Television

AXN 'Survives' cautiously amidst plans to air new reality show in November

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2014/08/19/axn.jpg?itok=qvc5F1rx

After having burnt its fingers with the second season of the reality show 'Survivor' AXN is not taking chances with its third season.

After just four episodes of the season which was set in Australia the channel was compelled to yank the show off the air in India as viewers - especially PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) - were uncomfortable with scenes depicting cruelty towards animals.

To avoid a repetition of this embarrassing situation the third season will start airing on 19 October, a week after it starts in America. This will give AXN's team time to review and edit out any objectionable material that might offend Indian sensibilities. However, other countries in the Asian region which gave the show a thumbs up will start showing it about eight to 12 hours after America.

The third season of the series is set in Africa and the rules will be exactly the same involving two teams. Each team will have seven members and there will be 14 episodes. In the first nine episodes, according to an AXN representative, eight people will be voted off the island.

According to him, when the show started last December, it took a while for people to warm up to a new concept but once they did, ratings definitely soared. Coke was one of the sponsors of the second series and though the channel has not yet managed to attract any sponsors for the third season it is hopeful of doing so. In the west there has been a marked audience apathy towards reality based shows especially after the terrorist attacks. However in India, since 'Survivor' is the only reality show that AXN will show, the channel is confident of doing well in the rating sweepstakes.

Regarding further programming initiatives, the spokesperson said the channel was hoping to finish the year with a bang. From the second week of November the channel will show an eleven episode reality series called 'The Amazing Race'. In America the show started airing last week. It has been produced by Jerry Bruckheimer who is all too familiar with the action terrain having produced movies like the 'The Rock' which starred Nicholas Cage, Sean Connery and Ed Harris and 'Pearl Harbour' a World War II epic

'The Amazing Race' involves 11 American couples who each have a different relationship with each other. They could be a recently engaged couple, brother-sister, husband-wife, mother-daughter etc. They will be dropped off in Africa and they have to make their way to America.

The spokesperson said that this show would be much more visually attractive than 'Survivor' since the movement of all eleven couples will be constantly tracked. A performance evaluation will be held after every three to four days and the team which is lagging behind will be eliminated. The winning couple gets one million dollars.

AXN sees the show as being much more challenging than 'Survivor' as participants have to perform physically enduring tasks like bungee jumping and crawling down a rock with the help of a rope. The relationship between the couples will be severely tested, as they not only have to survive but also have to trust each other to make the right decision. However transportation vehicles will be provided. This was not the case with Eco Challenge, an action series which AXN has shown. Participants in that event had to make their way by foot. The last event was held in Malaysia. The next event in the Eco Challenge series will take place in New Zealand from the 20th and will be telecast on the channel next April.

Another major attraction that AXN has lined up is the Oscar winning martial arts stunner 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon' directed by Ang Lee. It will be sired in December.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/23/Aaj-tak-sabse.jpg?itok=y5SUyDvL
Aaj Tak regains number one position in Hindi News genre

MUMBAI: Zee News made way for the entry of News24 in the top five channels' list in the Hindi News Rural genre in this week's BARC India data. In the Hindi News Urban space, ABP showed up in the top five list pushing out News Nation.

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/23/zee%20%281%29.jpg?itok=G2vJCfG-
Zee's 'Khwaabon Ke Darmiyaan' emerges as top-ranking TV show in UAE

Zee Middle East’s second, locally produced fiction series Khwaabon Ke Darmiyaan which follows the storyline of a UAE based real estate tycoon, has emerged as the top-ranking TV show among south Asians in the UAE for two consecutive months.

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/23/Discovery%20%281%29.jpg?itok=rcV4zr8O
Star World dominates English Entertainment, Discovery regains no.1 spot

Star World dominated the English Entertainment genre followed by Zee Cafe. Players in the space witnessed a significant hike in the ratings this week.

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/23/Times-Internet%20%281%29.jpg?itok=Ih3sQCAj
Times Internet appoints Rattan Chugh & Vivek Pandey in leadership roles

Looking to further consolidate its position as India's leading digital product company, Times Internet, today, announced the addition of two experienced and proven corporate leaders to their senior management team. Rattan Chugh comes in as the new chief people's officer from Standard Chartered,...

Television TV Channels People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/23/Sundaram%20%281%29.jpg?itok=verTtP_F
Times Now ex-CFO Sundaram joins Republic

MUMBAI: Former Times Now CFO S Sundaram has joined Republic, Arnab Goswami’s media entity, as the group CFO for the TV and digital venture.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/22/karan-bajaj%20%281%29.jpg?itok=PEGordMk
DSport bags rights of Chinese League, IPL on cards

Discovery’s newest offering in the sports industry, DSport, has acquired the rights of the Chinese Super League (CSL). The tournament will be aired from 11 March.

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/23/vidyut%20%281%29.jpg?itok=aSVPkrQT
Movies Now brings Vidyut Jamwal to promote 'Knockouts @ 7'

Movies Now has associated with an upcoming action film Commando 2 for its flagship property Knockouts @ 7. The property airs action packed movies like Quantum Of Solace, Spiderman 2, The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Snake On A Plane and many more every Monday–Friday at 7 pm.

Television TV Channels Movie Channels
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/22/pramod%20%281%29.jpg?itok=X3UbSddA
Pramod Chandorkar is IRAA awards director

The Indian Recording Arts Academy has announced Pramod Chandorkar as the Awards Director. Pramod has been working as a Sound Engineer since 1995. He has worked on numerous mega hit albums and films as Chief Sound Engineer. He is one of the few audio engineers who have excelled in all branches of...

Television TV Shows Awards
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/22/Kalanithi-Maran.jpg?itok=byGkIFgE
Sun TV to benefit greatly from DAS III & IV: Centrum Broking

MUMBAI: Stockbroking firm Centrum Broking’s research team is relatively bullish on the Sun TV Network. In its latest report, Centrum has stated that Sun TV has said that recent developments bode well for the Kalanithi Maran promoted southern TV network. “We draw comfort from the court’s recent...

Television TV Channels Regional

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories