Executive Producer David S. Goyer Talks CONSTANTINE, the Character’s Bisexuality, Casting the Lead, Dropping a Character from the Pilot, and More

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From executive producer David S. Goyer and director Neil Marshall, Constantine is based on the wildly popular comic book series Hellblazer from DC Comics.  John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult, armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wicked wit, but his soul is already damned to hell.

While at the NBC portion of the TCA Press Tour, David S. Goyer talked about when he was first introduced to Constantine in the comics, what he loved about the character, why they decided to call the series Constantine instead of Hellblazer, how they saw over 500 people for the role of John Constantine, the comic book storyline they were inspired by for the start of the show, how they’ll handle things like the smoking and his bisexuality, the creative input they get from Geoff Johns and DC Entertainment, introducing other characters from the supernatural and occult universe, why they chose to replace the character of Liv (played by Lucy Griffiths in the pilot) with Zed (Angelica Celaya), and how he’d like to find the time to write a comic book again.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Christopher Walken to Play Captain Hook in PETER PAN LIVE! This December

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NBC scored a surprise hit last December with The Sound of Music Live!, which starred Carrie Underwood in a live presentation of the classic musical.  The Sound of Music has been popular for decades, but in the social media age, it was irresistible to viewers who wanted to tweet along with the program.  The network will try to repeat that success when they air Peter Pan Live! this December.  They’ve also landed a big hook for Hook: Christopher Walken.  The program will reunite the actor with executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who worked with Walken on Hairspray.  The rest of the special has yet to be cast, but Walken alone might be more than enough to get viewers in front of their TV sets with the Twitter app at the ready.

Hit the jump for the press release.  Peter Pan Live! will air December 3rd.

NBC Announces Fall Premiere Dates; CONSTANTINE Debuts October 24th

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NBC has announced fall premiere dates for its upcoming series.  Most everything debuts the week of September 22nd, but there are a couple of notable outliers.

  • The Blacklist returns for its second season on Monday, September 22nd, though it will shift to Thursdays starting midseason to make way for the new Katherine Heigl drama State of Affairs.
  • Parenthood will begin its sixth and final season—consisting of 13 episodes—on Thursday, September 25th.
  • Fans will have to wait a little longer for the highly anticipated DC Comics adaptation Constantine, as it will be given a pre-Halloween debut on Friday, October 24th at 10pm, following the fourth season premiere of Grimm.

Hit the jump to check out the full fall schedule.

Showrunner Bryan Fuller Talks HANNIBAL Season 3; Says Story Will Pull from HANNIBAL and HANNIBAL RISING

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What an extraordinary week for television these past seven days have been.  Not only did we get that spectacular mid-season finale for Mad Men, but also a brilliant season two finale for The Americans and then, of course, the shocking, violent conclusion to Hannibal season two.  Despite airing on network television, the latter series has been one of the most consistently twisted and challenging shows on all of TV, and this was especially true of last Friday’s season two finale.

The events of the episode will no doubt have drastic effects on the show’s third season, and creator/showrunner Bryan Fuller recently spoke quite candidly about his plans for season three, adding that it will pull story elements from the Thomas Harris novels Hannibal and Hannibal Rising.  He even teased a fan-favorite character promotion and discussed the first episode of season three—which he dubs a “new pilot”—in detail.  Read on after the jump.  Obviously spoilers for the season two final follow.

Collider Goes to the Set of NBC’s THE NIGHT SHIFT; Meet the Staff of San Antonio Memorial

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It won’t be easy adding yet another medical show to the mix, but Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah (Freaks and Geeks, 90210) are giving it a go with their comedy-drama hybrid, The Night Shift.

While on the show’s Albuquerque set, Sachs himself even admitted that it wasn’t easy finding someone to give them a shot.  “We would go in there and pitch and it would be like, ‘That’s so great.  So anyway, so they’re in high school …’”  He continued, “And then we said, ‘Well, we want to do a medical drama that has this intensity, but also adds some humor into it,’ and it was just so foreign.”  Fortunately the concept wasn’t foreign to everyone because come Tuesday, May 27th, The Night Shift begins its run on NBC.  Hit the jump for our full report from visiting the set of this unique new series.

