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The production is an adaptation of Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning play, which also starred Cranston. It focuses on President Johnson’s first year as Commander in Chief. Jay Roach is directing. Earlier this week, it was announced that Anthony Mackie would play Mlk in the production.
“All the Way” is produced for HBO by Amblin Television, Tale Told Productions and Moon Shot Entertainment, with Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank & Justin Falvey, Schenkkan and Cranston executive producing. James Degus is co-executive producing.
Deadline Hollywood first broke the casting news.
- Whitney Friedlander
It’s not unusual for a show to make tweaks between seasons, but CBS’ summer sci-fi series “Extant” underwent an extreme makeover for Wednesday’s second season premiere.
Only three of last season’s seven full-time regulars are still with the show (leading lady Halle Berry as astronaut Molly Woods, Pierce Gagnon as her robo-son, Ethan, and Grace Gummer as partially robotic scientist Julie Gelineau), while season one’s male lead, Goran Visnjic, has been replaced by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Entire subplots have been dropped, and the show’s perspective is shifting away from the realm of science, to a pulpier, more action-driven, vibe.
There’s no doubt many of these changes are the result of underwhelming ratings — after bowing to 9.6 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demo, the first season averaged 6.2 million viewers and a 1.1 in 18-49.
They’re also the vision of new showrunners Elizabeth Kruger »
- Geoff Berkshire
Sands was originally cast in the dual roles of identical twins Dash and Arthur, both of whom receive precognitive visions that enable them to see crimes before they’re committed.
Sands will retain the lead role of Dash, who selflessly and heroically tries to stop the future murders he sees in his visions, while Zano will take over the role of Arthur, meaning that the twins will be portrayed as fraternal instead of identical.
Arthur is described as having a hard shell, borne of years of difficult experience in the outside world that Dash avoided. He’s confident and self-assured, even Machiavellian in his interaction with the world that once exploited him, using his gift to consolidate personal wealth and power in the building of an empire. Stronger together as a complete unit, »
- Laura Prudom
“We’ve been working together longer than we’ve been with our wives,” says Darryl Frank of his 20-year partnership with Justin Falvey. They realized early on that teamwork would be the key to their success. “I think we literally said, we’re going to get a lot further working together than we are trying to compete with each other,” says Falvey. So on Frank’s first day on the job, Falvey recalls, “We literally put our desks next to each other.” The co-heads of Amblin TV, who work out of a sprawling cottage on the Universal lot, joke that if they read a script separately, they’d give the same notes, but their offices reflect different personalities. Frank calls his “comfortable and creative,” while Falvey admits his is a bit more of a “mishmash.”
Bethany Nauert for Variety
Entertainment isn’t the only family business. Frank’s »
- Debra Birnbaum
ABC‘s The Whispers feels more like something that should pop up on Syfy, and while that isn’t at all a bad thing in general, it also feels like the kind of show developed around the brainstorm-session telling of its opening ten minutes.
“Here’s a creepy scenario,” someone says, and the response is to tell him to just keep going.
As is becoming all too common, the story is written largely paying attention only to the tenets that – A) if it’s really goofy, but everyone is very serious, it’s really good – B) bullet points are all you need in our era of short attention spans.
Point A is basically the simple result of people wanting to get a lot of sci-fi on the air, even when they don’t understand why people like sci-fi. They don’t get why things work, or don’t, but they know Lost was popular. »
- Marc Eastman
Fox has finalized its 2015/2016 lineup, ordering to series, a small screen version of the sci-fi movie based on the 1956 Philip K. Dick science fiction short story, "The Minority Report," which starred Tom Cruise, and was directed by Steven Spielberg. Fox's TV series version will be set 10 years after the events of the film, which concluded with law enforcement’s Precrime division being disbanded. In the show, a female detective who is haunted by her past, teams up with a Precog that's still plagued by visions (similar to the movie, although the genders of each character have been swapped). Meagan Good stars as the female detective - Lara Vega. Stark Sands will play the Precog. They are joined in the series by Wilmer Valderrama, Daniel London, Laura Regan, Li Jun Li and Zhane Hall. Max Borenstein ("Godzilla") wrote the pilot. Kevin Falls is the showrunner and an executive producer along with Justin Falvey and Darryl. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, today unveiled the Fox primetime slate for the 2015-2016 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre. Here's what the CEO's had to say in a joint statement.
