FRANKENSTEIN TV Series Gets Put Pilot Commitment from Fox

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Get ready for a lot more monsters because now, in addition to Universal’s plan to reboot their classic monster movies and create a new cinematic universe, we’ve also got a Frankenstein TV series in the works.  Fox just nabbed the “grounded sci-fi drama” Frankenstein via a put pilot commitment.  Crisis and Life creator Rand Ravich is all set to pen the script.  He’ll also executive produce alongside Homeland’s Howard Gordon.

Apparently the show will pull from the Mary Shelley mythology and follow what happens when a corrupt FBI agent is brought back to life and given a second chance.   Hit the jump for more information on this new Frankenstein series.

LEGENDS Review: Sean Bean Is Finally a Master of Survival in New TNT Drama

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TNT’s marketing strategy for its new drama Legends, based on a spy novel by Robert Littell, was promoting the Twitter hashtag #DontKillSeanBean.  Sean Bean is of course known to certain fans for his exits from TV shows and movies, which has happened often enough to become a running joke that TNT did well to capitalize on. In Legends, Bean plays an FBI undercover officer named Martin Odum, whose main objective is to change his identity, and not get killed (seems to fit). The series comes from Howard Gordon (Homeland), who has had his irons in many TV fires of late (including the mediocre Tyrant).  Hit the jump to see if this one has caught flame.

Howard Gordon and Robert Cochran Talk 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, Reaching 200 Episodes, Time Jumps, Jack Bauer’s Ultimate Fate, and Continuing the Story

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The ticking clock was reset for 24: Live Another Day, the groundbreaking and thrilling event series that follows heroic agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), now a fugitive from justice.  Willing to risk his life and freedom to avert yet another global disaster, Jack needs the help of his old CTU confidante Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) and CIA agent Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski), if he’s going to save the world again.  The show also stars William Devane, Kim Raver, Tate Donovan, Benjamin Bratt, Giles Matthey, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Michael Wincott, Stephen Fry and Michelle Fairley.

During this recent interview to discuss the event series, executive producers Howard Gordon and Robert Cochran (who is the show’s co-creator with Joel Surnow) talked about reaching the impressive 200 episodes milestone, what they’re most proud of with regard to the legacy of 24, that there will be some upcoming time jumps in the story, why they decided to explore the Alzheimer’s storyline for President Heller (Devane), how Audrey (Raver) will be in the mix in the remaining episodes, what Michelle Fairley has brought to the show, how they feel like they’re collapsing across the finish line now, what Jack Bauer’s fate might ultimately be, whether more seasons could happen, and the possibility of carrying on in this format, but with another lead character.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Kiefer Sutherland and Howard Gordon Talk 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, How Jack Bauer Fits into a Post 9/11 World, Shooting in London, and a Movie Update

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24: Live Another Day will restart the clock on the fan favorite Fox drama.  Set in London, the show will find heroic agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) still in exile, but willing to risk his life to avert yet another global disaster.  The series starts production in the UK in a couple weeks.  The event series, which starts production on its 12-episode run in the UK in a couple of weeks, also stars Mary Lynn Rajskub (as Chloe O’Brian), Yvonne Strahovski (as a CIA agent determined to catch Jack Bauer), William Devane (as James Heller) and Kim Raver (as Audrey Raines).

During the Fox portion of the TCA Press Tour, actor/executive producer Kiefer Sutherland and executive producer Howard Gordon (Homeland) talked about how a shorter season is more ideal, that this is a completely different story from the much talked about movie, which could still happen, how Jack Bauer fits into a post-9/11 world, how Jack and Chloe will intersect, why London was chosen for the location, and how the show will be accessible for anyone watching it.  Check out what they had to say after the jump. 

FX Orders New Drama TYRANT to Series for Summer 2014 Debut; Pilot Directed by David Yates

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FX is adding a new drama series to its roster from Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff.  The network announced today (via THR) that it has ordered Tyrant to series, scheduling it for a summer 2014 debut.  The story revolves around an American family that is drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation, and producers aimed high when crafting the pilot.  Ang Lee was initially signed on to direct the first episode, but he subsequently backed out citing exhaustion over the very long post-production and awards campaign process on Life of Pi.  In his stead, producers nabbed Harry Potter director David Yates to helm the pilot.

