Science is amazing. It’s a shame that a growing number of people in today’s society lack a basic understanding of how our world works, but hopefully that can change a bit next year when Fox revives the classic 1980 Carl Sagan PBS documentary series Cosmos. The “sequel” series, dubbed Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, is presented by famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and boasts Seth MacFarlane and Ann Druyan (Sagan’s widow) as executive producers. This trailer is more of a teaser than anything, showing glimpses of some really exciting footage from the upcoming series, but I love how it presents Tyson as a kind of science superhero that’s come to save us all from idiocy.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The 13-part Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey will premiere sometime in 2014 on Fox.
While we recently got news that another one of Fox’s “Animation Domination” shows is vacating the network (American Dad is moving to TBS in 2014), it appears that Fox’s two most popular animated series are planning the crossover episode to end all crossover episodes. Fox has announced that The Simpsons will pay a visit to the Griffin household in a very special episode of Family Guy next fall. Here’s how Fox describes the episode, titled “The Simpsons Guy”:
Peter (Seth MacFarlane) and the Griffins get out of dodge and end up in Springfield, where they are greeted by a friendly stranger named Homer Simpson (guest voice Dan Castellaneta), who welcomes his new “albino” friends with open arms. The families get along famously: Stewie (MacFarlane) becomes obsessed with Bart (guest voice Nancy Cartwright) and his old-fashioned pranks; Lisa (guest voice Yeardley Smith) takes Meg (Mila Kunis) under her wing and is determined to find something – anything – at which she excels; Marge (guest voice Julie Kavner) and Lois (Alex Borstein) ditch housework for a little bonding; and Peter and Homer fight over the best beer in town – Pawtucket vs Duff.
Audiences have been wondering for some time when/if the two pop culture juggernauts would meet, and it looks like that time will finally be Fall 2014. It’ll be interesting to see how the comedic sensibilities of both shows will mesh, and I’m looking forward to seeing the bonding between Peter and Homer materialize.
Though Seth MacFarlane certainly had his hands full with three animated sitcoms running at the same time on Fox, it looks like Family Guy will be the last one standing on the network come next year. Fox neglected to renew the Family Guy spinoff series The Cleveland Show for a fifth season, and now the network has announced (via TV Line) that the animated series American Dad will be moving to TBS after its upcoming tenth season. AD was MacFarlane’s first new series after the revival and massive success of Family Guy, but one imagines the show will do just fine as part of TBS’ original lineup.
American Dad will still air its upcoming tenth season on Fox, but in late 2014 new episodes of the show will be found on TBS. MacFarlane isn’t exactly lacking for work, though, as his live-action TV series debut Dads premieres on Fox this fall and he’s currently towards the end of production on his feature film directorial follow-up to Ted, the Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is getting another adaptation. Fox announced today that it has made a put pilot commitment for a drama series iteration of Alan Moore’s graphic novel series. “Put pilot” means that the network pays a penalty if the pilot for League never airs, so it’s nearly guaranteed that this thing will make it to airwaves. The new TV show is officially described thusly:
“A drama series based on Alan Moore’s critically and commercially successful graphic novel series about a group of Victorian-age literary characters, including Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, who team up to fight a common enemy.”
The source material was previously adapted by Fox for a live-action feature film starring Sean Connery, but we all know how that dreadful 2003 film turned out. Hit the jump for more on the proposed League TV series.
Fox has announced the premiere dates for its fall programming, and the network is getting a jump on its rivals by kicking off a number of its shows a week early. Here are some highlights:
- Bones returns on Monday, September 16th followed by the debut of Sleepy Hollow. Bones will then move to Fridays on November 8th, when a new series takes over its Monday slot.
- The Tuesday night comedy lineup of Seth MacFarlane’s live-action Dads, the Andy Samberg-starrer Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and returning series New Girl and The Mindy Project begins on Tuesday, September 17th.
- Glee kicks off its fifth season on Thursday, September 19th.
- The Animation Domination block of The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, and American Dad returns with all new episodes on Sunday, September 29th.
