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13 items from 2014

Us networks plot film spin-offs

13 November 2014 1:32 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Major Us broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.

Us pay-tv networks have recently found success with the likes of Fargo and Teen Wolf, and have lined up further adaptations of Scream (MTV), Twelve Monkeys (Syfy), Shutter Island (HBO) and Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (Starz).

Traditional networks - ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW - are now getting involved and have struck deals for adaptations of well-known films including Big, Minority Report and The Devil’s Advocate, as well as more niche films such as John Ritter’s Problem Child and Val Kilmer’s Real Genius.

The networks have ordered scripts for the 20-plus adaptations and will decide which projects to pilot by January. Those taken to series will likely be ordered in May for an autumn 2015 launch.

UK consultancy firm Tape monitors the Us development process for a number of UK broadcasters »

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Watch: HBO Releases ‘The Comeback’ Trailer

20 October 2014 9:58 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Talk about deja vu.” 

HBO has put out the trailer for the return of “The Comeback.”

After nearly 10 years away, the Lisa Kudrow starrer is set for its return to HBO for a six-episode season, premiering at 10 p.m. on Nov. 9.

Kudrow, who co-created the series with Michael Patrick King, plays Valerie Cherish, a former sitcom star trying to make a comeback on a new series while filming a reality show.

Lance Barber, Dan Bucatinsky, Robert Michael Morris, Laura Silverman and Damian Young also in the show’s return, with episodes penned by King, Kudrow, Amy B. Harris and John Riggi.

King, Kudrow and Bucatinsky are exec producing.

The Comeback” first ran on the network in 2005.


- Shelli Weinstein

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23 movies currently being turned into TV shows

15 October 2014 10:19 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Big and Uncle Buck to Shutter Island and Rush Hour, here are 23 films that are getting the television treatment...

You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.

Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...


The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.

The TV show: Big is set to be a half hour comedy show from 20th Century Fox Television. Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce are executive producing and writing, and Big the TV show is set to »

- louisamellor

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Monster-in-Law TV series announced by Fox

14 October 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Fox has confirmed a Monster-in-Law TV series.

The network will adapt the 2005 romcom starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda into a comedy series consisting of half-hour episodes.

The series will follow a happy couple about to embark on the challenge of parenthood, set against the fraught relationship between the wife and her husband's mother.

Amy B Harris (The Carrie Diaries) and John Riggi (30 Rock) will write the show.

Chris Bender and Jc Spink, the pair who produced the original film, will now produce the series.

Fox recently picked up another small-screen version of a movie, with Steven Spielberg's Minority Report adaptation confirmed to be heading to the network.

Watch the trailer for Monster-in-Law below: »

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'Monster-in-Law' TV series coming to Fox

13 October 2014 6:50 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Just when you thought you saw the last of Jane Fonda's needy, nagging Viola Fields, there's a whole new Monster-in-Law coming to Fox. The network confirmed to EW plans for a half-hour, multi-camera comedy from Warner Bros. Television based on the 2005 film starring Fonda and Jennifer Lopez. The series is being written by Amy B. Harris (The Carrie Diaries) and John Riggi (30 Rock). Chris Bender and J.C. Spink, who executive produced the original film it's "loosely inspired by," will executive produce.   The series will follow "the very fraught world of a happy couple about to learn the joys and »

- Emily Blake

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'Monster-in-Law' TV Show Coming from 'Carrie Diaries' Producer

13 October 2014 6:01 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Monster-in-Law, the 2005 comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda, is getting the TV series treatment at Fox.

The Carrie Diaries developer and executive producer Amy Harris will write the pilot with 30 Rock executive producer John Riggi for Warner Bros. TV. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink will executive produce alongside the two writers and New Line Cinema, the studio that released the movie.

Monster-in-Law will only be loosely based on the movie of the same name, which followed the complex relationship between a woman and her overprotective mother-in-law leading up to a wedding. This version will explore the world of unhappy couples while showing the joys and horror of parenthood. It will mostly focus on the challenging relationship between a new wife and her husband's mother.

Monster-in-Law was a hit when it was originally released a little less than 10 years ago, pulling in $83 million at the domestic box office and $154.7 million worldwide. »

- MovieWeb

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"Monster-In-Law" Becomes A TV Series

13 October 2014 3:20 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Amy B. Harris ("The Carrie Diaries") and John Riggi ("30 Rock") are teaming to develop a TV series based on the 2005 Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda comedy "Monster-in-Law".

Loosely inspired by the film and serving as a kind of sequel, the show follows a happy couple about to become parents whilst managing the difficult relationship between the wife and her mother-in-law.

