11 items from 2013
Judge Dredd Takes On Mega-City Two New Mini-Series Debuts From Idw
San Diego, CA (December 10, 2013) – This January, duty calls Judge Dredd to the West Coast, in the destructive new miniseries Mega-City Two: City of Courts! After entering a partnership with Rebellion/2000 Ad, Idw has explored Dredd’s past in Year One, and taken him “Into the Cursed Earth” in his ongoing title, but with a truly unique creative team on Mega-City Two, Dredd will go up against the unfamiliar and depraved like never before!
Mega-City Two marks the comics-writing debut of Eisner Award-winning journalist and Dredd aficionado Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics). Art chores will be handled by powerhouse Ulises Farinas (Transformers: Heart of Darkness, Catalyst Comix), whose precise linework showcases the oddities of Judge Dredd’s world in stunning detail. Rounding out the creative team, colorist Ryan Hill brings the incredible structure in Farinas’ work to life. »
- Erin Willard
Exclusive: Mira Sorvino is set to recur on the fourth season of TNT‘s popular alien invasion drama Falling Skies, set for a summer 2014 premiere. She will play Sara, a woman far removed from her former life as a graphic designer who is now dogged by death at every turn, yet she has never felt more alive, free or fearless. A chance encounter with guerrilla fighter John Pope (Colin Cunningham) leads her to join the resistance and develop a strong personal bond with the outlaw-turned-warrior. This marks Oscar winner Sorvino’s return to TNT where she recently toplined drama pilot Trooper. Falling Skies is produced by DreamWorks TV. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Exclusive: In its first sale this broadcast pitch season, Jerry Bruckheimer Television has set up a drama at Fox with a put pilot commitment. Written by Aron Eli Coleite, Home is a family thriller/soap that delves into the secrets lingering behind the facade of a suburban family. Coleite, Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman executive produce and KristieAnne Reed co-executive produce for Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros. TV. This marks the third consecutive pairing and third straight put pilot commitment for CAA-repped Coleite and Jerry Bruckheimer TV. During the 2011-12 development season, they sold drama Trooper to CBS, which went to pilot and was later piloted by TNT. Last season, they teamed up for an FBI drama, which also landed at CBS. Bruckheimer TV has high-profile new drama series Hostages on CBS this fall where it will join the company’s veterans CSI and The Amazing Race. Heroes alum Coleite »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Leslie Moonves knew in 2000 that CBS wasn’t where he wanted it to be, but he had a good idea of how he could turn his network around. And those plans included a liberal dose of successful filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer.
Moonves says Bruckheimer was “unbelievably creative and his movies were spectacular.” But there was more that was attracting Moonves’ attention.
“He had his finger on the pulse of what America really wanted to see,” says Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp. “He has a real American sensibility, a populist sensibility. I always wanted to convert him to a TV guy because I felt the sky’s the limit for him. And he bore that out pretty well.”
