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Starz Developing Ballet Drama

January 30, 2013 Leave a comment

STARZ TO DEVELOP ORIGINAL SERIES FROM LAWRENCE BENDER AND MOIRA WALLEY-BECKETT, EXAMINING THE SCINTILATING WORLD OF BALLET

“Breaking Bad” Co-Executive Producer Joins Project Expanding Starz Development Slate

Beverly Hills, Calif. – January 29, 2013 – Starz announced today that it will develop a new original drama series from “Breaking Bad” Co-Executive Producer Moira Walley-Beckett and Lawrence Bender. The currently untitled drama follows a young female ballet dancer, Claire, who has a distinctly troubled past as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. The dark and gritty series will unflinchingly explore the dysfunctional underbelly of the ballet world.

The new original series will be produced by Starz Entertainment with Executive Producers Lawrence Bender (Oscar nominated for Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting) and Kevin Brown (“Roswell”). Moira Walley-Beckett, currently a Co-Executive Producer on “Breaking Bad,” was recently nominated for a 2013 Golden Globe Award®, a PGA Award, a Primetime Emmy® for Outstanding Drama Series in 2012, nominated for a WGA Award in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, resulting in a 2012 win for her work on “Breaking Bad,” and a PEN award in 2010. Walley-Beckett is represented by United Talent Agency and Bender-Brown is with William Morris Endeavor Agency.

Bender, Brown and Wally-Beckett both have connections to the world of ballet, which brought them together with STARZ on this project. Bender and Walley-Beckett are former ballet dancers, and Brown’s family is made up entirely of former ballet dancers which was the basis for the Oscar-nominated film, The Turning Point.

Starz will retain all domestic and international multiplatform rights including television, home entertainment, and digital.

Categories: :: In Developement, STARZ

CW Developing Mary Queen Of Scots Teen Drama

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

The project, which was sold directly to the CW and laid off at CBS TV Studios, is a fantastical reimagining of the teenage Mary Queen of Scots.

Mary was 6 days old when she succeeded her father, King James V of Scotland, to the throne. Her mother, Mary of Guise, was French, and Mary spent most of her childhood and teen years in France while Scotland was ruled by regents. She was 16 when she married Francis, Dauphin of France, who became King of France the next year but died a year later, leaving Mary a widow at age 18. The CW’s project is described as Game Of Thrones meets Marie Antoinette — if Marie Antoinette had a girl posse and was coming of age as a warrior queen. It’s about the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue. In addition to Reign, the CW has another drama in the works that is set in a kingdom, the Hunger Games-esque The Selection, which is awaiting a new script.

Categories: :: In Developement, CW

ABC2 comedy The Strange Calls set for US pilot

October 21, 2012 Leave a comment

New ABC2 comedy The Strange Calls has become the latest local TV series to be picked up for a US pilot.

US Network ABC has commissioned a ‘put pilot’ – a strong commitment requiring it to broadcast the initial pilot episode, which often leads to a full series.

The US adaptation will be led by writer Donick Cary (New Girl), director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and producer Aaron Kaplan (The Neighbors). All three will executive produce alongside the Australian series producers, Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield of Hoodlum.

The Australian 6×30-minute multiplatform series, which began broadcasting on October 16, stars Barry Crocker and Toby Truslove as an unlikely paranormal investigative team. The series was written and directed by Daley Pearson ($quid). The first episode has already launched on ABC iView and the series will invite audiences to communicate with the characters and share ‘strange’ sightings via Twitter and the show’s website.

ABC head of comedy, Debbie Lee said: “Seeing a US network pickup an Australian series to pilot before it has even broadcast is remarkable and such a testament to the creative vision of the team and the show. The Strange Calls is already creating a buzz online ahead of the ABC2 premier next Tuesday – so we hope Australian audiences will get in now and see it here first.”

Tracey Robertson, executive producer for Hoodlum said: “Hoodlum has been working in the US market for a long time and the American remake of The Strange Calls is the result of not only this commitment but also the hard work by the dedicated team that believed in this project. Even though The Strange Calls is a relatively small project, it’s got a very big heart and this is a brilliant outcome for everyone who was part of this collaboration including the cast and crew, ABC TV, Screen Queensland and Screen Australia.”