Warner Bros. TV will produce the series while Harris, Riggi, Chris Bender and J.C. Spink will serve as executive producers. Robert Luketic directed the film which grossed $155 million worldwide.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Monster-In-Law Stalks TV

13 October 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

There are so many movies headed for rebirth as a TV series these days that it’ll soon be easier to list those that aren’t headed for the small screen. You can go ahead and take Monster-In-Law off that list, because Warner Bros. TV is developing a multi-camera comedy series inspired by the core concept.If you can recall the largely forgettable 2005 comedy, it found Jennifer Lopez going up against her fiancé’s (Michael Vartan) overbearing mother (Jane Fonda) in the run-up to the wedding, with the awful pair playing actually life-threatening tricks on one another in an escalating battle of attrition. The TV version will shift things slightly, focusing on an already-attached couple confronting the challenges and parenthood while the wife also has to deal with the close bond between her husband and his mother.Amy B. Harris and 30 Rock producer John Riggi are overseeing this one, which »

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‘The Comeback’ Returning to HBO for Six-Episode Run

5 May 2014 2:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

I do want to see that!

The Comeback” is finally making a comeback of its own. After an almost 10-years absence, the Lisa Kudrow-starring cult hit will be returning to HBO for a six-episode season this fall. Production is scheduled to begin in Los Angeles this month.

After weeks of speculation, the network announced the show’s return on Monday.

The Comeback holds a special place in the hearts of its many fans, including many of us here at HBO,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said in a press release. “I can’t wait to find out what Valerie’s been up to since we last met.”

The one-season wonder had a 13-episode run on the network back in 2005. Kudrow, who co-created the series with Michael Patrick King, plays fading “it girl” Valerie Cherish, a former sitcom star trying to make a comeback on a new show while shooting a reality show. »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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'The Comeback' officially coming back to HBO this fall

5 May 2014 2:24 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Well, she finally got it.

After months of rumors and speculation, HBO officially announced Monday that The Comeback will be returning to the network for a six-episode limited series this fall. The 2005 series followed Lisa Kudrow as D-list TV star Valerie Cherish trying desperately to make a career comeback while filming a reality show. Production will begin later this month in Los Angeles with Michael Patrick King (Sex in the City), Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), and Kudrow all reprising their roles as executive producers.

“It was almost too fun to play Valerie Cherish the first time around,” Lisa Kudrow said in a statement. »

- Jake Perlman

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It’s Official: ‘The Comeback’ Returns To HBO For Six-Episode Run This Fall

5 May 2014 1:33 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

HBO‘s The Comeback is set for a comeback. HBO has completed deals for a second installment of the cult 2005 comedy starring Lisa Kudrow, which will run as a six-episode limited series this fall. Production is set to begin in La this month. Related: HBO Eyes Return Of Michael Patrick King/Lisa Kudrow Comedy ‘The Comeback’ Creators Michael Patrick King and Kudrow return as executive producers along with Kudrow’s long-time producing partner, Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal). King and Kudrow will write the new season with Amy B. Harris and John Riggi. Set to re-join Kudrow are The Comeback co-stars Lance Barber, Bucatinsky, Robert Michael Morris, Laura Silverman and Damian Young. Noticeably missing from the list is Malin Akerman, who also was on the 2005 series. The original show starred Kudrow as washed-up sitcom actress Valerie Cherish, who gets a reality show documenting her attempt at a career comeback with a role on a new sitcom. »


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'Super Fun Night' Season 2: What Rebel Wilson has in store if it's renewed

19 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Rebel Wilson's Kimmie might have chosen which guy she wanted to be with in the "Super Fun Night" Season 1 finale, but the creator and star tells Zap2it that she already knows where she wants to take the character -- and her two former wallflower friends -- in Season 2.

"I feel the show's tone is very performance-driven, and we push things -- especially in the dramatic sides of the characters, which we saw in the finale," Wilson says.

For a potential Season 2, which Wilson and showrunner John Riggi have already started planning, "we'll be going even further finding that balance between drama and comedy as the girls who thought they'd come out of their shells a bit before get sent into more difficult social situations and interactions that they have to overcome. So there's lots of cool things planned -- and of course, more musical numbers."

Wilson says she's »


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'Super Fun Night' finale: Rebel Wilson and the cast's epic Queen singalong

19 February 2014 10:15 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

In the season finale of ABC's "Super Fun Night," Rebel Wilson's character, Kimmie, has a tough decision to make: Should she try to make things work with her boss, Richard, with whom she shared a romantic kiss, or try to win back her boyfriend, James, who breaks up with her after he finds out about said kiss?

"At the start of the series Kimmie and her two friends were really like baby chicks just coming out into the world, and by the end of [Season] 1 my character has two guys who are interested in her and she doesn't quite know how to deal with it all properly," explains star and creator Wilson. "Kimmie knows that she has to choose one of them, so in the season finale she chooses who she thinks will be the best for her."

Naturally, the action concludes "in true 'Super Fun Night' style »


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