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Bravo is expanding its scripted slate with three development prospects, Variety has learned, including a new project from “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” star Paul Adelstein and a 1980s period drama from “Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd.
The ramp-up of scripted development comes ahead of the premiere of Bravo’s second scripted series and first half-hour scripted comedy, “Odd Mom Out,” which premieres this summer on June 8.
The Universal Cable Productions’ project follows a female con artist who gets men to fall in love with her, marries them and then disappears with their money and just enough dirty inside information to guarantee they will never go to the police.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It's crazy to think now, 10 years on, that the reputation surrounding Doctor Who before the broadcast of series one episode 'Rose' - starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper - in 2005, was not what it is now.
In fact, in the pre-2005 Who landscape, it's safe to say that in terms of the general public and especially in the media, the series was regarded as a bad joke. And not even a very good bad joke at that.
The press just didn't take it seriously. In the aftermath of the initial 2003 announcement of the show's return, tabloids suggested that people like Paul Daniels and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen were in the running to be the new Doctor Who. Remember, they're not even actors.
But before another lazy journalist had the time to type "wobbly sets" for the 13th time that hour, a masterstroke was pulled - the BBC presented Christopher Eccleston as the »
Anyone with an interest in screenwriting and/or Doctor Who most likely already has a copy of A Writer’s Tale, a book composed of Russell T. Davies and Benjamin Cook’s email correspondence over Davies’ final two years as the Doctor Who showrunner. If they haven’t, then they need one. It’s that simple.
Of the many things A Writer’s Tale has to offer (how often does an opportunity come along to follow the million-miles-a-minute whirr of a creative brain commenting on its workings with honesty and humour?), one gem in particular is contained in the final pages of its extended 2010 reprint.
In 2009, just as Davies was packing up to move to La after handing over the reins to the BBC series, Cook asked him to re-watch Rose four years on, »
The world of Doctor Who has changed greatly in the space of just 10 years. The cast and crew have almost completely been replaced since 2005, including a number of new actors to play the errant Time Lord and his companions.
But what has happened to the class of '05? Where are Rose and Mickey now? What is the writer of 'Dalek' up to? And where can you see more work from the director of 'Rose'?
Here it is then, your guide to the main players of Doctor Who series one.
After his three-month on-screen stint as the Doctor, Christopher Eccleston's career continued in much the same vein, taking in theatre, interesting television roles and the odd blockbuster.
Fox has opted to postpone development of its U.S. remake of the acclaimed British detective series "Luther", pushing the cast-contingent drama out of the current pilot season.
The network originally picked up the drama in November, handing out a rich put-pilot commitment at the time. In January that was upgraded to a cast-contingent pilot pickup.
Diverse leads have also reportedly been in high demand this pilot season, so the network is opting to wait until the busy 'pilot season' is over before resuming its search.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
HBO has renewed comedy “Getting On” for a third and final season. Production on the show’s concluding six episodes will begin this year.
“Getting On” follows the staff in the women’s geriatric long-term-care ward of a dysfunctional Long Beach, Calif., hospital as they battle the medical bureaucracy. It stars Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash and Mel Rodriguez. The series is based on the U.K. show of the same name, created by Vicki Pepperdine, Joanna Scanlan and Jo Brand.
The dark workplace comedy averages 1.6 million viewers per episode. A premiere date for the third season of “Getting On” has yet to be announced.
- Laura Prudom
Proving that it learned absolutely nothing from Gracepoint, its failed remake of British mystery series Broadchurch, Fox is moving ahead with a remake of the BBC cop drama Luther, having handed the adaptation a pilot order. Additionally, the network has ordered dramas Frankenstein and Rosewood, and half-hour comedy 48 Hours ‘Til Monday.
The pilot order for Luther is dependent on which actors end up being cast. Idris Elba is (bizarrely) not attached as a star, though he and original series creator Neil Cross are attached as exec-producers (Cross will also pen the script). Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope, as well as the BBC’s Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, will also exec-produce.
Luther will again focus on John Luther, a brilliant and tormented detective who gets inside the heads of the monsters he hunts. Whether Fox will botch it as completely as they did Gracepoint remains to be seen, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Fox has given a cast-contingent pilot order to “Luther,” based on the BBC drama. The network has also picked up two drama pilots and one comedy pilot for the 2015-16 season.
“Luther,” a one-hour drama following John Luther, a near-genius homicide detective, comes from the team that created the BBC hit, which starred Idris Elba. Neil Cross, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner and Elba will exec produce, and Cross will write the pilot. Twentieth Century Fox TV, Chernin Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Productions will produce.
Fox has also picked up “48 Hours ‘Til Monday,” a single-camera comedy from Universal TV. Charlie Grandy (“The Daily Show”) will write the pilot and also serve as exec producer with Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan, who worked together on “Manhattan Love Story” and “Do No Harm.” The series is described as a husband’s “desperate struggle to not let every weekend go completely to hell. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Additionally, the broadcaster orders a comedy project from “Mindy Project” producer Charlie Grandy
Fox has greenlit three new drama pilots and a comedy. They include a remake of BBC’s “Luther,” a Frankenstein reboot, and a limited crime series.
The “Luther” pilot order is cast-contingent. From Twentieth Century Fox Television, Chernin Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Productions, “Luther” will be executive produced and written by the BBC series’ creator Neil Cross. Star Idris Elba is attached as an executive producer, but not to star at this point. Based on the BBC series, drama centers on John Luther, a near-genius murder detective »
- Jethro Nededog
One year after its temporary demise, pilot season continues to be alive and well at Fox, as the network ordered pilots for several of its highest profile scripts, including "Frankenstein" and the Americanized "Luther." The announcements came a little over one week after Fox ordered "Minority Report" report to pilot and days after Fox execs told reporters that "Shameless" and "Entourage" veteran Mark Mylod will direct that pilot. Fox's Tuesday (January 20) pilot orders were for the comedy "48 Hours 'Til Monday," plus dramas "Frankenstein," "Rosewood" and "Luther." The "Luther" pilot order is cast contingent, which means that it won't go to pilot until Fox can find somebody capable of being the American Idris Elba, presumably somebody other than Idris Elba with an American accent, though Idris Elba is attached to the "Luther" pilot as an executive producer along with Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner. Also serving as »
- Daniel Fienberg
John Barrowman’s last appearance in the televised Doctor Who universe (in 2011’s Torchwood series Miracle Day) seems a long time ago now. In the meantime, he’s found a new lease of geek life as the villainous Malcolm Merlyn in The CW’s Arrow.
“I do know that we’re doing three or four radio plays for the BBC for Torchwood,” he revealed.
So is he keen to return to the role? “It’s not a »
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