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Netflix Orders Sci-Fi Series ‘Altered Carbon’ Based On Richard Morgan Novel

Netflix is betting subscribers want to watch some more science fiction drama. The streaming video-on-demand provider has picked up ten episodes of the sci-fi series Altered Carbon.

Netflix’s Altered Carbon series is based on Richard Morgan’s titular 2002 cyberpunk sci-fi novel, which won the Philip K. Dick Award for best novel in 2003. Set in the 25th century, the book and upcoming Netflix show introduce audiences to a world where human personalities are digitized and can transfer from one body to the next or be saved as backups. The protagonist, a former elite warrior named Takeshi Kovacs, inhabits the body of a San Francisco-based policeman to investigate the possible murder of a man named Laurens Bancroft, whose backup was destroyed in what others believe was an attempted suicide.

The Altered Carbon Netflix series, which hails from Grace and Frankie studio Skydance Television, is created, written, and executive produced by Laeta Kalogridis.
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Carlton Cuse on Running Four Dramas and His Busy Post-‘Lost’ Career

Carlton Cuse on Running Four Dramas and His Busy Post-‘Lost’ Career
When John Wirth, the showrunner for “Hell on Wheels,” recently sold a pilot, he reached out to his friend Carlton Cuse for advice on how to juggle multiple shows. Cuse, who’s now running four dramas (among other projects), told Wirth, “You can’t have your way all the time.”

But there’s more to the secret of Cuse’s success than simply letting go. Over the course of several days earlier this winter, Variety shadowed Cuse as he maneuvered seamlessly from a notes session on A&E’s “Bates Motel” to editing “The Returned” to interviewing job candidates for FX’s “The Strain” to filming the pilot for USA’s “Colony.”

“He’s got that brain where he can be working on episode 19 of ‘The Strain’ and then drive across town, have several conversations about who knows what, walk into the writers’ room of ‘Bates’ where they’re talking
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‘Battle Creek,’ ‘CSI: Cyber’ Get Midseason Timeslots At CBS

‘Battle Creek,’ ‘CSI: Cyber’ Get Midseason Timeslots At CBS
CBS is delivering on its promise to air more original scripted programming throughout the year, announcing on Friday premiere dates for a pair of midseason dramas — “Battle Creek” and “CSI: Cyber” — that will run uninterrupted through spring.

Battle Creek,” from executive producers Vince Gilligan (“Breaking Bad”) and David Shore (“House”) and starring Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters, will bow Sunday, March 1, at 10 p.m. in the timeslot currently occupied by “CSI.” The veteran crime drama will wrap its 18-episode season in February.

Battle Creek,” which will be airing behind “The Good Wife” on Sundays, also stars Janet McTeer, Kal Penn, Aubrey Dollar and Edward Fordham Jr. Joining Shore and Gilligan as executive producers are Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Thomas L. Moran, Bryan Singer and Mark Johnson. The show hails from Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios.

Meanwhile, the latest “CSI” spinoff, Patricia Arquette starrer “CSI: Cyber,” will be slotted Wednesdays at 10 p.
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Fox Pilot ‘Wild Blue’ Not Going Forward

Fox has opted not to make drama pilot Wild Blue, which was ordered and partially cast last season before being pushed off-cycle. The project, an upstairs/downstairs look at the working men and women aboard an aircraft carrier, had a long development history. Originally titled The Bridge, the drama from writer Taylor Elmore (Justified), producer Mark Johnson and Sony Pictures TV was bought by Fox during the 2011-12 season. It didn’t go to pilot, but the network kept it in contention, rolling in to the following cycle. Justified executive producers Graham Yost and Michael Dinner were brought onboard in fall 2012 to help with a rewrite and Dinner to direct, giving the project additional clout. Related: Ben Affleck-Glenn Gordon Caron Drama Gets Fox Pilot Order Fox had been very interested in getting a naval drama on the air — last season it bought a second script with a similar setting,
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Glee, 5.04, “A Katy or a Gaga” appropriately crazy, fun, and over the top

Glee, Season 5, Episode 4, “A Katy or a Gaga”

Written by Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner

Directed by Ian Brennan

Airs Thursdays 9pm Et on Fox

After a month-long World Series induced hiatus, Glee is back pitting the Katys versus the Gagas in an episode which is crazy, fun, and a little bit too much, just as it should be. While the performances in this installment were too much in the best, most ridiculous ways and took us back to that now classic season one episode, “Theatricality”, there are enough awkward and unjust interpersonal moments to make us wish desperately for a song and dance number.

