The biggest news this week is all about the new genre shows that were given the greenlight by the networks this week. We have a rundown and videos from each. Plus there is a ton of news on movie sequels from Indy to Spider-man to Iron Man and more. And the usual assortment of new images and trailers and other TV news so what are you waiting for?
2008 NEW GENRE TV SHOWS
This past week saw the networks present their new and returning shows to advertisers. Due to the writers strike there are about half as many new shows for next season, but still a good amount of new genre TV. Here’s a quick rundown of the new genre shows for 2008/09.
ABC: "Life on Mars"
Sam Tyler, a modern-day police detective, mysteriously finds himself transported back to 1973 after a car crash and still working as a detective. DS9’s Colm Meaney co-stars in the UK to US import.
CBS: "Eleventh Hour"
Rufus Sewell stars as Dr. Jacob Hood, a brilliant biophysicist and special science advisor to the government who investigates scientific crises and oddities.
From JJ Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, Fringe is an X-Files like show about a special FBI team paired with a scientist, researching the paranormal.
From Joss Whedon, Dollhouse is about a secret-and highly illegal-facility where human slaves are programmed to fulfill the fantasies, needs, and whims of the rich and powerful..
NBC: "Knight Rider"
Essentially a continuation of the two hour movie which NBC aired in Spring.
A modern day retelling of the story of Camelot focusing on before Merlin and Arthur ‘became legends.’ Features a young cast along with Buffy’s Anthony Head as Uther.
Cast of "Merlin"
Coming back and saying goodbye
This week also has news on what genre shows will be returning and which ones are history.
Returning Shows (10):
- ABC: "Eli Stone", "Pushing Daisies", "Lost"
- CBS: "Ghost Whisperer"
- CW: "Reaper", "Supernatural", "Smallville"
- FOX: "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
- NBC: "Heroes", "Medium"
Canceled Shows (5):
- CBS: "Jericho", "Moonlight"
- FOX: "New Amsterdam"
- NBC: "Bionic Woman", “Journeyman”
Spider-Man 4 and 5 May Shoot Back-to-back
James Vanderbilt ("Zodiac") has turned in a draft for "Spider-Man 4" which apparently allows Sony/Columbia to shoot two films back-to-back. Cinematical reports:
"[Vanderbilt’s] story arc has encompassed two films, making "Spider-Man 5" shootable at the same time. The studio saw dollar signs and is in the process of reworking his deal to snatch up the story arc."
Lucas has an idea for Indy 5
Speaking of 5s, George Lucas wants to make more Indiana Jones films and his ‘Indy 5’ idea revolves around having Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) as the lead: “I haven’t even told Steven or Harrison this,” Lucas told Fox News, "but I have an idea to make Shia [LeBeouf] the lead character next time and have Harrison [Ford] come back like Sean Connery did in the last movie. I can see it working out.” For his own part, LaBeouf told MTV that he didn’t “think a Mutt spinoff would be as big as Indiana Jones, [but] fingers crossed!”
Cloverfield sequel not a sure thing
J.J. Abrams, co-producer of "Cloverfield" told SCI FI Wire that a sequel to the hit monster film is not a given, revealing that he’d rather do another project with his "Cloverfield" partners:
"We’re talking about it," Abrams said of Cloverfield 2 during an interview at the Fox upfront presentation for advertisers in New York on May 15, where he was promoting his upcoming SF TV series Fringe. "But the truth is there’s another idea that I’d rather do with the same people than do a sequel. It’s a whole new thing."
Abrams added, "So my dream is to work with [Goddard and Reeves] again, but do something that’s [new]. Having said that, Drew and Matt both, separately, have really good ideas for what [Cloverfield 2] could be. So I don’t know. We’ll see. I know the studio wants it."
Twilight Sequels Could be shot back-to-back
Though Summit Entertainment’s big screen adaptation of "Twilight" only recently entered post-production, the studio is already talking about the possibility of filming the sequels back-to-back: "Our vampires can’t age…if they were like 45, people would say ‘What’s up?’" laughed director Catherine Hardwicke told MTV. "[Filming them together] could be the case. Then, you just get it done." The lead stars are already contractually signed on for at least three films, so if the sequels ("New Moon" and "Eclipse") are green lit, they could go into production immediately.
Jon Favreau still unsigned for Iron Man Sequel
With a sequel already in development and with the almost unanimous critical praise for the first film, it’s hard to imagine not seeing director Jon Favreau return for the Iron Man sequel, but the director told Howard Stern he’s still not signed: “They haven’t offered me anything yet.” “They’re all talking – they want to do it, they even announced a date.” Favreau also confirmed that if he were signed for a sequel, he was interested in taking on the Demon in a Bottle storyline.
Fraggle Rock Musical on the way
The Weinstein Company is reviving the classic Jim Henson Co. HBO series "Fraggle Rock", turning the series into a live-action musical feature. Cory Edwards ("Hoodwinked!") will direct and write the screenplay. The Jim Henson Co. will produce. The film will feature the core characters Gobo, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and Red as they interact with humans, who they believe are aliens. [Variety]
Frank Miller will not be directing ‘Buck Rogers
As noted in last week’s Sci-Fi Saturday, Nu Image/Millenium immediately contacted IGN informing the site that Frank Miller was not signed on to direct their "Buck Rogers" update. This week comes confirmation of that news from writer-producer Flint Dille, who says that Miller is definitely not directing it. The studio is on the hunt for a new "contender" to direct the film.
