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News on two shows heading to Syfy crossed our desk this afternoon, and figuring you're as anxious to kick off your weekend as we are, we thought we'd combine them here in one story to keep things quick and easy.
First off, for those of you looking forward to the new Canadian scripted series "Bitten," it'll be arriving Monday, January 13, 2014, at 10Pm following the season premieres of "Lost Girl" (Season 4; 8Pm) and "Being Human" (Season 4; 9Pm).
A new breed of werewolves is coming to Syfy with the acquisition of the first season of the new Canadian scripted series "Bitten" from leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne). Season 1 of "Bitten" consists of 13 one-hour episodes.
Based on the New York Times best-selling Women of the Otherworld novels by Kelley Armstrong, "Bitten" is an emotionally charged supernatural thriller starring Laura Vandervoort ("Smallville," Ted) as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence. »
- Debi Moore
The co-creator of NBC’s Chuck has landed a Syfy deal to develop his new horror project.
The Woods is executive produced by Chris Fedak, who co-created Chuck and served as showrunner on the cult-favorite dramedy. The script is by writer Liz Phang (The CW’s 90210, HBO’s Hung). We only have a little bit of detail about The Woods, but here it is: “A young woman returns to the mysterious wooded mansion her sister disappeared from when they were girls, only to learn that the sinister beings that took her sister are still there.”
In addition to Fedak and Phang, »
- James Hibberd
Chuck co-creator/showrunner is Chris Fedak is heading to Syfy. The writer/executive producer is developing mystery thriller The Woods for the NBCUniversal-owned cable network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The drama centers on a young woman who returns to the mysterious wooded mansion her sister disappeared from when they were girls, only to learn that the sinister beings that took her are still there. Fedak will executive produce the drama alongside Liz Phang (90210, My Generation, Hung, The Ex-List), who will pen the script. Amblin TV's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are also on board to executive produce the
- Lesley Goldberg
To mark the release of Under The Dome on 18th November, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
Under The Dome centers on a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers about the dome, where it came from and if and when it will go away. The miniseries stars Dean Norris, Rachelle Lefevre, Aisha Hinds, Mike Vogel, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson and Alexander Koch. It is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, Brian K. Vaughan, Neal Baer, Stacey Snider, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Jack Bender.
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Project is a darkly comic coming-of-age drama about a group of six teenagers with serious medical conditions who work to save themselves from boredom while in the hospital (where red wrist bands signal the severity of their conditions). The original series, “Polseres Vermelles,” has been a big hit in Spain on TV3.
“Red Band” was previously developed two years ago at ABC with “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman, but it never moved to the pilot stage. Fox had been a contender for the project at that time and kept after Amblin and ABC to take another shot. ABC Studios recently renewed its option on the U.S. rights with Spain’s Filmax. After meeting with several writers, Nagle was the natural choice, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Sanada will play a wealthy tech genius focused on privatizing the world’s space programs into a single entity. Series revolves around a female astronaut woman who struggles to reconnect with her family after a year in outer space, where she has experiences that will change the course of the world.
“Extant” hails from Amblin Television and CBS TV Studios. CBS Corp. topper Leslie Moonves talked up the drama’s prospects as a companion for “Under the Dome” next summer during the Eye’s third-quarter earnings call this week.
- Variety Staff
While "Downton Abbey" wraps up its fourth season in the UK shortly, U.S. fans don't get to see any of the new season until January. Ahead of that North American premiere, PBS has released a new trailer which you can see below:
Starz, Owen Wilson and Emmy winning writer/producer Rene Balcer ("Law & Order") are teaming to develop "WonderWorld," a period FBI drama set during the Reagan era and inspired by one of the biggest undercover operations in FBI history.
The story revolves around two straight-arrow agents as they infiltrate the Mob-controlled porn industry of the 1980s, facing dire consequences for their families. [Source: The Live Feed]
The story follows a young woman who, due to genetic bio-hacking, can transform her appearance at will. »
- Garth Franklin
Set in 1967 New York, “Public Morals” revolves around a honest vice cop struggling to raise his sons. Burns will also star.
Burns will be on TNT’s air in December with the premiere of “Mob City,” another period crime drama, in which Burns plays mobster Bugsy Siegel.
- Variety Staff
Related | Morris Chestnut Joins TNT’s Legends as Rival to Sean Bean
Public Morals, set in the NYPD’s Public Morals Division circa 1967, will follow cops as they walk the line between morality and criminality, facing the temptations that come from dealing with all kinds of vices.
Burns will star as Terry Muldoon, a cop who knows the line between the good guys and bad guys is thin, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Ed Burns is fast becoming TNT‘s Mvp. The actor, who is a regular on Mob City, the network’s upcoming noir drama series set in 1940s Los Angeles, is behind another TNT period crime drama project, which has received a pilot order. The network has greenlighted Public Morals, written, to be directed by and starring Burns. Amblin TV and TNT Original Prods are producing, with Steven Spielberg and Burns executive producing alongside Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Aaron Lubin. The project is set in 1967 in New York City’s Public Morals Division, where cops walk the line between morality and criminality as the temptations that comes from dealing with all kinds of vice can get the better of them. It centers on cop Terry Muldoon (Burns), who knows the line between the good guys and bad guys is thin, and he is determined to raise his sons to be »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The cable network has ordered Public Morals, which Burns is writing and producing and directing and starring in.
