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The 1985 anthology series Amazing Stories is being revived on NBC. Sad news is, original producer Steven Spielberg isn't going to be involved. Instead, this reboot of the cult classic is being developed by Bryan Fuller, who just wrapped up as Hannibal show runner after three seasons. Joining him are Grey's Anatomy producers Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.
The new Amazing Stories will still be an anthology series that spans a number of genres, including horror, sci-fi, animation, comedy and fantasy. Bryan Fuller is writing the pilot script. It will be an hour long weekly show that tells 'fantastic, strange and supernatural stories.' The original Amazing Stories ran for two seasons. Spielberg created the show, writing and directing several episodes. During it's limited run, it earned 12 Emmy nominations, and took home 5 awards.
The Peacock Net is developing a reboot of Amazing Stories, the Emmy-winning 1985 anthology series telling incredible, odd, supernatural tales.
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According to EW.com, which broke the news, Fuller will write the hour-long pilot and exec-produce with Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (Under the Dome). Steven Spielberg — who created the two-season original series at NBC — will reportedly not be involved with the project. (An NBC insider, however, »
It’s been 30 years since NBC debuted the Steven Spielberg-produced anthology series Amazing Stories. Like nearly every other ’80s film and TV series, it seems, now it’s coming back. Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller is set to write and executive produce Universal TV’s remake of the 1985-87 series for NBC, giving the network a player in the reinvigorated anthology genre. Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey also are EPs on the project. Spielberg is sitting this one… »
“Hannibal” boss Bryan Fuller will write and executive produce a new version of sci-fi anthology series “Amazing Stories” for NBC, TheWrap has learned. Steven Spielberg, who created and executive produced the original series, will not be involved. The new “Amazing Stories” will be produced by Universal Television with Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank also serving as executive producers. Also Read: TheWrap's TV Stars and Showrunners Exclusive Portraits (Updating Photos) The original series, which ran for two seasons in 1984-85, featured new sci-fi and supernatural stories each episode. Fuller is currently working on Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s “American Gods. »
- Linda Ge
Steven Spielberg produced the original series, and directed its "Ghost Train" pilot along with its World War II-themed double-length episode "The Mission," but he is not involved in this remake. Amblin TV's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey however will be involved as executive producers.
The show ran from 1985 to 1987 and produced 45 episodes in total along with five Emmy award wins, one for guest actor John Lithgow. Filmmakers who took a crack at helming episodes include the likes of Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, Peter Hyams, Tobe Hooper, Joe Dante, Irvin Kershner, Danny DeVito, Ken Kwapis, Kevin Reynolds, Mick Garris and actors like Burt Reynolds, Timothy Hutton and Bob Balaban.
Fuller is also working on the upcoming Starz drama "American Gods".
Source: E! Online »
- Garth Franklin
ABC has cancelled the Steven Spielberg-produced summer series “The Whispers” after one season. The alien drama starring Lily Rabe, Barry Sloane, Milo Ventimiglia, Derek Webster, Kristen Connolly, Kylie Rogers and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf ended its run in August. Star Milo Ventimiglia first broke the news on Twitter Friday, responding to a fan inquiring about Season 2 with the message: “sadly not happening, darlin.” Also Read: 'Rookie Blue' Canceled by ABC The news of the cancellation comes after ABC cancelled another summer series, “Rookie Blue,” last week. “The Whispers” was executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Zack Estrin. »
- Reid Nakamura
“The Whispers” will not be returning for a second season, as ABC has cancelled the show after its freshman run, Variety has learned.
The sci-fi summer series from exec producer Steven Spielberg was created by Soo Hugh. It follows children who all communicate with the same invisible friend who gives them instructions, resulting in dangerous situations.
Wrapping it’s 13-episode run on Aug. 31, “The Whispers” had one of the strongest premieres of summer in adults 18-49 with a 1.5 same-night rating, but faded in subsequent episodes. Its finale did a 0.7 in the demo and 2.75 million total viewers, according to Nielsen.
“It’s not a show that we’re going to try to drag out and make people be frustrated at the end of the season,” cast member Barry Sloane told Variety at the time of the show’s premiere. “It’s a wonderful story that unravels week to week and you »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
K.J. Steinberg is staying in business with ABC. The “Mistresses” creator has another soapy drama in the works at the network with “The Will,” which has landed a script commitment plus penalty, Variety has learned exclusively.
Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV are also behind the hourlong project as exec producers with Steinberg, who’s under a deal at Sony Television, which will also produce with Good Talk Productions.
“The Will” is a mystery revolving around the surviving members of an eccentric and wealthy patriarch who dies and leaves his massive inheritance to the various members of his family, but with strict, mysterious, and sometimes bizarre conditions attached to the gifts. Each of the family member’s lives is irreversibly changed by following the instructions, leaving everyone to wonder, is the late man parenting from the grave — or using them to mete out justice and »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The dark character-driven genre soap is based on the real town in central Pennsylvania where an underground coal mine fire has been burning for over fifty years. Condemned in 1992, the majority of residents relocated but eight won the right to stay.
