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“CSI” still awaits a decision for its season 16 series ender, but it has not been axed. The long-running procedural, which wrapped up its 15th round earlier this year, could get a short order, followed by a TV movie for its grand finale.
The network also handed renewals to “NCIS” and spinoff “NCIS: Los Angeles.” (The latest installment, “NCIS: New Orleans,” was previously picked up.) “Blue Bloods,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “The Good Wife” — which just wrapped its sixth season to a four-month ratings high — and “Criminal Minds” will also be back.
Last week, CBS ordered a “Criminal Minds” spinoff, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It is standard practice for studios to try and shop broadcast pilots that didn’t go forward. In the case of Bryan Cranston and David Shore’s drama Sneaky Pete, which just got a pass from CBS, I hear there have been incoming inquiries, with multiple cable networks expressing interest. It is too early to talk specifics, but it won’t be surprising if AMC is among the nets that would like to take a peek, given its relationship with Cranston, star of its hit series Breaking Bad… »
It’s house-cleaning time for the major networks as the cancellation ax falls in order to make for new additions in the fall.
Some shows, such as NBC’s “State of Affairs” and “Constantine,” have been off the air so long that it feels they’d already been cancelled. But the formal notice falls just as hard even when if it is long expected.
Among the big four networks, NBC got out the largest broom on Friday, a sign of the struggle it had this year with new series. “Marry Me,” “About a Boy,” “One Big Happy” joined earlier casualties “A to Z” and “Bad Judge.”
On the drama side, “Constantine” and Katherine Heigl’s comeback vehicle, “State of Affairs,” were formally terminated, as was “Allegiance” earlier in the year. The bell is also expected to ring soon for another drama, “American Odyssey.”
NBC was in the same boat that »
- Cynthia Littleton
“Battle Creek” is no more. CBS has canceled the cop drama, from “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and “House” boss David Shore after one season punctuated by disappointing ratings. The network has also decided to pass on the pilot “Sneaky Pete,” which counts “Breaking Bad” alum Bryan Cranston as a co-writer and executive producer. Also Read: 'Rush Hour,' 'Limitless,' 'Criminal Minds' Spinoff Among CBS Series Orders “Battle Creek,” which starred Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as a pair of mismatched lawmen in Battle Creek, Michigan, originated with Gilligan years before the success of “Breaking Bad »
- Tim Kenneally
CBS has lowered the ax on “Battle Creek,” the high-profile cop drama series that landed a rare straight-to-series commitment from the Eye on the strength of the auspices of David Shore and Vince Gilligan.
Meanwhile, the the rest of CBS’ bubble series are expected to be back, including fledgling comedy “The Odd Couple” and “CSI,” probably with a short order for a 16th and final season. “Hawaii Five-0″ had been on the fence but is expected to be back for season six.
“Battle Creek,” from Sony Pictures TV, starred Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as maverick cops working the mean streets of Battle Creek, Mich. Gilligan wrote the pilot script years ago, and it was revived shortly after “Breaking Bad” ended its run in »
- Cynthia Littleton
CBS has started to make calls on its bubble series. I hear midseason drama Battle Creek has been cancelled. There is no official word yet but CBS’ other bubble freshmen, drama Stalker and comedy The McCarthys, also are not expected to come back. There had been some talk that one of two CBS projects from David Shore and Sony TV, freshman Battle Creek or pilot Sneaky Pete, might go for next season. That appears not to be happening. I hear CBS also has passed on Sneaky Pete,… »
As the broadcast networks finalize pilot pickup decisions, a handful of this year’s freshman series are still awaiting the yea or nay for a season two.
ABC’s “Agent Carter” and NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” are said to be looking better for renewals but are not slam dunks. CBS’ “Battle Creek” may be on the rebound toward a second season order. “Cristela,” on the other hand, is likely heading for the exit at ABC. Same is true for “Marry Me” at NBC.
