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Amblin TV Sets Comedy ‘The 3 Lives of Larry’ at ABC

24 October 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Amblin TV has added another ABC project to its development slate, setting a comedy with ABC Studios dubbed “The 3 Lives of Larry.”

Project is described as examining at how small decisions can have big consequences by depicting three different versions of the same character’s life. Steve Baldikoski and Bryan Behar are penning the script and exec produce with Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.

Baldikoski and Behar are sitcom vets with recent credits that include  TV Land’s “Jennifer Falls,” ABC’s “Last Man Standing” and CBS’ “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

Amblin has the comedy “No Angels” percolating at ABC, and it has fantasy drama “The Whispers” on tap for the Alphabet’s midseason slate.

Baldikoski and Behar are repped by UTA. Amblin is with Wme.


- Cynthia Littleton

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Frank Langella Joins ‘The Americans’ Season 3

16 October 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Oscar nominee Frank Langella will join season three of FX’s “The Americans” in a recurring role, the network announced Thursday.

Langella will play the role of Gabriel, Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth’s (Keri Russell) former Kgb handler who comes out of retirement to take back responsibility for overseeing the two Kgb operatives from their previous handler, Claudia (Margo Martindale).

“We’ve been huge fans of Frank’s work for a long time, and it’s been such a pleasure getting to know Frank himself in the beginning stages of working together on the character of Gabriel,” said executive producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields in a statement. “We look forward to a great season together, and to what we’re sure will be a phenomenal creative collaboration.”

Langella is repped by Paradigm, and is set to appear in three films slated for release in 2015: the romance “5 to »

- Laura Prudom

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‘Under the Dome’ Staying in North Carolina for Season 3

10 October 2014 9:11 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS has decided to keep the production of “Under the Dome” in North Carolina for the drama’s third season, even though the state has scaled back its tax incentive program.

“It is our pleasure to return to North Carolina for our third season of ‘Under the Dome,’ ” said Kevin Berg, exec VP of production for CBS Television Studios. “The film community in the state, and particularly in the greater Wilmington area, is simply outstanding.”

The show will return Eue/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, where it has been based since its inception in 2013.

In August, North Carolina legislators ditched the state’s longtime film and TV incentives program amid a conservative push to cut back on such government support.

North Carolina’s current 25% incentive program — which is covering about $300 million in production expenditures this year — and is being replaced next year with a grant program for movie and TV »

- Dave McNary

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CBS Renews Under the Dome for a Third Season

9 October 2014 12:03 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

CBS officially announced that they have renewed Under the Dome for a third season and Extant for a second season:

“CBS announced today that the hit series Under The Dome and Extant will return for broadcast in summer 2015. Both from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, Under The Dome returns for its third season, and Extant for its sophomore season.

“We’re committed to delivering our viewers and advertisers year-round programming with a wide variety of storytelling,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. “We continue to see summer as a great place for unique concepts, innovative business models and passionate television audiences.”

The successful second season of Under The Dome was the summer’s top scripted series, with 11 million viewers, 2.7/08 in adults 18-49 and 3.6/10 in adults 25-54. Extant, starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry, won its 10:00 Pm time period with 8.64 million viewers, 1.7/06 in adults 18-49 and 2.3/07 in adults 25-54. In »

- Jonathan James

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CBS Renews ‘Extant,’ ‘Under the Dome’ for 2015, Cancels ‘Reckless’

9 October 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS has renewed summer drama series “Extant” and “Under the Dome” for next year.

Both series hail from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Television Studios. “Dome” will be in its third season, while “Extant” is heading into its sophomore year.

Extant” was a big bet for the Eye as it starred Halle Berry in her first TV series role. The series’ live viewing stats in its Wednesday 10 p.m. slot were modest but the cumulative audience via DVR, VOD and streaming made it worthy of a second year. “Dome’s” aud was down from its first season but still averaged a healthy 11 million viewers each week.

As with “Dome,” CBS cut a deal with Amazon Prime to make “Extant” episodes available for streaming four days after each seg premiered on CBS. That extra licensing coin has helped CBS pay for its high-end summer originals.

“We’re committed to »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Starz Developing Drama Series ‘The Disappearance’ From Amblin TV

6 October 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Starz is working with Amblin TV to develop  “The Disappearance,” a drama from “Hannibal” scribe Nick Antosca.

Series follows Alice Grimson, who is overjoyed when her teenage son Josh returns seven years after being kidnapped, but when she begins to connect him to a series of local murders, Alice begins to wonder if her son is keeping secrets.

Antosca currently serves as a co-producer on “Hannibal.” His past credits include NBC’s “Believe,” ABC’s “Last Resort” and MTV’s “Teen Wolf.”

Amblin Television co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (“The Americans,” “Under the Dome”) will executive produce along with Antosca. Starz will retain worldwide rights for the series.

Amblin is repped by Wme. Antosca is repped by Wme and Circle of Confusion.