- The new drama series from executive producers J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman, titled Almost Human, gets a delayed premiere on Monday, November 4th, taking over Bones’ timeslot.
- Raising Hope doesn’t return until Friday, November 8th, where it will be followed by the new comedy series Enlisted.
Hit the jump to check out the full fall schedule, and click here to watch trailers for Fox’s new series.
Though production is already well underway on director Bryan Singer’s sequel X-Men: Future Past in Canada, a late addition to the cast has been made. Singer announced today on Twitter that American Horror Story star Evan Peters will play Quicksilver in the star-studded superhero pic, though this may make things quite complicated for Marvel’s The Avengers 2. In comics lore, Quicksilver is a mutant capable of moving and thinking at superhuman speeds. He also happens to be the son of Magneto, along with his twin sister Scarlet Witch. While this is certainly a fascinating cast addition to the time-bending X-Men: Days of Future Past, it could very well affect Marvel’s Avengers sequel as Joss Whedon only recently revealed that he’s written both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch into his script. Hit the jump for more.
After releasing its new primetime schedule, Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company, held a conference call to talk about some of the changes and additions that were made. Even though a number of new drama series and comedies were announced, most of the attention seems to be focused on the return of 24, likely to return in May as a compressed 12-episode run that, if successful, could become a more regular event on the network.
During the interview, Reilly also talked about how they’re going to approach their comedy block this year, why New Girl gets the post-Super Bowl slot, and where Gleewill be heading in the next two seasons. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Fresh off Fox’s unveiling of its fall 2013-14 schedule this morning, the network has released first look trailers and images for its new series. Briefly:
- Almost Human – A futuristic cop drama starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, from executive producers J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman (Fringe).
- Dads – A live-action sitcom starring Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green, from executive producer Seth MacFarlane.
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine – A buddy cop comedy starring Andy Samberg and Joe Lo Truglio, from executive producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation).
- Sleepy Hollow – An modern-day retelling of the classic story starring Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie, from executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Fringe).
- Enlisted – An army base-set comedy starring Geoff Stults, from executive producer Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town).
- Midseason dramas Rake (starring Greg Kinnear) and Gang Related (starring Terry O’Quinn), and midseason comedies Surviving Jack (starring Christopher Meloni), Us & Them (starring Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel), and the animated Murder Police.
Hit the jump to check out trailers and images for the aforementioned series. [Update: We've updated the article with the recently-released trailers for Surviving Jack and Gang Related]
In the flurry of chaotic renewal and cancellation news, Fox has released its new primetime schedule that includes seven new series among its many renewals (including five nights of Gordon Ramsay! … Almost). The broadcast network is premiering J.J. Abrams’s sci-fi police drama Almost Human on Monday nights in late fall, along with with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s fantasy series Sleepy Hollow in the second time slot in early fall (with encores on Friday nights) before The Following returns (why oh why). Tuesday remains a comedy night, with the addition of Dads and the Andy Samberg comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Hit the jump for the full new line-up and schedule, and look for images and videos from the new series coming later today.
24 almost seems like a relic in 2013. It was perfectly in tune with the neo-con zeitgeist when it came to dealing with the War on Terror. Specifically, “If the suspect doesn’t give you information, torture him or her some more.” The show also wasn’t very good, but it still managed to run eight seasons. We previously reported that Fox was considering bringing Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) back for a limited series, which would be the only way to see the character again since in March we learned that the 24 movie wasn’t going to happen. Today, Fox has announced that 24 is set to return to Fox next May for a 12-episode limited series entitled, 24: Live Another Day. If it’s really the same show, shouldn’t it be titled, “12: Live Another Day“?
I’m curious to see where Jack Bauer fits in when it comes to the age of drone strikes. Then again, after the Boston bombings, Bauer may be relevant again. The show was almost born out of 9/11, and with a recent terrorist attack, some viewers may want to take comfort in a hard-charging special agent who has a gun in one hand and a PDA in the other. Hit the jump for the press release.
Fox has ordered four drama series for the 2013-14 season.
- Almost Human - Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, and Lili Taylor star in the police drama set 35 years in the future, “when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.” J.J. Abrams will executive produce alongside creator J.H. Wyman (Fringe).
