Brain Trust (currently a working title) sees Dean Devlin team up with Marco Schnabel – the man behind TNT’s The Librarian movies – on a new comedic detective show that follows:
…Detective Billy Doyle, whose career and life have hit rock bottom after he accidentally ends his partner’s career. Doyle’s life gets turned around, however, when a recent murder case gets unexpected and unconventional help from three hyper-smart geniuses from a private think tank. If Doyle can survive the chaos and keep these new partners in line, they just may be the antidote to resurrect his career and, ultimately, his life.
Brain Trust is being produced for Us cable network TBS by Devlin’s Electric Entertainment.
TNT has lined up pilots for a pair of unique crime procedural pilots, Perception (working title) and an untitled Allan Loeb project. The network is also moving forward on a pilot for Dallas, an updated version of the classic TV series. Meanwhile, TBS has a pilot in the works for Brain Trust (working title), a comedic detective series.
"These pilots reflect our enthusiasm for relatable but complex everyman heroes, showcased in exciting storytelling environments,
TNT and TBS rank among the largest networks in television. "Television is more popular than ever with viewers, and that makes the medium very valuable to advertisers," said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. "With reach that rivals broadcast and strong programming on each network,
The upfront also gave TNT and TBS a chance to brag about their new series, like the 1980s-set comedy Glory Daze and the buddy lawyer series Franklin & Bash. Hit the jump for the full press release.
Here’s the official press release:
Top Talent Chooses TNT and TBS
TNT and TBS today unveiled a broad array of plans for new programming, including several comedy projects that are being considered for TBS and a host of projects in development for TNT. The two cable giants staged a
This summer, TNT will air seven new or returning originals: "The Closer," "Saving Grace," "Dark Blue," "Leverage," "Memphis Beat," "Rizzoli & Isles" and "Hawthorne." Later this year, "Men of a Certain Age" returns.
In 2011, the network will debut a new series from Steven Spielberg and starring Noah Wyle called "Fallen Skies," with "Southland" returning as well. It has also in recent days picked up buddy lawyer series "Franklin & Bash." starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer.
Among the development shows are:
* An untitled Don Cheadle medical show:
With Cheadle as an executive producer, it focuses on 1971 Los Angeles, where a group of idealistic doctors open an urgent-care clinic in hopes of
Meanwhile, The Thing is coming back to attack! But have no fear -- the man behind this might just make this a desirable remake. Variety reports that Ron Moore
The Fox division has just purchased Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka's original screenplay "The Sitter," with Michael De Luca on board to produce. A day earlier, the company bought a comedy pitch called "Girlfriend in a Coma" from Marco Schnabel and Larry Stuckey.
Both are edgy, youth-oriented comedies, which would plant them in the same demo as future releases "Miss March," due in March, and the Diablo Cody-penned "Jennifer's Body," a horror-comedy starring Megan Fox that's set for September.
De Luca has "Brothers," from writer David Benioff and director Jim Sheridan, in production. He most recently produced "The Love Guru" and "21."
Gatewood and Tanaka, repped by UTA and Industry Entertainment, are working on "How Soon Is Now" for Scott Stuber and "Overachievers" for 21 Laps, both at Universal. The duo also wrote "Hairstyles of the Damned," which producer Nick Wechsler is developing at Sony/BMG.
The pair are teaming to write "Girlfriend in a Coma," a satirical high school comedy that looks at an unlikely romance, with the pitch set up at Fox Atomic. Michael McCullers and 3 Arts will produce the project. McCullers wrote and directed the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler hit "Baby Mama" for Universal.
Schnabel and Stuckey met and honed their chops under comedy veteran Jay Roach. Schnabel was a second-unit director on Roach's "Meet the Fockers," and Stuckey was an associate producer on the 2004 film.
Fox Atomic is set to release youth-themed comedies including "The Post Grad Survival Guide" and "Miss March."
Schnabel is repped by Wma and 3 Arts; Stuckey by Icm; and McCullers by Endeavor and 3 Arts.
After seeing the nominees for this year’s Razzie Awards, I’m beginning to think that the Razzie judges need to be given jobs on the Oscar selection committee. Maybe then the Oscar noms would be a little bit more spot-on.
Here are the 2008 Razzie Award nominees for your viewing displeasure.
Disaster Movie & Meet The Spartans (Two bad movies, one tired-ass concept) The Happening (Ouch, M. Night that’s gotta hurt!) The Hottie and The Nottie In The Name of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale The Love Guru (Like no one saw that one coming.) Worst Actor
Larry The Cable Guy, Witless Protection Eddie Murphy, Meet Dave Mike Myers, The Love Guru Al Pacino, 88 Minutes & Righteous Kill (double ouch!
In second place with six Razzie bids, including a worst picture nod, is the combo of "Disaster Movie" and "Meet the Spartans," which are grouped together because they're "two films from the same two talent-free writer/directors, both featuring essentially the same cast," says the Razzie press release.
By comparison, it looks like Paris Hilton's "The Hottie & the Nottie" was robbed! It only has five nominations despite being ranked by IMDb
"The Love Guru" scored seven nominations including Worst Picture of the year! Yikes!
Myers is also nominated for Worst Actor alongside Larry the Cable Guy for "Witless Protection," Eddie Murphy for "Meet Dave," Al Pacino, yes The Al Pacino for both "88 Minutes" and "Righteous Kill," and Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg for both "The Happening" and "Max Payne."
Ugh! The Razzie voters are one mean bunch :happy
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* Disaster Movie
* The Happening
* The Hottie and the Nottie
* In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
* The Love Guru
* Meet the Spartans
* Larry the Cable Guy, Witless Protection
* Eddie Murphy, Meet Dave
* Mike Myers, The Love Guru
* Al Pacino, 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill
* Mark Wahlberg, The Happening
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