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Fox has given a pilot order to a fourth comedy for the 2015-16 cycle.
Exec produced by Dana Klein and Aaron Kaplan for 20th Century Fox TV and Kapital Entertainment, the untitled half-hour multicamera comedy tells the story of a working mom who’s in constant competition with her perfect stay-at-home sister-in-law.
Klein will pen the project, which previously landed a put pilot order. Originally, the Untitled Dana Klein pilot was described as a sibling rivalry comedy between two competitive brothers. Variety has learned the pilot was tweaked because the creative team found the new female-centric version to be more compelling.
Already ordered at Fox are two other comedy pilots: an untitled series starring John Stamos and “48 Hours ‘Til Monday” from Charlie Grandy and Universal TV. Ryan Murphy’s “Scream Queens,” starring Lea Michele, is also on the 2015-16 slate, ordered to series.
The net has also ordered five dramas thus far, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The Man in the High Castle, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Directed by David Semel
Released January 15th, 2015 by Amazon
For fans of Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle will have undoubtedly already been on their radar for quite some time. Dick’s fiction has been adapted into several acclaimed films, including Blade Runner, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly. In this recent batch of Amazon pilots, Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) adapts The Man in the High Castle with the vision of turning the source material into a full television series. Those unfamiliar with Dick’s written work need only know that his interest is in science-fiction and that the worlds he creates are generally immersive, vast, and intricately planned-out.
In that regard, The Man in the High Castle is a success. I’ve always thought »
- Sean Colletti
Proving that it learned absolutely nothing from Gracepoint, its failed remake of British mystery series Broadchurch, Fox is moving ahead with a remake of the BBC cop drama Luther, having handed the adaptation a pilot order. Additionally, the network has ordered dramas Frankenstein and Rosewood, and half-hour comedy 48 Hours ‘Til Monday.
The pilot order for Luther is dependent on which actors end up being cast. Idris Elba is (bizarrely) not attached as a star, though he and original series creator Neil Cross are attached as exec-producers (Cross will also pen the script). Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope, as well as the BBC’s Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, will also exec-produce.
Luther will again focus on John Luther, a brilliant and tormented detective who gets inside the heads of the monsters he hunts. Whether Fox will botch it as completely as they did Gracepoint remains to be seen, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Nothing is ever the same again in Castle Rock after Leland Gaunt shows up and opens his antiques store, Needful Things. There’s something for everyone in Gaunt’s shop, but instead of money, the prices must be paid through devious, deadly deeds. Based on Stephen King’s 1991 novel of the same name, Needful Things (1993) is making its Us Blu-ray debut via Kino Lorber.
Kino Lorber will release Needful Things on Blu-ray this June with a new audio commentary from director Fraser Clarke Heston. Fans of the film no doubt are wondering if this home media release will include the extended TV version that features around an extra hour of footage. Kino Lorber revealed they do not at this time have the rights to the TV version, but they are pursuing them and will keep fans updated on the procuring process.
We’ll keep Daily Dead readers posted on further developments. »
- Derek Anderson
Freestyle Digital Media (Fdm) announced today that their Brazilian-set action thriller “Falcon Rising” will be available on DVD starting January 27th, 2015. The film, which stars Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight, Spawn), Laila Ali (“American Gladiators,” “Daddy’s Girl”) and Neal McDonough (“Justified,” Minority Report), was produced by Etchie Stroh and Shahar Stroh, and directed by Ernie Barbarash.
John “Falcon” Chapman, is an ex-marine anti-hero plagued with a terrible secret consuming him with … Continue reading →
Fox has ordered four new pilots, including a remake of the BBC's Luther.
The cop thriller - which originally starred Idris Elba in the lead role - was given a put pilot commitment by the network last year.
Elba is not expected to reprise his role in the one-hour pilot, but will serve as executive producer alongside series creator and writer Neil Cross.
Frankenstein has also received a one-hour pilot order, which chronicles the story of a morally corrupt retired cop, who is given a chance to change his ways when he is brought back from the dead.
Ray Pritchard will be forced to choose between a new perspective on life or falling back into his old habits.
A third drama, Rosewood, is an investigative series which follows Miami-based private pathologist Dr Beaumont Rosewood Jr, who is able »
The Fox network has ordered four pilots ahead of the new TV season in the Fall, one of which is the U.S. remake of the acclaimed British detective drama "Luther". Also in the works are the drama "Rosewood," a new take on "Frankenstein," and the comedy "48 Hours 'Til Monday".