ABC’s “Last Man Standing” is living up to its name and is said to be getting a nod for season five. The betting is that CBS »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister and Cynthia Littleton
Gilligan penned the treatment for Beanstalk, described as a "revisionist take" on the familiar story of the young man, magic beans and a greedy giant. Gilligan will continue to serve as a producer on the film, while Thomas Schnauz — a co-executive producer on both Breaking Bad and its new spinoff Better Call Saul — will write the script.
While Gilligan and »
Greg Nicotero, the masterful makeup effects guru and skilled director, has signed a two-year deal with AMC. Also featured in our latest round-up are details on two upcoming TV series: Houdini and Doyle and The Brothers Grimm.
Greg Nicotero: Reported by Deadline, Nicotero's new deal with AMC will allow him to continue executive producing and directing AMC's The Walking Dead, in addition to handling those duties on the companion series.
Nicotero has been an executive producer on The Walking Dead since season three and a director on the show since season two. This season, he's helmed the premiere ("No Sanctuary"), the mid-season premiere ("What Happened and What's Going On"), the 12th episode, "Remember", and the upcoming finale, "Conquer."
Houdini and Doyle: Deadline reveals that a 10-episode supernatural crime series titled Houdini and Doyle has been picked up by Fox. The show is a collaboration between David Titcher (The Librarian »
- Derek Anderson
Houdini and Doyle is a ten-part supernatural crime drama inspired by the pair's real-life friendship, reports Deadline.
ITV has picked up the series in the UK, while Fox will air episodes in the Us, and Shaw Media will handle the show in Canada.
Illusionist Houdini and Sherlock Holmes writer Doyle found friendship via their mutual interest in spiritualism, although they had a bitter public fall-out when Doyle refused to believe that Houdini's stunts were simply illusions.
The series will see the duo work together on supernaturally-tinged crimes, despite their differences.
House creator David Shore is executive producer on the project alongside his former colleague David Hoselton, who will serve as writer. David Titcher (The Librarians) is also writing Houdini and Doyle.
The friendship between the two was »
Sony Pictures TV has cooked up a new take on the supernatural for a new television series based on the unusual friendship between famous magician-illusionist Harry Houdini and prolific author Arthur Conan Doyle. Dubbed Houdini And Doyle, the 10-episode series has been sold to a number of global parties, including Fox (Us), ITV (UK) and Shaw Media (Canada). As part of the deal struck with the networks, the show will go straight to series.
The creative team behind the cerebral genre romp share a heft of TV experience. Creator of The Librarian franchise David Titcher, House creator David Shore and House writer-producer David Hoselton concocted the idea, and are developing the show. All three are set to executive produce, with Titcher and Hoselton on scripting duties.
Here’s an overview of the series as described by Deadline:
In Houdini and Doyle, two of the great characters of the twentieth century – Harry Houdini, »
- Gem Seddon
The network has bought, and sent straight to series, the 10-episode supernatural crime drama Houdini and Doyle. The project is inspired by the real-life friendship between the illusionist and the author famous for bringing life to Sherlock Holmes, our sister site Deadline reports.
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Fox is going for oddball shows and their latest one may take the cake, Houdini and Doyle. The show will be based upon Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s actual friendship they had in real life. The upcoming supernatural crime drama will show Doyle and Houdini solving crimes together for an epic 10 episode. So far we do not know who will star as either Houdini and Doyle yet. David Titcher and David Hoselton will write it, while David Shore will produce it. The show is expected to also air on U.K.’s ITV and Canada’s Shaw Media as well.
I am excited to learn more about this project. It will certainly be one of those shows that will be unique that nobody really knows what to expect from. That makes it interesting while also sort of scary. Since nobody knows what Harry and Arthur’s friendship was truly was, »
- Sarah Peel
Malin Akerman, Byung-hun Lee, Glen Powell and Leah McKendrick will co-star in the pic, which centers on an ambitious young lawyer (Duhamel, replacing Dan Stevens after the latter actor dropped out over conflicts with Beauty and the Beast) who takes on a major case against the ruthless executive of a pharmaceutical giant, only to find himself framed for murder.
