A couple of esteemed TV veterans have landed pilot deals for the upcoming season. First up, Peter Berg (Hancock) has closed a deal with NBC to write and direct the pilot for the spy drama M.I.C.E. Berg previously wrote and directed the pilot for Friday Night Lights, based on his film of the same name. He stayed on as executive producer of that series throughout its stellar run, so his involvement with M.I.C.E. is welcome news. The show is based on the Israeli format The Gordin Cell that centers on a decorated Israeli Air Force officer in a high security post who has no idea that his parents were Russian spies.
His parents’ handler appears one day and forces the young man to choose between betraying his country and cooperating with Russian intelligence, or putting his family’s fate in jeopardy. Hit the jump for much more, including news regarding House creator David Shore’s new series.
After last night’s huge influx of news from Fox about series pick-ups, renewals and cancellations, it’s now NBC’s turn to announce some of their new series that we can look forward to in the fall. As of now there seems to be some dissension amongst the news outlets online as to whether or not Wonder Woman will actually get picked up, and other potential series like The Playboy Club are rumored for a pick-up but we haven’t heard anything official yet.
After the jump, check out the four new series that have definitely been picked up to premiere sometime this fall including a new sitcom from stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings, another comedy from Christina Applegate, a Broadway musical series from producer Steven Spielberg, and the stateside remake of the British crime drama Prime Suspect.
On top of the news that Taylor Lautner will be playing Stretch Armstrong in the 3D superhero adventure, Universal Pictures and Hasbro have announced director Peter Berg’s (Hancock, The Kingdom) action-adventure Battleship has moved to Memorial Day weekend 2012. Originally scheduled for release in July 2011, according to Universal, “the film was moved to give it the time and resources to thoroughly realize its huge-scale ambitions and position it for Memorial Day weekend in 2012.” Meaning, we’re not ready to make the film yet, so let’s push it back a bit. Perhaps this has something to do with Universal and Comcast merging….
“We believe in Pete Berg and the incredible vision that he and the Battleship team have for this film,” said Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson. “We’re honored that Hasbro is partnering with us to turn one of its landmark properties into a huge summer box-office hit.”
Universal also released a bit of a synopsis in tonight’s press release, hit the jump for more: