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USA Network brought ancient intrigue to the Bowery on Wednesday night with its premiere party for “Dig,” the high-octane conspiracy thriller set against the backdrop of an archaeological dig in Jerusalem.
The scope of “Dig,” shepherded for Keshet and Universal Cable Prods. by producers Tim Kring and Gideon Raff, is a departure from USA’s past efforts, and the money spent was clearly on the screen in the 90-minute opener that unspooled for the crowd who gathered at Capitale for the premiere and Q&A moderated by Meredith Vieira. “Dig” begins its 10-episode run on March 5.
“It’s been quite the epic journey,” USA president Chris McCumber said in intro’ing the episode. He noted that lensing took place in Israel, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Dig will finally see the light of day. The action/adventure miniseries set and partially filmed in Jerusalem was originally set to premiere in November, but violence in the region forced the production to relocate. The premiere was pushed to March, but the upside is that USA Network expanded the series order from six episodes to 10. Dig premieres on Thursday, March 5, at 10pm Et/Pt on USA Network. From creators Gideon Raff (Homeland) and Tim Kring (Heroes), Dig has the epic, biblical and historical scope of films like The Da Vinci Code. “It is primarily a murder mystery,” Kring says. “As [it] … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
“Colony,” which stars Josh Holloway (“Lost”) and Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”), is executive produced by Carlton Cuse (“Bates Motel,” “The Strain”) and Ryan Condal (“Hercules”). A co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions, it will shoot in Los Angeles.
Set in the near future, “Colony” centers on a family — headed up by Holloway and Callies — who must make difficult decisions as they balance staying together with trying to survive. They live in L.A., which has been occupied by a force of outside intruders. While some people have chosen to collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, others have rebelled — and suffer the consequences.
“Carlton and Ryan have created an intriguing ride that uniquely provides a humanistic take on a story set in the near future,” said USA president Chris McCumber. »
- Debra Birnbaum
NBC has offered a brief first look at its upcoming “Heroes Reborn” miniseries, rebooting the 2006 superhero drama for a planned summer berth.
The net surprised fans with a new teaser for the 13-episode miniseries during the Super Bowl. The short spot features “Heroes” alum Jack Coleman reprising his role as Noah Bennet, aka “Hrg” or the Man in the Horn-Rimmed Glasses, and new cast member Zachary Levi observing a girl who seems to be manipulating the aurora borealis.
But are they working together or against each other?
Series creator Tim Kring exec produces the new series, with details of the storyline being kept under wraps. Zachary Quinto confirmed that he would not return for the sequel series earlier this month.
- Shelli Weinstein
Sneak Peek a 30 second TV spot revealing NBC's "Heroes Reborn", a new 13-episode TV miniseries, that aired during "NFL Super Bowl Xlix", extending the original "Heroes" series, starring Zachary Levi ("Thor: The Dark World"):
The original series was created by Tim Kring following ordinary people who discover superhuman abilities, and how these abilities take effect in the characters' lives.
The series emulated the style of comic books, using multi-episode story arcs that built upon a more encompassing arc, produced by Tailwind Productions in association with Universal Media Studios.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Heroes: Reborn"...
- Michael Stevens
About two years ago, it was reported that NBC was considering bringing back its popular "Heroes" TV series for a special 13-episode mini-series with creator Tim Kring at the helm. Then in February of 2014, NBC has officially confirmed the news. And now, the network has aired a TV spot for the new show, called "Heroes Reborn," during the Super Bowl. It features our first look at Jack Coleman, who's reprising his role of Noah Bennet. We also get a look at new cast member, Zachary Levi. Check out the TV spot below. "Heroes Reborn" will reconnect with the basic elements of the show's first season where ordinary people were waking up to the fact that they had extraordinary abilities. This series will be preceded by a new digital series that will introduce audiences to the new characters and storylines that will take the Heroes phenomenon to new places. TV Spot: »
There was once this show called Heroes. It aired on NBC and tapped into the superhero-obsessed zeitgeist long before anyone truly understood that such a market even existed. With half-a-dozen comic book-inspired TV series on the air right now, one might suggest that Heroes was ahead of its time, at least, before the show started its long death march to cancellation, declining in quality year after year till no one cared anymore.
