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Eddie Izzard is heading back to NBC. The Mockingbird Lane star has inked a one-year talent holding deal with the network, NBC announced Wednesday. Under the pact, Izzard will receive an executive producer credit if he is cast as the lead of a series. Photos: NBC's 'Munsters': Meet the New Residents of 'Mockingbird Lane' The casting continues Izzard's relationship with the network, where he most recently had a two-episode arc on Bryan Fuller's Hannibal and after he starred in the Pushing Daisies creator's ill-fated Munsters reboot. The comedian's TV credits also include FX's The Riches, United
- Lesley Goldberg
British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard has signed a one-year talent holding deal with NBC Entertainment. In the deal, Izzard will receive executive producer credit if cast as the lead in a series. Also read: ‘Blacklist’ Renewed for Season 2 by NBC Best known for his multiple cross-dressing comedy specials, Izzard has appeared and starred on several American TV series, including Showtime’s “United States of Tara,” FX’s “The Riches,” which he also served as executive producer, and recently on NBC’s “Hannibal.” Previously, he played the Grandpa role on the NBC failed pilot-turned-tv-movie, “Mockingbird Lane,” Bryan Fuller’s “Munsters” reboot. »
- Jethro Nededog
Eddie Izzard, who starred in NBC‘s Mockingbird Lane pilot last season and has been recurring on NBC’s Hannibal, is formalizing his relationship with the network via a talent holding deal. Under the one-year pact, he will receive an executive producer credit if cast in the lead of an NBC series. The Emmy winner is repped by Apa and UK’s Conway van Gelder. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
With a remake of “Murder, She Wrote” on tap and a “Remington Steele” re-do reportedly in the works, NBC may want to consider switching its slogan from “More Colorful” to “Everything Old Is New Again.”
The Peacock in recent years has exhibited a jones for dusting off old TV chestnuts and trying to breathe new life into them. The record thus far has not been that stellar, as this season’s now–cancelled “Ironside” can attest, alongside efforts such as 2007’s “Bionic Woman,” 2008’s “Knight Rider,” or 2012’s “Mockingbird Lane” special (a revamp of “The Munsters”). NBC recently tried to resuscitate “The Rockford Files,”but the pilot never got picked up for a series.
To be sure, it’s not fair to single out NBC for this practice. Isn’t CBS running a retooled version of “Hawaii Five-o” on Friday nights (and didn’t word just surface that CBS is »
- Brian Steinberg
Fox is working hard to keep the geek love going, as it has now inked a put pilot deal based on Boom! Studios‘ Unthinkable, by writer Mark Sable (Two-Face Year One, Cyborg) and artist Julian Totino Tadesco. Here’s the synopsis of Issue #1 from Boom:
They’ve been hired to think the Unthinkable. But what happens when the unthinkable actually happens? After 9-11, best-selling author Alan Ripley joins a government think tank consisting of the most imaginative minds in diverse fields. Their job? Think of nightmare scenarios and crippling terrorist attacks so the government can safeguard against them. But what happens when the think tank folds, and the attacks start to happen?
It sounds a bit like Three Days of the Condor meets Castle. It also sounds exceptionally cool. Deadline reports that the project comes from Homeland and 24 executive producer Howard Gordon and writer Ben Queen (Cars 2), and that »
- Erin Willard
Bryan Fuller's highly anticipated Syfy project, "High Moon," continues to flesh out the cast for its 90-minute pilot, adding Dana Davis ("Heroes," "Franklin & Bash"), Jonathan Tucker ("The Black Donnellys") and Peter Macon ("Supernatural") in recurring roles, the network announced on Thursday (Aug. 22)
"High Moon," based on John Christopher's novel "The Lotus Caves," is described as "an imaginative, out-of-this-world adventure series exploring what happens when Earth establishes colonies to mine the Moon's resources and discover a new form of life." Fuller and Adam Kane ("Being Human") will executive producer the pilot, which will be written by co-executive producer Jim Danger Gray ("Pushing Daisies").
Macon will play General Gale Lynn Winehart, "a hard-as-nails American Army General able to kick the crap out of just about anybody ... intent on getting to the bottom of the explosion on the moon," while David will play Yama, his daughter, the first and only kid ever born on the moon. »
A year ago, Bryan Fuller came to Comic-Con for a small panel to discuss two NBC projects he had in the works: his "Munsters" re-imagining "Mockingbird Lane," and a "Silence of the Lambs" prequel about the early serial killing career of "Hannibal." "Mockingbird Lane" wound up never being ordered to series, though NBC aired the pilot, while "Hannibal" recently finished a brilliant (if incredibly low-rated) first season and was renewed for a second. I spoke with Fuller about the end of the season, and now he's back at Comic-Con with a show that fans have actually seen now, and with star Hugh Dancy in tow, along with director David Slade »
- Alan Sepinwall
It’s CastingPalooza over at Damon Lindelof‘s drama pilot The Leftovers for HBO. We told you earlier today about casting for another pilot, that one to be run by Lindelof’s former Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse, but still, we’re always hesitant to talk too much about pilots. We’ve had our hearts broken too many times in the past by pilots that are never turned into series *cough* Locke & Key *cough* Mockingbird Lane *cough*.
