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‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Reboot With Black Lead in the Works

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Reboot With Black Lead in the Works
Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is the next series up for a reboot.

20th Century Fox has put a reboot of the Joss Whedon series from “Midnight, Texas” creator Monica Owusu-Breen into development, TheWrap has confirmed.

The new take, which Whedon will also executive produce, is set to feature a black lead character.

Also Read: From 'Buffy' to 'Battlestar Galactica,' 17 TV Shows That Live on in Comics (Photos)

Gail Berman, Joe Earley, Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui are also attached to serve as executive producers on the new potential series. No network is attached, though producers are set to begin shopping the series later this year.

The original series, starring by Sarah Michelle Gellar as the titular hero, ran for seven seasons beginning in 1997, five on The WB and two more on Upn. The fan-favorite series is widely regarded as one of the greatest TV shows of all time,
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Here's The Bone-Chilling Comic-Con Poster For The Predator and Panel Details

Here's the Comic-Con poster for Shane Black's The Predator! As you can see, the face of the predator is made up of the bones of its victims. It's a pretty cool poster design and it was revealed during the big panel for the film at the convention.

During the panel, they showed a couple new clips from the film that both continued to sell me on the movie and get me excited. The first clip was a hilariously comedic scene that had the fans busting up in laughter as the special forces team in the movie are trying to talk Olivia Munn into staying with them to make sure they can keep her safe. As this scene plays out we find that the guys were taking bets on how she would react in certain situations, so when she did or said something that they thought she would do that
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Comic-Con 2018: With HBO Out, Who Is Going to Take TV’s Iron Throne?

When a network plays the San Diego Comic-Con version of the game of thrones, it’s not exactly a “you win or you die” situation, since everyone gets a huge welcome from their fans. But thanks to two extremely popular shows, one network often gets the lion’s share of Sdcc hype, and that network — HBO — is staying home this year.

Last month, the premium cabler announced its shows “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld” will not have panels or public activations at the convention this week, citing production schedules that conflict with the multi-day pop culture event. Their only appearance, as TheWrap exclusively reported, will be at the extremely invitation-only Entertainment Weekly party Saturday night, meaning the Comic-Con hoi polloi won’t see them at all.

But while it’s bad news for fans of the multiple Emmy-nominated shows, it’s good news for networks looking to seize the TV
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From ‘Buffy’ to ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ 17 TV Shows That Live on in Comics (Photos)

San Diego Comic-Con is upon us once more, and that means a chance to nerd out about movies, comic books and TV shows. So TheWrap thought we’d take this opportunity to combine two of those mediums and look at several series that became comics. See a sampling below and click through our gallery to get a glimpse at programs that lived on after their small screen finales, thanks to a little help from some talented artists.

1. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” — We can tell you right now Joss Whedon’s name will show up on this list more than any other showrunner’s, as the guy loves to keep canon going for all of his series in comic book form with Dark Horse Comics. And of course that includes his pride and joy, “Buffy.”

2. “The X-Files” — Yes, we know that “The X-Files” actually did get revived recently (and then died again), however,
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Director Shane Black Offers Details on The Ultimate Predator's Abilities in The Predator

Shane Black's upcoming film The Predator will introduce fans to a whole new genetically enhanced Ultimate Predator. It's already been explained that the "universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species."

During a recent interview with EW, Black discussed the new Predator hunter and offered some additional details saying:

"If the [ultimate] predator was to be an amalgam of, not just an ordinary predator, but also a collection of traits garnered from the various most powerful species that they’ve hunted, then you basically would have one that is stronger, faster, and smarter. We finally got an image that we liked, which captures this very canny, very cunning, and effortlessly powerful, savage predator. One of the only quibbles that I’ve had with some of the past predators is that, if you’re not careful, it
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Ron Satlof, Veteran TV Director, Dies at 79

Ron Satlof, Veteran TV Director, Dies at 79
Ron Satlof, who directed many episodes of television shows and films including “Perry Mason,” “Hawaii Five-o,” “Quincy,” and died at his home in St. Petersburg, Fla., on July 2. He was 79; no cause of death was announced.

