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NBC eyes drama about DC Comics' John Constantine

Another DC Comics title has the potential to end up on the fall 2014 schedule.

NBC has ordered a script from Warner Bros. TV that’s based upon the DC Comics anti-hero John Constantine, an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending citizens against dark forces.

Genre uber-writer David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel) will executive produce with Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist). NBC has to greenlight a pilot before the concept has a chance to make it onto the fall 2014 schedule.

John Constantine served as the lead in the comics Hellblazer and Constantine.

CBS to adapt Anne Rice novel 'Angel Time'

CBS is hoping to turn the Anne Rice novel Angel Time into a possible series.

The network has ordered a drama script from Liz Garcia and Joshua Harto (Memphis Beat) that’s based on Rice’s 2009 novel. The book, which was the first in the author’s Songs of the Seraphim series, tells the story of an assassin with a tragic past who finds himself on a road to redemption. The story takes place at the historic Mission Inn in Riverside, CA.

Rice will serve an executive producer on the project, as well as Sarah Timberman (Masters of Sex) and Carl Beverly.

Joe Carnahan (The A-Team)  is also listed as an exec producer, and will direct the pilot (should CBS decide to order one).

A previous Rice novel that was adapted for TV was the 1979 tome The Feast of All Saints, which aired as a Showtime original miniseries in 2001.

 

Fox picks up origin series about Batman's home

Fox is re-entering the comic book biz by developing a drama about Batman’s home.

Dubbed Gotham, the project from Warner Bros. TV will explore the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made the fictitious American city famous.

Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) will executive and produce the one-hour drama that’s already received a series commitment from Fox. The drama — which is the second DC concept to go up for grabs this fall after the CW began developing a possible spinoff with The Flash — reportedly ignited a bidding war.

The last time DC peddled a Gotham-inspired series was Birds of Prey in 2002 on the WB. That took place in the New Gotham City after Batman abandoned it. So did viewers, after 13 episodes.

With ABC’s Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. enjoying high awareness and The Walking Dead breaking ratings records, comic book-inspired TV series are definitely the hot new trend. And Gotham has lots of potential given all the DC mythology: The make-believe city that first surfaced on the pages of DC comics in 1940 is home to numerous mobsters (hey there, Carmine Falcone!), nefarious gangs and those larger-than-life loons like the Joker, the Penguin, and the Scarecrow. There’s also the crazy inhabitants of Arkham Asylum, which is located on the outskirts of the city and houses lots of legally sane foes of Batman. A veritable creep-apalooza!

Even better, the series could delve Wayne Family, before Bruce became the Caped Crusader.

This isn’t the first time Fox has looked to DC for a series. In 2010, it premiered Human Target, a Mark Valley starrer that was loosely based on the comic book character of the same name. The series was cancelled after two seasons.

'Army Wives' cancelled by Lifetime

Lifetime announced today that Army Wives, its longest running series, will not return for an eighth season.

To pay tribute to the drama that just wrapped its seventh season on June 9, Lifetime is planning a two-hour retrospective special with cast members that will air early next year.

“There is no denying how special Army Wives has been to both Lifetime and the television landscape,” said Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime, in a statement. “By taking on a very relevant and timely issue, it has brilliantly captured the challenges our military families endure and the bravery they and their loved ones display while serving our country.

“It has been an honor to be the home of Army Wives,” he said.We also want to thank Army Wives’ passionate legion of fans and everyone involved with the series: ABC Studios, Mark Gordon and Jeff Melvoin, Tanya Biank, every single cast member, as well as the crew and community of Charleston, South Carolina.  Without their dedication, effort and loyalty, Army Wives’ seven wonderful seasons would not have been possible; and for that we are very grateful.”

Army Wives starred Catherine Bell, Kim Delaney, Sally Pressman, Wendy Davis, Brigid Brannagh and Kelli Williams and followed the struggles, dreams and friendships of a diverse group of women living with their spouses and families on an active Army post. It was based on the book Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives by Tanya Biank, who served as a consultant.

FX renews 'The Bridge'

FX has ordered a second season of The Bridge, a crime thriller that explores the tensions on the US-Mexico border.

The drama stars Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger. The cable net ordered 13 more episodes of the drama to air next summer.

“We’ve been blown away by the compelling performances of Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger and the writing of Meredith Stiehm, Elwood Reid and their team, and are thrilled to be able to continue this journey for another season,” saidEric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, in a statement. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Rich Ross, Carolyn Bernstein and everyone at Shine America.”

FX says The Bridge was the No. 1 new scripted cable series launch of the summer in adults 18-49.  The first season is averaging 3.65 million total viewers and 1.68 million adults 18-49.

The season finale will air Oct. 2.

Another 'NCIS' spinoff in the works

Let’s try this again: CBS will try again to spinoff its NCIS franchise with a special two-parter that’ll air in the spring.

