7 items from 2017
Peak TV has amped up the competition among networks for the past few pilot cycles. But this year, the growing number of television shows on all platforms and the lack of cancellations at the broadcast networks have compelled broadcasters to focus on quality instead of quantity: The Big Four have ordered nearly 20 fewer pilots this season than last.
Broadcasters seem to be playing it safe when it comes to auspices — the majority of projects hail from A-list producers and writers — but the nets are taking bigger swings when it comes to ideas, as only a handful of reboots and spinoffs are among the series in contention for 2017-2018. The networks also appear to be taking note of the country’s divisive climate with a slew of military-centric pilots.
Here’s our review of the strategies of each of the major networks this season:
ABC Dramas: 11, comedies: 11
The first pilot order for the Alphabet, which »
- Daniel Holloway and Elizabeth Wagmeister
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Fox has given a pilot order for a TV adaptation of Justin Cronin’s post-apocalyptic vampire novel The Passage, which has Ridley Scott (Prometheus) and Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) executive producing and Elizabeth Heldens (Deception) penning the script.
The official logline reads: “The Passage begins as a character-driven government conspiracy thriller and morphs into a post-apocalyptic saga with vampires. The series spans over a century and focuses on a young girl named Amy who must save the human race.”
The Passage was published in 2010 and became a New York Times bestseller; the first instalment of a trilogy, it was followed by The Twelve in 2012 and The City of Mirrors in 2016. The rights to the tale were first picked up by Fox and Scott prior to publication in 2007, with John Logan (Gladiator) attached to write a feature film adaptation. »
- Gary Collinson
It’s been a long time coming, but Justin Cronin’s bestselling horror trilogy The Passage is finally poised to spring off the page.
Emerging from a prolonged and difficult spell in film development – Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) was initially attached to develop the movie adaptation – Cronin’s vampire thriller has been repackaged for television, and we now have confirmation that Fox has ordered a pilot for the show. Variety has the scoop, confirming that Ridley Scott remains on board to executive produce the one-hour drama. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Heldens will handle script duties, and could potentially be elected showrunner should The Passage go on to earn a full-season order.
That’s all hypothetical for now, but we understand Matt Reeves is set to helm the pilot episode, having been attached to The Passage for six years and change. Evoking comparisons to I Am Legend – the film, »
- Michael Briers
After years in development (originally slated to be a film), Fox has given a pilot order to “The Passage”, a drama series based on Justin Cronin’s fantasy book trilogy, Deadline reports. The high-profile project, which previously had a pilot production commitment, hails from Liz Heldens (“Friday Night Lights”), “Felicity” co-creator Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), Scott Free and 20th Century Fox […] »
- Brad Miska
Fox has ordered a pilot for “The Passage,” Variety has learned.
“The Passage” begins as a character-driven government conspiracy thriller and morphs into a post-apocalyptic saga with vampires. The series spans over a century and focuses on a young girl named Amy who must save the human race.
Heldens will serve as executive producer, along with Scott, David W. Zucker, Adam Kassan and Matt Reeves. Based on the book of the same name, the novel’s author Justin Cronin will serve as co-producer. Twentieth Century Fox Television is the studio, producing with Scott Free and 6th & Idaho.
“The Passage” marks the fifth pilot to be picked up at Fox for the 2017-2018 television season. The network has three comedies — “Ghosted,” starring Craig Robinson and Adam Scott; Linda From HR;” and Liz Meriwether’s “Thin Ice” — and one other drama, an »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Fox has given a pilot order to The Passage, a drama series based on Justin Cronin's fantasy book trilogy. The high-profile project, which previously had a pilot production commitment, hails from Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights), Felicity co-creator Matt Reeves, Scott Free and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Heldens, The Passage begins as a character-driven government conspiracy thriller and morphs into a post-apocalyptic saga with vampires. The series spans over a… »
Fox has ordered a pilot of a potential series based on Justin Cronin’s “The Passage,” the network announced Thursday. Ridley Scott and Matt Reeves, who previously optioned the bestselling vampire novel for feature film adaptation, will serve as executive producers, along with Elizabeth Heldens, who wrote the script. David W. Zucker and Adam Kassan will also serve as EPs, while Cronin will serve as co-producer. Also Read: Director Matt Reeves Bites Into 'The Passage' “The Passage” begins as a character-driven government conspiracy thriller and morphs into a post-apocalyptic saga with vampires. The series spans over a century and focuses on a young girl. »
- Linda Ge
7 items from 2017
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