20 items from 2010
When a new show gets on the air, the network usually orders thirteen episodes and if the show performs, they’ll order what’s called “the back nine.” If you get the order, it means everyone is happy and you have a good chance at landing another season. So if you’re a fan of The CW Network’s Hellcats, Nikita, and One Tree Hill, you’ll be happy to learn the network has given the back nine order to all three shows. Dawn Ostroff, President, Entertainment, The CW released this statement:
“This fall, The CW made several strategic scheduling moves, including adding two of the most buzzed-about new series, ‘Hellcats’ and ‘Nikita,’ to our line-up, and we’re thrilled that they’ve paid off for us. By giving our two freshman series and proven performer ‘One Tree Hill’ full orders, we’ll be able to continue our success and »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
As TV fans are well aware, legendary TV producer and writer Stephen J. Cannell passed away last week at the age of 69.
Not only was he responsible for creating or co-creating such shows as The Rockford Files, The Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, Wiseguy, 21 Jump Street, Silk Stalkings, and The Commish, but he also occasionally appeared on-screen as a performer. Most recently, he's played himself on Castle.
The ABC show paid tribute to Cannell on Monday night and, quite appropriately, used footage from his production company tag that always appeared at the end of his shows.
Here's a look at the evolution of Cannell's logo through the years, followed by the lovely tribute. Notice, Cannell may have aged and his office may have changed but his typewriter never did. »
Chicago – In the 1980s, you couldn’t swing a burnt-out remote without coming upon either a Stephen J. Cannell created series or an episode that he’d personally written. The amazingly prolific and populist television icon – best known for “The Rockford Files” and “The A-Team” – passed away last week at the age of 69.
On-screen, Cannell was remembered for his famous sign-off to the TV shows he produced – ripping the paper out of his typewriter and flinging it into the air until it formed a “C” logo. In the truest honor, “The Simpsons” did a parody of that sign-off in an episode featuring Itchy and Scratchy.
Photo credit: Cannell.com
Stephen J. Cannell was born in Los Angeles and raised in nearby Pasadena, California. He struggled with dyslexia throughout his life, and later became a national spokesperson for the condition. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
On Friday, October 1, 2010, veteran television show creator, producer and screenwriter Stephen J. Cannell passed away from complications arising from melanoma. He was 69 years old.
Throughout the 1980s there wasn't a mainstream television viewer that didn't know his name. If you watched The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, Hardcastle & McCormick, Hunter, Wiseguy, The Commish, The Greatest American Hero, Silk Stalkings, Street Justice, Stingray, Tenspeed and Brownshoe, Booker, Black Sheep Squadron, and you watched the show through until its end credits, you saw his name and face appear on your screen. His production company's credit block was him working away on a typewriter and then pulling out the page, tossing it into the air and watching it resolve into the C. for Stephen J. Cannell Productions.
- Patrick Sauriol
American television producer, writer and novelist Stephen Cannell has died. Mr. Cannell passed away Thursday night in Pasadena, Calif. According to his publicist, he died from complications of melanoma. He was 69. A prolific writer, Cannell excelled in television and as an author of novels too. Mr. Cannell brought the "The Rockford Files," "21 Jump Street," "Wiseguy," "The Greatest American Hero," "Hardcastle and McCormick," "The Commish," "Baretta," "Hunter" and "The A Team" to life, and later authored 16 novels. A statement on Mr. Cannell's official website reads, "With profound sadness, we have to announce that our dear friend and colleague, Stephen Cannell, has lost a brave fight against cancer. He passed away at his home last night. He will »
- April MacIntyre
Stephen J. Cannell created a number of successful television series including The A-Team, The Rockford Files, 21 Jump Street, The Greatest American Hero, The Commish and many more. He passed away due to complications from melanoma. Here's a statement his family released to the site:
"Aside from being a legendary television producer and prolific writer, Stephen was also a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and a loyal friend. Mr. Cannell is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 46 years, Marcia, their three children, Tawnia, Chelsea and Cody and three grandchildren. Stephen was the pillar of strength within his family and he touched everyone he met. He will be most deeply missed. The family asks that in lieu »
The A-Team. The Rockford Files. 21 Jump Street. Stephen J. Cannell, who produced those hits and many, many more cop and action shows you grew up on, died Thursday night at his Los Angeles-area home. He was 69, and had been battling melanoma. Photos: 2010's Fallen Stars The prolific writer/producer's other credits included Wiseguy, Hunter, The Commish and The Greatest American Hero, one of the few caped-crusader shows to take successfully flight in the early 1980s. The big screen has long coveted Cannell's biggest timeless hits. An A-Team movie, featuring Liam Neeson and others going where George Peppard and Mr. T memorably went in the 1983-87 adventure series, opened to mixed critical »
1 October 2010 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Stephen J. Cannell, the indefatigable writer-creator-producer who was among TV's most prolific suppliers of primetime programming, died Thursday of melanoma at his home in Pasadena. He was 69.
