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Who was supplying Amazon? One of Netflix’s biggest original series on their 2022 bingo card.

The company owned by Jeff Bezos, after closing an $8.5 billion deal to buy MGM, is now in charge. wednesdaywhich quickly became its rival’s second-biggest English-language series.

The Jenna Ortega-led show has crossed the 1 billion hour mark, only the third show to do so in less than a month, and surpassed Dahmer to become the second most-watched show in the US after Season 4 Stranger Things.

A renewal is believed to be imminent, although sources expect it to happen in the new year rather than before the end of the year. Producers are starting to talk to writers about joining the writers’ room for season two and considering two locations for the season, and while MGM has been restructured under Amazon Studios’ Jenn Salke, no one expects that to derail future seasons. While there are things the two new partners need to work out, insiders expect renewal talks to go fairly smoothly.

The unusual wednesday The situation is also a stark reminder that Amazon, through MGM, is now doing business with many of its competitors.

Produced by MGM Television The Handmaid’s Tale For Hulu, Last light For NBCU’s Peacock, Fargo For FX as well Vikings: Valhalla which is also for Netflix, and development projects for networks and streams including Starz and Paramount+. On the unwritten side, it does The voice for NBC, Shark tank for ABC and Saved A reality series for CBS as well as cable networks.

“It’s a great signal to the community that [Amazon Studios] is serious about selling abroad and investing elsewhere,” the source said.

This will likely become more common as MGM moves into its next phase. It already has a project in development with Apple, a thriller series Wild rise starring Cynthia Erivo and executive director Renee Zellweger.

Amazon is currently mining the MGM library for titles it could repurpose and reboot, both in series and movies, which sources say will happen in the “not-too-distant future.”

This obviously includes James Bond. A 007 reality competition series is coming, but until the company can strike a deal with Bond protectors Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. With Wilson, they’ll likely want a scripted TV series at some stage.

It’s conceivable that some of these remasters of the MGM library would also probably be better suited to other broadcasters than Amazon Prime Video or Freevee.

wednesdayClearly, life began long before Amazon first circled MGM in 2021. Tim Burton and showrunners Alfred Gough and Miles Millar pitched the project in October 2020 before Netflix officially ordered it in February 2021.

The show, which also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzmán, Isaac Ordonez, Gwendoline Christie, Ricky Lindholm, Jamie McShane, Fred Armisen and Christina Ricci, is produced by Gu, Millar, Burton, Steve Stark, Andrew Mittman, Gail Berman. , Kayla Alpert, Jonathan Glickman, Tommy Harper, Kevin Lafferty and Kevin Mizerocki.

“[Amazon]”Truth has dealt with everyone and is expected to continue to do so on multiple fronts,” added one source.


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