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The network has given Brewer a script commitment to adapt the love story of young Texans set against the rodeo scene, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Despite a mixed reception and a less-than-futuristic box office performance so far, Disney’s Tomorrowland is leading the way in mobile applications.
Perhaps unusually for a movie with a retro sci-fi theme, the print campaign for George Clooney‘s gadget-fest is the first to utilize Shazam’s new visual recognition software, which operates through your camera phone. It’s been in operation as an audio-based system up to now.
Aiming your lens at the poster allows the device to access interactive Tomorrowland content and advertising-based material in what sounds like a pocket-sized riff on Minority Report. Brad Bird‘s action adventure has been branded “Shazamable” as a result!
The pioneering company (based in the UK) have also struck a deal with the music arm of Uncle Walt’s digital empire. Other corporate entities are involved, with perhaps the most exciting being Warner Bros and their forthcoming Batman: Arkham Knight game release. »
- Steve Palace
The new broadcast development season is picking up where the old one left off. After movie remakes made a very strong showing last pilot season, with five pilot and four series pickups — Fox's Minority Report, CBS' Rush Hour and Limitless and ABC's Uncle Buck — one of the first projects put in development for next season is another movie reboot. Fox has given a script order to Urban Cowboy, a drama based on the 1980 Paramount romantic drama starring Debra Winger and John… »
Fox already has Minority Report slotted for the fall, but the network is far from done mining respected films for TV continuations. Today brings news that Fox is partnering with Paramount TV to remake 1980 flick Urban Cowboy, which starred John Travolta and Debra Winger.
Craig Brewer (Footloose, Hustle & Flow) will write, direct and exec-produce the new take, which is a modern reimagining of the romance between Sissy and Bud, two star-crossed lovers challenged by the difficulties of life in the oil refinery business, on the rodeo circuit and under the brutal Texas sun. Music will again play a key role in the series.
Fox has agreed for Brewer to write a script. If the network likes what it sees, it can begin casting for a pilot with hopes to get Urban Cowboy onto the air either midseason or in the fall of 2016.
Robert Evans, who produced the original movie, is »
- Isaac Feldberg
Fox, which already has a Minority Report reboot on its fall schedule, is looking to add another movie adaptation to its roster. The network is teaming with Paramount TV to remake the 1980 John Travolta and Debra Winger soap Urban Cowboy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Hustle & Flow's Craig Brewer — who wrote and directed the 2011 Footloose remake — is attached to write, direct and executive produce the drama, which has received a script commitment at the network. Robert Evans, who produced the original feature, and HBO alum Sue Naegle will also exec produce the co-production between
- Lesley Goldberg
Brewer is on board to writer and direct the pilot and exec produce the series for Paramount TV and 20th Century Fox TV. It’s eyed as a possible companion piece for Fox’s mega hit “Empire” although the project is still in the early script stage.
From the small-world department, “Empire” is toplined by Terrence Howard, who starred in Brewer’s breakthrough feature, 2005’s “Hustle and Flow.”
Chris Levinson (“Tyrant”) is set to serve as showrunner and exec producer. Robert Evans, who produced the original Paramount film, and HBO alum Sue Naegle are also on board as exec producers. Robert Evans Co.’s James Sikura will co-exec produce.
Like the movie, the TV adaptation of “Urban Cowboy” will follow the star-crossed relationship of Sissy »
- Cynthia Littleton
Out doing press for the show, many questions still deal with his past efforts from the widely reviled "The Last Airbender," to some of his more early acclaimed work such as the superhero origin story "Unbreakable".
Now fifteen years old, there's been talk of a sequel to the latter for many years, talk that has never panned out as such. Speaking with IGN, Shyamalan has revealed that one potential idea is that a follow-up could go the small screen route:
"Could you do a six-episode Unbreakable series on Netflix or HBO? Yeah! That's cool. I even had an idea of doing a story that goes in one form, and a second part that's in another form, and a third one's in a different form. »
- Garth Franklin
Broadcast Journalist Picks
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has named eight honorees for its Most Exciting New Series category with "American Crime Story," "Aquarius," "Blindspot," "Minority Report," "The Muppets," "Scream Queens," "Supergirl," and "UnREAL" taking honors. The honorees were chosen by Btja members from pilots, early episodes and trailers from series premiering after May 1st. [Source: Deadline]
Fox is reportedly in the midst of casting two key villain roles for the show's upcoming second season. The first is a male DC Villain described as “intelligent, cultured and highly articulate, extremely attractive, both seductive and threatening”. The other is a female DC Villain in her mid- to late 20s and "a sexy knock-out". [Source: TV Line]
- Garth Franklin
The Critics’ Choice Television Awards are only a few days away, and while the winners of the awards might be something people are looking for, I know that what people are really interested in right now is what’s coming next.
Today, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (that’s me) announced their picks for the Most Exciting New Series, and also revealed the presenters for the show. I can tell you, three of these were my picks, and they are all shows that you want to make sure you catch.
Check all the info on the show, and the series, below.
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association Announces Critics’ Choice Television Awards Most Exciting New Series Honorees And Presenters American Crime Story, Aquarius, Blindspot, Minority Report, The Muppets, Scream Queens, Supergirl And Unreal Earn Early Critical Praise
- Marc Eastman
Are you excited for Supergirl, Scream Queens, or The Muppets? Well, you’re not alone; the critics are as well. All three series, along with American Crime Story, Aquarius, Blindspot, Minority Report, and UnREAL, are honorees for most exciting new series at this year’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Interestingly, while most of the shows nominated, such as Supergirl and Scream Queens, won’t premiere until this fall, both Aquarius and UnREAL make their TV debuts on NBC and Lifetime, respectively, this week. American Crime Story does not yet have a premiere date, but it is expected to launch sometime this fall on FX (perhaps leading to back-to-back nights of Ryan Murphy, with Crime Story and Horror Story possibly airing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Check out the available synopses and trailers for each new show below: Aquarius It’s 1967 and the era of free love, drug experimentation and the Vietnam War is in full effect. »
- Chris King
The Critics' Choice TV Awards will honor eight programs in their Most Exciting New Series category this weekend. Their selections are "American Crime Story" (FX), "Aquarius" (NBC), "Blindspot" (NBC), "Minority Report" (Fox), "The Muppets" (ABC), "Scream Queens" (Fox), "Supergirl" (CBS), and "UnREAL (Lifetime). All were chosen by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association based on pilots, early episodes, and trailers from the large number of shows debuting this summer or fall. Deadline -Break- The Critics' Choice TV Awards producers also announce several of their presenters for Sunday's show airing live on A&E. They include current nominees Johnny Galecki, Allison Janney, Bob Odenkirk, and Sarah Paulson. Others are Shiri Appleby, Scott Bakula, Chris Colfer, Terry Crews, Tracee Ellis Ross, Anna Faris, Max Greenfield, Angie Harmon, Josh Holloway, Gillian Jacobs, Jake Johnson, Michae..."' »
Like a moth to a flame spotlight, Ryan Seacrest has been drawn to another reality TV opportunity.
RelatedAmerican Idol: How Fox Failed Its Golden Goose — and Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Pull the Plug
The unscripted series will take place around the country, where unsuspecting people will receive a knock at their front doors and a chance to win cash prizes, meet their favorite celebrities or earn other major rewards. (Think Publishers Clearing House, »
The hottest awards’ show around is the televised annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, where the stars really do turn out in a posh setting at the Beverly Hills Hotel to receive awards designated by the professional TV critics of the Btja organization.The list for the “Most Exciting New Series” honorees include American Crime Story (FX), Aquarius (NBC), Blindspot (NBC), Minority Report (Fox), The Muppets (ABC), Scream Queens (Fox), Supergirl (CBS) and UnREAL (Lifetime).Previously announced, Cat Deeley, longtime host of “So You Think You Can Dance,” will host for a second time live on A&E from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on […] »
- April Neale
The buzz is building for new shows — and now several can claim they even have an award to prove it.
The upcoming Critics’ Choice Television Awards has unveiled its honorees for most exciting new series: “American Crime Story” (FX), “Aquarius” (NBC), “Blindspot” (NBC), “Minority Report” (Fox), “The Muppets” (ABC), “Scream Queens” (Fox), “Supergirl” (CBS) and “UnREAL” (Lifetime).
The honorees were chosen by Broadcast Television Journalist Association members from pilots and trailers from series premiering after May 1.
The organization also revealed presenters for the CCTAs, including nominees Johnny Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Freak Show”) and Allison Janney (“Mom”), who was the only actor to take home two awards last year.
