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‘Watchmen’ Pilot From Damon Lindelof Ordered by HBO
The premium service has also committed to additional backup scripts for the series. HBO confirmed the pilot order and script commitment Wednesday, one day after Lindelof teased on Instagram that work had begun in the writers room on the project.
“Watchmen” is based on the landmark DC Comics miniseries of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The series, later collected as a graphic novel, was a serious-minded deconstruction of superhero comics loosely inspired by characters from the Charlton Comics library, which were owned by DC. Set in a universe in which the appearance of costumed heroes in the mid-20th Century had altered the course of history — leading to U.S. victory in Vietnam and a Nixon presidency that stretched into the mid-1980s — “Watchmen” followed a group of crimefighters investigating the murder of »
- Daniel Holloway
Jordan Peele Nazi Hunter TV Series in Works
Hot off the success of his directorial feature debut earlier this year, Jordan Peele is developing a TV series about Nazi hunters. The TV project, called “The Hunt,” is based on real-life events and centers on a group of Nazi hunters in the 1970s. A network is not currently attached.
- Ryan Gajewski
Rob Thomas Adapting Web Series 'I Mom So Hard' for CBS
CBS is looking to bring more women to its schedule.
The project, which landed at CBS with a sizable pilot production commitment, is based on the web series of the same name and revolves around two moms who show how their friendship gets them through being wives and mothers.
- Lesley Goldberg
‘Younger’ Season 4 Is Series’ Highest-Rated Ever in Delayed Viewing
In Live+3 ratings, the series saw double-digit increases in multiple measures, including an averaging adults 18-49 rating of 0.72, up 32% from Season 2. In total viewers, it averaged 1.3 million viewers per episode, up 29% from last season. Similarly, the series was up 31% in adults 25-54, women 25-54, and women 18-49. “Younger” also saw 2.1 million full episode starts on TVLand.com and the TV Land app, the highest in-season consumption in series history.
Created by “Sex and the City’s” Darren Star, “Younger” stars two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann and Molly Bernard. The series was recently renewed for a fifth season on TV Land.
It follows Liza (Foster), a 40-year old woman who pretends to be 26 in order to get a job. Now working under the prickly Diana (Shor), Liza has to »
- Joe Otterson
NeNe Leakes Triumphantly Returns To ‘Real Housewives Of Atlanta’ In New Trailer — Watch
- Scott Baumgartner
Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler Teaming for Netflix Comedy
Netflix has ordered eight episodes. It follows a young woman named Nadia (Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City. The eight-episode series is set to premiere on Netflix in more than 190 countries around the world.
The series is co-created by Lyonne, Poehler and Leslye Headland. Headland will serve as writer for the first episode and Lyonne and Headland will write for the series. The series is produced by Universal Television, Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions, Jax Media and 3 Arts Entertainment, with Brooke Posch serving as exec producer for Paper Kite and Dave Becky as exec producer for 3 Arts Entertainment. The series marks Lyonne’s second Netflix-starring role, as she’s a staple in the successful emsembler “Orange Is the New Black.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
'Hollywood Masters' Series Sets Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart, More for Season 8
Helen Mirren and Patrick Stewart are among the top talent who will be taking part in season 8 of Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television's The Hollywood Masters, hosted by The Hollywood Reporter's executive editor, features, Stephen Galloway.
The join a lineup of participants that has included Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda, Michael Caine, Sean Penn, Amy Adams, Oliver Stone, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David O. Russell and Aaron Sorkin. Season 1 of the series currently is <a »
- THR Staff
Dick Wolf Drama ‘F.B.I.’ in the Works at CBS
The network has given a series production commitment to a new drama with the working title “F.B.I.” about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Shooting is slated to begin next spring on a pilot, with subsequent episodes set to film in the summer. The series is planned to premiere in the 2018-19 season.
Wolf and Craig Turk will serve as executive producers with longtime Wolf collaborators Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski. Universal Television, where Wolf is based, will produce the series with CBS Television Studios.
