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Fifty years ago, space was known as the final frontier on the small screen, but in the decades since “Star Trek” boldly went where no man had gone before, science fiction has proliferated, and the boundaries of a TV show’s scope are limited only by a showrunner’s imagination – and a network’s budget.
Since launching in 1992, Syfy has spelled out its objective in its name, positioning itself as the leader in the genre space with critically acclaimed hits like Steven Spielberg’s “Taken” and Ron Moore’s “Battlestar Galactica” reboot. But ever since “Battlestar” went off the air, the network has exhibited something of an identity crisis, veering away from the high-concept storytelling that put it on the map in favor of paranormal reality fare, foreign acquisitions and B-movies.
That approach has clearly taken its toll; this fall, Syfy is averaging 900,000 total viewers, down 7% from last year, to rank No. »
- Laura Prudom
Television’s Christmas vacation has been canceled.
The month of December used to be consigned to reruns, hoary holiday specials, movies and classic TV marathons. Network execs were loathe to launch any major priorities in the month because of the conventional wisdom that potential viewers were too distracted by holiday-related pursuits.
But a quick look at the premiere schedule for the final four weeks of the year underscores how busy the frame has become for new and returning series premieres.
NBC has its highest-profile new comedy of the season, the Eva Longoria starrer “Telenovela,” getting a showcase preview with two episodes airing Dec. 7 behind the penultimate episode of “The Voice’s” winter season. “Superstore,” the America Ferrera-Ben Feldman workplace comedy that has generated solid advance buzz, opens for business with two episodes airing on Nov. 30, also behind “The Voice.”
- Cynthia Littleton
Taken from a screenplay by British writer Matt Charman and then dipped in the scripting genius of Joel and Ethan Coen, Bridge of Spies is a remarkable movie about a remarkable figure in history that none of us have ever heard of. That it’s directed by Steven Spielberg elevates it to a masterclass in storytelling that will grip you for the two hours twenty minute running time. While the film is long, it is thankfully quality as well as quantity that make it worth parting with your time and cash. It tells the true story of an insurance lawyer called James Donovan (Tom Hanks) who was tasked with defending Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) on suspicion of being a Russian spy during the Cold War in 1957. Part courtroom drama, part espionage thriller, Donovan finds himself embroiled in a tense political standoff when asked by the CIA to travel to East »
- email@example.com (Clare Daly)
Nick Fink ("Glee"), Katie Chang ("Bling Ring"), Brandon Mychal Smith ("You're the Worst"), Eliza Bennett ("Nanny McPhee") and Taylor Dearden ("Breaking Bad") are set to star in MTV's new dark half-hour comedy pilot "Little Darlings".
The story follows two unlikely friends named Jules (Bennett) and Ophelia (Dearden) who take justice into their own hands and kick ass on their college campus. Fink will play a charming and intellectual art major, Smith a whip-smart law student and Ophelia's co-worker, and Chang as Jules' sorority president and Bff. [Source: The Live Feed]
FX has ordered a first season of former "Community" actor and rapper Donald Glover's half-hour comedy series "Atlanta". Glover, Dianne McGunigle and Paul Simms will serve as executive producers on the series which airs next year.
- Garth Franklin
Hulu is close to finalizing a series pickup deal for “Shut Eye,” a drama set in the world of storefront psychics in Los Angeles.
Les Bohem created the series for Sony TV’s TriStar Productions and “Breaking Bad” and “Rectify” producer Mark Johnson’s Gran Via banner. Johnson and Gran Via’s Melissa Bernstein are exec producing with Bohem. Hulu is expected to give the show a 10-episode straight to series order.
“Shut Eye” is described as a darkly comic look at the activities of storefront psychics and the underground criminal syndicate that controls them. The series centers on a disgruntled former player in the world who begins to experience visions.
An earlier iteration of “Shut Eye” was previously in development at FX.
Bohem is coming off a run as a consulting producer on the CBS drama “Extant” and he’s working on the adaptation of “Brave New World” for Syfy. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Blunt Force Trauma follows the journey of John (Kwanten) and the aptly-named Colt (Pinto) as gunfighters and lovers, as they attempt to climb the ranks in the underground dueling world.
Speaking about the movie, Kwanten told us that it's not your typical Taken-style action film: "It really had some interesting existential throwbacks to the 1970s-style films, which I really like.
