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Promo & Photos – ABC's "Happy Town"

15 December 2009 4:22 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

ABC's new midseason show, Happy Town, is set to premiere in 2010, although I'm not yet sure of the exact date.  However, ABC has released some information for us, including a long promo, a description of the show, and several photos (presumably from the pilot episode).

The show looks a bit like Twin Peeks – a show about a small town with weird characters and even weirder circumstances.

Haplin, Minnesota, "Happy Town," has enjoyed an uneasy peace for five years, but all that is about to change. Still haunted by a number of unsolved kidnappings, the small town now faces a dark new crime that brings all its unresolved fears to the surface. Has the elusive "Magic Man" – who many believe is responsible for the bizarre abductions — returned to claim another victim? As Haplin's mysteries are revealed, many of its prominent citizens' motives come under scrutiny as their own secrets and personalities »

- Clarissa

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'Happy Town' first look: Preview ABC's midseason mystery

15 December 2009 2:21 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

ABC hasn't put "Happy Town" on its midseason schedule yet, but you can get a taste of the small-town mystery right now.

The show, which comes from the "Life on Mars"/"October Road" brain trust of Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg, tells the story of an outwardly idyllic small town in Minnesota that's rocked by the presumed return of a kidnapper who terrorized the town in the past. A new crime causes a bunch of secrets to bubble to the surface ...

Sound a little familiar? Others have been describing the show as a latter-day "Twin Peaks" for months now, and ABC has jumped on the bandwagon too -- the "Happy Town" trailer mentions David Lynch's 1990 sensation in the first five seconds. So, you know, no pressure there.

That could be both a blessing -- "Twin Peaks" is fondly remembered (and rightfully so) for being a blast of »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Platinum Studios Options 'Indestructible Man' TV Series

21 October 2009 8:03 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

The upcoming Platinum Studios comic book “Indestructible Man” has already been optioned as a potential TV series by Fox21.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series revolves around Nick Rabel, a secret agent who is unable to die, but not impervious to injury.

"[Fox21] really understood this character and the world he inhabits from the very first meeting," explained Platinum Studios chairman Scott Rosenberg. The series will also reportedly mix superpowers with humor.

The deal comes in the midst of an especially busy year for Platinum Studios in Hollywood. The company’s signature book—“Cowboys & Aliens”—has been on the fast track at Dreamworks and Universal with Robert Downey Jr. and director Jon Favreau attached along with “Star Trek” screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

Additionally, the Platinum Studios-produced “Dead of Night” has already begun filming—with Brandon Routh in the lead role of Dylan Dog—and “Atlantis Rising” is expected to go into production soon, »

- Blair Marnell

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[TV] Life on Mars: The Complete Series

8 October 2009 4:28 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

This review contains spoilers.

Life On Mars starts out rather promisingly. Sam Tyler (Jason O'Mara) plays a present-day New York detective whose partner-slash-girlfriend Maya (Lisa Bonet) is abducted from a park one day. In the haze of his grief, he wanders into the road and gets struck by a car. When he wakes up, he finds himself in a version of 1973 where every dude looks like Paul Rudd's character in Anchorman. He is still Sam Tyler, he still lives in New York City, and he's still a police officer, only it's 1973 and everyone he has ever met is either really young or hasn't been born yet.

Naturally, Sam panics, resisting his fate madly for an entire episode, though he does manage to solve a case in the process. After the initial existential hysteria, Sam semi-reluctantly resigns into his new life, partially due to his meeting Annie (Gretchen Mol), a »

- Inna Mkrtycheva

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Jon Favreau To Direct Cowboys and Aliens

3 September 2009 12:00 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Jon Favreau has signed on to direct “Cowboys & Aliens,” which will be starring Robert Downey Jr, for DreamWorks/Universal. The Platinum Studios comic book by Scott Rosenberg tells the story of traditional Old West enemies, cowboys and Indians, banding together to fight an invasion of aliens from outer space in 19th-century Arizona. The project’s executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci wrote the script, along with “Lost” executive producer Damon Lindelof. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, alongside Rosenberg, are onboard as producers. Stay tuned to for more “Cowboys & Aliens” news right here at Shockya.com. By Costa Koutsoutis (Source: The Hollywood Reporter) »

- Costa Koutsoutis

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ABC Announces Primetime 2009-2010 Programming Slate

19 May 2009 6:23 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

ABC unveiled its 2009-2010 primetime schedule this morning and here is the full press release:

Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment Group, today outlined ABC's plans for next season and unveiled the network's 2009-10 fall schedule before the advertising and media communities at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.