The new series will be executive produced by NCIS Executive Producer Gary Glasberg and series star Mark Harmon. Here’s the logline: “The NCIS New Orleans office handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. New Orleans with its rich setting of music, fun and debauchery is a magnet for military personnel on-leave. And with fun comes trouble. It is a natural backdrop for a unique character driven spin-off.”

The news was first reported on Deadline.

Last spring, CBS developed an NCIS spinoff called NCIS LA: RED that starred John Corbett but the pilot wasn’t picked up to series. That one aired as an episode of NCIS: LA earlier in the season and was about a small mobile team of agents who are forced to live and work together as they crisscross the country solving crimes.

Originals of NCIS and NCIS: LA return this Wednesday.

'Glee' season premiere scoop: Watch Rachel audition for 'Funny Girl' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Glee‘s Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) has been dreaming of being a Broadway star her entire life. Last season on the Fox hit, she got a callback for the lead in a revival of Funny Girl and, in this week’s premiere (airing at 9pm this Thursday on Fox), we get to see how she does. EW has an exclusive sneak peak of the audition, featuring cameos by The Twilight Saga‘s Peter Facinelli and Ringer‘s Ioan Gruffudd. Watch below… READ FULL STORY

NBC renews programming chief's contract through 2017

The top programming exec who helped to develop the much-anticipated The Blacklist and The Michael J. Fox Show for fall is staying at NBC through 2017.

NBC Universal has quietly extended the contract for Bob Greenblatt, NBC’s entertainment chairman.

Greenblatt joined NBC from Showtime in 2011. Since then, he was responsible for launching NBC’s cult hits Revolution and Grimm. He also helped to shepherd in The Voice.

'Big Bang Theory' raises for Amy and Bernadette

Couldn’t have happened to a better duo: The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bailik (Amy) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) have each received pay increases for starring on CBS’ top-rated comedy that’ll begin its seventh season Sept. 26.

Deadline reports the two have nearly doubled their per episode take to around $60,000 per episode — up from the $20K-$30k range. The women, who also added a year to the current deals, are expected to make nearly $100K an episode by the end of their contracts. READ FULL STORY

Jamie Lee Curtis, Steve Miner reunite for possible ABC Family show

Jamie Lee Curtis and her Halloween H20: 20 Years Later director Steve Miner might be back at it again.

EW has confirmed that ABC Family recently completed a script deal for The Final Girls, a drama focusing around a group of girls who have each “survived their own personal horror stories and are brought together by a mysterious older woman to channel the stress and scars of their experience for some greater good,” ABC Family said in an email.

Curtis is currently attached to play the mysterious older woman. Miner, who also directed Curtis in Forever Young, is set to executive produce and direct the pilot, all of which is contingent on ABC Family greenlighting the pilot (written by Jeff Dixon).

HBO gives series order to Damon Lindelof's 'The Leftovers'

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HBO has officially ordered Warner Bros’ The Leftovers to series, EW has confirmed. The order includes the show’s pilot and nine additional episodes.

Based on Tom Perrotta’s book, The Leftovers focuses on the people left behind after The Rapture occurs. Starring Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Chris Zylka, and Brad Leland, among others, The Leftovers is executive produced by Tom Perrotta, Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger, and showrunner Damon Lindelof.

Lindelof and Perrotta penned the pilot script, which was then directed by Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg.

Rotten Tomatoes to start reviewing television shows

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Movies have been referred to as “rotten” or “fresh” for years now, so it’s only fitting that TV shows join the fun.

On Tuesday, Rotten Tomatoes is launching its “TV Zone,” where scripted — not reality — shows will start being ranked on the Tomatometer, according to Variety. The Tomatometer will be made up of reviews for a certain show’s season, not individual episodes.

Included in the “TV Zone” will be new fall scripted series, as well as shows that have aired in the last four years and received coverage from critics that the site follows. For the older shows, reviews will be included as far back to the beginning as possible to accurately reflect the series as a whole.

Just like with movies, TV shows that receive at least 60 percent of positive reviews will be marked with a “Fresh” red tomato, as opposed to a “Rotten” splattered green tomato. The main difference between reviewing movies and TV shows is the possibility for change.
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'American Horror Story': See Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett in 'Coven,' plus plot details -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

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Image Credit: Michele K. Short/FX

FX’s third installment of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story: Coven has been shrouded in mystery … until now. EW is not only exclusively debuting these images of new stars Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett, but also revealing plot detail on the acclaimed series in this week’s Fall TV Preview, on stands now.

The witch-centric Coven, shot on location in New Orleans, once again stars Jessica Lange (alongside several AHS alums) but in a much different role from last year’s glum Sister Jude on AHS: Asylum. In Coven’s universe, Lange’s glam Fiona is the Wicked Witch of the West. Labeled a “Supreme” for her mighty magical abilities, Fiona is witch royalty, descended from Salem spell casters, and has spent recent years using her powers to stay fabulous, like any good aging diva.
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