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On that date, both the Sneaky Pete and Casanova pilots will be available to all Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers in the U.S., UK, and Germany. Soon afterwards, the pilots will be joined by others in Amazon’s recent round of its pilot program. Prime users will then be able to vote on their favorite pilots, which Amazon will greenlight as full series orders.
Sneaky Pete, which Amazon was reportedly courting back in June 2015, comes from executive producers Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House M.D.). The Amazon original series’ story centers around a released-from-prison conman, played by Giovanni Ribisi, who takes his old cellmate Pete’s identity and gets sucked into his family’s bail bond business. »
- Bree Brouwer
As anticipated, Sneaky Pete — a drama co-created by House‘s David Shore and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston — will get a second chance at life via Amazon Instant Video’s unique pilot preview process.
Amazon will debut the pilot on Friday, Aug. 7, after which viewers can provide feedback on whether a full season should be ordered.
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Originally developed (but passed on) by CBS, Sneaky Pete stars Giovanni Ribisi as a a con-man who, after leaving prison, hides from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He thus moves in with »
Drama pilots Casanova and Sneaky Pete will be made available for viewing on Amazon Instant Video in the U.S., UK and Germany on August 7. The first, which stars Diego Luna as the famous playboy, was greenlighted by Amazon, while the second, from Bryan Cranston and David Shore, was originally ordered by CBS from Sony TV this past season. Amazon took it in after CBS passed on the Giovanni Ribisi-starring project in May and commissioned some reshoots. Casanova, shot… »
Fox has announced its Fall premiere dates with "Gotham" and "Minority Report" kicking off things on Monday September 21st followed by "Scream Queens" on Tuesday September 22nd and "Rosewood" and "Empire" on Wednesday September 23rd.
Things take a break for a few days before Sunday September 27th sees the return of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "The Last Man on Earth," "The Simpsons," "Family Guy" and "Bob's Burgers". On Thursday October 1st comes the return of "Bones" and "Sleepy Hollow". [Source: The Live Feed]
Houdini and Doyle
Michael Weston ("House") and Stephen Mangan ("Episodes") have scored the two title roles in David Shore's true story period drama "Houdini and Doyle". Stephen Hopkins ("24," "Californication") has signed on as director.
The series revolves around master magician and paranormal debunker Harry Houdini (Weston) and prolific writer and paranormal aficionado Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Mangan) as they grudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate inexplicable crimes with a supernatural slant. »
- Garth Franklin
Stephen Mangan is set to lead the cast in 'Houdini and Doyle'. The 47-year-old actor will be playing Sherlock creator Arthur Conan Doyle alongside American actor Michael Weston, who will portray escape artist Harry Houdini in the new ITV drama, described as a story of ''real-life friends, real-life adversaries and real-life crime solvers''. Executive producer David Shore said: 'I've long been intrigued by both Houdini and Doyle, men who were ahead of their time, each fascinating in their own right. But the idea that these two, seemingly so different, could have been friends is almost too perfect. ''In Michael and Stephen, we have »
Fox has set the supernatural drama Houdini and Doyle, centered on the relationship between Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, for a Spring 2016 bow on the network. David Shore, the creator and executive producer of House, which also aired on Fox, is currently set to executive produce the mini-series, alongside David Titcher and David Hoselton, with Stephen Hopkins signed on to direct the entire 10-episode run. Stephen Mangan, who is best known for riffing with Matt LeBlanc on Episodes, will play the haloed author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, while Michael Weston, who had major arcs on House, Scrubs, and Six Feet Under, as well as a supporting role in Zach Braff's genuinely heinous Garden State, will play the famed magician and contortionist. Man Seeking Woman standout Rebecca Liddiard will round out the cast as their liaison, the first female constable to work for London Metropolitan Police Force. »
- Chris Cabin
The UK/Canada co-production will be executive produced by House creator David Shore, and will follow the real-life friendship of Sherlock Holmes writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and illusionist Harry Houdini.
Mangan will take on the role of author Doyle, while Weston will play magician Houdini.
Set at the turn of the 20th century, the drama will explore their unique friendship and how they both worked with New Scotland Yard on unsolved crimes.
The titular master magician and renowned author have been cast for Houdini & Doyle, a supernatural adventure drama to debut on Fox sometime in 2016.
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An international co-production between the UK’s Big Talk and Canada’s Shaftesbury — and counting House creator David Shore among its executive producers — the 10-episode drama will star Michael Weston (House) and Brit actor Stephen Mangan (Episodes) as Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who respectively debunked and had a fascination with the paranormal. Together, they ally with Scotland Yard to investigate inexplicable crimes that have a supernatural slant. »
Fox is saying “abracadabra” to David Shore’s supernatural adventure series “Houdini & Doyle” with ten episodes set to debut next year on the network.
Michael Weston (“House,” “Six Feet Under”) and Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”) have nabbed the two title roles in the period drama, inspired by true events. Stephen Hopkins (“24,” “Californication”) has signed on as director.
The series revolves around master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker, Harry Houdini (Weston) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Mangan), the prolific writer, paranormal aficionado and creator of “Sherlock Holmes,” as they grudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate inexplicable crimes with a supernatural slant.
