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Why the next 'Lost' shouldn't be anything like 'Lost'

30 December 2011 6:00 AM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

“The next Lost.” For the past seven years, it’s been a TV industry grail quest, and, for the past 18 months since Lost left the air, a felt need for those who not only miss the Oceanic 815 castaways and the Island but the sense of community that the show spawned. From the moment ABC’s saga about redemption-needy souls trapped in a mystical, tropical purgatory became an instant phenom in September of 2004, the leading purveyors of small-screen entertainment have been trying to replicate the success of a cult pop property tailored to our Comic-Con culture that somehow managed to connect »

- Jeff Jensen

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'Battlestar Galactica' Reunion '17th Precinct' Pilot Surfaces Online (Video)

29 December 2011 4:08 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

For Battlestar Galactica fans, there was no sadder day than May 12, when NBC officially passed on 17th Precinct, the so-called "BSG reunion" from Ron Moore. Now the pilot — a police drama set in a town where magic and supernatural elements rule over science starring Jamie Bamber and Tricia Helfer — has surfaced online. Photos: NBC's New Shows NBC passed on the project in May, opting to stock its shelves with drama series orders to fellow fantasy procedural Grimm (which earned a full-season renewal), the upcoming Kyle Killen series Awake and musical Smash as well as the

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- Lesley Goldberg

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NBC Shuffles Line-Up, ‘Community’ Benched

14 November 2011 3:54 PM, PST | | See recent newsinfilm news »

Today, NBC executives crossed their fingers and unveiled a shuffled midseason schedule that is sure to upset loyal fans of its cult comedy series “Community.” (Link to full line-up.)

The series has been benched for at least January through March, but not cancelled, and may return much later in the season.  Unfortunately, its chances of being renewed for a fourth season seem especially grim now, and many have begun to make comparisons to gone-too-soon show ”Arrested Development.”  (Does this mean in a few years we’ll keep hearing about a “Community” reunion movie that never happens?)

The sliding “Whitney,” that oddly-placed laugh track comedy with no laughs on Thursday nights, will move to Wednesdays at 8pm Est, where it will be too racy for families.  Brilliant.  At least that show will be gone next year, another failed experiment for the Peacock.

After “Whitney,” NBC is trying “Are You There, Chelsea? »

- Jeff Leins

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Latests News: ‘Awake’ ‘American Horror Story’ and reboot of ‘Left Behind?’

2 November 2011 7:35 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Entertainment Weekly said “TV just got weird” when describing FX’s American Horror Story. Meanwhile, the series has grown in the all-important 18-49 demographic in each of its first four airings, which gave the cable net a good reason (on Halloween, of course) to announce they’ve picked up the show for a second season.

There has been, I think, a long-proposed remake of Logan’s Run going since the mid-1990s, but it did not start really going through the Hollywood word processor until around 2004 when director Bryan Singer was attached as a director, with The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie brought on as a writer. The remake was going to go before the camera’s right after Singer finished Superman Returns, but nothing came of it. After Singer left the project, a slew of directors were being sought, including Robert Schwentke (Red), James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) and Joseph Kosinski, »

- spaced-odyssey

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TVLine Items: Kaley Cuoco Is the People's Choice, Beverly Hills Cop Series In the Works and More!

27 October 2011 10:38 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Just call her the hostess with the mostess.

CBS has announced that Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco — who had a successful stint as Teen Choice Awards’ emcee last August — will host the 2012 People’s Choice Awards on Jan. 11.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kaley as the new host of People’s Choice Awards 2012,” executive producer Mark Burnett said in a statement Thursday. “She’s been making people laugh on top-rated comedy series for the last decade, first with 8 Simple Rules and now with The Big Bang Theory… I’m looking forward to working with her on a fun-filled, comedy-packed show in January. »

- Megan Masters

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Awake Takes a Break; Check Out a Clip From the (Hopefully) Midseason Series

27 October 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

When the big three networks started releasing clips of their fall 2011 shows, one of the most intriguing was the one for Awake, starring Jason Isaacs (The Harry Potter movies, Brotherhood). We were disappointed that we had to wait until mid-season for the show to premiere, but we were hoping it would be worth the wait.

Now, NYMag reports that Awake is taking a little break:

Vulture has learned that Awake is going to temporarily shut down production this week after filming six episodes (including its pilot). The hiatus is scheduled to last about four weeks; after that, filming is scheduled to resume, with the series still being targeted for an early 2012 debut. So is this a good thing or bad thing for Awake? We got in touch with Awake showrunner (and 24 vet) Howard Gordon for answers.

Gordon told us that he and Killen asked producer 20th Century Fox TV and »

- Erin Willard

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Awake's Production is Taking a Nap to Dream Up a Few New Scripts

26 October 2011 4:35 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Greatness in television doesn't come from someone sitting in front of a laptop and hammering out a season's worth of scripts in the time it takes to smoke a pack of Parliaments. It's a near-impossible endeavor that requires the collaboration of many minds, several months of planning, and millions of dollars' worth of takeout food to achieve. So the occasional hiccup can be expected when tackling a premise that's potentially great.