- Gang Related – Ramon Rodriguez, Terry O’Quinn, and RZA play members of the gang task force who team up to take down three of Los Angeles’ most dangerous gangs. Allen Hughes (Broken City) directed the pilot, created by Chris Morgan (Fast Five).
- Rake - Greg Kinnear stars as a “brilliant and frustratingly charming criminal defense attorney” in the legal drama based on the Australian series created by Peter Duncan. Duncan will executive produce the adaptation with Peter Tolan (Rescue Me). Sam Raimi directed the pilot.
- Sleepy Hollow - A modern retelling of the story of Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), “resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity’s last hope.” Co-created by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek).
Read the full synopses for each project after the jump.
Marvel makes it look easy. That’s what kept running through my head while watching Iron Man 3 Thursday night. Pumping out one solid standalone film after another with the overall goal of creating a whole that is equally, if not more, entertaining than its formidable parts can’t be that easy. And yet, Marvel makes it seem that way. In a medium outside of their native reach no less. Granted, Iron Man 3 isn’t without its flaws. But it doesn’t have to be. It succeeds on the exact level it’s meant to: in moving both the individual character and universal stories ahead in an entertaining and logical way. If “Marvel makes it looks easy” was my primary takeaway from IM3, “DC has their work cut out for them” isn’t far behind.
But enough Marvel love for one opening paragraph. In this week’s Top 5 we’ve got Iron Man 3 interviews with director Shane Black and more, a video blog review for Star Trek Into Darkness, the Pacific Rim trailer from WonderCon, Fox’s courting of Michael B. Jordan the the role of Human Torch in its upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, and the new trailer for Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx‘s White House Down. A brief recap and link to each is a “Continue Reading” click away.
Glee fans have something new to sing about: Fox has announced it will be renewing its “genre-defying” (or logic-defying, if you prefer) series for two more seasons. For four years the show has been the only successful scripted musical series on the air, selling oodles of music and capitalizing on the current singing crazy (look no further for proof than the success of American Idol, The Voice and others). Though some of its original cast have now graduated (but are still regulars) from the show’s high school setting, the series continues to comment, with varying degrees of savvy, on hot-button topics like bullying and gun violence in schools. Knowing Ryan Murphy, there will be plenty more of that to come.
Glee, created by Murphy, stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith, Jane Lynch and Naya Rivera, and airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
It appears as though Fox has put one of Seth MacFarlane’s brainchildren to bed for good. The network has apparently opted not to order another season of Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show, though a formal announcement of cancellation has yet to be made and the show will be allowed to air its remaining fourth-season episodes. The network’s decision isn’t at all surprising considering the show’s modest ratings and the fact that Cleveland’s episode count will hit 88 by the end of this season, which is the typical benchmark for a juicy syndication (i.e. rerun-sellin’) deal.
Debuting in 2009, The Cleveland Show saw Family Guy producer/voice actor Mike Henry reprising his role as Cleveland Brown (a jokey reference to the pro football team that I, oddly enough, just got at this very moment), who moves back to his home town of Stoolbend, Virginia, reuniting with his high school crush (voiced by Sanaa Lathan) and her kids, and getting up to shenanigans involving a new group of pals, one of which is a talking bear. SNL’s Jason Sudeikis and Seth MacFarlane himself rounded out the regular voice cast. Also, Kanye West dropped by sometimes. Hit the jump for more.
Just recently, director Ang Lee surprised many by signing on to helm the pilot for an FX drama series called Tyrant as his next project after winning the Best Director Oscar for last year’s Life of Pi. Now another talented filmmaker is delving into television following immense success in theaters, as Oz the Great and Powerful helmer Sam Raimi has agreed to direct the Fox drama pilot Rake. The potential hourlong series stars Greg Kinnear as a criminal defense lawyer who’s described as “brilliant, frustratingly charming, and [having] zero filter.” The pilot is based on an Australian comedic drama series of the same name, and is being executive produced by Peter Duncan and Peter Tolan (Rescue Me). Hit the jump for more.