NBC Adapts “The Slap” Mini-Series

October 21, 2012 Leave a comment

NBC is closing a deal with Universal Television and Matchbox Pictures for an American adaptation of last year’s multiple award-winning Australian miniseries “The Slap”.

Based on the 2008 novel by Christos Tsiolkas, the story deals with the repercussions that follow when, at a suburban family gathering, a man physically slaps a child unrelated to him.

Melissa George, Jonathan LaPaglia and Sophie Okonedo starred in the eight episode series in which each episode focuses on a different person who attended the barbecue.

“Brothers & Sisters” creator Jon Robin Baitz will pen the U.S. adaptation.

Lifetime Developing TV Series Based on Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Dating Advice Book

October 19, 2012 Leave a comment
Lifetime is staying in the Jennifer Love Hewitt business.

The cable network, which airs her series The Client List, is now developing a TV series loosely based on her 2010 book, The Day I Shot Cupid, Deadline reports.

In the New York Times bestselling book, Hewitt shares tips on romance based on her own dating experiences. Alphas scribe Matt Hastings will write the project, titled Finding Love, and executive-produce with Hewitt. The project is part of a first-look deal Hewitt signed with Lifetime last year when they ordered The Client List — which originated as a TV movie — to series.

Would you watch Finding Love?

News Briefs: TNT Orders Frank Darabont’s L.A. Noir to Series

October 18, 2012 Leave a comment

DONE DEALS AND DEVELOPMENT

… TNT has finally given the green light to L.A. Noir, the period drama that was announced like 67 years ago or maybe 18 months ago. It’s the project Frank Darabont created after he was kicked off of The Walking Dead and it centers on the world of cops and crimes in 1940s and 1950s Los Angeles. However, TNT has ordered six episodes to start. That could have something to do with Darabont’s notorious attention to detail, which is a euphemism for TOTAL CONTROL. Anyway, the drama stars The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn, as well as Milo Ventimiglia, Neal McDonough, and Simon Pegg. [TNT via press release]

… TNT has also put an adaptation of Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein book series into development. This twist on the classic centers on a new version of Doctor Frankenstein, Victor Helios, living in New Orleans 200 years after he thought he killed his beast creation (Victor is staying alive with some tricky science), but the monster is alive and well and living in New Orleans too. So they both get an apartment together and hilarity ensues! Oh wait, that’s not right. They battle each other to the death. Was the original Frankenstein story that boring, Mr. Koontz? [Deadline Hollywood]

… CBS has ordered a show called Bake Off to series. It’s based on the British series The Great British Bake Off. It’s a reality competition program featuring contestants seeing how high they can get I WISH!!!! It’s a reality competition featuring Americans baking things. Apparently it’s a huge hit in England, but then again, so are baked beans for breakfast. [CBS via press release]

… ABC is adapting the Dutch series Vuurzee under the name of Sea of Fire. The would-be series would follow murders, kidnappings, and teen porn movies that tear apart a small town. Apparently the series drew comparisons to Twin Peaks, which these days means it would probably be a better fit for cable. [Deadline Hollywood]
RATINGS RATINGS RATINGS

… More debatings for the ratings! President Barack Obama and Businessman Mitt Romney got on stage and pointed fingers at each other again last night, and 65.6 million people watched. That’s a couple million below the last presidential debate, so maybe they’ll get renewed for another debate! NBC beat all other networks with 13.8 million total viewers. [EW]

… Maybe those two million fewer people were watching Emily Owens M.D.? The CW’s new medical drama debuted last night against the debates and drew 1.7 million viewers for a 0.5 adult demo rating. That’s not that great. [EW]
DIDN’T FIT ANYWHERE ELSE NEWS

… There will be a bit of a crossover episode between Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 on October 30. DTTBIA23 will host, when June makes a video—think fan-made YouTube tribute video—of Chloe in a fake relationship with one of the Happy Endings guys. But which one? [TV Guide]
CASTING NEWS

