The popular internet hit Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, created by Joss Whedon in 2008, has been available online and through streaming since its inception, but to continue preaching its gospel to the masses, The CW will be broadcasting it in full October 9th starting at 9PM. The three-part musical stars Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) as the title character, Nathan Fillion (Castle) as his nemesis Captain Hammer, and Felicia Day (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as their shared love interest.
Though Whedon had hoped to shop his project around to a bigger venue at the time in order to pay the cast and crew (who worked on it for free), subsequent DVD sales have reportedly paid those bills. Still, the popularity of Dr. Horrible continues both in book form (with essays from the main actors, the shooting script, sheet music, etc) as well as in college and cult theaters, so while this broadcast may feel behind the times, it shouldn’t. Dr. Horrible is certainly a classic. For details on the CW broadcast, hit the jump.
Though The CW’s Hunger Games-esque pilot The Selection didn’t move forward this year (they put the show back into development), the network is now eyeing a different series that centers on kids murdering kids. Specifically, The CW is apparently mulling over adapting the 2000 Japanese hit Battle Royale for the small screen. When Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games book trilogy hit shelves, it drew quite a few comparisons to Battle Royale given that both properties revolve around teenagers living in an authoritarian state, fighting for survival in a government-sanctioned “murder everyone” competition.
The similarities really stop there, as The Hunger Games and Battle Royale have strikingly different tones and characters. That said, Hunger Games is—to borrow a phrase from Mugatu—“so hot right now,” so a similarly plotted television series looks pretty attractive from a financial standpoint. Hit the jump for more.
While at Comic-Con to debut their new drama series Cult, which will premiere on The CW in early 2013, creator Rockne S. O’Bannon (who previously created Farscape) and actor Matthew Davis (Alaric from The Vampire Diaries) spoke to the press about the origin of the complex and complicated mystery show. The story follows investigative journalist Jeff Sefton (Davis), whose brother mysteriously disappears after ranting that a hit TV show intends to harm him. When Jeff takes Nate’s paranoia seriously, he begins to uncover the dark underworld of the TV show Cult and its rabid fans.
During this interview, Matthew Davis and Rockne S. O’Bannon talked about how the concept of this show has been affected by the use of social media and its importance in so many people’s lives, what inspired the TV show within the show, and how quickly this show came about after the end of Davis’ time on The Vampire Diaries. Davis also said that he hopes to have some involvement in show’s website and that he’s already coming up with some ideas for it. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
TV pilots are always tricky. Even the best show can start out rough. Seinfeld took three seasons before it hit its stride. With this in mind, one has to consider not just what is shown on screen, but what also the potential of what is not. Cult, the new meta-series from Farscape mastermind Rockne S. O’Bannon, has an especially rough pilot, but it also has great potential. Hit the jump for a summary of the pilot and more info on the show.
As we reported last month, The CW has plenty of shakeups afoot in their new fall lineup:
- Supernatural is moving to Wednesdays
- Hart of Dixie moves to Tuesdays
- 90210 changes to Mondays
- New series Beauty and the Beast will air after The Vampire Diaries, which remains on Thursday
- The much-hyped Green Arrow series Arrow will be on Wednesdays
For more on the lineup, including the full fall schedule, hit the jump.
With Comic-Con 2012 just around the corner, word is starting to leak out about what movies and TV shows will/won’t be making an appearance. We have a good idea of the film panel slate in Hall H, and now official word regarding TV panels is trickling down. As a quick reference guide, we’ve rounded up the TV panels that have been confirmed thus far in one easy article. Briefly:
- Thursday – MAD, Nikita
- Friday – The Big Bang Theory, Arrow, Bones, Childrens Hospital, Cult, 666 Park Avenue, Brickleberry, Bob’s Burgers, The Venture Bros, NTSF:SD:SUV, Robot Chicken, Black Dynamite
- Saturday – Glee, The Vampire Diaries, Revolution, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, Person of Interest, Futurama, The Following
- Sunday – Fringe, Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural, DC Nation, The Cleveland Show
Hit the jump for more details, including which actors will be in attendance and where the panels will take place. Comic-Con 2012 will run from July 11 – July 15.
We’ve already gotten a glimpse of Arrow from the upfronts last month, but now CW has released a new longer trailer that seems to set up the whole season of the DC Comics adaptation attempting to fill the void left behind by the end of Smallville. What’s cool is that this new trailer teases at an interesting bad guy, maybe for the whole series. Unfortuantely, it’s only a quick shot in the whole trailer so it’s the epitome of a tease, so there’s no telling where this can go. Check out the trailer after the jump.
We just posted the new fall 2012 schedule for The CW, and now the network has released “sneak peeks” at a couple of their new series. Briefly:
- Arrow – The television adaption of the popular comic book character of Green Arrow stars Stephen Amell as the titular hero.
- Beauty and the Beast – A modern-day retelling of the popular classic pits the female protagonist as a detective who strikes up a romance with a presumed-dead doctor who went missing under enemy fire in Afghanistan in 2002.
- Emily Owens, M.D. – This series follows the misadventures of a young med school graduate who is now a first-year intern at a Denver hospital.
