Neil Patrick Harris to Host NBC Variety Show Based on SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY

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Neil Patrick Harris will host a new NBC variety show, adapted from the ITV program Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.  The untitled series will be shot in front of a live audience and feature “comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars.”  NBC has ordered 10 episodes from ITV Studios America.  The network has not scheduled a premiere date—I would be surprised to see it on Saturdays unless NBC is planning an aggressive programming move.

Harris is the best chance to revive the classic television format for a modern era.  The versatile actor will next show off his hosting talents at the 2015 Academy Awards.  Hit the jump for the press release.

Jim Parsons to Lead NBC’s Animated ELF: BUDDY’S MUSICAL CHRISTMAS TV Special

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Who’s ready for a little extra hugging, smiling, singing, candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup this year?  Once we hit December, 2003’s Elf will likely be airing on TV nonstop, but this year, in addition to the Will Ferrell live-action comedy we’ll also get a Buddy the Elf animated special as well.

NBC will air Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas on Tuesday, December 16th at 8pm with The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons voicing the title character.  Hit the jump to find out who will be joining him.

NBC Lands BEWITCHED Sequel Series

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The next in an increasingly common series of “remakes” or “reboots” on television has found a home.  Variety reports that NBC has landed the Bewitched sequel TV show that has been shopped around for the last couple of weeks.  The proposed series will follow the granddaughter of Darren and Samantha Stevens, who were played in the original series by Dick York (and then Dick Sargent) and Elizabeth Montgomery.  The fantasy sitcom ran for eight seasons on NBC from 1964-1972 and spawned a short-lived spinoff Tabitha in 1977 and an ill-conceived feature film remake in 2005 starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell.

NBC has given a pilot production commitment to the Bewitched sequel series, which hails from writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, whose credits include Never Been Kissed and The Vow.

First PETER PAN Image of Christopher Walken as Captain Hook is Nightmare Fuel

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Earlier this month we got a look at Girls star Allison Williams in costume and makeup as the titular character in NBC’s upcoming staging of Peter Pan (as I noted at the time that continues a long held stage tradition of having a female play the lead in this piece).  That was nice and pleasant.  But this new image of Christopher Walken as Captain Hook is downright creepy and unsettling.  Maybe it’s the way he’s posed with Williams (whose clothing ensemble looks odd when contrasted against the Walken monstrosity), but I definitely think this picture would feel less “wrong” if they were separated.  Right now it looks like one of those awkward, posed family photos you can take at Target.

Hit the jump to never sleep again.  The special airs on December 4th. In addition to Walken and Williams, Christian Borle will play the role of Smee as well as the role of Mr. Darling.

REAL GENIUS Headed to TV, Half Hour Series to be Produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison

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I’m probably too close to Real Genius to make an objective call as to whether it’s a great movie or not, but damn do I love it.  I often used to consider Val Kilmer‘s carefree but brilliant Chris Knight my spirit animal until I realized I was neither brilliant or carefree.  Martha Coolidge‘s 1985 comedy also gave us the great characters of Lazlo (played by Jon Gries), Jordan (Michelle Meyrink) and even Mitch Taylor (Gabriel Jarret) not to mention two all-timer douchebag villains in William Atherton‘s Jerry Hathaway and Robert Prescott‘s Kent.

I’m itching to watch that movie even as I type this.  Will Adam Sandler‘s Happy Madison, Sony TV, 3 Arts and NBC be able to recapture that excitement?  Hard to tell so far, but they’re going to have to try because they’re making Real Genius as a half-hour comedy.  Hit the jump for more on the Real Genius TV Show.

PETER PAN Image: Allison Williams No Longer One of the GIRLS

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While I sort of love the show Girls, it’s interesting to see which character I am alternately sympathetic to and then repelled by on a weekly basis.  Perhaps it’s a testament to that show’s humanity that it can portray its central characters behaving so atrociously towards each other but still keep us invested because we identify with it on some level.  And Allison Williams’ Marnie can make us cringe with the best of them.

That sense of duality will likely not be in play on NBC’s upcoming staging of Peter Pan, though this take does continue a long held (if intermittent) stage tradition of having a female play the lead.  The special airs on December 4th and also stars Christopher Walken as Captain Hook.  Christian Borle will play the role of Smee as well as the role of Mr. Darling.  Hit the jump for a better look at Allison Williams as Peter Pan.

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.

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