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Fox Remaking The Rocky Horror Picture Show as a TV Movie

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For a reason I can only assume has to do with money, Fox has announced plans to remake “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has a two hour television special event.

RHPS was originally released in 1975. Since then, the film has become an icon in films and musicals. Midnight viewings for the film can be found in almost any major U.S. city with audiences often showing up in full drag or wearing nothing but underwear in celebration of some of the most recognized characters. It is widely celebrated in LGBTQ filmmaking as well.

The rebooted RHPS will be directed by Kenny Ortega of Xanadu and High School Musical fame. Ortega will also be in charge of the new dance moves that accompany many of the classic numbers from the original film.

While most of us don’t want to make a new remake, we can solace in the fact that the remake won’t be aired live like the recent stage version of “Peter Pan.”

Casting will begin very shortly to fill in the roles of Dr. Frank N. Furter, Janet Weiss, Brad Majors and the rest of the cast.

The current working title is The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event. At the moment, there is no anticipated release date.

More news is expected to be released over the next few months.

The X-Files is Back: Fox Confirms New Six-Part Series

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FOX CONFIRMS! “The X-Files” is returning and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will also return to star. (Now if only we can get “Firefly” back on the air guys!)

“The X-Files” ran for 9 seasons back in the 90’s beginning in 1993. According to Fox, it will return for a six-part miniseries with Agent Mulder and Agent Scully as well as show creator Chris Carter.

Carter said,

“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Carter. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”

Fox Television Chairman Dana Waldman and CEO Gary Newman also released a statement confirming the news.

“We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of The X-Files—one of the most rewarding, creative experiences of our careers—and we couldn’t be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again,” they said.

Production is set to begin this summer, though no premiere date has been announced.

“Luther” and “Frankenstein” Get Pilot Orders From Fox

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Fox has officially picked three new shows for pilot orders. The “Luther” remake of the original BBC show has been talked about for months but has been given a pilot green light. The other new shows include a “Frankenstein” modern day adaptation, and “Rosewood.”

“Luther” will be a remake of the original series similarly to how Fox handled “Gracepoint,” the American remake of the BBC series, “Broadchurch.” The remake of “Luther” for Fox comes from original creator Neil Cross. The BBC star, Idris Elba has only signed on to return as executive producer and has not said anything about returning in the lead role. Cross will pen the Fox remake. “Luther” centers on John Luther, a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

“Frankenstein” comes from “Crisis” creator Rand Ravich and “Homeland’s” Howard Gordon. The series will follow Ray Pritchard, a morally corrupt retired cop, who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Now younger and stronger, Pritchard will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose.

“Rosewood” is described as a close-ended, investigative series that centers on the brilliant Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr., the top private pathologist in all of Miami. As owner of one of the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art independent labs in the country, he finds the secrets in bodies that others usually miss. Despite being constantly surrounded by death Rosewood is obsessed with life and savors every moment. His eternal optimism will frustrate the cynical female detective he often works with, but she can’t argue with the results that his unique perspective provides.

There has been no announcements on actors who may star in any of these series as of the moment.

Bob’s Burgers Renewed For Sixth Season

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Fox has officially renewed its animated series, “Bob’s Burgers” for season 6. The quirky and popular comedy will go on for another 22 episodes for the 2015-16 season.

“Bob’s Burgers” didn’t initially have really high viewership like its other iconic animated series such as “The Simpsons” or “Family Guy.” However, over the last 5 seasons it has continued to grow fans and accumulate a loyal and dedicated fan base. The EW reported that the season 5 finale drew about 60% more viewers than the previous year.

Chairman and CEOs of the Fox Television Group Dana Walden and Gary Newman said in a press release,

“We can’t help but love the Belcher family. This gem of a series is a rare feel-good blend of sharp wit and genuine heart that fans and critics alike have continued to love throughout its five seasons on FOX. We are proud of Loren and Jim and the extremely talented voice cast who bring these unique characters to life with both humor and charm each week.  We can’t wait to see what they have in store for Season Six.”

