MTV Gives Series Order to ‘Scream’

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Teen Wolf has guaranteed company in the film-to-TV crowd on MTV. The cable company has given a series order to Scream, the show based on Wes Craven’s defining horror series. We’ve heard, however, that the show at this point won’t feature Ghostface, the recognizable masked killer who made his on-screen debut in the original 1996 film. (The Ghostface mask was actually an existing creation, owned by the company FunWorld.) But that doesn’t mean there won’t be another killer on the loose. After all, there’s no Scream without a killer. Read More »

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NBC Plans Stop-Motion Animated ‘Elf’ TV Special

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Buddy the Elf will be back this winter to spread holiday cheer. But he may look and sound a bit different than you remember.

NBC has set Jim Parsons to voice Santa’s not-so-little helper in Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, a stop-motion animated holiday special set to air next month. The character was played by Will Ferrell in the 2003 live-action movie. Hit the jump for more details on the Elf TV special.

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Will Smith Producing ‘Hitch’ TV Series for Fox

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Will Smith is coming back to TV — though not as a star. The former Fresh Prince of Bel Air is set to executive produce a small-screen remake of Hitch, his 2005 romantic comedy about a professional dating consultant. Hit the jump for more details on the Hitch TV series.

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A few weeks ago, we got word that the 1988 Tom Hanks classic Big was being adapted for the small screen by Fox. Now ABC is also mining Hanks’ resume for material, and has come up with a TV series based on the 1984 comedy Bachelor Party. If someone options Splash, we can officially call “TV shows based on ’80s comedies starring Tom Hanks” a new hyper-specific trend.

Hit the jump for more on the Bachelor Party TV series.

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drumline 2 trailer

Twelve years has passed since a young, cocky freshman named Devon Miles showed up at fictional Atlanta A&T University to be part of their marching band. That’s the set up of 2002′s cult hit Drumline, which starred Nick Cannon as the main character. Now, in real time both on screen and off, the character and actor are back for Drumline: A New Beat. Cannon is a producer and has a small role in the TV sequel, which follows the Atlanta A&T bands latest crop of students, now lead by star of the first film, Leonard Roberts.

We’ve seen a few clips from the film, but with the premiere coming up in less than a week, a full trailer is now out. Check out the full Drumline 2 trailer below. Read More »

WTF: ‘Scream’ TV Series Won’t Feature Ghostface?

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For the past couple of years, MTV has been developing a Scream TV series based on the film franchise by Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson. As of this summer, they had a director and cast in place. But now we’re getting some head-scratching info about the very premise of the show.

According to RJ Torbert of FunWorld, which holds the rights to the Ghostface “look,” Ghostface is not involved in the new Scream TV series. Which is kind of like having a Child’s Play movie without Chucky. Hit the jump to read Torbert’s comments.

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MARLEY & ME

Over the past several weeks, we’ve cheered, sighed, and rolled our eyes as the networks have ordered project after project based on old movies. But NBC’s latest announcement may be the first to make our eyes well up.

NBC has given a put pilot commitment to a Marley and Me TV series, a follow-up to the 2008 dramedy directed by David Frankel. Based on the memoir by John Grogan, the film followed the ups and downs of Grogan’s relationship with his dog. Hit the jump for more on the Marley and Me TV series.

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Top of the Lake

Last year’s Top of the Lake was Jane Campion’s first TV project since An Angel at My Table in 1990. However, she’s not waiting quite so long to return to the small screen next time. She’s currently developing a second season of Top of the Lake with Gerard Lee, who co-wrote the original.

The first season centered on Robin (Elisabeth Moss), a New Zealand detective investigating the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old in a small town. It’s unclear whether Moss or any of her co-stars will return, as very few details have been revealed so far about Season 2. But the first season was excellent, and I for one am eager to go wherever Campion wants to take me next. [Screen Daily]

After the jump, get details on the Monster-in-Law and In Good Company TV series, plus Steve McQueen’s new star.

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