- Shelli Weinstein

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‘Captain America’ director Joe Johnston to helm TNT fantasy pilot

26 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston will direct the pilot for a new TNT original drama series Lumen. The pilot comes from a script by Chris Black (Mad Men, Desperate Housewives) and details a family’s struggle to return home after being mysteriously transported to an alternate reality modeled on the work of a recently disappeared fantasy author. The family soon finds themselves trapped in the middle of an all out war between the magical forces of light and darkness. Lumen will be produced byTNT Original Productions, in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, Full Fathom Five and ABC Signature Studios. Amblin Television co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are attached as executive producers — the latter having previously worked on TNT’s Falling Skies. James Frey and Todd Cohen of Full Fathom Five will also serve as executive producers, as will Johnston and Black. »

- Brett White, Comic Book Resources

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TNT Orders Spielberg's "Lumen" Series

25 September 2014 3:01 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

TNT has handed out a pilot order to the fantasy drama "Lumen" which will be produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television. "Captain America: The First Avenger" helmer Joe Johnson will direct the pilot.

The story follows a famous fantasy novel series author who suddenly disappears and a family of four who are transported to the mystical alternate world that inspired her work.

Once there, however, they are plunged into the middle of a war raging between rival magical forces of light and darkness. Facing peril at every turn, the family must unravel a complicated mystery to find their way home.

Chris Black ("Mad Men," "Desperate Housewives") will pen the script and executive produce with Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, James Frey, Todd Cohen and Joe Johnson.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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TNT orders fantasy pilot from 'Captain America' director

25 September 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

TNT is getting into the fantasy game with an ambitious pilot order from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and director Joe Johnston.

The network has picked up Lumen, about a family trapped in an alternate universe. Here’s the pitch: “The famous author of a best-selling series of fantasy books suddenly disappears, and a family of four finds themselves transported to the mystical alternate world that inspired her work. Once there, however, they are plunged into the middle of a war raging between rival magical forces, of light and darkness. Facing peril at every turn, the family must unravel a »

- James Hibberd

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TNT Orders Drama Pilot ‘Lumen’ from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV

25 September 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TNT has ordered the drama pilot “Lumen,” a fantasy vehicle about a family locked in an alternate world, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and James Frey’s Full Fathom Five.

Project, co-produced by TNT Original Prods. and ABC Signature Studios, revolves around the disappearance of a famous author of a series of fantasy novels and a family of four that winds up transported to a war-torn mystical world that resembles her novels.

Chris Black penned the script and is exec producing with director Joe Johnston (pictured), known for “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Jumanji.” Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, Frey and Full Fathom’s Todd Cohen also exec produce.

“Lumen” has been gestating at TNT for some time. The pilot greenlight comes even as the cabler has a big vacancy at the top of its programming department following the departure earlier this month of Michael Wright »

- Cynthia Littleton

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A&E Developing Drama Based on Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal’s ‘Nino Santo’

18 September 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A&E Network has found the path of “Nino Santo” and is developing multiple scripts for an adaption of the Mexican series of the same name that was created by Mauricio Katz, Pedro Peirano and Pablo Cruz and executive produced by Cruz, Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal.

The series follows a group of young doctors who are sent to a remote village to vaccinate the locals, only to encounter an unusual cult headed by an enigmatic faith healer. The doctors decide to become involved with this group in the name of science, but as they witness Nino’s “miracles,” they begin to weigh scientific impossibility against the possibility of faith.

The team who created the Mexican version will be adapting the series for the U.S. and it will be produced by A+E Studios in association with Amblin Television and Canana. Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will serve »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Steven Spielberg's Minority Report TV show heading to Fox

8 September 2014 4:18 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Steven Spielberg's new TV version of his 2002 sci-fi film Minority Report is heading to Fox.

The series is to be set 10 years after the Tom Cruise-starring movie and the end of the PreCrime police unit which used three psychics to locate and arrest murderers before crimes were committed, Deadline reports.

Godzilla's Max Borenstein will write the new adaptation of the Philip K Dick story, as well as executive produce alongside Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey from Spielberg's Amblin TV.

Cruise starred in the original film as the head of PreCrime. However, his character was forced to go on the run after being accused of future murder himself.

Spielberg is expected to choose a top actor for the lead role of his new TV version.

Watch a trailer for Minority Report below: »

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Fox orders 'Minority Report' sequel for TV

8 September 2014 1:24 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Fox has ordered a television sequel to Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, EW has confirmed.

The drama would pick up 10 years after the events of the film, in which a division called Precrime, headed up by Tom Cruise’s Chief John Anderton, used Precogs to arrest people before they actually committed a crime. Precrime was shut down, and the three Precogs tried to go on to lead a normal life—which is where the sequel comes in. Haunted by visions of the future, one of the Precogs teams with a detective who is haunted by her past.

Amblin Television’s »

- Natalie Abrams

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Fox Nabs ‘Minority Report’ Pilot with Big Commitment

8 September 2014 12:47 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox has made a hefty pilot commitment to “Minority Report,” an adaptation of the futuristic 2002 Steven Spielberg pic, from 20th Century Fox TV and Paramount TV.

Max Borenstein, who wrote this year’s rendition of “Godzilla” for the big screen, is writing the teleplay and exec producing with Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. 20th TV and Par are partnering on the series adaptation, just as they did on the feature.