First Trailer for NBC’s DC Comics Adaptation CONSTANTINE

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Fresh off the news that it will air on Friday nights at 10pm this fall, NBC has released the first Constantine trailer for the DC Comics adaptation.  Based on the long-running comics series Hellblazer, this new take on the character (played by Matt Ryan) sees him working as a supernatural detective protecting the world from dark forces.  Initially he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when the daughter (Lucy Griffiths) of one of his oldest friends is targeted by demons, he decides to team up with her and go demon hunting.  Based on this first look, the show appears to mix the supernatural elements with some good-natured humor, making it a swell Friday fit alongside Grimm—much better than that supernatural series’ current companion, the dark and twisted Hannibal.

Hit the jump to watch the Constantine trailer.  Neil Marshall (The Descent) directed the pilot, and Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist) serves as executive producer alongside David S. Goyer.  The series also stars Harold Perrineau (Lost) and Charles Halford (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).  Constantine will debut on NBC this fall.

NBC Unveils 2014-15 Schedule; THE BLACKLIST Moves to Thursdays Midseason; CONSTANTINE Slated for Fridays

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NBC is the first network to unveil its full schedule for the upcoming 2014-15 TV season.  Here are the highlights:

  • TV’s biggest new show of this season, The Blacklist, will be switching timeslots come midseason.  Starting in February, the excellent James Spader-fronted series will move from Mondays to Thursdays, and it has also been tapped for the coveted post-Super Bowl slot.
  • When The Blacklist takes its winter hiatus, the new Katherine Heigl CIA drama State of Affairs will take over its Monday slot.
  • The DC Comics adaptation Constantine will air on Fridays at 10pm, where NBC has been trying hard to carve out a “genre night” with Grimm, the now-cancelled Dracula, and the recently renewed Hannibal.  The latter will likely debut midseason, as it has the past two years, but no word on what day of the week it will air.
  • Wednesdays have been dubbed “procedural night” as new series The Mysteries of Laura will air in front of Law & Order: SVU and Chicago P.D.
  • As previously noted, Parenthood will air its final 13-episode season in the fall and Parks and Recreation will kick off its last season after the new year.

Hit the jump to check out the full schedule.

Upcoming Seasons of PARKS AND RECREATION and PARENTHOOD Will Be the Last

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Though neither come as huge surprises, NBC has confirmed that Parks and Recreation and Parenthood will air their final seasons during the upcoming 2014-15 slate.  Though its ratings haven’t been astronomical, Parks and Rec has maintained a consistent fanbase over its past few seasons in addition to staying creatively at the top of its game.  Given the developments at the end of season six, it sure felt like the producers were setting up an endgame for Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), and as an avid fan of the series, I think it’s smart to bring it to an end with a seventh and final season (which will bow midseason).  The uniquely non-cynical comedy has a knack for mixing hilarious character-driven humor with surprising emotional beats, and I’m eager to see how the story of this goofy gang of Pawnee inhabitants comes to an end.

Hit the jump to see what creator Michael Schur had to say about the end of Parks and Recreation and for news regarding Parenthood’s final season (which almost didn’t happen), including an episode count.

NBC Cancels COMMUNITY after 5 Seasons

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Alas, it appears that Community will fall short of its “Six Seasons and a Movie” battle cry.  TV Line confirms that NBC has finally cancelled the ratings-challenged sitcom, which went through its fair share of behind-the-scenes drama as well; it’s really almost a miracle it lasted this long.  Though the life of the series was cut short, we can be thankful for five four seasons worth of weirdness that ranged from broad comedy to dark drama.  The show at times verged on being too strange, even for Community, but it was never dull under the guidance of creator/showrunner/mad genius Dan Harmon.  He’s truly one of a kind. Hit the jump for more.

HANNIBAL Renewed by NBC for Season 3

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Fannibals rejoice!  Creator Bryan Fuller’s twisted, hypnotic drama series Hannibal will return for a third season, TV Line has confirmed.  Though the show has a passionate fanbase and is a critical success, ratings for the horror drama have been incredibly low thanks to NBC burying the series on Friday nights.  That said, it ranks as the youngest 10pm drama on ABC, CBS, or NBC, making its audience an important draw for advertisers. I just hope the network can find a better timeslot home for the show next year, since this whole Friday business makes little sense for this kind of series.

Mads Mikkelsen does excellent work week-to-week as the titular Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and the show stands as the most gorgeously shot (and visually driven) show currently on television.  Hit the jump for more, including Fuller’s overall plan for the series.

