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#509042 - 11/11/15 10:41 AM Mad Dogs In Belize
Marty Offline
Belize is featured in a new British series called Mad Dogs. If you haven't heard about it, it's because it's new - only at its first season. Now, the show was filmed in Puerto Rico but it's about a group of guys who travel to Belize for the weekend - they expect an island thrill with exclusive parties and beautiful Belizean women, but really, they have no idea what's in store for them. Today we met with the writer and creator of the show Cris Cole. He and his team were shooting the Micheal Finnegan Market and Cole told us that's it's all about bringing the real deal to viewers.

Cris Cole, Writer and creator - Mad Dogs
"So it's basically about 4 old college buddies who reunite in their 40s to meet a fifth college buddy who lives in Belize and has been very successful and they've come down to stay with him for a weekend and everything goes wrong. Everything that can possibly goes wrong, goes wrong. But these are 4 ordinary guys. They don't have any special skills, they don't travel a lot, they are not very worldly and so following the journey of every man as he gets involve in a crime which has nothing to do with him and one thing leads to another. Basically they get into a big hole and keep digging. So, we just made the first season. We've just completed it and we are here and there are 10 one hour episodes that will be on Amazon in January next year. Everyone can watch them on Amazon. What we are doing now is, we shot most of the show, because it was shot in Puerto Rico, we wanted it to look more like Belize. We want to capture Belize, the street life, the wild life - we wanted to show the Tapir which we are going to do which we are very excited about and just get a flavor of Belize; the color, the people and the sounds. So that's what we are doing over the next few days. We are just going to drive around grabbing shots of just life."

"We are trying to make it authentic as possible. Obviously you can't do everything. Puerto Rico looks similar in some ways and not so similar in other ways. So we try to have as many, the Caribbean accents, the Caribbean looking people as possible. Nigel was very helpful in helping with the creole and accents and we try to use signage and shop fronts that are more to be Belizean. So we did our best. I think people in Belize may look at it and say 'wait a minute, that's not quite right.' But we did our best and that what we are doing now really is try and make that even more full."

They travel to get shots of the tapir and other wildlife tomorrow. The show airs on SKY NETWORK in the UK.

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#509063 - 11/12/15 10:26 AM Re: Mad Dogs In Belize [Re: Marty]
ScubaLdy Offline
??? Why not just shoot it all in Belize???
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#512057 - 03/01/16 11:02 AM Re: Mad Dogs In Belize [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
Amazon Cancels Mad Dogs Over Creative Differences With Creators

Amazon will not be going forward with another season of its dark comedy Mad Dogs after one season, co-creator Shawn Ryan tweeted over the weekend. But apparently it's not because the bro-down in Belize wasn't performing well or there was no plan for a second season. Instead, the demise came down to good old-fashioned creative differences.

Ryan posted a series of tweets explaining his side of the story, saying that he and co-creator Cris Cole—who created the original British version that the series was based on—met with Amazon Studios head Roy Price and others to lay out his and Cole's vision for Season 2. Apparently, Price didn't like what he heard and wanted the series to go in a different direction. When the two sides couldn't agree, everyone decided to let it stand as a one-and-done miniseries, as was originally intended.

But Ryan also said that employees at Amazon told him that Mad Dogs, even after just four weeks, had better streaming-video stats than any other Amazon show, and that the series was one of the company's best-reviewed offerings. There's a couple of different ways to look at this, and let's start with the positive spin first. It's good that Amazon and the team of Ryan and Cole didn't decide to just throw something up to get a second season. There's some artistic integrity on both sides if they didn't believe in the project. But on the other hand, if Mad Dogs really was one of Amazon's best performing series, the company could have really used another season as it continues to fight to be recognized as a destination for streaming video. Renewing a network's best-performing show at all costs sounds like a no-brainer no matter the circumstances. Perhaps there was more to the decision than we'll ever know.

Mad Dogs followed four men (Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli, Ben Chaplin, and Steve Zahn) who visit their pal (Billy Zane) in Belize for some partying, but end up caught in a web of murder, drug dealing, a little-person assassin, a dead cop, random thugs, and more. I watched the whole series, and it's a bonkers tale of friendship tests and picturesque tropical landscapes. I wouldn't call it must-see, but it's definitely an entertaining way to spend a long weekend.

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