Xbox Live has a suite of original programming coming soon to the Xbox platform, and now Sony is getting into the original series action for the PlayStation Network. The first show created exclusively for the PlayStation will be a Powers TV show, based on the comic written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Michael Avon Oeming. Sony Pictures Television is producing the show, and in fact has been doing so for a while, The PlayStation Network is simply a new home for the effort.
The comic combines genres, telling the story of homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who are tasked with to investigating cases involving people with superhuman abilities. Those people are referred to as “powers,” giving the comic and show its title, and also a touch of superhero scope. Read More »
Alan Ball goes to the well once again, Judd Apatow makes a return to TV and Professor Dumbledore bets the ponies. Just another day on the cable powerhouse that is HBO.
Ball, the Oscar-winning show runner of Six Feet Under and True Blood just shot a pilot called All Signs of Death, based on Charlie Huston‘s book The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, which follows a trauma cleaning unit, much like Sunshine Cleaning, but less cute. Apatow, who made his name with TV shows Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, is executive producing a pilot called Girls, which was created by Lena Dunham, currently riding the wave off her indie film Tiny Furniture. It’s a more realistic take on the Sex and the City formula. Both shows are only in the pilot stage and neither has been picked up for series yet. It they do, Ball and Apatow will executive produce. (UPDATE: HBO passed on All Signs of Death.)
Finally, Michael Gambon has been cast as a recurring regular on the Michael Mann-produced series Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman, which is about the seedy underworld of horse racing. Read more about all three HBO nuggets of news after the jump. Read More »