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Exclusive: Former 24 executive producer David Fury has closed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind the Emmy-winning real-time Fox drama. Under the pact, Fury will become the first writer to join the upcoming Fox event series 24: Live Another Day, joining former 24 showrunner Howard Gordon, who is behind the new installment. Additionally, Fury is working on the high-profile FX drama project Tyrant, executive produced by Gordon and produced by 20th TV’s cable division Fox 21. “We are huge fans of David at this studio and are thrilled to welcome him back,” 20th TV chairman Dana Walden said. “Howard Gordon has a shortlist of writers whom he relies on enormously, and David is one of them. He was hugely important to 24 over the course of its run, and bringing him back for Live Another Day was quite frankly a no-brainer.” During his stint on 24, Wme-repped »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
"Bad Teacher" is coming to CBS.
A week after the network announced its new fall TV schedule, CBS announced it was picking up "Bad Teacher," a TV series based on the movie of the same.
Ari Graynor takes on the role Cameron Diaz played in the film, with CBS describing the character as an "inappropriate, fearless and unapologetic former trophy wife who masquerades as a teacher in order to find a new man after her wealthy husband leaves her penniless." The rest of the cast includes Ryan Hansen, David Alan Grier, Sarah Gilbert and Kristin Davis.
Graynor recently starred in the flick "For a Good Time, Call..." and appeared in "Fringe" as Rachel.
"Bad Teacher" is set to debut midseason on CBS, according to Deadline.
"Bad Teacher" joins five other new CBS comedies "The Crazy Ones," "The Millers," "We Are Men," "Mom" and "Friends With Better Lives," which will also debut midseason. »
- Chris Harnick
Bad Teacher, good news.
In a rare, post-upfront pickup, CBS has greenlit the single-camera comedy, which is based on the Cameron Diaz film of the same name.
Related | Fall TV Preview: Watch Trailers for The Crazy Ones, Intelligence, Mom and Other New CBS Series
David Alan Grier (In Living Color), Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars), Sara Gilbert (Roseanne) and Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) co-star; Hilary Winston (Community, Happy Endings), Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupinsky, Sam Hansen and Jimmy Miller executive-produce. »
- Kimberly Roots
CBS is going to school. The first-place network has handed out a series order to Hilary Winston's adaptation of Bad Teacher, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Based on the 2011 Cameron Diaz feature, Fringe's Ari Graynor stars as a sexy, foul-mouthed divorcee who becomes a teacher in order to find her next husband. Community's Winston penned the pilot and executive produces alongside Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who penned the screenplay for the film. Sam Hansen, Jimmy Miller and Sara Rodier also exec produce the Sony Pictures Television, CBS Television Studios and Mosaic single-camera comedy. Photos: CBS'
- Lesley Goldberg
Chicago – I find it fascinating that “Fringe,” the show that always seemed to be on the bubble for renewal and was always included in articles about low-rated programming, appears to be one of the most influential on the Fall 2013 season. Fox has two new dramas in the Fall and they’re both from “Fringe” alum — J.J. Abrams’ “Almost Human” and Robert Orci & Alex Kurtzman’s “Sleepy Hollow”. They’re clearly looking for, believe it or not, the next “Fringe.” For while the smart sci-fi drama never found a huge audience on TV, it found an incredibly loyal one on Blu-ray, On Demand, iTunes, etc. and those fans can now complete their collection with a bittersweet but complete fifth and final season release.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) has a pretty long and varied resume, bouncing from one genre of movie to the next and regardless of the final product he serves his purpose and usually goes unscathed in criticism. I.m not sure we.ve seen him channel anything that would make him a good lead in a thriller though. But that may soon change. He.ll have a chance to prove himself in the dark psychological drama Ape, which The Wrap reports he will produce through his JetLag Productions banner along with Bree Herzog.s Atomic Owl Pictures. The script was written by newcomer Jon Johnston, and the film will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik, whose only directorial film credit is 2010.s perfectly average Repo Men. Beyond that, Sapochnik has directed a bunch of TV episodes on series such as House M.D., Fringe and most recently Revolution, and he also »
As far as two people to create a TV series together, it'd be hard to do much better than J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron. The former is, obviously, the man behind hits like "Alias," "Lost" and "Revolution," while the latter is the acclaimed filmmaker behind "Children Of Men," who'll make his long-awaited return this October with "Gravity." The delayed post-production on the latter gave Cuaron the time to cook up "Believe" with Abrams, and direct a pilot, NBC picked up the show, and now a trailer has arrived, via /Film. The show seems to be a sort of blend of "The Fugitive," "Paper Moon" and Abrams' vaguely sci-fi conspiracy millieu (the show looks a lot like "Fringe" at this point -- good news for us, probably not good news when it comes to the ratings.) It follows an ex-con (Jake McLaughlin of "Warrior" and "Safe House,") who has to protect »
- Jason McDonald
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
Price: DVD $26.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Farrell stars as Victor, a hit man whose life was ruined by the crime lord Alphonse (Terrence Howard, Red Tails). Victor infiltrates Alphonse’s crew, rising up to his right-hand man. When he’s about to strike, he meets Beatrice (Rapace), who wants her own revenge from Alphonse. Together they execute a violent and cathartic plan.