… Dylan McDermott is joining the rest of his old buddies and guesting on American Horror Story: Asylum. McDermott in the first season was the cheating husband of the haunted house. He joins fellow returnees Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, and Zachary Quinto in Season 2. [EW]

Terriers‘ Donal Logue will guest-star on Sons of Anarchy as a U.S. Marshal. Look for him in the final three episodes of Season 5. [EW]

Shonda Rhimes’ Company Sells Talk Show Dramedy & First Comedy Project To ABC

October 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Shonda Rhimes‘ Shondaland has set up two projects — including its first half-hour comedy, I Hate LA Dudes, from writer Issa Rae (Web series The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl) — that have been sold to ABC. Also at the network, Shondaland has The Mix, a comedic drama written by John Hoffman (Igor) set behind the scenes of a The View/The Talk-type morning talk show. With Rhimes busy shepherding three series she created — ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal — she and her producing partner at Shondaland Betsy Beers focused on developing with other writers this season. The two executive produce both I Hate LA Dudes and The Mix, which hail from ABC Studios where ICM Partners-repped Shondaland is based.

I Hate L.A. Dudes centers on an aspiring journalist, new to Los Angeles, who becomes the lone female voice on a budding, male-driven Internet talk show, while learning to decode the often humiliating and exasperating rules of the LA dating scene. Rae, repped by UTA, 3 Arts and John Meigs, is writing/co-executive producing. Expanding into comedy has been a major priority for Shondaland, which established its brand in drama.

The Mix revolves around the public and not-so-private lives of five very different women who sit in the hot seats as hosts of an influential morning talk show. Hoffman, repped by CAA, Anonymous and Gendler & Kelly, is writing/executive producing.

Categories: :: In Developement, ABC:

Diane Kruger Signs On to FX Pilot The Bridge

September 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Diane Kruger has joined FX’s drama pilot The Bridge, the network announced Thursday.

Based on the Scandinavian series i Bron, The Bridge, the project is about two detectives from the United States and Mexico who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the American-Mexican border. Kruger will play El Paso Police Homicide Detective Sonya North, a tactless and frank cop who tells it like it is. She’s paired with Marco Ruiz, a Mexican detective who has the people skills and empathy she lacks.

The gig is the first regular TV series role for Kruger, who made an uncredited cameo on boyfriend Joshua Jackson’s show Fringe in 2010. Her film credits include Troy, the National Treasure movies and Inglourious Basterds, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the cast and earned a supporting actress SAG nomination.

Production on The Bridge will begin in the fall. The pilot was written by Meredith Stiehm (Homeland) and Elwood Reid (Hawaii Five-0) and will be directed by Mexcian director Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala).

Categories: :: In Developement

HBO Orders James Gandolfini Pilot

September 20, 2012 Leave a comment

HBO has given a pilot order to Criminal Justice,a new crime drama starring James Gandolfini, Deadline reports.

Criminal Justice, based on a 2008 BBC series of the same name, tells the stories of people who have been accused of murder, according to the report. Gandolfini (The Sopranos) will play Jack Stone, a jailhouse lawyer tasked with representing a Pakistani-American man who has been charged with a woman’s murder. The actor will also executive-produce the series.

The British version, which won BAFTAs for best drama and best writer, consisted of two five-episode seasons, each with different characters and new actors.

The show will be written by Richard Price and directed by Steven Zaillian, according to the report. The pilot is scheduled to shoot in New York this fall.