“Bob’s Burgers” won the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program last year and is regularly featured on “Top 10” television lists all over the entertainment industry.

The animated comedy includes the voice talent of H. Jon Benjamin (of “Archer” fame), Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy, John Roberts, and Kristen Schaal.

Fox Orders “Luther” Remake

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FOX is obviously aiming to ruin everything you have ever loved. As they continue the tradition of remaking incredibly popular television shows, they have reportedly added BBC’s “Luther” to the roster.

“Luther” is a psychological crime drama television series starring Idris Elba as the title character, Detective Chief Inspector John Luther, who works in London. The titular main character is described as obsessive, possessed, and sometimes dangerous in the violence of his fixations.

The show ran for three seasons on BBC but there was talk to continue the story via film.

The original series was developed by Neil Cross. According to Variety, Fox has given order to a “hefty put-pilot commitment” to the remake where Cross will reportedly pen the pilot script and executive produce. Elba is currently attached to work as executive producer.

Elba is not expected to reprise his role as Luther. There are no details on who Fox is eyeing to star.

Fox recently adapted “Broadchurch” into “Gracepoint” which has received less than stellar reviews as well their attempt at “Gotham” that currently stands at arguably only okay. Their plan to remake “Luther” is labeled at “why?”

Was Fox’s “New Girl” Stolen?

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Stephanie Counts and Shari Gold are currently alleging that they worked with William Morris Endeavor agents to shop around a proposed television show they called “Square One.” They even pitched Zooey Deschanel in the lead role. They claim that their script eventually because the hit Fox comedy “New Girl” calling it “blatant plagiarism” according to the lawsuit.

Fox has (of course) denied the allegations except for the premise which follows a woman who leaves a bad relationship and moves in with three single mens. Fox claims that the premise is both a general and nonprotectable idea.

However, check out some of these VERY similar plot points between “Square One” and “New One:”

  • late twenties, early thirties woman who moves in with three guys
    • the move is result of break up after her ex – named Spencer – cheats on her
  • the protagonist is awkward and sexually inexperienced
  • the type-B bartender roommate is the one who likes and eventually becomes romantically involved with the protagonist

Fox has moved to have the lawsuit dismissed and understandably so the plaintiffs are, well, livid. 

“This motion to dismiss is fatally flawed and deficient in all respects as it should have never been filed,” plaintiffs’ attorneys tell the judge.

They continue to say,

“The problem arises from the fact that Defendants ask the Court to compare judicially noticed New Girl DVDs to Plaintiffs’ Square One scripts, but shockingly fail to address the actual copyrighted scripts for New Girl, including the pilot named ‘Chick and Dicks,'” say the plaintiffs. “Logically, this Court cannot consider substantial similarity in a motion to dismiss where it cannot even examine the underlying screenplay Plaintiffs allege to be infringing. The Chicks and Dicks script is referenced repeatedly by Plaintiffs in the First Amended Complaint and thus Defendants have no excuse for not including it in their analysis.”

Fox Cancels “Almost Human”

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Oh, “Almost Human” I hardly knew thee. Actually, I didn’t know you at all because I never got around to watching an episode and apparently neither did anyone else. Fox has officially cancelled the science fiction series.

It seemed promising. The series came from J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman, who is most known for working on “Fringe.” It takes place in 2048 as the Los Angeles Police Department has their officers partnered with androids.

“Almost Human” starred Karl Urban and Michael Ealy. Also featured in the cast is Minka Kelly, Lili Taylor, Makenzie Crook, and Michael Irby.

FOX Renews Sitcoms “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Mindy Project” and “New Girl”

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“The Mindy Project,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and “New Girl” have been renewed by FOX for the 2014-15 television season. FOX also renewed “The Following” for a third season. The renewals were announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, and Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer, Fox Broadcasting Company.

“The Mindy Project” will be heading into a third season, while “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will go into a second season. “New Girl” has been renewed for a fourth season.