"I obviously grew up in the '70s, I remember my dad showing me High Plains Drifter when I was way too young! There was some nice allusions to that, »
The astounding and thoroughly inspirational account of an artistic collaboration between an Israeli remix artist and an obscure, yet undeniably talented New Orleans-based vocalist he discovered half a world away, “Thru You Princess” puts talk-show fairy godmothers Ellen or Oprah to shame. Nothing fancy in terms of technique, yet no cinch to pull off either, considering that a director profiling rural-kibbutz-based Kutiman had to track down and document self-named singer Princess Shaw back when her YouTube videos were earning just double-digit traffic, this uplifting musical Cinderella story should further boost its subjects’ well-deserved fame, while achieving that rare feat of capturing the viral video phenomenon from the inside.
Given the Disney-worthy trajectory her life takes over the course of Ido Haar’s tight, 80-minute documentary, it’s fitting that 39-year-old Samantha Montgomery picked “Princess” as her stage name. In lieu of an “I want” song (which it’s easy to »
- Peter Debruge
The project is based on the story of Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple from Portsmouth, N.H., who said they were captured by a UFO on Sept. 19, 1961. The Hills — a black postal clerk and a white social worker — claimed they had been studied by extraterrestrials and then returned to Earth with missing memories that were later retrieved under hypnosis.
Bryce Zabel, creator of the NBC/Sony alien-themed series “Dark Skies,” will write the script. The story is based on the 2007 non-fiction book “Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World’s First Documented Alien Abduction” by nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman and Betty Hill’s niece Kathleen Marden.
Producers plan to make the film in a »
- Dave McNary
The Great British Bake Off returned last night with more tent trauma as the amateurs tackled biscuits. And no, we're not talking slapdash cookies - we're on about beautiful biscotti, refined arlettes and one of the most ridiculous showstoppers ever.
As always, there were some brilliant moments during the episode - here's the highlights:
1. Paul Hollywood's cheeky little smile (exhibit A).
"Mary would probably go for cranberry, hazelnut and chocolate biscotti. If I was making it, I'd go for cranberry, hazelnut and chocolate." So cheeky.
2. Mat acknowledging the problems in his recipe design.
"I gave these to a guy at work and he said it was the best biscotti he'd ever eaten. I don't think he's ever eaten biscotti before."
3. Tamal's nerves leading to our first innuendo of the night.
"It is very wet. Is everybody else's not? Ooooh dear."
4. Mary's response to Ian announcing he was making biscotti flavoured with rosemary. »
As director and producer, few storytellers have utilized the wonderment and fascination (and sometimes horror) of children as points-of-entry into the wonderment and fascination of the adult world more effectively than Steven Spielberg has. Conversely, Spielberg has also masterfully used the normalized responses of children to the abnormal as an approach to disarm world-weary grown-ups. From Cary Guffey in "Close Encounters" to Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore in "E.T." to Heather O'Rourke in "Poltergeist" to Christian Bale in "Empire of the Sun" to Haley Joel Osment in "A.I." to Dakota Fanning in "Taken" and "War of the Worlds," Spielberg has always know that there's something pure and primal in the reactions of children and that those reactions can be used to steer the reactions viewers of all ages. Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers of ABC's new "the kids are not alright" drama "The Whispers," but his participation »
- Daniel Fienberg
Syfy is joining with Steven Speilberg’s Amblin Television to adapt Aldous Huxley’s classic 1932 novel Brave New World into a scripted series. The project reunites the Emmy-winning team behind Syfy’s 2003 mini-series Taken.
Ranked fifth among the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th Century by Modern Library, Brave New World takes place in a world without war, poverty or disease. Though everyone is provided for, humans are given mind-altering drugs, rampant consumerism and free sex are the order of the day, and people no longer procreate. Instead, children are genetically engineered in “hatcheries.” All nonconformists are sent to “reservations” to protect the social order, until one of the “savages” decides to challenge the system.
“Brave New World is one of the most influential genre classics of all time. Its provocative vision of a future gone awry remains as powerful and as timeless as ever,” said Dave Howe, president of Syfy and Chiller. »
- A.R. Wilson
Syfy have announced they are reuniting with Emmy Award-winning Amblin Television to develop a scripted series based on Aldous Huxley’s classic novel Brave New World. The two companies previously collaborated on Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken, which won a 2003 Emmy for Best Miniseries. Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey of Amblin Television (The Americans, Falling Skies, Under the Dome) will be executive producers. Les Bohem (Steven Spielberg Presents:Taken) will write the screenplay and also executive produce.
