Extra: TVNZ gets in “Room,” CBC preps crime podcast

In today's 'Extra' wrap, comedy game show format You're Back in the Room (pictured) heads to New Zealand, while Canadian filmmaker David Ridgen launches a serialized investigative crime podcast on CBC Radio One.
March 2, 2016

BBCWW ANZ scores more deals for “Back in the Room”

New Zealand broadcaster TVNZ has ordered a localized version of UK comedy game show You’re Back in the Room (pictured) from BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (BBCWW ANZ). Screentime New Zealand will produce the adaptation for TV2. The format, which finds a group of hypnotized strangers competing in various games for a cash prize, was originally created by London-based production company Tuesday’s Child. British commercial broadcaster ITV has already renewed the series for a sophomore season after debuting last March.

The commission marks the second for BBCWW ANZ, which initially sent the format to Australia’s Channel Nine in October. The Australian series is hosted by Daryl Somers and produced by FremantleMedia Australia. The format has also been produced in France, the Netherlands, Colombia, Slovenia and the U.S.

David Ridgen launches serialized crime podcast on CBC Radio One

Canadian pubcaster CBC Radio One has launched the serialized investigative crime podcast Someone Knows Something. The series, which will be hosted by documentarian and Mississippi Cold Case director David Ridgen, will explore unsolved cold cases of the missing or murdered while providing theories, debunking rumors and uncovering new information of these crimes in the process.

Each season of the weekly podcast is set to focus on one Canadian cold case and offer first-hand accounts from those closest to the investigation, including the family, law enforcement and potential suspects. The series will first explore the mysteries behind the disappearance of five-year-old Adrien McNaughton, who vanished near a lake in eastern Ontario, more than four decades ago.

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