New fall and midseason series include "Cougar Town," "The Deep End," "Eastwick," "Flash Forward," "The Forgotten," "Hank," "Happy Town," "The Middle," "Modern Family," "Shark Tank" and "V."

"Better Off Ted," "Castle," "Scrubs" and "True Beauty" join previously announced returning series "America's Funniest Home Videos," "The Bachelor," "Brothers & Sisters," "Dancing with the Stars," "Desperate Housewives," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost," "Private Practice," "Supernanny," "Ugly Betty," "Wife Swap" and 20/20. "Saturday Night College Football" will also return.

"Our focus is always on delivering the best stories with the most memorable characters on TV, whether that's established audience favorites or innovative new shows," said McPherson. »

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ABC picks up 'Happy,' 'Cougar,' 'Castle'

15 May 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

ABC on Friday picked up three more series, sources said.

The network gave nods to new drama "Happy Town" and the Courteney Cox-starring comedy "Cougar Town," both from ABC Studios.

Additionally, midseason drama "Castle," also from ABC Studios, was renewed for a second season.

ABC wouldn't confirm any pickups until it unveils its fall schedule on Tuesday.

"Happy Town" is a small-town murder mystery from the team behind "October Road," creators Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg and director Gary Fleder.

The cast of the series, which has been an early favorite of the ABC brass, includes Geoff Stults, Lauren German, Dean Winters, Amy Acker, Sam Neill, John Patrick Amedori, Sarah Gadon, Jay Paulson and Robert Wisdom.

The single-camera "Cougar Town," from "Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence, stars Cox as a newly single mother with a 17-year-old son.

Lawrence is exec producing with Kevin Biegel, Cox and David Arquette. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Phuket Film Festival called off

13 May 2009 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

More Cannes coverage

Cannes -- Thailand's political turmoil on Wednesday caused the cancellation of the latest running of the Phuket Film Festival.

Organizers announced that the June 4-11 fest had been disrupted by the high security measures being put in place for the upcoming Asian heads of state meeting -- only for the Thai government to subsequently cancel the inter-governmental summit.

"It took me a week to come to the decision to close down the festival, but 15 minutes after we sent out the press release the government backtracked," fest director Scott Rosenberg said. "Unfortunately, it would be difficult to go back the press now, and anyway, I've lost my Hollywood stars."

Director Gus van Sant and actor Adrien Brody were scheduled to attend. So too was "Cadillac Records" director Darnell Martin.

Proposed security measures included flight limitations and road blocks, as well as the stationing of some 5,000 troops in the region. »

- By Patrick Frater

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Life on Mars: Was There a Mistake in the Last Episode?

9 April 2009 4:05 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Last week, we said goodbye to ABC's Life on Mars after a too-short run of 17 episodes. Love or hate the ending, most people are happy that the show's executive producers -- Josh Appelbaum, Scott Rosenberg, and André Nemec -- had a chance to wrap things up before the TV show ended.

As those who tuned in found out, Sam (Jason O'Mara) was not actually a cop from 2008 as we'd been led to believe. He was actually an astronaut from the year 2035 who had been placed in a state of deep sleep for a long trip to Mars. In his dream state, he was supposed to be living out a fantasy about living as a 2008 detective. His spaceship was hit some turbulence which caused the program to malfunction, sending his fantasy persona back to 1973. Elements of his 2035 life and versions of his fellow space travelers (Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol, Jonathan Murphy, »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Life on Mars: Series Finale Shocker -- A Great Ending or a Terrible Finish?

1 April 2009 10:26 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

ABC's Life on Mars didn't catch on with enough viewers and was unfortunately cancelled after one brief season. Sadly, tonight we had to say goodnight to the outstanding cast of Jason O'Mara, Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol, Harvey Keitel, and Jonathan Murphy.

Thankfully, the show's creators were given enough time to craft a true series finale. Executive producer Scott Rosenberg told Scifiwire, "Basically, this episode was always going to be the season finale, so we just switched things up towards the end. But we always wanted it to culminate with him and his parents... Amongst our favorite things that we did was always with his father and his mother. Every time we went to that well, it really worked for us. You'll realize when you see it Wednesday night at 11:00, you'll see that the whole theme of the entire 17 hours was all leading up to this. It was all about »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Series Finale Preview: Life on Mars' Sam Runs Out of Time!

