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NBC's semi-successful summer lineup has now become a core part of its winter/spring schedule, with "The Night Shift" and "Undateable" joining a crowded mid-season roster that will include "Allegiance," "The Slap," "A.D.," the return of "The Blacklist," and more. Earlier this month, NBC announced the first part of its mid-season plan with the compressed final season of "Parks and Recreation,"(*) which will be concluding before half of NBC's other mid-season shows even get to premiere. This is the same "drama-heavy mid-season schedule" that was the reason NBC opted to sell Tina Fey's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" to Netflix, rather than try to squeeze it in here. Not counting "Parks" (which, again, NBC considers old business being dealt with as quickly as possible), the network will bring eight shows off the bench in February, March and April, and all but two ("Undateable" and the new "One Big Happy") are dramatic. »
- Alan Sepinwall
NBC’s midseason plan features a mix of shows familiar and new.
The Peacock network has announced that two of its summertime sleeper successes, the hospital drama The Night Shift and the relationship comedy Undateable, will return at midseason.
Specifically, Night Shift will open Season 2 on Monday, Feb. 23 at 10/9c (leading out of The Voice’s two-hour Season 8 opener), while Undateable’s sophomore run will air Tuesdays at 9 pm, starting March 17. (Both shows’ first seasons ran May to July.)
NBC’s other midseason moves include:
* Allegiance, a contemporary espionage-at-home drama in the vein of The Americans — about a young CIA »
Superheroes, time travellers, aliens and zombies. Here’s our pick of forthcoming Us geek TV for 2015…
Following on from our list of brand new UK geek-skewed TV shows to keep an eye out for next year is this gaggle of Us counterparts. There are film adaptations from 12 Monkeys to Scream, comic book adaptations including Daredevil and Dark Matter, and a host of original projects.
All of the ones listed below are as certain as certain gets in the world of Us TV commissioning, and as a bonus, there’s a wee list of sci-fi and fantasy pilots to look forward to should they be picked up by their respective networks.
You’ll find this one among our running total of movies currently being turned into TV shows, for obvious reasons.
A Syfy production that’s expected to arrive in January 2015, 12 Monkeys is based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film (itself »
Ebola has become a very real, worldwide threat, but when it comes down to it, we haven't really reacted much at all. At least, that's the point this new Ebola public service announcement is trying to make. The video features stars like Morgan Freeman, Thandie Newton, Ben Affleck, Connie Britton, and more staring silently into the camera, depicting what it's like to wait too long to act. Jon Stewart, of course, tackled the issue last month on The Daily Show with a humorous take on preparing yourself, but even last week, the death of a Us doctor proved the threat isn't quite going away. Watch the video above, and share your thoughts below. »
HBO has given an official series order to J.J. Abrams’ new sci-fi series Westworld. The show is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film, and it was adapted for the small screen by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.
The story is set at an amusement park called Westworld, and it’s described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”
Harris will play one of the central leads in the story known as The Man in Black, "the distillation of pure villainy into one man." Marsden is will play a character named Teddy Flood, "a mysterious new arrival to a small frontier town. Teddy quickly proves both his charm — and his talent with a revolver — while his pursuit of a »
- Joey Paur
Prepare yourselves to be moved into utter silence. The One Campaign, co-founded by U2's Bono, has released a chilling PSA about the growing Ebola crisis in West Africa starring celebrities such as Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Staring into the camera, the stars appear completely silent while the viewer waits for something to happen—nothing does. Everyone's silence results in powerful demonstration that reflects how devastating the epidemic's effects really are. The PSA also includes Will Ferrell, Connie Britton, Ellie Goulding, Akon, Thandie Newton and Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead. Two Liberian health care workers also appear in the video, along with African musicians Fally Ipupa and »
I kid, I kid, but I’m also kind of serious. When someone mentions Tyler Perry, it’s only fair to think of him dressing up in old lady drag, bible thumping, and moralizing about how women shouldn’t open their legs for any good looking dude like they are a 24-hour Golden Corral. (Seriously, did you see Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor? Way to send a message to women that if they are not faithful, they’re going to get AIDS and everyone will hate them. Ugh!)