"Building on the phenomenal momentum created by Gotham, The Last Man on Earth and, of course, Empire, we're infusing next season's schedule with new ambitious dramas, smart comedies, aspirational unscripted series and big live events and specials - all from the best creators in the business. And our strategy with these bold creative swings is simple: schedule them strategically, market them relentlessly and create events that break through and captivate viewers across every platform."
Tuesdays are all-new this fall on Fox, with new comedies Grandfathered and The Grinder, followed by killer comedy-horror series Scream Queens. The new comedies kicking off an all-new Tuesday are Grandfathered and The Grinder. »
We now know when Fox is planning to bring FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully back to the small screen, as the network revealed that part one of The X-Files six-episode event series premiere will air on Sunday, January 24th.
In their 2015 - 2016 fall TV schedule announcement (which also includes information on Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens, slated to begin airing on Tuesdays this fall), Fox revealed that the return of The X-Files will take place on Sunday, January 24th, between 10:00pm - 11:00pm Est after the Nfc Championship game.
The second half of the two-part premiere will air at 8:00pm Est the following night on Monday, January 25th, with subsequent episodes also airing on Monday nights. Filming on the event series begins this June. For more information, see the official press release below (The X-Files details are highlighted in bold text). Also included in »
- Derek Anderson
After canceling its one-time hit drama The Following, Fox has announced two possible replacements as it gives series orders to a pair of highly anticipated new shows. We already showed you a first look photo of Tom Ellis as Lucifer, with that series based on the popular DC Vertigo comics. Now we have word that the sequel series Minority Report is also moving forward. It is a direct follow-up to Steven Spielberg's 2002 sci-fi hit of the same name and will serve as a episodic sequel to that movie.
Minority Report will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg, and is the first of his films to be adapted for television. The hour-long drama follows an unlikely partnership between a man haunted by future visions and a cop tormented by her recent past. The pair race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they ever happen. Set in Washington, »
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Based on characters from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, Lucifer stars Tom Ellis (Rush) in the title role. Bored as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the Lapd punish criminals.
The cast also includes Lauren German (as Det. Chloe »
“Minority Report” remained one of the strongest contenders during pilot season, and was one of the first pilots ordered at Fox. “Lucifer,” on the other hand, didn’t gain steam until the last 72 hours, as orders started to trickle in.
“Minority Report” (pictured above) stars Stark Sands and Meagan Good (pictured), along with Wilmer Valderrama, Daniel London, Laura Regan, Li Jun Li and Zhane Hall. The project from Amblin, Paramount Television and 20th Century Fox TV, inspired by the 2002 feature film, picks up 10 years after the end of pre-crime in DC when one of the three pre-cogs struggles to lead a normal human life, and remains haunted by visions of the future when he meets a detective »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Syfy is joining with Steven Speilberg’s Amblin Television to adapt Aldous Huxley’s classic 1932 novel Brave New World into a scripted series. The project reunites the Emmy-winning team behind Syfy’s 2003 mini-series Taken.
Ranked fifth among the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th Century by Modern Library, Brave New World takes place in a world without war, poverty or disease. Though everyone is provided for, humans are given mind-altering drugs, rampant consumerism and free sex are the order of the day, and people no longer procreate. Instead, children are genetically engineered in “hatcheries.” All nonconformists are sent to “reservations” to protect the social order, until one of the “savages” decides to challenge the system.
“Brave New World is one of the most influential genre classics of all time. Its provocative vision of a future gone awry remains as powerful and as timeless as ever,” said Dave Howe, president of Syfy and Chiller. »
- A.R. Wilson
Syfy have announced they are reuniting with Emmy Award-winning Amblin Television to develop a scripted series based on Aldous Huxley’s classic novel Brave New World. The two companies previously collaborated on Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken, which won a 2003 Emmy for Best Miniseries. Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey of Amblin Television (The Americans, Falling Skies, Under the Dome) will be executive producers. Les Bohem (Steven Spielberg Presents:Taken) will write the screenplay and also executive produce.
