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Amazon has announced that Marsai Martin (“Black-ish”) has been cast in their upcoming American Girl live-action special “Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, an American Girl Story.” This is the first of four upcoming American Girl specials. The special is based in 1963 Detroit, where Melody becomes aware of the racial inequality dividing the country. “Melody, 1963” is produced by Common (“Selma”), Tina Mabry (“Queen Sugar”) and executive produced by Alison McDonald (“Roots”). “Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, an American Girl Story” is set to premiere this fall on Amazon Prime Video.
The airdate for the 48th NAACP Image Awards has been announced as February 11, 2017. Submissions for the Image Awards begin on September 6 and close on October 31. The 48th NAACP Image Awards will be telecast live on TV One »
- Maria Cavassuto
We got our first look at Amazon Studios’ live-action reboot of The Tick last month [see here], and now we’ve got sixteen new images from the pilot, which sees Peter Searfinowicz taking over from Patrick Warburton as Ben Edlund’s big blue superhero; check them out here…
“This has been a labor of love for Amazon, Sony, and all of us,” states creator Ben Edlund. “The only way for this to have value was if we found a wholly new expression of The Tick and Arthur’s story in live-action, and I think we’re on to something! Visually and thematically this new Tick lives in the textures and rhetoric of today’s superhero saturation tsunami — and for it to be something you want to watch for hours, it needed to find its way to a story with heart and stakes, as well as absurdism. Is it a radically new hybrid »
- Gary Collinson
Take a look @ the first images from "The Tick" live-action comedy superhero TV series, co-produced with Sony Pictures Television in association with Amazon, starring Jackie Earl Haley ("Watchmen") as 'The Terror', debuting August 19, 2016:
"...in a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers...
"...comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead.
"As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy...
"...he falls in league with a strange blue superhero..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the original "The Tick" animated series...
- Michael Stevens
The Tick TV Series: Amazon unleash a batch of new images ahead of its release later this month.
A bunch of new images from Sony and Amazon Studios’ The Tick TV series have just landed online. Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy, Shaun of the Dead) leads the cast of the show, which will air later this year. Ben Edlund, Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld are executive producers on the news show, along with previous series star Patrick Warburton.
The pilot for the new series of The Tick will premiere on Amazon on Aug. 19, 2016.
Here’s the synopsis, as provided by Amazon.
In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his »
- Paul Heath
In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, the new The Tick series follows an underdog accountant with zero powers (Peter Serafinowicz) who comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead.
As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. Also onboard are Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez and Brendan Hines. Ben Edlund, Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld serve as executive producers on the project which has a pilot helmed by Wally Pfister.
- Garth Franklin
There is still some work to be done to get this country on the right path.
No, I'm not talking about the current political race, but about Turn: Washington's Spies!
There is one more chapter remaining in the story about the courageous men and women who risked it all to make sure we'd have a free country.
Turn has been renewed for a fourth and final season that will consist of 10 episodes and air in 2017.
While Turn has been declined in ratings year to year, it can boast being in the top ten watched series by the most affluent people in America.
Mad Men was once in that category, as well. Turn: Washington's Spies Season 3 also hit a creative surge, posting a ratings high for the season finale.
“Turn: Washington’s Spies has always had a lofty goal – to tell the real story of the American Revolution from the ground up, »
- Carissa Pavlica
Season three of “Turn” ended June 26. The series averaged 1.2 million viewers per episode and nearly 600,000 adults 25-54 for season three.
“‘Turn: Washington’s Spies’ has always had a lofty goal – to tell the real story of the American Revolution from the ground up. To capture the truth about the choice regular people had to make to support what has become the United States of America. It frequently involved turning against friends and family, and it always involved risking everything,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “Craig Silverstein, Barry Josephson, and their incredible team introduced us to the Culper Ring who have reminded us that without human intelligence, the war may have had a very different outcome. We »
- Daniel Holloway
The revolution will be televised… for one more season.
AMC has renewed Turn: Washington’s Spies for a fourth (and final) outing, the network announced Tuesday. The 10-episode season will air in 2017.
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The drama, which premiered in June 2014, follows a group of childhood friends-turned-spies who formed the Culper Ring, which played a major role in the American Revolutionary War.
“I am so pleased to be able to bring the story of the Culper Ring to its epic conclusion, at the point where »
The next season of “Bones” will be its last on Fox. When it does, fans should be ready to say goodbye to a few recurring characters.
“No one at this table, we will say that, but there are two other people from past seasons who will die in this season,” executive producer Michael Peterson said Friday during a panel at Comic-Con. Peterson was joined onstage by stars Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor and John Francis Daley.
Peterson and fellow executive producer Jonathan Collier teased some upcoming plot details for the new season. Regarding the number 447, which has recurred throughout the series, Peterson said, “Episode 11 of next season you will find out what 447 means,” Peterson said.
Peterson also said that former squint Zack, who returned in the season 11 finale, will have a multi-episode story arc in the coming season. “We will try to bring him back for three to four more episodes,” Peterson »
- Daniel Holloway
Amazon has announced that its upcoming reboot of The Tick is set to arrive this August as part of its 2016 comedy pilot season, with the announcement accompanied by the first images from the new series, which sees Peter Serafinowicz succeeding Patrick Warburton as the big blue superhero…
In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy), Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion). The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund (Supernatural), Barry Josephson (Bones) and Barry Sonnenfeld (A Series of Unfortunate Events), directed by Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight), and written by Edlund. »
- Gary Collinson
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One month out from its anticipated premiere, Amazon Studios has today peeled back the curtain on The Tick, its long-rumored comedy reboot that thrusts Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy) into the title role.