Last year, NBC announced that they were planning on bringing back Heroes in 2015 as Heroes Reborn, and even though only two roles have been cast, and not a frame of footage has been captured, the network has used the occasion of the Super Bowl to tease the return of the show.
- Adam A. Donaldson
The saga behind the 2006 breakout series Heroes will continue as creator Tim Kring returns to the fold and develops new layers to his original superhero concept. This highly anticipated 13-episode miniseries will reconnect with the basic elements of the show’s first season where ordinary people were waking up to the fact that they had extraordinary abilities. This series will be preceded by a new digital series that will introduce audiences to the new characters and storylines that will take the Heroes phenomenon to new places. »
Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, the network released its 15-second spot for the series with a screaming child and a group of religious figures huddled in a dark tunnel.
“You have seen things you are not supposed to see,” a weary voice warns in the video.
The teaser cuts quickly to star Jason Isaacs making his way through a dark corridor and an overview of a crowded street in Jerusalem.
- Alicia Banks
TV Picks: USA Network brings “Dig” to the smallscreen. Golden Globe Nominee Jason Isaacs and Emmy Winner Anne Heche join Executive Producers, Tim Kring (“Heroes”) and Gideon Raff (“Homeland”), offer fans some insight into this huge effort.The premise of the series centers around FBI agent Peter Connelly (Isaacs) who, while investigating a murder, uncovers a conspiracy 2,000 years in-the-making.From USAOn Monday, February 23 (11/10c), USA Network will take viewers on location and behind-the-scenes of the upcoming event series Dig, with an original half-hour special, The Making Of Dig. The special will delve into the mysteries and conspiracies of the 10-episode […] »
- April Neale
If you were hoping that Zachary Quinto would be returning to NBC for the upcoming Heroes revival Heroes Reborn, then I’m afraid you’re out of luck as the star has revealed at the Sundance Film Festival that he’s declined the opportunity to reprise the role of Sylar for the event series.
“No, I’m not going to go back,” said Quinto. “I talked to them about it, and Tim reached out to me when they decided they were going to do it. We had a great conversation. It was such a meaningful experience for me… I loved that job, I loved those people. I just felt like I didn’t want to go back to it… Tim was very, very understanding, Tim Kring. He was very understanding and supportive. I’m thrilled that they’re doing it. I’m thrilled that Jack Coleman is going back to it. »
- Gary Collinson
According to Buzzfeed, Quinto won’t be reprising his role as the serial-killing superhuman on the upcoming 13-episode miniseries, which will pick up after the conclusion of NBC’s “Heroes,” which ran 2006-10.
“I’m not going to go back,” Quinto told Buzzfeed. “It was such a meaningful experience for me… I just felt like I didn’t want to go back to it… It’s a great thing to be a part of. I just felt like I need to cultivate other outlets for myself.”
Quinto is not the only “Heroes” alum who was approached for the miniseries reboot. Jack Coleman will appear on “Heroes Reborn,” reprising his role as Noah Bennet (aka Hrg, depending on how big a fan you are).
- Marianne Zumberge
While NBC still hasn't set a return date for Heroes Reborn, casting is already under way, with original Heroes star Jack Coleman set to return as "Hrg" in the event series, and Zachary Levi joining the cast in an important but unspecified role earlier this month. BuzzFeed writer Kate Arthur caught up with Zachary Quinto, who played Sylar in the original NBC series, at the Sundance Film Festival, with the actor revealing that he will not be back for Heroes Reborn. Here's what he had to say:
"I'm not going back. [Series creator] Tim [Kring] reached out to me when they decided they were going to do it. We had a great conversation. It was such a meaningful experience for me - I loved that job, I loved those people. I just felt like I didn't want to go back to it. Tim was very, very understanding and supportive. I'm thrilled that they're doing it. »
You probably already know that Heroes creator Tim Kring is reviving the series with a 13-episode run called Heroes Reborn. If you were hoping to see Zachary Quinto back in the show, though, your wishes have sadly not come true.
Despite being offered a return, Quinto confirmed in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival that "no, I'm not going to go back."
"I talked to them about it, and Tim reached out to me when they decided they were going to do it. We had a great conversation. It was such a meaningful experience for me - I loved that job, I loved those people. I just felt like I didn't want to go back to it," he added.
