21
Mar
2014

Gotham Logo - trimmed

Fox is already beating the hype drum for its new series Gotham as it films its pilot episode.

First up is Donal Logue as Det. Harvey Bullock. In the pilot he’ll be Det. Jim Gordon’s partner, but through out the overall Batman mythos he has had a checkered past of being both a good cop and one on the take. It appears in this series he will be playing the jaded cop to Gordon’s hopefulness. Take the spotlight in the sky for what you will as Bruce Wayne will be 12-years-old in the series. (click either of the posters for much larger views)

Gotham - Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock

Second up is relative newcomer Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, the street urchin that will eventually grow up to be Catwoman. (As if you couldn’t guess that by the strategically placed buildings behind her head.) I’m not quite sure what’s up with the fishnets and biker jacket, but the on-set pictures I’ve seen of her filming an action scene make it look more sensible.

Gotham - Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle

Script leaks for the pilot episode are a little discouraging, but we’ll have to see how this plays out when Gotham hits Fox this fall.

16
Mar
2014

As we head into the time for the network upfront presentations, it’s time to start wondering what is going to be renewed and what’s canceled for the 2014/2015 television season. While not all decisions are final, we already know a good chunk of which ones have been renewed. It was a turbulent season to be sure, and more than likely a few more will be heading to the cancelation pile.

Just a brief description here:

  • Renewed for 2014/2015 Season – Means just that, it’s already locked.
  • Likely to be Renewed for 2014/2015 Season – Not official yet, but looking good.
  • On the Bubble for 2014/2015 Season – Could go either way.
  • Canceled for 2014/2015 Season – Confirmed to not be coming back.
  • Ending for 2014/2015 Season – Shows that had a planned ending.

I will be updating this list as changes are announced by the networks, so be sure to bookmark it if you don’t see a decision as of yet on a show you care about.  The network upfronts where the final decisions are announced will be held the week of May 14.

I have added a table to the bottom so you can see all of the info int he format you prefer.

Renewed for 2013/2014 Season

The Blacklist

  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS)
  • 48 Hours (CBS)
  • 60 Minutes (CBS)
  • The Amazing Race (CBS)
  • America’s Next Top Model (The CW)
  • Arrow (The CW)
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Big Brother (CBS)
  • The Biggest Loser (NBC)
  • The Blacklist (NBC)
  • Blue Bloods (CBS)
  • Bob’s Burgers (Fox)
  • Bones (Fox)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
  • Celebrity Apprentice (NBC)
  • Chicago Fire (NBC)
  • Chicago PD (NBC)
  • Criminal Minds (CBS)
  • CSI (CBS)
  • Elementary (CBS)
  • Family Guy (Fox)
  • The Following (Fox)
  • Glee (Fox)
  • The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Grimm (NBC)
  • Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
  • Hollywood Game Night (NBC)
  • MasterChef Junior (Fox)
  • Mike & Molly (CBS)
  • The Millers (CBS)
  • The Mindy Project (Fox)
  • Mistresses (ABC)
  • Mom (CBS)
  • Motive (ABC)
  • NCIS (CBS)
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
  • New Girl (Fox)
  • The Originals (The CW)
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  • Person of Interest (CBS)
  • Reign (The CW)
  • Rookie Blue (ABC)
  • The Simpsons (Fox)
  • Sleepy Hollow (Fox)
  • So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
  • Supernatural (The CW)
  • Survivor (CBS)
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS)
  • Under the Dome (CBS)
  • Undercover Boss (CBS)
  • Unforgettable (CBS)
  • The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

Likely to be Renewed

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  • American Idol (Fox)
  • The Bachelor (ABC)
  • Castle (ABC)
  • The Crazy Ones (CBS)
  • Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
  • The Goldbergs (ABC)
  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  • Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
  • The Middle (ABC)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • Once Upon a Time (ABC)
  • Parenthood (NBC)
  • Revenge (ABC)
  • Scandal (ABC)
  • Shark Tank (ABC)
  • The Voice (NBC)

