16 items from 2017
Exclusive: The Passage, Fox’s high-profile vampire drama pilot from Liz Heldens, Matt Reeves, Scott Free and 20th Century Fox TV, is eyeing possible reshoots, though the network brass continues to be high on the adaptation of Justin Cronin's fantasy book trilogy. The pilot, directed by Marcos Siega and starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, was shot off-cycle and has been delivered to the network for midseason consideration. “There is a lot that we loved about it. There were some… »
(Aotn) Great news “Gotham” fans! Fox has announced that season four of the hit series will return on Thursday, September 21 (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt), followed by the time period premiere of Seth MacFarlane’s new space adventure series, “The Orville” (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt).
“The Orville” debuts with a special two-night premiere on Sunday, Sept. 10 (8:00-9:00 Pm Live to all Time Zones) and Sunday, Sept. 17 (8:00-9:00 Pm Et Live to All Time Zones), immediately following NFL On Fox doubleheaders and The O.T.
Season Four of “Gotham” will witness the emergence of the criminal landscape for which Gotham City is best known, with Jim Gordan (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) at the forefront of the fight against the most depraved and unhinged villains. While Gotham City fights for normalcy, a new hero will rise, as Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) begins »
- Kristyn Clarke
Back in January it was announced that Fox had placed a pilot order for a TV adaptation of Justin Cronin’s post-apocalyptic vampire book trilogy The Passage, and now Variety has revealed that Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved By the Bell, Pitch) has secured the lead role, and will star alongside Saniyya Sidney, Genesis Rodriguez, Brianne Howey, Bj Britt and Jennifer Ferrin.
The Passage spans a century and is told across two timelines and focuses on Amy Bellafonte (Sidney), a ten-year-old girl who must save the human race. Gosselaar will portray an FBI agent who balks at kidnapping Amy, who has been targeted for an unholy government experiment and goes on the run with her with a veritable army of feds on his heels.
- Gary Collinson
The project was rolled over from the typical pilot season with plans to go into production this summer, and is still in contention for the 2017-2018 television season. The pilot will shoot this month in Atlanta.
“The Passage” is based on Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy of the same name, and is described as an epic, character-driven thriller that morphs into a post-apocalyptic odyssey, which spans over a century and is told across two timelines. The story focuses on a 10-year-old girl named Amy Bellafonte (Sidney) who must save the human race. Gosselaar will play an FBI agent, who balks at kidnapping Amy, who »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Adapted from Justin Cronin’s popular book series, The Passage envisions a post-apocalyptic future where virus-infected vampires roam the earth, with human colonies banding together to survive. (That book was followed by 2012’s The Twelve and this year’s The City of Mirrors.) Fox bought the film rights to The Passage before it was even published, and a Twilight-like film series was planned for years, but now they’re opting to bring it to the small screen. »
“Ghosted” will air on Sundays as part of Fox’s comedy block, in between “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.” “The Orville” will air on Thursdays after new episodes of “Gotham.” Comedy “La to Vegas” and drama “The Resident” will debut midseason. Fox previously released the trailer for the Marvel series “The Gifted,” which will air Mondays this fall after “Lucifer.”
Watch the trailers below.
“Ghosted” follows a cynical skeptic and a genius “true believer” in the paranormal who are recruited by The Bureau Underground to look into the rampant “unexplained” activity in Los Angeles, all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race.
- Joe Otterson
Fox has ordered a second script for The Passage, its high-profile drama pilot from Liz Heldens, Matt Reeves, Scott Free and 20th Century Fox TV. Because of the scope of the project, an adaptation of Justin Cronin's fantasy book trilogy, which requires longer lead time, the pilot’s production was shifted to summer. It is one of two Fox drama pilots picked up this pilot season that will be shot off-cycle, along with The Beast. The Passage, which will be helmed by top drama… »
Updated: The Passage, Fox’s high-profile drama pilot from Liz Heldens, Matt Reeves, Scott Free and 20th Century Fox TV, will film after the end of the current pilot season. I hear the decision was made early on based on the scope of the project, an adaptation of Justin Cronin's fantasy book trilogy, which requires longer lead time as it involves an elaborate production and visual effects. The network and studio recently tapped top drama pilot director Marcos Siega to… »
The trailer begins idyllically as the titular spaceship Covenant winds up on a planet that looks perfect for colonization by human. But the crew realizes that something’s amiss when they find wheat growing.
“What are the odds of finding human vegetation this far from Earth?” one asks.
The crew figures out that humans have been to the planet before. That’s followed by several scenes of merciless xenomorphs killing crew members with the film’s tagline, “The path to paradise begins in hell.”
Scott is directing from a script by Jack Paglen, »
- Dave McNary
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
16 items from 2017
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