There’s a lot of TV Series going the Fairy Tale route these days. Grimm. Once Upon a Time. Lost Girl (hey, it’s fable-ish). The genre is trending upwards. And why not? Fables and fairy tales rock! Show me one person who’s not a fan of old mother Hubbard and I’ll show you a fan with no imagination and care for pop culture. But I digress…
There’s another fairy tale classic making its way to the small screen. I’ll give you a hint: a silly blonde girl and a trolling purple cat are involved. Yep, you guessed it. Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is getting retold. Again!
There have been numerous retellings of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. So many, that another interpretation is kind of obnoxious. In this case, however, the re-imagining has already been told… in comic book form. The three comics Return to Wonderland, Beyond Wonderland, and Escape from Wonderland are all modern retellings of the Lewis Carroll story with Alice’s daughter taking the lead. I’ve never read it, but I hear it’s an excellent series. And sexy (see above art).
Lionsgate TV will be producing a television adaptation of the series by Zenescope. Brian Robbins of Smallville will executive produce the series and the search for a writer has begun. Robbins says that he’s looking for an experienced actress to play Alice with a relatively unknown actress playing her daughter. There’s no TV home yet for the series but Robbins thinks it would fit in well on broadcast of premium cable.
“There’s an opportunity to take something that has really great pre-awareness and spin it like we did with Smallville,” said Robbins
OK, so the guy from Smallville is doing a mature retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I’m sold!
Over the weekend, two “first look” images popped up online. One for Clash of the Titans 2, the other for Hansel and Gretel. Below you will find both, along with some commentary.
Call me a new age nansy pansy, but I have an ear-to-ear smile when classic fairy tales get re-imagined in some ridiculous modern way. Such as the case with NBC’s Grimm and ABC’s Once Upon a Time, which I am lovin’ the shit out of. What can I say, my cynicism is defenseless against “everything old is new again” type stuff (Remakes and re-imaginings are two very diffrent things), especially any kind of Grimm and Aesop tale. So with that said, I’m kinda diggin’ the Paramount Pictures and MGM joint Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen, H&G: Witch Hunters is a re-imagining of the dark classic story. It explores what happened to Hansel and Gretel 15 years after the gingerbread house incident. They have become bounty hunters that specialize in tracking down and killing witches! The photo above gives us a good look at Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton). The movie was directed by Dead Snow’s Tommy Wirkola.
Arterton recently spoke to EW about the tone of the film and revealed that it is a mix of Pulp Fiction and fairly tale. Here are some excerpts from the interview (AFTER THE JUMP):
There are a couple of fairy tale based television shows making their way to the small screen. ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and NBC’s “Grimm” are both set to fight it out for our attention. Once Upon a Time is more of a “Lost” fairy tales drama while NBC’s “Grimm” is a supernatural fairytale cop show.
ABC recently released the first nine minutes of “Once Upon a Time.” The series is set to premiere Sunday at 8PM EST, and stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White and Jennifer Morrison as her unknowing daughter. The similarities to Bill Willingham’s comic series “Fables” is hard to forget for those of us that know and love that comic book series.
“Once Upon a Time” features familiar characters including Snow White and the seven dwarfs, Prince Charming, Jiminy Cricket, and Rumpelstiltskin. Here’s a bit of synopsis for the new series:
The stories hold a key to the mystery that will draw a bail bonds collector and the son that she gave up for adoption 10 years earlier to a New England town called Storybrooke, Maine. This town is actually a parallel world in which fairy tale characters look like normal people and don’t remember their true identities or anything about their true lives.
This NerdBastard is going to give both a shot, but is really looking forward to the “Powers” series.
