Facebook Watch is pivoting to unscripted content. The tech giant’s streaming service has just cancelled two of its most acclaimed series in a scaling back of its scripted titles in favor unscripted shows. The acclaimed Elizabeth Olsen-starring drama Sorry For Your Loss and the Jessica Biel series Limetown both got the axe.
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Facebook Watch keeps expanding their original programming as the streaming wars rage on, and next month brings a new series that could only have been created in the 21st century.
Limetown is a new mystery thriller starring Jessica Biel based on the popular podcast of the same name. Named one of the best podcasts of 2015 with over 10 million downloads, the series follows a journalist (Biel) with American Public Radio as she tries to figure out how 300 people disappeared with no explanation at a neuroscience research community in Tennessee. A new Limetown trailer begins to pull the thread of this mystery, and what we might not like what we find at the end of it. Read More »
When the podcast Limetown debuted in 2015, it was an immediate cult hit, arriving in the wake of the great Welcome to Night Vale, and alongside shows like The Black Tapes and Nightvale spinoff Alice Isn’t Dead, as part of a scripted podcast renaissance. While the idea of scripted podcasts aren’t new—they’re basically just independently produced versions of old-school radio dramas—scripted podcasts developed to sound like nonfiction radio programs were still pretty novel four years ago. Creators Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie took a number of cues from Orson Welles’ infamous War of the Worlds broadcast, but they were just as influenced by This American Life and the runaway success of Serial just the year before.
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It’s kind of wild that entertainment has reached a point where we’re getting a show based on a podcast that will be premiering on Facebook. But here we are with Limetown, a new series which tells a fictional story through the perspective of a radio journalist who investigates why 326 people have disappeared without a trace at a neuroscience research community in Tennessee. The podcast has been described a mix between the hit podcast Serial and The X-Files, and the Facebook Watch adaptation of it looks like it has the same vibe. Watch the Limetown trailer below to see for yourself. Read More »