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Watch: A New Trailer for the Michael Bay-Produced Starz Pirate Drama 'Black Sails' Looks Lavish

Watch: A New Trailer for the Michael Bay-Produced Starz Pirate Drama 'Black Sails' Looks Lavish
Starz pirate drama "Black Sails" will be executive producer Michael Bay's first small screen venture, though the blockbuster king already has more series in the works -- post-apocalypse series "The Last Ship" at TNT and supernatural pilot "Occult" at A&E. The premium network unveiled a new, more impressive trailer for "Black Sails" at New York Comic Con this past weekend, which you can check out below. The series, which is a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island," was created by Jon Steinberg ("Jericho") and Robert Levine and certainly looks plenty lavish. It so pleased the crowds at San Diego Comic-Con that it's already earned a second season renewal ahead of its premiere in January. Neil Marshall ("The Descent," "Game of Thrones") directed the first episode.

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Watch: A New Trailer for the Michael Bay-Produced Starz Pirate Drama 'Black Sails' Looks Lavish

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Watch: A New Trailer for the Michael Bay-Produced Starz Pirate Drama 'Black Sails' Looks Lavish
Starz pirate drama "Black Sails" will be executive producer Michael Bay's first small screen venture, though the blockbuster king already has more series in the works -- post-apocalypse series "The Last Ship" at TNT and supernatural pilot "Occult" at A&E. The premium network unveiled a new, more impressive trailer for "Black Sails" at New York Comic Con this past weekend, which you can check out below. The series, which is a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island," was created by Jon Steinberg ("Jericho") and Robert Levine and certainly looks plenty lavish. It so pleased the crowds at San Diego Comic-Con that it's already earned a second season renewal ahead of its premiere in January. Neil Marshall ("The Descent," "Game of Thrones") directed the first episode.
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Three Cable Pilots Not Going Forward

It’s the end of the road for three pilots: A&E drama Occult and Comedy Central comedies Schlub Life and Bad Advice From My Brother. A&E actually passed on Occult three weeks ago, but producing studio ABC Studios kept it alive by shopping it around and engaged with conversations with potential buyers. Unfortunately they didn’t pan out and the project is now officially dead. Occult, produced by Michael Bay and written by James Wong, centered on an FBI agent (Josh Lucas) partnering with an agent specializing in the occult (Lynn Collins). Greg Hess’ Schlub Life was about two irresponsible best friends. Bad Advice From My Brother was written by Jordan Pope Roush based on his blog of the same name.
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A&E Passes on the Occult

With horror on TV being several networks' hot ticket, it comes as a bit of a surprise that A&E has passed on the new series written by James Wong ("The X-Files," "Millennium," "American Horror Story") entitled "Occult." Read on for details.

According to TVWise the cable network will not be moving ahead with the hour-long pilot that has been in development since 2012. "Occult" was well received by executives, but following the pick-up of "Those Who Kill" and the renewals of "Longmire" and "Bates Motel," A&E brass felt that the proposed project was not in “a direction we wanted to pursue.” The news comes after A&E announced last month that they are developing an adaptation of the French series "The Returned" (Aka "Les Revenants"), which is being produced in-house by the recently launched A+E Studios.

Daniel Henney, Brennan Brown, Josh Lucas, Lynn Collins, and Agnes Bruckner were signed on to star.
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Sarah Jane Morris to Guest Star on Criminal Minds

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Sarah Jane Morris has booked a return to CBS.

The former NCIS agent will guest star on an episode of Criminal Minds Season 9, network sources confirm, coming on board as the target of that week's killer.

The series returns on Wednesday, September 25.

Morris, meanwhile, will appear on the A&E drama Occult and has previously stopped by episodes of Castle, Body of Proof and Brothers & Sisters.
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Scoop: NCIS Alumna to Visit Criminal Minds

Scoop: NCIS Alumna to Visit Criminal Minds
Onetime NCIS agent Sarah Jane Morris will find herself looking down the wrong end of a gun barrel (or a harpoon spear, or a human marionette pulley, or whatever twisted modus homicidii is at play) when she guest-stars on CBS’ Criminal Minds this fall.