Squee! San Diego Comic Con, the media mecca for comics, movies, television, video games, toys and more, is a little over 4 weeks a way (July 21-24) . Good lord we can’t wait! Oh, FYI NerdBastards will be in attendance. Luke Gallagher and Mrs. NerdBastards (aka Luke’s mistress, life coach and supplier of NOMs) Crystal H. will be doing some field reporting, schmoozing with celebs, and procuring as much swag as we can. We’ll also be on hand to meet with any NB fans in attendance. Come say hi (Will be wearing NB t-shirts, as scene on splitreason.com). Tell us how much you love us, or how much you hate us. Either way, we’re happy to meet you. Though, if you say some shit, that nullifies your chances of getting any free fan appreciation swag from us. Also, warning to the busty nerdy girlies out there, Luke is a weak and very perverted man. Stay at-least 5 feet away.
Anyway, as the dates come closer and closer, news on guest appearances, panels and other festivities will be rolling out. At the moment, thanks to TV Line, we have a list of what TV shows and stars will be in attendance.
Briefly, ’cause I’m running out to get myself some Tacos, NBC and ABC have released trailers and clips for their upcoming fairytale based shows. ABC’s (“abc,123, baby you and me!”) has got ‘Once Upon a Time’, which is apparently like ‘LOST’ but with folks in fairytale land instead of an island. NBC’s got ‘Grimm’. A cop drama but with fairytale characters.
‘Once Upon a Time’ sounded good on paper, but the below clips killed any interest I had. It looks awful. ‘The Cape’ awful. Horrible acting and dialog. Beyond campy.
‘Grimm’ was created by ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Angel’ producers David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf. ‘Grimm’ fits the same mold as Buffy and Angel. Which, in my opinion is a good thing.
NBC will inevitably drop ‘Grimm’. It will find a home on The CW
‘Grimm’s’ main character looks like Brandon Routh. Which means nothing. Just something I took notice to.
Both shows will significantly lessen the chance of us getting a live-action adaptation of the comic series ‘Fables’.
Watch both trailers after the jump. Feel free to leave your own commentary.
NBC and Fox have both released their Fall 2011-2012 TV schedule, now ABC has released theirs. The circle is now complete. I’d say they saved the best line-up for last, but I’m not going to ’cause it’s not. Really, in comparison to FOX and NBC, there’s really not a whole lot of new shows in the ABC schedule that interest me. At least from a nerd perspective that is . If I was a typical force feed American, then I might get my jollies off seeing Castle, Modern Family, and The Middle back in the mix. New shows like PanAm (1960’s show to play in the same sandbox of AMC’s Mad Men) and Revenge (show about an avenging ex-yuppy) might have me stroke my chin in curiosity. However, I’m a nerd. Give me something some fantasy, sci-fi, or something supernatural.
Looking over their line-up, the only NEW series that tickles my fancy is the fantasy series Once Upon A Time, a show where fairy tales collide with the modern day.
From the inventive minds of “Lost” executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis comes a bold new imagining of the world, where fairy tales and the modern-day are about to collide. And they all lived happily ever after – or so everyone was led to believe. Emma Swan knows how to take care of herself. She’s a 28-year-old bail bonds collector who’s been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when the son she gave up years ago finds her, everything starts to change. Henry is now 10 years old and in desperate need of Emma’s help. He believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world and is Snow White and Prince Charming’s missing daughter. According to his book of fairytales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen’s curse, which trapped the fairytale world forever, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world. Of course Emma doesn’t believe a word, but when she brings Henry back to Storybrooke, she finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England town. Concerned for Henry, she decides to stay for a while, but she soon suspects that Storybrooke is more than it seems.
According to ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee, Once Upon a Time is “completely unlike Lost. But in some ways it’s like Lost … because it’s about a group of people who are trapped.” While the new series will use flashbacks like Lost, those flashbacks will be of the fairytale world the characters come from, he said.
Eh, consider me sold. Once Upon A Time and NBC’s fairytale counterpart, Grimm are two shows on my radar.
HIT THE JUMP for full show synopsis and listing of the fall-lineup
With May sweeps fully upon us, and most shows ending their seasons with a bang, it is only natural that we start to see previews for shows coming in the fall.
