Move Over, Fantasy Football: Hollywood Writers Duking It Out in 'Survivor' Pools

Stakes are high for the May 24 season 36 finale of CBS' Survivor: Ghost Island, and not just for the contestants. Screenwriter superfans including husband-and-wife team Cormac and Marianne Wibberley, Leverage and Sleepy Hollow writer Albert Kim, Ready Player One wordsmith Zak Penn, The Bold Type's Sarah Watson, and Midnight Radio partners Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg and Josh Appelbaum have been watching and betting on the reality stalwart for years.

"Our pool was born out of the Alias writers room in the early 2000s," says Appelbaum. Adds Rosenberg of the pool, which also includes actress Lindy Booth: "There's...
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‘Everything Sucks’ Canceled After One Season on Netflix

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Netflix has canceled the coming-of-age comedy “Everything Sucks” after one season, TheWrap has confirmed.

The comedy, from creators Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan, followed two groups of high school misfits, an A/V club and a drama club as they collide in 1996 Oregon.

Peyton Kennedy and Jahi Winston starred in the series as two teenagers who lead a group trying to make a movie together after the high school play is canceled. Patch Darragh, Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako, Rio Mangini, Quinn Liebling, Sydney Sweeney and Elijah Stevenson also starred.

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On Twitter, the show’s official account noted the cancelation with appropriately 90’s-level detachment:

This is Boring High, signing off. <3

— Everything Sucks (@EverythingSuxTV) April 6, 2018

Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg also served as executive producers on the series alongside Kennedy and Winston.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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Disney Streaming Service Developing ‘High Fidelity’ Series

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A “High Fidelity” TV series is in the works for Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

The show is based on Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel and the 2000 movie starring John Cusack. The series will have a new take on the book and movie, centering around a female record store owner instead of a man.

Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka are writing the romantic comedy series, and it comes from ABC Signature Studios with Midnight Radio. West and Kucserka have recently worked on “Bull,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Ugly Betty,” among others. They’re both repped by Wme.

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The Midnight Radio team includes Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec. The production company recently worked on CBS’ “Zoo.” Rosenberg co-wrote the movie.

The 2000 movie starred Iben Hjejele, Todd Louiso, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joan Cusack and Jack Black in addition to Cusack.

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Everything Sucks!: first trailer

Joseph Baxter Kirsten Howard Feb 7, 2018

Netflix has released a big trailer for their new 90s-set show, Everything Sucks!, which is likely to tug at every nostalgic heartstring...

While the insane array of original series on Netflix probably can’t be accurately categorised by any one offering, the streaming giant has taken a special shine to nostalgia, evidenced by the embracing of the 1980s-era idiosyncrasies of Stranger Things, its fostering of the 2001 (early 1980s-set) cult film Wet Hot American Summer into a television franchise, as well as Full House spinoff Fuller House. However, teen comedy series Everything Sucks! brandishes a mantra that fits in the angsty era in which it will take place: the 1990s.

Here's the first trailer...

Amongst the array of 1990s iconography and tropes lies an irreverent take on the high school experience, that – in a comparison that can’t be evoked enough – is clearly reminiscent in tone
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Zoo has been cancelled

Kirsten Howard Oct 24, 2017

Grim news for fans of Zoo, as it's been confirmed that the third season will be the show's last...

Hot on the heels of welcome news that both Salvation and Star Trek: Discovery have been renewed over at CBS comes some rather more disappointing information from the network: they've chosen to cancel one of their previously more successful shows, Zoo, after three seasons.

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Zoo had a kind of weird, but incredibly beneficial, deal with both CBS and Netflix, where the crew were able to keep hold of a pretty high budget for a summer show in exchange for agreeing to release seasons to the streaming giant just after they finished airing, but it appears it wasn't enough to save the series when the ratings slipped from an average of 4.45 million viewers during the second season to 2.65 million viewers during the third.
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Akiva Goldsman producing Rainbow Six adaptation, Ryan Reynolds wanted for lead

According to Deadline, Akiva Goldsman (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, The Dark Tower) has signed on to produce an adaptation of the Tom Clancy bestseller Rainbow Six as part of his new deal with Paramount Pictures.