The logline: “New York City, 1967. In the Public Morals Division, cops walk the line between morality and criminality as the temptations that comes from dealing with all kinds of vice can get the better of them. Cop Terry Muldoon (Burns) knows the line between the good guys and bad guys is thin, »
- James Hibberd
From The Press Release
Pierce Gagnon has been cast as the son in "Extant," the new CBS drama series from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios that will premiere in summer 2014. In "Extant" Halle Berry will portray an astronaut who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.
- Uncle Creepy
Looks like a Storm is heading our way next summer. Halle Berry, best known in Our World as Storm in the X-Men movies, will be playing the lead in Steven Spielberg‘s Extant, the 2014 summer series we told you back in August. She will be playing an astronaut returning home after a year in space, whose experiences will lead to events that will change human history(!).
Here are the details:
Academy Award winner Halle Berry will star in Extant, a serialized drama from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios. In August, the CBS Television Network announced a straight-to-series order for Extant, to be broadcast in summer 2014.
In a thrilling drama, Berry will play an astronaut »
- Erin Willard
Following the success of "Under The Dome", CBS has picked up another Steven Spielberg executive produced, futuristic sci fi thriller TV series titled "Extant", to star Oscar winner Halle Berry ("X-Men: Days Of Future Past").
"I'm always on the lookout for amazing roles," said Berry, "and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity, it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium."
In the series, Berry's character is pregnant with a baby that is part human and part alien, and has a human-like robot for a son. The family intrigue deepens in subsequent episodes and impacts world events.
- Michael Stevens
The movie followed a couple tricked into buying a distress sale mansion that becomes the proverbial “money pit,” requiring endless repairs.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: NBC has put in development The Money Pit, a comedy series based on the 1986 feature starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long. Amblin Television, the TV division of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, which produced the movie with Universal Pictures, is producing the potential series with Universal Television. Former Office writer-producer Justin Spitzer, who is under an overall deal at Uni TV, will write the adaptation and executive produce with Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The movie, written by David Giler and directed by Richard Benjamin, starred Hanks and Long as a couple who are tricked into buying a distress-sale mansion that becomes the proverbial “money pit,” requiring an endless string of repairs. This is the second sale for UTA-repped Spitzer this season. He also has a Detroit auto company comedy with producer Aaron Kaplan that has a put pilot commitment at NBC, and comedy Start-Up in development at USA Network. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Halle Berry is poised to make her television debut in a new drama series from CBS and Steven Spielberg. The network announced today that Berry will lead Extant, which has been given a straight-to-series order from CBS and will premiere on the network in summer 2014. The thrilling drama focuses on an astronaut returning home to her husband and son after a year-long solo mission whose experiences in space and home lead to events “that ultimately will change the course of human history.” Mickey Fisher wrote the script, and the series order is for a 13-episode first season. The network launched Under the Dome this past summer to stellar ratings (despite less-than-enthusiastic reviews), so clearly they’re hoping for similar success with the sci-fi-sounding Extant. Spielberg and Fisher will serve as executive producers alongside Greg Walker, Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey, and Darryl Frank. Berry will serve as co-executive producer. Hit the »
- Adam Chitwood
The first casting news is here for the much talked about series "Extant," and it's pretty huge. Variety reports that Halle Berry will take her first major TV series role for the show from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and CBS Television.
In “Extant” Berry will play an astronaut returning from a year-long solo space mission who tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history.
“I’m always on the lookout for amazing roles, and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity, it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium,” Berry said. “For five months a year, I’ll get to live with and play this incredibly intelligent and vulnerable woman, and for the remainder of the year I’ll »
- Uncle Creepy
In “Extant,” Berry will play an astronaut returning from a year-long solo space mission who tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history.
“I’m always on the lookout for amazing roles, and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity, it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium,” Berry said. “For five months a year, I’ll get to live with and play this incredibly intelligent and vulnerable woman, »
- Jon Weisman
It won’t be a development season if ABC, run by British-born Paul Lee, doesn’t adapt several UK formats. The network has put in development No Angels, a half-hour single-camera comedy based on the praised 2004 hourlong dramedy, which aired on Channel 4 for two seasons. Producing are Amblin TV and ABC Studios, partners on the new ABC drama series Lucky 7, also based on a British format. Written by Kat Likkel & John Hoberg (The Neighbors, My Name Is Earl), who will serve as showrunners, No Angels is about a raucous group of four female nurses working together and sharing the same house in a Bridesmaids-style girl gang comedy. British-born Julie Anne Robinson, who has helmed two episodes of the original series, is set to direct the potential pilot. She is executive producing with Likkel, Hoberg and Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Amblin’s portfolio includes series The Americans, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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