There are few people in Hollywood busier than J.J. Abrams, who constantly seems to be juggling a handful of projects in both film and television, whether as a producer, a writer or a director, or some combination of the three. Currently, he is an executive producer on the Fox drama Fringe, which moves to Friday nights on January 21st. He is also developing Alcatraz, Person of Interest, Odd Jobs and Pulp for various networks. And, he is getting ready to make the decision about whether or not to direct the sequel to the hugely successful feature film re-imagining of Star Trek.
While at the party to celebrate the Fox/FX portion of the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, J.J. Abrams talked about his thoughts on the Lost finale, how he feels about the move to Friday nights for Fringe, why he thinks Undercovers failed, and how excited he is to get started on the pilot for Alcatraz on January 19th. He also said that audiences should see a trailer for Super 8 in March, and that he hopes to have made his decision about whether to return to the director’s chair for Star Trek 2 by then. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Though NBC ordered four more scripts for their romantic action comedy series Undercovers, it looks like it was all for naught. Deadline reports the network has canceled J.J. Abrams hour-long series optioning not to pick up anymore episodes beyond its initial 13 episode order. Apparently the series will stay on for two more weeks and air its last completed episode on December 1st. It’s unclear what will happen with the episodes currently in production (episode 12 is currently filming). This is only the second show NBC axed along with the pitiful legal drama Outlaw while all the other series got full season orders.
On the lighter side, Deadline also reported that Community got an additional order for two more episodes, bringing their second season order to 24 episodes. If we live in a world where a mediocre action comedy gets the can while a stellar comedy series like Community continues to thrive, well then something must be going right. Anyone disappointed about Undercovers cancellation or excited about more Commnunity?
Yesterday we found out that NBC had given full season orders to The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Outsourced and the fourth season of Chuck. Now one more rookie series is joining the club as NBC announced via press release that Chase (a series that I wasn’t too fond of) has been picked up for a full season. Aside from the fact that all of NBC’s new shows haven’t been getting stellar ratings, I honestly couldn’t care less about an entire season order for any of them.
Meanwhile, the network is a little more apprehensive about one of their other underwhelming series as Deadline reports the network has only ordered four more scripts of J.J. Abrams romantic comedy spy series Undercovers. At this point, I’ve given up on every single one of NBC’s new series with the exception of The Event, but I have a feeling that after I watch last night’s episode, I won’t be tuning in next week. I wouldn’t be surprised if all these series miss out on a second season. Anyone out there really digging Chase or Undercovers?
The NBC series Undercovers is a sexy, fun, action-packed spy drama from writer/producer/director J.J. Abrams and executive producer/writer Josh Reims. As far as their family and friends are concerned, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe) and his wife Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) are a typical married couple with their own catering company in Los Angeles. But secretly, the duo were two of the best spies the CIA had ever known, until they retired five years ago. Now, they’ve been reinstated by their old boss, Carlton Shaw (Gerald McRaney), to locate and rescue a fellow spy who has gone missing.
In a recent interview, actor Boris Kodjoe talked about what a dream come true it is for him to play this role, how much he enjoys getting to do his own stunts, and what an honor it is to be the lead on one of the most-anticipated series of the Fall TV season. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
The time is finally upon us for the 2010 fall TV season to kick off next week with the return of all your favorite series and the premiere of some brand new ones for you to sink your teeth into (or forget about completely). We’ve been posting reviews here and there for several of the new shows, but right now we’re just going to give you the line-up of most of the new series hitting the different networks complete with plot description and premiere time. You can find the line-up after the jump (organized chronologically by premiere date), but stay tuned for more pilot reviews as the fall season starts next week as well as episode recaps for several prominent series both new and old.
by Jonah Posted: September 7th, 2010 at 8:20 am
Zombies have overrun Los Angeles. And in Screen Gems’ Resident Evil: Afterlife, they’re more than just metaphorically undead. Newcomer to the merry band of zombie fighting survivors is Boris Kodjoe as Luther West. At the press junket for Resident Evil: Afterlife, Kodjoe heaped praise upon director Paul W.S. Anderson and then rest of the cast. He also talked a bit about his upcoming role in J.J. Abrams’ Undercovers. Hit the jump to watch what he had to say:
At San Diego Comic Con 2009, the best thing that happened in Hall H was two men just talking on stage. Those two men just happened to be film legends Peter Jackson and James Cameron. This year, a similar panel was held. The Entertainment Weekly Visionaries panel featured geek gods J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon. With a collected resume that includes Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible, Felicity, Alias, Lost, Fringe, Mission: Impossible, Cloverfield and Star Trek, it certainly lived up to the expectations set last year.
So much was talked about in this panel, it was ridiculous. Like, 9 pages of notes ridiculous. Read all about it after the jump including tidbits on The Avengers and Super 8.
