We have a couple of brief TV acquisition stories for you today. First up, as we reported earlier this month, the BBC is developing a limited-series adaptation of the John le Carre novel The Night Manager. The espionage drama, which will star Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston, revolves around a former British soldier who teams up with intelligence operatives to go undercover in order to avenge the death of a friend. Given the lead actors, the source material’s author, and the premise, it’s no wonder that the series ignited a bidding war. According to THR, AMC has won the U.S. distribution rights, which is good thing for the cable network considering they’re hard up for quality programming now that Breaking Bad is gone and Mad Men is almost finished (Better Call Saul might be good, but it will be compared to one of TV’s greatest shows right out the gate). Granted, The Night Manager is a limited series (probably six to eight episodes), but it will likely be a huge draw for the network nonetheless.
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