Showrunner Al Jean Talks THE SIMPSONS Marathon on FXX, Running Original Versions of the Episodes, the Show’s Evolution, the FUTURAMA Crossover, and More

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Starting on August 21st, every episode of The Simpsons will air in a 12-day marathon on FXX.  Whether you’re a fan who wants to relive the experience from the beginning, or you’ve never had the chance to check out the show before, you can experience every laugh, every guest appearance, and every classic moment.

During this recent interview to promote the upcoming marathon, executive producer/showrunner Al Jean talked about what it’s like to be involved with a show for so many years that they can have a 12-day marathon, that it’s not medically advisable to stay up to watch the entire marathon while it’s airing, that they’ll be running the original version of the episodes, as opposed to the shorter syndicated version, whether they’d ever do a movie sequel, how the show has evolved over the past 25 years, that there’s still a real life to the series, where The Simpsons fits into the television landscape as a whole, and pulling off The Simpsons/Futurama cross-over episode that will air in November on Fox.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon and Tim Griffin Talk WAYWARD PINES, Working with M. Night, and More

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Based on the best-selling novel Pines by Blake Crouch and brought to life by filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines is the intense new mind-bending, 10-episode event thriller from Fox.  When Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) drives to the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, to search for two missing federal agents, mysteries within the town pile up and Burke quickly begins to wonder whether he’ll ever make it out again.  The show also stars Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Juliette Lewis, Reed Diamond, Shannyn Sossamon, Tim Griffin and Charlie Tahan.

While at Comic-Con to premiere the series, co-stars Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon and Tim Griffin talked about approaching characters in such a unique story, how their characters fit into this mysterious world, how much they were told about their characters’ secrets, how costume informs character, the experience of being directed by M. Night Shyamalan, allowing the guest directors to have a voice, what a great thrill-ride the season will be, and how the answers will start getting revealed about half-way through the 10 episodes.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

New GOTHAM TV Spot Has James Gordon as the Last Honest Cop

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Fox has released a new Gotham TV spot online.  The upcoming FOX series will function as a prequel featuring a young James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) trying to clean up the city that Batman will ultimately protect.  The series will also provide young versions of The Penguin, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and more.  I’m curious to see how the series handles being a police procedural (the bread-and-butter of any network television lineup) while also cashing in on its comic book origins.  This TV spot leans towards a regular police procedural since a show about an honest cop in a corrupt city could be for any TV series; being based on Batman has nothing to do with it.

Hit the jump to check out the Gotham TV spot, and click here for our coverage of the Comic-Con panel. The show also stars David MazouzDonal LogueBarbara Kean, Jada Pinkett SmithRobin Lord TaylorCamren BicondovaSean PertweeCory Michael Smith, and Zabryna GuevaraGotham premieres this fall on Fox.

Fox Cancels HIEROGLYPH Before It Ever Airs

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Last October, Fox ordered the adventure series Hieroglyph straight to series with 13 episodes.  This was an unusual move for a broadcast network with an unknown property.  It was part of former Fox Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly‘s plan to move Fox away from the traditional pilot season model.  Reilly’s pitch for Hieroglyph:

“We wanted to do a show about deceit, sex, intrigue in the court and fantastical goings-on—no better place to set that than ancient Egypt.”

As “former” implies, Reilly resigned last month after upfront week.  It remains to be seen if Fox will return to the pilot season model in Reilly’s absence, but the network clearly was not happy with the results of this particular experiment.  Fox has cancelled Hieroglyph before it had a chance to reach its midseason premiere.  More after the jump.

GOTHAM Posters Tease Penguin, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, and More

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Given the level of interest it’s generating, you’d think Fox had brought back Christopher Nolan to direct its new Batman TV show.  Fans are eager to get a look at Gotham when the series debuts this fall, and Fox is happily satiating the interest by doling out bits and pieces of the show here and there.  Today, the network has released a collection of Gotham posters that give us a look at the characters that will be populating the show’s iteration of Gotham City.  A Batman prequel series of sorts, Gotham focuses on the exploits of a young James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as his navigates his way through the Gotham police department and strikes up a friendship with the recently orphaned Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz).  It’s an interesting way to tap into the comic book fever, but all of this is moot if the show isn’t any good.  Here’s hoping for the best.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Gotham character posters, which also feature Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin, Cory Michael Smith as Riddler, Camren Bicondova as Catwoman, and Clare Foley as Poison Ivy.  Gotham debuts on Fox this fall.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk Will Forte’s “Crazy and Wonderful” Fox Series THE LAST MAN ON EARTH; Reveal It Will Consist of 10 Episodes

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Though directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have gained considerable notoriety in recent years with excellent films like 21 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie, the duo actually got their start in television with the short-lived animated series Clone High.  They dipped their toes back into the TV waters last year by helming the pilot for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but they’ll have a more hands-on role in the ambitious upcoming Fox comedy The Last Man on Earth.  Lord and Miller hatched the idea for the series with Will Forte, who stars as the literal last human being on Earth.  The teaser trailer promised something unlike anything else on network TV, and that’s exactly what Lord, Miller, and Forte are crafting.