In the series, the remaining few residents in this often fog-shrouded ghost town are determined to preserve their homes but are unaware of the evil slowly making its way to the surface. Roger Avary, who penned the 2006 film adaptation of the "Silent Hill" video game series, says his script was inspired by the town.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
CBS has given a straight-to-series order for “American Gothic,” planning a summer premiere for the one-hour murder mystery revolving around the patriarch of a prominent Boston family.
The 13-episode series is penned by “Good Wife” and “Jane the Virgin” alum Corinne Brinkerhoff and hails from Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios. She is exec producing along with Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Amblin Television and James Frey of Full Fathom Five.
“With ‘American Gothic,’ Corinne Brinkerhoff has created the perfect CBS summer mystery, filled with suspense, intrigue and an explosive ending that will leave you breathless,” said Glenn Geller, president of CBS Entertainment. “It feels like a compelling summer novel that we can deliver to our viewers in 13 one-hour chapters.”
The series is set to broadcast during summer 2016 and, »
- Whitney Friedlander
There’s a lot riding on Fox’s “Minority Report.” Set as a sequel to Steven Spielberg’s 2002 futuristic action movie, this is the first of the iconic filmmaker’s works to be translated to television. Instead of giving fans a TV version of Tom Cruise’s leading man John Anderton, creator Max Borenstein’s universe concentrates on the now-grown kids known as the trio of crime-predicting “Precogs” — specifically Stark Sands’ Dash, who still wants to use his powers for good.
The series hails from Spielberg’s Amblin TV in association with 20th Century Fox Television and Paramount Television. Before the premiere, Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, who are exec producing the series, talk about the challenges that await this procedural and why it’s a timely story for today’s society.
You heard a lot of pitches about turning the movie into a TV show. Why did this one work? »
- Whitney Friedlander
The Emmy Awards aren’t till Sunday, Sept. 20, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nosh and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Friday, Sept. 18.
Variety and Women in Film’s Emmy Nominee Reception, Gracias Madre:
“Modern Family’s” Julie Bowen yelled, “Everybody’s at this Variety party!” on the red carpet, and she was right. Emmy power couple Felicity Huffman (newly brunette) and William H. Macy hobnobbed with “American Horror Story’s” Sarah Paulson, Huffman lovingly planting a kiss on Paulson’s cheek as a photographer snapped a shot. Amanda Peet also chatted with the two ladies bar-side.
Meanwhile, “Game of Thrones’” Gwendoline Christie hung out with co-star Alfie Allen (who later showed his dance moves). The party boasted so much talent, especially of the celebrated kicka– actress type, including “Orphan Black’s” Tatiana Maslany, »
- Variety Staff
Some sad news came in this evening for fans of the Under the Dome TV series hoping for a fourth season. The fate of the series has been uncertain, but it was confirmed today that another season is not in the cards, as CBS announced that the series finale will air on September 10th:
CBS announced today that the Dome in Chester’s Mill will come down and its mysteries revealed during the series finale of Under The Dome on Thursday, Sept. 10. Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, Under The Dome debuted Monday, June 24, 2013 and has been one of the most-watched shows on television for the past three summers.
In the series finale, when the Dome comes down, many questions about its origin and power will be answered, as two groups of residents engage in one final conflict that some won’t survive.
“Two years ago, Under The Dome »
- Jonathan James
CBS announced today that the Dome in Chester's Mill will come down and its mysteries revealed during the series finale of Under the Dome on Thursday, Sept. 10. Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, Under the Dome debuted Monday, June 24, 2013 and has been one of the most-watched shows on television for the past three summers. In the series finale, when the Dome comes down, many questions about its origin and power will be answered, as two groups of residents engage in one final conflict that some won't survive. Here's what Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment, had to say in a statement.
"Two years ago, Under the Dome broke new ground in the summer and became an instant hit on CBS, as well as with viewers around the world. Dome's event storytelling and multi-platform business model paved the way for more original summer programming with the successful rollouts of Extant and Zoo. »
“Under the Dome” will wrap up with its current season, as the season-three ender will serve as the series finale, Variety has learned. The drama, based on Stephen King’s novel, has been cancelled and will not return for a fourth season.
“Two years ago, ‘Under the Dome’ broke new ground in the summer and became an instant hit on CBS, as well as with viewers around the world,” said Nina Tassler, chair of CBS Entertainment. “‘Dome’s’ event storytelling and multiplatform business model paved the way for more original summer programming with the successful rollouts of ‘Extant’ and ‘Zoo.’ We’re excited to present the final chapter in Chester’s Mill as the story comes full circle, with the dome coming down as dramatically as it went up.”
The season-three finale on Sept. 10 will answer many questions about the dome’s origin and power, as two groups of residents »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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
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