Jack Ryan TV Series

Jack Ryan lives again. Last fall, Amazon put into developmentJack Ryan TV series based on Tom Clancy‘s bestselling series of books, and this past spring John Krasinski was confirmed for the lead role. Now they’ve ordered a 10-episode first season for the show, which hails from Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland. The plan was always for Jack Ryan to bypass Amazon’s usual pilot season and go straight to series, but this makes it official.  Read More »

training day tv series

CBS is gearing up to premiere a series based on the Oscar-winning 2001 movie Training Day this fall. But last season the network had two television series based on movies that did not make it to the second season. Rush Hour was cancelled quickly, and while Limitless was a hit for most of its first season, it still got cancelled. So why will the Training Day TV series succeed where those other movie-turned-tv shows failed?

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Lethal Weapon TV Series Trailer

Fox presented a panel on their Lethal Weapon TV series for the Television Critics Association today. Damon Wayans stars as Roger Murtaugh and Clayne Crawford as Martin Riggs. The two are partnered in the pilot and the series will follow their volatile partnership. During the panel, producers suggested that the series could coexist with a movie sequel.

“There’s still potential for a Lethal Weapon 5,” executive producer Dan Lin said. “The film department was gracious to let us extend the series on television but there may be a Lethal Weapon 5 in the future but for now the focus is 100% on the TV show.”  Read More »

Cruel Intentions pilots

NBC had announced a series based on the 1999 movie Cruel Intentions at their upfronts presentation in May. However, Cruel Intentions is not on their fall schedule. After the executive session for the Television Critics Association, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke told reporters that the network is currently exploring options for streaming services. So they are developing both a broadcast-friendly version and a racier version in the event they don’t air on broadcast.

“I think there would be two versions of the show,” Salke said. “If it ends up on some alternative platform, we would have more leeway, but it is designed to be dishy and fun and push the envelope as far as sexuality. It’s not something we’re inviting kids in to watch.”  Read More »

Taken TV Series

NBC is presenting to the Television Critics Association today. The network’s upcoming offerings include Taken, based on the movies starring Liam Neeson. We asked NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt and President Jennifer Salke if they learned any lessons from failed movie adaptations like Rush Hour and Minority Report. Greenblatt said it’s all about the execution, and NBC’s Taken finds itself in interesting territory as it’s not quite a reboot, but not quite a prequel.

“What I think we try to do if we go into territory that’s familiar, or an old show that we’re bringing back, is to not do it in a straightforward way,” Greenblatt said. “Taken is, as you probably know, not a reboot really. It’s the same character but he’s 30 years younger and you’re seeing the origin of where that Liam Neeson character started from, but it’s in the present day. So it’s sort of Taken but it really isn’t literally a 60-year-old action hero show. But we love that character and we love the imagining of where he came from and how he got to be who he is.”  Read More »

Get Shorty TV Series

Epix made its first ever presentation to the Television Critics Association on Saturday with its first original series Graves, Berlin Station and America Divided. During his opening remarks, Epix President and CEO Mark S. Greenberg announced a director for the pilot of their series based on Elmore Leonard’s Get Shorty. Television veteran Allen Coulter (The Sopranos, Sex and the City, House of Cards) will direct the pilot.

After the sessions, I asked executive vice president of original programming Jocelyn Diaz more about Get Shorty, and she discussed how the series will tell a new story with new main characters, making it much different from the film adaptation and more like FX’s acclaimed series Fargo. Find out what she had to say about the Get Shorty TV Series after the jump. Read More »

Frequency gender swap

Frequency was a modestly successful movie in 2000. Jim Caviezel played a cop whose ham radio allowed him to talk with his father 30 years earlier. Now The CW has turned Frequency into a TV show and there are a few differences. Peyton List plays the cop, making it a father/daughter relationship. And now that she’s in the present day, the past is 1996, not 1970. We spoke with producer Jeremy Carver about the adaptation in a roundtable at San Diego Comic-Con, where Frequency had a panel.

Like the movie, Raimy Sullivan (List) prevents her father’s death, but since her mother was not attending the funeral, she became a victim of the Nightingale Killer preying on nurses. Carver said the Nightingale Killer mystery is only the beginning of the show.  Read More »

Ash vs Evil Dead season 2 teaser

Starz presented a panel for season two of Ash vs Evil Dead, their series based on the Evil Dead films. Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless and producer Robert Tapert spoke with reporters in roundtables, where Tapert stated that the current focus is to produce more seasons of the TV series. However, success means a fourth movie is more likely down the line than it would have been without a TV show.

“Yes, the focus is on more seasons of the show,” Tapert said. “Sam [Raimi], bless him, talked about doing Evil Dead as a movie for many, many years and teased the fans forever and a day. Finally when the day came, we went, ‘Well, we think it might be better as a TV show.’ That was other people who thought that and Bruce really welcomed the idea and I welcomed the idea because Bruce said, ‘Look, I did three movies. I’m not certain I knew my last name so at least in a TV show I get to explore the character and who he is and all that more.’ Is there a movie out there that we are thinking about that would continue on that would merge everything? There certainly are those thoughts starting to percolate.”

Campbell, ever the showman, joined Raimi in keeping hope for a new film alive. “One feeds the other,” Campbell said. “The movies were dead. Now the TV show comes back, the movies come back to life. It’s funny how that works.”  Read More »

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Shailene Woodley‘s Tris has overcome a lot over the past three Divergent movies, but not even she can overcome audience indifference. Following a weak performance for The Divergent Series: Allegiant this spring, Lionsgate has opted to skip theaters for the planned finale, The Divergent Series: Ascendant. Instead, the dystopian YA saga will conclude with a TV movie that will then launch a standalone spinoff TV series.  Read More »

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Fargo‘s second season premiered about a year and a half after its first season did, and Fargo‘s third season won’t arrive until 2017. And assuming we ever get a Fargo season four, the wait might get even longer. Series creator Noah Hawley says he may take a page out of the Louie playbook and just ignore the calendar, delaying new seasons of Fargo until he gets a really good idea for another one.  Read More »