‘Watchmen’ Pilot From Damon Lindelof Ordered by HBO
The premium service has also committed to additional backup scripts for the series. HBO confirmed the pilot order and script commitment Wednesday, one day after Lindelof teased on Instagram that work had begun in the writers room on the project.
“Watchmen” is based on the landmark DC Comics miniseries of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The series, later collected as a graphic novel, was a serious-minded deconstruction of superhero comics loosely inspired by characters from the Charlton Comics library, which were owned by DC. Set in a universe in which the appearance of costumed heroes in the mid-20th Century had altered the course of history — leading to U.S. victory in Vietnam and a Nixon presidency that stretched into the mid-1980s — “Watchmen” followed a group of crimefighters investigating the murder of »
- Daniel Holloway
Jordan Peele Nazi Hunter TV Series in Works
Hot off the success of his directorial feature debut earlier this year, Jordan Peele is developing a TV series about Nazi hunters. The TV project, called “The Hunt,” is based on real-life events and centers on a group of Nazi hunters in the 1970s. A network is not currently attached.
- Ryan Gajewski
Rob Thomas Adapting Web Series 'I Mom So Hard' for CBS
CBS is looking to bring more women to its schedule.
The project, which landed at CBS with a sizable pilot production commitment, is based on the web series of the same name and revolves around two moms who show how their friendship gets them through being wives and mothers.
- Lesley Goldberg
‘Younger’ Season 4 Is Series’ Highest-Rated Ever in Delayed Viewing
In Live+3 ratings, the series saw double-digit increases in multiple measures, including an averaging adults 18-49 rating of 0.72, up 32% from Season 2. In total viewers, it averaged 1.3 million viewers per episode, up 29% from last season. Similarly, the series was up 31% in adults 25-54, women 25-54, and women 18-49. “Younger” also saw 2.1 million full episode starts on TVLand.com and the TV Land app, the highest in-season consumption in series history.
Created by “Sex and the City’s” Darren Star, “Younger” stars two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann and Molly Bernard. The series was recently renewed for a fifth season on TV Land.
It follows Liza (Foster), a 40-year old woman who pretends to be 26 in order to get a job. Now working under the prickly Diana (Shor), Liza has to »
- Joe Otterson
NeNe Leakes Triumphantly Returns To ‘Real Housewives Of Atlanta’ In New Trailer — Watch
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Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler Teaming for Netflix Comedy
Netflix has ordered eight episodes. It follows a young woman named Nadia (Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City. The eight-episode series is set to premiere on Netflix in more than 190 countries around the world.
The series is co-created by Lyonne, Poehler and Leslye Headland. Headland will serve as writer for the first episode and Lyonne and Headland will write for the series. The series is produced by Universal Television, Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions, Jax Media and 3 Arts Entertainment, with Brooke Posch serving as exec producer for Paper Kite and Dave Becky as exec producer for 3 Arts Entertainment. The series marks Lyonne’s second Netflix-starring role, as she’s a staple in the successful emsembler “Orange Is the New Black.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
'Hollywood Masters' Series Sets Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart, More for Season 8
Helen Mirren and Patrick Stewart are among the top talent who will be taking part in season 8 of Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television's The Hollywood Masters, hosted by The Hollywood Reporter's executive editor, features, Stephen Galloway.
The join a lineup of participants that has included Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda, Michael Caine, Sean Penn, Amy Adams, Oliver Stone, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David O. Russell and Aaron Sorkin. Season 1 of the series currently is <a »
- THR Staff
Dick Wolf Drama ‘F.B.I.’ in the Works at CBS
The network has given a series production commitment to a new drama with the working title “F.B.I.” about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Shooting is slated to begin next spring on a pilot, with subsequent episodes set to film in the summer. The series is planned to premiere in the 2018-19 season.
Wolf and Craig Turk will serve as executive producers with longtime Wolf collaborators Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski. Universal Television, where Wolf is based, will produce the series with CBS Television Studios.
CBS is committing to 13 episodes for season one — an uncharacteristic move for the network, which rarely forges ahead on series without shooting a pilot first. The production commitment is tantamount to a straight-to-series order, which means that producers are moving ahead on casting »
- Daniel Holloway
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Series in Development at CW From ‘Riverdale’ Team
Sabrina the Teenage Witch could soon be returning to television.
The CW and Warner Bros. Television are developing a new one-hour drama based around the character for the 2018-2019 season, Variety has learned.
The potential series would be based on the Archie Comics series “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” which reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult, and witchcraft. The series is described as being tonally in the vein of horror classics like “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Exorcist,” and will see Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family, and the daylight world humans inhabit.
Should the project move forward, it would serve as a companion series to “Riverdale,” the dark reimagining of the Archie Comics that puts Archie and the rest of his high school friends at the heart of a »
- Joe Otterson
Jessica Biel on ‘The Sinner’s’ Surprise Success and Season 2 Plans
USA Network’s “The Sinner,” the small-screen adaptation of Petra Hammesfahr’s novel, has become the surprise hit of the summer. The drama has dominated ratings since its debut, taking the No. 1 slot in Live+7 numbers.
Even executive producer and series star Jessica Biel has been taken aback by just how strong a reception the show has seen. “Generally it never occurred to me that we’d have such great ratings,” Biel admits to Variety.
Biel thinks the show’s combination of high-caliber creative team and unique subject matter is what has led to the success. “It felt like something we’d never seen before,” Biel says. “The characters were an absolute dream for a creative and challenging experiment, and with a woman at the front of it all – and kind of an unlikable woman – it seemed like a good challenge and it seemed like something new.”