The site reports that Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has held talks with the studio about taking on the role of John Clark, a former Navy Seal who is named head of Rainbow Six, an international counter-terrorism task form. Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) are currently penning the script, and the plan is that should Rainbow Six prove a success, it would then be followed with an adaptation of the Clark origin story novel Without Remorse.

The character of John Clark originated in Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels, and his twice appeared on the big screen before, with Willem Dafoe taking on the role in Clear and Present Danger and
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Ryan Reynolds wanted for new adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six

Author: Zehra Phelan

As Akiva Goldsman’s Weed Road production company and Paramount Pictures close a new deal, rumours have surfaced that Goldsman could finally bring to life Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six and that Ryan Reynolds is being lined up to take the lead.

Deadline has reported that “loose talks” have commenced with the Deadpool actor to play Clancy’s Mercenary Hero Ex-Navy Seal, John Clark – In the novel, Clark, becomes head of an international task force to combat terrorism. The team is quickly confronted by a series of international incidents. How close the intended production will keep to Clancy’s novel is yet to be confirmed.

However, it is expected that ‘Without Remorse’ will be the next to be adapted in the Clark series of stories as the character has already been portrayed by Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber in both Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of all Fears.
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Rainbow Six: Ryan Reynolds top choice for adaptation

Simon Brew Jul 13, 2017

The Tom Clancy book Rainbow Six is heading to the movies - and Ryan Reynolds is on the list to star.

Rainbow Six may have become a series of best-selling and popular videogames thanks to UbiSoft, but their core still lies in a novel by the late Tom Clancy. The sizeable book focuses on the character of John Clark, who was introduced in Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels (and we saw played on screen by Willem Dafoe in Clear And Present Danger and Liev Schreiber in The Sum Of All Fears).

A movie adaptation of Rainbow Six is now in the works, and it’s being overseen by Akiva Goldsman. Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec have been hired to try and fit the book into a two hours-or-so movie, and Paramount – which is backing the project – would subsequently look for more John Clark movies.

Very early talks
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Akiva Goldsman Signs First-Look Deal With Paramount, Leaves Warner Bros.

Akiva Goldsman Signs First-Look Deal With Paramount, Leaves Warner Bros.
Akiva Goldsman has signed a two-year first-look deal at Paramount Pictures for his Weed Road production company, leaving Warner Bros. after many years.

Goldsman has been one of Hollywood’s most prolific screenwriters and producers for the past two decades. He won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2001 for “A Beautiful Mind” and has writing credits on “Batman Forever,” “Batman & Robin,” “I Am Legend,” “Cinderella Man,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Angels & Demons,” “I Robot,” “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” and “Transformers: The Last Knight.”

Goldsman shares screenwriting credit for Sony’s upcoming “The Dark Tower” with Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen and Arcel. He is a producer along with Ron Howard, Erica Huggins and Stephen King. The film, starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, opens Aug. 11.

Goldsman’s producing credits date back to the 1990s with “Lost in Space” and “Deep Blue Sea” and include “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Starsky and Hutch,
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Netflix Orders Comedy Series Starring ‘New Edition Story’s’ Jahi Winston

Netflix Orders Comedy Series Starring ‘New Edition Story’s’ Jahi Winston
Netflix has ordered a new comedy series titled “Everything Sucks” that will star Jahi Winston, who played a young Ralph Tresvant in Bet’s “The New Edition Story.”

The 10-episode series follows two groups of high school misfits, an A/V club and a Drama club who collide in 1996 Oregon. The series stars Peyton Kennedy and Winston as students Kate Messner and Luke O’Neil. The series also stars Patch Darragh and Claudine Nako as their respective parents. Sydney Sweeney, Elijah Stevenson, Quinn Liebling, and Rio Mangini will also star.
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Netflix Orders 1990s-Set Comedy Series 'Everything Sucks'

Netflix is going retro.