Of Kring’s reaction, Quinto mention that he "was very »
Series creator Tim Kring will use 13-episode mini-series Heroes Reborn as an opportunity to reboot the Heroes brand. The show will feature a lot of fresh faces. There will also be some familiar ones, but Zachary Quinto's won't be one them. He revealed that he was contacted by Kring to reprise his role, but turned down his offer. "No, I'm not going to go back," Quinto told Buzzfeed's Kate Arthur at the Sundance Film Festival. "I talked to them about it, and Tim reached out to me when they decided they were going to do it. We had a great conversation. It was such a meaningful experience for me - I loved that job, I loved those people. I just felt like I didn't want to go back to it." Quinto says Kring "was very understanding and supportive" about his decision not to play Sylar again. "I'm thrilled that they're doing it. »
Tel Aviv – Keshet Media Group, which for years has been at the forefront of Israel’s drive to become a global TV player, is pulling out all the stops in March for its third annual Innovation in Television confab in Jerusalem.
Top execs from HBO, Sony, AMC and more are expected in Israel’s capital city March 15-16 for the conference, which focuses on innovation in television production. Among the speakers on this year’s roster are HBO CEO Richard Pleper; ITV director of television Peter Fincham; Andrea Wong, Sony Pictures’ prexy of international Prods.; AMC Global prez Bruce Tuchman; MTV topper Stephen Friedman; and Wme’s TV topper Rick Rosen. “The Affair” co-creators Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi will also be on hand.
The show of force from U.S. execs underscores the heat of the Israeli format biz in general and Keshet’s cachet in particular.
The confab »
- Debra Kamin
Zachary Levi is returning to NBC for the reboot of one of the shows that shared network airtime with "Chuck." NBC announced on Friday (January 16) morning that Levi will be one of the stars of the network's event miniseries "Heroes Reborn" playing... nothing we can discuss. The network release says only that Levi will play "a key yet undisclosed role." Well Ok! One actor whose "Heroes Reborn" role we can, indeed, disclose is Jack Coleman, who will be back as Hrg/Noah Bennet for the series, which has a yet-to-be-determined premiere date on NBC. Although Levi's role remains nebulous, he was able to produce an enthusiastic quote for NBC's analysis. “One of my first, and fondest, memories of joining the NBC family in 2007 was having the pleasure of getting to know Tim Kring, and the cast of ‘Heroes,’" Levi states. "I was a fan of their collective work and always »
- Daniel Fienberg
USA Network’s “Dig,” a Jerusalem-set event series starring Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche, will premiere on March 5, and Variety has an exclusive first look behind-the-scenes of the mystery thriller, which hails from “Heroes” co-creator Tim Kring and “Homeland” executive producer Gideon Raff.
“Dig” follows Isaacs’ character, FBI agent Peter Connelly, who begins investigating the murder of a young American after being stationed in Jerusalem. He soon realizes that he has uncovered an ancient international conspiracy that, in Kring’s words, “has huge implications for the end of days.”
Kring teases, “because it’s a thriller it gives it that paranoid feel… just when you think it’s going down a certain road, something happens, something is revealed that changes the whole course of what you thought you believed in.”
The pilot was filmed in Jerusalem before the conflict between Israel and Gaza forced production to relocate to Croatia and New Mexico. »
- Laura Prudom
Almost a year has passed since NBC announced that Tim Kring was bringing back his hit show, Heroes. The event, called Heroes Reborn, will be a 13-episode mini-series that should premiere at some point this year. In that time, only one cast member had been revealed, Jack Coleman, reprising his role as the popular “Horn Rim […]
- Germain Lussier
Welcome back to prime time, Zachary Levi! The star of NBC's cult hit Chuck is returning to the network to headline its Heroes reboot. Levi starred in the spy comedy that aired from 2007-2012. NBC was mum Friday about Levi's role in Heroes Reborn, which will continue the saga behind the 2006 series that chronicled the lives of ordinary people with extraordinary abilities. NBC ordered 13 episodes for the reboot, which it is calling an event series. "One of my first, and fondest, memories of joining the NBC family in 2007 was having the pleasure of getting to know Tim Kring, and the cast of Heroes, »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
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