Of the four new shows, the Americanised "Luther" is the most notable as the original series' creator Neil Cross will write and executive produce while the original show's star Idris Elba will also executive produce. It's a bold choice for Fox considering "Gracepoint," the now cancelled remake of the British murder mystery serial drama "Broadchurch," was one of the biggest disappointments of the current TV season.
The new "Frankenstein" is said to be a "grounded sci-fi drama" about a retired cop brought back from the dead both younger and stronger. This particular series will be handled by Rand Ravich ("Life, »
- Garth Franklin
Fox has given a cast-contingent pilot order to “Luther,” based on the BBC drama. The network has also picked up two drama pilots and one comedy pilot for the 2015-16 season.
“Luther,” a one-hour drama following John Luther, a near-genius homicide detective, comes from the team that created the BBC hit, which starred Idris Elba. Neil Cross, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner and Elba will exec produce, and Cross will write the pilot. Twentieth Century Fox TV, Chernin Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Productions will produce.
Fox has also picked up “48 Hours ‘Til Monday,” a single-camera comedy from Universal TV. Charlie Grandy (“The Daily Show”) will write the pilot and also serve as exec producer with Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan, who worked together on “Manhattan Love Story” and “Do No Harm.” The series is described as a husband’s “desperate struggle to not let every weekend go completely to hell. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Additionally, the broadcaster orders a comedy project from “Mindy Project” producer Charlie Grandy
Fox has greenlit three new drama pilots and a comedy. They include a remake of BBC’s “Luther,” a Frankenstein reboot, and a limited crime series.
The “Luther” pilot order is cast-contingent. From Twentieth Century Fox Television, Chernin Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Productions, “Luther” will be executive produced and written by the BBC series’ creator Neil Cross. Star Idris Elba is attached as an executive producer, but not to star at this point. Based on the BBC series, drama centers on John Luther, a near-genius murder detective »
- Jethro Nededog
One year after its temporary demise, pilot season continues to be alive and well at Fox, as the network ordered pilots for several of its highest profile scripts, including "Frankenstein" and the Americanized "Luther." The announcements came a little over one week after Fox ordered "Minority Report" report to pilot and days after Fox execs told reporters that "Shameless" and "Entourage" veteran Mark Mylod will direct that pilot. Fox's Tuesday (January 20) pilot orders were for the comedy "48 Hours 'Til Monday," plus dramas "Frankenstein," "Rosewood" and "Luther." The "Luther" pilot order is cast contingent, which means that it won't go to pilot until Fox can find somebody capable of being the American Idris Elba, presumably somebody other than Idris Elba with an American accent, though Idris Elba is attached to the "Luther" pilot as an executive producer along with Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner. Also serving as »
- Daniel Fienberg
TV Picks: The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore premiered Monday, and despite taking over from Stephen Colbert’s Colbert Report timeslot, Wilmore is presented as a world-weary journalist, non-plussed by the headlines. Originally to be called The Minority Report, the satirical news show gives a wholly new perspective on the news du jour. The Nightly ShowGet More: The Nightly Show Full Episodes,The Nightly Show on Facebook,The Nightly Show Video ArchiveWilmore opened his show with the news that a “very powerful motion picture” was denied accolades this year. The Lego Movie. Everything is not awesome.“In less shocking news,” said Wilmore, Selma was denied […] »
- April Neale
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore premiered Monday, and despite taking over from Stephen Colbert's Colbert Report timeslot, Wilmore simply plays himself - or a more exhausted-by-it-all version thereof. It's hard to blame him, really. Originally titled The Minority Report, the satirical news show is more similar to Jon Stewart's Daily Show, but with a focus on issues important to people of color - a debut that's especially prescient in light of Ferguson and the Eric Garner case.Now may be the perfect time for a show like Wilmore's, where people of color are given a mainstream venue to air their grievances. »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
[Youtube "MTIsw9VDbZU"] The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore premiered Monday, and despite taking over from Stephen Colbert's Colbert Report timeslot, Wilmore simply plays himself - or a more exhausted-by-it-all version thereof. It's hard to blame him, really. Originally titled The Minority Report, the satirical news show is more similar to Jon Stewart's Daily Show, but with a focus on issues important to people of color - a debut that's especially prescient in light of Ferguson and the Eric Garner case.Now may be the perfect time for a show like Wilmore's, where people of color are given a mainstream venue to air their grievances. »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Stephen Colbert left some sizable shoes to fill, and “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” – having lost the right to use its much better name, “The Minority Report” – showed promise, while also displaying unwieldy elements that will likely require some fine-tuning. Mixing “The Daily Show’s” opening with the panel format of Bill Maher’s “Real Time,” Wilmore exhibited a quickness and light touch about sensitive topics, yet struggled to bring much coherence or flow to the overpopulated discussion that took up most of the premiere. The unknowns, at this point, outnumber the knowns, making an unqualified tip of the hat premature.
