Timeless interview

This month, NBC is going back in time with the premiere of their new series Timeless. From producers Eric Kripke (SupernaturalRevolution) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield, of course), Timeless is about a trio of heroes with a time machine who have to chase a terrorist with another time machine through history.

Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer) is a historian recruited to lead Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter) and Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett) in pursuit of Garcia Flynn (Goran Višnji?). Already in their first mission to the launch of the Hindenburg, they alter Lucy’s present and Garcia reveals some information he has about her future.

During their panel for the Television Critics Association, Kripke and Ryan mentioned the NBC classic Quantum Leap as a good example of time travel made accessible to mainstream viewers every week. We spoke with them after the panel to get some more details about the series. We discuss some spoilers for the pilot just in case you haven’t seen it at Comic-Con.  Read More »

SWAT Reboot

This fall, CBS revived MacGyver with a TV series reboot starring Lucas Till, and before that they successfully brought back Hawaii Five-O and The Odd Couple. Now they’re reaching back into the 1970s for another series reboot.

SWAT ran on CBS for just two seasons totaling 37 episodes from February 1975 to April 1976 and was turned into a feature film of the same name. Now it’s getting a series reboot at its home network with The Shield creator Shawn Ryan on board, as well as Fast & Furious franchise director Justin Lin. Find out more about the SWAT reboot after the jump. Read More »

Terriers revival

Beloved shows never really die in this day and age. They just enter a limbo state, leaving showrunners and stars to spend the rest of their lives fielding questions from fans about possible revivals and/or movie sequels. A lucky few even get resurrected, like Arrested Development or Gilmore Girls or Full House, keeping hope alive for fans of the rest.

At a recent event, producers Ted Griffin and Shawn Ryan addressed the question of reviving Terriers, their wonderful but tragically short-lived drama starring Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James. The short answer is that they’ve talked about it — but the long answer is that they’ve have several hoops to jump through first.  Read More »

time travel

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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