SonyLIV reveals 35-strong 2023 series

SonyLIV has unveiled a robust 35-series slate, including a few returning favorites, along with a further expansion into South Indian languages in addition to Hindi.
The Mumbai-based streaming service has three content offices in South India, Kochi, Hyderabad, and Chennai. In addition, SonyLIV has 24 million paid subscribers, SonyLIV's head of content Saugata Mukherjee told Variety.
After the success of Tamil Rockerz in 2022 and "The Story of Things" earlier this year, SonyLIV has the saga "Journey," starring R. Cheran Pandian ("Autograph") as showrunner; and "The Madras Murder," a drama set in the 1950s and 1960s of the Tamil film industry, with A.L. Vijay ("Kireedam").
In addition to a raft of Telugu commissions, the streamer continues to push into the language. In addition, there are "Brinda," starring Trisha Krishnan ("Ponniyin Selvan: 1"), directed by debutant Surya Manoj Vangala; and "Kanyasulkam," a period piece based on a landmark play from 1892, which is helmed by Krish Jagarlamudi ("Kanche") and directed by Sesha Sindhu Rao ("Choosi Choodangane").
Among the Telugu-language shows is “Degree Days,” directed by Anurag and Sharath of Chai Bisket; “Bench,” a tech-set corporate drama from showrunner-directors Manasa Sharma and Mahesh Uppala (“Oka Chinna Family Story”). Also on the schedule is drama “Indraprastham,” a hard-hitting drama by Deva Katta, known for “Prasthanam” and “Republic.”
On the Malayalam-language slate, there's slice-of-life satire "Jai Mahendran" from showrunner Rahul Riji Nair ("Kho Kho"); and thriller "Blindfold" from directors Anzarulla ("Vishuddha Arappiyude Onnam Athbhutha Pravarthi") and Harshad ("Unda").
SonyLIV also has Marathi-language coming-of-age series “Lampan” from showrunner-director Nipun Dharmadhikari (“Me Vasantrao”) in the works, alongside season 2 of “Shantit-Kranti” from Sarang Sathye and Paula McGlynn, which is also in the coming-of-age genre.
The Hindi-language shows include musical “Chamak” from Rohit Jugraj (“Arjun Patiala”); “Garmi” from Tigmanshu Dhulia (“Paan Singh Tomar”), set in the world of university campus politics; and “Jengaburu,” about mining scams, from Nila Madhab Panda (“Yesterday’s Past”).
The previously announced “Scam 3” by Hansal Mehta, “Freedom at Midnight” by Nikkhil Advani, “Charlie Chopra and the Murder at the Solang Valley by Vishal Bhardwaj, “Jazz City” by Rahul Dholakia and “Children of Freedom” by Sudhir Mishra are in the works.The same may be said for seasons 3 of "Maharani" by Subhash Kapoor and 4 of "Gullak" by TVF. Streaming of "Rocket Boys" season 2 is currently available. A slate in Bengali is also planned.
As per the reports, half of the programming is going to be in Hindi and the rest in all the other languages. SonyLIV is broadening the scope for programming by cerebral content, at the same time they are catering the shows for younger audiences and including shows specifically for women audiences.
Well, the success of local version of KBC, Masterchef and Shark Tnak is known to everyone. There are plans for documentaries and docu-series as well.


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