The CCTAs will air »
- Debra Birnbaum
Looking forward to catching “Aquarius,” “American Crime Story,” “Supergirl” and “The Muppets”? You’re not alone. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja) announced the honorees for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards’ Most Exciting New Series category on Tuesday, a list that includes “Aquarius,” NBC’s upcoming series about the Charles Manson murders starring David Duchovny; FX’s new anthology offering “American Crime Story,” about the trial of O.J. Simpson; CBS’ upcoming woman-in-tights series “Supergirl”; and ABC’s upcoming series “The Muppets.” Also Read: 9 TV Shows We're Dying to See Based on First Look Trailers NBC’s “Blindspot,” Fox’s upcoming »
- Tim Kenneally
The list is getting longer every year. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has named eight honorees for its Most Exciting New Series category, up from seven last year and six the year before. They include American Crime Story (FX), Aquarius (NBC), Blindspot (NBC), Minority Report (Fox), The Muppets (ABC), Scream Queens (Fox), Supergirl (CBS), and UnREAL (Lifetime). All are dramas except for comedy The Muppets and horror comedy Scream Queens. The honorees were… »
[As in years past, this week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. I'm also probably gonna ignore that I have a fancy new six-tuner DVR that means that I really don't have to make choices anymore. This will assume that I make choices for my own sanity.] Monday Nights 8:00 p.m. ABC: "Dancing with the Stars" CBS: "Big Bang Theory"/"Life in Pieces" (through October) and "Supergirl" The CW: "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" Fox: "Gotham" NBC: "The Voice" 9:00 p.m. ABC: "Dancing with the Stars" CBS: "Scorpion" The CW: "Jane the Virgin" Fox: "Minority Report" NBC: "The Voice" 10:00 p.m. ABC: "Castle" CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles" NBC: "Blindspot" What's Changed: The night's biggest change is conceptual, since you may not be a regular "2 Broke Girls" or "Mike & Molly" viewer, but this is the first time since 1949 that CBS has had a comedy-free Monday. Or at least it will be once Thursday Night Football ends and CBS isn't airing "Big Bang Theory" and "Life in Pieces" here. Will "Supergirl" prove to be a family friendly blockbuster return to the comic book world for CBS? We'll see. After "State of Affairs" failed post-"The Voice" and "Night Shift »
- Daniel Fienberg
Apparently this was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but it has about as much in common with that as Burger King does with Macbeth. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Lucas gets a story credit and served as executive producer, but this has the whiff of a vanity project for cowriter and director Gary Rydstrom, making his feature debut. Yes, legendary sound designer Gary Rydstrom, who’s won seven Oscars in that field and has created some of the most memorable movie noises ever for films including Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and Minority Report, but who, the evidence of this movie suggests, has no business writing and directing a movie. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Paramount Television has named Jessica Rovins its new exec vice president of communications, Variety has learned.
Rovins is currently senior vice president of publicity at Paramount Pictures and will stay on to oversee coverage of upcoming summer releases “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” and “Terminator Genisys” before transitioning into her new role. She will report to Paramount TV president Amy Powell.
“I have had the privilege to work with Jessica for many years now and am thrilled that she will be joining our team as we continue to grow our portfolio,” said Powell. “She is valued by both the media and our creative partners as a strategic and talented executive, and I know she will play a critical role in shaping the television studio and our story going forward.”
- Whitney Friedlander
Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.
Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – TV Broadcast Monday May 11, 2015 – Sunday May 17, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Voice 16,479 2 – Supergirl 8,886 3 7 American Idol 5,241 4 3 Glee 4,337 5 2 America’s Got Talent 4,193 6 – Legends of Tomorrow 3,879 7 5 Dancing With The Stars 3,739 8 6 Empire 3,132 9 9 The Flash 2,452 10 – The Simpsons 2,116 –
Cable/Streaming Monday May 11, 2015 – Sunday May 17, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 Lip Sync Battle 7,120 2 – Orange Is the New Black 4,116 3 4 Top Gear 3,304 4 5 Game of Thrones 3,286 5 3 Inside Amy Schumer 3,259 6 7 Pretty Little Liars 3,175 7 – True Detective 3,000 8 2 Key and Peele 2,346 9 – Fake Off 1,797 10 9 Dance Moms 1,607 –
Late Night Monday May 11, 2015 – Sunday May 17, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 39,032 2 5 Conan 18,498 3 2 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 14,477 4 3 Late Show With David Letterman 12,507 5 – The Late Late Show with James Corden 7,747 –
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- Jason Klein
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