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Fans of the “Fullerverse” — the sometimes-spooky, always-askew macrocosm where TV producer Bryan Fuller’s shows (Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies) are said to take place — have long been cautious about putting down roots there. That’s thanks to Fuller’s track record for making “brilliant but cancelled”–type fare, none of which has lasted more than two seasons. But he’s finally broken his two-and-done curse with Hannibal, his über-macabre take on the modern mythology of Hannibal Lecter, which received a third-season pickup in May. On the eve of Hannibal’s second season arriving on DVD today, we talked to Fuller about Hannibal’s diehard fans (called “Fannibals”), Hannibal’s most divisive characters, and who Kristin Chenoweth could one day play on the show.As someone who’s been a fan of several of your shows, it’s such a pleasure to get to talk to you about a »
- Rose Maura Lorre
Directed by Adam Kane
Aired September 15, 2014 on Syfy
While Bryan Fuller’s style may be a bit too quirky, macabre, or esoteric for some audiences, there’s no denying that the man knows how to give good pilot. The first episode of Wonderfalls was an endearing, fast-talking affair that gradually injected fantasy into early 20s/retail ennui. The first episode of Pushing Daisies was nothing less than a storybook brought to life, a vibrant spin on the matters of life, death, and what happens when the order of the two reverses. And the first episode of Hannibal was a visceral, otherworldly affair that made it clear from the outset it wasn’t your parents’ Hannibal Lecter.
That track record leads to a lot of high expectations for High Moon, even though unlike those previous shows the pilot is (likely) all there’s going to be. »
- Les Chappell
"Hannibal" and "Pushing Daisies" producer Bryan Fuller is moving forward with the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel "American Gods". In a new and lengthy interview with Den of Geek, Fuller says he and screenwriter Michael Green have no plans to whitewash the lead character of Shadow as some feared might happen:
"In our conversations about who our ideals are for specific roles, Shadow is described as... is he a gypsy? Is he Hispanic? Is he black? Or is he all of those things in one? So we know that he is not white! I think if we cast a white man to play Shadow we would be the biggest a--holes on television."
The plan is to not just translate but potentially expand upon the world which Gaiman created:
"You have to ground it in the emotional reality of what Shadow, or Wednesday, or Laura is experiencing in that moment. »
- Garth Franklin
A sci-fi saga set in outer space produced by Bryan Fuller, the creator of Hannibal, Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls? The idea sounded promising when SyFy ordered a 90-minute pilot for High Moon last summer, but alas, the finished product didn’t entice the network to send the show to series. Fuller’s fans and geeks of all stripes can judge for themselves when SyFy airs the pilot as a TV movie on Monday, Sept. 15, at 9 Pm.
- Jeff Jensen
When last we talked about High Moon, an adaptation of John Christopher's novel The Lotus Caves by Bryan Fuller ("Hannibal"), it was being called a pilot; but now it seems to be just another in the network's long line of Original Movies.
High Moon, starring Jake Sandvig, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jonathan Tucker, and Charity Wakefield, tells of a group who arrive on the moon and realize they've got company... and they Don't come in peace!
The film airs on Monday, September 15th, at 9/8c on Syfy. Check out the trailer and a still below.
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- Debi Moore
Fuller's adaptation never got picked up to series, but now Syfy is slated to show the 90-minute series premiere which has been repurposed as a TV movie that will air later this month. To tease the telemovie, the network has just posted the first five minutes of the pilot-turned-telemovie online at TV Line.
Jonathan Tucker, Jake Sandvig, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Charity Wakefield star in the series which is set on the Earth's moon which is now home to numerous mining colonies. Chaos erupts when a new life form is revealed.
Jim Danger Gray ("Hannibal," "Torchwood") wrote the script and Adam Kane ("Pushing Daisies") directed the work. Funnily enough this marks the second failed pilot of Fuller's to be turned into a telemovie event, »
- Garth Franklin
Ready for something out of this world?
Syfy, which earlier this year passed on Bryan Fuller’s High Moon pilot, is repackaging the 90-minute opener as a TV movie, and we’ve got an exclusive first look at the heart-stopping first four minutes.
