In 2000, NBC launched a series about a group of high school outcasts set in 1980 called Freaks and Geeks, and because they scheduled it Saturdays at 8, it was sort of set up to fail after one season. The weird part is that everyone involved in that show would go on to become super successful: creator Paul Feig, executive producer Judd Apatow, and cast members James Franco, Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, Busy Philipps, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, and Martin Starr. Now that’s a Murderer’s Row of talent! So would it be too much to assume that they would ever get back together for a Freaks and Geeks reunion show? (more…)
Obviously, Daredevil generated a lot of excitement when it premiered on Netflix earlier this year. Although Marvel Studios‘ other television endeavours haven’t been universally-praised, the Netflix format and distribution structure were definite assets for Daredevil, a bone-crunching, high-stakes, complex crime drama. But can lightening strike twice? Netflix has four more Marvel series to launch, and the next up at plate is Jessica Jones. Expected later this year, Jones can be seen as almost a bigger gamble than Daredevil, but after the success of the Man Without Fear’s series, can the private investigator formally known as Jewel possibly surpass expectations with her own series? Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg is betting on ‘Yes.’ (more…)
Big news from today’s Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour 2015, and not just big news relative to the size of the network presenting: The CW. Yes, the CW is an also ran of a network, churning out 10 hours of programming a week and basically being relegated to the a category so derogatory, it’s the only one to be given the term “netlet,” but they’re still churning our a lot of popular TV. They know what they’re doing and they’re doing it well, which is why they went hog wild this afternoon and renewed eight of its series, including the superheroic Arrow and The Flash. Speaking of which, if you love the world of the Emerald Archer and the Fastest Man Alive, then you might just be welcoming a third hour featuring the man with the Power of the Atom. (more…)
The annual Television Critics Association summer panel is currently underway in L.A. It’s a chance for networks and cable channels to show off their wares for the fall season, introduce new shows and start building the hype for September and October premieres. As I’m sure you already know (you’re reading a website called Nerd Bastards after all), there are an inordinate number comic book based TV series debuting this TV season, and one of them is NBC’s Constantine. Already the butt of some controversy (for comic fans), the cast and crew of the show were definitely in the hot seat as the NBC portion of the TCA got underway. (more…)
This week is the annual Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles, it’s an opportunity for networks and cable channels to show off their wares for the coming fall TV season. ABC is one of the last stops, but it is one of the biggest because they have one of the biggest new shows of the year. Of course, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the by-product of Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Studios, and you all might recall that Disney made another big acquisition nearly a year ago…
And yes, the question came up during TCA about whether or not we might see a Star Wars series on the alphabet network sometime in the near future. ABC entertainment president Paul Lee raised the possibility himself back during the winter tour in January, and this past Sunday, according to Reuters, Lee had something to add. “We’ve started conversations with them,” Lee said. “I have an inkling in my mind, but they have a lot on their plate.”
True enough, Lucasfilm is said to be working on a Star Wars film for every year following the 2015 release of Star Wars Episode VII, so how on earth can they squeeze in full-blown production on a TV series as well? Still, Lee’s use of the phrase “inkling” is interesting, suggesting that there’s something in the works, even if it is just the discussion phase. Or perhaps some people are trying to get the long-in-the-works Star Wars: Underworld series going, that might be a treat. Time will tell, I guess.
What do you think, Bastards? Ready for another Star Wars series?
While on the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, Community co-executive producer Anthony Russo was asked about an entirely unrelated project, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. So what can we expect from the follow-up to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger? Russo was asked about what details he can share about the film.
I think Chris Evans is good at comedy, especially dry comedy, but Captain America as a guy — what I love about him is that there’s kind of a nobility, a heroic quality to him. With the comedic sensibilities you and your brother have, is that going to be part of it, I guess? Is that part of the conception process and the scripting process?
It definitely is. I mean, we’re trying to grow him as a character, and certainly he’s come a long way, from where he started in pre-World War 2 to where he is in modern-day America. So the character has room for growth because of that huge journey that he’s been on, Number 1. Number 2, part of the appeal of these movies is the ensemble. Captain America isn’t the only character in the film, there are other characters that are perhaps lighter in nature.
You’re going with an existing story for “Captain America,” right?
In a way. I mean, they’re all sort of rooted in what’s come before, but they’re all also their own jumping-off point as well.
How did you sell yourselves [to get the job for] “Captain America”?
We were comic book geeks from a young age and big fantasy geeks. We got to talk to them in detail about that history. They knew that we understood the brand really well and the characters really well. It was a long process, actually, of talking to them over and over again, through a series of meetings over a long period of time. And I think they just — we were really passionate about the movie, incredibly passionate about the movie. They felt that, and they felt like it was the right match.
What did you love about [Ed] Brubaker’s “Winter Soldier” [comic-book] story that made you say, “Oh yeah, I know what we can do with this”?
Well, we like the [story]. I can’t talk too much about specifics, that’s the way Marvel handles things. I can say in general that there’s sort of a darker, edgier sensibility at work there that we found appealing, and that is going find its way into Captain [America] in the modern day.
Where are you at in terms of production? Are you in active pre-production? Do you have a production start date?
We have a release date, April 2014. We are going to go into production early next year.
Remember: Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes out on April 4, 2014.
Source: Coming Soon