The inappropriate Penny/Sam relationship is still going and going strong. I am waiting for it to backfire, but for some reason that rarely happens to the characters who are in uncouth partnerships, such as Puck and Kitty, whose pairing, based on the dialogue exchanged by the two characters,
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Ryan Murphy: ‘Glee’ Will End After Next Season

Ryan Murphy: ‘Glee’ Will End After Next Season
The next season of “Glee” will be its last, so says co-creator of the series Ryan Murphy.

At a Paley Center event honoring FX Network last night, Murphy said the Fox dramedy will not go on beyond its sixth season. Murphy also admitted that the death of star Cory Monteith in July has forced him to come up with a different ending for the show.

Photos: FX Networks Honored at Paley Center Gala

In setting the end date so far in advance, Murphy becomes the latest showrunner to set a clear path to mapping out the conclusion of the show’s overarching storylines, which revolve around students and teachers at a high school in Ohio.

TVLine’s Michael Ausiello was first to report the news of “Glee’s” final season.

“The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn’s story.
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Dramas Produced By Garrett Lerner & Russel Friend, Peter Tolan Sell To Fox, CBS

Fox has put in development How To Lead A Life Of Crime, a drama based on the book by Kirsten Miller. Written by Mike Daniels (FX’s Sons Of Anarchy) with House alums Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend supervising, the project is about a how-to school for criminals. 20th Century Fox TV, where Lerner and Friend are under an overall deal, is producing. Daniels is with ICM Partners. CBS has bought Tigers, a legal drama from writer Meredith Philpott (MTV’s Awkward), Sony Pictures TV and Peter Tolan’s studio-based Fedora Entertainment. It centered around a family dynasty of lawyers headed by a matriarch infamous for her narcissistic personality, biting witticisms and publicity-seeking antics. Tolan and Fedora’s Michael Wimer are exec producing. Philpott is with ICM, Heroes & Villainsand attorney Gregg Gellman. Fedora already has one big sale for Sony this season, landing a pilot order with a seven-figure penalty at ABC for Irreversible,
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Fox Greenlights Navy & Police Drama Pilots

Fox is a step closer to getting an aircraft drama series on the air with a pilot order to Wild Blue, from writer Taylor Elmore, producers Graham Yost and Mark Johnson and director Michael Dinner. Fox also has greenlighted cop drama pilot Gang Related, from feature writer Chris Morgan (Fast Five), with Scott Rosenbaum and Imagine TV. This brings the number of Fox drama pilots to eight as the network appears to be done on the hour side. The Sony Pictures TV-produced Wild Blue (formerly The Bridge) is described as an upstairs/downstairs look at pressure-cooker lives of the U.S. Navy. It is a young ensemble about the working men and women on board an aircraft carrier equipped with a 500-foot landing strip, a nuclear reactor and 6000 souls on board. Fox originally put the project in development last year with Justified writer-producer Elmore writing and Johnson producing. It didn’t go to pilot,
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Graham Yost & Michael Dinner Join Fox’s ‘Bridge’; Net Developing 2 Aircraft Carrier Dramas

Exclusive: It looks like Fox brass are determined to get an aircraft carrier drama on the air. Last season, the network put in development The Bridge, from writer Taylor Elmore (Justified), producer Mark Johnson and Sony Pictures TV. The project, described as a high-octane soap with a touch of Upstairs, Downstairs set on a Navy aircraft carrier, didn’t go to pilot but the network kept it in contention, rolling in to this season. Now Justified executive producers Graham Yost and Michael Dinner have boarded the drama to help with the rewrite, giving it additional clout. Both will executive produce, with Dinner also attached to direct. Elmore is still the writer, with Johnson and his Gran Via still attached, along with Sony TV. Meanwhile, in August, Fox bought another drama from high-profile auspices with a similar setting, giving a script commitment with penalty to a project from House executive producers
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‘House’ Producers Developing Navy Drama for Fox

Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner – executive producers who also wrote 18 episodes of the series House M.D. - are working together again on a workplace drama that takes place on a naval aircraft carrier. However, the series seems to be different than other series set in this branch of the armed forces (like NCIS or Jag), as it doesn’t seem to combine the procedural element that each of those shows contained.

