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7 items from 2017


Dennis Haysbert to Star in NBC’s ‘Reverie’ Pilot

23 February 2017 10:31 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dennis Haysbert has signed onto NBC’s virtual reality thriller “Reverie,” co-starring with Sarah Shahi, Variety has learned.

Reverie” is a drama about a former detective specializing in human behavior who is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences.

Shahi will play that former detective, and Haysbert will play Charlie Ventana, an ex chief of police who started his own security company and now works as a liaison for the company, Reverie, a customizable virtual reality program. He hires Mara Kint (Shahi), his former hostage negotiator who quit after a personal tragedy, to enter the consciousness of one of the comatose users in the hopes that she can negotiate his journey back to real life. Charlie knows Mara’s story well and has utmost faith in her, but the pressure is on to keep Reverie alive.

Haysbert starred on “24” and “The Unit,” among »

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Japan’s Wowow Nabs Showtime’s ‘Twin Peaks,’ Two Other Series From CBS

13 February 2017 2:49 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Lynch’s rebooted “Twin Peaks” will be broadcast in Japan by leading premium pay-tv broadcaster Wowow, part of a three-series, first-broadcast licensing agreement between Wowow and CBS Studios International, announced Monday.

The deal also sees Wowow taking the top new U.S. drama “Bull” and acclaimed murder-mystery series “American Gothic.” All three shows will be aired on the Japanese’s broadcaster’s Prime Channel, which is already home to other Showtime and CBS hits including “The Affair,” “Zoo” and “Elementary.”

It marks a coming home for “Twin Peaks” in Japan. The cult show formed part of Wowow’s original lineup when it launched in 1991.

“For the millions of Wowow subscribers who have been watching the company’s programming since its launch 25 years ago, the new ‘Twin Peaks’ will reignite great memories of the original series that helped audiences identify Wowow as a destination for the highest-quality entertainment, due to its tremendous popularity,” said »

- Robert Mitchell

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Sarah Shahi to Star in NBC Virtual Reality Thriller ‘Reverie’

10 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sarah Shahi will star in NBC’s drama pilot “Reverie,” Variety has learned.

Reverie” is a grounded, dramatic thriller about a former detective specializing in human behavior who is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences.

Shahi will play Mara, a very intelligent college professor who is trained with the FBI in counter terrorism. Though she’s a natural leader, her own psyche is still deeply pained and troubled by an incident in her past, leaving her to privately self medicate away her sleepless nights. Mara is intrigued when her old boss, Charlie Ventanaana (yet to be cast), brings her onto a strange project called Reverie, a fully immersive, customizable virtual reality program that’s so effective that several of its users have refused to come back to reality, entering instead life-threatening comas. As Mara takes on the challenge of entering another person’s consciousness to negotiate their »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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NBC Orders Virtual-Reality Drama Pilot From ‘Extant’ Producers

23 January 2017 3:09 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has ordered a drama pilot set in the world of virtual reality from writer and executive producer Mickey Fisher.

“Reverie” is a described as a grounded and dramatic thriller about a former detective specializing in human behavior who is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences.

Fisher is the creator of former CBS drama “Extant” starring Halle Berry. The pilot is produced by Universal Television and Amblin Television. In addition to Fisher, Brooklyn Weaver, and Amblin’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey serve as executive producers.

Extant” ran for two seasons on CBS from 2014 to 2015. Season two averaged a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers, and 4.7 million total viewers. The first season of the summer science-fiction drama series averaged a 1.1 ratind and 6.2 million total viewers. “Extant” starred Berry as an astronaut who comes home from a 13-month mission in space pregnant.

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Virtual Reality Drama From 'Extant' Team Ordered to Pilot at NBC

23 January 2017 3:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

NBC is looking to the team behind Extant for its next procedural.

The network has handed out a pilot order to Reverie, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

It is described as a grounded and dramatic thriller revolving around a former detective specializing in human behavior who is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences.

Extant creator Mickey Fisher will pen the script and executive produce the Universal Television drama. Amblin Television's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will reunite with Fisher and exec produce. Fisher's manager, Brooklyn Weaver, also will exec »

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‘Extant’ Creator Sells Drama Pilot ‘Reverie’ to NBC

23 January 2017 2:54 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC has ordered to pilot Universal Television and Amblin’s “Reverie,” from “Extant” creator Mickey Fisher. Described as a grounded and dramatic thriller, “Reverie” follows a former detective specializing in human behavior, who is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences. Fisher will write and executive produce the series, with Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank also serving as EPs. Also Read: NBC Orders Mixed Race Family Comedy Pilot From Nahnatchka Khan, 'Fresh Off the Boat' Writer The announcement follows the network’s decision to order the pilot »

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FX Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Feud,’ ‘The Americans,’ ‘Archer’

12 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

FX has announced the premiere dates for “Feud: Bette and Joan,” the new limited series from Ryan Murphy,” the penultimate season of Emmy-nominated spy drama “The Americans,” and the eighth season of comedy series “Archer,” which is now moving to FXX.

Ryan Murphy’s latest anthology series, “Feud: Bette and Joan,” will debut on Sunday, March 5. The first installment of the limited series recounts the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) during their collaboration on the Oscar-nominated movie “What Ever Happened to Bette Jane?” as well as after the cameras stopped rolling. Each installment of the anthology will focus on a different epic battle.

The cast also includes Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis, Jackie Hoffman, and Alison Wright, as well as guest stars Dominic Burgess, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates and Kiernan Shipka.

Along with Murphy, executive producers are Tim Minear, Alexis Martin Woodall »

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