All the inside sources at Fox are very talkative tonight. Earlier we reported the network ordered the Zooey Deschanel comedy pilot The New Girl and the J.J. Abrams drama Alcatraz to series. THR hears the Bones spinoff The Finder — in which “a military-trained ‘finder’ (Geoff Stults) who helps locate lost items or persons in the Florida Keys” — was the next to be picked up. Likewise, the sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter starring Jaime Pressley and Katie Finnerman is “a go.” Fox is expected to retool the Mike O’Malley/Rachael Harris Family Album to be ready for midseason.
To make room for the new shows, Fox cancelled freshman series Breaking In, Traffic Light, The Chicago Code, and sophomore Human Target. No surprise in the marginally-rated bunch. I held out hope for The Chicago Code, easily the saddest loss for this writer. However, Hitfix heard directly from Code creator Shawn Ryan (who got the word from network president Kevin Reilly) that the show is no more. The good news: the two remaining episodes of season one will air.
[Update: Ryan is a wealth of information. The former Lie to Me showrunner tweets, "Sounds like Lie To Me has been cancelled as well." TV By the Numbers confirms the procedural drama is cancelled after three seasons on the air.]
I imagine there will be mourning for geek-friendly properties Breaking In and Human Target. If anyone will miss Traffic Light, I want to meet you. Please speak up in the comments.
Programming for this year’s WonderCon has been announced. This will be my first year attending WonderCon and Steve has informed me that it’s like Comic-Con except you can breathe. While WonderCon may be the less-famous sibling to Comic-Con, it still has some big-name panels for fans. This year, WonderCon is giving over the Esplanade Ballroom to some of the year’s biggest genre properties. Leading the list of films is Warner Bros’ Green Lantern as well as Cowboys & Aliens, Super, The Three Musketeers, Hanna, Priest, and Immortals. TV is also getting some attention with panels devoted to the new series Falling Skies, ThunderCats, and Terra Nova as well as Nikita, Doctor Who, Human Target, and V. There will also be plenty of artists, writers, and other creative folks.
Hit the jump for the full schedule. Wondercon 2011 runs from April 1 – 3rd at the Moscone Center South in San Francisco.
On Season 2 of the action-adventure drama Human Target, British actress Indira Varma joins the cast as Ilsa Pucci, a beautiful, sophisticated and recently widowed billionaire who seeks the help of Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) after the mysterious murder of her philanthropist husband. Impressed with Chance’s expertise, Ilsa offers to be his benefactor and a silent owner of his protection agency, but it quickly becomes clear that this woman might not remain so silent.
During a recent interview, Indira Varma talked about being a part of her first American television series, working in Vancouver and juggling her career and family. She also talked about what it was like to work with Idris Elba on her BBC America series Luther, premiering on October 17th. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
The DC comics-based, action-adventure series Human Target centers on Christopher Chance (Mark Valley), a unique private security expert who is hired when a threat can’t be eliminated through normal means of protection. Making amends for his former life as a mercenary and hired assassin, Chance’s only focus now is saving his clients’ lives, even if it means placing himself directly in the line of fire.
During a recent interview, co-stars Mark Valley and Jackie Earle Haley talked about returning to the series, adding a new female dynamic to the team, and how everything will be bigger and better in season two. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
A couple of network TV updates are coming at you right now. First up, after upsetting viewers by canceling Lone Star, Fox is in the market for pissing off even more of their viewership as they have pushed back the second season premiere of Human Target. Previously schedule for premiere this Friday, the series will now start its second season on November 17th by returning to its old time slot on Wednesdays as 8/7c. The new season kicks off with a as Chance (Mark Valley) and Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley) race to rescue their kidnapped associate, Winston (Chi McBride). Vowing to retire from the security business, Chance is lured back to work by billionaire philanthropist Ilsa Pucci (new series regular Indira Varma), who needs his protection after the mysterious murder of her husband. While on assignment, the team encounters Ames (new cast member Janet Montgomery), a beautiful, chameleon-like thief who has a past connection to Winston.
Find out news on a new comedy series from Jack Black after the jump.
At the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour earlier this afternoon, producer/director McG, there to promote the new version of Nikita for The CW, talked about some of the other projects on his vast slate of feature films and television series. Along with Nikita, McG is also executive producer on Human Target, Supernatural and Chuck, the last of which has cast Terminator actress Linda Hamilton as Chuck’s mom, for the upcoming season. McG spoke about the reasons she was the perfect fit for the show, and how it will change things up for the storyline and characters.
McG will also be going into production on his next feature film as a director on September 13th, after having recently announced the addition of Tom Hardy to the cast of This Means War, which already includes Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon, and tells the story of best friends who fall for the same girl. He spoke about the basic story and the reasons for casting Hardy.
In addition, McG shared some of his thoughts on 3-D as a storytelling device and said that, even though the process is not right for This Means War or the feature film version of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening, which he plans to go into production on next year, he does plan to use 3-D for another, still unnamed project that he plans to film next year as well. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
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For those that don’t know, Human Target started as a DC Comics comic book. Fact. It was brought to television last year with a trio of talented actors at its core — Mark Valley as Christopher Chase, Chi McBride as Winston and Jackie Earle Haley as Guerrero. This season a new showrunner, Matthew Miller, takes the reins fresh off his work on Chuck. We got a chance to speak with all four and talk about season two. They talked about the storyline, casting, and a lot more:
Walking the convention floor at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, you’ll most likely pick up a lot of swag and make a lot of purchases. And Warner Bros. has the solution for all that you will own from this Con: an over-sized bag. I still have the Watchmen one I picked up at the 2008 convention. It holds almost every other bag I own. If you’re wearing it over your shoulder, the bag stretches down to your ankle.