The R-rated film also stars Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double) and Isabelle Huppert (In Another Country) and was directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the original Swedish The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which also starred Rapace. Dead Man Down is written by J.H. Wyman (TV’s Fringe).
Despite all that cache, the movie got generally bad reviews from critics, »
Am I alone in thinking Fox's upcoming new take on "Sleepy Hollow" looks like a helluva lot of fun? Check out these two new promos for the show, and let us know what you think!
"Sleepy Hollow" will air Monday nights on Fox at 9Pm.
What if you suddenly woke up from the throes of death 250 years in the future to find the world is on the brink of destruction, caused by unimaginable events, and you are humanity’s last hope? Welcome to "Sleepy Hollow," the thrilling new mystery-adventure drama from co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek and Transformers franchises, “Fringe”). In this modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers. »
- The Woman In Black
If you saw Star Trek Into Darkness this weekend and couldn't quite place Peter Weller, the actor playing Starfleet Admiral Marcus, allow us to refresh your memory: Weller starred in two of the biggest cult films of the eighties, Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai and RoboCop, as well as in David Cronenberg’s adaptation of William S. Burroughs's The Naked Lunch. He's also had supporting parts on 24, Dexter, Fringe, and House. And if that weren’t enough, the man is currently finishing up a Ph.D. in art history. He talked to us recently about his stint on Star Trek, his diverse career, and his professor's problem with J.J. Abrams.How did you get this part?I had done an episode of Fringe, and I had a meeting at the Bad Robot offices about some directing work. And afterward this young guy follows me into the parking lot and starts talking to me. »
- Bilge Ebiri
Star Trek Into Darkness was this week’s biggest film and the sequel to a franchise reboot produced by J.J. Abrams. The guy has his hand all over television with Fringe, Revolution, Alias, and plenty others and has made a solid career as a director with Mission: Impossible III and Super 8. I don’t want to say that he’s struggling with bringing people to see Star Trek but it does feel that way. While the film did place first with $70.5 million this weekend, I can’t help but feel Star Trek in this generation doesn’t really appeal to a mass audience.
- Jonathan Silva
Drama is taking centerstage at this year’s L.A. Screenings.
Most of the big TV stories of the past season were about dramas old and new breaking out (to various degrees) — whether the CW’s “Arrow,” NBC’s “Revolution,” PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead” or History miniseries “The Bible.” Networks both here and abroad are looking for ways to duplicate that success for themselves.
“The shows that work best internationally are episodic procedurals with interesting lead characters,” says Jeffrey Schlesinger, who last week was promoted to prexy of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution.
That said, with more channels to fill, international buyers are just as interested in all different sorts of shows — from broad comedy to intense action — as domestic buyers. But the drama market looks particularly fertile.
Genre dramas remain popular this season, with networks picking up several series with sci-fi or fantastical premises.
- Paige Albiniak
Titan Books just released Fringe - The Zodiac Paradox, which is a prequel novel to the "Fringe" television show focusing on the characters William Bell and Walter Bishop as they face off against the Zodiac Killer.
Now check out the finer details of the book in our interview with author Christa Faust.
Amanda Dyar: Tell us about yourself and how your writing career got started.
Christa Faust: I'm an ex-pat New Yorker living in the strange land of Los Angeles with my Boston Terrier Butch and way too many vintage paperbacks. I'm primarily a crime fiction writer with a hardboiled pulp sensibility, but I got my start in horror back in the early 90s. I've published a dozen novels, both original and tied into a variety of television shows and movies, including the award winning novelization of Snakes on a Plane. I love my job. To tell the truth, »
- Amanda Dyar
Sure, the Season 2 finale of "Scandal" was all about that final reveal with Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope and her peculiar parentage, but there were some key moments for a pair of characters who have grown into an interesting combination throughout the season, as well: Guillermo Diaz's Huck and Katie Lowes' Quinn.
