Natascha McElhone joins Showtime’s ‘Halo’ as premium cable network outlines original programming boost

Screen | 8/2/2019 | Staff
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Natascha McElhone has joined the cast of Showtime’s Xbox adaptation Halo, it emerged at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press event on Friday (Aug 2), when executives at the premium US cable network outlined their vision to expand original content by 30% this year.

McElhone (pictured) and fellow new arrivals Bokeem Woodbine and Indian actress Shabana Azmi are on board the upcoming sci-fi project, scheduled to begin production later this year in Budapest, Hungary, and air in the first quarter of 2021.

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The CBS Corporation-owned network will continue to compete with streaming services and linear channel rivals HBO and Starz by being “the boutique option to the big box stores,” according to Jana Winograde, who outlined the company’s programming plans with her fellow president of entertainment Gary Levine at the event in Los Angeles.

Winograde said the 30% increase in original scripted and unscripted hours will be followed by more growth in 2020. Levine added that Showtime, home to Emmy contender Escape At Dannemora and the US version of Shameless,...
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