Production on Tyrant will begin in earnest this coming March in Tel Aviv and the show will debut next summer alongside Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain.  The cast for Tyrant includes Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom, and Justin Kirk.

Comic-Con: THE X-FILES 20th Anniversary Reunion Panel Recap; Cast and Crew Talk Possibility of a Third Film, Memories from the Set

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It’s easy to take for granted the wealth of high quality programming on our weekly TV schedule, but back in the 90’s it was pretty slim pickings.  The X-Files was always a show that stood above its peers, bringing genre fare to a primetime slot and proving that intelligent, daring shows could find a mass audience regardless of subject matter.  For the shows 20th anniversary stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, Creator Chris Carter, and writers Vince Gilligan, Howard Gordon, Darin Morgan, John Shiban, James Wong, David Amann, and Glen Morgan presented a panel to a packed house of impassioned fans.  Hit the jump for the panel recap.

Fox Considers Bringing “24″ Back; Kiefer Sutherland In Talks To Reprise His Role As Jack Bauer [UPDATED]

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What is dead may never die: Fox is looking to revive its juggernaut series 24.  The series wrapped up its eighth season in 2010, and while there were rumors for awhile about a movie, it seems like Fox is now eyeing up the possibility of a limited series (the new buzzword format, and something they should have already committed to with that mess The Following).

Still, fans questioning this resurrection should feel pretty good about its prospects given that it was pitched by 24‘s longtime showrunner Howard Gordon, who now executive produces Showtime’s Homeland (so actually … there maybe one or two question marks).  Even more importantly perhaps, Kiefer Sutherland is in talks to return as Jack Bauer.  Hit the jump for a few more tidbits on the potential project. [Update: EW reports that Fox is looking at a 13-episode season for the show's limited return.]

Ang Lee to Direct and Executive Produce FX Pilot TYRANT

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“So Ang Lee, you’ve won the Oscar for best director what are ya gonna do now?” “I’m going to direct and executive produce a TV show!”  Once again cluing us all into just how the TV landscape has changed over the last fifteen years from second-tier to top notch storytelling, the Life Of Pi director is set to helm the pilot of Tyrant, a new show that is being set up at FX which will follow an American family caught amidst the inner workings of a Middle Eastern nation.

Hit the jump for the lowdown.

TV Casting: Sean Bean Replaces Brendan Fraser in TNT’s LEGENDS; Jason Alexander to Guest Star on COMMUNITY

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We’ve got a couple of TV-related casting stories to share this morning.  First up, Sean Bean has signed on to replace Brendan Fraser as the lead in TNT’s espionage pilot Legends.  The series is based on a novel by Robert Littell and follows a former CIA operative now acting as a private detective who has the unique ability to turn himself into a different person for each assignment.  Fraser exited the project after he and showrunner Howard Gordon didn’t see eye to eye on how to approach the lead character, and now Variety reports that Bean is stepping into the lead role.

Bean’s characters have a tendency to, well, die unexpectedly, but I think he’s safe here as he’ll be toplining the series (at least I hope…).  Legends is one of a number of new projects 24 veteran Gordon is spearheading following the immense success of his Showtime series Homeland.  Hit the jump for casting news regarding a Seinfeld alum visiting Community.

ARROW Picked Up for Full Season; Showtime Renews HOMELAND for Season 3

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Good news for a couple of popular series.  First up, hot off the network’s biggest ratings in years, The CW has picked up the superhero adaptation Arrow for a full season.  Much like Smallville, the show puts a television spin on the Green Arrow comic book character and has been met with a relatively enthusiastic audience response.  The series had an impressively strong hold from its premiere numbers of 4.02 million viewers and a 1.3 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo to the second episode, so the order was a no-brainer.  The CW’s pick-up is for a full 22-episode season.

Hit the jump for renewal news concerning the best show on TV, Homeland.