CBS is committing to 13 episodes for season one — an uncharacteristic move for the network, which rarely forges ahead on series without shooting a pilot first. The production commitment is tantamount to a straight-to-series order, which means that producers are moving ahead on casting »
- Daniel Holloway
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Series in Development at CW From ‘Riverdale’ Team
Sabrina the Teenage Witch could soon be returning to television.
The CW and Warner Bros. Television are developing a new one-hour drama based around the character for the 2018-2019 season, Variety has learned.
The potential series would be based on the Archie Comics series “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” which reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult, and witchcraft. The series is described as being tonally in the vein of horror classics like “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Exorcist,” and will see Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family, and the daylight world humans inhabit.
Should the project move forward, it would serve as a companion series to “Riverdale,” the dark reimagining of the Archie Comics that puts Archie and the rest of his high school friends at the heart of a »
- Joe Otterson
Jessica Biel on ‘The Sinner’s’ Surprise Success and Season 2 Plans
USA Network’s “The Sinner,” the small-screen adaptation of Petra Hammesfahr’s novel, has become the surprise hit of the summer. The drama has dominated ratings since its debut, taking the No. 1 slot in Live+7 numbers.
Even executive producer and series star Jessica Biel has been taken aback by just how strong a reception the show has seen. “Generally it never occurred to me that we’d have such great ratings,” Biel admits to Variety.
Biel thinks the show’s combination of high-caliber creative team and unique subject matter is what has led to the success. “It felt like something we’d never seen before,” Biel says. “The characters were an absolute dream for a creative and challenging experiment, and with a woman at the front of it all – and kind of an unlikable woman – it seemed like a good challenge and it seemed like something new.”
“The Sinner” was designed to be an eight-episode story that »
- Danielle Turchiano
‘Game of Thrones’: Fifth Prequel Series in Development at HBO
A fifth “Game of Thrones” prequel series is officially in the works at HBO, Variety has confirmed.
Bryan Cogman, who has worked on “Game of Thrones” since Season 1, has been tapped to pen a potential fifth prequel project for the network. It was previously known that four prequels were in development, though George R.R. Martin said that a fifth was also in the works. When Martin first spoke of the fifth writer being recruited in May, he said that apart from himself and “Thrones” experts Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson, “I don’t know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does.”
Cogman has worked on the show in various capacities over the years, most recently as a writer and co-executive producer. Among the episodes Cogman has written for the series are “Stormborn,” the second episode of Season 7, and “The Broken Man, the seventh episode of Season 6 which introduced the character of Lyanna Mormont »
- Joe Otterson
Sean Penn to Star in Beau Willimon Sci-Fi Series ‘The First’ on Hulu
Sean Penn will be making his first foray into series television thanks to a starring role in “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon’s upcoming sci-fi drama “The First.” The series, which will premiere on Hulu in the U.S. and Channel 4 in the U.K. and Ireland, follows the first human mission to Mars in the not-too-distant future. The character drama focuses on the astronauts who embark on the mission but also their families, loved ones and the people participating back on Earth. It also hopes to explore the challenges that go into interplanetary colonization. It was given a straight-to-series order on both. »
- Carli Velocci
‘The Punisher’s Straight-Shooting First Trailer Is Finally Here
Ever since the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil hit television, McU fans have been obsessed with the Punisher. Although the comic book character was always popular with his readers, that success has never really translated into the same, broad popularity other Marvel characters – like Spider-Man, Hulk and Wolverine – have enjoyed over the years. It’s not like mainstream audiences were unwilling, or even unable, to accept a dark, gun-toting anti-hero gunning down criminals with reckless abandon. It’s long been a staple of the action genre, from Death Wish and Dirty Harry to The Boondock Saints. Just look at Warner
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- Brian Hadsell
Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Gabi Tells Abby She’ll Go to Her Wedding
Days of Our Lives fans know things are not good for Gabi right now, but that doesn’t mean she is not going to be there for her friend. She is a friend to Abby no matter what. They might be in a very awkward situation right now, but things are good for them. They have a small awkward moment in the park when Arianna comes up to Abby and tells her how excited she is to be her flower girl, but Abby is not amused when she can’t decide how Gabi feels. She will tell her friend she is sorry
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- Tiffany Raiford
Vice Ramps Up Original French Content With Three New Shows
Paris – A year after launching Viceland in France, Vice is ramping up its original French content with three new productions: “Rum Diaries with Joey Starr,” “Instagraille” and “Hometown.”
