Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Gearing Up for Spring Launch sending science nerds into spasms.
In 1980 Carl Sagan rocked the world of science with a 13-episode series called Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Considering it is has been 33 years since it aired, it is amazing how many people still remember it, and it is still named as one of the most influential science programs ever aired. Fox and National Geographic are gearing up to launch a sequel series called Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey will be launching in the spring.
The new series will be hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and is oddly being produced by Seth McFarlane, best known as the creator of Family Guy and American Dad. Fox started promoting the series last night during the third game of the World Series, but instead of running that 30 second spot I went back and grabbed a longer promo from earlier this year.
As a layman science enthusiast, this is about the most exciting thing I have heard coming down the pike in ages. Can it live up to the original? That remains to be seen, but I’ll say this, the special effects are way more awesome.
Most shows at least get the chance to hit the airwavees before they’re canceled, but Fox has decided to be pre-emptive with its upcoming Us & Them.
Slated for a mid-season slot, Us & Them – a remake of the British hit series Gavin & Stacey – has had the plug pulled before it even finished filming its initial 13 episodes. According to Deadline Fox has been increasingly displeased with the scripts that have been turned in thus far. The network initially planned a hiatus for two weeks from now, but moved it up to re-evaluate, and now the cast has been told they are released from their contracts and are free to seek other work. For whatever reason that is only known to Fox, the network is not calling this a cancellation at this point, but if it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck…
Currently Fox is planning to burn off the episodes in some capacity, but no word on when and where that will happen.
Perhaps at some point networks will realize that they should just stop trying to duplicate British shows. It just doesn’t end up working out for the most part.
Fox has renewed The Simpsons for a 26th season, making it the longest running prime-time series in the history of U.S. television.
Yes, there are a lot of disclaimers to just how historic this is as some soap operas have run for decades, and Sazae-san, an anime in Japan just passed its 45th anniversary, but in the U.S. The Simpsons has had a mighty long run. As someone who started watching from the beginning… I have no clue how it’s still on the air. I quit around season 14 when I just couldn’t take it any more. The quality, the subversive nature and the humor were all dead, but somehow it keeps chugging along.
That, or Fox just simply has nothing else to run on Sunday nights.
Either way, congrats to the team, while it may no longer be my cup of tea, it’s still an impressive run.
FOX EXTENDS YELLOW STREAK WITH RECORD-SETTING 26TH SEASON PICK-UP OF “THE SIMPSONS”
“Treehouse of Horror XXIV” Airs This Sunday, October 6, on FOX
FOX has picked up THE SIMPSONS for a historic 26th season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
“For more than a quarter of a century, THE SIMPSONS has captured the hearts and minds of fans in a way that transcends ages, languages and cultures,” said Reilly. “This groundbreaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history, it’s one of the greatest sitcoms of our time, and I’m looking forward to yet another landmark season.”
Last Sunday’s THE SIMPSONS’ 25th season premiere ranked as the No. 1 entertainment program of the night among Adults 18-49 and was up +12% from last season’s average.
On the next all-new episode, THE SIMPSONS’ annual Halloween special, “Treehouse of Horror XXIV,” airing this Sunday, Oct. 6 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX, director, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro (“Pacific Rim,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”) resurrects monsters and classic characters from horror films throughout history for the opening couch gag. Then, in the first of three spine-tingling tales, Homer travels around Springfield wreaking havoc in a rhyming spoof of a popular children’s tale. In “Dead and Shoulders” Bart is beheaded during a kite accident, his head is attached to Lisa’s body and they must live together as one. The final frightening tale, “Freaks no Geeks,” features Mr. Burns’ traveling circus, The Burnsum and Bailey Circus, which has stopped in Springfieldland in the 1930s. Trapeze artist Marge and Strong Man Homer are performers, and things go awry when circus freak Moe starts to make advances towards Marge.
Damn it, Chloe! We finally have some idea when 24: Live Another Day will air!