Hiccupping this week is NBC's Awake, a midseason drama from Lone Star (gone too soon!) creator Kyle Killen, which has stopped production five episodes into its 12-episode order. According to the showrunners, the pause is designed...  More >> »

- Tim Surette

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'Awake' production temporarily stopped by NBC

26 October 2011 1:20 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

NBC is temporarily shutting down production on its upcoming drama Awake this week. The new show, which is set to air in early 2012, already has filmed six episodes including the pilot but production will be shut down for about two and a half weeks, reports New York Magazine. Awake showrunner Howard Gordon explained that the hiatus was to give creator Kyle Killen and him the time to discuss future episodes. "We've got [six] scripts and episodes we're very proud of, but we felt the show would benefit from having more time to plot out where we're going," Gordon said. "It's (more) »

- By Kristina Bustos

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'Awake' production temporarily stopped by ABC

26 October 2011 1:20 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

NBC is temporarily shutting down production on its upcoming drama Awake this week. The new show, which is set to air in early 2012, already has filmed six episodes including the pilot but production will be shut down for about two and a half weeks, reports New York Magazine. Awake showrunner Howard Gordon explained that the hiatus was to give creator Kyle Killen and him the time to discuss future episodes. "We've got [six] scripts and episodes we're very proud of, but we felt the show would benefit from having more time to plot out where we're going," Gordon said. "It's (more) »

- By Kristina Bustos

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NBC’s Midseason Drama ‘Awake’ Stops Production To Work On Scripts

26 October 2011 12:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Five episodes into its 12-episode midseason order, NBC’s drama series Awake is temporarily shutting down production to allow writers to catch up on scripts. The unplanned hiatus, which is expected to last a couple of weeks, is being done upon request from Awake creator/executive producer Kyle Killen and executive producer/showrunner Howard Gordon. It will be used to plot out the rest of the series’ first season. “This is a creatively challenging show as anyone who has seen the pilot can imagine,” Gordon said. Awake stars Jason Isaacs as a detective who finds himself living in a dual reality after a fatal car accident, one where his wife survives and one where his son does. The series intertwines his two lives, each with its own family dynamic, workplace and a different psychiatrist for the lead. “Because we’re not on a tight delivery schedule, it wasn’t an »


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Exclusive Interview with Kyle Killen, Screenwriter of The Beaver

12 October 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Mel Gibson’s on-screen reunion with Jodie Foster was with a film which had a seemingly bizarre premise, but reception for The Beaver was generally very positive and that’s due in no small part to the work of writer Kyle Killen.

Killen is also the creator of Lone Star, a show very well-received by critics, which fell victim to the peculiar practises of Us Network TV and cancelled after just two shows had aired but The Beaver should propel Killen to greater heights.

I had the chance to put my questions to the man who put a talking beaver puppet on the hand of Mel Gibson (and there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write…), here’s the interview:


The premise is a very bold one, and has to be sold to the audience quickly for the film’s emotional threads to work. Was this a daunting task? »

- Jon Lyus

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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

8 October 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Le Quattro Volte; The Beaver; Potiche; Bobby Fischer Against the World

The greatest problem with Le Quattro Volte (2010, New Wave, U) is figuring out how to describe it in a manner that doesn't sound either fantastically off-putting, unbearably pretentious or just plain boring. Calling it a "near-silent Italian goat farming film", for example, clearly does director Michelangelo Frammartino's extraordinary vision few favours, as does highlighting its central concern with archaic methods of charcoal production in Calabria that have been passed down from generation to generation. Labelling it a "meditation on life, the universe and everything" is even worse (this has nothing in common with Malick's Tree of Life), particularly when one adds to the mix an underlying thesis about the transmigration of souls. One sublimely comic scene – involving a dog, a van and a piece of wood – could be compared to those allegedly "unstaged" clips from You've Been Framed, »

- Mark Kermode

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Tracking Shot October 2011: Kim Jee-woon, Jonathan Glazer and Zal Batmanglij

4 October 2011 4:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

At the beginning of every month,'s "Tracking Shot" features a handful of projects that are moments away from lensing and that we feel are worth signaling out. This October 2011, we are keeping tabs on a five projects including an Arnold Schwarzenegger, 30 million dollar action project which we would normally never include on such a list. Last Stand has I Saw the Devil's Kim Jee-woon directing which means this could be bad-ass in terms of tone and style. This tells the story of a drug cartel leader who busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexico border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff. The craft services budget on that project is probably close to the budget of another project we're looking forward to on the U.S indie front which appears to be a fresh take on what Van Sant explored with Gerry. »

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Win The Beaver on DVD + Beaver Hand Puppet

30 September 2011 1:39 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of The Beaver on DVD 10th October, Icon Home Entertainment have given us three copies of the movie to give away. Not only that, but you’ll also win a beaver hand puppet! The Beaver is directed by Jodie Foster and stars Mel Gibson, Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence.

Written by Kyle KillenThe Beaver is an emotionally compelling story about a man who embarks on a journey to re-discover his family, and re-start his life. Plagued by his own demons, Walter Black (Gibson), formerly a successful toy exec and family man, suffers from a severe form of depression. No matter what he does, Walter can’t seem to get himself back on track – until a beaver hand puppet enters his life.