Before Bruckheimer, CBS was experiencing a slump and became associated with an aging audience. Due in part to Bruckheimer bringing two projects to the network — “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “The Amazing Race »
- Susan Young
Although her drama pilot Trooper failed to take off, Mira Sorvino continues to make a concerted effort to launch the television career we’re still going to take credit for because she openly campaigned for it here, this time returning to comedy by landing the female lead in CBS’ Jim Gaffigan pilot. In keeping with the show’s semi-autobiographical spin on Gaffigan’s life, Sorvino will take her name and the surprising attractiveness ratio of their relationship from Gaffigan’s actual wife Jeannie, playing “a super-wife and super-mom. The mother of five kids, she has a sixth child in the »
Exclusive: Mira Sorvino is returning to her comedy roots (she won an Oscar for Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite) with a starring role opposite Jim Gaffigan in his CBS comedy pilot. Written by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan (the two co-wrote the story, and Tolan wrote the script), the project centers on Jim (Gaffigan) a guy who lives with his wife Jeannie (Sorvino) and five kids in a 2-bedroom New York apartment. Sorvino’s Jeannie is a super-wife and super-mom. The mother of five kids, she has a sixth child in the house: her husband Jim. Sony Pictures TV and Fedora are producing, with Gaffigan, Tolan, Michael Wimer and Alex Murray executive producing. The pilot reunites Sorvino with CBS where she toplined drama pilot Trooper last season. (She also reprised her role in the TNT version of the pilot.) In addition to Mighty Aphrodite, Sorvino’s comedic roles include the cult »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
That was quick. Just 2 days after TNT passed on the Jerry Bruckheimer drama pilot Trooper, the network is back in business with the top producer, greenlighting Marshal Law: Texas, a six-episode new unscripted drama, for a 2013 debut. The series, from Warner Horizon TV, Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Megalomedia, is set in Houston, Texas. Produced with the cooperation of The U.S. Marshal Service, it centers on the elite Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force, which includes U.S. Marshals working with personnel from the Houston Police Department, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and other law-enforcement agencies. Marshal Law: Texas follows the officers as they track down extremely violent offenders, serve warrants and go on the hunt for some of America’s most wanted criminals. Jbtv’s Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman executive produce with Megalomedia’s Jonathan Nowzaradan. KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producer. Marshal Law: Texas is part »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Fresh off of her Golden Globes win, Jennifer Lawrence is set to take the Saturday Night Live stage — and we have a sneak peek at what the Silver Linings Playbook starlet will bring to this weekend’s show.
Press Play below to watch Lawrence channel her inner Hunger Games gal Katniss Everdeen, poke fun at SNL vet Jason Sudeikis and tackle the most annoying thing an award-winner can encounter: being played off the stage.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
• Michael J. Fox’s buzzy new NBC comedy is rounding out its cast. »
- Megan Masters
TNT has picked up new crime drama King and Maxwell to series. However, the network will not be ordering additional episodes of Trooper - starring Mira Sorvino - beyond the pilot, Deadline reports. King and Maxwell - based on the novels by author David Baldacci - has been picked up for a ten-episode first season, to launch in summer 2013. The series stars X-Men's Rebecca Romijn as Michelle Maxwell and The Closer's Jon Tenney as Sean King - a pair of former Secret Service agents who now operate as private investigators. Sons of Anarchy actor Ryan Hurst also appears in the pilot episode as an autistic savant - and suspected serial killer - who helps King to crack a (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
As if we need another investigator based series, TNT is set to deliver one this summer anyway.
Rebecca Romijn will star along with Jon Tenney (The Closer) in the previously titled series King And Maxwell, about a private investigator duo. The network has ordered ten episodes of the show from NCIS: La executive producer Shane Brennan.
For those unfamiliar with the project, it revolves about two former Secret Service agents who have moved into the private sector. The characters are based on bestselling author David Baldacci’s creations and they have been described as not “the typical pair of private investigators.”
Although none of the details released so far particularly stand out, the one bit of shining news is that Ryan Hurst will co-star. Hurst is probably best known by fans as Opie Winston from the hit FX drama, Sons of Anarchy. In King and Maxwell, Hurst will play Edgar Roy, »
- Lindsay Sperling
Exclusive: As it picked up pilot King & Maxwell to series today, TNT has passed on another drama pilot, Trooper. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Trooper starred Mira Sorvino as a recently divorced female state trooper who is as unconventional at work as she is at home raising her three kids. The project was originally developed at CBS last season where it also went to pilot starring Sorvino. The TNT pilot, which co-starred Eion Bailey, was written by Aron Eli Coleite (Heroes) who executive produced with Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Ensler for Warner Horizon. TNT today rendered a decision on its two procedural pilots. The network is yet to weigh in on its two action-adventure pilots, the Michael Bay-produced The Last Ship and the Howard Gordon-produced Legends. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
11 items from 2013
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