On the Bubble for 2013/2014 Season

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  • The 100 (The CW)
  • About a Boy (NBC)
  • Almost Human (Fox)
  • Bad Teacher (CBS)
  • Beauty and the Beast (The CW)
  • Believe (NBC)
  • The Carrie Diaries (The CW)
  • Community (NBC)
  • Crisis (NBC)
  • Dads (Fox)
  • Dracula (NBC)
  • Enlisted (Fox)
  • Friends With Better Lives (CBS)
  • Gang Related (Fox)
  • Growing Up Fisher (NBC)
  • Hart of Dixie (The CW)
  • Hostages (CBS)
  • Intelligence (CBS)
  • Killer Women (ABC)
  • Last Man Standing (ABC)
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
  • The Mentalist (CBS)
  • Mixology (ABC)
  • Nashville (ABC)
  • The Neighbors (ABC)
  • The Night Shift (NBC)
  • Rake (Fox)
  • Reckless (CBS)
  • Resurrection (ABC)
  • Revolution (NBC)
  • Star-Crossed (The CW)
  • Suburgatory (ABC)
  • Super Fun Night (ABC)
  • Surviving Jack (Fox)
  • The Tomorrow People (The CW)
  • Trophy Wife (ABC)
  • Undateable (NBC)

Canceled for 2013/2014 Season

Sean Saves the World

  • The Assets (ABC)
  • Back In the Game (ABC)
  • Betrayal (ABC)
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox)
  • Ironside (NBC)
  • Lucky 7 (ABC)
  • The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC)
  • Mind Games (ABC)
  • Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC)
  • Raising Hope (Fox)
  • Sean Saves the World (NBC)
  • Us & Them (Fox)
  • The X-Factor (Fox)
  • We Are Men (CBS)
  • Welcome to the Family (NBC)

