ABC announced they have picked up time travel series Time After Time, based on the novel of the same name by Karl Alexander.
Time After Time
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Outerbanks Entertainment
Writer: Kevin Williamson
Director: Marcos Siega
Producers: Kevin Williamson, Marcos Siega
Cast: Josh Bowman, Freddie Stroma, Genesis Rodriguez, Regina Taylor, Jordin Sparks
Description: Using Karl Alexander’s 1979 novel as a starting point, it chronicles the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells and his time machine.
In more pilot news, The CW has picked up three dramas, including the series adaptation of Frequency, as well as picking up Supergirl from CBS.
In this reimagining of the New Line Cinema film, a female police detective in 2016 discovers she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (also a detective) who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the ‘butterfly effect’ wreak havoc in the present day.
Executive Producer / Writer: Jeremy Carver (“Supernatural”)
Executive Producers: Toby Emmerich (“The Notebook” feature film), John Rickard (“Horrible Bosses”), Dan Lin (“The LEGO™ Movie,” “Sherlock Holmes”), Jennifer Gwartz (“Veronica Mars”)
Director: Brad Anderson
Auspices: Warner Bros. Television / Lin Pictures
Cast: Riley Smith (“Nashville,” “True Blood”), Mekhi Phifer (“ER,” “8 Mile”), Peyton List (“The Flash, “Mad Men”), Lenny Jacobson (“Nurse Jackie”), Anthony Ruivivar (“Third Watch”), Devin Kelley (“Chernobyl Diaries”), Daniel Bonjour (“The Walking Dead”)
While not the end of their pick ups, NBC has announced the have ordered two comedies, inculding the DC Universe comedy Powerless. NBC still has to announce their drama series, but this is a start.
POWERLESS (single camera)
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Ben Queen (w, ep), Michael Patrick Jann (d, ep)
LOGLINE: In the first comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics, Vanessa Hudgens plays Emly, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. It’s when she stands up to one of these larger-than-life figures (after an epic battle messes with her commute) that she accidentally becomes a cult “hero” in her own right … even if it’s just to her group of lovably quirky co-workers. Now, while she navigates her normal, everyday life against an explosive backdrop, Emily might just discover that being a hero doesn’t always require superpowers.
CAST: Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk, Christina Kirk
Over the next week we will be hearing about the pilots picked up at the various broadcast networks. Today, Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Fox has picked up four drama series and two comedies. Among the pick ups is comedy Making History and drama The Exorcist.
MAKING HISTORY (single camera)
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV
TEAM: Julius Sharpe (w, ep), Phil Lord (ep), Chris Miller (ep), Seth Cohen (ep), Jared Hess (d)
LOGLINE: Chronicles three friends from two different centuries as they try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present-day lives. Two shows in one, it’s both a rollicking historical adventure, and a contemporary comedy about love, friendship and trying to fit in to an increasingly complex and impersonal world.
CAST: Adam Pally, Leighton Meester, Yassir Lester
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV/Morgan Creek Productions
TEAM: Jeremy Slater (w, ep), James Robinson (ep), David Robinson (ep), Barbara Wall (ep), Rolin Jones (ep), Rupert Wyatt (d)
LOGLINE: More than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film solidified itself as the greatest horror movie ever made, The Exorcist returns in series format as a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession.
CAST: Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Geena Davis, Brianne Howey, Hannah Kasulka, Kurt Egyiawan
SpoilerTV reports the Syfy / Space series Aftermath has it’s leads. Real life couple James Tupper and Anne Heche will star as the husband and wife of the post-apocalyptic serries Aftermant. Aftermath begins shooting May 9th for a 13 episode summer release on Syfy in the U.S. and on Space in Canada.
Tupper and Heche star as a husband and wife, who along with their three teens, learn to survive when the world comes to an end due to an onslought of natural disasters, and the rise of supernatural creatures.
The series was created by William Laurin and Glenn Davis, who will also act as showrunners. The pilot will be directed by Jason Stone.
Fox has picked up direct to series, a new sci-fi show created by Seth McFarlane. The series, to star McFarlane, is slated to air during the 2017-18 season, and has been picked up for 13 episodes.
Currently untitled, the series is set “300 years in the future. The show follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar Fleet. Facing cosmic challenges from without and within, this motley crew of space explorers will boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before.”
More details can be found at Deadline Hollywood.
Hulu, with MGM Television, is producing a straight to series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, reported Deadline Hollywood.
The Handmaid’s Tale is set in the dystopian Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted religious fundamentalism that treats women as property of the state.
Actress Elisabeth Moss is slated to star.