HOT BLAST: 'Desperate' programming and 'slow TV'
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And now a little news from the world of television, international edition.

First from BET:

Wisteria Lane is coming to Nigeria. 

Disney announced this week that they are in production on a spin-off of the mega-hit primetime soap Desperate Housewives, set in an upscale gated community in Lagos. The series, called Desperate Housewives Africa, is scheduled to premiere next summer.

The show would feature “an African soul” and will provide ”the opportunity to engage African audiences through locally relevant and entertaining storytelling” according to a joint statement by Disney and their producing partner EbonyLifeTV. The show will also act as a vehicle to promote Nigerian dress designers and feature pan-African acting talent.

Now we turn to Norway, where "slow TV" is picking up steam. What is "slow TV?" A: Reality TV that stretches on for hours without the editing that cuts to the chase. 


“All other TV is just speeding up, and we want to break with that,” said Lise May Spissøy who's responsible for NRK2's latest slow TV project; a marathon broadcast dedicated to the art of knitting.

“We want to allow people to finish their sentences. This is not an attempt at changing the way TV works, it's a supplement, something different from most of the other stuff you see on TV. And it seems people appreciate it,” Spissøy told Deutsche Welle.

It might seem a leap of faith to think people will tune in again in their millions to watch a jumper being knitted. But the programme makers believe as long as the theme for their snail-paced show is chosen with care, anything goes. The audience seems to agree.

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