But here’s the thing: Ty Ty isn’t the owner of these kinds of movie tropes, so it’s about time we stop acting like it and recognize other movies that rely on these storytelling motifs. For example:
The Hooker With a Heart of Gold
[Photo: Lionsgate, Buena Vista Pictures]
When your job is being the personification of a sneeze guard at »
Long before Interstellar (2014) sought inspiration from the works of American theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, a former Harvard Medical School graduate made a name for himself by creating scientific thrillers that dealt with illegal organ transplants and the resurrection of extinct species from DNA samples. Not surprisingly Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the screenplay for the epic space adventure starring Matthew McConaughey and directed by his brother Christopher Nolan, has found Michael Crichton to be a person of interest.
Jonathan Nolan will be serving as an executive producer, writer and director for the small screen version of Westworld (1973) which revolves around an adult resort divided into three theme worlds populated by androids that malfunction and execute their human guests. Nolan will be partnering with production companies Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Kilter Films and Warner Bros. Television to produce a full season for the specialty channel responsible for Game of Thrones. »
- Trevor Hogg
Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright will be returning to serial TV as part of the impressive ensemble cast of HBO's "Westworld," which the network has now officially ordered to series. Inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name, HBO describes its adaptation as a dark tale about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. Anthony Hopkins stars as a Dr. Robert Ford, a brilliant engineer and chairman of the board of Westworld, a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park - who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park and means of realizing that vision. Also in the cast are Evan Rachel »
- Tambay A. Obenson
HBO has decided to fully enter Westworld. The network announced yesterday that it has officially ordered the sci-fi drama, based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film and written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, to series. Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins, in his first-ever series regular television role, as an inventor who creates and runs an adult amusement park filled with “lifelike robots.” James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Miranda Otto, and Jeffrey Wright make up the rest of the cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources tell them that the show’s androids—all characters played by Marsden, Wood, and Newton—”can be killed off and return with completely different personas, allowing actors to play many characters.” This storytelling device was apparently very appealing to the show’s actors and helped Westworld attract and assemble its star-studded cast. However, don’t let the fact that characters can be »
- Chris King
HBO has officially given a series order for its one-hour drama series reinvention of Michael Crichton's 1973 feature "Westworld" and announced the news via a rather strange Vine posting that you can see below.
Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro and Shannon Woodward star in the series which is described as a "dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."
Jonathan Nolan is attached as executive producer, writer and director on the series. Lisa Nolan will also serve as a writer and executive producer, and J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk will executive produce.
- Garth Franklin
Given the brains trust and producing power behind it – Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub among them – and the high profile cast it had secured, we were fairly confident that the new, HBO-based take on Michael Crichton’s Westworld would make it past the pilot stage. So it has come to pass, with the American cable channel announcing via Twitter and Vine that the show will hit screens next year.Westworld, of course, promises a new spin on Crichton’s old-school high concept of artificial intelligence in a Wild West-themed adult amusement park going awry when some of the ‘bots become more human than the others.Anthony Hopkins is playing Dr. Robert Ford, the park’s big boss who has plenty of creative vision for the place, but isn’t above using unorthodox means to make sure it succeeds. Then there’s Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), one of the artificial »
The big screen to small screen adaptation craze is cooking up its most interesting concoction to date; a series based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie, Westworld. Headed up by Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams, the show has been percolating since last year and this summer, the futuristic tale bagged a massive cast. Word has been remarkably quiet since August, and that might possibly be because the pilot went into production. Or Nolan and Abrams did a little “teaser” filming. Either way, whatever they did worked because HBO has now issued Westworld with a full series order.
In a Vine posted via HBO’s official Twitter, the network confirmed the news and further revealed a 2015 broadcast date:
You are correct. @CaptainAutism @JillPantozzi @vqnerdballs #Westworld https://t.co/MsoAfh4OXA
— HBO (@HBO) November 17, 2014
For fans of the movie, there’s a series of changes in store for the transition to the small screen. »
- Gem Seddon
“Some of our creatures have been misbehaving.” Fans of writer/director Michael Crichton’s Westworld may not have looked at amusement parks or their robot residents the same way after watching the 1973 film, and now a new generation of viewers can see what happens when artificial intelligence goes haywire, as HBO has put in a series order for a reimagining of Crichton’s directorial debut.
