Good things are happening to good people in today’s TV Bits, which sees new sitcoms in the works for Conan O’Brien, Judy Greer, and Mandy Moore, among others. After the jump:

  • TBS orders a sitcom from Conan O’Brien
  • ABC develops new projects with Judy Greer, Mandy Moore, and Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry
  • The CW buys a thriller from Easy A scribe Bert V Royal
  • CBS yanks the already-cancelled How to Be a Gentleman from its Saturday lineup
  • Watch the first 9 minutes of ABC’s Once Upon a Time

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In the coming years, twisted fairytale reboots aren’t just set to take over the big screen, but will also invade the small screen.

  • ABC’s Once Upon a Time will air at 8:00pm on Sunday nights starting this Fall. Created and written by Lost/Tron: Legacy writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, Time promises to be “a bold new vision of the world where fairytales and the modern day are about to collide.”
  • NBC’s Grimm was created by David Greenwalt (Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Jim Kouf (Angel, National Treasure), and promises “a new world of police work where all cases have a storybook connection… but not always happily ever after.”

Watch both trailers embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Will There Be a ‘Tron 3’?

Tron Legacy hit DVD and Blu-ray this week, and Disney had a few members of the cast and crew out at WonderCon last weekend to encourage people to take a dip in this leg of the Tron revenue stream. Through all the interviews that resulted, there is the looming question of another Tron sequel. No one answered the question definitively, though there were a lot of statements that started with “Well, if we make another one…”

Now Deadline reports that Disney has definitely started work on another Tron film, but that’s all anyone seems willing to say at the moment. Read More »

Last year it was revealed that Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, who wrote many great episodes of Lost, had sold to ABC a new show called Once Upon a Time. We didn’t know much about it at the time, other than the fact that it would offer a new take on fairy tales, but now a lot more details have come to light. Mark Mylod (Entourage) looks like the pilot director for the show, which will feature parallel timelines that take place in the ‘real’ world and a fairy tale reality. Sounds vaguely familiar, doesn’t it? Read More »

Right before the holidays, we reported the director’s chair for the big budget adventure film Ouija was down to two directors: Breck Eisner and McG. Well, Charlie’s Angels have defeated The Crazies and Universal Pictures has chosen McG to direct the film, based on the Hasbro board game, written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Lost, TRON: Legacy) and scheduled for release November 9, 2012. There’s more after the break. Read More »

Animated ‘Tron: Uprising’ Details Revealed

Whether or not you love or hate TRON: Legacy, there’s no denying that Disney is all in with their investment in the franchise. Video games, theme parks, toys and, of course, the upcoming animated series. Tron: Uprising will begin airing on Disney XD (that’s like Disney Channel for Boys) during the Summer of 2012 and it sports an impressive voice cast including Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Nate Corddry, Lance Henriksen and Bruce Boxleitner, who will reprise his role as Tron. There’s also a 10-part micro-series in the works that will premiere in the Fall.

We’ve now learned a bit more about the cartoon series, including where it starts and will end. Read about it after the break. Read More »

On November 19th, I had the opportunity to sit down and interview the screenwriters of  Tron Legacy, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. Because the interview mentions a couple potential spoilers, and delves into future continuations (the Tron animated series, Tron 3) / other future projects, I’ve decided to run the chat the week following release. You can read the whole interview after the jump.

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On November 19th, I had the opportunity to participate in a day of roundtable interviews with the cast and crew of Tron Legacy. I also conducted a couple of one-on-one discussions with the filmmakers and screenwriters (but that will come later).The plan is to post one of the interviews every day up until release. We’ve previously posted interviews with Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund.Today we bring you a grouped interview with screenwriters Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, and producer Justin Springer. You’ll notice that Horowitz and Kitsis are the type of writing team that complete each others sentences and are constantly improvising new angles and ways to pitch their material. After the jump you can read the transcript of that roundtable interview.

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Briefly: Lost producers and Tron Legacy writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have sold a new show to ABC. Once Upon a Time will almost certainly beg early comparisons to Lost, as it is based on a large ensemble cast (with actors yet to be determined) and has sci-fi / fantasy elements.

Variety describes the idea as ” a modern-day take on fairy tales, with a female protagonist who comes from a unique background. Show takes place in a small Maine town during the present time.” (Can anyone make a Maine-set sci-fi fantasy series and not have it feel like the child of Stephen King? Not that such a thing would necessarily be a problem.)

This is a story pitch the writers have been cooking for years, prior to their time on Lost, but the trade says they only took it to the network once that show was complete. In the meantime, as this develops, they’ll be writing Ouija for Platinum Dunes and Universal.

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I’ve been hearing for months now that Disney is over the roof happy with what they’ve been seeing from Joseph Kosinski‘s Tron sequel Tron Legacy. As you know, they’ve announced a computer animated television series spin-off, rumors of possible Theme park attractions won’t stop, and now Disney has hired screenwriters to pen a third film.
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