24: Live Another Day received some new details this week such as the 12 episode story will take place four years after the series finale that saw Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland) go on the run. It will also, oddly, take place in London this time. “‘24’ has always had such a global sensibility,” said Sutherland, who also serves as an executive producer on the event series. “But to be able to tell this intense ‘24’-style story with the beauty of Europe’s history and architecture as the backdrop is going to be fascinating. Hopefully, by the time you’re finished watching an episode, you’ll feel like you’ve been there…on the edge of your seat.”
Expect summer 2014 to be filled with Jack yelling into phones at people he needs help from.
I wonder… do you think Jack will stop to use the “loo” while in London, or will his iron kidneys be able to hold out for a mere 12 hours?
NEW ACTION-PACKED EVENT SERIES “24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY”
TAKES JACK BAUER TO ENGLAND FOR 12 ACTION-PACKED EPISODES
24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Marks the First “24” Production to Film Abroad
Since 2008 Telefilm “24: Redemption”
Twentieth Century Fox Television, Imagine Television and FOX are sending the production of 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY across the Atlantic to London for a thrilling international adventure, as the new tent-pole event series restarts the clock on the groundbreaking and Emmy Award-winning drama franchise starring Kiefer Sutherland. As previously announced, 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY will make its historic debut in the summer of 2014 on FOX.
“‘24’ has always had such a global sensibility,” said Sutherland, who also serves as an executive producer on the event series. “But to be able to tell this intense ‘24’-style story with the beauty of Europe’s history and architecture as the backdrop is going to be fascinating. Hopefully, by the time you’re finished watching an episode, you’ll feel like you’ve been there…on the edge of your seat.”
Co-showrunner and executive producer Evan Katz added, “We wanted the show’s return to be an event, and part of that was putting Jack in a very different context. Four years ago, we left Jack a fugitive from justice and we’re going to pick him up four years later in London.”
Co-showrunner and executive producer Manny Coto continued, “Jack is soon back on the run and it takes us into the streets of London and in places that break new ground for the show. We’ve shot in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and Cape Town — but now we’re in London and Jack’s loose on the streets of Europe, hunted by and hunting bad guys.”
Originally premiering November 6, 2001, “24” was nominated for a total of 73 Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006. Over the course of eight seasons, and a two-hour telefilm, Sutherland garnered seven Emmy Award nominations and one win for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series. While the series gained global recognition, Sutherland’s portrayal of the legendary character penetrated the American psyche like no other dramatic television character to become part of the cultural lexicon.
24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY is a production of 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television in association with Teakwood Lane Productions. Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer and Kiefer Sutherland will executive produce, along with an additional team to be announced. The original series, which had its last American broadcast on May 24, 2010, was created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran.
Who was Commissioner Gordon before he worked with Batman? We’re about to find out in a new TV series.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Fox has made a “straight-to-series” order for a new show based around the origins of Commissioner Gordon. The show will be overseen by Mentalist showrunner Bruno Heller and will be entitled Gotham after the famous fictional city.
According to the information floating around, the series will also deal with the villains that made the city famous and not just the day-to-day happenings in the life of a detective. Considering there has always been a chicken-and-the-egg setup with Batman and his Rogue’s Gallery, it’s unclear if these will be the well-known bad guys such as Joker, Two-Face, the Penguin and on, or the more common crooks like mafia boss Falcone, and Joe Cool, the man who killed Bruce’s parents.
With the series commitment to Gotham, this means Fox has high hopes for it and is skipping the pilot phase. Expect to see it on the schedule next fall.
Remember The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie from 2003 that pretty much everyone hated? Someone has had the bright idea to turn it into a TV series.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Fox has ordered a pilot based on Alan Moore’s popular comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. While I mention the comic is popular, I am sure most of you will remember how the movie tanked. Apparently that is what has led to this TV pilot as it is a way to sit on the rights and let them go. Seeing as the series is about public domain literary characters from the Victorian period, this won’t be a cheap undertaking, but apparently Fox is willing to give it a go.
As I’ve explained before, a pilot does not mean the show will necessarily make it to our televisions. It is just the first of many steps in that process. The show will shoot one episode and then present that to the network, which will then decide if it looks good enough for a 13 episode order. If those do well, then it will get an order for what is known as “the back 9″ which will fill out the season.
My gut feeling here? It won’t make it to air, but you never know.
As with all works based on Alan Moore’s comics, the author will not be involved.
Fox has announced when its new and returning shows will be hitting the airwaves this fall.
It seems like only yesterday Fox announced its fall 2013/14 line-up, and here are with the premiere dates. It seems a little early to start announcing the premiere dates, but nothing like building up the excitement early.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11
8 pm The X Factor
9 pm MasterChef (season finale)
THURSDAY, SEPT. 12
8 pm The X Factor
MONDAY, SEPT. 16
8 pm Bones
9 pm SLEEPY HOLLOW (new series)
TUESDAY, SEPT. 17
8 pm DADS (new series)
8:30 pm BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (new series)
9 pm New Girl
9:30 pm The Mindy Project
The 2012-2013 television season has drawn to a close, and it’s time to sort out the numbers. Some will surprise you, because they certainly did me.
One key thing you need to remember, if you are not between the ages of 18 to 49, no one really cares if you’re watching TV. It may sting to know this, but it’s the truth. So this first table deals with how each show did in the demographic.
Due to the length of these lists, you’ll find them after the jump.
Considering that NBC came in behind Univision in the ratings, it desperately needed to swing the axe hard this year, and so it did. A total of 12 shows met their end, but ABC, which isn’t doing so hot in the ratings either, also went heavy with 10 cancellations. With that said, however, lets take a look at how these cancellations broke down.
First Season Shows
CBS – 5
Fox – 2
NBC – 8
The CW – 1
What can we learn from this? New shows really did not speak to viewers this year. Of course, NBC was canceling shows left and right, but even CBS, which is in first place, wasn’t that happy with the way some shows launched. But out of the 33 shows canceled this year, 23 of them were newly added shows. That does not speak well for the future and the shows replacing them this fall. The public is becoming more discerning about what it sets aside time for.
ABC – 4
CBS – 2
Fox – 1
NBC – 7
The CW – 0
For clarification, these are shows of all ages, and not just first seasons, This also goes for the dramas and reality shows. Lets face it, comedies were a mess this year. NBC canceled all but two of them – 30 Rock and The Office do not factor here as they came to agreeable ends – and the Peacock network is ready to try some new things. At this point things can’t get worse for them, so why not? ABC also killed off several, but yet some Last Man Standing lives on… not sure why. And over at CBS, Chuck Lorre – the man behind The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly and Two and a Half Men – is adding a fourth show to his roster. This is not a good idea on CBS’ part just from the perspective it is putting far too many eggs in one basket.
ABC – 6
CBS – 4
Fox – 2
NBC – 3
The CW – 1
Drama is where ABC fell flat on its face. It had a lot of failures right out of the gate with shows such as 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort. CBS also learned that not everything it touches turns to gold, as evidenced by Vegas.
ABC – 0
CBS – 1
Fox – 0
NBC – 2
The CW – 0
And this is the pay off: Reality shows are cheap to make. Don’t get fooled by million dollar prizes, they’re still insanely cheap to make when compared to a comedy, and even more so when compared to a drama. Despite declining ratings on series such as Dancing With the Stars, it is still makes more economic sense to cut it down to one night and keep it around as opposing to canceling it all together and then having to fill two time slots.
The Outlook for the 2013/2014 Season
Things are not going to be any easier this season. The crops of shows that are upcoming is a whole new slew of shows that just left me cold. With the exception of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., nothing really excited me. And even that show I’m not 100 percent sold on it working on a network channel. There will be a lot more cancellations next year at this time, and some of them will not be first season series. Some shows held on by their fingernails this year, and it’s doubtful things will improve this year.
The networks have got to look a bit deeper at how things are going and begin to realize it’s time for things to change.
24 is officially returning to Fox as a 12 episode limited series entitled 24: Live Another Day. Fox confirmed this morning that Keifer Sutherland will reprise his role as Jack Bauer, and Howard Gordon will return as the show runner.
When the series ended in 2010 after 192 episodes and one TV movie, Jack was again on the run from authorities and was going to be going off the grid into hiding. No word as of yet as to what he will be doing to get back in the action. The series will return in May 2014 as a summer event.
Open up those sockets, grab the Bag of Death… Jack’s back.