The streaming giant has handed out a 10-episode straight-to-series order for 1990s-set comedy Everything Sucks.

From the Zoo team of Jeff Pinkner (Fringe), Scott Rosenberg (October Road), Josh Appelbaum (October Road) and André Nemec (Alias), the project is described as a quirky, funny, coming-of-age story. It follows two groups of high school misfits, an A/V club and a drama club, who collide in 1996 Oregon.

Peyton Kennedy (American Fable) and Jahi Winston (The New Edition Story) star as students Kate Messner and Luke O’Neil, with Patch Darragh (Boardwalk Empire) and Claudine Nako (Grimm) playing their...
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‘Alias’ Secrets Revealed: Talk of a Reunion, Where Jennifer Garner’s Red Hair Came From, and Why No Spin-Off

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‘Alias’ Secrets Revealed: Talk of a Reunion, Where Jennifer Garner’s Red Hair Came From, and Why No Spin-Off
No Jennifer Garner, no “Alias.”

That’s the general consensus among the writers who led the charge during the five-season run of “Alias.” Josh Appelbaum, who served as a co-executive producer on the show, said, “it would be amazing to do it. The right idea would have to come. We’ve all talked to J.J. [Abrams] about it.”

But, between that or an “Alias” spinoff, one thing is key: Garner would have to be there in the iconic role of Sydney Bristow. “It felt that if it wasn’t Jen, it wasn’t ‘Alias.'”

Appelbaum was one of several “Alias” writers on stage Saturday at the Atx Television Festival to recount the show’s history.

The panel kicked off with the unlikely story of how Sydney sported bright red hair at the start of “Alias.” Apparently executive producer Abrams (who didn’t make it out to Austin) knew he
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Alias Revival? Co-ep Says 'We've Talked to J.J. Abrams' About It

Alias Revival? Co-ep Says 'We've Talked to J.J. Abrams' About It
Is Sydney Bristow getting back in the spy game?

At a reunion of the Alias writers’ room at the Atx Festival on Saturday, co-executive producer Josh Applebaum was asked about the possibility of reviving the Jennifer Garner-led series.

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“It would be amazing to do it,” Applebaum said, according to “We’ve even talked with J.J. [Abrams].”

Unfortunately, that’s all it is at the moment — talk — but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen if the writers suddenly found themselves inspired.
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‘October Road’: Creators & Stars On Cult Series’ Inspiration & How That Epilogue Came Together–Atx

When it comes to good old noughties episodic TV, October Road, which aired for two seasons on ABC from 2007-08, still holds a place in many hearts. Writer/co-creator/Ep Josh Applebaum certainly remembers the show with great fondness. "What a special group," he said during a panel discussion at the Atx Television Festival. "But we were all at a very particular time in our lives, maybe less responsibility? I don't know exactly what it was, I was trying to put my finger on…
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‘Cowboy Bebop’ Live-Action Series in the Works at Tomorrow Studios

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‘Cowboy Bebop’ Live-Action Series in the Works at Tomorrow Studios
A live-action adaptation of the classic anime series “Cowboy Bebop” is in development at Tomorrow Studios, the company announced Tuesday. The 1998 Japanese original is a space western story following Spike Spiegel and his rag-tag crew of bounty hunters, or Cowboys, as they try to capture the galaxy’s worst criminals and survive the unexpected dangers they encounter throughout space, sometimes saving the world in the process but always leaving millions in damages. “Thor: Ragnarok’s” Chris Yost is attached to write the adaptation, which will be executive produced by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio
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‘Cowboy Bebop’: Live-Action Remake of Anime Series in the Works From ‘Thor’ Writer

