What’s going on over at EPIX? Recently, network boss Michael Wright spoke with Deadline about the future of the TV shows Berlin Station and The Contender.
A spy thriller, Berlin Station centers on a CIA agent (Richard Armitage) who goes to Berlin as an undercover officer to find a leak in the CIA. The cast also includes Rhys Ifans, Leland Orser, Michelle Forbes, and Richard Jenkins. Meanwhile, The Contender is a boxing competition series produced by Mark Burnett.
We’re developing research so that we can tell which shows actually are creating the most viewer interest separate and apart from viewership. What I want to know is which show is creating conversations, which show is compelling somebody to subscribe or to a free trial, which show is compelling somebody to renew, and it takes a long time to get all that in and study it and know what it’s telling you.”
And what about The Contender? Wright sounds optimistic about another season, saying:
It did great. I thought it was beautifully produced. I think the question is, do we think that that format works best for our network and where we are going because I can’t stress it enough, it’s so beautifully produced and engaging. I think boxing is a really interesting sport and has a history of working on premium. We’re still talking to them about it that if we were to continue with that, what would it look like, how would it work?”
What do you think? Do you watch Berlin Station and/or The Contender? Do you want more seasons?