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I generally pay as much attention to the broadcast network development season as I do to the baseball draft. Though the shows that actually survive development are much closer to airing chronologically than most baseball draftees are to the majors, the winnowing process is just as brutal in both cases. On average, a given network will hear 3-400 pitches a year, order scripts for 60-70 of them, make 8-12 pilots and put roughly between a half dozen and a dozen of them on the air. So I’ve usually found development not worth worrying about until shows are actually ordered to series and scheduled. That said, it’s been tough to ignore this fall’s development season, where it seems like every day for the past few weeks, my Twitter feed has blown up a few times an afternoon with news of a familiar movie or TV property being adapted »
- Alan Sepinwall
Last week was full of news about “new” TV projects in the works involving the likes of Frankenstein’s monster, the Phantom of the Opera, the Archie gang, and even Hitch (Will Smith’s version, not Sir Alfred, thankfully). Two people we… Continue Reading →
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- Debi Moore
Has it been a long or busy week for you, and you haven’t been able to keep up with all the television news that has come out? Have no fear, we’ve got you covered, just like we do every week. Here’s what happened this week in television. – It was announced that ABC fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time will have a supersized, two-hour episode during November sweeps. The Once Upon a Time episode, titled “Smash the Mirror,” will air at 7/6c instead of its typical 8/7c start time on Nov. 16. [TVLine] – Speaking of Once Upon a Time, it was announced that it, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, and five other series are receiving additional episodes from ABC this season. [E!] – More film-to-tv adaptations this week as it was announced that Fox has given a script commitment to a potential series based on the 2005 Will Smith film Hitch. Smith will… »
- Chris King
Because you demanded it, we might get a TV show sequel to the classic series Bewitched! Wait, you didn't demand it? What about a drama based on Archie comics? A modern-day retelling of Phantom of the Opera? A TV version of Will Smith's Hitch? A modern Frankenstein? What do you mean, "No"? You weren't clamoring for these shows? Well, they're all in the works in what is quite possibly the strangest TV development cycle…ever. If you're into comic book adaptations and TV shows based on movies, next season could be your year. Granted, these shows could very well (and some will probably) be good, but the flurry of remakes, adaptations and sequel series is dizzying. Here's what's »
Will Smith is coming back to TV — though not as a star. The former Fresh Prince of Bel Air is set to executive produce a small-screen remake of Hitch, his 2005 romantic comedy about a professional dating consultant. Hit the jump for more details on the Hitch TV series. THR reports Fox has given […]
- Angie Han
If you, like me, thought that TV networks were already planning to remake every single movie that’s already existed, you’re wrong. Two new remakes were announced yesterday, both wildly different than the other and both also coming from Fox. The first is a remake of the 2005 Will Smith film Hitch, while the other is Frankenstein, a modern day, sci-fi interpretation of the character from Mary Shelley’s classic novel. The single-camera Hitch comedy will be written by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made of Honor), while Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett will executive produce the potential series, which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is described as “a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics.” Fox has already given the Hitch remake a script commitment. Meanwhile, Frankenstein comes from Homeland‘s Howard Gordon and Crisis‘ Rand Ravich and has received a pilot order from Fox. »
- Chris King
If you’re feeling out of luck and out of love, don’t fret; the date doctor is on his way to television. That’s right, according to Deadline, Fox has sanctioned a half-hour series based on Will Smith’s hit romantic comedy, Hitch.
Admittedly, this isn’t the first time that Smith’s Overbook Entertainment and Sony have tried to get the wheels in motion on a series based on the titular love guru, following failed attempts in 2007 and 2010 with a variety of writers.
Now, however, it seems the project has been swept off its feet so to speak, landing a single-camera series at Fox, who describe the adaptation as “a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics.” Though it’s next to impossible that Will Smith would actually star in the show, it’s understood that the A-lister has signed on board to executive produce in tandem »
- Michael Briers
Who doesn't love to laugh? Whether your taste runs to R-rated raunch, classic yuks or witty British humor, you'll find something hilarious to stream on Netflix.
