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Challenge of Cable Forces Broadcast Dramas to Raise Their Game

19 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The complex characters, salty dialogue and high production values of cable shows draw a lot of attention, leaving broadcast series with a reputation for tameness.

But several broadcast dramas prove that good writing is network-agnostic.

Despite bigger episode orders, fewer movie stars and a mandate to appeal to a broad audience, shows like CBS’ “The Good Wife” and NBC’s “Parenthood,” “The Blacklist” and “Hannibal” are doing it cable-style, positioning themselves as prestige series that revel in a moral ambiguity. Even the Peacock’s primetime perennial “Law & Order: Svu” experienced something of a creative renaissance this year by coloring outside its established lines.

However, “Hannibal” creator Bryan Fuller says he doesn’t think of his series in terms of broadcast or cable.

“I’m just approaching the show as ‘Hannibal,’ ” Fuller says.

“You have to consider yourself the first person in the audience, and just say, ‘What would excite me as a television viewer? »

- Christy Grosz

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'The Omen' TV Series Coming from Former 'Walking Dead' Showrunner

19 May 2014 5:41 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Glen Mazzara, the former executive producer and showrunner of AMC's The Walking Dead, is developing a TV adaptation of the 1976 horror classic The Omen for Lifetime.

The project is entitled Damien, centering on Damien Thorn, the young boy from the original movie who is now an adult haunted by his past. He is faced with "a series of macabre events" before coming to grips with his true destiny, that he is the Antichrist.

The pilot script will be written by Glen Mazzara, who will executive produce through his 44 Strong Productions company. The deal marks the first through his overall deal with Fox Television Studios. Ross Fineman (Lights Out) will also serve as executive producer.

The Omen, based on the novel by David Seltzer, starred Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as a couple who adopts young Damien (Harvey Stephens) after their lost their own child during birth, only to realize that »

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The Omen Heads to the Small Screen with Lifetime TV Movie Damien

19 May 2014 12:52 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

After a series of sequels and a lackluster remake, I suppose it was inevitable that The Omen would be heading to the small screen, as has recently become the norm for popular horror franchises.

A spin-off made-for-tv flick is indeed in the works, and we've got the latest for ya today. Dig in!

THR reports that former "Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara is prepping Damien for Lifetime, a series based on the popular franchise that rose from the depths of Hell in 1976. Mazzara will pen the script and executive produce via his 44 Strong Productions banner.

Titled Damien, the drama centers on the film's young boy Damien Thorn. Now an adult and haunted by his past, Damien is faced with a series of macabre events and must finally face his true destiny: he is the Antichrist.

Ross Fineman ("Lights Out") will also executive produce via his Ftvs-based Fineman Entertainment.

The Omen, »

- John Squires

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Damien Returns In Lifetime's "Omen" Sequel

19 May 2014 9:55 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Former "The Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara is set to pen "Damien," a follow-up to the original 1976 horror classic "The Omen," for Lifetime and Fox Television Studios.

The new drama, it's unclear what form it will take at present, essentially ignores the events of the sequels in favor of its own take.

In the new version, Damien Thorn is now an adult haunted by his past. He is soon faced with a series of macabre events and must finally face his true destiny: he is the Antichrist.

Mazzara ("The Shield") will pen the script and executive produce alongside Ross Fineman ("Lights Out"). "Damien" marks a shift way from the female-skewing fare Lifetime has become known for.

Source: The Live Feed »

- Garth Franklin

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