Gotham, Warner Bros. TV's Batman spinoff about young Bruce Wayne, has emerged from the L.A. Screenings with the most buzz, international buyers tell THR. "A smart origins story, beautifully produced with a strong cast," says Sarah Wright, head of acquisitions for BSkyB, of the series starring Ben McKenzie. Notes Jeffrey Schlesinger, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide TV Distribution, "Broadcasters look at [Gotham] as something that has built-in name recognition."
Also getting high marks at the annual billion-dollar TV sell-off for global buyers is Disney's How to Get Away With Murder, starring Viola Davis and produced by Shonda Rhimes. Wayward Pines, M. Night Shyamalan's 10-episode thriller from FX Productions, also has fans. "An intense level of suspense," says Aline Marrache-Tesseraud of Canal Plus.
The Mysteries of Laura, a Warner Bros. comedy starring Debra Messing, is cited by Ruediger Boess of ProSiebenSat1 Group, along with WBTV's Stalker and Gotham, as having "high production value, perfect writing, good casting and a great sense of emotion." Satisfaction, an NBCU dramedy about an investment banker, is among the few comedies a Scandinavian buyer liked: "The sitcoms we saw were pretty poor," but Satisfaction was "funny and extremely relatable." Sony's comedy Marry Me also got a thumbs-up from Wright: "It had me in stitches throughout."