‘Cowboy Bebop’: Live-Action Remake of Anime Series in the Works From ‘Thor’ Writer
Japanese animated series “Cowboy Bebop” is getting a live-action adaption from Tomorrow Studios, Deadline reports. Christopher Yost, a writer on “Thor: The Dark World” and “Thor: Ragnarok,” is writing the script. His earlier credits include several animated TV series, including “X-Men: Evolution,” “Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

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Cowboy Bebop” is a Western set in space that follows Spike Spiegel and a group of bounty hunter cowboys who go after the biggest criminals in the galaxy, saving the world in a series of misadventures. The remake will be executive produced by Sunrise, which produced the original series, and Tomorrow StudiosMarty Adelstein, Becky Clements and Matthew Weinberg. Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio will also executive produce.

The original
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‘Cowboy Bebop’ Live Action TV Series in the Works

‘Cowboy Bebop’ Live Action TV Series in the Works
Cowboy Bebop,” a critically and commercially successful 1998 Japanese anime series, is set to be adapted into a live action television series by Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between ITV Studios and Marty Adelstein.

The live action version will be executive produced by Sunset Inc. — the studio responsible for the original animated iteration — as well as Midnight Radio, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, and Matthew Weinberg. Midnight Radio consists of Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg. Chris Yost will write the adaptation.

Cowboy Bebop,” which takes place in 2071 in the original version, follows Spike Spiegel and his gang of bounty hunters, also known as cowboys, as they cavort around the galaxy attempting to capture bad guys and survive some of the most intense dangers the galaxy has to offer. The anime series has been successful in Western markets, and is credited with introducing a new wave of Western viewers to anime. It
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‘Cowboy Bebop’ Cult Anime TV Series Gets U.S. Live-Action Remake By Tomorrow Studios, Midnight Radio & ‘Thor’ Writer

Tomorrow Studios, Marty Adelstein’s joint venture with ITV Studios, is developing a live-action adaptation of the cult Japanese animated series Cowboy Bebop. Tomorrow Studios has teamed on the project with Midnight Radio (Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg), who will executive produce alongside Sunrise, the studio behind the original series; Tomorrow Studios’ Adelstein (Good Behavior, Prison Break) and Becky Clements (Good Behavior, Aquarius); as…
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Atx TV Festival: ‘Girls,’ ‘The Leftovers,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘The Americans’ and ‘Snowfall’ Panels Added to Lineup

Peak TV is coming to Austin, Texas.

The Atx Television Festival announced Thursday a robust number of television panels and screenings joining its lineup of already impressive programming. John Singleton’s upcoming crack cocaine drama “Snowfall” gets the honors of being the Opening Night screening. Other FX programs that will be featured are “The Americans” and “Fargo.” Other new shows added include HBO’s “The Leftovers” and “Girls,” in addition to “The Walking Dead” on AMC.

Read More: ‘The Comeback’ Reunion and ‘This Is Us’ Panels Added to Atx Festival

Check out the full list of new TV panels and screenings below.


Snowfall” (FX)

John Singleton’s new series set in 1980s Los Angeles traces the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic. “Snowfall” will be the festival’s Opening Night screening, followed by a panel discussion with producers and stars of the show.



FX will screen
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Keshet Studios Eyes ‘Thank You for Smoking’ TV Adaptation as L.A. Scripted Arm Hits High Gear

Keshet Studios, the Los Angeles-based development arm of the Israeli powerhouse, is coming off its first full scripted development season with a trifecta of broadcast pilots and two cable series on the way.

TV biz vets Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan were recruited by Keshet in mid-2015 to focus on scripted development in the heart of the U.S. creative community. The pair have juggled a mix of home-grown development and projects that come through various channels of Keshet’s growing worldwide operation. Traugott is president of scripted for Keshet Studios; Kaplan is exec VP of scripted.

Traugott and Kaplan’s move to Keshet coincided with the industry’s increasing focus on fully packaged series projects being sent out for auction. The Los Angeles office is a lean operation with a handful of execs working with Traugott and Kaplan. But the ability to connect with the Keshet teams in Israel and London extends their talent-scouting ability and
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