New NBC Series ‘Timeless’ Trailer> May 29, 2016
NBC Orders “Midnight, Texas” to series.> May 13, 2016
NBC announced that they have ordered the paranormal drama Midnight Texas to series for the upcoming season.
Studio: Universal TV/David Janollari Entertainment
Writer: Monica Owuso-Breen
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Producers: Monica Owuso-Breen, David Janollari, Niels Arden Oplev
Cast: Sarah Ramos, Dylan Bruce, Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Ramos, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Yul Vazquez
Description: Based on the trilogy from the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, it’s Twin Peaks meets True Blood in Midnight, a remote Texas town where your neighbor could be a vampire, a witch, a werewolf and even an angel. Mystery, horror and romance combine to both enthrall and frighten any outsiders who decide to venture into this unusual place.
ABC Takes ‘Time After Time’>
ABC announced they have picked up time travel series Time After Time, based on the novel of the same name by Karl Alexander.
Time After Time
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Outerbanks Entertainment
Writer: Kevin Williamson
Director: Marcos Siega
Producers: Kevin Williamson, Marcos Siega
Cast: Josh Bowman, Freddie Stroma, Genesis Rodriguez, Regina Taylor, Jordin Sparks
Description: Using Karl Alexander’s 1979 novel as a starting point, it chronicles the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells and his time machine.
The CW 2016 PIck-Ups>
In more pilot news, The CW has picked up three dramas, including the series adaptation of Frequency, as well as picking up Supergirl from CBS.
In this reimagining of the New Line Cinema film, a female police detective in 2016 discovers she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (also a detective) who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the ‘butterfly effect’ wreak havoc in the present day.
Executive Producer / Writer: Jeremy Carver (“Supernatural”)
Executive Producers: Toby Emmerich (“The Notebook” feature film), John Rickard (“Horrible Bosses”), Dan Lin (“The LEGO™ Movie,” “Sherlock Holmes”), Jennifer Gwartz (“Veronica Mars”)
Director: Brad Anderson
Auspices: Warner Bros. Television / Lin Pictures
Cast: Riley Smith (“Nashville,” “True Blood”), Mekhi Phifer (“ER,” “8 Mile”), Peyton List (“The Flash, “Mad Men”), Lenny Jacobson (“Nurse Jackie”), Anthony Ruivivar (“Third Watch”), Devin Kelley (“Chernobyl Diaries”), Daniel Bonjour (“The Walking Dead”)
The Networks Drop the Axe>
Deadline Hollywood reported a slew of Network cancellations Thursday, May 12th. Among them were the following genre series:
ABC cut Galavant after two seasons
ABC also cut fan favorite Agent Carter after two seasons. This was no big surprise when Haley Atwell’s pilot Conviction looked like a sure thing for pick up.
The CW cut Containment which was no surprise since they have been advertising it as a limited event.
CBS also declined to pick up Supergirl, but the series was picked up by The CW for a second season.
NBC Announces 2016 Comedy Series> May 12, 2016
While not the end of their pick ups, NBC has announced the have ordered two comedies, inculding the DC Universe comedy Powerless. NBC still has to announce their drama series, but this is a start.
POWERLESS (single camera)
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Ben Queen (w, ep), Michael Patrick Jann (d, ep)
LOGLINE: In the first comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics, Vanessa Hudgens plays Emly, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. It’s when she stands up to one of these larger-than-life figures (after an epic battle messes with her commute) that she accidentally becomes a cult “hero” in her own right … even if it’s just to her group of lovably quirky co-workers. Now, while she navigates her normal, everyday life against an explosive backdrop, Emily might just discover that being a hero doesn’t always require superpowers.
CAST: Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk, Christina Kirk
Fox Pilot Pick-ups> May 11, 2016
Over the next week we will be hearing about the pilots picked up at the various broadcast networks. Today, Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Fox has picked up four drama series and two comedies. Among the pick ups is comedy Making History and drama The Exorcist.
MAKING HISTORY (single camera)
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV
TEAM: Julius Sharpe (w, ep), Phil Lord (ep), Chris Miller (ep), Seth Cohen (ep), Jared Hess (d)
LOGLINE: Chronicles three friends from two different centuries as they try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present-day lives. Two shows in one, it’s both a rollicking historical adventure, and a contemporary comedy about love, friendship and trying to fit in to an increasingly complex and impersonal world.
CAST: Adam Pally, Leighton Meester, Yassir Lester
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV/Morgan Creek Productions
TEAM: Jeremy Slater (w, ep), James Robinson (ep), David Robinson (ep), Barbara Wall (ep), Rolin Jones (ep), Rupert Wyatt (d)
LOGLINE: More than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film solidified itself as the greatest horror movie ever made, The Exorcist returns in series format as a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession.
CAST: Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Geena Davis, Brianne Howey, Hannah Kasulka, Kurt Egyiawan