“A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin”, Westworld is a drama series comprised of one-hour episodes that will premiere on HBO in 2015. The show is executive produced, written, and directed by Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest creator) and also written/executive produced by Lisa Joy.
Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman.
Joining Nolan and Joy »
- Derek Anderson
HBO has picked up its star-studded "Westworld" pilot to series, an entirely unsurprising development given the creative talent on both sides of the camera. "Inspired by" the 1973 film from writer-director Michael Crichton, HBO's "Westworld" was written and directed by "Person of Interest" creator Jonathan Nolan, co-written by Lisa Joy and will be executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Jerry Weintraub. The deceptively simple logline for the one-hour says, "Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin." The original, of course, focused on an American West-themed amusement park sometime in the near future. The park is populated by androids programmed to serve and entertain the guests. The androids begin going haywire due to a mechanical virus of some sort and robot-on-human violence ensues. Back in July at the Television Critics Association press tour, HBO's Michael Lombardo shied away from direct comparisons between the properties. »
- Daniel Fienberg
TV Land cancels “Hot in Cleveland” after 6 seasons The current season will be the last for TV Land’s 1st-ever scripted comedy, which produced more than 100 episodes. The cancelation comes a few months after creator Suzanne Martin told The Hollywood Reporter that she would "love to do at least eight seasons." Katherine Heigl: It “sucks” that Shonda Rhimes still views me negatively “The last one with Shonda… it sucks,” she tells "Extra" of the “Grey’s Anatomy” creator’s recent comments on her “no as*holes policy," referring to Heigl. I am sorry that she feels that way and I wish her nothing but greatness, and I have nothing negative to say about Shonda. I'm a big fan of her work. I watch 'Scandal' every week, and so I'm sorry she's left with such a crappy impression of me. I wish I could do something to change that. »
- Norman Weiss
Get ready for yet another must watch HBO show coming to your screens soon. The combined power of Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams has gotten "Westworld" off the ground, and the network likes what they've seen. HBO announced a full series order of the one-hour drama based on the 1973 movie by Michael Crichton. Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman make up the cast. Here's the official logline: Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. The show will apparently flip the script a bit on the movie, focusing on the robots instead of the humans. Wood and Marsden are love interests who find their relationship continually thwarted by constant reboots in their programming when they "die" in the titular theme park. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,” the cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman.
Jonathan Nolan is attached as executive producer, writer and director on the series, which hails from Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Lisa Nolan will also serve as a writer and executive producer, and J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk will executive produce. Athena Wickham will produce, with Susie Ekins co-producing.
HBO announced its intention to order the sci-fi drama to series during Warner Bros.’ Investor Day presentation on Oct. »
- Laura Prudom
HBO has bought a season pass to Westworld.
The premium cabler is moving forward with its adaptation of the 1973 Michael Crichton film. The network announced the series order Monday via Twitter and Vine.
As previously reported, Anthony Hopkins will star as Dr. Robert Ford, the head of a futuristic theme park where robots go crazy and attack the guests. James Marsden, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright and Miranda Otto will co-star.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, the amusement park’s androids — played by Marsden, Newton and Wood — can die and return with new personas, which means the actors can play several characters. »
TV's about to get another Oscar nominee. Uma Thurman is stepping in for Mary-Louise Parker on NBC’s upcoming miniseries "The Slap." Parker was forced to drop out after health concerns after the "Weeds" vet contracted pneumonia, as first reported by to TV Line. "Slap" is an eight-hour remake of the 2011 Australian series of the same name which details the fallout after a man slaps another couple's son for punishment . Thurman will take over the role of Anouk, a TV writer dating the series' leading man (Penn Badgley). "Slap" also stars Peter Sarsgaard, Zachary Quinto, Thandie Newton and Melissa George. »
- Dave Lewis
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