The Dark Knight
Punisher: War Zone
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (poster)
G.I. Joe (set photos–more here)
Twilight (set photos–more here)
Friday the 13th (set photo)
Dragonball (magazine scans)
Thundercats (possible character art)
The Incredible Hulk (Trailer–three new TV spots can be found here)
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (teaser trailer)
City of Ember [HD Version]
The Happening (Red Band Teaser Trailer–check out an alternate extended clip with a M. Night Shyamalan intro here)
Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (Trailer #4)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (featurette)
- Production for "Transformers 2" kicks off next month in Pennsylvania. Get a sneak peak at one of the locations here.
- Character designer Miles Teves tells Fanboy Confidential podcast that the new Terminators in "Terminator 4" will be more retro looking.
- A real crystal skull, similar to the one center of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" has gone missing from the New Age store in California. [AP]
- Catch a sneak peak of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios “Star Wars Weekends” this summer. [ComingSoon.net]
- Details for the July 29th direct-to-video release of “Wargames: The Dead Code” and a special 25th anniversary release of the original film have been announced. Check them out here.
- The film adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.s “Kick-Ass” has now officially entered pre-production. [Comic Book Resources]
- A promotional brochure released by Dolby for this year’s ShoWest lists “Transformers 2” under 2009’s 3D features alongside “AVATAR” and “Tintin”. [Comics2Film]
- Will Smith’s superhero comedy “Hancock” is currently undergoing re-shoots in New York. It’s set for a worldwide release on July 2nd, so the late re-shoots are pretty late in the game. [CinemaBlend]
- Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro will hold a live chat about The Hobbit on May 24th. Click here for details and a link to register for the event.
- If you don’t want to know who John Hurt plays in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, then don’t watch the new Indiana Jones DVD special features. [Film Chat]
- Adam Brody talked to IGN about his preparation for the now defunct Justice League America project.
- Check out Frank Miller’s blog on the development of his upcoming film "The Spirit"
- BenderSpink and FilmEngine have announced that they are working on a third installment in the "Butterfly Effect" franchise. [SCI FI Wire]
- The film rights to R.L. Stine’s young-adult "Goosebumps" series have been acquired by Columbia Pictures, who will be bringing the series to the big screen for the first time. [Variety]
- 20th Century Fox has set a February 27, 2009 release date for "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li". [ComingSoon.net]
- Director Michael Bay confirmed on his message board that Australian actress Isabel Lucas has been cast in the role of Alice in "Transformers 2".
MORE TV NEWS
NBCU looking into producing more Battlestar Galactica TV Movies
Though ratings were weak for the two-hour “Razor” TV movie (a 1.2 rating), Chicago Tribune TV writer Maureen Ryan is reporting that up to three more “Battlestar Galactica” TV movies (all likely prequels of some sort similar to “Razor”) may get made later this year:
Executives are now doing number-crunching for these proposed films, and any deals for these movies are far from done. However, it would make sense to make more “Battlestar” TV movies while the show’s creative team and actors are still all in one place, as it were.
Ryan also adds that EP Ron Moore is currently writing the series finale. The movies could air this autumn, before the final 10 episodes of the series premiere on SCI FI. And lastly, Ryan reveals that a new set of webisodes are scheduled to premiere online that will link the first and second halves of season four.
Allison Mack returning to Smallville next season
"Smallville" fans can breathe a sigh of relief, Allison Mack is not leaving the series. TV Guide is reporting that the actress has signed a deal to remain a series regular next season and will appear in every episode of the show’s eighth season. With Michael Rosenbaum’s exit and Kristin Kreuk only returning in a limited capacity, the show regulars next season are expected to be Tom Welling, Laura Vandervoort, Erica Durance, Aaron Ashmore and Allison Mack as well as the two actors who’ll play Davis "Doomsday" Bloom and a new female character named Tess.
"Heroes" Webisodes To Premiere in July
During their upfront presentation this past week (which was actually their second presentation), NBC revealed that they will premiere a set of webisodes for "Heroes" on NBC.com in July. Details are scarce, but early word indicates the episodes may be used to introduce a new villain leading up to the third season premiere. Looks like this may be NBC’s workaround for that "Heroes: Origins" spinoff that they were forced to cancel late last year. The third season of "Heroes" kicks off on September 15th with a one-hour recap special at 8pm, followed by the two-hour season three premiere from 9-11pm.
- Packed with five featurettes, bloopers, audio commentaries and even an Oceanic Airlines Safety Guide, the fourth season of “Lost” hits DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def on December 9th. [TVShowsOnDVD]
- Fox’s two upcoming SF series “Dollhouse” and “Fringe” will be accompanied by just 5 minutes of commercials. [THR]
- Moonlight was canceled by CBS, but Nikki Finke is reporting that Media Rights Capital (who is programming The CW’s Sunday night’s next season) is keeping their options open for a possible midseason pickup of the series though the prospects for a renewal still remain very weak. [DeadlineHollywoodDaily]
- Peter Fonda has joined the cast of SCI FI Channel’s upcoming two-hour pilot "Revolution". [SCI FI Wire]
- Kelly Preston, who had a guest role on NBC’s Medium, told SCI FI Wire that she would be open to return to the series next season.
|Top 10 SF&F Broadcast Shows||HH Rating/Share|
|3) Ghost Whisperer||5.7/11|
|6) Medium (R)||1.8/4|
4/27/2008 – Source: Nielsen Media Research
|Top 10 SF&F Syndicated Shows||Rating|
4/27/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire
|Top 10 SCI FI CHANNEL Shows||Rating|
|2) Battlestar Galactica||1.3|
6) Invasion, Part Two
Invasion, Part One
Ghosts of Mars
Invaders, Part Two
4/21/2008 to 4/27/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire