The Institute TV Series

Stephen King’s latest book The Institute just hit shelves yesterday, but Hollywood didn’t waste anytime getting the series prepared for an adaptation. Television mastermind David E. Kelly, responsible for creating shows like The Practice, Boston Public and Big Little Lies, will be teaming up with Lost series director Jack Bender to turn The Institute into a limited series. Read More »

Big Little Lies season 2 problems

In the second season of Big Little Lies, the lead characters have been struggling to stay afloat after their momentous decision at the end of season one. But they weren’t the only ones making potentially disastrous choices: according to a scathing new report, HBO and showrunner David E. Kelley wrested creative control of the show away from season 2 director Andrea Arnold to put it back in the hands of season 1 director Jean-Marc Vallée. It sounds like things got very messy, and you can read the details below.  Read More »

the undoing limited series

Susanne Bier, director of The Night Manager and the upcoming Bird Box, will direct Nicole Kidman in HBO’s The Undoing limited series. This will be Kidman’s second starring role in a limited HBO series, following her work on Big Little Lies. Appropriately enough, Big Little Lies writer David E. Kelley will also be writing The Undoing, a mystery based on the novel You Should Have Known.

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Big Little Lies season 2

Good news for fans of excellent actresses sharing scenes and drinking wine together: Big Little Lies season 2 is on. HBO just gave the go-ahead to a second season to the limited run series, and confirmed stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon will be returning. But wait, there’s more: American Honey helmer Andrea Arnold will be directing.

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big-little-lies

When HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies came to an end a little more than a week ago, I was satisfied with the conclusion. But only seven days later, I was conflicted; I appreciated the succinctness of the series’ seven episode run and thought it told a compelling and complete story, but at the same time, I couldn’t help but wish there were more episodes to dive into.

So will we ever see Big Little Lies season 2? Below, I’ll run down all of the quotes from the major players involved and try to get to the bottom of this.
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David E Kelley Amazon Series

Will Billy Bob Thornton‘s great role on the first season of Fargo turn out to be the place where we eventually point back to a career upswing for him? The writer/director/actor has previously complained about feeling like the films he wants to make don’t have a place in the current cinema landscape, but he’s finding a new place on TV. Following his great work on Fargo, Thornton has been cast as the lead in The Trial, the new Amazon series from creator David E. Kelley (The Practice, Ally McBeal, Picket Fences). Read More »

The pilot casting blitz isn’t over yet. Also after the jump:

  • Kristen Wiig‘s Arrested Development role revealed
  • Yeah, NBC is probably going to cancel Up All Night
  • HBO decides not to go with James Gandolfini‘s pilot
  • HBO’s cancelled drama Luck finds new life as a blog
  • Survey says House of Cards is a success for Netflix
  • Nerdist’s Celebrity Bowling could head to AMC
  • Judd Apatow‘s Simpsons script is getting a rewrite
  • Watch the full-length trailer for A&E’s Bates Motel

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Fall doesn’t technically start for another three weeks, but we all know Labor Day is the unofficial turn of the season. In this very late summer edition of TV Bits:

  • MTV announces Jersey Shore will end after Season 6
  • Robin Williams could return to TV with David E. Kelley
  • Jorge Garcia lands a guest spot on Once Upon a Time
  • Yes, Judy Greer will return to Arrested Development
  • And yes, Mike Schur‘s Mose will appear on The Farm
  • NBC has a sneak peak tour planned for Revolution
  • New details emerge on Psycho prequel Bates Motel
  • See stars hanging out on the set of NBC’s Hannibal
  • Alan Ball‘s Cinemax series Banshee gets a teaser
  • American Horror Story teaser finally shows the cast

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We may never see a broadcast of the canned NBC pilot for David E. Kelley‘s Wonder Woman relaunch, starring Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman. But copies are floating around, and the show is sure to end up as a fully circulated bootleg. Until it hits YouTube, those curious about the show that will never be will have to rely on info drops like this one. A copy of the pilot fell into the hands of one writer, who has penned a mostly positive review, and pulled a few screencaps that show the classic ‘short pants’ costume and even the show’s version of Wonder Woman’s jet. Read on for some review details, and for a gallery of images.  Read More »

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NBC Dumps ‘Wonder Woman’

The script was derided; the costume was scorned; and test audiences frowned at the rough-cut pilot. Now NBC has taken the same line as seemingly everyone else who has had a gander at David E. Kelley‘s new television Wonder Woman. The network passed on the pilot, and so the show won’t go to series. Read More »