An accomplished writer and often hilarious as “The Daily Show’s” “black correspondent,” Wilmore slid right into the opening segment with a series of clever jokes, many directed at the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations, which were, he said, “so white, a grand jury »
- Brian Lowry
Fox’s planned Minority Report pilot has taken a step forward, as the network has announced a director for the show. Mark Mylod (Once Upon a Time, The Affair) will now helm the debut outing for the show based on Steven Spielberg’s 2002 movie. Deadline reports that Mylod will direct from the script by Max Borenstein (Godzilla). The show […]
The post ‘Minority Report’ Pilot Gets a Director appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
The last update we had on the small screen adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report was that Fox had ordered the pilot episode, a small but meaningful step for the series. The show has taken another step forward and the network has announced a director for that pilot episode. Established TV director Mark Mylod will take on the pilot episode, his resume includes episodes of Game of Thrones, Shameless (Us and UK), Once Upon a Time and The Affair. The script comes from Max »
- Graham McMorrow
Technically speaking, The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore is the new guy on the late-night television circuit, but the former Daily Show correspondent and in Living Color writer has been making us laugh — at all hours of the day — for quite some time.
The writer/actor/stand-up comedian, who got his start on The Facts of Life, has been seen on the small screen (Happy Endings, How I Met Your Mother, and The Office, which he also worked as a consulting producer on) and big screen (I Love You, Man, Dinner for Schmucks, Vamps) alike for a career that’s already spanned more than 30 years.
While Wilmore has long been a memorable “Oh, that guy!” kind of character actor, he has been making just as many waves off-screen. The Los Angeles native co-created the hit comedies The PJs, with Eddie Murphy, and The Bernie Mac Show, with the late, »
According to Deadline, he was the first choice for the role after his work on ABC's Once Upon a Time and Showtime's The Affair.
The film - inspired by the Philip K Dick short story - was based around a specialist police force that used psychics to locate and arrest murderers before crimes were committed.
The pilot will follow one of the three Precogs, who is struggling to lead a "normal" human life. However, when he meets a detective haunted by her past, he begins to see the purpose of his gift.
Larry Wilmore’s career has toggled back and forth between work in front of and behind the camera. He arrived in the business as an actor, then shifted over to writing for comedies like “In Living Color” and “Sister, Sister” before becoming creator and showrunner of “The Pj’s” and “The Bernie Mac Show.” But he also has popped up in many sitcom guest roles in recent years (I loved his deadpan recurring role on “The Office” as Mr. Brown), and for the last eight years has been a periodic “Daily Show” contributor as the Senior Black Correspondent. Now he’s finally merging the two sides of his career as both host and producer of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” which inherits the post-“Daily Show” timeslot from “The Colbert Report” beginning tonight at 11:30. I spoke a week ago with Wilmore about being an African-American comedian at a »
- Alan Sepinwall
We’re back this weekend with another round-up of horror/sci-fi news. This time we have stories regarding two titles many horror and sci-fi fans are already familiar with—The X-Files and Minority Report—as well as a casting update for Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens. New details on The X-Files reboot have also recently surfaced, and fans of the original series might be pleased to know that Fox is looking to bring back stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, as well as series creator Chris Carter.
Deadline reports that the folks at Fox are considering moving forward with a new chapter of their groundbreaking series, The X-Files, which starred Duchovny as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder and Anderson as Special Agent Dana Scully and originally aired from 1993–2002.
New developments on the follow-up series have recently come to light, with Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden having stated that while »
- Derek Anderson
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