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Shawn Ryan‘s Mad Dogs isn’t getting a second season, but that doesn’t mean we won’t get more television projects from the prolific showrunner. His next series Time is an action adventure time travel drama pilot for NBC which he is working to create with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke. Anyone who knows me knows that Back to the Future is my favorite film of all time, so when you say Shawn Ryan is doing a time travel tv series — I’m excited. And now we’ve learned who has been cast as the main protagonists of this new series. Hit the jump to find out about the two leads headlining the Shawn Ryan Time pilot.

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Mad Dogs Season 2

My favorite television show so far this year is Shawn Ryan‘s Amazon original series Mad Dogs. And I’m not alone, as the series is loved by both critics and Amazon Prime users. But alas, we will not be getting a second season of Mad Dogs because Shawn Ryan is cursed. It’s not because the show didn’t perform well or because Amazon doesn’t want to make Mad Dogs Season 2. A second season will not happen because of a disagreement between the show’s creators and the network over where Mad Dogs season 2 would take the storyline. Learn more after the jump.

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The Shield remasters

Old TV shows are being remastered now and again for new blu-ray and streaming presentations, but it isn’t often that a company really puts out the time and resources to do the job correctly. Just look at what happened with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where widescreen transfers were created seemingly by an automated process, revealing set edges, crew members, and equipment that were originally cropped out of the image.

The latest series to get a remaster is The Shield, which originally debuted in 2002 with Michael Chiklis starring as the complex character Vic Mackey, and which is often considered one of the best shows of the past couple decades.

But there’s good news! According to series creator Shawn Ryan, the new 4K transfer “really looks spectacular,” meaning this is probably going to be more like the updated masters for The Wire than the debacle of Buffy. Read More »

Affleck Damon Sleeper

Ben Affleck isn’t only bringing Batman to the big screen over at Warner Bros., he’s teaming up with his old pal to produce a lesser known DC Comic, too. Affleck and Matt Damon will produce an adaptation of the Ed Brubaker Vertigo comic Sleeper for the studio. Sleeper follows a man with the ability to absorb and pass along pain as he goes undercover in the world of organized crime.

Tom Cruise and Sam Raimi were circling the project back in 2008 but this current iteration will be adapted by writers Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and David Wiener (Last Resort). Read More »

Beverly Hills Cop(1)

Beverly Hills Cop 4 was stuck in on-again, off-again development for years before Eddie Murphy finally reworked the concept as a spinoff TV series. Initially, the new medium seemed like the right approach. CBS won a “very competitive” bidding war to order the Beverly Hills Cop pilot. Brandon T. Jackson, Kevin Pollak, and David Denman were tapped for leading roles, Barry Sonnenfeld signed on to direct…

… And then, nothing. CBS opted not to give it a series order, and no other network emerged to pick it up, either. But if you were clamoring to see the further adventures of Axel Foley, don’t despair. While the TV show isn’t going forward, producer Shawn Ryan says a new movie could be. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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Beverly Hills Cop - Jackson and Murphy chairs (header)

Eddie Murphy tried for years to get a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie off the ground, but it wasn’t until he reworked it for the small screen that the project really started to gain traction. Shawn Ryan came aboard to produce, CBS greenlit the pilot, Brandon T. Jackson was cast as Axel Foley’s son Aaron, Barry Sonnenfeld was hired to direct, and now cameras are actually rolling on the So Cal set.

Set in the present day, the new series sees Aaron trying to come out from under the shadow of his famous father as a blue-collar cop working in ritzy Beverly Hills. Murphy won’t be a regular on the show, but he reprises his role of Axel for the pilot and may return in future episodes if the show moves forward. Check out the first photos of Murphy and Jackson as father and son after the jump.

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Joss Whedon has already admitted that a Firefly Kickstarter campaign isn’t likely to take flight anytime soon, but some of his colleagues sound a little more eager to take advantage of the new studio / crowdfunding hybrid model introduced by Veronica Mars.

Bryan Fuller, of Pushing Daisies fame, has already reached out to Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas to find out “how this thing works,” while TerriersShawn Ryan and Men of a Certain Age‘s Mike Royce have voiced their interest in the topic on Twitter. And since Thomas says Warner Bros. views his film as a “test case” for the new model, there’s reason to believe Ryan, Royce, and Fuller may actually be able to revive their beloved series if Veronica Mars proves a success. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Eddie Murphy and the powers that be decided against going the big-screen route for a new Beverly Hills Cop outing, and instead have chosen to take the character to TV. But this won’t merely be Murphy’s return to television; rather, we’ll see a sorta-sequel, sorta-reboot of the character, with the son of Muphy’s character Axel Foley getting into his own crime-fighting shenanigans.

Now, as we previously suspected, Brandon T. Jackson of Tropic Thunder (and of Lottery Ticket, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) looks like he’s got the nod to play the younger Foley. Read More »

Eddie Murphy tried for years to get a Beverly Hills Cop IV off the ground, but when that failed to come together he switched gears to focus instead on a TV series about Detroit cop Axel Foley’s son. It already seems like he’s having much better luck with the new approach. CBS gave a pilot production commitment to the series last month, beating out several other interested networks in order to do so.

Now development on Beverly Hills Cop the TV show continues to roll along smoothly as casting gets underway. The first role being filled is that of protagonist Aaron Foley, with Brandon T. Jackson reportedly close to landing the part. Read more after the jump.

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