15 items from 2015
Imagine being a custodial worker in a bunker that’s the last livable place on Earth. The air outside is unbreathable, and a select group of humans are in cryogenic slumber around you. This is life for workers Bauer and Cartwright, but great responsibility and a dark secret could threaten to destroy their sanity and the human race. Produced by Robert Kirkman and starring Norman Reedus, Air now has an official release date for late this summer. Also featured in our latest round-up is a bit of good news for Revolution fans and the cover art and synopsis for another unexpected showdown in Riverdale.
Air: Scheduled for an August 14th theatrical release, Air is the first feature film from Skybound Entertainment. Joining Reedus in the movie is Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond,Fast & Furious 7), who plays Cartwright opposite Reedus’ Bauer. Christian Cantamessa (co-writer of the video game, Red Dead »
- Derek Anderson
Fans of the Warner Bros. Television series Revolution, which ended a two-year run on NBC in May 2014, are going to get a resolution to the show's storylines that were left open-ended in the final broadcast episode. In response to passionate fan efforts to revive the show, the entire creative team behind the series - including executive producers Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Rockne S. O'Bannon and Jon Favreau - regrouped to create a special four-chapter digital comic book with DC Comics that will serve to continue and ultimately resolve the adventures last seen in Revolution's second season finale.
Revolution writers David Reed and Ryan Parrott handled the writing duties of the digital comic's four chapters, after breaking the story in the writers' room along with the rest of the Revolution creative team, which included Kripke, O'Bannon, Paul Grellong, David Rambo, Trey Callaway, Anne Cofell Saunders, Ben Edlund, Matt Pitts and Jim Barness. »
Good news: Revolution is coming back. Bad news (depending on how you look at it): It's via a comic book. But take heart in knowing you will get an ending, Revolution fans! The entire creative team behind the series—Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Rockne S. O'Bannon and Jon Favreau—teamed to create the four-chapter DC Comics series to resolve the Revolution storyline. Revolution writers David Reed and Ryan Parrott wrote the series with art by Angel Hernandez. The digital comic begins on May 4. Each chapter will debut on ComicBook.com for one week before making their way to the official Revolution Facebook page. Chapter 1 hits the Internet on Monday, May 4, Chapter 2 follows on Monday, »
If you were among those steadfastly lobbying to #RelocateRevolution, your wish has been granted.
TVLine has learned that NBC’s postapocalyptic drama, which was powered down almost a year ago, after two seasons, will return to finish its story in the form of a four-chapter digital comic book.
RelatedHot Topic, Two Takes: Should Revolution Be Powered Back Up?
The series’ entire creative team — including executive producers Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Rockne S. O’Bannon and Jon Favreau — regrouped to create the digital comic with DC Comics. Revolution writers David Reed and Ryan Parrott penned the four chapters, »
Most shows are lucky if they get one finale. So many series are abruptly cancelled before they can make any preparations at all, it’s the lucky few that are given a chance to finish off their story arcs and say goodbye to their characters. And then there are the very few shows that, having managed this impressive feat, are unexpectedly renewed and find that their finale isn’t a finale after all. Here, we celebrate five episodes that would have been excellent series finales, but for the minor point that they aren’t, in fact, the series finale.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Gift
The finale: Buffy’s 100th episode and fifth season finale sees the culmination of a story arc planned since at least »
Eric Kripke Developing Amped for Both TV and Comic Format. It looks like Eric Kripke is pulling double duty, as his superhero series Amped is ready to be a comic book series for Vertigo Comics and also being adapted as a TV series for the USA Network. Variety reports that [...]
Continue reading: Amped: Superhero Series Heading to TV and Vertigo Comics »
- Mufsin Mahbub
While it is currently enjoying the success of shows such as the long-running Suits, the second-season renewal Sirens, and the brand new Dig, USA Network has now announced its 2015/2015 development slate, and it contains nine new scripted dramas to get excited about.
Backed by big names – including Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Len Wiseman, Barry Sonnenfeld and Charlize Theron – these fledgling projects indicate a major push forward in original programming for the channel, and a major shift into television for high profile filmmakers.
Paradise Pictures: From the team that delivered Suits (Aaron Korsh, Rick Muirragui), this period drama is set in 1940s Hollywood and follows the fortunes of those trying to make it to the top of the entertainment industry tree, against a backdrop of blacklists, the rise of television, and the fall of studio monopolies.
