Summer 2011

TCA 2011 News: ABC Family’s THE LYING GAME will be loosely adapted from the Sara Shepard novels

Alexandra Chando plays twins in THE LYING GAME | ©2011 ABC Family/Colleen Hayes

With ABC Family finding success with PRETTY LITTLE LIARS based on the young adult novels by Sara Shepard, the network is now adapting THE LYING GAME to series from the Shepard novels as well about twins (both played by Alexandra Chando ) who discover the other exists and decide to swap lives temporarily with disastrous (and mysterious) results. Like LIARS, THE LYING GAME will follow its own path in order to sustain itself as a TV series, and at today’s Television Critics Association press session for the show, executive producer Charles Pratt, Jr. spoke about the adaptation. “If you’ve read the […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: THE CHEW producer talks about replacing ABC’s daytime soaps ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE

Carla Hall, Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Daphne Oz, Clinton Kelly host THE CHEW - Season 1 } ©2011 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Soap fans were obviously upset that ABC cancelled their long-running daytime soaps ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and that’s extended to the promise of boycotting the reality shows replacing them on ABC’s daytime schedule. Executive producer Gordon Elliott of THE CHEW, a new food talk show (think THE VIEW with food) that will air in that soap time slot, addressed this concern to the press today during a Television Critics Association session. “We hope that [soap fans] will enjoy our show,” says Elliott who was thrilled to hear ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE will […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: New CHARLIE’S ANGELS reboot for ABC will be “more grounded” and the “love child” of Jack Bauer and Carrie Bradshaw

Rachael Taylor, Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh in CHARLIE'S ANGELS - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Nathan Bell

At today’s Television Critics Association session for the new ABC reboot of CHARLIE’S ANGELS, executive producers Al Gough and Myles Millar spoke about what makes this version different from the 1970s series and the successful feature films. “We wanted to make these women feel real,” says Gough. “When you launch a TV series, the success comes in following characters that make you want to come back to each week.” Having rebooted the Superman franchise with SMALLVILLE, Gough and Myles are also no strangers to fan expectations and the key ingredients in rebooting a franchise for a whole new generation. “We […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: PAN AM producer/director talk about how the 1960s set series is nothing like MAD MEN

Christina Ricci in PAN AM - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Patrick Harbron

With NBC debuting the 1960s set THE PLAYBOY CLUB this fall and ABC airing the 1960s set PAN AM (a serialized drama about the legendary international airline), questions have arisen whether or not these series would not have made it on the air without the success of the AMC period drama MAD MEN. While at today’s Television Critics Association session for the new ABC series PAN AM, executive producer  and director Thomas Schlamme says a good show has nothing to do with its setting. “Television is execution, and not the time period it takes place in,” says Schlamme. “All I […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES creator Marc Cherry talks about the eighth and final season of the hit ABC series

Eva Longoria in DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - Season 7 - "And Lots of Security ..."/"Come on Over for Dinner" | ©2011 ABC/Danny Feld

With ABC just announcing that DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES will be ending after its forthcoming Eighth and final season, creator and executive producer Marc Cherry spoke today at the Television Critics Association today about how that decision came about. “I think the only thing harder in creating a hit show is when to end it – especially when you have one of the most amazing casts in the history of television,” says Cherry. “Because I have been working in TV for 23 years, I’m also very aware of people overstaying their welcome [especially] shows that have gone on too long, drifted away […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: ABC very pleased with the summer performance of ROOKIE BLUE

Missy Peregrym in ROOKIE BLUE - Season 2 - "In Plain View" | ©2011 ABC/Annabel Reyes

One of the biggest summer scripted success stories has been ABC’s Canadian co-production cop show ROOKIE BLUE starring Missy Peregrym  that has performed solidly last summer and this summer as well. At today’s Television Critics Association press session, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee says he would love to see ROOKIE BLUE graduate to the regular season at some point if the ratings continue to thrive during the summer months. “It’s a timing issue,” Lee admits. “It’s a really good issue, but I would happy to see it in the [regular] season.” Click on Link: For More news from the Summer […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: ABC talks about its midseason cross-dressing comedy WORK IT

Amaury Nolasco and Ben Koldyke in WORK IT - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Eric McCandless

While ABC has filled its new schedule some pretty amazing new programs, the one series that is having many critics scratching their heads is WORK IT – a cross-dressing comedy about two men, who dress like women, to get a job in the working woman’s world. At today’s ABC Television Critics Association session, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee defended his decision for picking up the series. “I’m a Brit – I have to do a cross-dressing show,” says Lee. “And I grew up with Monty Python.” Of course, Lee admits he didn’t expect the new show would be embraced by […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: ABC talks about new series ONCE UPON A TIME and its sustainable concept

Jamie Dornan, Lana Parrilla, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Robert Carlyle, Jared Gilmore, Jennifer Morrison in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Dealing the real and fairy tale worlds, ABC’s new fall series ONCE UPON A TIME is filled with the kind of scope that most network’s would be fearful to embark on because of its sustainability. However, Paul Lee, ABC’s Entertainment President feels the show is really going to surprise audiences and at today’s ABC Television Critics Association executive session, he revealed he’s very excited about the future of the show. “We were initially worried we couldn’t sustain it as a full series, but I’ve seen the second and third episode and I’m now fully confident we can sustain it,” says […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: ABC still working on THE INCREDIBLE HULK TV series (and a Marvel character will also be on CASTLE this year)

THE INCREDIBLE HULK | © Marvel Studios

With Marvel now part of the Disney (and ABC fold), ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee said today during his Television Critics Association executive session that he’s very eager to bring Marvel characters to the network. Currently in development are possible TV iterations of THE INCREDIBLE HULK and AKA JESSICA JONES. “We’re extremely excited about having Marvel in the fold,” says Lee. “With AKA JESSICA JONES and THE HULK, we hopefully have great choices to look at when they come around.” Lee also adds that he would be a hero to his kids if THE HULK works out. “If we got […]Read On »

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First Look Image of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES | ©2011 Warner Bros./DC

First, Warner Bros. released an image of Henry Cavill as Superman in the MAN OF STEEL reboot, and now they’ve done it again with this first look at Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in the Christopher Nolan directed THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Yes, there’s not much going on here (and there’s no way this is the final Cat-suit), but at least it’s a nice taste of what to expect from the third and final chapter in Nolan’s BATMAN trilogy. Click on the image below to see a larger version of it. LET US KNOW HOW YOU FEEL – COMMENT BELOW! Click […]Read On »

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