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Prime time might want to brace itself for a different kind of Castle.
Fox is aiming to make a TV series featuring Marvel comic book character The Punisher. The procedural drama would center on New York City detective Frank Castle, who seeks justice on the side as a merciless vigilante named The Punisher.
The project — which has been given a pilot commitment with a penalty if it doesn’t air — is from Ed Bernero (Third Watch, Criminal Minds), who is also developing a sci-fi western titled The Eye at ABC.
The Punisher property was most recently adapted into two feature films, the first in 2004 with Thomas Jane as Castle, the second in 2008 with Ray Stevenson in the title role. Both were box office disappointments.
When you consider that the title sounds like the caffeinated fever dream of a particularly excitable eight-year-old, it’s perhaps not that surprising that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has had so many incarnations: Gritty monochromatic independent comic book, beloved ’80s cartoon, mega-grossing feature-film trilogy, an endless assortment of action figures, fondly-remembered videogames, a second animated series that ran for several years in the 2000s, and a big-screen animated reboot.
Next year, Nickelodeon will relaunch Turtles as a new animated series, and EW can report exclusively that Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings‘ Sam, The Goonies‘ Mikey, and Rudy‘s Rudy) will be voicing red-masked Raphael. He’ll be joined by a cast that includes Jason Biggs as Leonardo, Greg Cipes as Michelangelo, and Rob Paulsen as Donatello. The series will be executive produced by Ciro Nieli, Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia, and is currently set to debut in Fall 2012, although select fans can get an exclusive first look at the reimagined Turtles at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con. EW caught up with Astin to talk about his role in the new Turtles series, why Lord of the Rings led him into voiceover work, and his favorite cartoons growing up.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Raphael has typically been portrayed as the grumpiest Turtle. Is that still true in the new series?
SEAN ASTIN: Do you mean to say the coolest?
Well, he was explicitly “cool, but rude” in the original cartoon. Is he still rude?
He’s still working through issues. He’s really good at what he does, and he doesn’t suffer fools lightly. Sometimes that arrogance can get him in a little bit of trouble. READ FULL STORY
The producers of Locke & Key aren’t giving up without a fight. Though Fox passed on the buzzworthy pilot that’s based on a comic book by Joe Hill, sources say 20th Century Fox TV is talking to Syfy and The CW about picking up the project.
The latter seems less likely, since the fifth broadcast network tends to skew toward young female viewers and next season’s schedule is pretty locked in at this point. But the project is completely on brand for Syfy, if the economics could make the show work on basic cable. Don’t get your hopes up, though, fans: Making the leap from broadcast pilot to a cable network doesn’t happen very often, and Locke isn’t the only busted genre pilot to approach the cable network. But know there’s still attempts being made to get this on the air.
. He just has this giant smile on his face and goes, ‘Boooooster.’ And I go, ‘Claaaark.’ It was like we instantly had this understanding about how these guys should get along,” Martsolf says. “It was like two kids in a candy store.”
In a chat with EW, Mansolf talks about getting his chance to play Booster Gold, working with star Tom Welling — who also directed tonight’s aptly titled episode, “Booster” — and even touches on the cancellation of two legendary soaps.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was it like bringing Booster Gold to life? On the show he’s kind of a trip — has a bit of an ego. READ FULL STORY
For now, they’re still just a mutation in process, but that’s no reason you can’t enjoy the first glimpse of Nickelodeon’s new and improved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The cable network has greenlit 26 half-hour episodes for late 2012, and EW has the exclusive first look at the four heroes in a half-shell: Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo. Nickelodeon promises this version of the franchise will be “funnier and ninja-ier,” and from the look of fierce concentration on these turtles’ faces, they seem a little tougher than previous incarnations — the last of which went off the air in 2009. Check ‘em out below: READ FULL STORY
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