As part of the network’s TCA Press Tour presentation, President of ABC Entertainment Group, Paul Lee, took some time to talk about where things stand with some of their popular and long-running series, how some of their freshman series were received, and their hopes for some of their upcoming programs.
Lee said that the horror thriller The River (premiering on February 7th) is set for only eight episodes, but there is the plan to have it be a long-running series. He is also thrilled with the performance of Once Upon A Time, is optimistic about the future of Pan Am, and said that while they made a good attempt, he doesn’t think they quite breathed life into the Charlie’s Angels franchise through the recent series. And, while he has high hopes for how Cougar Town will play when it returns, Lee is still unsure of when exactly that return will be. Check out what he had to say about all the series after the jump:
In ABC’s upcoming incarnation of Charlie’s Angels, a thief, a street racer and a cop, all of whom got in just a little too deep, are getting their second chance working for the elusive Charlie Townsend. Detectives who are equal parts fearless and beautiful, the angels – Park Avenue princess turned thief, Abby Sampson (Rachael Taylor), disgraced Miami cop Kate Prince (Annie Ilonzeh), and the mysterious Eve (Minka Kelly) – are helped by hot computer hacker Bosley (Ramon Rodriguez), who certainly doesn’t mind being surrounded by the powerful women.
During a recent interview to promote this glamorous, action-packed re-imagining of the 1970s smash hit series, actress Minka Kelly talked about being a fan of the female camaraderie that Charlie’s Angels is known for, the appeal of playing a bad-ass, that there is a lot of depth and emotion among all of the eye candy, how much she enjoys learning new skills for each episode’s adventure, and how hilarious it is that she’s considered a sex symbol. She also said that she doesn’t think she’ll be able to return for any more episodes of the NBC drama Parenthood, as it films in Los Angeles and her new series is in Miami. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for ABC Entertainment Group, President Paul Lee took some time to talk about their new high-concept dramas, Pan Am and Once Upon A Time, their slick reboot of Charlie’s Angels, their upcoming comedy series, and the announcement of the final season of Desperate Housewives. Here are the most interesting points:
- ABC currently has the #1 comedy in America with Modern Family, and Grey’s Anatomy is still their #1 drama series.
- Pan Am is a passion project for creator/executive producer/writer Jack Orman (E.R.) and executive producer/director Tommy Schlamme (The West Wing) and promises to be romantic, sexy and adventurous.
- Charlie’s Angels will capitalize on their built-in audience, while still modernizing the story in unexpected ways.
- Although Once Upon A Time is a very ambitious piece of storytelling, the network has been reassured in the ability to sustain it for series, after seeing Episodes 2 and 3. And surprisingly, the pilot was made for essentially the same cost as a normal pilot.
- The upcoming Season 8 will be the last season of Desperate Housewives, which will have its final arc built through 22 episodes. They have also started to redevelop Hallelujah with Housewives creator Marc Cherry, for a possible series pick-up.
- ABC is developing the Marvel properties The Incredible Hulk and Jessica Jones for possible TV series.
- The network is very pleased with their mid-season comedy and drama series, which include Apartment 23, Work It, Scandal, The River, Missing and G.C.B.
Hit the jump for more of what he had to say:
While it was billed as Sony TV’s highly anticipated action-packed series, the Charlie’s Angels panel was woefully under-attended. Perhaps it was due to poor scheduling at the end of a long day of Con events. Regardless of the reason for the lack of interest, the cast and creative team of Charlie’s Angels gave the audience more than enough reasons to tune in when the pilot airs on ABC this September. Not just a reboot of the 1970s franchise or a continuation of the Drew Barrymore movies, this iteration of Charlie’s Angels promises to bring something new to the table. Stars Annie Ilonzeh (General Hospital), Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Rachael Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy) and Ramon Rodriguez (The Wire) were joined by executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar of Smallville fame. Hit the jump to see why this new reboot may be worth watching.
The Saturday schedule for Comic-Con has been released, and it looks to be a very big day for TV fans. However, Hall H will be having a fairly light day, with the highest profile panels being Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman and Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. Other films taking up shop in Hall H on Saturday include Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt, the comedy-fantasy Knights of Badassdom, the animated film Dorothy of Oz, and wrapping things up will be “An Early Evening with Kevin Smith.”
TV highlights include Chuck, Terra Nova, Being Human, Futurama, The Simpsons, Community, Family Guy, American Dad, Adventure Time, Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries, The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra, Grimm (includes pilot screening), Fringe, Charlie’s Angels, The Secret Circle, Alcatraz (includes pilot screening), Teen Wolf, Nikita, Good Vibes, Person of Interest (includes pilot screening), and Mythbusters. The day also includes comic panels with Joss Whedon and Robert Kirkman. Hit the jump for a list of schedule highlights for movies and TV.
We’ve already gotten word on panels for TV series like Game of Thrones and even Beavis and Butt-Head at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 this year, and now ABC has just unveiled panel plans for three new series, and one returning series. Before their premiere later this fall, The River, Charlie’s Angels and Once Upon a Time will all have exclusive early screenings of their premiere episode along with panels with the cast and executive producers. In addition, Comic-Con favorite Nathan Fillion will be returning to the convention with his series Castle. If you want more details on the new series premiering on ABC this fall, check out our previous post on the network’s upfronts presentation, otherwise, hit the jump for the schedule on details on ABC’s TV panels..