Born in New York City, Satlof worked in theatre while in school and received a bachelors’ degree from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. After starring in plays at the Vermont Shakespeare Festival and releasing an album of folk songs, he moved to Los Angeles in the late 1960s. Early in his career, he produced and directed an animated short film, “Frog Story,” that was nominated for an Oscar in 1972. In the years that followed, he also directed episodes of “The A-Team,” “McCloud,” “Dynasty,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Spiderman” and “Battlestar Galactica” in addition to the shows listed above.

As an artist in retirement in Florida, Ron continued to produce and direct films and television shows,
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Ron Satlof, Veteran TV Director, Dies at 79

Ron Satlof, Veteran TV Director, Dies at 79
Ron Satlof, who directed many episodes of television shows and films including “Perry Mason,” “Hawaii Five-o,” “Quincy,” and died at his home in St. Petersburg, Fla., on July 2. He was 79; no cause of death was announced.

Born in New York City, Satlof worked in theatre while in school and received a bachelors’ degree from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. After starring in plays at the Vermont Shakespeare Festival and releasing an album of folk songs, he moved to Los Angeles in the late 1960s. Early in his career, he produced and directed an animated short film, “Frog Story,
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Awesome New Red-Band Trailer For The Predator - "Come and Get Us Mother F**ker"

We've got a brand-spankin'-new red-band trailer for director Shane Black's The Predator for you to watch and it's locked and loaded with all kind of bloody action as the alien hunters come to earth to wreak havoc and collect their trophies. That, of course, includes an enhanced predator that is hunting down other predators! These special ops soldiers being hunted down sure have their work cut out for them.

From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

The movie stars Boyd Holbrook (Narcos,
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: The Season 2 Finale Showed Us What Resistance Can Look Like, But Needs to Swing Big In Season 3

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: The Season 2 Finale Showed Us What Resistance Can Look Like, But Needs to Swing Big In Season 3
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 Episode 13, “The Word.”]

Dedicated TV fans know this to be a true fact: plenty of shows can have a great first season, but the make-or-break year is Season 2. Season 2 is when the plot has to move beyond the premise, while the actors have to push past tropes to really unlock the truths of their characters. Season 2 reveals the flaws of a series, strips them bare, and also serves as the proving ground for the show’s future.

So, after watching the season finale of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” it’s easy to say this: While this wasn’t a perfect season of television, it without a doubt proved itself to be a show with legs, one that remains exciting to track even as the unsettling darkness persists.

Looking back over the course of the season, there’s not a single episode that really dragged down the story, and the last half
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New Photos From The Predator and Details on Reshoots Reveal References To Other Predator Films

Some new photos have surfaced for Shane Black's The Predator. They feature most of the human characters in the film along with the enhanced super alien hunter that will be hunting them down. We also have some new details regarding the reshoots that the film has undergone, thanks to AvPGalaxy.

A lot of the changes that they've made in the reshoots involve a lot of stuff that we've seen in the trailer and previously released photos. According to the report, "the so-called 'friendly' Predators" that we’ve seen in set photos have been completely cut from the film, "as is the entire Apc sequence and the various hybrid creatures. Only the Predator Dog mentioned in the recent set visits remains."

They go on to say that all of the "death sequences involving the more prominent characters have also been completely changed now and the final battle with the Upgrade
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11 Casting Decisions That Saved SyFy Shows (And 9 That Hurt Them)

A basic cable station launched in 1992, SyFy has been a mainstay of sci-fi television viewing for decades. Only growing in prestige since its beginnings, it was originally called the Sci-Fi Channel, but its mission has been the same. Over the years, the channel has produced or licensed dozens of genre television shows, each with their own successes and hardships.

Basic cable is not exactly known for its incredible track record of artistic merit, as its production decisions tend to be sharply scrutinized. While we may now be in the Golden Age of TV, that doesn't mean every single choice is a good one. As you might expect, SyFy is no exception to this, and has plenty of its own errors, including the actors cast in its shows.