“Rum Diaries with Joey Starr” follows the rapper-turned-actor-producer Joey Starr (pictured) on a journey to rum distilleries across the world, including in Martinique, his homeland, Guadeloupe, Cuba and Jamaica. Through his travelogue, Starr sheds light on the history of colonialism, slavery and the essence of Creole identity. Starr, whose hip hop band Ntm was hugely popular in the ’90s, remains one of France’s best known musicians and has become a prominent actor since his breakthrough role in Maiwenn’s “Polisse.”
Vice will also bank on France’s renown for cuisine and fashion with “Instagraille” and “Hometown.”
“Instagraille” follows France’s top-ranked chefs and their entourages to their favorite restaurants and hangout spots. “Hometown” delivers intimate portraits of several high-profile designers. In each episode, a »
- Elsa Keslassy
10 Things You Never Knew about Jon and Kate Plus 8
Does anyone still care about this story? They might have been interesting back in a time when having multiple kids was a worthy news story, but nowadays it really seems like they’re just trying to hold on to whatever little bit of fame they might still have. If anything else they’re a footnote in pop culture and nothing more, something for people to look back at and say “Hey, I remember that, kind of”. Jon and Kate were seen as the ideal family for all of a few minutes until the bombs started to drop and the show started to
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Star Trek Behind the Scenes Secrets You Didn’t Know
Don’t ever talk trash with a Trekkie, they will do their best to verbally eviscerate you in every way possible if you so much as whisper an unkind word about their favorite science fiction show. Star Trek has been such a mainstay of television and film for so long that to even think of saying an unkind word about the franchise would bring down a whole hailstorm of verbal abuse. But the fact of the matter is that things have not always been so great on the sets and there have been a number of dark secrets that many fans
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Five Questions We Still Have About Terminator 2: Judgement Day
A lot of times we watch movies just to entertain ourselves. We don’t want to think and we don’t want to be bogged down by too much information. That’s a part of why cheesy action films make us so happy because they’re almost all action and no real thought. Terminator 2: Judgment Day was not quite this way however. You had to at least use a little bit of brainpower to navigate the slightly twisting byways of the plot, but it wasn’t too hard. The action came in at just the right moment in order to save your mind from
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HBO España Orders Up ‘Patria,’ an Original Series on the Basque Conflict (Exclusive)
Madrid — In the first confirmation of its production plans, HBO España has commissioned Alea Media to develop an original adaptation of Fernando Aramburu’s bestselling novel “Patria,” with Alea Media founder Aitor Gabilondo, one of Spain’s best-known showrunners, both writing and producing.
Confirmation of the project comes after months of speculation over HBO’s Spanish production plans. Last November, HBO España launched a standalone streaming service in Spain and hired Miguel Salvat, a highly respected former director of content at Canal Plus and of premium channels at Movistar, as its commissioning editor of original programming.
“Patria” studies the impact of the Basque conflict on ordinary people on either side of the divide, such as the widow of a man shot dead by the armed separatist group Eta who returns to her home village after the 2011 ceasefire, and the mother of an incarcerated terrorist. The novel, published last year, runs to 646 pages.
- John Hopewell
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Colin Furze
Colin Furze is a fairly well-known YouTuber who is popular for his inventions, stunts and the films that he makes. He’s an amazing entertainer and has used his talents as a plumber to create some pretty cool inventions. He’s known for making the world’s fastest pram, the longest motorbike in the world and a motorcycle that is jet powered, but here are five things that you didn’t know about him. 1. He was arrested for possession of a firearm Everyone knows that it’s a no-no to possess a firearm in the UK, except under certain limited circumstances. Furze didn’t intend
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- Dana Hanson-Firestone
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