Right now, there are movies starring Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jack Black, Goldie Hawn and a nice selection of films showcasing the comedy chops of Joan Cusack. (Availability subject to change, so get streaming now!)
1. "The Addams Family" (1991) PG-13
Everyone's favorite macabre family is wonderfully portrayed by Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester and Christina Ricci as Wednesday. Spooky fun, just in time for Halloween.
2. "The Bad News Bears" (1976) PG
3. "Bernie" (2011) PG-13
Jack Black stars in the real-life story of a mortician who ends »
- Sharon Knolle
Remakes are nothing new in this day and age but an increasing trend in recent years is the movie-to-television remake, which has now been bolstered by the news that Hitch – the 2005 rom-com starring Will Smith and Eva Mendes – is set to be revamped for the small screen.
Fox are currently developing the half-hour comedy inspired by the movie about a professional ‘date doctor’ who helps men woo the girls of their dreams. The original movie took a whopping $370 million and a remake has previously been on the table twice before but stalled on both occasions.
THR are reporting that Will Smith will executive produce with his company and the sitcom will be scribed by writing partners Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan (Surviving Christmas, Leap Year). No word yet on the cast or when production is set to begin.
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- Gavin Logan
The 2005 film starring Smith alongside Eva Mendes is the latest film-to-tv adaptation in the Us, with a reboot of Marley & Me also announced
Anyone wishing to fire accusations of laziness at the TV industry has another clip of ammo. Following Gotham, Minority Report, School of Rock, Big and others, theres yet another film-to-tv adaptation in the works: Hitch, a reboot of the 2005 Will Smith romcom about a smooth relationship guru who becomes a klutz around a woman hes trying to impress.
Fox is developing the project with Smith on board as an executive producer. It will be penned by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, the crack romcom team who have written Made of Honour, Leap Year, and an in-development film version of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Theyre also writing Tuned, a musical comedy for Us network NBC.
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
According to Entertainment Weekly, the series will consist of half-hour, single-camera episodes in "a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics".
Will and wife Jada Pinkett Smith will both serve as executive producers for the series, alongside Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, who will pen the script, and Overbrook Entertainment's James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett.
The film managed to rack up $370 million at the box office worldwide.
Watch a trailer for Hitch below: »
Fox has put into development a new half-hour TV series based on the 2005 hit comedy film Hitch, which starred Will Smith. The actor is attached to executive produce the new series, which has received a script commitment by Fox.
Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made of Honor) are writing the pilot script, which is described as a workplace comedy that explores dating and "sexual politics." The original movie starred Will Smith as a professional matchmaker/ date doctor, whose life is turned upside down when he meets the girl of his dreams (Eva Mendes). Kevin James and Amber Valetta co-starred in director Andy Tennant's comedy, which earned $370 million worldwide during its theatrical run.
Will Smith will executive produce alongside his wife and their Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter and Caleb Pinkett. The producers previously were working on TV adaptations in 2007 and 2010 at CBS and Fox respectively, with different writers, but neither incarnation moved forward. »
Fox unveiled big adaptation plans for two very different properties on Tuesday. The network has a script commitment for a single-camera “Hitch” remake, which will be executive produced by the 2005 rom-com's star Will Smith, and a put pilot commitment for “Frankenstein,” a sci-fi cop drama about a reincarnated FBI agent based on concepts from Mary Shelley ‘s classic novel. See photos: ‘American Horror Story’ to ‘True Detective': 8 Anthology Series That Are Changing TV Deborah Kaplan (“Leap Year”) and Harry Elftont (“Made of Honor”) will executive produce and co-write “Hitch,” a single-camera remake of Smith and Eva Longoria‘s big-screen comedy. »
- Travis Reilly
Fox reimagining “Frankenstein” Fox’s version of the Mary Shelley mythology revolves around a corrupt FBI agent who is brought back from the dead as a younger and stronger man by an antisocial billionaire and his bio-engineer twin sister. It’s from “Homeland’s” Howard Gordon” and “Crisis” and “Life” creator Rand Ravich. Fox and Will Smith are remaking “Hitch” as a sitcom Smith will serve as a producer on a comedy based on the 2005 rom-com he made with Kevin James. HBO bringing back Michael Kenneth Williams with “Crime” The “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Wire” vet will play a NYC gangster in the eight-hour miniseries that James Gandolfini was originally set to star in. Click Read Full Post For More Carlton from “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” is named after “Lost’s” Carlton Cuse “The Strain” and “Bates Motel" exec producer mentioned that tidbit in an on-stage conversation with “Fresh Prince” creator Andy Borowitz, »
- Norman Weiss
The project marks the latest on the ever growing list of movies being remade as TV series for next season.