Categories: :: In Developement, HBO

The CW Eyes Wonder Woman Origin Tale

September 7, 2012 Leave a comment
Well, rope us with a Lasso of Truth and call us Diana: It looks Wonder Woman may actually return to the small screen after all. The CW is developing a new script based on the female superhero’s early years, Vulture reports. Allan Heinberg (Grey’s Anatomy) is penning the project, tentatively titled Amazon.
The new Warner Bros. TV/DC Comics venture reportedly will be about her origins in the same way Smallville followed Superman’s high school days. (The late-’70s series The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, starring Lynda Carter in the title role, chronicled WW as an adult.) Before you take a victory lap into your invisible jet, remember that the project is only in its script phase, and there hasn’t been any pilot commitment thus far.
Our advice: This new Wonder Woman better start invoking her bracelets’ protective powers now. NBC ultimately passed on David E. Kelley’s much buzzed-about Wonder Woman pilot (starring Friday Night Lights’ Adrienne Palicki) last year, and a Joss Whedon-helmed project about Diana of Themyscira never came into being.

Categories: :: In Developement, CW

The White Queen – Starz Orders 10 Episodes

September 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Starz Acquires Rights To “The White Queen” Original Scripted Drama Series For U.S. And Global Audiences

Ten-Episode Series Expected to Air on STARZ in 2013

Max Irons Cast in Lead Role as King Edward IV

Starz Secures Domestic and Most Global Territorial Rights via Deal with ALL3MEDIA International

Colin Callender Joins Project as Executive Producer for Starz

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Philippa Gregory’s series of three international and New York Times best selling novels, “The Cousins War,” are the basis of the next addition to the growing lineup of STARZ Original series. Set against the backdrop of England’s Wars of the Roses, “The White Queen,” a 10-episode series, will be an adaptation of Gregory’s vivid historical novels “The White Queen,” “The Red Queen” and “The Kingmaker’s Daughter.”

“Phillipa Gregory’s novels have become runaway best sellers with passionate fans the world over, making this a project ripe for reimagining,” said Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Original Programming, for Starz, LLC. “The period of England’s Wars of the Roses makes for a sensational historical backdrop as a time fraught with violence, mystery and intrigue. We are excited to be working with an incredibly talented team, both in front and behind the camera, that is taking on such an ambitious project and bringing this riveting story to life.”

STARZ has secured all U.S. domestic and worldwide multiplatform distribution rights to “The White Queen” from ALL3Media International in a deal brokered by Managing Director Louise Pedersen on behalf of sister company producer, the award-winning Company Pictures. Starz retains all global rights, with the exception of television rights in the UK, where the series will air on BBC One, and some TV/home video rights in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

STARZ has retained Colin Callender to serve as Executive Producer for the series. As part of a larger two-year agreement through his company, Playground, he will serve in a similar capacity on the second season of the STARZ Original series “Magic City.”

Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz, LLC added “Carmi and I have worked with Colin for many years, and we are excited to have such a world-class movie and television visionary lending his talents to our STARZ series.”

About “The White Queen”

“The White Queen” is the thrilling story of the women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne – they are some of the most ruthless players in history and will stop at nothing to support their own causes and those of the ones they love.

It is a stunningly rich tale of love and loss, seduction and deception, betrayal and murder, vibrantly woven through the stories of three different yet equally driven women, in their quest for power as they manipulate behind the scenes of history – Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville.

The year is 1464 and England has been at war for nine years battling over who is the rightful King of England – it is a war between two sides of the same family, The House of York and The House of Lancaster.

The House of York’s young and devilishly handsome Edward IV (MAX IRONS – Red Riding Hood) is crowned King of England with the help of the master manipulator Lord Warwick “The Kingmaker” (JAMES FRAIN – True Blood, The Tudors). But when Edward falls in love and secretly marries a beautiful young widow, the commoner Elizabeth Woodville, introducing the exciting newcomer, REBECCA FERGUSON, Warwick’s plan for control over the English throne comes crashing down around him. Frustrated by the new Queen’s influence he will stop at nothing to maintain his grip on the King.

The captivating and beautiful Elizabeth Woodville marries for the love of her King, with the help of her mother Jacquetta (Academy & Tony award nominee JANET MCTEER) a self proclaimed sorceress. Elizabeth’s most fierce adversary is the staunchly loyal Lancastrian Margaret Beaufort (AMANDA HALE – “The Crimson Petal & The White”) – a damaged and highly religious woman who would willingly lay down her life to see her young son Henry Tudor take the throne. And then there is Anne Neville (introducing FAYE MARSAY), Lord Warwick The Kingmaker’s daughter – a pawn in her father’s battle for control; who finds her strength and ambition when she takes control of her destiny and marries the King’s younger brother Richard Duke of York (ANEURIN BERNARD – Ironclad, Spring Awakening).