Starchitects: An episodic drama exploring the workplace pressures at a top-level Los Angeles architecture firm. »
- Sarah Myles
Supernatural and Revolution creator Eric Kripke is developing a new comic book series entitled Amped for Vertigo Comics, while simultaneously developing the same property as a TV series for the USA Network. The six-issue monthly comic book series will debut sometime this fall, following a neurotic family man named Josh Jaffe, who tries to get out of a rut by purchasing an online "smart pill" to increase his focus. Much to his surprise, the pill gives him super-human strength, as the show examines the highs and lows of transforming into a superhero. Here's what Vertigo executive editor Shelly Bond said in a statement
"Eric has such a clever, irreverent cadence which makes him a natural writer for the Vertigo line. Amped promises to be as addictive as its title substance."
Eric Kripke also offered the following statement.
"Pretty much everything I've ever written has been insanely influenced by Vertigo, so »
Television writer and show developer Eric Kripke is headed back to television, this time on USA Network. The channel formally announced that they had picked up the upcoming comic series Amped for a show development. The show will be based on the upcoming DC/Vertigo series, which Kripke will also be penning, Variety has announced.
Amped will mark Kripke’s first return to television following the cancellation of the NBC post-apocalyptic series Revolution in 2014. Kripke is perhaps best known for being the creator of The CW’s Supernatural, shepherding the show through its first five seasons and through the merging of Upn and The WB channels.
USA Network released this synopsis about the television version of Amped.
When a neurotic family man buys an online “smart pill” to increase his focus and jolt him out of his slump, he gets much more than he bargained for. To his surprise, the »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The cabler also announced pilot orders for a pair of offshoots of Chrisley Knows Best — one, a late-night talk show hosted by patriarch Todd Chrisley, the other a series in which Todd tags along with his college-bounds kids — and that WWE’s SmackDown will join its lineup in early 2016.
The summer premiere dates are as follows:
“Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke will write a new comic book miniseries for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, as well as develop a TV series adaptation of the property for USA Network, Variety has learned exclusively.
“Amped,” a six-issue monthly comic book miniseries, will debut in fall 2015. The story follows Josh Jaffe, a neurotic family man who buys an online ‘smart pill’ to increase his focus and jolt him out of his slump, but gets much more than he bargained for. To his surprise, the pill gives him incredible strength and power. The story examines both the mighty highs and humiliating lows of being a real-life superhero.
“Eric has such a clever, irreverent cadence which makes him a natural writer for the Vertigo line,” Vertigo executive editor Shelly Bond said in a statement. “‘Amped’ promises to be as addictive as its title substance.”
“Pretty much everything I’ve ever written has been insanely influenced by Vertigo, »
- Laura Prudom
USA Network is doubling down on WWE, bringing “SmackDown” over from Syfy next year as part of an effort to hike the volume of live programming on NBCUniversal’s flagship entertainment cabler.
The move of “SmackDown,” a slew of development projects, new programs featuring the Chrisley clan and summer scheduling announcements were unveiled Tuesday morning at USA Network’s press upfront gathering held at 30 Rock’s Rainbow Room.
USA Network president Chris McCumber made it clear in his presentation that the cabler is shifting the focus of its original programming to court a millennial audience. He noted that the generational shift of millennials now making up the largest component of the 18-49 audience is well under way. USA’s new shows are built around stories and characters that exhibit “bravery, optimism, self-reliance and hope” — all themes that resonate with millennials, per McCumber.
Alex Sepiol, USA’s senior VP of scripted programming, »
- Cynthia Littleton
The man who created Supernatural has turned his attention to a superhero.
Kripke will pen both the Vertigo comic book on which Amped is based and the series itself, which he’ll also executive-produce.
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Other potential series the cable channel announced Tuesday include:
* The Tap, a 1969-set spy thriller set at Yale University, »
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In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do you want to »
The CW’s President Mark Pedowitz spoke at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday, shortly after his network announced the renewal of eight of its dramatic series. He said live ratings weren’t the most important factor in deciding renewals and credited Shonda Rhimes and ABC with making it difficult to attract Thursday night viewers.
“They made it tougher,” Mark Pedowitz told TheWrap during his TCA session. “There are very similar audiences being appealed to, but we have a huge digital component in delayed viewing.”
Also Read: CW Sets Premiere Dates for New Dramas ‘iZombie,’ ‘The Messengers’
- Travis Reilly
15 items from 2015
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