Plot details are pretty scarce on this new series, but it will have quite the young cast with 18-20 year olds risking their lives on the job everyday. The one specific plot element we seem to have is that of a female fighter pilot who attempts to solve a murder that happens on board the carrier, but it’s not clear if that’s an arc that will last throughout the series. The project ...

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Fox Buys Aircraft Carrier Drama From Writers Russel Friend And Garrett Lerner

Longtime House executive producers Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner are back at Fox with a new project. The network has handed out a script commitment with penalty to an untitled ensemble drama written and executive produced by Friend and Lerner. Set at a naval aircraft carrier, the project has an upstairs/downstairs dynamic: the “downstairs” is filled with 18-20-year-olds, their coming-of-age stories heightened by the life and death nature of their everyday jobs; the “upstairs” is anchored by a female fighter pilot and her season long quest to solve a murder that occurs on board. The drama is produced by 20th Century Fox TV where Friend and Lerner signed an overall deal in April. Wme-repped Lerner and Friend joined House at the beginning of season 2 as co-executive producers and were upped to executive producers at the end of Season 3. They stayed with the show until the end of its eight-season run in May.
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Fox Developing Aircraft Carrier Drama From 'House' Producers

Fox is developing a workplace drama from former House executive producers. The ensemble, which hails from Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner, takes place in a naval aircraft carrier. The setting allows for an upstairs/downstairs dynamic, with both the 18- to 20-year-olds who risk their lives on the job and the female fighter pilot who attempts to a solve a murder that occurs on board. The untitled project is set up at 20th Century Fox TV, where the pair is currently under a two-year overall deal. It has received a script commitment plus penalty. Prior to the seven seasons on the

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DVD Release: House The Complete Series

DVD Release Date: Oct. 2, 2012

Price: DVD $Tba

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Hit medical drama House ran for a whopping eight seasons on Fox.

The television series, starring Hugh Laurie as the titular anti-social but brilliant doctor, was created by David Shore (TV’s Law & Order) and starred Omar Epps (Alfie), Robert Sean Leonard (Dead Poets Society) throughout its run. Jennifer Morrison (TV’s Once Upon a Time), Olivia Wilde (The Change-Up), Kal Penn (A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas), David Morse (Drive Angry) and Amber Tamblyn (127 Hours) were also in the cast over the TV’s show’s years.

House has been available on DVD in individual DVD sets for a while. Season 7 and season 8 were released in August 2011 and August 2012, respectively.

The House: The Complete Series set contains all 176 episodes plus more than 16 hours of bonus features and a 24-page collector’s booklet about the show’s origins, House-isms,
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House: The Complete Series DVD Arrives October 2nd

House: The Complete Series DVD Arrives October 2nd
House is one of the most compelling medical dramas that critics proclaimed as "one of the smartest and intellectually bravest shows on television" (Jennifer Arrow, E! Online). Through eight brilliant seasons, two-time Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie, as Dr. Gregory House, combats the medical field with unconventional and misanthropic tactics that audiences can't help but love. Every baffling case, every brilliant diagnosis, and every sardonic insult is all here in House: The Complete Series, arriving on DVD on October 2, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

House: The Complete Series gives viewers a chance to re-live every captivating moment as House and his team of doctors solve complex medical mysteries, push professional boundaries, and face personal demons. Gripping, witty, and intelligent, House: The Complete Series will satisfy every House fan in this must-own 41-disc collection, featuring all 176 episodes of this Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe-winning production. The collector's package includes a fully-colored,
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‘House’ Veterans Garrett Lerner & Russel Friend Sign Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

