8 items from 2016
Brian DePalma’s Carrie (1976) has cast a very wide shadow since it hit theatres. Many horror films have used the trope of telekinesis for the greater bad following its release, including Jennifer, The Fury, Patrick, The Medusa Touch (all ’78), Scanners (’81), and several more. (You can’t make me mention Friday the 13th Part VII. Oh. Dammit.) Of course, television is anything if not inclusive, and the networks scrambled to come up with their own takes on teenage angst. However, ABC’s The Initiation of Sarah (1978) took a slightly different tact and sent the girl off to college – and ended up serving a strong dose of female empowerment.
First broadcast on Monday, February 6th, Sarah had her work cut out, not so much from NBC, who provided their own Monday Night at the Movies, but from CBS’ juggernaut of M*A*S*H/One Day at a Time. Regardless of ratings, »
- Scott Drebit
With the current TV season winding down, the networks are preparing for their upfront presentations next week, where they will announce the new fall lineups. In recent years, networks have been getting a jump on the upfronts by announcing their new shows early, and today Fox has revealed six programs that have been given series orders, including shows based on hit movies The Exorcist and Lethal Weapon. The other four shows are dramas Apb and Pitch, along with comedies Making History and The Mick.
The Exorcist series hails from 20th Century Fox Television and Morgan Creek Productions, with Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect) writing the script for this psychological thriller. More than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film solidified itself as the greatest horror movie ever made, The Exorcist returns in series format as a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family's case of horrifying demonic possession. »
Fox is the first broadcast network to jump into the 2016-2017 television season.
As Variety reported yesterday, Fox was looking to pick up three to five dramas and two to three comedies with all of the official series listed an in contention in our report. “Making History” has been an early favorite at Fox all along, and “The Mick” was a comedy frontrunner in the past few weeks. On the drama side, “Lethal Weapon,” “The Exorcist” and “Pitch” also received big buzz early on. “Apb” become a late favorite after changes were implemented behind the scenes.
The six new series join the previously ordered “24” spinoff “24: Legacy,” Lee Daniels’ drama “Star,” the “Prison Break” reboot, the event series “Shots Fired” and Jason Sudeikis’ hybrid comedy “Son of Zorn. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Fox has set Kylie Bunbury to star in a pilot titled "Pitch" - an hour-long drama from Dan Fogelman ("Grandfathered;" "Crazy, Stupid, Love") and Rick Singer ("Younger"), which centers on a young pitcher who becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues. The pilot order is a part of Fogelman’s four-year development deal with 20th Century Fox TV to write, produce, and supervise various series. In addition to CBS’s "Under the Dome," Bunbury has also appeared in the former Freeform show "Twisted" as well as the miniseries "Tut" on Spike. Fogelman and Singer will write and executive produce along with Tony Bill and Helen Bartlett.
- Tambay A. Obenson
Fox has set Kylie Bunbury to star in a pilot titled "Pitch" - an hour-long drama from Dan Fogelman ("Grandfathered;" "Crazy, Stupid, Love") and Rick Singer ("Younger"), which centers on a young pitcher who becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues. The pilot order is a part of Fogelman’s four-year development deal with 20th Century Fox TV to write, produce, and supervise various series. In addition to CBS’s "Under the Dome," Bunbury has also appeared in the former Freeform show "Twisted" as well as the miniseries "Tut" on Spike. Fogelman and Singer will write and executive produce along with Tony Bill »
- Tambay A. Obenson
“Jesus Loves You More Than You Will Know”
Although it has been released before on Blu-ray, the “Criterion treatment” is always welcome for a classic, well-known film such as The Graduate. Quite simply, it’s one of the most beloved pictures of the 60s, one that hit a nerve in the public consciousness. It helped define those wildly changing years at the end of the decade, illustrating how the country’s youth rebelled against an established society that they were expected to join. The Graduate is a landmark of the New Hollywood movement that took over the studios in those years and held reign through the 70s.
Director Mike Nichols, fresh from his success as a debut helmsman for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), gave us a romantic comedy unlike anything we’d seen previously—mainly because of the radically daring casting of an unknown actor named Dustin Hoffman. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Paris Barclay has come on board to direct and executive produce Pitch, Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer's baseball drama pilot for Fox. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, where Fogelman is under an overall deal, stars Kylie Bunbury as a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues. Singer penned the script with Fogelman. The two executive produce with Barclay, Tony Bill and Helen Bartlett. Emmy winner and DGA… »
Kylie Bunbury will topline the potential series, which follows a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues.
Fogelman (“Grandfathered,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) and Singer (“Younger,” “American Dad”) co-wrote the pilot and will serve as exec producers, along with Tony Bill (“The Sting,” “My Bodyguard”) and Helen Bartlett (“North Country”). 20th Century Fox will produce the hourlong drama.
Bunbury most recently was in “Under the Dome” on CBS. She also starred on ABC Family’s “Twisted.” She is repped by ICM and Gotham. Her role marks a continuation in diverse casting, which Fox has found success in with “Empire.” Revolving around a young woman who becomes a success story, the project is likely being well-received in a television landscape that »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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