Hit the jump to check out synopses and clips from the aforementioned series.
We’ve been reporting on all the networks’ new fall 2012 schedules over the past few days, with word from NBC, Fox, ABC, and CBS. Today The CW announced their new lineup, and quite a few shakeups are taking place. As far as returning series go, every single show has a new night and/or time except for The Vampire Diaries which remains on Thursday. Supernatural moves to Wednesdays, Hart of Dixie now airs on Tuesdays, and 90210 is set for Mondays. The highly anticipated Green Arrow TV show, Arrow, will air on Wednesdays at 8pm, while Beauty and the Beast will premiere on Thursdays after The Vampire Diaries.
One noticeable omission is the Sex and the City prequel series The Carrie Diaries. That show won’t debut until January 2013. Hit the jump to check out the full schedule for The CW.
On The CW drama series The Vampire Diaries, actress/singer/artist/filmmaker Persia White plays witch Abby Bennett, who abandoned her daughter, Bonnie (Kat Graham), more than 15 years ago. Even though an energy-draining spell essentially left her witchcraft dormant, Abby was still able to work with Bonnie to open the coffin containing Esther (Alice Evans), leading both to the binding of all her Original vampire children, and to a shocking event that will change Abby forever.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Persia White talked about how she came to be a part of The Vampire Diaries, how much she loves working with this cast, her reaction to finding out that her witch character was going to have a significant transition, how she prefers not knowing what’s coming next on the show, and how being a part of this has given her a better understanding of the vampire craze. She also talked about what draws her to other art forms, and why she enjoys making documentaries. Check out what she had to say after the jump, and please be aware that there are some spoilers:
With Alcatraz and Person of Interest both alive and kicking on Fox and CBS currently, it’s been a decent year for Bad Robot. Now the company already has its sights set on next season with Jon Favreau directing his Revolution pilot for NBC, a potential series about a group of people trying to survive “in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.” Now the pilot has at least one leading man as Vulture has learned that Breaking Bad villain Giancarlo Esposito has been cast. He’ll play a character named Lieutenant Neville, a southern gentleman and steely military man with a secret. Details on the rest of the pilot are slim but stay tuned as this project develops for more information.
Details on AnnaSophia Robb landing The Carrie Diaries on The CW after the jump.
With Smallville all wrapped up, the lovely Kristin Kreuk found herself without a show. But thankfully, her longtime home at The CW found something to keep her around on the small screen as Deadline reports she has been set to take the lead role in the network’s new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, a modern-day, procedural twist on the classic tale. In this new version, the potential series will follow Catherine (Kreuk) as a tough-minded NYPD homicide detective haunted by witnessing her mother’s murder nine years ago and the killers’ quick demise at the hands of a Beast. After years of searching, Catherine finally finds the Beast, Vincent Koslow, the survivor of a military experiment that went disastrously wrong, and becomes the protector of his secret life as a superhero.
We already know Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper (Brothers and Sisters) are attached as the head writers, to produce alongside Paul Witt, C. Anthony Thomas, Ron Koslow, and Bill Haber. Now Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury, Don’t Say a Word) is slated to direct the pilot. The concept is intriguing, but using the Beauty and the Beast title seems like a bit of a gimmick since not much beyond the pilot will resemble the original series or the classic tale. The question remains as to who will play the Beast. Stay tuned.
After learning that The CW was replacing its superhero void left by the end of Smallville with Arrow, based on the DC Comics hero Green Arrow, we were left to wonder who would play the superhero. Well, wonder no more as THR has learned that Stephen Amell has been cast as the titular character. The series follows Amell as a playboy by day who becomes the Green Arrow at night who fights crime in the city with a special bow and arrow. Currently the series is ordered to pilot with Green Lantern duo Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim executive producing and writing the project, so hopefully it will actually make it to air. With Hung canceled, Amell’s schedule was left free and clear for what promises to be quite the opportunity, the same kind that turned Tom Welling into a star after playing Clark Kent on Smallville.
The CW wants to make sure its upcoming slate sounds familiar to you, with three new pilot orders based on established properties.
- Arrow – an hourlong “modern retelling” of the DC superhero comic Green Arrow
- The Carrie Diaries – a Sex and the City prequel that centers on a young Carrie Bradshaw growing up in the 1980s
- Beauty and the Beast – a modern day romance loosely based on the late 80s CBS drama led by Ron Perlman (Beast) and Linda Hamilton (Beauty)
Hit the jump for more on each project.
The CW already delved into DC Comics universe with their recently concluded Superman series Smallville, and writers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim brought Green Lantern to the big screen last summer. But now THR reports the network and writing duo are teaming up for Arrow, a small screen adaptation of Green Arrow which is currently in development. It’s not surprising considering the response to the hero’s appearance throughout a few seasons on Smallville was pretty strong, however, Justin Hartley, who played Green Arrow in the series, is not attached to this new project. Berlanti and Guggenheim will executive produce the series which serves as the second superhero property in development for Berlanti Productions along with Booster Gold at SyFy. There’s a gaping hole for a fanboy presence on The CW now so we’ll have to wait and see if the Green Arrow can fill it.
Hit the jump to learn more about Green Arrow.