This week ABC is revealing their premiere dates for the new and returning series for the 2011-2012 season kicking off in September, and plenty of fan favorites are returning in a big way. Comedy series like The Middle and Modern Family are getting special one-hour premieres while Grey’s Anatomy gets a whopping two-hour premiere episode. In addition, after the jump you’ll find out the premiere dates for new series like the remake of Charlie’s Angels, the period drama Pan Am, Tim Allen’s return to TV in Last Man Standing the fairytale drama Once Upon a Time and more. If you want more information on any of ABC’s new series hitting this fall, check out our previous post (Link 1) on their upfronts presentation. Otherwise check out the full premiere schedule after the jump.
ABC has released a television trailer for its upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot. If you’re at all interested in the series, I would recommend hitting the jump to check it out as the 1:30 cut does a nice job of quickly introducing each of the “Angels.” In case you missed it, you can click here to check out a clip from the series that we posted earlier today. Charlie’s Angels stars Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor, and Annie Ilonzeh. The series will premiere this Fall on Thursdays at 8/7 CST.
The circus that is upfronts continues with ABC announcing a slew of cancellations, pick-ups and renewals. Via TV Line, the network has decided to cancel sci-fi series V, Matthew Perry’s sitcom Mr. Sunshine, the superhero family drama No Ordinary Family and the on-the-bubble drama Brothers and Sisters (after considering giving the show one more season, the network decided to free up their Sunday night slot and axe the show). Other cancellations at ABC include Off the Map, Detroit 187 and Better With You.
On a lighter note, freshman comedy Happy Endings and procedural drama Body of Proof were both renewed for a second season, and the Charlie’s Angels reboot has scored a pick-up. Other new series getting picked up include Tim Allen’s return Last Man Standing, controversial series Good Christian Belles (previously Good Christian Bitches), period soap Pan Am, Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal and the fairytale-themed Once Upon a Time from Lost vets Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Damon Lindelof hinted via Twitter that the show is “gonna be special.”
Back in January we found out that Rachel Taylor, Minka Kelly and Annie Ilonzeh would be our new Charlie’s Angels in the remake of the popular 70′s action series for ABC. Now we have our first unofficial look at the lovely ladies thanks to some photos snapped on the set down in Miami, Florida. In addition to seeing the trio of angels strutting their stuff in some classy white dresses, we also have our first look at Ramon Rodriguez as Bosley, a casting choice that I’m not really all that pleased with to be honest. Anyway, we’ll likely see some photos down the road of the Angels in their action poses, but for now you can check out these first images after the jump:
With director Jonathan Liebesman’s Battle: Los Angeles opening this weekend, I got to speak with most of the cast at the Los Angeles press junket. As most of you know, the film tells the story of an alien invasion as seen through the eyes of a Marine platoon headed up by Aaron Eckhart. The film also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Michael Pena and Ramon Rodriguez. You can watch some clips and read the full synopsis here.
Anyway, every day this week I’m posting a different interview. Yesterday was Eckhart, and today I’ve got Ramon Rodriguez. In the film, Rodriguez plays Marine 2nd Lieutenant William Martinez and when we meet up with him, he’s just taken control of the unit. During the interview, Rodriguez talked about the intense boot camp, his reaction to the film, filming in Louisiana, the big action scenes, and he talks about how he got involved in ABC’s reboot of Charlie’s Angels and who he plays:
The suspense thriller I Am Number Four, adapted from the YA book of the same name, tells the story of nine members of an alien race, each with their own talents and legacy, who are being hunted on Earth by ruthless enemies sent to destroy them, one by one. The next one in line is Number Four, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), the new kid in a small Ohio town, where he unexpectedly meets his first love, Sarah (Dianna Agron), and a curious teenager named Sam (Callan McAuliffe). As he discovers his powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his destiny, John must decide how much he is willing to sacrifice to meet his true potential.
The screenwriting team of Al Gough and Miles Millar were first hired to write the script for I Am Number Four while the manuscript was still in its first draft. In this exclusive interview with Collider, they talked about how they were intrigued by the project from the moment they heard about it, the collaborative process between them and the author, the changes that they needed to make and the things that they wanted to keep the same, and how they left the story open for possible sequels, as it was sold as a four-book series. They also talked about their process of writing together, and how they never like to focus on just one project at a time. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
Since the project was first announced, Sony Pictures Television has searched far and wide for the three young actresses to star in the ABC series reboot of Charlie’s Angels. Annie Ilonzeh (General Hospital) was cast last week — Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) and Rachael Taylor (Transformers) are in negotiations to join her.
Drew Barrymore, star of the recent Charlie’s Angels feature films, will produce through her Flower Films banner. Executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville) wrote the pilot script. Hit the jump for character descriptions for the three girls.
It was recently announced that the upcoming tenth season of Smallville will be its swan song, but show creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar won’t be anywhere near the small Kansas town at the time of the signoff. The duo, who left the Superman series after season seven, will head over to ABC to assume scripting duties for the Charlie’s Angels reboot in development at the network. Gough and Millar will replace Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), under whose guide the remake was targeting a Fall 2010 launch. With Gough and Millar on board, Angels could descend upon ABC by midseason. According to The Live Feed, Drew Barrymore, Leonard Goldberg and Nancy Juvonen are producing.
To get a taste of the original 1976 series, hit the jump.
After two blockbuster films and two prior attempts at a TV comeback, the classic 70s action show Charlie’s Angels could soon be returning to television on ABC with Sarah Connor Chronicles creator Josh Friedman giving orders through the speaker box. The remake would be updated to the modern day and geared towards a new audience while still paying homage to the original. Hit the jump for more details along with a timeline of how many attempts have been made to bring Kelly Garrett, Jill Munroe, and Sabrina Duncan back to the small screen.