The October French entertainment extravaganza MIPCOM is shaping up to have an intriguing line-up for avid TV watchers. Recent notable additions have been the appearance of Oscar-winning writer/director Jane Campion promoting her new series and the debut of FX's new series "The Americans."
Campion is set to take center stage in promoting her new series "Top of the Lake," which features "Mad Men"'s Elisabeth Moss, "War Horse"'s Peter Mullan, and Campion's collaborator on the Oscar-winning "The Piano" Holly Hunter. Set in New Zealand, the series involves a young detective (Moss) and her search for a mysterious 12-year-old girl last seen in five months pregnant and waist-deep in a frozen lake. Campion will no doubt bring her signature flair for the unsettling, moody drama that won her the Oscar in 1993. "Top of the Lake" is set to air on the BBC, BBC Worldwide, and The Sundance Channel, among other stations.
Additionally, FX has announced that it will premiere its Cold War-centric series "The Americans" to MIPCOM attendees in an October 8th screening. The atmospheric period piece is set during the Reagan administration, as two KGB agents pose as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. The pilot that will be screened was directed by "Warrior" helmer Gavin O'Connor, and series actors Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich will be on hand for a Q & A session following the screening. The 13-episode series was picked up by FX in August, is currently in production, and will debut on the network in early 2013. No doubt the early screening of the pilot is to drum up hype in what is shaping up to be a crowded TV season in 2013.