NBC has announced their premiere date schedule for fall 2010, kicking things off with television’s most-watched sport (football!) and games on the 9th and 12th. Everything else drops the week of September 20-24.
Hit the jump to see the full release schedule for old favorites (Chuck, Parenthood, Community, The Office, 30 Rock), potential adoptees (The Event, Chase, Undercovers), and more.
As a regular for both J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek) and Pixar (Ratatouille, Up), Michael Giacchino has proven to be one of the medium’s most reliable composers in recent years; after this year’s win for Up, he’s got an Oscar to prove it. According to an announcement on Giacchino’s website, the composer will re-team with Cloverfield director Matt Reeves for the vampire thriller Let Me In. Meanwhile Abrams, the man who introduced the two as producer of Cloverfield, has procured Giacchino’s services for at least the pilot (and hopefully more) of the NBC spy drama Undercovers. And with that, both promising projects added another 1/4c of promise.
Hit the jump for details on Jon Brion’s score for the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg cop comedy, The Other Guys.
Ben Schwartz and producer Brian Grazer pitched the project Would You Rather to Universal, and the studio would rather make the film than not. Details are being kept under wraps, but Variety reports that Schwartz and Grazer have been working on the idea for months now.
As the producer of such tentpoles as Robin Hood and Angels & Demons, Grazer is likely on your cinematic radar, but Schwartz is newer to the scene. The idiosyncratic comedian is a real scene-stealer in a variety of venues, from Parks & Recreation to College Humor to ESPN. With Rather and a role in the J.J. Abrams NBC spy drama Undercovers, Schwartz seems poised to break out over the next year.
With the release of NBC’s 2010-11 schedule comes a whole bunch of preview clips to promote the network’s new shows. On the drama side, we have short clips from new fall shows The Event, Chase, Undercovers, School Pride and Outlaw as well as midseason offerings The Cape and Harry’s Law . (For clips from NBC’s new comedies, click here.) Check out the clips for yourself, as well as full synopses for each show, after the jump.
NBC’s fall schedule leaked earlier today, but the official announcement came later in the day, accompanied by a conference call with NBC Executives Jeff Gaspin, Marc Graboff, Angela Bromstad and Paul Telegdy. Among the topics covered: lots of talk about the Law & Order franchise, the chances Heroes will get a movie to tie up loose ends, the network’s utmost faith in Jimmy Smits, and what NBC will do if Steve Carell leaves The Office. Look for a rundown of the call after the jump.
NBC will officially announce their Fall 2010 schedule later today, but The Live Feed has it early “barring any last minute changes.” Chuck is still on Mondays at 8:00, paired with new shows The Event and Chase. Tuesday remains intact with two hours of The Biggest Loser followed by Parenthood. The J.J. Abrams spy drama Undercovers kicks off Wednesday night, while Law & Order: SVU moves to 9:00 PM to provide a lead-in for the new Law & Order: Los Angeles. Thursday night is devoted to comedy, where new sitcom Outsourced will benefit from the Office lead-in, followed by Love Bites at 10:00 PM. Notably, NBC will try their hand at scripted television on Fridays with new legal drama Outlaw at 10:00 PM. Saturdays are for repeats, and Sundays go to football. Check out the full schedule after the jump.
All eyes are watching as the struggling NBC assembles its fall schedule, and Variety has some early insight into how it’s shaping up. The network announced an early pickup of the J.J. Abrams spy drama Undercovers yesterday, and things are looking very good for The Rockford Files remake led by David Shore (House), the Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI) fugitive-hunt procedural The Chase, and Kindreds, the latest legal drama from David E. Kelley (Boston Legal). Likewise, the conspiracy thriller The Event and the romantic anthology series Love Bites has impressed some key execs.
Among the half-hours, workplace sitcom Outsourced is looking for writers (“always a good sign”), and NBC has reacted positively to the quirky family tale This Little Piggy, the Friends-ian romantic comedy Perfect Couples, and Next, the latest from Paul Reiser (Mad About You). Though not without flaws, Beach Lane is still in contention thanks to star Matthew Broderick. Details on each project after the jump:
Things are rather busy at Bad Robot, the home of Star Trek director J.J. Abrams, as of late. In news that’s not shrouded in secrecy, the Abrams-produced spy series Undercovers earned an early pickup from NBC. But mum’s the word for the other two items, which describe a possible collaboration with Steven Spielberg and a double secret trailer attached to Iron Man 2 that’s going by the name Super 8.
It didn’t seem the latter two projects were related, but we also had no real clue as to the contents of the trailer. Vulture did some sleuthing, and may be able to shed light on what we’ll see in the trailer. We’ll save the spoilerly details for after the jump, so only click “Continue Reading” if you’re sure you want to ruin the surprise.