Ending for 2014/2015 Season

How I Met Your Mother - banner

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
  • Nikita (The CW)
Show
Network
Status
Last Updated
2 Broke GirlsCBSRenewed3/16/14
48 HoursCBSRenewed3/16/14
60 MinutesCBSRenewed3/16/14
The Amazing RaceCBSRenewed3/16/14
America’s Next Top ModelThe CWRenewed3/16/14
ArrowThe CWRenewed3/16/14
The Big Bang TheoryCBSRenewed3/16/14
Big BrotherCBSRenewed3/16/14
The Biggest LoserNBCRenewed3/19/14
The BlacklistNBCRenewed3/16/14
Blue BloodsCBSRenewed3/16/14
Bob’s BurgersFoxRenewed3/16/14
BonesFoxRenewed3/16/14
Brooklyn Nine-NineFoxRenewed3/16/14
Celebrity ApprenticeNBCRenewed3/19/14
Chicago FireNBCRenewed3/19/14
Chicago PDNBCRenewed3/19/14
Criminal MindsCBSRenewed3/16/14
CSICBSRenewed3/16/14
ElementaryCBSRenewed3/16/14
Family GuyFoxRenewed3/16/14
The FollowingFoxRenewed3/16/14
GleeFoxRenewed3/16/14
The Good WifeCBSRenewed3/16/14
GrimmNBCRenewed3/19/14
Hawaii Five-0CBSRenewed3/16/14
Hollywood Game NightNBCRenewed3/16/14
MasterChef JuniorFoxRenewed3/16/14
Mike & MollyCBSRenewed3/16/14
The MillersCBSRenewed3/16/14
The Mindy ProjectFoxRenewed3/16/14
MistressesABCRenewed3/16/14
MomCBSRenewed3/16/14
MotiveABCRenewed3/16/14
NCISCBSRenewed3/16/14
NCIS: Los AngelesCBSRenewed3/16/14
New GirlFoxRenewed3/16/14
The OriginalsThe CWRenewed3/16/14
Parks and RecreationNBCRenewed3/16/14
Person of InterestCBSRenewed3/16/14
ReignThe CWRenewed3/16/14
Rookie BlueABCRenewed3/16/14
The SimpsonsFoxRenewed3/16/14
Sleepy HollowFoxRenewed3/16/14
So You Think You Can DanceFoxRenewed3/16/14
SupernaturalThe CWRenewed3/16/14
SurvivorCBSRenewed3/16/14
Two and a Half MenCBSRenewed3/16/14
Under the Dome CBSRenewed3/16/14
Undercover BossCBSRenewed3/16/14
UnforgettableCBSRenewed3/16/14
The Vampire Diaries The CWRenewed3/16/14
American IdolFoxLikely to be Renewed3/16/14
The BachelorABCLikely to be Renewed3/16/14
CastleABCLikely to be Renewed3/16/14
The Crazy OnesCBSLikely to be Renewed3/16/14
Dancing With the StarsABCLikely to be Renewed3/16/14
The GoldbergsABCLikely to be Renewed3/16/14
Grey’s AnatomyABCLikely to be Renewed3/16/14
Law & Order: SVUNBCLikely to be Renewed3/16/14
The MiddleABCLikely to be Renewed3/16/14
Modern FamilyABCLikely to be Renewed3/16/14
Once Upon a TimeABCLikely to be Renewed3/16/14
ParenthoodNBCLikely to be Renewed3/16/14
RevengeABCLikely to be Renewed3/16/14
ScandalABCLikely to be Renewed3/16/14
Shark TankABCLikely to be Renewed3/16/14
The VoiceNBCLikely to be Renewed3/16/14
The 100The CWOn the Bubble3/16/14
About a BoyNBCOn the Bubble3/16/14
Almost HumanFoxOn the Bubble3/16/14
Bad TeacherCBSOn the Bubble3/16/14
Beauty and the BeastThe CWOn the Bubble3/16/14
BelieveNBCOn the Bubble3/16/14
The Carrie DiariesThe CWOn the Bubble3/16/14
CommunityNBCOn the Bubble3/16/14
CrisisNBCOn the Bubble3/16/14
DadsFoxOn the Bubble3/16/14
DraculaNBCOn the Bubble3/16/14
EnlistedFoxOn the Bubble3/16/14
Friends With Better LivesCBSOn the Bubble3/16/14
Gang RelatedFoxOn the Bubble3/16/14
Growing Up FisherNBCOn the Bubble3/16/14
Hart of DixieThe CWOn the Bubble3/16/14
HostagesCBSOn the Bubble3/16/14
IntelligenceCBSOn the Bubble3/16/14
Killer WomenABCOn the Bubble3/16/14
Last Man StandingABCOn the Bubble3/16/14
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.ABCOn the Bubble3/16/14
The MentalistCBSOn the Bubble3/16/14
MixologyABCOn the Bubble3/16/14
NashvilleABCOn the Bubble3/16/14
The NeighborsABCOn the Bubble3/16/14
The Night ShiftNBCOn the Bubble3/16/14
RakeFoxOn the Bubble3/16/14
RecklessCBSOn the Bubble3/16/14
ResurrectionABCOn the Bubble3/16/14
RevolutionNBCOn the Bubble3/16/14
Star-CrossedThe CWOn the Bubble3/16/14
SuburgatoryABCOn the Bubble3/16/14
Super Fun NightABCOn the Bubble3/16/14
Surviving JackFoxOn the Bubble3/16/14
The Tomorrow PeopleThe CWOn the Bubble3/16/14
Trophy WifeABCOn the Bubble3/16/14
UndateableNBCOn the Bubble3/16/14
The AssetsABCCanceled3/16/14
Back In the GameABCCanceled3/16/14
BetrayalABCCanceled3/16/14
The Cleveland ShowFoxCanceled3/16/14
IronsideNBCCanceled3/16/14
Lucky 7ABCCanceled3/16/14
The Michael J. Fox ShowNBCCanceled3/16/14
Mind GamesABCCanceled3/27/14
Once Upon a Time in WonderlandABCCanceled3/28/14
Raising HopeFoxCanceled3/16/14
Sean Saves the WorldNBCCanceled3/16/14
Us & ThemFoxCanceled3/16/14
The X-FactorFoxCanceled3/16/14
We Are MenCBSCanceled3/16/14
Welcome to the FamilyNBCCanceled3/16/14
How I Met Your MotherCBSEnding3/16/14
NikitaThe CWEnding3/16/14

13
Mar
2014

Gotham Logo - trimmed

Are you ready to dive in to Gotham?

Fox is ready to get to work on its upcoming series Gotham that will delve in to the early days of Detective James Gordon, a young Bruce Wayne and the other characters that populate the world of Batman. The network has released the series logo along with the synopsis. You can click on the logo above to see the larger version, although it doesn’t reveal much more. I’m intrigued by the inclusion of blimps, a definite nod to the superb Batman: The Animated Series.

The synopsis doesn’t reveal much more than we already knew, and it will be an interesting time in Bruce Wayne’s life to explore. Will the masses, however, be as interested? I guess we’ll find out.

Unlike Flash, which is going through the pilot route to see if it will work, Gotham has been issued a “straight-to-series” order, which means this will be on the schedule this fall. here’s hoping this works because I’m certainly intrigued.

Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?

GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

Growing up in Gotham City’s surrounding suburbs, JAMES GORDON (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, BARBARA KEAN (Erin Richards, “Open Grave,” “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.

Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend HARVEY BULLOCK (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, BRUCE (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy’s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.

As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss FISH MOONEY (Jada Pinkett Smith, “The Matrix” films, “HawthoRNe,” “Collateral”), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged SELINA KYLE/the future CATWOMAN (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and OSWALD COBBLEPOT/THE PENGUIN (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” “Another Earth”).

Although the crime drama will follow Gordon’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain SARAH ESSEN (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, ALFRED (Sean Pertwee, “Camelot,” “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he’s destined to be.

GOTHAM is based upon characters published by DC Comics and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, which will be directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the “CSI” series, “Nikita”).

8
Mar
2014

New Girl

It’s that time of year again where the networks begin deciding which shows live or die, and Fox has come out of the gate with four renewals.

While some shows pick up super early renewals, the spring is where most of the decisions are made. Fox announced on Friday that it would be picking up Brooklyn Nine-Nine (second season), The Following (third season), The Mindy Project (third season) and New Girl (third season). None of these are actually big surprises beyond how early in the process they are. The big networks aren’t holding their upfront presentations until mid-May, so an early March pickup is always a welcome event by series as it allows them to plan. Although with some shows having already shot their season finales, it isn’t like much can change.

Fox has actually already renewed a ton of shows such as Bones, Sleep Hollow,  Glee, Master Chef Junior and a few more. It makes you wonder just how much room will be on their schedule for new shows.

For that matter, is Fox ever going to go to three hours of primetime? Why has that not yet happened?

12
Feb
2014

Gotham City

Fox’s Gotham pilot is piling on the cast this week, in the form of both cops and future villains.

Earlier this week we learned Ben McKenzie will be playing Det. Jim Gordon, and now we know that Donal Logue will be playing his partner, Detective Harvey Bullock. Bullock has been a minor character in the Batman mythos for decades, but he usually brings some fun to the stories, and should definitely be a welcome addition.

In addition to the inclusion of Bullock, we’ve seen a few other new roles announced.

  • Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot (eventually becomes The Penguin)
  • Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, butler and assistant to Bruce Wayne
  • Erin Richards as Jim Gordon’s fiancee Barbara Kean
  • Zabryna Guevara as Capt. Essen, Jim Gordon’s boss

It sounds like this is going to be a pretty full kick off to the series. Bringing in The Penguin already? Yikes.

Hopefully this show works out because this is definitely going to be a risk.

9
Feb
2014

Ben McKenzie

Ben McKenzie looks set to make a career of playing cops as he has signed on to play Det. Jim Gordon in the upcoming Gotham series.

McKenzie is best known for his roles on The OC and Southland, but now he will be taking up the mantle of one of the most famous cops in comic books, Jim Gordon. Before he became Commissioner Gordon, he was a Detective, and that’s the time period that Gotham will populate.

This is a big step in the build up to this series that we haven’t heard much about since it was first announced in Sept. 2013. The series will circulate about Gotham City turning into the city we know now with a much younger Bruce Wayne – before he becomes Batman – Alfred and early versions of the villains such as The Joker and The Riddler.

The show already has a series commitment from Fox which means it is skipping the pilot phase, but we’ll see how it performs once it’s on the air. The presumption right now is we’ll see it appear in the Fall 2014 schedule.

27
Oct
2013

Cosmos a Spacetime Odyssey

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.

12
Oct
2013

Us & Them

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.

 

[ Source Deadline ]

6
Oct
2013

The Simpsons

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.

4
Oct
2013

24 Live Another Day Logo

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.

24
Sep
2013

Comissioner Gordon

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.

[ Source Hollywood Reporter ]

10
Jul
2013

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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.

[ Via The Hollywood Reporter ]