The four most anticipated shows are NBC‘s Grimm and Awake along with Fox‘s Alcatraz and Terra Nova.
Below you will find a description of each of the show’s, along with an amazing new trailer for each. I’m most looking forward to Grimm and Alcatraz … what about you?
“Grimm” is a new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Remember the fairy tales your parents used to tell you before bedtime? Those weren’t stories — they were warnings. Nick Burkhardt (David Guintoli “Turn The Beat Around”) thought he prepared himself for the realities of working as a homicide detective until he started seeing things he couldn’t quite explain. When his ailing Aunt Marie (guest star Kate Burton, “Grey’s Anatomy”) arrives, Nick’s life turns upside down when she reveals they are descendants of an elite group of hunters, also known as “Grimms,” who fight to keep the balance of humanity safe from the supernatural creatures of the world. As Nick digs deeper into her past, he realizes that he will have to shoulder the responsibility of his ancestors — and contend with a larger-than-life mythology of the Brothers Grimm that is now all too real. Russell Hornsby (“Lincoln Heights”), Bitsie Tulloch (“Quarterlife”), Silas Weir Mitchell (“Prison Break”), Reggie Lee (“Persons Unknown”) and Sasha Roiz (“Caprica”) also star. “Grimm” is a production of Universal Media Studios and Hazy Mills Productions. Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner (“Hot in Cleveland”) serve as executive producers, Jim Kouf (“National Treasure,” “Angel”) and David Greenwalt (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”) are the creators/executive producers and Marc Buckland (“My Name Is Earl”) is the director.
Television – teacher, mother, secret lover! ~Homer Simpson
Bah! I love TV as much as anyone else, but there has been too much boob tube talk recently. My head is spinning with all the shows coming and going. I need a Batman worthy command center to keep track of it all.
Earlier we reported NBC’s fall line-up (Grimm, Awake and the 5th Season of Chuck were the only note worthy bits) and now FOX has released their 2011-2012 schedule.
Skimming through it all, I think the only thing you need to know is that Fringe will stay on Fridays (rather surprised it survived the death slot), while Steven Spielberg’s Terra Nova will air Mondays (yay, finally something to watch other than Dancing With The Stars).
While I’ll be spending my Fridays having sex with red headed hookers and eaten coconut cupcakes, there will be three shows duking out the 9pm slot. Fringe, NBC’s new fairytale series Grimm, and possibly Supernatural, if the CW decides to keep it in its current timeslot. Eh, almost enough reason to stay home on a Friday night.
HIT THE JUMP for the official descriptions of the new shows, and what the line-up is looking like:
And NBC is the first out of the gate with it’s Fall 2011 tv schedule!
While they renewed fan-favorite Chuck for a fifth and finale season (and moved it to Friday nights), they also axed alot of shows and have a lot to fill.
So, let’s get right into it.
As you can see below, there are a LOT new shows coming out with returning shows being juggled around. Not only has Chuck been moved to Fridays, but Parks & Recreation was moved to the lead-in for The Office at 8:30, and the new comedy Whitney getting the coveted post-Office slot at 9:30pm. These are all risky moves, but if NBC can grab people’s attention, it could be worth the risk.
Personally, I am most excited for are Free Agents on Wednesdays, Grimm on Fridays and Awake to premiere mid-season.
Take a look at NBC‘s new schedule below the jump, and let us know what you are looking forward to this coming fall!
Fairy tales today are thought of as warm, fuzzy stories, but when the Brothers Grimm and others penned them centuries ago, they were disturbing works. Death. Cannibalism. Slavery. Rape. These are themes that are far too ghastly for Disney and their pink Princess machine.
Of course, society tends to aim for pleasing the dumbest of its citizens, so our fairy tales and nursery rhymes have been diluted and completely rewritten and retold over the years. Below, check out a few versions of the timeless tales that aren’t quite so sanitized as well as one that is.