The cast also includes: DAVID OAKES (George Duke of Clarence), JULIET AUBREY (Countess of Warwick), ELEANOR TOMLINSON (Isabel Neville), FRANCES TOMELTY (Lady Beauchamp), MICHAEL MALONEY (Henry Stafford), BEN LAMB (Anthony Rivers), HUGH MITCHELL (Richard Welles), SIMON GINTY (John Rivers), EVE PONSENBY (Mary Woodville) and ROBERT PUGH (Baron Rivers).

“The White Queen” is made by Company Pictures (“Generation Kill,” “Shameless,” Skins,” “The Village,” “The Devil’s Whore,” “Elizabeth l,” “Anna Karenina,” “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”) and adapted by acclaimed writer Emma Frost (“Consuming Passions,” “Shameless”). The series is produced by Gina Cronk (“New Tricks, The Palace”) and directed by James Kent (“Inside Men,” “Marchlands”). Executive Producers are: John Griffin, George Faber, Charles Pattinson for Company Pictures, Philippa Gregory, Eurydice Gysel for Czar Television, Polly Hill for the BBC and Colin Callender for Playground.

“The White Queen” will film on location in Bruges, Belgium and will air on STARZ in 2013.

Categories: :: In Developement, STARZ

Jennie Garth, Luke Perry Developing a Sitcom

September 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Kelly and Dylan forever!

Jennie Garth and Luke Perry, who played the on-again off-again couple on the original Beverly Hills, 90210, are reuniting to develop a sitcom together in which they’ll both star, Us Weekly reports.

Though they’ve recently denied reports that they’re dating in real life, the pair’s new series will play up the on-screen chemistry they honed on 90210, according to the report.

“They have been spending a lot of time together recently because the two are working on developing a TV sitcom together,” a rep for Garth confirmed to RumorFix.  “It will be a multi-camera half hour show, currently we have producers and writers and are meeting with networks.”

Garth and Perry were also seen together in Old Navy ads last month.

Categories: :: In Developement

Nigel Lythgoe Developing a New TV Series Based on Fame

August 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer behind American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, is partnering with MGM Television to create a scripted series based on the 1980 film (and later TV show) Fame, Deadline reports.

The new series will stick to the formula of the original, following a group of students on the road to success. However, the new show will be set against the backdrop of present-day obsession with celebrity and fame.

Debbie Allen, star of the original series, says she thinks the reboot is “a great idea.” “Nigel talked to me about it about six months ago, maybe longer,” Allen told TVGuide.com on the set of Grey’s Anatomy Tuesday. “He’s been trying to get these rights for a while. I’m glad that MGM is partnering with him. He’s a great, such an incredible advocate for the dance world. He cut his teeth on Fame back in the day, so I think it’s terrific.”

Though Allen said she’s unsure whether she’ll be involved with the new series, she says she’ll always hold a soft spot in her heart for the original. “Fame [is] always going to be a part of me and belong to me,” she told TVGuide.com. “Whatever [reincarnation] it comes back in, it will always be a part of me.”

A remake of the original film version was released in 2009, starring Kelsey Grammer and Bebe Neuwirth.

Categories: :: In Developement

NBC Orders New Michael J. Fox Family Comedy Straight to Series

August 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Michael J. Fox is headed back to his first TV network home for his new comedy.

The five-time Emmy winner’s new family comedy project has been ordered straight to series by NBC, the same network which aired Family Ties three decades ago.

“To bring Michael J. Fox back to NBC is a supreme honor and we are thrilled that one of the great comedic television stars is coming home again,” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said in a statement. “From the moment we met with Michael to hear his unique point of view about this new show, we were completely captivated and on board. He is utterly relatable, optimistic, and in a class by himself, and I have no doubt that the character he will create — and the vivid family characters surrounding him — will be both instantly recognizable and hilarious. Being in business with him is a supreme pleasure.”

