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While the premise of Fox’s “Red Band Society” might seem depressing on the surface — the Octavia Spencer dramedy is set in the pediatric ward of a hospital — the show’s producers are aiming for a show that will make you laugh just as much as it makes you cry, treating the hospital as “high school, boarding school and summer camp rolled into one.”
The series focuses on the lives of the hospital’s young inhabitants and the staff members who often serve as their teachers, mentors and surrogate parents in addition to overseeing their medical care.
“Pediatrics goes through age 24 and 85 percent of all kids with any one of these diseases recover,” executive producer Margaret Nagle pointed out at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour on Sunday. “It’s really about that time you spend in the hospital, how it changes you and what you learn… there are »
- Laura Prudom
Octavia Spencer is a “Scary Bitch” — or at least her character in Fox's upcoming “Red Band Society” apparently is. Key art obtained exclusively by TheWrap depicts the main cast with short descriptors. For instance, Dave Annable is “The Hot Doc,” while the patients range from “Mean Girl” to “Coma Boy.” See video: Ben McKenzie Explores the Origins of Batman's Villains in ‘Gotham’ Teaser The highly anticipated Fox dramedy, from Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Television, follows a diverse group of teenagers who become unlikely allies and friends in the high school drama, set in the pediatric wing of a hospital. Griffin Gluck, »
- Tony Maglio
The broadcast networks have more than two dozen shows debuting this fall, including a new Shondaland drama, and a trip to Gotham, a third NCIS and a Flash-y Arrow offshoot. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
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The Show | Fox’s Red Band Society (Wednesdays at 9/8c, premiere date Tba)
The Competition | ABC’s Modern Family, CBS’ Criminal Minds, NBC’s Law & Order: Svu and The CW’s The 100
Fox is taking a risk with a unique teen based show, Red Band Society. The show will follow a group of teen who live at the pediatric ward of Ocean Park Hospital. It will follow their laughter and struggles, along with the staff who work with the kids. The show will certainly hold laughter and tears, but should hit all of the right notes for everyone. You can check out the trailer for the series that premiers this fall down below. Here is the official description for the series.
What if a hospital was your high school, boarding school and summer camp rolled into one? What if it was the place where you fell in love for the first time and made friendships that lasted a lifetime? And what if it was all weirdly hilarious and the most fun you ever had in your entire life? This is the world of Red Band Society. »
- Sarah Peel
When Ryan Seacrest kicks off the upfronts by welcoming Pitbull to the stage with his entourage of booty-dancers, you know that Fox isn’t catering to your mom. (Unless your mom is one of Pitbull’s booty-dancers, in which case, lucky you!) So it’s no surprise that Kevin Reilly, Fox’s chairman of entertainment, followed Pitbull’s performance with the announcement that Fox is branding itself as “America’s Next Generation Network,” focusing on a youthful audience. That might also explain why Andy Samberg was there, making some decent quips for the benefit of his fellow Next Generation Americans — and a few self-aware advertisers, »
- Melissa Maerz
Less animation, plenty of reality, and another two-hour comedy block reduced — those are some of the quick take-aways from Fox’s 2014 fall schedule announcement.
First up: On Mondays, the network will launch perhaps fall’s most-anticipated new drama, the Batman prequel series Gotham at 8 p.m. followed by the sophomore return of Sleepy Hollow at 9 p.m. Fox has ordered 16 episodes of Gotham and 18 episodes of Sleepy Hollow. On Tuesdays, ambitious new reality show Utopia, in which contestants try to build a perfect society over the course of a year, will open for New Girl and The Mindy Project (which »
- James Hibberd
It’s that time of the year when all the big wig channels in America decide what we will (or will not) be watching into 2014 and 2015. Following the news that the Batman prequel Gotham will be getting a full series, Fox have announced that Empire and Red Band Society will also get a full series.
Empire is a hip hop based family drama created by Precious and The Butler director Lee Daniels. It follows hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon (played by Terrence Howard) as he splits his time between the music industry and caring for his family. It also stars Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe. It is also set to feature both original and current music with Timbaland serving as music producer.
- Lucy Cave
Fox has given the greenlight for another new series for the 2014-15 season -- Red Band Society. The cast includes Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Ciara Bravo, Griffin Gluck, Zoe Levin, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Charlie Rowe and Nolan Sotillo.
Here's the information that we have so far from the network:
· EPs: Steven Spielberg, Margaret Nagle ("Boardwalk Empire") - she wrote the pilot, Justin Falvey ("The Americans," "Falling Skies"), Darryl Frank ("The Americans," "Falling Skies") and Sergio Aguero ("No Reservations," "Y Tu Mama Tambien")
· Description: A diverse group of teenagers become unlikely allies and friends in this unconventional and, at times, comic high school drama, set in the pediatric wing of a hospital. This is »
Fox has picked up hospital dramedy “Red Band Society” to series. Steven Spielberg and Margaret Nagle (“Boardwalk Empire”) will executive produce, along with Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (both of “The Americans”) and Sergio Aguero (“No Reservations”). Nagle penned the pilot. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“Glee”) will direct. See video: Batman Prequel ‘Gotham': Watch First Trailer for Fox's Upcoming Series “Red Band Society” follows a diverse group of teenagers who become unlikely allies and friends in the high school drama, set in the pediatric wing of a hospital. Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable star in the series, along with Griffin Gluck, Charlie Rowe, »
- Tony Maglio
The ABC Studios and Amblin Television-produced show stars Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Ciara Bravo, Griffin Gluck, Zoe Levin, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Charlie Rowe and Nolan Sotillo.
Nagle (“Boardwalk Empire”) is exec producing along with Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Sergio Aguero. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“American Horror Story”) directed the pilot. The show is a remake of the Catalan TV show “Polseres Vermelles.”
“Red Band Society” was previously in development at ABC during the 2012-13 season.
- Whitney Friedlander
Katja Herbers (De storm) has been cast in Wgn America‘s 13-episode scripted series Manhattan, from writer Sam Shaw and director Thomas Schlamme, Skydance TV, Tribune Studios and Lionsgate TV. Set during the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, Nm, Manhattan follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families. Herbers, repped by All Star Agency and Lasher Group, will play Helen Price, a member of Frank Winter’s team and one of the few female physicists assigned to the Manhattan Project.She joins previously cast John Benjamin Hickey, Daniel Stern, Rachel Brosnahan, Ashley Zukerman, and Harry Lloyd. Herbers is. Griffin Gluck (Back In The Game) has signed as a series regular in Fox’s drama Red Band Society from Amblin Television and ABC Studios. Based on the acclaimed Spanish series Polseres Vermelles by Albert Espinosa, Red Band Society is a coming-of-age drama, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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