The series is set as a sequel to the movie, 10 years after the end of “precrime” in Washington, D.C. One of the three “precogs” is struggling to lead a normal life, but is haunted by visions of the future. He meets a detective haunted by her past, who may help him find a purpose to his gift.

Borenstein is repped by UTA and Bard Dorros at Anonymous Content and attorney Eric J. Feig.



- Variety Staff

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New Details On The "Minority Report" Series

8 September 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Fox is officially moving forward with its TV sequel to Spielberg's 2002 film "Minority Report". The drama has scored a hefty put-pilot commitment along with a significant penalty attached.

The series will be set a decade after the end of the Precrime division in Washington D.C. One of the three Precogs now struggles to lead a "normal" human life but remains haunted by visions of the future.

He meets a female detective haunted by her past who may help him find a purpose to his gift. Max Borenstein ("Godzilla") will pen the script and executive produce.  

Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank will also executive produce for Amblin Television, Paramount Television and 20th Century Fox Television.

Source: The Live Feed »

- Garth Franklin

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How Amblin TV’s Success Led Spielberg to His New DreamWorks CEO

4 September 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV is the little engine that could, a tiny operation that has almost as many shows on the air as it has full-time employees.

Amblin’s success at TNT in particular led Spielberg to recruit Michael Wright, who just left his post as head of programming for TNT, TBS and TCM, to replace Stacey Snider as DreamWorks’ CEO.

See Also: Michael Wright Named CEO of DreamWorks

Wright is an unconventional choice, given his lack of film experience, but Spielberg’s bet on the TV vet is a sign of how much Wright impressed the DreamWorks mogul in working with him over the years on various DreamWorks TV/Amblin TV projects. Wright’s championing of DreamWorks TV’s 2005 epic Western miniseries “Into the West” was a bonding moment for the exec with Spielberg and his TV team.

Despite his background, however, Wright’s focus at DreamWorks will »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Michael Wright to Replace Stacey Snider at DreamWorks as CEO

4 September 2014 9:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks Studios has named Michael Wright, former president and head of programming at TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, as its new CEO, replacing Stacey Snider who will leave the company at the beginning of January.

Wright will not be a partner at the studio as Snider was, and will not be involved with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television operations when he starts the job Jan. 3, 2015.

Spielberg made the hire as Snider is prepping to leave DreamWorks for 20th Century Fox. He had previously worked with Wright on several DreamWorks TV series that aired on TNT, including “Falling Skies,” and the miniseries “Into the West,” and often praised the executive.

“I have had the pleasure of working alongside Michael for many years and have come to know him as a talented executive whose creativevision, leadership, and passion are a perfect fit for our company,” Spielberg said in a statement announcing Wright’s hire. »

- Marc Graser

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Exorcism TV Series in the Works at NBC

3 September 2014 8:29 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Could a seemingly innocent 15-year-old girl be the prime suspect of savage murders taking place in town? The answer could be ‘yes’ if she’s possessed by a demon like Regan was in The Exorcist. In NBC’s upcoming exorcism drama, The Possession of Maggie Gill, two detectives will explore the primal and perilous effects of paranormal activity surrounding a teenager.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has committed to a script for Amblin Television’s The Possession of Maggie Gill. John Glenn (The Lazarus Project) will handle scripting duties and will also executive produce alongside Adam Kane and Amblin’s Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, and Harris Fishman. We have the show’s official synopsis (courtesy of THR!):

“Maggie centers on the Gills, a loving a middle-class family in Eugene, Ore., who find themselves in the midst of crisis when paranormal occurrences begin to affect the everyday fabric of their home. »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch Fox’s ‘Red Band Society’ Pilot Online

22 August 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox has debuted the pilot of its new dramedy “Red Band Society” online ahead of its official broadcast premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The first episode will be available online until Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. Et via Hulu,, Fox On Demand and the Fox Now app.

The pilot was unlocked via the efforts of fans — who also donated $100,000 to charity — by sharing “Red Band Society” content on social media. The money will be distributed to five charitable organizations: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Teen Cancer America and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

The series stars Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable and a cast of young actors including Griffin Gluck, Nolan Sotillo, “X Factor” alum Astro, “Big Time Rush” star Ciara Bravo, Charlie Rowe and Zoe Levin. The show is a coming-of-age dramedy about a group of rule-bending friends and the adults who »

- Laura Prudom

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Amblin TV Developing Minority Report Series

22 August 2014 7:31 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Future criminals beware – the precogs are back. 12 years after the Tom Cruise vehicle became a critical and commercial success, Steven Spielberg is moving ahead with a TV adaptation of his film Minority Report, to be scribed by Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein.

Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment is behind the project, which will likely focus on the elite PreCrime unit seen in the film. It’s unclear how closely the TV adaptation will hew to the original film, which was based on a story by Philip K. Dick, but in Minority Report, the controversial police unit used three “precogs,” mutated humans with predictive abilities who could identify murderers before they ever carried out their crimes.

It’s a similar set-up to CBS’ Person of Interest, in which characters utilize advanced technology in order to thwart crimes before they happen, but that series’ success may indicate to Spielberg that there’s both still »

- Isaac Feldberg

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