Added Fox: “I’m extremely pleased to be back at NBC with a great creative team and a great show. Bob Greenblatt and all the folks at the network have given me a warm welcome home, and I’m excited to get to work.”

The project is one of few garnering a straight to series order without a pilot and also marks Fox’s first TV starring role since he left Spin City in 2000. At the time, Fox left due to his battle with Parkinson’s Disease, which he was diagnosed with in 1991. However, in his new as-yet-untitled series inspired by his own life, Fox will play a husband and father of three living in New York City who deals with many challenges — including Parkinson’s. In real life, Fox has four children with wife Tracey Pollan.

The single-camera comedy will shoot this year and premiere in Fall 2013. The show will be executive-produced by Cougar Town writer Sam Laybourne and co-creators Easy A director Will Gluck, who will also direct the pilot.

In recent years, Fox has enjoyed recurring arcs on Scrubs, Boston Legal, Rescue Me (for which he won an Emmy in 2009), The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm,   the latter two of which wrote in character traits that would allow Fox to use some of the side effects caused by Parkinson’s in his performance.. On The Good Wife, Fox has recurred as a lawyer who manipulates his rare movement disorder to win cases and on Curb Your Enthusiasm, he played himself. Fox is nominated for two Emmys this year, for both Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series and in a Comedy Series for these roles.

Fox first rose to household fame on the family sitcom Family Ties, for which he won three Emmys for his performance as Alex P. Keaton. Fox then returned to television in 1996, and won another Emmy for his portrayal of Mike Flaherty on Spin City. After four seasons, Fox left the show and was replaced by Charlie Sheen.

Are you excited to see Fox back full time on the small screen?

Categories: :: In Developement, NBC

Michael J. Fox Will Star In New TV Show: ENTV

August 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Categories: :: In Developement

BBC America Producing The Musketeers TV Remake

August 2, 2012 Leave a comment

The three musketeers will fight again — this time on the small screen.

BBC America and BBC One are teaming up to produce a TV adaption of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel, BBC America announced at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews Wednesday.

Titled simply The Musketeers, the series will be set in the 17th century and follow a band of brothers who are highly trained soldiers assigned to protect King and the country. The series will be written by My Week with Marilyn scribe Adrian Hodges. The 10 hourlong episodes are set to air in 2014.

“The series bristles with vivid escapism and heroic action adventure and is set to thrill audiences with cracking stories of the week,” BBC America General Manager Perry Simon said in a statement.

The Three Musketeers was last adapted into a series in 1968, when Hanna-Barbera produced a cartoon version for NBC. There have also been more than 20 film versions of the story, including a 1969 TV movie starring Christopher Walken, the 1993 Disney film starring Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland and, most recently, the 2011 3D film with Christoph Waltz and Orlando Bloom.

Are you excited for this new incarnation of The Three Musketeers?

‘The Brady Bunch’ Reboot Produced By Vince Vaughn In Development At CBS

August 1, 2012 Leave a comment

America’s most famous blended TV family is eying a comeback. CBS is developing a reboot of the cult comedy The Brady Bunch, co-developed and executive produced by Vince Vaughn. The multi-camera comedy project, which has received a script order, will be produced by CBS TV Studios.

Vince Vaughn Brady BunchThe original sitcom, created by Sherwood Schwartz and starring Robert Reed and Florence Henderson, ran on ABC from 1969-1974. It centered on Mike Brady (Reed), a widowed architect with three sons who marries Carol Ann Martin (Henderson), who has three daughters.

In the new Brady Bunch, written by Mike Mariano (Raising Hope, My Name Is Earl), a divorced Bobby Brady, with children of his own, is remarried to a woman who also has kids, and together they also share a child. In addition, their ex-spouses are still part of their lives. The changes in the premiere reflect the evolution of family dynamics over the past four decades. Back in 1969, Schwartz wanted Carol to be a divorcée but the network refused, so the end of her first marriage was never addressed.