Exclusive: After seven seasons on House, series’ executive producers Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend are moving on with an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV. Under the two-year pact, the duo, which fielded interest from multiple studios before signing with 20th TV, will develop new projects while also working on existing studio shows. This marks Lerner and Friend’s return to 20th TV where they worked on three series, FreakyLinks, Roswell and Boston Public, before moving to NBC Universal, which produces House. “We’ve been fans of Garrett and Russel for a long time,” said 20th TV chairman Dana Walden who noted that she and fellow chairman Gary Newman also pursued Lerner and Friend the previous time their NBC Universal deal was up but the two ended up re-upping because of their ties to House. “They’re very versatile, strong writers who spent a great deal of time focusing
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NBC Orders Pilot Episode for The Munsters Reboot Project

One of the original creepy families is one step closer to returning to the small screen as NBC has greenlit a pilot episode of Bryan Fuller's The Munsters. The project has been in development since at least September, 2010 when news first broke of its existence.

In Fuller's re-imagined version of The Munsters, the family consisting of Herman, Lily, Eddie, Grandpa and Marilyn will appear in hour-long episodes. The campy tone of the original 1960s show will be dialed back, and a darker tone will take its place.

Fuller is best known for creating Pushing Daisies, a drama starring Lee Pace and Anna Friel that lasted only two seasons. It was loved by its small fan base, but those fans weren't enough to keep the show about a pie-maker who could bring people back from death to help solve their own murders, on the air.

NBC is keen on getting
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'Munsters' remake pilot ordered by NBC

'Munsters' remake pilot ordered by NBC
TV’s original American horror story is taking another step toward returning to primetime: NBC has ordered a pilot of Bryan Fuller’s remake of the classic TV show The Munsters.

The new version of the half-hour sitcom is bring re-imagined by the Pushing Daises creator as an hour-long series exploring how the monster house came about and will have a darker and less campy feel than the black-and-white original.

The Munsters was launched the same year as the rather similar Addams Family, which goes to show in this season of dueling fairy tale dramas (Grimm, Once Upon a Time
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House Exclusive: The Unit's Audrey Marie Anderson to Play Wife to David Anders' Potw

House Exclusive: The Unit's Audrey Marie Anderson to Play Wife to David Anders' Potw
David Anders won’t be alone when he checks into House this winter.

Audrey Marie Anderson — best known as the loyal spouse of Scott Foley’s solider on CBS’ The Unit — will play the wife of Anders’ Patient of the Week in a pivotal, early ’12 episode.

The anticipated hour — written by Garrett Lerner, Russel Friend and David Foster and directed by exec producer Greg Yaitanes (the same creative team behind Season 4’s Emmy winning “House’s Head” episode) — centers on House’s unorthodox process being put on (metaphorical) trial by special guest star Jeffrey Wright.

The gig reunites Anderson and
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House Exclusive: David Anders Cast in Pivotal Ep

House Exclusive: David Anders Cast in Pivotal Ep
David Anders is positively hospital obsessed!

The Alias and Vampire Diaries vet — who’s currently playing doctor to Prince Charming on ABC’s Once Upon a Time — will find himself on the other end of the scalpel on House.

Anders has signed on to play the Patient of the Week in an early ’12 episode of the Fox drama that also features (as we reported earlier this week) a guest turn by Jeffrey Wright.

The buzzy hour — written by Garrett Lerner, Russel Friend and David Foster and directed by exec producer Greg Yaitanes (the same creative team behind Season 4’s Emmy
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House Exclusive: Emmy Winner Jeffrey Wright Recruited For Epic Season 8 Showdown

House Exclusive: Emmy Winner Jeffrey Wright Recruited For Epic Season 8 Showdown
I’m not the biggest boxing fan, but I’d still wager that no heavyweight bout has ever packed a bigger punch than the upcoming Hugh Laurie vs. Jeffrey Wright episode of House is going to.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Wright — a 2003 Emmy winner for Angels in America — will make a rare TV detour when he guest stars on the Fox drama in early 2012. What drew the acclaimed actor — who will next be seen in the Tom Hanks/Sandra Bullock film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close — to the small screen? An episode of House that, on the surface at least,
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