When Kevin Bacon signed on last month to play a serial killer in the new Fox pilot from The Vampire Diaries producer Kevin Williamson, there was a catch: Bacon would only commit to star in 15 episodes a year. Eager to make Bacon sizzle in primetime, the network agreed.
Fox execs view the Bacon drama, should it go to series, as an opportunity to start airing more cable-like short-order TV series. ABC struck a similar deal this past year with Missing star Ashley Judd in order to accommodate her schedule. Only ten episodes of Missing were shot this year, and even in success, that number will never be more than 13.
Once Upon a Time
From Lost to Once Upon a Time, executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis sure know how to create an entangled mystery that will keep audiences scratching their heads.
The duo began the groundwork for Once eight years ago, but it took working on Lost to really hone their idea. "We were really young and we didn't understand how to execute the idea we had. We called it our eight-year writer's block," Kitsis says with a laugh.
Exclusive: Once Upon a Time casts Lost's Emilie de Ravin as Belle
The result? A series in which...
J.J. Abrams will direct the sequel to his 2009 film Star Trek, Vulture reports.
Star Trek 2 will bring back Chris Pine as Capt. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will write the screenplay with Damon Lindelof producing. The film was slated for a June 2012 release, but will likely be pushed back.
Damon Lindelof, Ginnifer Goodwin
Executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz wrote the first draft of the upcoming fairy-tale drama Once Upon a Time eight years ago, but it didn't go anywhere. It wasn't until they found work as writers on Lost and a mentor in series mastermind Damon Lindelof that they resurrected the idea for a show blending the worlds of fairy-tale characters with the everyday.
Don't believe that Lost executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse had a mapped-out plan for the ABC series all along? Well, the two surprised fans at Entertainment Weekly's "Totally Lost: One Year Later Panel" to prove they did.
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The networks are still holding out for a superhero. While comic-book films Thor, X-Men: First Class and Green Lantern all hit No. 1 at the box office recently (with mixed staying power), TV has been slower to cultivate a new generation of caped crusaders.
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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
After the New York State Senate passed a law Friday night allowing same-sex marriages, Twitter exploded with an outpour of love and support from celebrities. Here are some of the best tweets:
"It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!" —Neil Patrick Harris
"I've already proposed, he said yes! Thank god!" —David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris' partner
"I'm thrilled about the news from NY. Marriage equality! Every day we get a little closer. What an amazing feeling. —Ellen DeGeneres
Damon Lindelof, Superman
Superman hit the big 900 on Wednesday. Action Comics, the signature title that launched the Man of Steel's career in 1938, released its 900th consecutive issue this week, the first comic to reach that milestone. To commemorate the event, publisher DC Comics recruited an all-star squadron of writers to contribute to the issue, including Richard Donner (director of Superman: The Movie) David Goyer (cowriter of Batman Begins), Paul Dini (writer/producer of Superman: The Animated Series) and Lost exec producer Damon Lindelof. Lindeolf's story, "Life Support," is set on Krypton in the days before the planet exploded, as scientist Jor-El is planning to send his son Kal-El (the future Superman) to Earth in a rocket ship. TV Guide Magazine emailed Lindelof, who previously wrote Marvel Comics' Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk, a few questions about this super assignment...
George R. R. Martin, Damon Lindelof
George R.R. Martin may have dissed the ending of Lost, but he hasn't had time to respond to Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof who angrily declared a feud with the fantasy author last week.
"I'm vaguely aware of this, but I haven't really followed this," Martin tells TVGuide.com. "I've been out in Los Angeles in the past week when all this hit the Internet. I came out to watch a screening of the first two episodes. I don't take a computer with me when I travel, so whenever I'm on the road I'm usually kind of cut off what is happening on the Internet."
Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof
In the Dharma dumps this week, Lost fans? Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse feel your pain.
This would have been the week that Lost returned to the airwaves after its typical eight-month hiatus. But now that midseason is upon us, and there's no sign of Jack, Sawyer, Locke or Hurley on the horizon, reality has finally set in: The show's not coming back, Kate! It's not coming back!
As the usual Lost return date approaches, Lindelof tells TV Guide Magazine that he's been hearing more from wistful fans coming to terms with their island fever.
"Yes, there has been some ...