The CW Grabs Italian Drama ‘Leonardo’ and Aussie Dramedy ‘Bump’

The CW President Mark Pedowitz at the network's 2019 TCA winter press tour presentation.
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The CW has picked up Italian drama Leonardo and Australian comedy-drama Bump. Aidan Turner stars in Leonardo, about Leonardo da Vinci, and Nathalie has the lead in Bump, about a teen who finds herself pregnant. Premiere dates have not been revealed. 

Leonardo explores the secrets and drama behind da Vinci — his life, his work and his personal struggles set against the backdrop of Renaissance Italy. The eight-part series follows da Vinci as he grows into an artist whose work overturned the established order. 

Matilda de Angelis, Freddie Highmore and Giancarlo Giannini are also in the cast. 

Frank Spotnitz and Steve Thompson created the series. It is executive produced by Luca Bernabei, Daniele Passani, Sara Melodia and Luisa Cotta Ramosino for Lux Vide, Frank Spotnitz and Emily Feller for Big Light Productions, Freddie Highmore with his Alfresco Pictures, and Brendan Fitzgerald for Sony Pictures Television (SPT).

Bump is about Olympia, an overachieving 17-year-old who knows exactly where she’s going. She and her best friend share an ambitious 10-year plan: top grades, international relations at a university, work for the UN, save the world.

Then Olympia realizes she is in labor. 

Claudia Karvan and Angus Samson are also in the cast. 

Created by Claudia Karvan and Kelsey Munro, Bump is produced by Roadshow Rough Diamond with John Edwards, Dan Edwards and Claudia Karvan the producers.

The CW at times looks overseas for shows, such as the Irish-South African show Professionals and Italian drama Devils.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.