Brave New World is set in a world without poverty, war or disease. In this world, humans are given mind-altering drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered in “hatcheries.” Those who won’t conform are forced onto “reservations” – until one of these “savages” challenges the system, threatening the entire social order. First published in 1932, Brave New World was ranked fifth among »
- Phil Wheat
Adding to its growing roster of major productions featuring science fiction's most acclaimed franchises, Syfy is reuniting with Emmy Award-winning Amblin Television to develop a scripted series based on Aldous Huxley's classic novel Brave New World. Syfy and Amblin previously collaborated on Steven Spielberg Presents Taken, which won a 2003 Emmy for Best Miniseries, as well as nominations in six other categories. Here's what Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller, had to say in a statement.
"Brave New World is one of the most influential genre classics of all time. Its provocative vision of a future gone awry remains as powerful and as timeless as ever. Promising to be a monumental television event, Brave New World is precisely the groundbreaking programming that is becoming the hallmark of Syfy."
While some might wonder how that’s going to go, and if it’s actually a spectacular idea, adding Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television to the mix should put off some of the fears associated with the obvious dangers of potentially butchering one of the best books ever.
Given the slate of shows Syfy already has, and the upcoming efforts we’ve learned about recently, the network is looking to be in a very different place a year from now.
Take a look at the full press release below, and let me know what you think about this one. Is this going to be your next favorite show, or is it going to be impossible to live up to the book? »
- Marc Eastman
A Brave New World is hatching at Syfy.
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Brave New World — if you’ll recall from your high school English lit class — is set in a world without poverty, war or disease. In this world, humans are given mind-altering drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered in “hatcheries.” Those who won’t conform are forced onto “reservations” – until one »
The adaptation is being penned by Les Bohem, who worked with Spielberg and Syfy (back when it was Sci Fi Channel) on the Emmy-winning 2003 miniseries “Taken.” Huxley’s 1932 novel depicts a futuristic world without poverty or disease, where human values are turned upside down and most people are controlled by mind-altering drugs. The conformist order is challenged by renegades dubbed “savages.”
Dave Howe, president of Syfy and Chiller, said “Brave New World’s” “provocative vision of a future gone awry remains as powerful and as timeless as ever. Promising to be a monumental television event, ‘Brave New World’ is precisely the »
- Cynthia Littleton
TV news: Steven Spielberg’s Amblin and Syfy Bring ‘Brave New World’ December 2015Syfy is reuniting with Emmy Award-winning Amblin Television to develop a scripted series based on Aldous Huxley’s classic novel Brave New World. Together they previously collaborated on Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken, which won a 2003 Emmy® for Best Miniseries, as well as nominations in six other categories. Brave New World is set in a world without poverty, war or disease. In this world, humans are given mind-altering drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered […] »
- April Neale
Sci-fi classic Brave New World is one of those stories that Hollywood will keep trying to nail for years to come, and today brings word that the latest swing at Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel will come courtesy of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, which is adapting the book into a series for Syfy.
Huxley’s book centers on a world that has achieved what many believe to be utopia, without poverty, war or disease. Human reproduction is a thing of the past, with people being genetically engineered in “hatcheries.” Mind-altering drugs, sex and consumerist practices are the numerous numbing agents provided to the population so that they never question the larger issues of a society that requires conformity, until one defiant individual challenges the entire system.
- Isaac Feldberg
The Emmy-winning team behind Syfy's Taken is reuniting for another science fiction classic. Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television is adapting Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World as a scripted series for the NBCUniversal-owned cable network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Brave New World — ranked fifth among the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th Century by Modern Library — is set in a world without poverty, war or disease. Humans are given mind-altering drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered in "hatcheries.
- Lesley Goldberg
Emmanuel Lubezki, Asc, AMC; Jonathan Freeman, Asc; John Lindley, Asc; and Peter Flinckenberg, Fsc earned top honors in the four competitive categories at the 29th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Awards for Outstanding Achievement. The ceremony took place here tonight at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Lubezki won for the feature film Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance). Freeman won the episodic television category for Boardwalk Empire, and Lindley took the honors in the TV Movie/Miniseries/Pilot category for Manhattan. Winning the Asc Spotlight Award was Flinckenberg for Concrete Night. Giovanni Ribisi presented the Asc Award for best feature to Lubezki, who also won the organization’s top prize last year for Gravity. This marks the first time that a cinematographer has won consecutive Asc Awards in the theatrical category. Lubezki previously won in 2012 for The Tree Of Life and in 2007 for Children Of Men, and earned »
- Josh Abraham
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