Eve will take on the supporting role of his wife, but it’s unclear whether Hopkins or Pacino will be playing the chief antagonist. Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (red-hot SXSW selection Hangman) penned the script, which Shimosawa then rewrote.
Beyond Deceit is just one more screen credit for Duhamel and Eve, who are each racking up tons right now. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Just call him Pete! (Actually, on second thought, don’t.)
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Ribisi’s character, who used to be known as Marius, winds up hiding from his debtors once he leaves prison — by assuming the identity of a cellmate. He begins working for his new “family’s” bail-bond business. There he uses his considerable charm and criminal prowess to take down bad guys far worse than himself, »
Battle Creek, Michigan has fallen on hard times and and the Police Department is feeling the pinch. But they’re about to be blessed with a savior and not everybody’s happy about that. CBS’ new drama, from Breaking Bad‘s Vince Gilligan and House‘s David Shore, opens on a play — young children in a variety of nature costumes are putting on an adorable show for an auditorium full of parents. A shadowy figure emerges from the back, approaches a man videotaping the play. He flashes a badge and grabs the camera. A small car hurtles around a corner and pulls up … Continue reading →
- Scott Radtke
I published my review of CBS' "Battle Creek" on Friday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did the pilot — whose script went largely unchanged from the version Vince Gilligan wrote a dozen years ago — feel like the work of the man who created "Breaking Bad," and/or who wrote some of the best "X-Files" episodes ever? Did you enjoy the rivalry between Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel? Did you want more from all the second and third banana Battle Creek cops? And will you watch again? Have at it. For what it's worth, the voice of the show doesn't change radically in the other episodes, even though David Shore is running things while Gilligan is otherwise occupied with "Better Call Saul," and there's also the sort of improvement you like to see in a new show as the creative team »
- Alan Sepinwall
In CBS' "Battle Creek," Dean Winters plays Detective Russ Agnew, a grouchy-but-determined Michigan law enforcement veteran who yearns for more and better resources, but isn't happy when support comes in the form of seemingly perfect FBI agent Milt Chambers (Josh Duhamel). It's an oft-retold story, but things almost went awry immediately between the two "Battle Creek" stars. "The first time I met Josh, I came in last March for rehearsal and I was lost and I was driving to the lot on Manhattan Beach and I was looking at my Gps and I literally came within a foot of running him over," Winters too me when we sat down together two weeks ago. "It’s like I almost killed my co-star without even meeting him. But he and I got along famously like off the bat." Winters was glued to his Gps because he's a New York City guy, born and bred, »
- Daniel Fienberg
In the end, Vince Gilligan’s brilliant Breaking Bad allowed him to finally sell the series idea for Battle Creek that he’d been pitching around town forever. And with Better Call Saul up and running as a spinoff of Breaking Bad, you could probably say that, despite the time lag, everything came up roses for Gilligan. That luck extends to Battle Creek landing at CBS, the absolute best network for developing the kind of broad-appeal cop drama that Battle Creek is and that co-executive producer and show runner David Shore (House) helps polish. Sunday’s premiere sets up the premise
- Tim Goodman
“Battle Creek” is a new take on the buddy-cop genre, starring Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters. Hailing from “Breaking Bad’s” Vince Gilligan and “House M.D.” vet David Shore, the series bows March 1 on CBS.
The quirky drama is set in Battle Creek, Mich., population 50,000, where a jaded detective, Russ Agnew (Winters), reluctantly partners with charming FBI Agent Milt Chamberlain (Duhamel) to solve crimes. Shore, who serves as showrunner and exec producer, says the setting is one of the ways the show differentiates itself from others of its kind.
“In the writers room, if we came up with an idea that would be a great ‘Law & Order’ episode, we just didn’t do it,” Shore, who worked on the famed procedural show for two years, said on a recent conference call with Variety.
Shore explained that while the writers are looking for ideas more specific to a small community, that »
- Seth Kelley
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