“I’ve long been intrigued by both Houdini and Doyle; men who were ahead of their time, each fascinating in their own right. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
One of the more unexpected rumors in the past year or so was that of a live-action TV series in the works at Netflix based on the popular Nintendo video game franchise "The Legend of Zelda". The news was quickly shot down by none other than Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata himself who said it was not based on current facts.
Today though, Season Zero reports that the project has resurfaced again - this time being developed as a potential pilot for Amazon. It adds that if the project is to go ahead, it will shoot in August in New York and Savannah, Georgia.
What the plot of such a potential series could be is unclear at this point, though will likely involve Link traveling across Hyrule to rescue Princess Zelda.
If the report is true, the project would join the batch of other high profile pilots in the works at »
- Garth Franklin
Hannibal, Sneaky Pete, Tennison, and other TV shows have all made recent TV show news by being renewed for an additional season, cancelled, or had additional episode orders. These shows air on NBC, Netflix, and ITV.
NBC will not be ordering another course of “Hannibal.”
The network has canceled the drama, which is currently in its third season.
For its most recent airing, “Hannibal” drew an anemic 0.5 rating/2 share in the 18-49 demographic most important to advertisers, tying the previous week’s series low.
Did show creator Bryan Fuller hint that the show might continue somewhere else:
‘Hannibal’ is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.”
- Rollo Tomasi
Amazon Instant Video may have a new pilot to test with viewers. The streaming video-on-demand service is reportedly in talks to pick up the drama pilot Sneaky Pete from executive producers and co-writers Bryan Cranston (of Breaking Bad fame) and David Shore (House M.D.).
Inside sources told Variety, who originally broke the story, Amazon is considering adding Sneaky Pete, originally produced for CBS, to its next round of pilots. Adding the title to the mix would allow Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers to decide whether or not they want the pilot to be developed into a full series.
However, if Amazon does pick up Sneaky Pete, the streaming service would be following the practices of competitors Netflix and Hulu. Both those video subscriptions routinely pick up cancelled shows from traditional television networks (as was the case with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Mindy Project).
Produced by Cranston’s Moon Shot Entertainment »
- Bree Brouwer
The fate of Bryan Cranston & David Shore’s pilot Sneaky Pete may soon be (partially) in viewers’ hands. Amazon is in negotiations to pick up the drama pilot, originally developed by CBS, and put it on its platform as it does with its own pilots. I hear the original pilot would undergo some tweaking and possible minor reshoots before being made available on Amazon. Taking into account viewing data and customer feedback, the streaming service would make a decision on a… »
“Sneaky Pete” may rise again. Amazon is in negotiations with Sony Pictures TV to pick up the busted CBS drama pilot that has high-profile auspices in co-writers and exec producers Bryan Cranston and David Shore.
Sources said the plan is for Amazon to put the pilot on its Amazon Prime Instant Video platform where it will be showcased for Amazon’s typical crowd-sourcing development process of inviting viewers to weigh on its merits as a potential series.
Sources cautioned that the deal has not been finalized. But if it comes to fruition, the scenario could open up an intriguing avenue for producers and studios with projects that for any number of reasons do not go all the way to a series order from their commissioning networks.
“Sneaky Pete” revolves around a con man who assumes his former cell mate’s identity when he gets out of prison in order to hide from his past. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Amazon is in negotiations with Sony Pictures TV to pick up the scrapped CBS drama pilot "Sneaky Pete" which they plan to put on their Amazon Prime Instant Video platform where they will invite viewers to weigh on its merits as a potential series.
"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston and legendary "House" and "Family Law" producer David Shore serve as co-writers and executive producers on the project which follows a conman (Giovanni Ribisi) who assumes his former cellmate’s identity when he gets out of prison. He winds up working for the bail bond business run by his newly adopted family.
Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Libe Barer, Peter Gerety and Shane McRae co-star. The deal has not been finalized, but if it works it means producers of failed pilots may have an alternate option if commissioning networks decide against picking up their shows to series.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Huuuuge answers will be delivered to fans of Fox’s Wayward Pines — and not in the season finale but this Thursday, midway through the season. Imagine!
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From what (whom?) is the electrified perimeter fence protecting the Idaho outpost’s residents? How exactly did Ethan, Theresa and Ben — or Sheriff Pope, for that matter — arrive in the mysterious town? And why does Kate, as dearly departed Beverly also did, believe she has lived there far longer than seems possible?
TVLine spoke with the luminous Carla Gugino, »
Pilot season has come and gone, but a handful of those that didn’t end up on the networks’ fall slates may still see the light of day, with the studios that made them shopping for new buyers. One of the biggest surprises was Fox passing on Warner Bros.’ dramedy “Studio City,” the Eric McCormack vehicle about a celebrity drug-dealing singer-songwriter. When McCormack took to Twitter to express his anger after learning of the project’s fate, exec producer Krista Vernoff demonstrated the kind of optimism creatives must have at this time of year. “Life is good,” she replied. “ ‘Studio City’ will land. Don’t doubt it.” Here’s a look at some shows that might not die after all:
Studio: 20th Century Fox TV
Logline: A woman who’s told her that her husband died in a plane crash discovers the story is a lie. To uncover the truth, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
“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
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