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Channel 4 has commissioned a pilot for a new sci-fi sitcom.
The pilot will star Georgia King (The New Normal), Tom Stourton (Siblings), Justin Edwards (The Thick of It), Alex Beckett (Twenty Twelve), Ricky Grover (EastEnders) and Nico Tatarowicz (The Armstrong and Miller Show).
A synopsis for the pilot reads: "It's 6 months, 1 week, and 4 days since the earth was destroyed by an asteroid. 200 humans survive on board a huge 'Space Ark'. Their mission? To find a new planet where the human race can be re-established.
"The ship is populated by the finest minds the earth had to offer, plus an inept crew, an android-bear pilot and a member of the public who won his place by lottery.
"In the pilot episode the crew encounter a seemingly friendly alien race, »
Being an original cast member of a Real Housewives franchise means constantly having to reinvent yourself. Bethenny Frankel took her preference for party drinks and turned it into a profitable personal brand, Vicki Gunvalson changed partners (and maybe faces?), and NeNe Leakes made a foray into acting. Now, she is eying a spot on daytime TV. With stints on Glee, The New Normal, and Celebrity Apprentice, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star’s profile has risen considerably since her days spent telling fellow housewives to close their legs to married men. She’s currently starring on Broadway in Cinderella, and getting rave reviews from her costars. The Gossip Table reports that NeNe was in consideration to replace Joan Rivers on E!’s Fashion Police; the job ultimately went to Kathy Griffin. After playing guest host on The View, sources tell InTouch Weekly that NeNe is pursuing hosting gigs on similar shows, »
- Emily Exton
One of the upcoming DC TV projects for next season is Supergirl, which has a series commitment over at CBS and is being worked on by Arrow/The Flash creator Greg Berlanti and The New Normal’s Ali Adler. Casting is currently underway, and we might be close to getting the next Supergirl as The Wrap reports that The Originals and The Vampire Diaries star Claire Holt is currently one of the actresses that is in contention for the lead role on the project. As a matter of fact, our very own Chris King named Holt as one of the five actresses that would be a great candidate for the role of Superman’s cousin. I’m more familiar with Holt from the ABC Family drama, Pretty Little Liars as the character Samara Cook, but I have caught her in a few episodes of The Originals. In my opinion, she »
Superheroes, time travellers, aliens and zombies. Here’s our pick of forthcoming Us geek TV for 2015…
Following on from our list of brand new UK geek-skewed TV shows to keep an eye out for next year is this gaggle of Us counterparts. There are film adaptations from 12 Monkeys to Scream, comic book adaptations including Daredevil and Dark Matter, and a host of original projects.
All of the ones listed below are as certain as certain gets in the world of Us TV commissioning, and as a bonus, there’s a wee list of sci-fi and fantasy pilots to look forward to should they be picked up by their respective networks.
You’ll find this one among our running total of movies currently being turned into TV shows, for obvious reasons.
A Syfy production that’s expected to arrive in January 2015, 12 Monkeys is based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film (itself »
Another familiar face is joining the pilot of Showtime's Happyish, a series that was originally set to star the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. (A pilot featuring Hoffman in the show's lead role was filmed in 2013; the network has replaced Hoffman with Steve Coogan in its new iteration of Happyish.) The pilot's latest addition: Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Ellen Barkin, seen most recently on the small screen as The New Normal's staunchly right-wing, completely politically incorrect grandmother. Showtime says that Barkin will be playing Dani Kirschenbloom, "a headhunter who works closely with Thom Payne (Coogan). Dani harbors no illusions about the advertising industry, »
- Hillary Busis
Showtime's Happyish is adding a philosopher. The New Normal alum Ellen Barkin has boarded the comedy starring Steve Coogan, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Happyish is a dark examination of the pursuit of happiness. Coogan stars as Thom Payne, whose new bosses are half his age. Bradley Whitford plays Jonathan, Thom's mentor and boss who is an advertising legend whose success is due in equal parts to his creative genius and his moral cravenness. Kathryn Hahn returns to star as Thom's wife. Barkin will guest-star in the pilot as Dani Kirschenbloom, a headhunter who works closely with Thom. The character harbors no
- Lesley Goldberg
Barkin will play Dani Kirschenbloom, a headhunter who works closely with Thom Payne (Steve Coogan). Dani harbors no illusions about the advertising industry, or life, and is described as “the sardonic prophet-philosopher of the project.”
“Happyish” is billed as a scathing examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place. Filming on the half-hour pilot is set to begin next month in New York.
The series is created, written and executive produced by author Shalom Auslander. Ken Kwapis will executive produce and direct the pilot. Kwapis’ producing partner Alexandra Beattie will co-executive producer under their In Cahoots banner.
- Shelli Weinstein
VH1 has picked up “Barely Famous,” a docudrama parodying reality television from hyphenate sisters Sara and Erin Foster.
The network has ordered six half-hour episodes of the comedy set to premiere in March 2015. The Foster duo, who are the daughters of music producer David Foster, will play sisters born into the Hollywood lifestyle trying to navigate their careers and dating lives while maintaining perfect public images.
“When we sat down to come up with the concept and story behind ‘Barely Famous,’ we kept referring to shows like ‘The Larry Sanders Show,’ ‘Extras’ and ‘The Comeback’ as influences,” the Fosters said. “By design, the show pokes fun at the reality show genre as we play these stereotypical, delusional sisters who find themselves shooting a reality show, while also refusing to admit it to their friends.”
- Kevin Noonan
Many fans of Matt Bomer know him from his stripping in Magic Mike, but the actor has been breaking hearts as Neal Caffrey for five seasons on White Collar. Both roles are notable not only for Bomer’s charming blue eyes and fine acting, but his sculpted shirtless body as well. In fact, in most of his roles, the actor has found a way to strip down — whether by choice or courtesy of the producers’ smart decision making — for fans’ viewing pleasure.
With Bomer making his return to TV in a guest role on Ryan Murphy‘s hit FX anthology series, American Horror Story, and the debut of White Collar‘s final season, we decided to look back at all of the actor’s finest underwear roles. Warning: Butts abound.
- Stacy Lambe
Since she got her first break while working in a salon—where a customer helped her get a role to get her SAG card—Julie Meyer has appeared on a variety of shows in guest spots, from Southland to How I Met Your Mother to The Middle and The New Normal. Her first real gig was doing sketches with Jay Leno on The Jay Leno Show, so she's had some interesting experiences during the five short years she's been acting in Los Angeles. Add another one to the list: She was cast in a supporting role on NBC's upcoming Adam McKay »
- Kyle Ryan
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In A Straight-to-series Order, Fox Greenlights First Comedy-horror Anthology, "Scream Queens"
15-Episode First Installment to Premiere Fall 2015
Fox has ordered Scream Queens, a new genre-bending comedy-horror anthology series, it was announced today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group. The series, produced by 20th Century Fox Television, is from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto, the executive producers of Glee and "American Horror Story."
The first installment in the new anthology series revolves around a college campus which »
Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons answers your questions about your various TV triumphs and woes. Need help? Have a theory? Want a recommendation? Submit a question! You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a comment, or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned. I'm looking for some good shows with interesting, multifaceted, well-developed Lgbt characters. So often the characters are great, but the show is ridiculous (Queer as Folk, The L Word, Glee); the show is great, but the character doesn't have much to do (Mad Men); or the show and the characters are all just crap (The New Normal, uggghhh). As a hopeless romantic, I would also love a show where the Lgbt character gets a good romance (unlike poor loveless Thomas on Downton Abbey). I've seen Orange Is the New Black and loved it, seen Looking and liked it. What else »
- Margaret Lyons
CBS is diving into the parenting arena with plans to develop a comedy based on the book “How Not to Calm a Child On a Plane.”
Author Johanna Stein is co-writing the adaptation with Adam Barr. Will Arnett’s Electric Avenue banner is producing with CBS TV Studios. Arnett, Barr and Peter Principato are exec producers, with Stein serving as co-exec producer.
Project revolves around a pair of unconventional parents who try to raise their child by their own rules. The book is a collection of humorous essays about parenting from Stein, an experienced TV scribe and producer of the Yahoo series “Life of Mom.”
Format of “Calm a Child” has not yet been determined.
Arnett, repped by Wme and Principato-Young, is a co-star of the CBS sitcom “The Millers.”
- Cynthia Littleton
Leakes, who has parlayed her Real Housewives fame into a number of other projects, is in consideration primarily due to her comic timing, a source told Perez Hilton. Kathy Griffin is reportedly also in the running to join Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos on Fashion Police.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joan Rivers and, for the last two weeks, have turned our attention to honoring her memory on all of our platforms," E! said in a statement. "We have also thought long and hard about what Joan would have wanted as it pertains »
Out of all the recent DC Comics-to-tv adaptations, it seems that Supergirl has gone from a pipe dream to a confirmed series faster than any other (given her set of superpowers, perhaps that’s fitting). Now that Superman’s cousin has officially landed a series at CBS, some officially details are beginning to surface; and if they confirm other rumored information, then DC, WB and CBS are planning some significant changes to the character’s traditional origin story.
Strictly speaking, next to nothing is actually known about the Supergirl series, beyond the fact that Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) and Ali Adler (Chuck, The New Normal) will act as executive producers, and that The CW apparently felt ...
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- Andrew Dyce
The Supergirl TV show is officially a “go”. We heard a couple of weeks ago that Arrow and The Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti was developing a possible TV series based on the DC comics heroine, and now Deadline reports that CBS has given a big series commitment to Supergirl. The drama will be written by Berlanti and Ali Adler (The New Normal, No Ordinary Family), with Adler also acting as an executive producer on the series. Apparently CBS’ straight-to-series commitment is bigger than the one Fox recently gave to the upcoming Gotham, which is a prequel of sorts to the Batman storyline. This continues the expansion of comic book adaptation fever into the TV world, which is becoming more and more crowded with small screen iterations of famous superheroes. More on Supergirl after the jump. For those unfamiliar, the character of Supergirl was introduced in the comics world in 1959. She is, »
- Adam Chitwood
Fox wants to bring John Stamos into the family.
The network has given a put pilot order to an untitled project starring Stamos as a longtime bachelor whose life is upended when he discovers he’s a father and a grandfather.
Stamos has been all over the TV dial in recent years with roles on USA’s “Necessary Roughness,” Fox’s “Glee” and NBC’s “The New Normal.” He’s a regular in the upcoming ABC drama “Members Only,” and he’s been active on Broadway in recent years with roles in “Cabaret” and “The Best Man” opposite James Earl Jones.
The actor who became a TV star on ABC’s Tgif comedy “Full House” has taken severe stabs at returning to a comedy series with pilots. »
- Cynthia Littleton
As the second week of Toronto got underway, A24 pounced on While We’re Young and the hope remained that a deal for Top Five would inject life into what has been a muted event thus far.
The prevailing sentiment among industry attendees that the festival’s hardline policy on Telluride has robbed Toronto of much-needed buzz over the first weekend has been darkened by the slowest start in years on the Us acquisitions front.
The new normal of ultra-conservative buyer strategy allied to below-par product starved the market of domestic deals in the first weekend.
At time of writing, the only exception was Lionsgate’s deal with Qed International and CAA for Us and UK rights for the upcoming Robert De Niro and Zac Efron comedy Dirty Grandpa, as well as A24’s reportedly $4m spend on Us rights to Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young.
Trade on available festival titles has drawn blanks, although »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Now that the "Arrow" TV series is officially a hit and "The Flash" TV series has very strong buzz, Warner Bros is considering turning another DC superhero into a TV show. That superhero is Supergirl. According to Deadline, the project will be a new interpretation of the Supergirl character and her story. Ali Adler ("The New Normal") will write the script. A title has yet to be revealed. The plan is to begin pitching the project within the next few weeks to major networks. Not all of DC comics characters end up at Warner Bros. One example is "Gotham," which landed at Fox. »
Supergirl may be winging her way to the small screen.
Greg Berlanti is said to be developing a series focusing on the Supergirl character, a cousin of the Man of Steel in the DC Comics orbit. According to Deadline, Berlanti is working on a fresh take on Supergirl with Allison Adler, a writer who previously worked on Berlanti’s 2010 ABC drama “No Ordinary Family.”
Warner Bros. TV would not comment. Project is in the nascent stages and has yet to be shopped to networks. Berlanti has become DC’s go-to guy for TV adaptations, as he is shepherding the CW’s “Arrow” and the upcoming “The Flash” with Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim.
- Variety Staff
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