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by Ryan Rigley
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." may be the latest comic book series to hit the small screen, but it's certainly not the first. Almost as old as comic books themselves, comic book TV series have become a mainstay of current popular culture. With a number of television shows based on both Marvel and DC comics, it's hard to imagine a TV series based on any other comic book publishing company.
One might think that Malibu Comics' "Night Man" didn't fit the Marvel/DC bill when his TV series debuted in the late '90s, but that was not the case! Marvel Comics acquired Malibu in 1994, and began crossing Night Man over with popular Marvel superheroes like Thor, Wolverine, and even Gambit. Surprisingly enough, Night Man even got his own TV series a year after his comic book was canceled!
Network: Broadcast Syndication
Broadcast Date: 1997 - 1999
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Plans for a big screen version of the 1980's television series The Fall Guy are back on track today as The Hollywood Reporter brings word that star Dwayne Johnson and director McG are teaming to tackle the property. The original series, which ran for five seasons beginning in 1981, starred Lee Majors as Colt Seavers, a Hollywood stuntman who also worked as a bounty hunter. Created by Glen A. Larson, the show also starred Douglas Barr and Heather Thomas. Back in 2011 , Green Lantern and Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell was eyeing the project himself with X-Men: First Class screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz providing the screenplay. There's no word yet on whether any of their script will be retained for this iteration. The Fall Guy will be produced by »
Hollywood has been trying to get a feature film adaptation of Knight Rider made for years, and they are now one step closer to getting it made. The Weinstein Co. has hired filmmaker Brad Copeland to write a draft of the script. Copeland is known for working on projects such as Wild Hogs, Arrested Development, and Grounded For Life. The news comes from the La Times, which explains,
The new Knight Rider is being conceived as a somewhat higher-budget, more action-oriented movie than Weinstein's typical prestige fare. The company bought the rights from Glen Larson, the prolific creator of many a TV action series, including the hit NBC show about Michael Knight and his flying Trans Am. David Hasselhoff, who of course played Knight in the original "Knight Rider," has been making noise about wanting to be a part of the new movie.
I used to watch the original ' »
- Joey Paur
The show which fuelled a lot of childhood daydreams, Knight Rider, is one step closer to a big screen outing. While there’s been a threat of a new take on the hit show, it looks like now there’s traction to the rumours. The Los Angeles Times reports that The Weinstein Company have brought writer Brad Copeland onto the project to pen the script.
Copeland has been attached to a number of TV shows. Scribbling episodes for the original Arrested Development run, he also worked on the Us version of British comedy The Inbetweeners for MTV. His big screen outings, Wild Hogs and Yogi Bear, might not convince but his 2012 indie flick Coffee Town proves he ain’t just in it for the moola.
This rebooted version of the popular TV series will be a big budget actioner, no doubt hopping on the bandwagon made popular by fare like »
- Gem Seddon
According to the La Times, the new film is being conceived as a somewhat higher-budget – the focus will be on the action, which is somewhat unusual for a Weinstein production, but that’s where this is headed. The company purchased the rights from Glen Larson, the creator of the series, including the hit NBC show about Michael Knight and his flying Trans Am. There’s no word on whether David Hasselhoff will return, but word around the web is that he wants to be a part of the new movie.
Copeland has also been attached to the reboot of Gilligans Island. His first film, Coffee Town, will debut next month.
Source: La Times »
- Laura Frances
I somehow managed to forget about the fact that a Knight Rider movie was being planned. To be fair, the last time we ever wrote up anything on the subject it was 2002 and the project was just being announced. At that time, Revolution Studios, who brought us XXX were the ones housing the film. Not only that but the flick was being written by series creator Glen Larson with David Hasselhoff serving as producer/co-star. This version doesn't have any of that. It seems that The Weinstein »
- Niki Stephens
The Sopranos was named the best-written show in television history by the Writers Guild of America, edging out an eclectic collection of some of the most beloved and admired series. Members of the Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) voted online for the 101 Best Written TV Series, with David Chase’s iconic “family” drama topping Seinfeld, The Twilight Zone, All in the Family, and M*A*S*H*.
“At their core, all of these wonderful series began with the words of the writers who created them and were sustained by the writers »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” topped by HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini) led the list over such perennial faves as “Seinfeld” (which ranked No. 2), “All in the Family” (No. 4), “Mash” (No. 5) and “The Wire” (No. 9).
The list, the results of online voting by members of the WGA West and WGA East, immediately spurred debates over the rankings and omissions. The TV tally was a follow-up to the WGA’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” member survey conducted in 2006.
The WGA’s complete list of TV series follows:
Created by David Chase
- Cynthia Littleton
Sneak Peek "Battlestar Galactica" meets the opening of "Friends".
Filmed in Vancouver, "Battlestar Galactica" was created by Glen A. Larson, beginning with the original TV series in 1978, followed by a brief sequel TV series in 1980, a line of book adaptations, original novels, comic books, a board game and video games. A remake of "Battlestar Galactica" aired December 2003, beginning with a two-part, three-hour miniseries developed by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. This led to a weekly TV series which ran for four seasons between 2004 and 2009. A prequel TV series, "Caprica", aired in 2010. A two-hour pilot for a second spin-off series, "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome" was also filmed, with plans of continuing it into a regular series. No word yet on that ...
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Battlestar Galactica" Meets "Friends"...
- Michael Stevens
From the moment that veteran TV producer Glen Larson, 76, filed a lawsuit in 2011 against Universal City Studios over millions of dollars in profits from hit series he created -- classic genre shows like Knight Rider, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Magnum P.I. and the original Battlestar Galactica -- the situation was bound to get ugly. Fights over so-called "Hollywood Accounting" are nothing new, but Larson's complaint was particularly scathing. "As the shows make more money for Universal, the deficit that Larson Productions must overcome continually increases,” the complaint stated. “It’s Hollywood’s version of being a sharecropper.” Since
- Eriq Gardner
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, the second prequel to the Syfy Channel’s original reboot of the late 1970’s show Battlestar Galactica, will debut on the cable network on February 10. It will be released on VOD, Blu-ray and DVD on February 19. This show was originally planned as a series, set around the beginning of the Cylon war, before they vanished for a century that would eventually be depicted in Ron Moore’s reboot of Glen A. Larson’s original series. It was designed as a more action-packed drama than the more cerebral Caprica, the first prequel, was. But in March of 2012, Syfy decided not to move forward with the show beyond the pilot –while it was designed as a cost-effective show with virtual sets and other cost-saving factors, but they claimed the post-production lead-time and expenses actually made the series not financially viable for always cost-conscious cable net and their parent company, »
11 items from 2013
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