I hear Vaughn came up with the reboot idea and teamed with Mariano. Mariano and Lloyd Schwartz, son of the late Sherwood Schwartz, will executive produce the CBS project along with Vaughn, Victoria Vaughn and Peter Billingsley through Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Picture Show Prods.

CBS TV Studios has the rights to the original series as it was produced by its predecessor Paramount Television. The studio has a lot of experience successfully reviving old series. There are three reboots now on the air now: CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 and the CW’s 90210 and Beauty And The Beast — all of them produced by CBS TV Studios.

The Brady Bunch signals a return to the traditional family comedy arena for CBS, which gradually moved away from it following the end of Everybody Loves Raymond and The King Of Queens in favor of buddy/relationship comedies like Two And A Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and 2 Broke Girls. As for classic comedies, the network last year took a stab at remaking another 1960s series, Bewitched.

If the contemporary remake goes forward, CBS will likely bring back The Brady Bunch‘s popular theme song tweaked for the 21st century the way CBS modernized the signature theme music of Hawaii Five-0 for the reboot.

This is the first major series reboot of The Brady Bunch, which has spawned spinoffs, TV movie reunions, a musical and a successful movie parody franchise starring Shelley Long. Wild West Picture Show has stepped TV efforts over the past couple of years — the company has a series on the air, TBS’ Sullivan & Son, which had a solid second-week showing. Vaughn and Mariano are repped by CAA.

Categories: :: In Developement, CBS

Spartacus Creator Steven S. DeKnight’s Sci-Fi Thriller, Dracula Revisit in Development at Starz

July 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Two new projects in development at Starz prove that the cable network isn’t afraid to go dark and gritty when it knows it’s in good hands.

Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight is working on Incursion, a sci-fi action thriller about soldiers engaged in war with an alien race. The hook: Each season will take place on a new planet as the good guys push farther and farther onto the extraterrestrials’ turf. The project, which promises harsh combat scenes and complex male and female characters set against an intergalactic backdrop, is part of DeKnight’s overall deal with the cable channel.

The second series, Vlad Dracula, blends historical fact about the 15th century’s Prince of Wallachia and vampire lore to tell the tale of the most famous bloodsucker of all time. The team behind the horror-based series includes J. Michael Straczynski (Thor, Babylon 5), Roy Lee (The Ring) and Rob Tapert (Spartacus, Xena: Warrior Princess).

Categories: :: In Developement, STARZ

Jennifer Lopez to develop Drama with ABC Family

July 7, 2012 Leave a comment

ABC Family is looking to get into business with Jennifer Lopez.

Under Nuyorican Productions, the American Idol judge is developing an untitled hourlong drama project for the younger female-skewing cable network centered on a lesbian couple, who already has several children, bringing a teenager into their home, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

Categories: :: In Developement

24 Movie – Kiefer Sutherland – “the film is going to happen”

June 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Q: Are you still hoping to start work on the movie version of ’24′?

I’ve been working very hard to make that happen. The process has taken us so long because it’s such a complicated script to write. Normally, we have ’24′ hours to tell a story. Trying to condense it into two hours involves a lot of hard choices: What kind of story do you want to tell? How political do you want to make it? How character-driven do you want to make it? But now we have a good script. The problem is my work on ‘Touch’ now and whether we can find a big enough window to shoot the film. The film will pick up with Jack Bauer six months after the end of the final TV episode. The action will unfold in the course of a single 24-hour day. We still need to find a director and see which actors from the series would be available to return to do the film with me. The film is going to happen – I’m very anxious to get it done.

Q: Do you worry that audiences will forget about Jack Bauer the more time that goes by?

No. I think audiences still remember the series and have a huge interest in seeing what a film version would be like. People still tell me how much they loved Jack Bauer and I think audiences appreciated that he wasn’t a typical hero-type and had many flaws and contradictions. We’ll also have a lot more creative freedom and possibilities doing the film as opposed to the kinds of limitations you have when doing a TV series in real time.

Categories: :: In Developement
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