His credits are so numerous that it is nearly impossible to tabulate all his work, which ranged from writing episodes of "Ironside" in 1970 to a producer credit on this year's feature "The A-Team," based on the 1980s series Cannell co-created and executive produced.
By intelligent count, he wrote or co-wrote more than 300 TV scripts and produced or executive-produced more than 520 episodes.
"I am deeply saddened by the passing of my great friend and mentor Stephen J. Cannell," said Peter Roth, president of Warner Bros. Television. "His extraordinary talents both as a writer and an industry leader made him, deservedly, enormously successful in the entertainment business, but it was his character, generosity, kindness and humanity that separate him from all others. The industry and »
- By Duane Byrge
Emmy winner, who died of cancer, also produced '21 Jump Street' and 'Rockford Files.'
By Tom Dichiara
Photo: Jean Baptiste Lacroix/ WireImage
Television producer Stephen J. Cannell died at his home in Pasadena, California, Thursday night at the age of 69.
Cannell, who produced such small-screen hits as "21 Jump Street," "The A-Team" and "The Rockford Files," for which he won an Outstanding Drama Series Emmy in 1978, succumbed to complications arising from melanoma, his family confirmed to "Entertainment Tonight" in a statement.
"He was surrounded by his family and loved ones," the statement reads. "Aside from being a legendary television producer and prolific writer, Stephen was also a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and a loyal friend. Mr. Cannell is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 46 years, Marcia, their three children, Tawnia, Chelsea and Cody, and three grandchildren. Stephen was the pillar of strength »
ABC‘s No Ordinary Family takes gimmick television to a whole new level, but does so in the smartest possible way. For months the show has been referred to as a live-action, television version of The Incredibles, and that’s pretty accurate. Sure, it’s the mom with the superspeed, and the son and daughter are superbrained and telepathic respectively, but the underlying theory is rather similar.
Most of the fun of The Incredibles came from the “normal” family problems they had to deal with, and No Ordinary Family builds on that model. The pilot enters us into the story as the family first gets their powers. When their plane goes down during a tour on their jungle vacation, the mysterious green water is the last thing on their minds. But, when strange things start happening back home, it’s the only link they can come up with.
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- Marc Eastman
21 September 2010 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
It's been three years since Michael Chiklis left behind foul-mouthed, child-unfriendly Vic Mackey and FX's "The Shield." He recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about what it was about ABC's family-oriented series "No Ordinary Family," which premieres Sept. 28, that prompted him not only to star in it but also try his hand at producing.
The Hollywood Reporter: How did you get involved with this project? Do you have a passion for superheroes?
Michael Chiklis: It was pretty much a straight offer. It came to me through my agency. [Co-creator/executive producers] Greg [Berlanti] and Jon [Harmon Feldman] actually reached out to me offering the show. We had been reading a number of other pilot scripts. This was really the one that captured my imagination and really made me excited. I hadn't seen something like this on television. It was ambitious and fun, and I thought it would appeal to the whole family. And it was »
- By Allison Hope Weiner
The fall season doesn’t officially begin until Sept. 20, but the broadcast networks have already kicked off development for the following September. A number of hot projects have hit the marketplace — a crime thriller and an Alcatraz drama from uber-producer J.J. Abrams, just to name two — but those scripts don’t seem nearly as provocative as the possibility of a (major?) comeback by a former ABC star. EW has learned from multiple sources that Tim Allen (Home Improvement) is looking to stage a return to prime time — as long as it involves the right project. “It will be huge,” predicts »
- Lynette Rice
The Fall season is officially underway on the CW with the new series premieres of Nikita (starring Maggie Q) and Hellcats (starring Alyson Michalka and Ashley Tisdale). In this clip, Tiffany Hines, "Jaden"; and Ashton Holmes, "Thom" talk about their characters who, like Alex, are new recruits at Division. Nikita is from Warner Bros. Television in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision, with executive producers Craig Silverstein (Bones, K-Ville), David Levinson (The Commish), Danny Cannon (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Chuck), McG (Supernatural, Chuck, The O.C., Charlie's Angels), and Peter Johnson (Supernatural, Chuck). The Nikita series premiere airs Thursday, Sept. 9 on The CW. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UhuV4_RBww[/youtube] »
- Alexis James-Whitehead
The Commish revolves around a no-nonsense police commissioner named Tony Scali (Chiklis). A former Brooklyn cop, he's respected by his officers and the small-town community of Eastbridge for his unorthodox methods. Even more important than his job though is his family at home. The series also features Theresa Saldana, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, John Cygan, Melinda McGraw, Geoffrey Nauffts, Nicholas Lea, Gina Belafonte, and David Paymer.