In what will surely go down as one of the performances of his career, Mel Gibson perfectly epitomizes the split personality of Walter Black and The Beaver hand puppet, »

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Aff Updates: TV-Related Events, Film and Food Gala

28 September 2011 7:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

In the middle of one film festival, it's challenging to switch gears and write about another big festival that will engulf my filmgoing life in October. But Austin Film Festival has just announced its television-related programming for this year's fest, and I didn't want to wait to share the info. Several of the TV writers and showrunners who will screen and discuss select episodes of their shows have Austin ties, too. You can get all of the details via the fest's full panel schedule, which has just been published.

Here are the TV screening events announced for Aff:

Local writer Kyle Killen (The Beaver) will talk about and show an episode from his new TV series, Awake.Native Texan and Former King of the Hill writer/producer Jim Dauterive will be at the fest with Loren Bouchard to show an episode of the animated show Bob's Burgers, followed by a Q&A. »

- Jette Kernion

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Us TV networks ditch police shows for high-concept drama

23 September 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Awake, Ringer, Terra Nova and The Secret Circle all conform to Us telly's new dictum: have one big dumb idea

Cops, lawyers and doctors. These are the foundations on which the majority of TV stories are built. Stories about selfless professionals who clean up our streets, populate our prisons with deserving felons, and stitch us up to face another day. Investigative procedurals are universally accepted and American shows are generally recognised as the gold standard. So it came as something of a surprise when the Us audience started to show signs of falling out of love with the genre. The forensic evidence is splattered all over the rotting corpse of the 2011 network TV season. Law & Order, the ripped-from-the-headlines behemoth that lorded it over the schedules for 20 years limped unceremoniously into cancellation a few months back. That is correct: we live in a world where Bradley Walsh still has a job and Sam Waterston does not. »

- Jonathan Bernstein

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The Beaver Blu-ray Review

1 September 2011 10:55 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Depression is a tricky subject for cinema, in that it takes the audience to dark places and is often not commercial. So – on the surface - the approach of Jodie Foster’s The Beaver is somewhat smart. When the main character - Walter Black (Mel Gibson) - is near suicidal, having him rediscover life through a hand puppet is not a bad starting point, as it can allow for fun to be made of a desperate situation. Alas, Foster – working from a script by Kyle Killen – never finds the humor in the situation that interesting. And even with Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence co-starring as people not going through depression as directly, even they get sucked into their own therapy sessions. Our review of The Beaver on Blu-ray after the jump. Walter Black took over his father’s toy corporation and promptly drove it into the ground. His life is falling apart, »

- Andre Dellamorte

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DVD Review: The Beaver, Super Hybrid, The Death of Andy Kaufman, Blitz and Prom

1 September 2011 4:20 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

For all her success as an actress, Jodie Foster has had one of the more strangely cursed modern-day careers as a director. She’s made some good movies (“Little Man Tate” remains underrated), but she’s also had countless projects fall apart, including a wonderfully scripted period piece circus tale which Russell Crowe was attached to for quite some time, before a shoulder injury finally scuttled production for good at the last moment. “The Beaver” represents Foster’s latest Waterloo, through no particular fault of her own. A unique and well regarded debut script from writer Kyle Killen made the rounds in Hollywood, and for a while had Steve Carell attached to star. When »

- bsimon

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Blu-Ray Review: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster Deserve Bigger Audience For ‘The Beaver’

29 August 2011 9:16 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – If there was one film this year that I wished had found a wider audience more than any other it is definitely Jodie Foster’s “The Beaver,” a daring, challenging piece that would have had an uphill battle at the box office even if the personal life of its star, Mel Gibson, hadn’t made that climb even steeper. The film didn’t even break $1 million domestically, meaning most of you haven’t seen it. You should.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

One of the many things that “The Beaver” does well is present a picture of depression as more than just a bad mood. Depression is a disease. It can be debilitating. It can kill. And it looks like it’s going to kill Walter Black (Gibson), a man so deep in his own personal hole that he can no longer see the sun. The film opens with Walter’s suicide attempt. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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The Beaver Blu-ray Review

23 August 2011 10:22 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Movie Pool thinks The Beaver Blu-ray is a gem of a disc waiting to be discovered.

Blu-Ray Specs

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Running Time: 91 minutes

Rating: PG-13

Audio: English 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired, French, Spanish

Special Features: Two deleted scenes, The Making of The Beaver featurette "Everything is Going to be O.K."

Audio Commentary: With director Jodie Foster

The Set-up

A depressed CEO (Mel Gibson) finds the only way to communicate with others is through the use of a beaver puppet, much to the dismay of his wife (Jodie Foster) and oldest son (Anton Yelchin).

Director: Jodie Foster

Screenplay: Kyle Killen

The Delivery

Here is a novel idea: I am going to review The Beaver without factoring in Mel Gibson's personal troubles. If you want to tell if your critic is a hypocritical douchebag, note how they approach this film. »

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