Doctor Who is legendary as a long-running sci-fi series, and the show has all the convoluted continuity you’d expect from a show about to celebrate its 50th anniversary. That special day will be commemorated next week with a new special episode, called The Day of the Doctor. But it is preceded today by The Night of the Doctor, a six-minute short that sets up a very important part of the storyline.
Even if you don’t know Doctor Who this is a neat short. If you do know the show — I mean if you really know and follow the series, going back years — this will act as total continuity porn, because it ties up a long-running mystery embedded between incarnations of the series. Watch it below, and stick around for a thorough explanation of just what the hell is going on here. Read More »
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Briefly: One of the next big fantasy projects to hit TV screens is rooted in a story that is hundreds of years old. SyFy is developing a new Beowulf show, based on the epic poem that tells of a hero, Beowulf, who helps out the Danish king with a little monster problem. The monster, of course, is Grendel, and after his initial battles with Grendel, the beast’s mother also becomes a problem. There’s also the minor matter of a dragon that Beowulf must face years later.
We know the story well, and have seen it on screen several times. (The pic above is from the mo-cap version by Robert Zemeckis.) SyFy describes the show only as “Adaptation of the classic epic poem that further examines the hero’s rise to power and his feud with the monster Grendel.”
Matt Greenberg (1408, Reign of Fire) is scripting and will exec produce, says EW, with Brian Hamilton, Michael Chechik, Andrew Cosby and Paulo de Oliveira also exec producing.
Posted on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
George A. Romero gave birth to the modern zombie with 1968′s Night of the Living Dead, and at present the most popular example of that horror subgenre is The Walking Dead. A Romero-directed episode of the AMC series, then, seems like a natural fit. But sorry, gore junkies, Romero just isn’t interested.
In a recent interview, Romero revealed that he’d actually been approached to work on the horror show, but declined because he didn’t think The Walking Dead focused enough on the zombies. Read his comments after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
The CW is already home to superheroes, vampires, aliens, and, uh, tomorrow people, whatever those are. Now the genre-friendly network is adding a whole bunch of other things that go bump in the night to their lineup.
Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are teaming with Locke & Key writer Joe Hill to reboot Tales From the Darkside, the horror anthology series created by George A. Romero in the ’80s. Hit the jump for more details on their new take.
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Briefly: Melissa Rosenberg, who was a writer/producer/showrunner on Dexter during the good years (she left after season four) and who wrote all the Twilight films, was once set to oversee a show called AKA Jessica Jones for ABC. The show would have been based on the superhero turned investigator character Jessica Jones from the Marvel Universe, as seen in the comic series Alias (no relation to the TV show) and Pulse. That was back in 2010, well before Marvel’s TV plans really came together.
Now Marvel’s TV plans are most definitely together, and Jessica Jones (along with Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist) is among the shows slated to debut on Netflix in 2015, leading up to The Defenders mini-series. And, surprise surprise, Melissa Rosenberg will be overseeing the show. Read More »
Briefly: It took almost a quarter century, but Paramount is finally getting around to remaking the hit 1990 film, Ghost. However, it won’t be for the big screen, it’ll be for television. Writers Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner (who worked together on Fringe) are attached to adapt the film, which is about a murder victim who attempts to solve the crime, and reconnect with his girl, as a ghost. No network is attached and only a pilot is in the works.
The original film starred Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg. Directed by Jerry Zucker, it won 2 Oscars and was the number two highest grossing film of the year, making over $215 million. [Variety]
The first name attached to Marvel’s Netflix shows has been revealed. It’s Drew Goddard, director and co-writer of The Cabin in the Woods. He’s in negotiations to write the series based on the blind superhero Daredevil. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
Briefly: The Crawleys will survive to fight another day. Downton Abbey has been renewed for a fifth season, as announced by PBS, several weeks before Season 4 even premieres in the U.S. “As American audiences ready themselves for the January 5th premiere of Season 4, our devoted Downton fans will rest easy knowing that a fifth season is on the way,” said Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton.
In the U.K., the fourth season (sorry, that’s “series” for you Brits) concluded this past weekend. It was the highest-rated TV drama of the year, drawing nearly 12 million viewers on average. There aren’t many upsides to the fact that our friends across the pond get the episodes months before we do, but the fact that we don’t have to worry about whether the show will get renewed is one.
Downton Abbey‘s 2013 Christmas Special will air in the U.K. next month. Season 4 kicks off January 5 in the U.S.