The ABC drama ran for five seasons and 94 episodes, from 1991 until 1996. Interestingly, the show spent its run between Thursday and Saturday nights -- the most-watched and least-watched nights of television today.
The Commish: The Complete First Season has just been released on DVD and the set includes all 21 episodes as »
WonderCon, one of the country’s most popular and well-attended comic book conventions, boasts an impressive guest list for the annual event being held in San Francisco on Friday through Sunday April 2-4, 2010. WonderCon is produced by the same organization that produces the world-renowned Comic-Con International in San Diego.
Guests at WonderCon will take part in programs and panel discussions that spotlight their career and contributions to the comic book and popular arts industries. Many will also be available for autographing sessions. Those scheduled to appear include:
Murphy Anderson: One of comics’ most respected inkers, Anderson is also known for his stunning pencils on Hawkman, Adam Strange, and Atomic Knights. Anderson’s long career in comics — dating back to the Golden Age — includes the Buck Rogers syndicated comic strip and a long stint producing Ps, the Preventive Maintenance magazine for the U.S. Army.
Sergio Aragones: As one of Mad »
- Allan Ford
This week sees the release of a few Academy Award nominees and winners, some new tv shows and some movies coming to Blu-ray for the first time. Among the ones we’re most interested in this week are Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, The Boondock Saints II, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, The Commish and Up in the Air (with George Clooney and Anna Kendrick, pictured above.)
Check them out:
Capitalism: A Love Story (Blu-ray and DVD)
Paris ~ Juliette Binoche, »
- Joe Gillis
You know those shows that you remember as being great, that defined your memories of years gone by, that you think would be great to revisit... but when it's actually there, you're not sure if you really want to spend hours and hours of watching again?
Netflix added several of them this week, so here's your chance to find out if these really are the kind of shows you want to have in your library.
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21 Jump Street
Ah, yes, the show that made Johnny Depp a star. As the youthful-looking Officer Tom Hanson, whose job is to go undercover in high schools to catch troubled teens, Depp found a role that made him more or less the Tiger Beat mascot—which Depp hated so much he then spent years taking on kooky roles just to shake that image. I used to catch this show on syndication all the time, despite »
- Arya Ponto
Fans of The Shield that were wondering what Michael Chiklis will do next need wonder no more as The Commish star has signed on to act in and executive produce the new ABC drama No Ordinary Family about a family that suddenly develops superpowers.
Not only will Chiklis be on and off screen with this new show, but he has also signed a development deal to produce new programming as well. So, if anything, maybe he might be able get “The Commish 2” up and running. Fingers crossed.
Hmm… I’m not sure how this is all going to work out. I love Michael Chiklis and with the Fantastic Four movies we already know that he can play a character that suddenly develops super powers; I’m just not sure how something like that is going to work with ABC. Also, we’ve already got Heroes bringing down the superpower bandwagon. »
- Anthony Ocasio
Chiklis, who starred in "The Commish" and "Daddio" for ABC in the 1990s, will play the father of a family that's discovering it has special powers. He'll also be a co-executive producer of the pilot, the showbiz trade papers report.
In other pilot casting news:
- "Friday Night Lights" star Zach Gilford has signed on to ABC's legal drama "Matadors," which centers on a feud between two families of lawyers. He will play a third-generation defense attorney at a prestigious firm, »
Michael Chiklis joins the cast of No Ordinary Family According to Variety, Michael Chiklis (The Shield) has signed on to star in ABC's new drama pilot No Ordinary Family. He is also going to serve as a co-exec producer.
"The only thing better than watching Michael Chiklis act is getting to write for him," Berlanti stated. "Our team is over the moon." »
20 items from 2010