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Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
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On Monday Fox unveiled their primetime slate for the 2013-2014 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The network announced 5 new comedies, 4 new dramas, a first event series, and an animated comedy from Seth MacFarlane.
Some of today’s most inventive directors working in film have smoothly segued from motion pictures to series TV and their new shows have found a home at Fox. What caught my attention were the sci-fi, fantasy shows bearing the names of Abrams, Shyamalan, Kurtzman and Orci.
Among the network’s lineup is M. Night Shyamalan’s new event series Wayward Pines. Set to premiere in 2014 and based on the best-selling novel, “Pines,” by Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines is an intense, mind-bending thriller in which nothing is what it seems. Also on the Fox schedule is the »
- Michelle McCue
Of course I was excited about these new Fox shows as soon as I learned about their Fringe provenance, but Wait Until You See These Trailers. It’s hard to get a real feel for a show just from the synopsis, but I’m including the new upgraded synopses for each so that you have all the information.
But Oh The Trailers.
Trailer: Almost Human
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From Emmy Award-winning executive producer J.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator/executive producer J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”), comes Almost Human. Starring Karl Urban (“Star Trek”) and Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”), the new series »
- Erin Willard
We already heard that Fox had picked up "Sleepy Hollow" for its upcoming fall season, and now we know when it'll air and what it'll look like! Read on for more details and an image gallery.
Kevin Reilly, Chairman, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, today unveiled the Fox primetime slate for the 2013-2014 television season, but the only night of real interest to genre fans is Monday:
9:00-10:00 Pm - "Sleepy Hollow" (new; fall) / "The Following" (midseason)
"Sleepy Hollow" will also air repeat episodes on Friday nights from 9:00-10:00 Pm.
What if you suddenly woke up from the throes of death 250 years in the future to find »
- The Woman In Black
Both Chicago Fire and Revolution are in the process of wrapping up their freshman seasons and will continue with sophomore sessions in the fall. The renewal of Revolution should be especially sweet for J.J. Abrams who saw his last high-concept series Alcatraz fail to earn a second season on Fox, and Undercovers unplugged by NBC after only a single season.
With the renewals, Parenthood picks up a fifth season, Grimm a third, and Law & Order: Svu a whopping fifteenth.
The jury is still out on the NBC horror series Hannibal which debuted just last month. Critical reaction to the show has been strong, but ratings since the premiere have been mediocre at best. At this point it's a 50/50 chance for Hannibal to extend its run.
Gerald McRaney may be in his mid-60s, but he hasn't slowed down a bit. After terrifying the tarnished souls of HBO's "Deadwood" as murderous tycoon George Hearst, the "Major Dad" star went on to be a regular on CBS' "Jericho" and NBC's short-lived "Undercovers," and has appeared in USA's "Fairly Legal," A&E's "Longmire," Netflix's new "House of Cards" and FX's "Justified" -- where he was last seen on Feb. 12 having a blowtorch almost applied to his butchered leg.
"I don't think I bled out," McRaney tells Zap2it over lunch in Sherman Oaks, Calif. "The guy did, in fact, cauterize the wound."
McRaney also played Capt. Patrick Murphy in several episodes of CBS' romantic comedy "Mike & Molly," which has a strange connection to Western drama "Deadwood" (which also starred Timothy Olyphant and Jim Beaver of "Justified").
"The people who produce 'Mike & Molly,'" he says, over lunch in Sherman Oaks, »
FX, who's had a very solid run on both the comedy and drama fronts lately, officially has a new original series. Today, the network announced a 13-episode season order to "The Bridge," an adaptation of the Scandinavian series "Bron" in which the action is moved from the border between Denmark and Sweden to the one between the U.S. and Mexico. The series comes from executive producers Meredith Stiehm (creator of "Cold Case" and a writer/executive producer on "Homeland") and Elwood Reid (a writer/co-executive producer on "Hawaii Five-o" and "Undercovers"), and stars Demián Bichir ("A Better Life") and Diane Kruger as a pair of detectives from opposite sides of the El Paso/Ciudad Juárez crossing. The two, who are also very different in terms of personality, end up having to work together after a body's found on the bridge spanning the border and they find themselves...
- Alison Willmore
5. Though he's most known for his sci-fi shows and films, Abrams started out co-creating the television series Felicity (1998–2002), starring Keri Russell. He also composed the music for the opening credits.
4. Other TV shows Abrams has had his hands in include: Alias (2001–2006), Lost (2004–2010), Fringe (2008–2013), Undercovers (2010), Person of Interest (2011–present), Alcatraz (2012) and Revolution (2012–present).
1. He founded the production company Bad Robot that produces many of his TV shows.
Do you think Abrams is the right man for the Star Wars job? »
Massive, massive news today kids: Apparently it’s J.J. Abrams’ world, and we’re just living in it. J.J. Abrams, the Bad Robot man, who has created or shepherded nerd heaven in the forms of Alias, Felicity, Lost, Fringe, Revolution, Person Of Interest, Alcatraz, Undercovers, Cloverfield, Super 8, Star Trek, the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission Impossible: III, and Ghost Protocol, is now in charge of bringing Star Wars Episode VII to the big screen.
Back in November, Abrams was one of many people to be flattered by the idea of directing the film, but politely declined. This is what he had to say:
“Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. »
- Andy Greene
This has to be amongst the most geektastic news of the month, if not the year. Jj Abrams, mastermind of the Star Trek reboot that is the Star Trek movie (and the upcoming sequel Star Trek Into Darkness), co-creator of Lost and Fringe, Super 8, and so much more, will be directing the next Star Wars movie, currently going by the working title Star Wars: Episode VII.
Deadline apparently broke the story, and while other notable sites have reported that their “sources confirm,” we have not yet heard from Lucasfilm or its new parent Walt Disney Co.
As we told you back in November, Michael Arndt will be penning the script for the movie. Here’s that press release again:
November 09, 2012
- Erin Willard
10 items from 2013
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