Brave New World is set in a world without poverty, war or disease. In this world, humans are given mind-altering drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered in “hatcheries.” Those who won’t conform are forced onto “reservations” – until one of these “savages” challenges the system, threatening the entire social order. First published in 1932, Brave New World was ranked fifth among »
- Phil Wheat
Adding to its growing roster of major productions featuring science fiction's most acclaimed franchises, Syfy is reuniting with Emmy Award-winning Amblin Television to develop a scripted series based on Aldous Huxley's classic novel Brave New World. Syfy and Amblin previously collaborated on Steven Spielberg Presents Taken, which won a 2003 Emmy for Best Miniseries, as well as nominations in six other categories. Here's what Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller, had to say in a statement.
"Brave New World is one of the most influential genre classics of all time. Its provocative vision of a future gone awry remains as powerful and as timeless as ever. Promising to be a monumental television event, Brave New World is precisely the groundbreaking programming that is becoming the hallmark of Syfy."
While some might wonder how that’s going to go, and if it’s actually a spectacular idea, adding Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television to the mix should put off some of the fears associated with the obvious dangers of potentially butchering one of the best books ever.
Given the slate of shows Syfy already has, and the upcoming efforts we’ve learned about recently, the network is looking to be in a very different place a year from now.
Take a look at the full press release below, and let me know what you think about this one. Is this going to be your next favorite show, or is it going to be impossible to live up to the book? »
- Marc Eastman
A Brave New World is hatching at Syfy.
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Brave New World — if you’ll recall from your high school English lit class — is set in a world without poverty, war or disease. In this world, humans are given mind-altering drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered in “hatcheries.” Those who won’t conform are forced onto “reservations” – until one »
The adaptation is being penned by Les Bohem, who worked with Spielberg and Syfy (back when it was Sci Fi Channel) on the Emmy-winning 2003 miniseries “Taken.” Huxley’s 1932 novel depicts a futuristic world without poverty or disease, where human values are turned upside down and most people are controlled by mind-altering drugs. The conformist order is challenged by renegades dubbed “savages.”
Dave Howe, president of Syfy and Chiller, said “Brave New World’s” “provocative vision of a future gone awry remains as powerful and as timeless as ever. Promising to be a monumental television event, ‘Brave New World’ is precisely the »
- Cynthia Littleton
Sci-fi classic Brave New World is one of those stories that Hollywood will keep trying to nail for years to come, and today brings word that the latest swing at Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel will come courtesy of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, which is adapting the book into a series for Syfy.
Huxley’s book centers on a world that has achieved what many believe to be utopia, without poverty, war or disease. Human reproduction is a thing of the past, with people being genetically engineered in “hatcheries.” Mind-altering drugs, sex and consumerist practices are the numerous numbing agents provided to the population so that they never question the larger issues of a society that requires conformity, until one defiant individual challenges the entire system.
- Isaac Feldberg
Syfy is digging into classic science fiction for its next series. Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Television is developing a series based on Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” for the cable network, TheWrap has learned. Les Bohem will adapt the seminal novel first published in 1932, set in a futuristic, seemingly perfect society. Things begin to crumble when an outsider, residing on a “reservation,” rebels against the system. Amblin TV co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will executive produce alongside Bohem on the Universal Cable Productions project. Also Read: 25 of TV's Most Powerful Leading Ladies (Photos) “Brave New World is one of the most. »
- Linda Ge
Viola Davis is setting her sights on the underground railroad, and has joined forces with HBO Films to develop and star in a biopic about Harriet Tubman, the famous abolitionist, TheWrap has learned. Writer Kirk Ellis, producer Doug Ellin and Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin TV are all on board the project, which will follow Davis’ Tubman, whose courageous acts leading slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad and later fighting with the Union during the Civil War, made her an American hero. Also Read: 13 of Hollywood's Biggest 'Game of Thrones' Fans (Photos) Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Ellin, Jim Lefkowitz, Cliff Dorfman, »
- Linda Ge
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