Still, things are looking good for Cuse’s pilot, and with all the casting news lately, they’re looking similarly good for Lindelof. Joining the throng of actors who’ve signed up to be a Leftover are former elf Liv Tyler (the Lord of the Rings trilogy) and the Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston. Yes, a Doctor for the Lindelof pilot, just as another Doctor has signed up for the Cuse pilot. Weird, right?
As a quick reminder, »
- Erin Willard
TNT’s King & Maxwell is turning into a family affair!
O’Connell, who recently appeared on Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane, will play a character named Waskiewicz, a low-rent D.C. Pi who tends to be a step behind on all his cases. (“I don’t ask questions” is literally on his business card.) The episode is set to air in mid-July.
On King & Maxwell, Romijn plays one half of a private »
- Sandra Gonzalez
"Arrested Development" is finally back in our lives after seven years off the air.
And in that time, the dysfunctional Bluth family missed out some pretty significant moments, from Barack Obama getting elected to a bevy of social media platforms launching, beloved TV shows signing on and off to serious solar system developments. Plus, there have been plenty of reality stars in between, ripe for the mocking.
Below, HuffPost TV rounded up 28 events that mattered between "Arrested Development's" original run, which ended on February 10, 2006, and the show's revival on Netflix, which kicked off May 26, 2013.
We elected our first black president.
We met Don Draper and Walter White (and started watching AMC)
(Source: Disquettes des filles on Tumblr)
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Netflix introduced Watch Instantly.
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- Jaimie Etkin
You might well have missed it (though hopefully its Criterion release helped you catch up), but gay love story "Weekend" was one of the best films of 2011. So we're cracking open the champagne at the news that its director, Andrew Haigh, is heading to HBO, as the cable network has picked up a new show to series directed and executive produced by the helmer. Written by Michael Lannan (the short film "Lorimer"), it's about a trio of young gay man in San Francisco (led by "Glee" star Jonathan Groff), and their lives and loves. A sort of gay, West Coast version of "Girls," then? Sounds good to us. [Deadline] It’s always frustrating to hear about a great project being filmed for television, only to taste the bitter disappointment when the channel decides not to go forward (I might get some haters, but I’m still sad “Mockingbird Lane” didn’t get a chance to shine! »
- Kristen Lopez
For the honor of Gayskull!
Kylie Minogue is back -- not with a new single or film role, but as everyone's favorite '80s female cartoon icon (okay, second to Jem), She-Ra! Presented as a new show on NBC, the Funny or Die clip portrays Kylie as the Princess of Power in a modern-day reboot like the ones populating the TV landscape these days (ie: "Beauty and the Beast," "Mockingbird Lane," and this Fall's upcoming "Sleepy Hollow").
The parody video has the Australian pop star battling her arch-nemesis Skeletor and features the inevitable cameo from her hunky brother, He-Man. At first it may seem strange to have the Princess of Pop playing the Princess of Power, but once you watch the video you'll wonder why this didn't happen sooner. It also helped that Kylie probably provided her own costume taken from one of her past tours.
Since Kylie is almost »
- The Huffington Post
Interview Louisa Mellor 1 May 2013 - 07:00
In the window of Covent Garden’s The Hospital Club, the chic venue for our chat with Star Trek: Voyager, Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, and Pushing Daisies writer Bryan Fuller, is a sculpture called Gold Digga. A pair of gilded deer antlers atop a glittery Mondrian painting, it’s a piece about the commodification of art, but to someone – me – fresh from watching episode one of Hannibal, it’s an apt coincidence. Stag antlers play an arresting role in the Hannibal opener, and this flashy, glitzy pair seems quite Fuller-y (remind »
Hands down the best thing about NBC's failed "Mockingbird Lane" was Eddie Izzard so we're pretty stoked to see him pop up in next week's episode of "Hannibal" and also to hear he's attached to a new take on "Jekyll and Hyde."
Per Variety, Brit drama producer Tony Wood has pacted with Cineflix Studios to launch Buccaneer Media, which will produce scripted programming for broadcasters worldwide; and UK-based Buccaneer has already inked a development deal with Impact Film and TV that includes a fresh take on “Jekyll and Hyde” starring Izzard.
“Our ambition is to build a globally focused company producing everything from family entertainment to high quality drama and structured reality rooted in the social media landscape,” said Wood. “Forming this partnership with Cineflix Studios will mean I can draw on their expertise and experience in producing for U.S. and Canadian networks while retaining the creativity and independence »
- The Woman In Black
The man behind Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me and last year’s “Halloween event” Mockingbird Lane (aka The Munsters reboot), discusses the origins of NBC’s Hannibal and what's to come on the series. The chat then leans into all things horror as Fuller and Turek look at Friday the 13th, remakes and reflect on Fuller's early days in the genre which includes writing the 2002 made-for-tv Carrie adaptation.
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Second in order of excitement generated, at least for me, by last night’s Syfy Upfront was news about Bryan Fuller‘s (Mockingbird Lane, Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me) proposed series High Moon. Although the project was also included in Syfy‘s 2012 Upfront, the synopsis is somewhat longer, and they’ve actually identified the studio, Universal Cable Productions, which makes it practically in-house. All positive steps!
New York – April 10, 2013 – Syfy, the destination for high-concept, boundary-pushing genre entertainment, announced today it will begin production on the pilot of High Moon, an adaptation of John Christopher’s best-selling novel The Lotus Caves. Along with a creative team featuring Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Jim Danger Gray (Pushing Daisies, Hannibal), Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio.
Said Mark Stern, »
- Erin Willard
Last October, Mockingbird Lane was dumped. The show aired as a Friday night Halloween special with a lack of promotion, three unfinished scenes, and a time slot set up for failure. Nonetheless, the modern update of CBS’s The Munsters raked in 5.6 million viewers that night. That’s a sizable audience for a Friday night one-off program. Ultimately, NBC concluded not to pickup the show for a full season order, but while speaking with writer/producer Bryan Fuller, he said the network might not be done with the creepy family from 1313 Mockingbird Lane. Here’s what Fuller had to say about how the show fit his interests, where the first season would’ve gone, and why we might see more from that side of the street: What about for Mockingbird Lane? How did that tie into the themes you’re interested in? Mockingbird Lane, they were so connected as a family. And »
- Jack Giroux
Considering the debacle that was Mockingbird Lane, I was fairly concerned with Bryan Fuller adapting Thomas Harris’ novels and bringing Dr. Hannibal Lecter to the small screen. But, lest I forget, Bryan Fuller’s also responsible for the brilliant Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls. Any concerns I had were alleviated three minutes into “Aperitif,” the pilot for NBC’s Hannibal, and so should yours. Directed by David Slade (Awake, 30 Days Of Night, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Hannibal has some serious, stylized violence, but it works.
We open on Will Graham (Hugh Dancy, more on him later) at a bloody crime scene (there’s a lot of blood for an NBC show), where he sees the crime scene in reverse, as it happens, placing himself as a killer. It’s a little Dexter Morgan at a crime scene-y, except actually having Will Graham go through with the dirty deeds. The trippy sequence »
- Andy Greene
One thing is very clear from the first few minutes of Bryan Fuller’s new series, “Hannibal,” it’s his own take on the characters invented in the world of literature by Thomas Harris and then essayed onscreen in film as “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Hannibal,” “Hannibal Rising,” and “Manhunter/Red Dragon.” He’s not cribbing from source materials to create a pastiche of overly clichéd characters to make a by-the books procedural. No, this is his world and he’s simultaneously managed to create a world that feels like Harris’ and those aforementioned films and yet still makes this his own. It doesn’t feel like his previous works, even the sadly truncated “Mockingbird Lane” felt like a new Fuller take on an old classic.
The opening scene sets everything up for how our lead, »
- Nathan Smith
After seeing the first couple episodes of Hannibal, I grew nervous. I don’t think the show will last more than a few episodes. And not because it is bad - but because it is good. Too good.
Cliches aside, I think it is safe to say that Hannibal is my favorite midseason show of the year. Following the Hannibal Lecter of Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon, Hannibal is set before anyone knew the good Dr. Lecter was a cannibalizing sociopath. But the series is at least as much Will Graham’s show as it is Hannibal’s.
Will Graham (played by a nearly unrecognizable Hugh Dancy) is the FBI agent who chooses an academic career over field work due to a number of troubling personality disorders. Agent Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) lures Graham, a brilliant profiler, back into the field. Graham puts himself in the headspace of perpetrators a little bit too easily, »
- Alyse Wax
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