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TV series are Comic-Con's 'Heroes'

30 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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SAN DIEGO -- Thanks to NBC's "Heroes" presentation, the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con International, which took place this weekend, will be remembered as the Con at which TV shows eclipsed feature films.

The "Heroes" panel, which started at 12:45 p.m. Saturday and was held in the Convention Center's second-biggest room, holding about 4,000 people, hit maximum capacity almost as soon as the doors opened at 10 a.m. Fans arrived early and sat through two other presentations -- for NBC's "Bionic Woman" and a TV Guide panel on TV heroes -- just to hear the "Heroes" creators and to offer their love to the cast. Even Danny Bonaduce stood in line to ask a question. Thousands more waited in line for hours in case, by chance, some room opened up.

When it was announced that Kevin Smith would direct the first episode of spinoff show "Heroes: Origins", an already electric room amped off the charts.

Television's presence was the strongest it's ever been at the Con, where the small screen's influence has been slowly growing since ABC launched "Lost" in 2004, previewing the pilot in a large hall that was only half full at the time. But it was those early fans that helped the show become a buzzworthy hit, and when an unknown show called "Heroes" previewed in 2006 and went on to become one of the biggest new dramas of the season, the Con's launching pad status was solidified.

TV shows have an almost bigger stake to be at Comic-Con than films because fan support, or lack of it, is easily quantified and needed over a long-term period.

"If you don't like the finale, you won't watch the season premiere. If you don't like episode five, you won't watch episode six," "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof said to those gathered at Thursday's "Lost" panel. "We need to make ourselves accessible to you guys, and it might get brutal, but it's worked out pretty well so far."

Shows that lined up in hopes of blasting off this year included ABC's "Pushing Daisies", CBS' "Moonlight", NBC's "Chuck" and CW's "Reaper". Underscoring the importance of the Con, even Fox's "24," heading into its seventh season, made its first trip to San Diego, perhaps to shore up geek support after a less-than-stellar year.

TV shows have an almost bigger stake to be at Comic-Con than the film side, since fan support, or lack of it, is easily quantified and needed over a long-term period.

"If you don't like the finale, you won't watch the season premiere. If you don't like episode five, you won't watch episode six," "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof said to those gathered at Thursday's "Lost" panel. "We need to make ourselves accessible to you guys, and it might get brutal, but it's worked out pretty well so far."

Also whipping geeks into a frenzy was word of Lucy Lawless returning to Sci Fi's "Battlestar Galactica", and Sam Jones, who played "Flash Gordon" in the 1980 movie, set to appear as a guest star on the channel's upcoming "Flash Gordon" series. »

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TV Comic-Con's 'Heroes'

30 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SAN DIEGO -- Thanks to NBC's Heroes presentation, the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con International, which took place this weekend, will be remembered as the Con at which TV shows eclipsed feature films.

The Heroes panel, which started at 12:45 p.m. Saturday and was held in the Convention Center's second-biggest room, holding about 4,000 people, hit maximum capacity almost as soon as the doors opened at 10 a.m. Fans arrived early and sat through two other presentations -- for NBC's Bionic Woman and a TV Guide panel on TV heroes -- just to hear the Heroes creators and to offer their love to the cast. Even Danny Bonaduce stood in line to ask a question. Thousands more waited in line for hours in case, by chance, some room opened up.

When it was announced that Kevin Smith would direct the first episode of spinoff show Heroes: Origins, an already electric room amped off the charts.

Television's presence was the strongest it's ever been at the Con, where the small screen's influence has been slowly growing since ABC launched Lost in 2004, previewing the pilot in a large hall that was only half full at the time. But it was those early fans that helped the show become a buzz-worthy hit, and when an unknown show called Heroes previewed in 2006 and went on to become one of the biggest new dramas of the season, the Con's launching pad status was solidified.

Shows that lined up in hopes of blasting off this year included ABC's Pushing Daisies, CBS' Moonlight, NBC's Chuck and CW's Reaper. Underscoring the importance of the Con, even Fox's 24, heading into its seventh season, made its first trip to San Diego, perhaps to shore up geek support after a less-than-stellar year.

Also whipping geeks into a frenzy was word of Lucy Lawless returning to Sci Fi's Battlestar Galactica, and Sam Jones, who played Flash Gordon in the 1980 movie, set to appear as a guest star on the channel's upcoming Flash Gordon series. The channel also announced that Farscape creator Rockne S. O'Bannon has signed on to executive produce and develop stories for a new 10-episode webisode series based on the beloved show that will run on SciFi.com.

This year, the film contingents at the Con didn't offer many standouts. The exceptions were Warner Bros. Pictures' Get Smart, with its cast in tow; Paramount Pictures' orchestration of the dual Spock casting of Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto in its next Star Trek movie; and Marvel Studios' Iron Man.

Marvel's efforts were almost a textbook example of how to make an impression at the Con. The company stoked the flames with a large mysterious crate with the words "Stark Industries" sitting on the convention floor. »

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'Football' still in ABC's game

28 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

ABC's drama "Football Wives" is going into overtime. ABC Studios, which produced the pilot based on the popular ITV series "Footballers Wives", has extended the options on the actors, an indication that the project remains in contention at ABC. "Football Wives", written by Marco Pennette and directed by Bryan Singer, was one of ABC's highest-profile pilots this past development season, and its failure to make it onto the network's schedule was considered a surprise. Revolving around the wives of professional football players, the show stars Gabrielle Union, Lucy Lawless, Kiele Sanchez, Ving Rhames and James Van Der Beek. Although ABC still has the rights to "Wives", sources said that several other networks, including NBC and Fox, have expressed interest if ABC decides to pass on it. ABC Studios is producing the project with Brancato/Salke and Shed Prods. »

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'CSI' actress nabs ABC pilot lead

12 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Louise Lombard has landed the title role in ABC's drama pilot "Judy's Got a Gun".

Additionally, Sarah Clarke has been cast in NBC's untitled Shore/Blake drama pilot, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras has been added to ABC's drama pilot "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", Lucy Lawless has been tapped for one of the leads in ABC's drama pilot "Football Wives", Miriam Shor has joined CBS' drama pilot "Swingtown", and Fran Kranz has landed the lead in CBS' ensemble comedy pilot "The Captain".

  "Judy", from Touchstone TV, centers on Judy (Lombard), a suburban woman who balances being a single mother with being a detective investigating bizarre suburban crimes. Lombard, who co-stars on CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", is repped by Paradigm and Nine Yards Entertainment.

  The untitled Shore/Blake project, from NBC Universal TV Studio, is a light ensemble drama with procedural elements that centers on a female cop (Famke Janssen). Clarke will play her younger sister and best friend who sometimes gives her advice about cases. Clarke (Gersh, Levine Management) is best known for her role as Nina Myers on Fox's "24."

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