Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Fred Topel
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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Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Fred Topel
There may be an unprecedented number of television shows based on movies on the air simultaneously: Limitless, Fargo, Bates Motel, Damien and the just ended Minority Report and Hannibal with the upcoming Uncle Buck and shows like Lethal Weapon, Rambo and The Expendables in development. Add to that Rush Hour, based on the Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker series.
CBS’s Rush Hour stars John Foo and Justin Hires as Detectives Lee and Carter. The pilot tells how Lee comes to Los Angeles and works with Carter at first grudgingly, but ultimately agrees to stay as partners. A new development is Carter’s chief (Wendie Malick) flirting with Lee. The series was developed by Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick, with Steve Franks joining the team as producer. We go to speak with the trio after their panel for the Television Critics Association. Rush Hour premieres March 31 at 10PM on CBS.
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Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The Rush Hour film series seems to have mostly vanished into the abyss, but it’s important to remember that these movies were huge for a brief window in the late ’90s and early ’00s. While the first film was a hit in 1998, its 2001 sequel benefitted from every single person in existence having a copy of part one in their burgeoning DVD library, grossing nearly $100 million more than its predecessor at the box office. This cannot be overstated: every single person who made the leap of faith to the DVD format in 1997 owned Rush Hour. This is an undisputed scientific fact. And then 2007’s Rush Hour 3 was greeted with shrugs and the series died a quiet and (mostly) dignified death.
We’ve known for some time now that the Frankensteins at CBS were resurrecting Rush Hour for television, but we never actually believed it until the first footage arrived. Yes, the Rush Hour TV series trailer is here and it is, indeed, a thing that exists.
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Your TV schedule might look a lot like your DVD collection next season. ABC has just given a series order to Uncle Buck, adapted from the 1989 John Hughes comedy, while CBS is moving ahead with small-screen versions of Rush Hour and Limitless. More details on the Uncle Buck, Limitless, and Rush Hour TV shows after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 by Angie Han
Jon Foo is the new Jackie Chan. Well, for the purposes of CBS’ Rush Hour pilot, anyway. The British actor, stunt man, and martial artist has just been cast as Detective Lee in the action-comedy series, based on the 1998 film starring Chan and Chris Tucker.
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While original Rush Hour film director Brett Ratner was once expected to direct the pilot for the TV series based on that trio of films, the Rush Hour TV pilot gig has now gone to someone else. Jon Turteltaub, who made the National Treasure films and has directed a set of successful pilots, is taking charge of the hour-long show’s debut episode. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
One of the many, many film-based TV series in development is Rush Hour, which received a pilot commitment from CBS last fall. We’ve known that the basic premise would remain unchanged from the 1998 film, which starred Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, but now executive producer Bill Lawrence has a few more details to share about the show.
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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 Gotham, Constantine 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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The Rush Hour TV show that Brett Ratner and Arthur Sarkissian have been developing at Warner Bros. TV, with Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick as creative leads, has now taken another step towards realization. CBS has given a pilot production commitment to the series, which means we’ll start to hear about the casting phase pretty soon. Read More »