Playing the part of an underdog accountant with no powers to call his own, one Average Joe takes a stand against crime in the city, crossing paths with a peculiar blue superhero (Serafinowicz) in the process. Ben Edlund of Supernatural fame penned the series and will executive produce in tandem with Sony Pictures Television. An official synopsis for The Tick was released alongside today’s batch of stills, and you can have a gander at it below.
In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, »
- Michael Briers
A new adaptation of “Behind Enemy Lines” is in the works at Fox with a new writer, Nikki Toscano, replacing Jeffrey Nachmanoff, who was originally developing the series for the network last year. The series would take place in the midst of Us and Russia peace negotiations as three American soldiers are shot down behind enemy lines in Eastern Ukraine. Davis Entertaiment, which produced the 2001 feature starring Luke Wilson and Gene Hackman, will also be producing the series. Deadline first reported the news.
Hulu has announced that Reed Morano (“Halt and Catch Fire,” “Billions”) will direct the first three episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Based on the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, the series is executive produced and written by Bruce Miller, with Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Ilene Chaiken serving as executive producers. Atwood is a consulting producer for the series. Morano will also serve as an executive producer on the first »
- Maria Cavassuto
"...there is an inevitable march to the gallows for captured spies on both sides..."
"We loved what we saw creatively from the 'Turn: Washington's Spies' team in Season Two," said Charlie Collier, president of AMC and SundanceTV, on renewing the series, "and the show achieved something that is increasingly rare in television today – a growing audience during the season.
"Behind enemy lines on Long Island, 'Abe »
- Michael Stevens
AMC’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies” returns on April 25, and the producers of the Revolutionary War era-drama say that the show may have particular resonance to this year’s presidential campaign of overheated rhetoric and seemingly endless debate.
AMC is even marketing the show with a play on this year’s campaign slogans — “They Made America Great” and “Feel the Turn” — and is conducting an online poll to choose any of this year’s presidential contenders vs. George Washington (Luckily, the father of our country is winning).
“With words like treason being bandied about, sometimes in this election cycle, I think it is good to look back and say, ‘Here is where real treason was going down,'” says executive producer Craig Silverstein. “All of the politicians are invoking the founding father’s names, but they don’t realize that those guys were in a major pitched battle, sometimes against each other, »
- Ted Johnson
Bones returned television for its penultimate season last week, but a profit participation lawsuit by EPs and stars of the Fox drama will be staying out of sight after all. An L.A. Superior Court judge jumped his own schedule and ruled mainly in favor of Fox's desire for arbitration in the legal moves by Ep Barry Josephson, stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz and Ep Kathleen Reichs. "The court finds that the arbitrable claims are inextricably bound with the… »
Fox will have to wait another month to find out whether or not they will get their wish to shift the multi-million dollar Bones profit participation lawsuits to arbitration, as a L.A. Superior Court judge today pushed decision on the matter to May 4. In a downtown hearing Monday, lawyers for the Fox defendants and plaintiffs Bones Ep Barry Josephson, stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz and Ep Kathleen Reichs squared off on the contentious case – even as all concerned… »
American Supergroup co-creators and exec producers Kevin Wayne Waldrop and Gary Wayne Bridges were at Mip-tv in Cannes this weekend to announce the launch of international format sales to the show (also exec produced by Barry Josephson, Bones). CAA is handling world rights. The project was originally hatched back in 2012 with the eight-episode U.S. version now in production in Nashville. The series will premiere on an as-yet unnamed network in late spring/early summer. A… »
Amid the massive challenges facing Hollywood, the six major studios pared back slightly to 135 their number of producer deals, six fewer than a year ago.
Though Block isn’t as famous as James, he’s racked up a formidable array of credits, including “Dirty Grandpa,” David Ayer’s “Fury,” Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9” and “Elysium” and Oliver Stone’s “W.” The first project under his new deal is Sam Raimi’s “World War 3.”
As part of the production deal, Block has closed a multimillion-dollar private development fund to acquire and develop projects with global distribution potential for packaging.
“It’s a privilege to be at Warner Bros., »
- Dave McNary
Peter Serafinowicz is set to star in The Tick TV series reboot, for Amazon. As with the 2001 version of The Tick, which was cancelled by Fox in early 2002, after eight episodes aired, the new live-action series is based on Ben Edlund's superhero comics of the same name.
Amazon’s “The Tick” has found its titular hero in “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Peter Serafinowicz, TheWrap has learned. Ben Edlund, who created the original comic-book character, will serve as writer and executive producer on the pilot, with Barry Josephson also producing. Both Edlund and Josephson worked on the ill-fated live action “Tick” series in 2001 for Fox. Wally Pfister will direct and Sony Pictures Television will produce. Also Read: Amazon Revives 'The Tick' With Pilot Order Griffin Newman has been cast to play The Tick’s sidekick Arthur, with Valorie Curry playing his sister Dot. “The Tick »
- Linda Ge
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