While speaking with Lord and Miller in anticipation of the upcoming 22 Jump Street, Steve also asked the two about their involvement with The Last Man on Earth.  They revealed that the season will likely consist of just 10 episodes, they’re directing the first few, and they’ve been in the writers room working on the first set of scripts.  Hit the jump for more.

Fox To Air Remaining ENLISTED Episodes Starting June 1st

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Though Fox has officially cancelled the freshman comedy Enlisted, from Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel, the network will air the show’s remaining four episodes starting June 1.  Fox never really gave the series a chance, throwing it in a difficult Friday night time slot, and failing to promote it past its debut.  And while I gave a lukewarm but “why the heck not?” review of its first few episodes, the show really grew in its comedy and character dynamic as it progressed this season, and in no way deserved cancellation.  Hit the jump for more information on the show and the final episodes.

Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly Resigns

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Just as Kevin Reilly was ramping up his “call to arms” regarding the movement away from network television’s “pilot season” tradition, the Fox Entertainment Chairman is now stepping down from his post.  It was announced today that Reilly will resign from Fox effective immediately, with a replacement TBA.  Though Reilly had a promising goal of hoping to transform network television to a model that valued year-round programming and straight-to-series orders over the traditional pilot season, Fox’s ratings have been on a sharp decline over the past couple of years under his tutelage.  The once behemoth American Idol continues to plummet, Glee is a shell of its former self, and Fox’s key comedies New Girl and The Mindy Project ended the 2013-14 TV season with series low ratings.

Hit the jump for more on what Reily’s exit means for the network.

Fox Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly Talks GOTHAM Season 1, the End of GLEE, Waiting to Announce the Midseason Schedule, and More

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The Upfronts have officially kicked off, with the TV networks announcing their news and returning shows, what’s been canceled, and how their programming schedule will take shape for the season.  After announcing Fox’s 2014-2015 programming schedule, Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company, held a conference call to discuss their line-up and answer questions.

During the interview, Reilly talked about waiting to announce their mid-season schedule until they see how things shake out a bit, their desire to do year-round programming, how they’re determining episode orders for each show, their expectations for Gotham season 1, why they think it’s the perfect fit for the network, and why 16 episodes were ordered for its first season, figuring out the best way to end Glee, and why they’ll stay in the animation business.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

14 New Images from Fox’s GOTHAM Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, and Jada Pinkett Smith [Updated]

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This morning Fox unveiled its full schedule for the upcoming 2014-15 season, and one of the most anticipated series coming this fall is undoubtedly Gotham.  We’ve already seen two trailers for the Batman prequel series, and now a handful of images from the pilot episode have been released online.  For those unaware, the drama tells the origin story of Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), beginning with his days as a rookie detective in Gotham City as he attempts to navigate the layers of corruption and strikes up a relationship with a pre-pubescent billionaire by the name of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz).  These images give us a better look at the main cast, including a showdown between McKenzie’s Gordon and Robin Lord Taylor’s Penguin.

Hit the jump to check out the new Gotham images.  The show also stars Donal LogueBarbara Kean, Jada Pinkett SmithRobin Lord TaylorCamren BicondovaSean PertweeCory Michael Smith, and Zabryna Guevara.  Gotham will air Mondays on Fox this fall. [Update: We've updated the article with even more promo images from the series.]

Fox Releases Fall 2014 Schedule; Moves BROOKLYN NINE-NINE to Sundays; GOTHAM Set for Mondays

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Following NBC’s announcement of their 2014-2015 schedule, Fox has revealed its line-up for fall 2014.  Here are the highlights:

  • There will be a sensible pairing on Monday nights as the Batman prequel series Gotham will be paired up with fellow dark genre show Sleepy Hollow.
  • Gracepoint, the American remake of the terrific British series Broadchurch, will get a strong lead-in on Thursdays following Bones.  Gracepoint stars David Tennant, Anna Gunn, Josh Hamilton, Michael Peña, and Nick Nolte.
  • The week will get a double-shot Utopia.  The reality series will air on Tuesday and Friday nights, and sends “15 everyday Americans to an isolated, undeveloped location – for an entire year – and challenges them to create their own civilization. Will it be ultimate happiness or utter chaos?”  Let’s see…a Fox reality series.  I don’t know for sure, but I’m betting it will be “utter chaos”.
  • Sundays are getting makeover with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the new comedy Mulaney joining The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Bob’s Burgers.