“The Sinner” was designed to be an eight-episode story that »
- Danielle Turchiano
‘Game of Thrones’: Fifth Prequel Series in Development at HBO
A fifth “Game of Thrones” prequel series is officially in the works at HBO, Variety has confirmed.
Bryan Cogman, who has worked on “Game of Thrones” since Season 1, has been tapped to pen a potential fifth prequel project for the network. It was previously known that four prequels were in development, though George R.R. Martin said that a fifth was also in the works. When Martin first spoke of the fifth writer being recruited in May, he said that apart from himself and “Thrones” experts Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson, “I don’t know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does.”
Cogman has worked on the show in various capacities over the years, most recently as a writer and co-executive producer. Among the episodes Cogman has written for the series are “Stormborn,” the second episode of Season 7, and “The Broken Man, the seventh episode of Season 6 which introduced the character of Lyanna Mormont »
- Joe Otterson
Sean Penn to Star in Beau Willimon Sci-Fi Series ‘The First’ on Hulu
Sean Penn will be making his first foray into series television thanks to a starring role in “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon’s upcoming sci-fi drama “The First.” The series, which will premiere on Hulu in the U.S. and Channel 4 in the U.K. and Ireland, follows the first human mission to Mars in the not-too-distant future. The character drama focuses on the astronauts who embark on the mission but also their families, loved ones and the people participating back on Earth. It also hopes to explore the challenges that go into interplanetary colonization. It was given a straight-to-series order on both. »
- Carli Velocci
‘Power’ Copyright Suit Unplugged; “No Significant Similarities” Says Judge
The dismissal this week of a turgid copyright and fraud case is turning September into a very good month for Power. Having wrapped up its fourth season with very strong numbers on September 3, the Starz drama now has seen a federal judge unplug claims that the Courtney Kemp created and Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson executive produced was substantially lifted from an unpublished manuscript. In fact, U.S. District Judge Manuel Real didn't just pull the plug on Tribulation of a Gh… »
Women’s Media Summit Calls For Boycott Of Movies That Snub Female Filmmakers
The Women's Media Summit, a group of more than 100 leaders from various industries, has issued a white paper outlining a plan of action for "eliminating gender inequity in U.S. entertainment media." One of its strategies is to “boycott films that score poorly on gender equity." "Women hold only 3% of above-the-line and greenlighting positions in the media industry and are vastly underrepresented as protagonists and lead characters in film and television," according to the… »
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Yael Grobglas
There’s no doubt that Jane the Virgin has established itself to be one of the best shows on CW and on TV right now. It’s also produced some breakout stars such as Gina Rodriguez and Justin Baldoni. While the two main protagonists continue to steal the show with 3 seasons under their belts, there’s another character that’s stealing the hearts of fans even though she happens to be a villain. Petra Solano, one of the most complex and equally endearing characters on recent television, is played by Yael Grobglas, a talented actor that has proves her skills with every emotion
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- Jennifer Borama
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Apologizes for Leaked Tirade
MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell has issued an apology after a clip leaked of him verbally berating his staff while taping his nightly news show.
“A better anchorman and a better person would’ve had a better reaction to technical difficulties,” O’Donnell wrote on Twitter. “I’m sorry.”
Earlier on Wednesday, a series of clips obtained by Mediate show O’Donnell repeatedly cursing at his staffers for problems with his earpiece. The clips seems to be from the August 29 episode of “The Last Word,” which O’Donnell anchors for MSNBC.
In the clips, O’Donnell becomes visibly angry after complaining multiple times that he is hearing someone in the control room speaking about matters unrelated to that night’s show in his earpiece. At one point he slams his fists on his desk and is heard muttering “God dammit.”
He becomes more and more upset until finally standing up and screaming, “Stop »
- Joe Otterson
Zoo Finale Sneak Peek: Jackson's Plan Takes a Dangerous Detour
Jackson’s plan to blow up one of Abigail’s beacons might blow up in a loved one’s face, as seen in this exclusive sneak peek from Zoo‘s Season 3 finale.
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In “The Barrier” (CBS, Thursday at 10/9c), the team races to stop the hybrids from breaching the barrier wall that keeps a good chunk of the country safe by shutting down the last beacon that draws them in.
In the clip above — which also manages to explain how these ominous towers were surreptitiously erected in the first place! »
Netflix Pulls Episode of Children’s Cartoon With Penis Drawing
Netflix has pulled an episode of a children’s show “Maya the Bee” after what appeared to be a penis was spotted etched on a tree trunk in the background of a scene.
Screen caps of the tree with the phallic image made the rounds on social media earlier this week.
Chey Robinson, a concerned mother, appears to have been the first to share a clip from the show, writing on Facebook, “Please be mindful of what your kids are watching. I did Not edit any images whatsoever, this is ‘Maya the Bee,’ Season 1, Episode 35. I know I’m not going crazy and I know that something like this shouldn’t be in a kids’ show whatsoever. I’m extremely disgusted by it, there should be no reason my kids have to see something like this. I don’t know if they’re gonna do something about this or what, but »
- Erin Nyren
Five Things You Didn’t Know About “Hollywood Darlings”
“Hollywood Darlings” is a comedy series that is based on reality and follows three real-life friends who all share a bond because they were childhood stars. The lead roles are played by Christine Lakin, Beverley Mitchell, and Jodie Sweetin. The characters of the women are exaggerated versions of themselves and they improvise using their current situations in Hollywood as the basis for each comedy scene. The first season of this comedy series was a success and it has now been renewed for a second series by Pop. The series was created by Jimmy Fox and is one of the network’s
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- Nat Berman
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