NBC Orders Rashida Jones’ Comedy A TO Z and Debra Messing Drama THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA to Series

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In addition to ordering the DC Comics adaptation Constantine to series, as well as a couple of other pick-ups a few days ago, NBC has also committed to one new comedy and one new drama.  Briefly:

  • The comedy series A to Z, from executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever), has been given a series commitment.  The show stars How I Met Your Mother’s “Mother” Cristin Milioti and Mad Men actor Ben Feldman and takes place in the world of an online dating company.
  • On the drama side, the Debra Messing-fronted The Mysteries of Laura will debut on NBC’s schedule.  Based on the Spanish series Los Misterios, the story follows a female homicide detective.  McG directed the pilot.
  • Still no word on the Community renewal/cancelation front.

Hit the jump to read the synopses for both new shows, and stay tuned over the next few days for more 2014-15 TV season news.

NBC Gives Greenlight to CONSTANTINE, the TV Series Adaptation of the DC Comics Character

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Constantine, the adaptation of the popular, long-running DC Comics series Hellblazer, has survived pilot season and been ordered to series by NBC.  The character has been around since 1988, and was adapted into a surprisingly good movie in 2005.  This new take on the character (played by Matt Ryan) has him working as a supernatural detective protecting the world from dark forces, so its ideal for the mystery-of-the-week plot that networks prefer but also open to season-long arcs.  Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David Goyer (Man of Steel) will serve as executive producers, although I imagine Cerone will handle the day-to-day showrunning duties since Goyer is the de facto coordinator of the DC movie universe.  I have high hopes for the series, and at the very least, NBC will probably give it some time to breathe.  Now I’m curious to see if they’ll keep him a chain-smoker.  It would be kind of funny if NBC said no to smoking, but continued to say yes to the spectacularly gory shit that goes down on Hannibal.

Hit the jump for the press release.  Constantine also stars Lucy Griffiths (True Blood), Harold Perrineau (Lost), and Charles Halford (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

NBC Picks Up Dramas STATE OF AFFAIRS, ALLEGIANCE, ODYSSEY, and Comedy MARRY ME

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NBC has picked up three new dramas and one new comedy:

  • State of Affairs - Katherine Heigl stars as a CIA analyst who has a closer relationship with the president (Alfre Woodard).
  • Allegiance - Scott Cohen and Hope Davis play covert Russian spies re-enlisted by the Kremlin into service to plan a terrorist operation in the United States.
  • Odyssey - Anna Friel, Peter Facinelli, and Jake Robinson star as three strangers’ whose lives unexpectedly collide in the Traffic-like action-drama.
  • Marry Me - Casey Wilson and Ken Marino play a couple who, after six years, decide to wait for the perfect proposal moment before they get engaged.

Hit the jump for synopses for each series.

Bryan Fuller Talks HANNIBAL Season 3 Chances and Ratings Struggle; Says the Show’s Heightened Reality Is Polarizing

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NBC’s dark drama/horror series Hannibal continues to be one of the most consistently gorgeous and unsettling shows on TV.  Though the series is based on characters from Thomas HarrisRed Dragon novel, creator/showrunner Bryan Fuller has carved out a distinctly separate path for the story, led by fantastic performances from Hugh Dancy as Will Graham and Mads Mikkselen as the dangerous and cunning Dr. Hannibal Lecter.  The show’s current second season has only gotten more strange, abstract, and engrossing in the best way possible (it’s also the most visually driven series on TV), but the ratings from its Friday night broadcasts are very, very low.

The show earns significant ratings gains when DVR playback is added into the fold, but fans of the series are worried that NBC might bring down the axe and withhold a third season.  We recently spoke with Fuller about the chances of Hannibal returning for season three, and he confirmed that there is a “Plan B” should NBC not renew it.  He also discussed the ratings as a whole and how it’s literary nature is polarizing to viewers.  Read on after the jump.

Seth Meyers to Host 2014 Emmy Awards

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NBC will keep things in house and let Seth Meyers host the 2014 Emmys.  It’s a logical move.  Jimmy Fallon hosted the 2010 Emmys a year and a half after he took over Late Night.  Meyers will have sat at the Late Night desk for less than a year before he’s thrust onto the Emmy stage on August 25, but NBC is ready to make the most of their turn in the rotation.  (The Emmys cycle between the big four networks.)  In addition to Late Night and years on Saturday Night Live, Meyers hosted ESPN’s Espy Awards in 2010 and 2011.

Variety reports Don Mischer will executive produce the Emmy telecast.  Mischer previously produced the Emmys, the Oscars, the Tonys—even the Olympics.  With all manner of live show experience, Meyers and Mischer have the tools to put together a great show.

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