detective thriller based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Warren Ellis. It concerns a detective tracking a serial killer connected to a collection of guns used in famous New York murders.

The names: Ellis and Brett Conrad (The Killing, Sons of Anarchy) will executive produce, and Conrad is signed to write the pilot episode.

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Jash in a Box – Each week, a different comedian will host/curate a show featuring new and unsung talent, in various video formats.

The names: Jash is a comedy collective founded by Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and Reggie Watts. Sarah Silverman will host the pilot episode. Daniel Kellison (Late Night, Late Show with David Letterman) will executive produce.

Extraordinary Believers – A hybrid stop-motion, live production show starring a band of medieval misfits stuck in modern Los Angeles trying to find their way home by finding magic mushrooms. The show is shot by sending improv actors out into the city to interact with regular people, in a way that moves the story forward.

The names: Created by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the people behind Robot Chicken. Executive producers will be Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Eric Towner and John Harvatine IV. Towner and Harvatine will also serve as the creators and writers of the show.

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Winterworld – Our world has been encased in ice from pole-to-pole. The surviving humans have formed tribes that war, enslave and trade with one another in an effort to survive the infinite winter. It is based on the graphic novel by Chuck Dixon and artist Jorge Zaffino.

The names: Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment and Rick Jacobs and Dave Alpert from Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead) will executive produce.

Deadlands – A genre-bending alternative history of the Weird West, filled with undead gunfighters, card-slinging sorcerers, mad scientists, secret societies, and fearsome abominations. It is based on the role-playing game developed by Shane Lacy Hensley.

The names: Nothing currently.

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