Andy Samberg to Star in Untitled FOX Comedy from PARKS AND RECREATION Creators; Brendan Fraser to Topline TNT’s LEGENDS

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After stepping away from NBC’s Saturday Night Live, many wondered what Andy Samberg had in store for his future career.  It looks like one of his upcoming projects will be a return to television in a pilot for an untitled Fox comedy series written by Parks and Recreation co-creators, Mike Schur and Dan Goor.  The comedy centers on a motley group of detectives stationed near the outskirts of New York City.  Samberg would play the lead detective in a role that show creators say is a perfect match.  Hit the jump to hear what else Schur and Goor had to say, in addition to news on Brendan Fraser toplining the TNT pilot, Legends

Max Landis to Pen Superhero Cop Drama Series VIGILANT for TV

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Chronicle scribe, Max Landis, is bringing his own brand of superheroics to the small screen.  Landis is set to pen Vigilant, a police drama series that revolves around a twenty-year-old woman who takes on the persona of a crime fighting vigilante in order to take down criminals and flush out corruption from within the police department.  Landis will also executive produce his creation alongside Hugh Fitzpatrick through Teakwood Lane. Homeland’s Howard Gordon landed the sale of Vigilant at Fox with a script plus penalty order.  Hit the jump for more on Vigilant.

Co-Creators Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon Talk HOMELAND, Evolving the Story in Season 2, and Shooting in Israel; Plus Update on 24 Movie

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The first season of the Showtime drama series Homeland was both critically acclaimed and a hit among viewers, leaving everyone intrigued to see what direction Season 2 would take. Having seen the compelling first episode back, premiering on September 30th, I can say that it’s well worth the wait. The series stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, Mandy Patinkin and David Harewood.

While at the Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, executive producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon talked about the evolution of the story for Season 2, how important it was for Carrie (Danes) to be elated to be back in the intelligence game, the experience of shooting in Israel, how reality does affect the storytelling, and how the show is ultimately the character study of a man (Lewis) very damaged by his experience as a prisoner of war and how that plays into his reintegration back into his life in America. Gordon also gave yet another update about the possibility of the 24 movie ever happening. Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Executive Producers Howard Gordon and Kyle Killen AWAKE Set Visit Interview

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From executive producer/writer Kyle Killen (Lone Star) and executive producer Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24), and with a pilot directed by David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse, 30 Days of Night), the NBC series Awake follows the life of Detective Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs), who wakes up from a car accident with his wife (Laura Allen) and teenage son (Dylan Minnette), to learn the devastating news that his wife died in the crash. And then, he wakes up a few days later to realize that his wife is very much alive and his son died in the accident. When Michael goes back to work solving crimes, alternating between realities provides some challenges when he realizes that these realities overlap in fascinating and inexplicable ways.

At a press day held on the show’s set during a break from filming, Kyle Killen and Howard Gordon talked about whether they believe a show can be too smart for TV, how there will be a case-of-the-week element to the serialized storytelling in Awake, how viewers will get answers about the crash if they stick with the 13 episodes of the first season, that little clues and hints will be offered throughout, why they needed a production hiatus during the season, and how important the moments of levity are within what could really be a truly miserable story. Check out what they had to say after the jump:

Jason Isaacs AWAKE Set Visit Interview

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From executive producer/writer Kyle Killen (Lone Star) and executive producer Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24), and with a pilot directed by David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse, 30 Days of Night), the NBC series Awake follows the life of Detective Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs), who wakes up from a car accident with his wife (Laura Allen) and teenage son (Dylan Minnette), to learn the devastating news that his wife died in the crash. And then, he wakes up a few days later to realize that his wife is very much alive and his son died in the accident. When Michael goes back to work solving crimes, alternating between realities provides some challenges when he realizes that these realities overlap in fascinating and inexplicable ways.

At a press day held on the show’s set during a break from filming, actor Jason Isaacs talked about this complex and intriguing new drama, how the universal themes are what made him want to do the show, that no episode will be the same because the character’s world changes all the time, why they decided to shut down production for a month, and that, as a producer and part of the storytelling process, he knows which of the worlds is real and which one isn’t. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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