31 March 2009 12:43 PM, PDT | TVGuide.com - Features | See recent TVGuide - Features news »

Life on Mars</i>" style="margin:0 5px 5px" />In a rare instance of mutual forethought and cooperation between producers and a network, ABC's Life on Mars will wrap up its abbreviated freshman run this Wednesday at 10 pm/Et with a proper series finale, bringing to a close Detective Sam Tyler's time-tripping odyssey. Here, executive producers Scott Rosenberg and Josh Appelbaum reflect on their Mars journey, reveal the one song that done them wrong, preview the "straight-out scary" follow-up they have planned, and promise closure for fans of their previous project, October Road. TVGuide.com: The episode airing this Wednesday, is it more or less what you had envisioned the series finale as being? Or is it slightly different, if only because you had less time to build up to it?

Josh Appelbaum: We always knew that the season finale was going to be this episode, and we always knew what our series finale would be. »

- Matt Mitovich

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Series Finale Preview: Life on Mars' Sam Runs Out of Time!

31 March 2009 12:43 PM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Life on Mars</i>" style="margin:0 5px 5px" />In a rare instance of mutual forethought and cooperation between producers and a network, ABC's Life on Mars will wrap up its abbreviated freshman run this Wednesday at 10 pm/Et with a proper series finale, bringing to a close Detective Sam Tyler's time-tripping odyssey. Here, executive producers Scott Rosenberg and Josh Appelbaum reflect on their Mars journey, reveal the one song that done them wrong, preview the "straight-out scary" follow-up they have planned, and promise closure for fans of their previous project, October Road. TVGuide.com: The episode airing this Wednesday, is it more or less what you had envisioned the series finale as being? Or is it slightly different, if only because you had less time to build up to it?

Josh Appelbaum: We always knew that the season finale was going to be this episode, and we always knew what our series finale would be. »

- Matt Mitovich

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ABC cancels 'Life on Mars'

2 March 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

ABC's "Life on Mars" won't return for a second season.

The network has decided not to renew the series starring Jason O'Mara as 2008 Detective Sam Tyler working as a cop in 1973 New York.

The series, from 20th TV and ABC Studios, will complete its 17-episode freshman series order with the season finale written as a series finale that will wrap the loose story ends, explain how Tyler got transported back in time and (maybe) bring him back to his own time.

"Mars" enjoyed strong support from ABC brass and was slotted in some of the network's premiere slots, Thursday 10 p.m. after "Grey's Anatomy" and Wednesday 10 p.m. after "Lost."

Still, the show, based on the British series of the same name, didn't click with viewers.

With its serialized nature, many considered "Life" to be better suited as a limited series the way it aired in the U.K.

In its current ABC incarnation, »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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'October Road' co-star returns to ABC

16 February 2009 10:48 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Geoff Stults and Martin Henderson are returning to ABC with a pair of pilot leads. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stults will join the ensemble of "Happy Town," a mysterious drama about a small community's first murder in seven years. Stults ("The Express") will play the nearly appointed town sheriff in in what is described as a "Twin Peaks"-esque series. Stults, who co-starred on ABC's "October Road" for two seasons, will be reunited with that cult drama's entire creative team. Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg wrote "Happy Town," while Gary Fleder, who helmed the "October Road" pilot, will also »

- HitFix Staff

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ABC adds cast to 'Happy Town,' 'Box'

16 February 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Geoff Stults has landed the lead in the ABC drama pilot "Happy Town," while Martin Henderson is the first actor to get "Inside the Box," ABC's drama pilot from "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" creator Shonda Rhimes.

The "Twin Peaks"-esque "Happy Town" is set at a small town grappling with a murder -- its first crime in seven years -- and centers on Tommy (Stults), the town's newly appointed sheriff who has to solve the case.

The project marks a reunion for "October Road" co-star Stults and creators Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg, who penned "Happy Town." Gary Fleder, who helmed the pilot for "October Road," also is back to direct "Happy Town."