Morris will appear in the sixth episode of Season 9 as a target of the killer du jour, TVLine has learned.

Related | Criminal Minds Season 9 Spoilers — Camryn Manheim Books Killer Arc

In addition to her arc as NCIS’ E.J. Barrett, the actress’ TV credits include Brothers & Sisters, guest-starring turns on Castle and Body of Proof and
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Sarah Jane Morris Gets Spooky With A&E’s Occult Pilot

An new pilot in development over at A&E may just echo the presence of Fox “Spooky” Mulder on the small screen. The pilot is called Occult and NCIS alumnus Sarah Jane Morris will spirit up a performance.

We’ve seen shows promise to offer some of that magic the X-Files delivered in its prime before, but the pilot for Occult has a leg up on such hopefuls. It was written by X-Files scribe James Wong.

That tidbit was the first item to get my attention. Ready for the second? The pilot will star Josh Lucas. Can I get a woot, woot? I’m a Lucas fan. How can you not like those soulful blue eyes. The actor was the best thing about the short lived series modeled after The Firm.

For Occult, Lucas is FBI Agent Dolan who nearly lost his mind when his wife Rebekah disappeared. Sarah Jane Morris
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Casting Gets Rolling for A&E Pilot Occult

It’s always great news when a show idea we’ve been following actually starts casting; it gets us thinking that the thing might actually get made. We first told you about Occult, a pilot picked up by A&E, last fall. It’s a Michael Bay (Transformers) -produced series about an FBI occult crimes task force, centering on FBI Agent Dolan, who joins the new unit upon his return from administrative leave, so ordered after going off the deep end while investigating his wife’s disappearance.

(L-r) Morris, Lucas, Collins

Word now comes from TVLine that things are moving along in the casting department, with the most recent hire being Sarah Jane Morris (NCIS) as that missing wife. So presumably we’ll be seeing her in flashbacks, or… hmm!

She’ll be joining star Josh Lucas (Space Warriors) as Agent Dolan; Lynn Collins (John Carter) as his new partner
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Pilot Scoop: A&E's X-Files-esque Occult Drama Adds NCIS Alum Sarah Jane Morris

Pilot Scoop: A&E's X-Files-esque Occult Drama Adds NCIS Alum Sarah Jane Morris
NCIS alum Sarah Jane Morris has boarded A&E’s Occult pilot in a role that would seem to not afford her much screen time.

Or will it…? [Cue spooky X-Files theme]

Related | First Look: A&E’s Bates Motel Plans to Make a Killing at the Emmys

In the drama project penned by celebrated X-Files scribe James Wong, Morris will play wife to Josh Lucas’ FBI Agent Dolan, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Thing is, as the series opens, Dolan is returning from leave after going off the deep end while investigating… his wife Rebekah’s disappearance. :-O

Now back on the job, Dolan
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Two More Actors Sign on to Study the Occult for A&E

The pilot for A&E's "Occult" has just expanded by two as both Daniel Henney and Brennan Brown have signed on to co-star in the project, which already boasts a pretty impressive cast with Josh Lucas, Lynn Collins, and Agnes Bruckner.

The potential new series is written by James Wong ("The X-Files," "Millennium," "American Horror Story"), who will executive produce with Michael Bay and his partners at Platinum Dunes, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, producing.