Throughout Season 2, Huck took Quinn under his wing, teaching her his ways and, as last night's shocking moment with that drill, inadvertently may have created a monster. Zap2It caught up with both Diaz and Lowes on the red carpet at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Thursday (May 16) for a cast reading of the finale, where Lowes gushed about working with Diaz.
"Whatever it is, we just really like working together and we have good chemistry and I couldn't love Guillermo Diaz more," she says. "He's my work husband, that's what I call him. »
There’s a new update on the long crusade to bring Roland’s journey to the big and/or small screen. Imagine Entertainment had originally planned to make a film and then a TV series follow up. This was too expensive, and led to just a single movie idea, with Russell Crowe in the lead. Then word broke that a Silicon Valley investor has come forward willing to pay to construct the original vision. Now it’s up to Ron Howard and Brian Grazer to choose which way they want to bring Stephen King’s epic to life.
Also in the works is a reboot of Lestat from Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire. It would be based on the fourth book in Rice’s book series, The Body Thief, when Lestat switches bodies with a human for 24 hours.
Erica Huggins, Imagine’s Co-President of Production, had this to »
- Andy Greene
The Kings of Rome
The drama follows an American investigator sent to Rome to collect a debt. There, he gets sucked into a Dantean underworld of corruption, sex and murder that reaches to the highest echelons of the Vatican. [Source: Deadline]
Untitled Alexander Solzhenitsyn Biopic
The company has optioned rights to D.M. Thomas’ biography "Alexander Solzhenitsyn: A Century in His Life." Nowrasteh will write the script with his wife, Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh. [Source: Variety]
Untitled James Gray Project
- Garth Franklin
Prepare to pick your jaw up off the floor – Some of the biggest sci-fi heroes are here this weekend for Dallas Comic Con! This year, Dcc brings an amazing roster of celeb guests to fans of Star Trek, Firefly, Fringe, Superman, Stargate, Power Rangers, Kick Ass, and much more! Attending celeb guests include: William Shatner (Star Trek), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Richard Dean Anderson (Stargate), Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), John Noble and Jasika Nicole (Fringe), Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, and Gates McFadden (Star Trek: Tng), Colin Ferguson (Eureka), and Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) just to name a few. Comic guests feature John Romita Jr. (Kick-Ass), Jim Steranko (Silver and Bronze age Marvel comics), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane), and Arthur “the Zombie King” Suydam to get you started.
Update: Nathan Fillion just tweeted this morning that he will be unable to attend Dcc, saying,
“Dear Dallas, »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
Filmmaker James Gray, who is returning this year to the Cannes Film Festival with his latest directing effort, is set to direct an sci-fi thriller for Rt Features. The logline is being kept under strict wraps. Gray will direct from a script he wrote with Ethan Gross (Fringe); CAA brokered the deal and is representing domestic rights. Rt founder and CEO Rodrigo Teixeira will serve as producer, with the company's Sophie Mas and Lourenco Sant Anna executive producing. Story: 'The Bling Ring' Steals the Spotlight at Cannes Premiere Gray's upcoming film The Immigrant, a period piece starring Jeremy Renner, Joaquin
- Pamela McClintock
Rt Features has set James Gray to direct an untitled script he penned with Fringe writer Ethan Gross. Rt’s founder and CEO Rodrigo Teixeira will serve as a producer, with the company’s Sophie Mas and Lourenço Sant’ Anna executive producing. Gray’s new film, The Immigrant, is screening at Cannes in competition. That film stars Jeremy Renner, Joaquin Phoenix, and Marion Cotillard, and The Weinstein Company will distribute the film in the U.S. Details about the new film, a sci-fi thriller, are being kept under wraps. Brazil-based Rt Features recently produced Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, starring Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, and Adam Driver, and Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning. CAA will sell domestic. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Deal was announced Friday at Cannes. Rt CEO Rodrigo Teixeira will produce, with the company’s Sophie Mas and Lourenco Sant’ Anna executive producing.
Further details about the project are being kept under wraps.
CAA brokered the deal, and will be selling domestic rights.
“The Immigrant” is the third film by Gray to play »
- Dave McNary
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