LA-based Dynamic Television has inked a number of distribution deals for teen dramedy Almost Never at a time when ready-made content is more important than ever to broadcasters.
New broadcasters to pick up the live-action series include CBC Gem (Canada), ABC (Australia), SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland), NRK (Norway) and Talit (Israel). The musical show was initially commissioned by CBBC in 2018 and bowed in 2019.
Almost Never revolves around a boy band that has to earn success through hard work and determination after losing a talent competition. The 26 x 27-minute show comes from CBBC regulars Jeremy Salsby (Friday Download) through his Saltbeef Productions shingle and Paul Rose (Dani’s House, 4 O’Clock Club). Almost Never features original music, as well as covers of popular songs, and follows the boys as they struggle with family, friends and each other on the way to finding success.
COVID-19 put a halt to most live-action production, so broadcasters looking to fill new programming gaps have been turning to already completed shows. Canadian pubcaster CBC recently picked up Malory Towers from WildBrain and King Bert to air on its Gem streaming platform. Other broadcasters that have acquired Malory Towers this summer include BYUtv (US), ABC (Australia), ZDF (Germany) and YLE (Finland). Earlier this month, Hulu snagged Epic Film’s four x half-hour series about a transgender girl’s first year of high school.