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Why TV is Looking to the Big Screen For New Ideas

Rush Hour, Big

In Hollywood, familiarity breeds content. That's been especially true in recent weeks as TV writers and executives raid film libraries, looking to adapt movies into primetime series.

Among projects now in development: CBS' take on the Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker buddy-cop comedy Rush Hour (this time from Cougar Town's Bill Lawrence) and a comedy based on Paul Weitz's 2004 feature In Good Company. NBC is rebooting two comedies, Real Genius and Problem Child, as well as creating a sequel to Marley & Me.

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Q&A: TV's Power Producers Probe Primetime

Greg Berlanti, Shonda Rhimes

Most TV producers dream of finding one hit series. But for a handful of successful production company chiefs, one just isn't enough. These overachievers not only oversee several new and returning shows, they're currently developing and pitching another batch for next season. Meet some of this fall's power producers and what they're currently working on... read more

TNT Orders Fantasy Action Pilot Lumen From Steven Spielberg's Amblin TV

TNT logo, Steven Spielberg

As Falling Skies prepares to end its run next year, TNT is turning again to Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Television shingle for another epic action/adventure project. The cable network has ordered the Amblin pilot Lumen, which centers on a family locked in another world.

Also on board: Author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces) and his Full Fathom Five production company.

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TNT Orders Dramas From The Closer's Kyra Sedgwick, Ed Burns

Kyra Sedgwick

TNT has ordered two new drama series from The Closer's Kyra Sedgwick and Mob City alum Ed Burns, the network announced Wednesday.

Proof, executive-produced by The Closer alum, stars... read more

Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer to Star in Fox's Red Band Society

Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer has been tapped to star in Fox's Red Band Society, TVGuide.com has learned.

In this comedic young soap, a group of teenagers meet as patients in the children's wing of a hospital and become unlikely friends and allies. With Fox declaring pilot season dead, Red Band Society is a series prototype with additional scripts ordered beyond the pilot.

The Oscar-winning actress will play... read more

NBC Orders Pilot for Money Pit Remake, Comedy From Grey's Producer Mark Gordon

NBC

NBC has given pilot orders to a The Money Pit remake and an ensemble comedy from Grey's Anatomy executive producer Mark Gordon, TVGuide.com.  

The Money Pit is inspired by... read more

Fox Picks Up Steven Spielberg Soap, Arms-Dealing Drama

Steven Spielberg

Fox has ordered a new comedic soap from Steven Spielberg and a Traffic-esque drama centered on arms dealing, TVGuide.com has learned.

Red Band Society is a comedic soap following a group of teenagers who meet as patients in the children's wing of a hospital and become unlikely friends and a surrogate family. Spielberg will... read more

TNT Developing Crime Drama From Ed Burns

Ed Burns

Ed Burns is writing, directing and starring in a new crime drama pilot for TNT, Entertainment Weekly reports.

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Looper Star Cast as Halle Berry's Son in CBS' Extant

Pierce Gagnon

Looper star Pierce Gagnon has been cast as Halle Berry's son in CBS' new summer series Extant, the network announced Tuesday.

From Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, the futuristic thriller follows... read more

Exclusive First Look: The Goldbergs Meets Say Anything!

Sean Giambrone

If you wanted to woo girls in the '80s, you needed one thing: a boom box.

That's what Adam (Sean Giambrone) will use on the Oct. 22 episode of The Goldbergs after he gets a major crush on his neighbor Mandy (Natalie Alyn Lind) — because, like most of us, everything he knows about romance, he learned ...
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