This list counts down the best and the worst of SyFy's casting decisions, the highest highs and the lowest lows. From old favorites
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Emmys 2018: ‘Mindhunter’ and ‘Killing Eve’ are dark horse contenders for Best Drama Writing

Emmys 2018: ‘Mindhunter’ and ‘Killing Eve’ are dark horse contenders for Best Drama Writing
Leave it to TV writers to come up with the best plot twists at the Emmys. The writers branch of the TV academy has given surprise nominations to underdog shows over the years that otherwise struggled to get on the radar, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “The Wire” and “Community,” among others.

Will the writing categories take us by surprise again once nominations are announced on July 12? Here are two dark horse contenders for Best Drama Writing I think we should watch out for this year:

Mindhunter” for “Episode 10,” written by Joe Penhall and Jennifer Haley

This episode, in which the show’s team of criminal profilers start to crack under pressure from an in-house FBI review, might be more likely to receive a directing nomination for David Fincher given his notoriety. He’s an Oscar nominee (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “The Social Network”) and
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Emmys 2018: Watch out for ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and ‘Episodes’ in the race for Best Comedy Writing

Emmys 2018: Watch out for ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and ‘Episodes’ in the race for Best Comedy Writing
The writers branch of the television academy has a history of going its own way. Remember, this is the branch that nominated underdog shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” for “Hush” (2000), “Battlestar Galactica” for “Six of One” (2008) “Community” for “Remedial Chaos Theory” (2012) and “Catastrophe” for “Episode 1” (2016), among other pleasant surprises over the years.

So it’s hard to anticipate which way the wind will blow for the TV academy’s writers from year to year. But here are two dark horse episodes to watch for in the Emmy race for Best Comedy Writing come Emmy nominations day, July 12.

Episodes” for “Episode 7,” written by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik

This duo has contended for each of their series’s past four seasons. For their last at bat they submitted the meta series finale where British writers Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig) turn their own experiences in Los Angeles into a series.
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Rise of the Machines: TV’s 29 Most Human Robots

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In the real world, advancements in technology have us wondering if it will help humanity or lead to its downfall, Terminator-style.

For several decades, TV storylines have examined both the fear and the excitement surrounding robots and A.I.It's often seeing the world through the eyes of these humanoid robots that has us questioning our actions and our existence.

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At times, the robots on TV have more humanity than actual humans, as we've seen recently in Westworld and Humans, and perhaps most notably on Battlestar Galactica.

From the wilds of Westworld to the English countryside, the afterlife to outer space, here are some of television’s most human-like robots and artificial intelligence.

1. Maeve (Westworld) One of the most powerful hosts in Westworld, Maeve is not only self-aware, she can control the other hosts in the park.
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FX Sets Fall Premiere Dates for Mayans, Horror Story, Always Sunny and More

FX Sets Fall Premiere Dates for Mayans, Horror Story, Always Sunny and More
Rev up those engines, Sons of Anarchy fans: FX’s spinoff Mayans Mc finally has a premiere date.

The Anarchy offshoot will debut Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 10/9c, the network announced on Thursday. Set in a post-Jax Teller world and co-created by Anarchy mastermind Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, Mayans stars Revolution alum Jd Pardo as Ez Reyes, who’s fresh out of prison and a prospect in the Mayan Mc charter on the Cali/Mexi border. The supporting cast includes Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), Sarah Bolger (Once Upon a Time), Richard Cabral (American Crime) and Michael Irby (The Unit).

Plus,
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This Badass New Trailer For The Predator Should Definitely Get Fans Pumped Up For The Movie!

We've got a brand new full trailer for Shane Black's The Predator for you to check out today and this thing is freakin' badass! I know some fans aren't excited about this movie, but I am! Especially after watching this new trailer! This is definitely the trailer that will get fans pumped up for this movie!