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- Garth Franklin
The date doctor is coming to television. EW has confirmed that Fox is developing a comedy series based on 2005's Hitch, starring Will Smith and Kevin James. The half-hour, single-camera series is being described as "a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics." Will Smith and Jada Smith will executive produce alongside Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, who will write the script, and Overbrook Entertainment's James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett. Hitch raked in close to $370 million worldwide at the box office. It follows Smith's Alex "Hitch" Hitchens, a professional dating consultant put to the test when Albert Brennaman »
- Emily Blake
The year of the remake continues. Fox is developing a half-hour comedy based on the Will Smith feature film Hitch, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The network has handed out a script commitment to the comedy. Inspired by the 2005 movie about a professional date doctor, Smith's Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television will exec produce. The single-camera comedy is being written by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made of Honor). Smith, JadaPinkett Smith and Overbrook's James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett will exec produce the new Hitch, which is described as a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics. Read more TV's Remake Craze: Who Gets the Money and Owns the Rights? Hitch was released in 2005 and
- Lesley Goldberg
Will Smith's in quite the predicament! The new trailer for "Focus" starring Will and "The Wolf of Wall Street's" Margot Robbie just dropped, and we're finally getting to see some of that on-screen chemistry between the stars. The movie follows Smith's Nicky Spurgeon, a con artist who falls for his beautiful intern (Robbie) while teaching her the trade. Check out the trailer for "Focus" above! Originally, writers and directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa cast Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart to star in the flick ... but, both actors ended up dropping out. Smith and Robbie later signed-on and once production wrapped, reports surfaced that the two had taken things a little too far off-screen. Last November, Star mag reported that the "Hitch" star cheated on wife Jada Pinkett Smith at the film's wrap party. But the 24-year-old put the allegations to bed when she tweeted that the news was simply untrue. »
- tooFab Staff
The sparks are flying between Will Smith and Margot Robbie—onscreen, that is! The first trailer for Focus debuted Thursday, depicting Smith, 46, and Robbie, 24, as a couple of star-crossed con-artists. In the dramatic romantic comedy (think Hitch, but a lot grittier), Smith portrays Nicky Spurgeon, a seasoned con-artist who boasts he can "convince anyone of anything." Robbie, who plays up-and-coming con-artist Jess Barrett, is a little too eager to learn. "I want in," she says, adding provocatively, "Maybe you could teach me in your room!" "That is so bad," he replies, laughing about her seduction attempt, "Does it feel sexy on your »
You know how every time there's a new Will Smith trailer, you kind of hope it's going to be Hitch 2 (a.k.a. 2 Hitch 2 Furious)? Sadly, that dream remains deferred, but at least Smith looks like he gets to be charming again. In Focus, he plays a con man who takes Margot Robbie under his wing as if she were a young Kevin James. Then they just make sly glances and steal watches for a while until it's time for the big score, because there's always a big score. Can't wait for the scene when he teaches her how to dance super cool. »
- Jesse David Fox
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