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Remote Controlled: ‘Bones’ Ep Hart Hanson on a Reunion Movie and What’s in Store for the Finale

Remote Controlled: ‘Bones’ Ep Hart Hanson on a Reunion Movie and What’s in Store for the Finale
Welcome to Remote Controlled, Variety’s podcast series featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

This week’s episode features Variety executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum and editor-at-large Michael Schneider in conversation with “Bones” creator and executive producer Hart Hanson about the final season of the fan-favorite Fox procedural, which ends its run this year after 12 seasons.

After creating the series, Hanson left the show in the hands of other showrunners, now Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson, and compares the thought of returning to the set like returning to an old girlfriend. “It’s very bittersweet,” he says. “It’s better to be a distant step parent.”

That said, Hanson says he’s not at all upset about the network’s decision to cancel the show. “We were amazed when we got to finish a first season and then we were picked up for a second season,” he
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Bones Season 12 Review

Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Let’s be honest: Not too many live action shows have lasted for longer than a handful of seasons on Fox (just ask The Finder). But those that have are among the most hallowed in the annals of television history. So I find hit highly befitting that Bones join the pantheon of such heavyweights as Married… With Children, The X-Files, 24 and House.

Over the course of the past few decades, it seems like a billion police procedurals have come and gone. What allowed Bones in particular to rise above the rest was not only concocting riveting mysteries each week to enthrall millions of viewers, it was also its reliance on presenting sound scientific investigation to the masses in stylish fashion, and its ability to craft characters that the audience actually cares about. Aside from perhaps Law & Order: Svu and NCIS, I’m not
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YouTube’s ‘Impulse’ Pilot Casts Maddie Hasson, Sarah Desjardins & More

Maddie Hasson (Twisted, The Finder), Sarah Desjardins (Van Helsing, Wayward Pines), Missi Pyle (Gone Girl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Enuka Okuma (How to Get Away with Murder, Rookie Blue) and Craig Arnold (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Heartland) are set as series regulars in YouTube’s Impulse, a sci-fi thriller pilot from Universal Cable Productions. In addition, David James Elliott (Jag) is set for a guest-starring role. Production gets underway tomorrow in…
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Geoff Stults to Headline CBS' Sports-Themed Comedy Pilot The Kicker

Geoff Stults to Headline CBS' Sports-Themed Comedy Pilot The Kicker
Enlisted‘s Geoff Stults has been drafted by CBS to star in The Kicker, a sports-themed comedy pilot from Tina Fey and her fellow 30 Rock/Kimmy Schmidt collaborators Robert Carlock and Jack Burditt.

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The potential series centers on Daryl Thorkelson, an oddball, outspoken NFL kicker who drives family, friends and strangers insane after he unexpectedly finds himself cut from his team.

Burditt penned the pilot and will serve as an Ep alongside Fey and Carlock.

Stults’ TV-packed resume also includes 7th Heaven, October Road, Happy Town and The Finder.
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Geoff Stults to Star in Tina Fey & Robert Carlock’s CBS Comedy Pilot ‘The Kicker’

Geoff Stults to Star in Tina Fey & Robert Carlock’s CBS Comedy Pilot ‘The Kicker’
Geoff Stults will star in “The Kicker,” the multi-cam CBS comedy pilot from exec producers Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and writer Jack Burditt, Variety has learned.

Stults will play the lead role of Daryl Thorkelson, a NFL kicker who is known more for his controversial opinions and know-it-all habits than his skill on the field. After bouncing around teams throughout the NFL, Daryl is coming close to the all-time scoring record, but jeopardizes his entire career by writing an unapologetic book that has the NFL fandom up in arms. Now that he’s suspended, he finds it hard to stay out of trouble and do something constructive with his newfound free time.

Stults starred on “7th Heaven” and “Happy Town,” before nabbing the lead role on Fox’s “Bones” spinoff “The Finder,” which was cancelled after one season. Fox then cast him in the army comedy “Enlisted,” which also lasted only one season.
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‘The Kicker’: Geoff Stults To Topline CBS Comedy Pilot Produced By Tina Fey

Enlisted and The Finder star Geoff Stults is set as the lead in The Kicker, CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot from the 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt trio of Tina Fey, Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock. Written by Burditt, The Kicker centers on Daryl Thorkelsonan (Stults), an oddball athlete who drives family, friends and strangers insane after he unexpectedly finds himself cut from his professional football team. Knowledgeable, thoughtful and naturally curious, Daryl…
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Patrick Massett & John Zinman Sign With Wme

Exclusive: Wme has signed writers-producer-showrunners Patrick Massett and John Zinman. The duo, currently under an overall deal at Sony Pictures TV, co-executive produced the first season of Spt’s The Blacklist and The Last Resort before that. Known for their work on the Friday Night Lights series and penning Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, their other credits include Caprica, The Chicago Code and The Finder. They previously were at CAA. Massett and Zinman most recently penned…
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Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season coming to Blu-ray and DVD in December

Entertainment One has announced that the first season of Fear the Walking Dead, AMC’s hit companion series to The Walking Dead, is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on December 7th in the UK and is now available to pre-order via Amazon.

Fear The Walking Dead features an incredible cast including; Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, The Blind Side) as high school guidance counsellor, Madison Clark; Cliff Curtis (Live Free or Die Hard, Last Knights) as English teacher and Madison’s boyfriend, Travis Manawa; Frank Dillane (In The Heart Of The Sea, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as 19-year-old drug addict and son of Madison, Nick Clark; Alycia Debnam-Carey (Into The Storm, The Devil’s Hand) as top student and daughter of Madison, Alicia Clark; Lorenzo James Henrie (Star Trek, Warrior Road) as rebellious teenager and son of Travis, Christopher Manawa; Elizabeth Rodriguez (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Vampire Diaries) as single mother,
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Howard Gordon Producing Fox Medical Drama From ‘Bones’ Writer

Straight outta Compton… comes a new medical drama. Fox has given a script commitment with significant penalty to an untitled drama project from Howard Gordon’s Teakwood Lane. Written by Nkechi Okoro Carroll (Bones, The Finder), the medical franchise centers on three brilliant young doctors who grew up together in Compton and are reunited at an extraordinary cutting-edge hospital in Beverly Hills. Now the shared secrets from their past force them to straddle the line…
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Mercedes Mason joins Fear the Walking Dead

Last week it was announced that Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange Is the New Black, Grimm) has joined AMC’s upcoming Walking Dead companion series Fear the Walking Dead, and now the show has added another new cast member in Mercedes Mason (Chuck, The Finder).

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Fear the Walking Dead will shift the action to Los Angeles and take place earlier in the zombie outbreak than the original series. Mason and Rodriguez are the newest additions to the cast, with Cliff Curtis (Missing), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam-Carey (The 100) all appearing in the pilot.

Fear the Walking Dead is set to get underway on AMC later this summer.
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Twd Spinoff Adds 666 Park Alum

Twd Spinoff Adds 666 Park Alum
AMC has added one more person who’ll Fear the Walking Dead: 666 Park Avenue actress Mercedes Mason.

Like the forthcoming series’ already announced castings, not much is known about Mason’s character. Our sister site Deadline, which broke the news, reports that Ruben Blades is in negotiations to play her alter ego’s dad.

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The companion series stars Cliff Curtis (Gang Related), Kim Dickens (Deadwood), Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam Carey (The 100) and Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange Is the New Black) as Los Angeles residents in the early days of the walker takeover.
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Backstrom Season 1 Review

This review is based on the first four episodes of season one, which were provided to us by Fox.

Fox’s new police procedural Backstrom is one of the least fresh-feeling dramas that the network has premiered in some time. It continues Fox’s time-honored tradition of building shows around a toxic genius character, as abrasive and irritable as he is brilliant (from House to Lie to Me to recently failed Rake, it seems that Fox has an anti-hero complex). Backstrom also shares showrunner DNA with long-running detective show Bones and its one-and-done spinoff The Finder. And even its setting, perpetually rainy Portland, has been in use by another network’s crime procedural for years (NBC’s Grimm).

The only compliment that could be easily directed at Backstrom is that it appears built to last. That showrunner, Hart Hanson, works fast to establish a sturdy (if painfully familiar) formula, blending
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Enlisted Star Geoff Stults to Write, Possibly Star in CBS Comedy Project

Enlisted Star Geoff Stults to Write, Possibly Star in CBS Comedy Project
Geoff Stults is on active duty once again.

The Enlisted star has signed on to co-write (and potentially star in) an untitled CBS comedy pilot, our sister site Deadline reports.

Executive-produced by Will Gluck and Richard Schwartz (The Michael J. Fox Show), the multi-camera series will center on Martin “Marty” Booker — potentially played by Stults — an average-Joe firefighter who winds up getting elected his city’s mayor after a news crew films him saving two kids from a burning building.

In addition to Enlisted, Stults’ recent TV work includes Ben and Kate and The Finder. The upcoming comedy will mark his first writing gig,
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Exclusive excerpt from Showrunners: The Art of Running A TV Show

This coming week, Titan Books is set to release Showrunners: The Art of Running A TV Show, Tara Bennett’s companion book to the upcoming documentary Showrunners, the ultimate insider’s guide to creating and running a hit show which includes legends such as Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Ronald D.Moore, Jane Espenson, Terence Winter, Kurt Sutter, Janet Tamaro and Bill Prady. Here’s an exclusive excerpt from the book, which hits shelves on September 5th…

With the industry in such flux, writers are also trying to navigate the best paths for their creative careers. Is broadcast in too much disarray to invest? Is cable the right fit for future development? Maybe TV needs to get its act together, and film is the place to hang out for a while? All showrunners are mulling these options, and more, as they think about what their personal futures hold.

Robert King, Showrunner:
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Patrick Massett & John Zinman Ink New Sony TV Overall Deal

In a competitive situation with other studios pursuing, Patrick Massett & John Zinman are staying at Sony Pictures TV with a new two-year overall deal. The duo served as co-executive producers on Sony TV’s breakout freshman drama The Blacklist this season and before that worked in the same capacity on the studio’s Last Resort. The interest in Massett and Zinman, including from hot new NBC drama Allegiance, illustrates the problems with shortage of senior level writer-producers that the broadcast networks and studios are facing. Related: Showrunners Wanted: Networks Grapple With Lack Of Experienced Writing Producers Massett and Zinman, whose series credits also include Friday Night Lights, Caprica, The Chicago Code and The Finder, are with CAA and Industry Entertainment.
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Enlisted: Season One Ratings

Geoff Stults hasn't had much luck on Fox. His two previous Fox series -- The Finder and Ben and Kate -- were both cancelled after one season. Will his Enlisted sitcom be a success or will it be cancelled as well? Let's watch the ratings and find out.

Enlisted follows three brothers who find themselves all stationed at the same Us Army base in Florida as part of a troup of misfits. The sitcom's cast includes Stults, Chris Lowell, Parker Young, Keith David, and Angelique Cabral.

The higher a show's ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better its chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically the following morning, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.

How are your shows doing? Check the season rankings: ABC | CBS | The CW
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‘Bones’ Producer Barry Josephson Signs Overall Deal With Sony TV

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Prolific television producer Barry Josephson has inked an overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. As part of the pact, the company also gets first look at feature films, a studio representative told TheWrap. Josephson is an executive producer on Fox series, “Bones,” which was just renewed for a 10th season. His other TV credits include “Turn,” “The Finder,” “Fantasy Island” and “Tales From the Crypt,” among many others. Also read: ‘Biggest Loser’ Creator Signs Overall Deal With Sony Pictures Television His film credits include “Aliens in the Attic,” “Enchanted” and “The Last Boy Scout.” Josephson’s company, Josephson Entertainment, entered into a first look deal.
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Sony Pictures Inks Deal With ‘Bones’ Exec Producer Barry Josephson

Sony Pictures Inks Deal With ‘Bones’ Exec Producer Barry Josephson
Sony Pictures has signed an overall deal with producer Barry Josephson, a pact that includes an exclusive TV deal and first-look feature deal with the “Bones” exec producer.

Josephson, who previously held first-looks with FremantleMedia and Universal, has produced feature films including “Wild Wild West,” “Enchanted,” “Life as We Know It” and “Like Mike.”

Josephson’s TV credits include “Tales from the Crypt,” “Fantasy Island” and “The Finder,” along with “Bones.” He is currently attached to AMC drama “Turn” as an exec producer, as well.

He is repped by Wme.
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Bones Picked Up For 10th Season

Fox comedy-drama Bones is about to join a very elite club – TV shows that made it to ten seasons. Speaking to reporters, Chairman of Entertainment for Fox said:

“Over the course of nine seasons, Bones has grown from a hit crime procedural into a beloved pillar of our line-up that resonates with fans in a way that only the best of shows can. Our viewers have embraced Emily, David and the entire cast and characters of Bones as their very own, and I think they are going to love what Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan have planned for Season 10!”

Bones first premiered on Fox in September 2005 and is essentially an investigation-based show about forensic anthropology and archaeology. Each episode explores an FBI case based on human remains presented to Dr Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) by FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). The premise is loosely based on the
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'Enlisted' and 'Raising Hope' swap timeslots: Good news for the Hill brothers?

Fox has made a small change to its Friday-night lineup, switching timeslots for its comedies "Raising Hope" and "Enlisted."

Starting Friday (Jan. 24), "Enlisted" will air at 9 p.m. Et, with "Hope" moving back a half-hour to 9:30. "Bones" stays put at 8 o'clock.

Moving "Enlisted" directly behind "Bones" could potentially help the well-reviewed comedy in the ratings -- and "Enlisted" could use whatever help is out there. Over its first two episodes "Enlisted" has averaged a very modest 0.7 rating among adults 18-49, along with about 2.2 million viewers, in the overnight ratings. (Three-day DVR ratings for the Jan. 10 premiere show its 18-49 rating nearly doubling from a 0.7 to a 1.3.)

It would also help if a few more "Bones" fans stick around. That show has survived the move to Fridays reasonably well, but "Raising Hope" has typically lost about half of the adult 18-49 audience of its lead-in and dropped off by more than that in total viewers.
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