Extra: BBC3 goes Green, A+E titles head to Hulu Japan

In today's 'Extra,' BBC3 greenlights two social-issue documentaries starring English rapper Professor Green (pictured), A+E Networks inks a distribution deal with Hulu in Japan and NBCUniversal cancels Best Time Ever.
December 16, 2015

Rapper Professor Green to star in two docs for BBC3

BBC3 has ordered two docs starring English musician Professor Green, a.k.a. Stephen Manderson (pictured). Professor Green: Sleeping Rough (working title) and Dangerous Dogs (working title) will follow Manderson as he examines youth homelessness and dangerous dogs in youth culture. Both are produced by Antidote Productions and will air on BBC3 in 2016. Laura Jones and Leila Monks are exec producing for Antidote. BBC commissioning editor for documentaries Danny Horan also serves as executive producer. Manderson previously starred in the BBC3 doc Professor Green: Suicide and Me, which aired in October.

Lifetime, FYI programming to air on Hulu in Japan

A+E Networks has inked a deal with HJ Holdings – Hulu in Japan – that will make an extensive catalog of its programming available on the Japanese subscription-based video-on-demand platform. The programming will launch with History Channel Japan titles Pawn Stars and Counting Cars and expand to include programs from Lifetime, Crime and Investigation and FYI. All content will be available in Japanese. Hulu launched in Japan in 2011 and the business was acquired by Nippon TV in 2014.

NBCUniversal cancels Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris

NBCUniversal has pulled the live variety series Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harrisfrom the air after one season. Produced by ITV America in association with Harris’ Prediction Productions, the hour-long variety show combined comedy sketches, game show and hidden camera prank elements, as well as musical numbers and appearances from celebrities including Shaquille O’Neal, Kelly Ripa and Kelsey Grammer. Realscreen understands that NBC is looking to continue working with Harris and Prediction Productions in another capacity. The show’s cancellation was first reported by Variety. “So @BestTimeEver happened. Super grueling yet exuberant fun. I’m proud of what we did – live! – and still believe in variety. Stay tuned,” series host Harris tweeted.

With files from Daniele Alcinii

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