"Occult" revolves around Dolan, an FBI agent (Lucas) who has returned from administrative leave after going off the deep end while investigating his wife’s disappearance. Eager to be back on the job, he is paired with an agent with her own complicated back story who specializes in the occult (Collins). Together, they will solve cases for the newly formed occult crimes task force. Bruckner will play Lucy, an attractive, edgy young soul caught up in the occult.
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[TV] James Wong’s “The Occult” Casts Daughter and Agent…

The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine‘s Daniel Henney, pictured, and Detachment ‘s Brennan Brown are set to co-star opposite the previously announced Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins in A&E‘s drama pilot “Occult,” produced by Michael Bay and written by “X-Files” producer James Wong, says Deadline. “Occult centers on Dolan (Lucas), an FBI agent who... Read More
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Daniel Henney & Brennan Brown In ‘Occult’, Ernie Hudson To Recur On ‘Lost Angeles’

Daniel Henney and Brennan Brown are set to co-star opposite Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins in A&E‘s drama pilot Occult, produced by Michael Bay and written by James Wong. Occult centers on Dolan (Lucas), an FBI agent who returns from administrative leave after going off the deep end while investigating his wife’s disappearance. Henney, repped by CAA and Medavoy Management, will play Thompson, the Special Agent in Charge, investigating the abduction of the Governor’s daughter, who has recruited Dolan. Brown, repped by Brs, Curtis Brown and Soffer/Namoff), will play Monroe, Assistant Director of the FBI field office in New Orleans. Ernie Hudson is in negotiations to join the cast of Frank Darabont’s upcoming TNT series Lost Angels as a recurring. On the period drama, which chronicles the battle between the forces of the Lapd and the West Coast mob during the 1940s and 50s,
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Agnes Bruckner In A&E’s “Occult”

Agnes Bruckner In A&E’s “Occult”
Agnes Bruckner, of Private Practice and 24 fame, has been added to the cast of A&E’s Occult. The series is produced by Michael Bay and written by James Wong (The X-Files, Final Destination, The Event, American Horror Story).

Agnes joins Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins in the cast of the show that is being compared to X-Files and Fringe.

The show “centers on Dolan (Lucas), an FBI agent who returns from administrative leave after going off the deep end while investigating his wife’s disappearance. Eager to be back on the job, he is paired with Noa Blair (Collins), an agent with her own complicated backstory who specializes in the occult. Together, they will solve cases for the newly formed occult crimes task force. Bruckner, repped by Apa and Oren Segal of Mpe, will play Lucy, an attractive, edgy young soul caught up in the occult. Presumed dead after being shot in the heart,
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Agnes Bruckner to be Resurrected on A&E’s Occult

Agnes Bruckner had the honor of portraying Anna Nicole Smith in Lifetime’s biopic of the former Playboy model and must have impressed someone because she has already been snatched up for another of A+E Networks’ projects. Her latest role will put her in a world much more gritty and scary than the world of a Playboy model – not that that life is easy, especially given Smith’s sad story. But the Smith biopic rests in fact and truth, while Bruckner’s part in A&E’s Occult will her bring into supernatural realms that will certainly test her abilities as actress, especially given the specifics of her character.

Bruckner joins co-stars Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins in Occult, a drama pilot produced by Michael Bay and written by veteran genre writer James Wong. Think of this pilot as being in the same vein as The X Files and
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Agnes Bruckner Joins A&E's Occult Pilot

While pilot season is over for most TV networks, A&E still has one cooking - "Occult," produced by Michael Bay and written by veteran genre writer James Wong - and a very familiar face has just joined it. Read on for the details.

Per Deadline, Agnes Bruckner (pictured; Blood and Chocolate, The Pact) is set to co-star opposite Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins. The potential new series is written by Wong ("The X-Files," "Millennium," "American Horror Story"), who will executive produce with Bay and his partners at Platinum Dunes, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, producing.