“These shows are some of the best and acclaimed series on television, with influential, culture-driving stars, and some of the best, most creative talent behind the camera,” said Reilly and Earley. “All four are core assets within our 2014-15 portfolio of content, and we’re really happy to bring them back to our FOX fans for another season.”

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” stars Golden Globe Award winner Andy Samberg as a talented-but-carefree detective and Andre Braugher as his new precinct captain with a lot to prove. The series is produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment and Fremulon. Created and written by Dan Goor (“Parks and Recreation”) and Michael Schur (“Parks and Recreation”), the series is executive-produced by Goor, Schur and David Miner (“30 Rock”).

Created and written by Mindy Kaling (“The Office”), “The Mindy Project” stars Kaling as a skilled OB/GYN trying to balance both her personal and professional life. The series is produced by 3 Arts Entertainment in association with Universal Television. “The Mindy Project” is created and written by Mindy Kaling. Kaling, Howard Klein (“The Office,” “Parks and Recreation”), Matt Warburton (THE SIMPSONS), Michael Spiller (“Modern Family”) and Jack Burditt (“30 Rock”) are executive producers.

Airing Tuesdays, “New Girl” stars Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award-nominated actress Zooey Deschanel as a smart and spirited woman navigating her way through the highs and lows of modern friendship and romance, alongside her male roommates (Jake Johnson, Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris, Damon Wayans, Jr.) and her beautiful best friend (Hannah Simone). Created by Liz Meriwether (No Strings Attached), “New Girl” is produced by Chernin Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Meriwether, Dave Finkel, Brett Baer, Jake Kasdan, Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope are executive producers.

“The Following,” from Kevin Williamson (“Vampire Diaries,” Scream franchise) and starring Golden Globe Award winner Kevin Bacon (X-Men: First ClassFrost/Nixon) and James Purefoy (“Rome”), follows a deadly cat-and-mouse chase between a former FBI agent (Bacon) and a devious and diabolical serial killer (Purefoy). The series is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. The series is created, written and executive-produced by Kevin Williamson. Marcos Siega (“Dexter,” “The Vampire Diaries”) serves as an executive producer and director on the series.

“Family Guy” Fans Start Petition for Brian

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It is not uncommon for television show’s to kill off a major character after being on air for a spell. As fans learned this past weekend, “Family Guy” is no different. On the most recent episode, the show said goodbye to the family pet, Brian Griffin. However, some fans don’t think it was the right choice and mere hours after his death via a car, a petition began circulating online for the revival of the smart-ass dog. Since then it has quickly become the top entertainment petition on Change.org.

During Sunday’s “Life of Brian” episode of “Family Guy,” the series killed off Brian, when he was struck by a car and run over as he prepared to play in the street with Stewie. Ultimately, his injuries were too severe, and he could not be saved. To tie up loose ends, even Stewie’s time machine was in disrepair causing him to be unable to save Brian’s life.

Aaron Thompson of Tuscaloosa, Al., launched the Change.org petition early Monday and within hours, the effort calling for the beloved dog voiced by MacFarlane to be brought back to life had already collected 1,500 signatures.

“Brian Griffin was an important part of our viewing experience,” Thompson wrote on the site. “He added a witty and sophisticated element to the show. Family Guy and Fox Broadcasting will lose viewers if Brian Griffin is not brought back to the show.”

The petition links to a Facebook page — RIP Brian Griffin From Family Guy — that has already amassed more than 91,000 likes.

Series creator, Seth MacFarlane, and the show’s producers have not yet spoken out about the decision to have Brian killed but shortly after the episode concluded Sunday, Fox paid tribute to Brian with a short video.

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“Sleepy Hollow” Renewed for Second Season at Fox

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The Fox supernatural series, “Sleepy Hollow” has officially be renewed for a second season. The series was a surprise hit for the network with its limited run first season which is only 13 episodes long. The series debuted as the network’s highest-rated drama premiere in six seasons. Continue reading “Sleepy Hollow” Renewed for Second Season at Fox