Update: Entertainment Weekly has learned that the ”limited event series” in the works for 24 is actually an order for 13 one-hour episodes. While 24 has always functioned as a 24-hour story spread over 24 episodes, 13 episodes is a full season for a lot of television shows. So it will be interesting to see how developing 24 as a 13-episode limited event series will change the franchise.
Since 2007, we’ve written over three dozen posts on a possible 24 movie. It was something the creators were talking about while the show was still in production. Later it got pushed as an “end of series” theatrical movie. But that never happened, and the series has struggled to get a green light.
Most recently, Training Day director Antoine Fuqua dropped off the project because, according to Fuqua, Kiefer Sutherland‘s busy TV schedule got in the way of it happening. Today we learned that Sutherland’s Fox television show Touch has been cancelled after two seasons. And while this might not have been enough to bring Jack Bauer to the big screen, it may mean a small screen return.
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While nothing has been said officially, TV By The Numbers and IGN are reporting that ABC has picked up the Marvel television series spin-off Agents of SHIELD for a debut this Fall.
While ABC has not made an official announcement, they briefly (likely accidentally) published a video on their youtube page, a viral teaser for the upcoming show. The video shows some captured video of The Incredible Hulk causing destruction, captured from a distance. A small logo/badge that reads “Rising Tide” appears on the lower right hand part of the screen. While ABC has removed the video, it seems to still online elsewhere (for now). Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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Television upfronts start next week, which means we’ll get the final news of what shows are returning, which are being cancelled, and which new shows will be premiering over the coming months. TNT has jumped the gun, giving a 10-episode order to The Last Ship, a Michael Bay produced action drama starring Eric Dane. The show picks up in the wake of an apocalyptic event that wipes out most of the world, but leaves a cluster of survivors on a single Naval ship that was at sea.
Read more about the show, which is expected to premiere in Summer 2014, and watch a trailer below. Read More »
The first trailer for Steven Soderbergh‘s Liberace biography Behind the Candelabra, airing on HBO later this month, didn’t show us much of the work Michael Douglas did to bring the late entertainer back to life. This long featurette on the making of the film gives us a lot more to look at, while also introducing quite a few other elements of the film.
You’ll see some of Dan Aykroyd‘s work — he looks great — and there are some shots of other actors such as Rob Lowe and Debbie Reynolds. There’s a puff piece aspect to this featurette, which is pretty common for promo pieces like this, but for those curious about Soderbergh’s film there’s some good info. For those who don’t know much about Liberace there’s a brief encapsulation of the pianist’s life and an explanation of his place in entertainment and popular culture. One person who doesn’t have any real voice here is Soderbergh, who is seen working, but doesn’t give an interview. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
We have a particularly murderer-heavy edition of TV Bits today, with news about Dexter, Hannibal, and The Killing. After the jump:
- Dallas, Veep, Rectify, and Orphan Black get renewed
- Vampire Diaries spinoff gets green light
- Julian Sands joins Dexter in mystery role
- Downton Abbey gets its first black character
- John Oliver will host The Daily Show this summer
- Bryan Fuller has Pushing Daisies movie ideas
- NBC affiliate axes Hannibal
- The Killing‘s new mystery will be solved within the season
- FX and Seth Rogen develop Bigfoot comedy
- Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Peter Berg team for HBO
- Alex Gibney will direct Frank Sinatra documentary
- The Arrested Development doc hits tomorrow; see more Season 4 stills
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Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
Cable-cutters have long hoped for a standalone HBO Go option, even petitioning the premium channel to “take my money” already. But according to Jeff Bewkes, that’s not a dream that’s likely to come true anytime soon.
The Time-Warner CEO stated today that such an offering simply isn’t in the company’s “economic best interest” right now, despite HBO chief Richard Plepler‘s tentative recent remarks to the contrary. Hit the jump to read Bewkes’ comments.
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Even at over three and a half hours long, David Lean’s masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia only scratches the surface of who T.E. Lawrence actually was. To tell that full story you’d probably need a much longer time. Maybe a miniseries. And someone who knows how do make epic films. There are many of those, but the one interested in the task is Roland Emmerich.
And so the director of Universal Soldier, Stargate, Independence Day and this summer’s White House Down is currently developing a mini-series based on the life of Lawrence, with the help of biographer Michael Korda and screenwriter Rod Lurie (2011′s Straw Dogs). No network yet owns the rights.
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This week, comedian turned podcaster Marc Maron will debut his brand new IFC show, Maron. The show gives an exaggerated spin to his meteoric rise to fame via the world of podcasting, much in the way Louie is kind of based on Louis CK’s life, but really isn’t a biography of the comedian.
Maron premieres on May 3, but the first episode is now streaming for your viewing pleasure. Check it out below. Read More »