Warner Bros. has released images of the bags they’ll be giving out this year. There will be 11 different bags this year and they’ll be handing them out individually rather than being stampeded by individual Con-goers. The only different between them is the movie or TV show that’s being promoted. Hit the jump to see the bags featuring Clash of the Titans DVD/Blu-ray, The Looney Tunes Show, Batman: The Brave and the Bold videogame, Brightest Day, and Smallville/Supernatural. They’ll also be handing out bags promoting The Big Bang Theory, Fringe, Human Target, Nikita, The Vampire Diaries, and Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated. It should be noted that the Smallville/Supernatural bag is smaller, but will only be available at Warner Bros.’ booth (#4545).
Fox has announced their fall premiere dates, kicking things off on September 11th with an astounding 800th episode of Cops. All of the new series (Lone Star, Raising Hope, Running Wilde) and most of the new seasons (House, Glee, Hell’s Kitchen, Bones, Fringe, Human Target, The Good Guys, The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy) will premiere the following week, September 20-26.
With September 26th allotted to a one-hour season premiere of Family Guy, the season premiere (and 100th episode) of American Dad will be held for October 3rd, while the third season of Lie to Me will drop on November 10th. Hit the jump for the full schedule.
Warner Bros. has announced a record 14 shows are heading to this year’s Comic-Con and they’ve included a listing of what days each show is presenting their panel and some of the stars that will be there. Included in the lineup are The Big Bang Theory, Chuck, Fringe, Human Target, Nikita, Smallville, Supernatural, V, The Vampire Diaries, Childrens Hospital, Unnatural History, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, MAD, and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. They’ve also confirmed they’ll have a nearly 3,000 square-foot booth to host signing, show video game demos, and giveaway swag to the fans. They do this every year so it’s not really a surprise.
For more info on what day they’re doing their panel and what stars are already confirmed, hit the jump:
In a sign that this year’s Comic-Con is going to be bigger than ever, THR is reporting a huge number of TV shows are already confirmed to appear at the Convention. Included are:
- FOX – Steven Spielberg’s new sci-fi Fox show Terra Nova, Fringe, Human Target, Bones
- NBC – The Event, The Cape, Chuck
- CBS – Hawaii Five-O
- ABC – No Ordinary Family, V, Castle
- AMC – The Walking Dead
- The CW – Nikita, Vampire Diaries
- USA Network – Burn Notice, Psych, White Collar
- FX – Sons of Anarchy
- They even mention that Conan O’Brien might attend. Can I say YES!
While the official schedule usually gets released about a month from now, with Comic-Con only getting bigger every year, I’d imagine a lot more shows will be added to this list. After all, I know Stargate Universe will be there and that’s not listed. Finally, if you don’t have a badge…better get on eBay, as Comic-Con has been sold out for months. See some of you in San Diego next month.
Fox officially released their fall schedule today, with just one new drama and two new comedies on the slate. The buzzed-about new Texas soap Lonestar is the beneficiary of the House lead-in on Mondays. This year’s success story Glee moved to 8:00 to kickstart a night of comedy on Tuesdays with Raising Hope and Running Wilde in the 9:00 hour. Lie to Me will team with Hell’s Kitchen for Wednesdays, while the Bones/Fringe pairing will continue on Thursdays. Fox is keeping Fridays scripted, with comic adaptation Human Target and this summer’s The Good Guys. Saturdays, as always, are devoted to Cops and America’s Most Wanted, and Sundays go to the animated comedies. Check out the full schedule after the jump.
Fox was busy today, as the network renewed both Human Target and Lie to Me and ordered four pilots to series: police drama RideAlong, Texas soap Midland, quirky family sitcom Keep Hope Alive, and the comedy Traffic Light, which centers around a trio of friends. It was hypothesized that Fox would choose either Lie or Target, so the news that both were renewed is a bit of a surprise. Shawn Ryan (The Shield) recently resigned as showrunner from Lie to Me, in part to focus on the newly ordered RideAlong, which he created. No word yet on a replacement for Ryan, but according to THR, Fox has selected Matt Miller (Chuck) to take over for showrunner Jonathan Steinberg for season two of Target.
Though nothing is official, the Steven Spielberg-produced Terra Nova is likely to get a series order any day now, while U.S. Marshal drama Breakout Kings is looking at similarly good odds. For details on each of the four new series, hit the jump.
Last week, I put together a look at the various pilots that are fighting for a spot on the network schedules in the fall. Of course, the networks cannot achieve their “in with the new” objective without first taking care of the first half of that saying: “Out with the old . . .” A number of shows currently on the air–even series that are near and dear to your heart–must die a horrible and bloody death to make room for such potential hits as the J.J. Abrams spy drama Undercovers.
After the jump, we’ll distinguish between survivor and sacrificial lamb for such network series as Chuck, Heroes, FlashForward, V, Human Target, Numb3rs, and One Tree Hill.
At this weekend’s WonderCon in San Francisco, I was able to speak with Jackie Earle Haley on the Warner Bros. red carpet, as he was promoting the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Of course we didn’t just talk about playing Freddy, as we also discussed his thoughts on the Watchmen director’s cut, his FOX show Human Target, his thoughts on fandom and Comic-Con, and a lot more.
And while most red carpet/backstage interviews are only a minute or two, I got a lot of time with Haley and we were really able to talk about things and not just skim the surface. Check it out after the jump. As always, I’ve broken down what we talked about by time index.