ABC's "Box" is set in a Washington network news bureau and centers on Catherine, an ambitious female news producer, and her colleagues pursuing "the story" at all costs while juggling their personal animosities and crises of conscience. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Three Pilots Land Directors

12 February 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Alex Graves ("Fringe") will direct NBC's post-apocalyptic drama pilot "Day One," Gary Fleder is set to direct ABC's two-hour mystery drama "Happy Town," and Mark Tinker is attached to direct the Shonda Rhimes-produced ABC drama pilot "Inside the Box." The Ums-produced "Day One" chronicles the aftermath of a devastating global event. The "Twin Peaks"-esque "Happy Town" reunites writers Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg with Fleder, who directed the pilot and multiple episodes of their ABC drama "October Road" and an episode of their latest ABC series, "Life on Mars." ABC Studios' "Inside the Box," about TV journalists in D.C., also continues a long-standing »

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Four pilots land directors

11 February 2009 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Alex Graves has been tapped to direct NBC's post-apocalyptic drama pilot "Day One," Gary Fleder is set to direct ABC's two-hour mystery drama "Happy Town," Mark Tinker is attached to direct the Shonda Rhimes-produced ABC drama pilot "Inside the Box," and Marc Buckland is on board to helm ABC's untitled Tad Quill comedy pilot.

The Ums-produced "Day One" chronicles the aftermath of a devastating global event.

Last season, Graves directed and exec produced Fox's two-hour, $10 million pilot for "Fringe." The helmer is on a hot streak, with three consecutive pilots he directed -- "Fringe," NBC's "Journeyman" and ABC's "The Nine" -- going to series.

The "Twin Peaks"-esque "Happy Town" reunites writers Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg with Fleder, who directed the pilot and multiple episodes of their ABC drama "October Road" and an episode of their latest ABC series, "Life on Mars."

ABC Studios' "Inside the Box, »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Sony to mine Platinum for animation

3 February 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sony Pictures Animation and comics giant Platinum Studios have joined forces to produce a new animated feature from Platinum's 5,600-character library.

Platinum licenses its stable of characters and comics for both TV and feature products. It has "Atlantis Rising" in development at DreamWorks, with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci ("Transformers") producing, and "Cowboys and Aliens" at DreamWorks, with Kurtzman and Orci producing with Universal and Imagine Entertainment and Robert Downey Jr. attached to star.

Sony and Platinum CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg also collaborated on "Men in Black."

"I have known and respected Scott Rosenberg for many years as a great resource of characters, stories and ideas," said Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Prods. "We're looking forward to working with him and Platinum Studios to develop a feature from their library of stories and characters."

Upcoming projects for Spa, which is run by production president Hannah Minghella, include "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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ABC makes room for 'Happy Town'

23 January 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

ABC is headed for "Happy Town."

The network has greenlighted a two-hour pilot from the project, written by "October Road" creators Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg.

In the vein of ABC's cult drama "Twin Peaks," "Happy Town" is a mystery set in the hamlet of Happy Town, which had enjoyed a seven-year peace after a series of kidnappings until it is hit by another crime.

The drama, written on spec, had enjoyed strong buzz since the script was delivered to the studio a week ago.

ABC Studios, where Appelbaum, Nemec and Rosenberg have an overall deal, is producing the project. Appelbaum, Nemec and Rosenberg are exec producing.

The trio also created and are executive producing the ABC/ABC Studios freshman drama "Life on Mars" and exec produced the ABC Family/ABC Studios/Alloy series "Samurai Girl." »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Buzz builds as nets prep for pilot pickups

14 January 2009 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With pilot pickups just around the corner, TV industry circles are buzzing about which scripts have the best shots at getting made.

The focus is on Fox, where entertainment president Kevin Reilly said Tuesday that he will greenlight about five comedy and five drama pilots shortly.

Said to be red hot at Fox is "Masterwork," Paul Scheuring's thriller in the vein of "The Da Vinci Code." Also rumored to be strong contenders on the drama side are projects from Jack Orman, Ian Biederman and Adi Hasak as well as Jon Steinberg's "Human Target," David Hudgins' "Reincarnationist," Jason Richman's "Forge," Carlos Coto's "Wild Boys" and a project by Manny Coto and Brian Helgeland.

Among the buzzed-about comedy scripts at Fox are Mike Binder's "Two Dollar Beer," Kevin Napier's "The Station," Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka's "Walorsky," Dave Hemingson and Nahnatchka Khan's "Don't Trust the Bitch at Apt. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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