10 items from 2015
The Man in the High Castle, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Directed by David Semel
Released January 15th, 2015 by Amazon
For fans of Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle will have undoubtedly already been on their radar for quite some time. Dick’s fiction has been adapted into several acclaimed films, including Blade Runner, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly. In this recent batch of Amazon pilots, Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) adapts The Man in the High Castle with the vision of turning the source material into a full television series. Those unfamiliar with Dick’s written work need only know that his interest is in science-fiction and that the worlds he creates are generally immersive, vast, and intricately planned-out.
In that regard, The Man in the High Castle is a success. I’ve always thought »
- Sean Colletti
Warning: contains spoilers for The X-Files and for the comic book continuation Season Ten.
The X-Files, much like several of its villains, is a show that refuses to die. A seminal, ground-breaking series in the 1990s, it became a slightly creaky series in the early 2000s, then a cancelled series, then a movie following on from the original series, and now it may become a series again. But where can the show go now? There are a number of options available…
Judging from comments made by Fox representatives Dana Walden and Gary Newman, this is the current plan – they want to bring back David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Mulder and Scully and continue the series, presumably picking up after »
Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas might be legally married to other people — but professionally, they might as well start sending out invitations. The two producers, who share showrunning duties on ABC’s “Resurrection” and “Marvel’s Agent Carter” (the latter of which premiered Jan. 6), spend nearly every waking moment together, from the early-morning walk of their kids to school (they live a mile apart in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley), until they leave the Burbank studio late at night.
Spanning 20 years, their producing partnership — and best-friendship — has taken them from “Ed” to “Law & Order: Svu” to “Reaper,” and led them to their current roles of simultaneously running the two high-concept dramas for the Alphabet.
Their workload is not for the faint of heart. Over the course of a single day, Variety followed them as they broke stories in both writers’ rooms, took notes calls from the studio, edited an episode of “Resurrection, »
- Debra Birnbaum
My heart nearly exploded when word leaked over the weekend that Fox was in the early stages of reviving beloved supernatural procedural "The X-Files," most likely for a limited run sometime in the next few years. While stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who played FBI special agents Mulder and Scully, respectively, have a lot on their plates right now, with Duchovny's NBC series "Aquarius" set to air soon and Anderson bumped up to a beefier role in this summer's season of "Hannibal," that doesn't mean its return still isn't imminent. Original creator Chris Carter's most recent effort, a series for Amazon called "The After," was unceremoniously canceled even though the company had ordered an entire season of the show, so he's free, which means that the show could be incubated creatively even while waiting for its stars to become available.
It also got us thinking to what a »
- Drew Taylor
If picked up, Amazon Pilot The Man In The High Castle could become as compulsive to watch as The Americans meets Lost...
This review contains spoilers.
1.1 The Man In The High Castle (Pilot)
Adapting the worlds of Philip K. Dick to visual media is always a tricky proposition. For whatever reason, the person who has done Dick's work the most justice is Ridley Scott in his production of Blade Runner. Even that was different from the source material, but it works brilliantly as a film thanks to Scott's pruning and shaping, and that's one of the reasons why Amazon Studios' adaptation of The Man In The High Castle has been greeted with such interest from fans of all things weird. After all, when you have Ridley Scott and The X-Files guru Frank Spotnitz attached to the same project, it seems like only good things can result.
At a Television Critics Association event over the weekend, Walden confirmed that there had been a few timing problems involving their collaboration with X-Files creator Chris Carter.
"We've had some conversations on X-Files and we're hopeful that we'll bring [The X-Files] back," Newman confirmed, before going on to add that there was nothing further official which could be said.
More news as we hear it.
Michael McKean stars in “Better Call Saul” as Jimmy’s older brother, Chuck, a far more successful lawyer who’s coping with an as-yet-unnamed condition that has limited his ability to lead a normal life.
Did you enjoy filming “Better Call Saul”?
It was a great experience — hard work, long days, 15 hours in the desert but well-worth it. I had a wonderful time working with Vince again. He and Frank Spotnitz created a character for me for “The X Files” that I did for a string of shows. I’m glad we’re together again, as they say in the business. But I haven’t seen a frame of “Saul.” I don’t like to see it until it’s too late.
Why did you sign on for “Saul”?
- Debra Birnbaum
Get ready to watch, rate and review Amazon’s just-released pilots — a slate of 13 original comedy, drama, docuseries and kids offerings now available on Amazon Instant Video.
The pilots come from a talented creative roster that includes both newcomers discovered through Amazon Studios as well as highly-acclaimed veterans such as Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Carlton Cuse (Lost), Randall Wallace (Braveheart), Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Brad Silberling (Jane the Virgin, Lemony Snickets…), Mark Waters (Mean Girls), Academy and Emmy Award winning director Alex Gibney (The Armstrong Lie), Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues), and Carol Greenwald (Arthur).
Over the course of the next four weeks, viewer feedback will ultimately help to decide which of them get picked up to full series. So your opinions matter! You could help choose the next Golden Globe-winning series, after all.
Check out the synopsis of each of them below, and start watching them here today. »
Amazon has revealed its first slate of 13 pilots for 2015, including an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's cult classic novel The Man in the High Castle executive produced by Ridley Scott, a Civil War-era drama co-written by Lost's Carlton Cuse and a dark comedy about floundering 40-somethings executive produced by The Shield creator Shawn Ryan.
This batch of new pilots — six comedies and dramas, six children's shows and one docuseries — will be available for free on Amazon Instant Video in the U.S., U.K. and Germany starting on January 15th. »
Amazon Studios’ first pilot season of 2015 will debut Thursday, Jan. 15, unveiling seven drama and comedy projects as well as a half-dozen kid-centric pilots.
Already due to debut via Amazon Studios this year are the first full seasons of Bosch, Hand of God and Red Oaks, plus Season 2 of Transparent. (Chris Carter’s The After meanwhile just had its series order scrapped.)
The dramas and comedies are as follows (click photos to zoom):
10 items from 2015
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