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An adaptation of John Christopher’s 1969 young adult sci-fi novel The Lotus Caves, the project — penned by Jim Danger Gray (Pushing Daisies) — is set in a future in which the countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the moon’s resources. However, chaos erupts after a new life form is discovered. »
Veronica Mars may be the poster child for resurrected TV shows, but it's not the only show to be given a second chance after cancellation. The Comeback will come back to HBO in November, the Entourage movie is due out in June of next year, NBC has plans to reboot Heroes for a miniseries, and the cult comedy Pushing Daisies might be gearing up for a musical. Don't even get us started on Arrested Development and Community. Here's a look at all the shows we lost and then found again. Source: HBO »
The list of TV series cancelled too soon is long. Acclaimed shows like "Carnivale," "Firefly," "Journeyman," "Freaks and Geeks," "Pushing Daisies," "Terriers," "Angel," "Undeclared" and many more line bargain basement DVD bins when all should have had at least one more season to really soar.
One of the most painful loses though was that of one of TV's greatest character dramas - HBO's western "Deadwood". Creator David Milch's show wrapped its third season back in 2006 and was put on hold. Though never officially canceled, it has effectively been axed and the cast have gone on to other projects.
Nevertheless the love for that show is still there, not just from fans but those who worked on it. One such person is "Gone Girl" actress Kim Dickens who attended the 66th Annual Emmy Awards over the weekend and was asked by TV Line about the show's demise:
"Deadwood still hurts. »
- Garth Franklin
Twenty years has passed since we were first introduced to the characters of My So-Called Life, twenty years! Where has the time gone? And more importantly when did I get so old?
While most of you won’t really care too much what I’ve been up to since the show finished, let’s take a look at what the actors have been up to in the years since the cancellation of what is frankly the greatest teen TV drama ever.
Claire Danes (Angela Chase)
After breaking out in My So-Called Life, Danes focused on her film career first with a leading role in 1995’s Little Women and then supporting roles in smaller but interesting films like Home For The Holidays, How to Make An American Quilt and »
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, The Blacklist, and other television productions have all made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on BBC and NBC. The Blacklist (NBC) Paul Reubens (Pushing Daisies, Dirt) to appear in multiple Season 2 episodes as Mr. [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Pee-wee’s next big adventure is landing him on The Blacklist.
The NBC drama has tapped Paul Reubens (Pushing Daisies, Dirt) to appear in multiple Season 2 episodes as Mr. Vargas, a dapper, finicky “muscle” who handles delicate situations in the criminal underworld, EW.com reports.
Related The Blacklist Season 2 Premiere Photos: Are Liz and Red On the Run?
Executive producer Jon Bokenkamp notes that the role will be “totally different” from Reubens’ well known Pee-wee character.
The Blacklist returns Sept. 22 at 10/9c.
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ABC has proven itself capable of delivering creatively strong comedies over the years, though almost all of them don’t last long (see: the late, lamented Trophy Wife, underrated gem Suburgatory, gone-too-soon Happy Endings, very funny Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, subversive Better Off Ted and, looking back further, cult classic Pushing Daisies). It’s too early to tell whether Selfie, starring Karen Gillan of Doctor Who fame, will join that lineup of strongly written, low-rated comedies, but the pilot episode shows some promise, despite a few missteps.
Centering on Eliza Dooley (Gillan), a self-obsessed sales rep in her early twenties, Selfie takes aim at the general public’s crippling addiction to social media. Eliza is “Insta-famous,” having amassed 263,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Out of those ‘friends,’ though, she can only claim to know a select few. Everything about Eliza is built for public consumption, »
- Isaac Feldberg
As HitFix's Uncanceled Showdown begins its third round, we wind up with a bunch of Elite Eight pairings that are thematically linked — even if they aren't always the pairings we expected, based on the seedings. As planned, we have two short-lived Judd Apatow series going up against each other, as fans will have to choose between "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared" in one match-up. And in the opposite corner of the bracket, we have "Deadwood" vs. "Twin Peaks," giving us a show that ended before its creator was ready vs. a show that lasted longer than its creators expected or intended. (Mark Frost has said neither he nor David Lynch had plans for a second season, which is why it was such a mess.) Then we get into some of the upsets, with a pair of recent Fox sci-fi series in "Almost Human" and "Terra Nova" taking out higher seeds, »
- Alan Sepinwall
It's time for Round 2 of HitFix's Uncanceled Showdown. We launched the first round last week, featuring 32 shows that we felt ended prematurely, either One Season Wonders or Unfinished Multi-Season Runs. [And yes, we left out a lot of your favorite truncated shows. Guess what? We can do this again!] That first round generated over 400,000 votes. Some of the results were predictable. Sorry, "Borgias," but "Firefly" got 97 percent of the vote in that round. Yes. 97 percent. Some of the results were a little less predictable. I'd figured that "Moonlight" might have enough fan juice to withstand the recency bias of "Almost Human," but I was wrong. And "Terra Nova" was a show that wasn't necessarily a popular inclusion, but it knocked off cult favorite "Wonderfalls." If tournaments are well-seeded, first round match-ups are sometimes less competitive and then things start getting tough and there are some fantastic match-ups in the second round. "Pushing Daisies" and "Jericho" got nearly identical vote totals in the first round, so we'll see whether pies »
- Daniel Fienberg
Here at Dread Central we love "Hannibal." Honestly, I still think we don't deserve a show as good as it is! If you haven't watched it, please rectify that situation Immediately, if not sooner. With Season 2 about to come home, you have no excuse. Speaking of which...
From the Press Release
Hannibal: Season Two, the next chapter of the smash hit series, will keep viewers on the edge of their seats when it arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and Digital HD September 16th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Based on the characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, Hannibal, from Gaumont International Television in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks, stars Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt) as the iconic Hannibal Lecter, »
- Steve Barton
Newton will play the eautiful and razor-sharp Maeve Millay, who is a genius for reading people and a knack for survival. Maeve is the Westworld madame whose seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be truly challenged.
The pilot, from Bad Robot and Warner Brothers Television, was co-written by “Person of Interest” creator Jonathan Nolan and “Pushing Daisies” and “Burn Notice” scribe Lisa Joy, with Nolan set to direct. The project, set at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park, is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.
Newton currently stars in “Rogue” on the Audience Network, which was recently picked up for a third season. »
- Kevin Noonan
Suddenly there's momentum for female superhero movies, thanks to Warner Bros. and DC breaking the ice with Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." This has led to Sony entering the female fray with a Spider-Man spinoff scripted by Lisa Joy ("Burn Notice," "Pushing Daisies"). No confirmation yet if it's Spider-Woman, but it's a significant development. And word is, Marvel is developing its own female counter-attack by turning the spotlight on Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, with a script to be written by "Guardians of the Galaxy's" Nicole Perlman (but who tweeted on Monday that there has been no active development since turning in her treatment in 2011). Fan pressure has been mounting ever since Black Widow become an important fixture of The Avengers. And you can sense that she's busting to break out on her own. The timing couldn't be better and there's no »
- Bill Desowitz
Sony Pictures continues to expand their Spider-Man cinematic universe. The next film set to be released in the franchise is writer and director Drew Goddard's Sinister Six. That's the first of several films that will revolve around Spider-Man's rogue gallery of villains. That movie is coming in 2016, and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is now set for 2018.
According to Deadline, the studio is now looking to add a female superhero to the mix. They've hired Lisa Joy Nolan (Pushing Daisies, Burn Notice, Westworld) to work on the script for the character's story. We don't know exactly which character the film will center on yet, but Black Cat, Silver Sable, Firestar, and Spider-Woman are a few characters that come to mind. But right now any of these names are speculation. I will say that the Black Cat character was already introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, played by Felicity Jones, so that is a strong possibility. »
- Joey Paur
Sony take another step in revitalising their Spider-Man franchise and challenging Marvel’s universe by announcing a female lead spin-off from The Amazing Spider-man. Sony have already announced that Spider-Man is on hiatus until 2018, with the villain focused The Sinister Six hitting cinemas in 2016, but they’ve now added to this with a spin-off in 2017 which will cast a female in the lead. There is no clarification on which character will be leading said spin-off, but it can be assumed that Black Cat is a frontrunner due to her alter ego, Felicia Hardy, appearing in The Amazing Spider-man 2 portrayed by Felicity Jones. Other characters could include Spider-Woman, although would we really want Spider-Man and Spider-Woman on the go? Especially when a Venom solo outing may also be on the cards!
This spin-off would be the first major female led comic-book hero film (we’re not counting Catwoman or Supergirl »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
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