"Occult" revolves around an FBI agent (Lucas) who has returned from administrative leave after going off the deep end while investigating his wife’s disappearance. Eager to be back on the job, he is paired with an agent with her own complicated back story who specializes in the occult (Collins). Together, they will solve
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Agnes Bruckner To Co-Star In A&E Pilot ‘Occult’

Exclusive: Agnes Bruckner, who plays Anna Nicole Smith in Lifetime’s upcoming biopic of the former Playboy model, has been cast in another A+E Networks project. Bruckner is set to co-star opposite Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins in A&E‘s drama pilot Occult, produced by Transformers helmer Michael Bay and written by veteran genre writer and The X-Files alum James Wong. Occult, which draws parallels to X-Files and Fringe, centers on Dolan (Lucas), an FBI agent who returns from administrative leave after going off the deep end while investigating his wife’s disappearance. Related: Josh Lucas & Lynn Collins To Topline A&E Pilot ‘Occult’ Eager to be back on the job, he is paired with Noa Blair (Collins), an agent with her own complicated backstory who specializes in the occult. Together, they will solve cases for the newly formed occult crimes task force. Bruckner, repped by Apa and Oren Segal of Mpe,
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TNT Gives Series Pickup to Michael Bay’s ‘Last Ship’

TNT Gives Series Pickup to Michael Bay’s ‘Last Ship’
TNT has given a 10-episode order to “The Last Ship,” a drama thriller starring Eric Dane and exec produced by Michael Bay.

Pickup comes a week before the Turner net unveils its lineup for the 2013-14 season to advertisers in New York.

“Last Ship” revolves around a navy destroyer crew that survives a nuclear disaster. Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane wrote the pilot, which was helmed by Jonathan Mostow (“U-571″).

Steinberg will serve as showrunner and exec produce with Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.

Bay, a staple in the realm of big budget action pics, has for the most part not dabbled in the small screen world until the greenlighting of “Last Ship.” The helmer also has FBI drama “Occult” set up at A&E.

” ‘The Last Ship’ has all the elements of a big Hollywood blockbuster, from its epic storytelling to its top-notch
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A&E’s Pilot ‘Those Who Kill’ To Get Series Order

A&E’s Pilot ‘Those Who Kill’ To Get Series Order
I have learned that A&E is finalizing a deal for series order to drama pilot Those Who Kill, starring Chloë Sevigny and James D’Arcy. The project, from Imagine Television and Fox 21, is an adaptation of a Danish format and revolves around police detective Catherine Jensen (Sevigny) and forensic profiler Thomas Schaffer (D’Arcy), who possess a deep understanding of the serial killers they hunt. Thomas is described as a handsome and intellectual college psychology teacher with a PhD who focuses on serial killer behavior. Joe Carnahan directed the Those Who Kill pilot from a script by Glen Morgan. Morgan, Carnahan, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Peter Bose and Jonas Allen executive produce. The Those Who Kill pickup comes on the heels of the strong debut of A&E’s latest series, Bates Motel. Those Who Kill was one of two drama pilots A&E ordered last fall. The other,
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A&E Gets Into The “Occult”

A&E is jumping head first into the burgeoning horror TV industry with next week’s Bates Motel, and it apparently likes what it’s seen so far. Next up? Michael Bay’s Occult, which has nabbed its two leads: The Firm and Hulk’s Josh Lucas and John Carter’s Lynn Collins.

Here’s how THR describes the show and their characters:

Occult revolves around an FBI agent who has returned from administrative leave after going off the deep end while investigating his wife’s disappearance. Eager to be back on the job, he is paired with an agent with her own complicated backstory who specializes in the occult. Together, they will solve cases for the newly formed occult crimes task force.

Lucas will star as Dolan, the intense, hotshot FBI agent returning to the force six months after the devastating disappearance of his wife. He’s a stand-up
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Occult Finds FBI Partners in Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins

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It may not be intentional, but A&E has cooked up a drama pilot that sounds remarkably like X-Files or Fringe. Part of the similarities might be due to former X-Files writer James Wong having penned the script, but I think no matter who wrote Occult we’d be able to look at this and say we have a pilot that might not be all that original. But what really counts as original these days? Everything’s a copy of a copy so there’s no need to tear down someone’s work just because it doesn’t stand out as unique. That is unless it’s so blatantly a rip off as to be insulting.

Thankfully, Occult at least has two leads lined up that will hopefully carry the potential series above any misconceptions about originality. Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins were reported by TVLine to be the co-stars of this series.
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