Global Frequency TV series

The Warren Ellis-penned comic book series Global Frequency is getting its third shot at television. A decade ago, The WB tried to set a Global Frequency TV series in motion, shooting a pilot based on the comic about an organization that attempts to protect the world from the influence of covert government actions. But the show didn’t get picked up, and the pilot, which starred Michelle Forbes and Josh Hopkins, disappeared into the aether, destined to be shared illegally for years to come. The CW tried again with a new pilot script a few years later, but that one didn’t even shoot.

Now, Fox has ordered a pilot for a new Global Frequency TV series, with Jerry Bruckheimer exec producing and Farscape and Defiance creator Rockne S. O’Bannon writing. Read More »

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new Better Call Saul trailer

The Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, from Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould and starring Bob Odenkirk, is set to premiere in February, and AMC will use the popularity of The Walking Dead to lead in to the new show. The Better Call Saul premiere is set to follow the midseason return of The Walking Dead season five, and Saul‘s second episode will air the next night, essentially making for a two-night premiere. A few more details on that are below, along with a nice (if short) new Better Call Saul trailer. Read More »

10 Movie and TV Trends We Love

10 Movie and TV Trends We Love

In our line of work, there are days when we get discouraged. Like the ones where yet another studio announces it’s building a Marvel-style universe, or the ones where we spend three hours watching some $200 million movie only to realize it feels exactly like the last three $200 million movies we saw. It starts to feel like there’s nothing new under the sun, and we might as well stop caring.

But we wouldn’t be doing this if there weren’t even more days that made us rejoice in the movie business, and made us excited to see where things are headed next. Not all trends are bad, even if we’ve complained about some of our least favorite ones in the past. After the jump, check out 10 movie and TV trends we love. Read More »

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Fox’s Gotham is practically drowning in future supervillains, so it’s nice to hear there’s a future superhero on the way. Though he probably won’t be of much help to Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne right now, seeing as he hasn’t even been born yet.

Showrunner Bruce Heller revealed that a “prenatal Robin” storyline is in the works for Gotham. Also coming in a future episode is the return of the pint-sized Poison Ivy — though her BFF Harley Quinn will be sitting this season out. Hit the jump for more on the planned Robin Gotham plot.

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Jessica Jones Casting

With shooting already well underway on Daredevil, Marvel is getting the ball rolling on its next two Netflix shows. Testing has begun for the lead role in Jessica Jones, with Krysten Ritter, Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, and Jessica De Gouw in the mix.

Meanwhile, Lance Gross and Mike Colter are being looked at to play Luke Cage, the character who will appear on Jessica Jones before going off to headline his own series. Hit the jump for more details on the Luke Cage and Jessica Jones casting. Read More »

Peter Pan Live trailer

Update: NBC has released a full length Peter Pan Live trailer. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

NBC’s Sound of Music Live! was a bit of a disaster as an actual musical production. Lead Carrie Underwood couldn’t act to save her life, and as a result the whole thing kind of fell flat. But Sound of Music Live! was an unambiguous success in terms of ratings, with 18.62 million viewers tuning in.

So NBC is trying the live musical thing again this winter with Peter Pan Live!, starring Allison Williams as the boy who never grew up and Christopher Walken as his embittered pirate nemesis. Watch the Peter Pan Live trailer after the jump. Read More »

Movies Being Adapted Into TV Shows

TV companies are going crazy trying to mine film libraries for the next big television series, because why come up with an original untested idea without an established brand name title, right? I almost included the movie to television series trend in my 9 Current Movie and Television Trends I Hate article last month, but I decided it was too soon to make that judgement.

While I’m already tired of seeing the announcements, I really loved Fargo (and I really mean LOVED — it’s my favorite television series of the year), I’m still enjoying Friday Night Lights/Parenthood showrunner Jason Katims‘ About a Boy, and I know many people who really dig Hannibal, Bates Motel, and From Dusk till Dawn: The Series. So it’s hard for me to condemn it at this point.  And yes there are also GothamConstantine and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I consider those shows comic book adaptations.

You might be shocked to learn that there are currently over 30 television shows in development right now based on big screen movies. Which are good ideas? Which sound horrible? After the jump, I attempt to rank all of the movies being adapted into TV shows, by concept from worst to most promising ideas.

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‘From Hell’ TV Show in the Works

From Hell TV series

We’ve just run down a whopping thirty potential film-to-TV series developments that are in the works right now, and those sit alongside the many comic book to TV properties that are in development. Now, that list is already outdated. One of the most recent announcements is that the excellent Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell comic book series From Hell, which thoroughly explored the story of Jack the Ripper, will be adapted to television. The comics were previously mined for a pretty but compromised film adaptation directed by Albert and Allen Hughes, released in 2001, with Johnny Depp in the lead role. This From Hell TV series will hopefully be quite different.

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