Hit the jump for the Fox fall 2014 schedule.

Fox Cancels ENLISTED, DADS, SURVIVING JACK, and RAKE

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Fresh off last night’s drama pilot pick-up news from Fox, the network has announced a trio of cancellations along with news of pilots that it will be passing on (via THR).  Briefly:

  • Enlisted – The freshman comedy series revolving around a Rear Detachment unit has been canceled.  The show hailed from Cougar Town producer Kevin Biegel and garnered positive reviews, but it failed to build an audience on Friday nights after its midseason debut.
  • Dads – In a slightly surprising move, executive producer Seth MacFarlane’s live-action multi-cam comedy starring Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green has been given the ax.  Though the show never caught on like MacFarlane’s animated shows, some thought Fox might give it a pass given how lucrative MacFarlane has been for the network.
  • Surviving Jack – The shortest-lived series of the bunch, this Christopher Meloni-fronted comedy only debuted at the end of March but is being canceled after six episodes.
  • Rake – On the drama side, the Greg Kinnear lawyer series has also been canceled.
  • Additionally, Fox has decided to pass the comedy pilots Dead Boss, Fatrick, and No Place Like Home.

Stay tuned over the next few days as the other networks announce cancellations and renewals ahead of next week’s upfronts, where they will unveil their 2014-15 schedules.

Fox Picks Up Dramas RED BAND SOCIETY and EMPIRE; Orders 10 More Episodes of MULANEY

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On the heels of the official series order for Gotham, Fox has picked up two more new dramas:

  • Octavia Spencer stars in Red Band Society, a coming-of-age dramedy set in a big city hospital.  According to Deadline, Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire) will adapt the Spanish series Polseres Vermelles.  It should a fruitful premise if Nagle can pull off the tricky tone.
  • Empire is a family drama that centers on a hip-hop superstar (Terrence Howard) and his wife (Taraji P. Henson).  Lee Daniels (The Butler) directed the pilot and will executive produce with Danny Strong (Game Change) and Brian Grazer (24).  Timbaland will supervise the music.  I trust Howard and Henson to make Empire as enjoyable as their last foray into the rap world, Hustle & Flow.

Additionally, Deadline reports Fox has ordered 10 more episodes of Mulaney, bringing the total order up to 16 episodes.  I love John Mulaney‘s standup, so I am happy to see him get a long leash for his multi-camera about an up-and-coming standup comedian.

First Trailer for Fox’s GOTHAM Starring Ben McKenzie [Updated with Bonus Extended Trailer]

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Fresh off an official series pickup, Fox has released the first Gotham trailer for the upcoming prequel series, based on characters from the Batman comics.  The drama tells the origin story of Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), beginning with his days as a rookie detective in Gotham City as he attempts to navigate the layers of corruption and strikes up a relationship with a pre-pubescent billionaire by the name of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz).  The trailer unveils more footage than I was expecting, as it appears that the pilot will revolve around Gordon and Wayne’s first encounter in the aftermath of the death of Wayne’s parents.  We also get glimpses of the Batman villains that will populate the series as well, but again the central focus is on Gordon, and I’m definitely interested to see how this new twist on the “cop show” genre comes together.  We still have a while to wait, but this is certainly a nice tease of what’s to come.

Hit the jump to watch the Gotham trailer.  The show also stars Donal Logue, Barbara Kean, Jada Pinkett Smith, Robin Lord Taylor, Camren Bicondova, Sean Pertwee, Cory Michael Smith, and Zabryna GuevaraGotham will premiere on Fox this fall.

New “Movie Trailer” for 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY

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When 24 ended its television run in 2010, the producers made no secret of their desire to continue the adventures of Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer in a feature film.  However, after a few years of script development, the project had stalled and the movie seemed like less of a reality as time wore on.  So what do you do when you can’t get a 24 movie off the ground?  Bring the show back, of course.  Producers are indeed resurrecting Jack for another adventure, but instead of a two-hour movie, it’s in the form of a 12-hour limited series event.  In a bit of a nod to the proposed film, a “theatrical trailer” for 24: Live Another Day has been released that highlights Jack’s latest murderous tendencies, which find him in London thwarting an attack on the President of the United States.

Hit the jump to watch the new 24: Live Another Day trailer.  The series also stars Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, Benjamin Bratt, William Devane, Tate Donovan, Yvonne Strahovski, Stephen Fry, and Michelle Fairley24: Live Another Day premieres on Fox on May 12th.

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