I enjoy the films of director Shane Black and this new Predator movie looks like it's going to be extremely entertaining, action-packed, and filled with glorious bloody Predator violence. I also included a new poster for the film below along with a promo spot.

From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species.
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19 TV Reboots That Should Have Been Booted (Photos)

19 TV Reboots That Should Have Been Booted (Photos)
With reboots of “Charmed” and “Magnum Pi” on the way, TheWrap looks at TV revivals that never should’ve happened

“Charlie’s Angels”

“Charlie’s Angels” perfectly captured the goofiness of the ’70s, but it felt painfully out of date in 2011. Critics and audiences agreed: It was canceled after three episodes.

Ironside

Blair Underwood has done some memorable TV work, starting with his career-making role on “L.A. Law.” But his 2013 take on the Raymond Burr crime drama was yanked from NBC’s air even faster than you can say “Lax” or “The Event.”

The Bionic Woman

A 2007 take on the “Six Million Dollar Man” spinoff, this NBC show’s original sin was casting “Battlestar Galactica” ass-kicker Katee Sackhoff as the recurring villain rather than the lead.

Knight Rider

Like so much ’80s television, the original “Knight Rider” is over-celebrated. But NBC’s 2008 version lacked even the original’s dumb charms — and David Hasselhoff.
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‘The Americans’ could follow its TCA Awards windfall with Emmys for Best Drama Series, Best Actor and Best Actress

‘The Americans’ could follow its TCA Awards windfall with Emmys for Best Drama Series, Best Actor and Best Actress
The Americans” was a critics’ darling throughout its six-year run, but the Television Critics Association lavished it with more nominations this year than it has since the show’s very first season. The FX espionage drama about undercover Kgb spies is up for four TCA Awards, including its fourth bid for Program of the Year. That windfall could translate to Emmy wins for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (Matthew Rhys) and Best Drama Actress (Keri Russell).

It took a while for “The Americans” to get on the Emmy radar. It received just five nominations over the course of its first three seasons combined. But season four was a breakthrough for the series in 2016, earning a nom for Best Drama Series for the first time, in addition to overdue bids for lead actors Rhys and Russell. The show dropped out of the Drama Series race in 2017, but Rhys and Russell stayed in.
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Claire Forlani and Jamie Bamber star in trailer for Inferno: Skyscraper Escape

Ahead of its VOD release next month, a trailer, poster and batch of images have arrived online for director Eric Summer’s upcoming action movie Inferno: Skyscraper Escape which stars Claire Forlani, Jamie Bamber, Riley Jackson, Isaac Rouse, and Nigel Barber; check them out here…

In the film, directed by Eric Summer (Leap!), disaster strikes a downtown skyscraper when a gas leak causes a ferocious explosion setting ablaze the towering mass of metal and glass. On the 20th floor Brianna and Tom a couple in the middle of a divorce settlement are forced to work together to help save their two children, Anne and Ben, who are both trapped in the building’s elevator hovering 20 stories above ground. Together Brianna and Tom must fight to stay alive while teaming up to save their children and escape the towering inferno.

Inferno: Skyscraper Escape is set for a VOD release on July 3rd.
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Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2018 (Photos)

Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2018 (Photos)
Halfway through the year, we’ve already lost a number of stars across Hollywood. Here’s a list of some of the notable celebrities and industry professionals in film, TV, music and sports who have passed away so far in 2018.

Jon Paul Steuer

Jon Paul Steuer, a former child actor who starred in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and most recently under the stage name Jonny Jewels for the rock band P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S., died on January 1. He was 33.

Mark Tenser

Mark Tenser, president and CEO of B-Movie studio Crown International Pictures, died on January 1. At his request, his age was not disclosed.

Frank Buxton

Frank Buxton, a writer and director best known for his work on “The Odd Couple” and “Happy Days,” died on January 2. He was 87.

Donnelly Rhodes

Donnelly Rhodes, a Canadian actor who played chief medical officer Dr. Sherman Cottle on the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot,
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