Syfy explores Brave New World

US cable channel Syfy is developing a new drama based on Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World.

Syfy

Syfy

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television is behind the project,  which is set in a world without poverty, war or disease. In this world, humans are given mind-altering drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered in “hatcheries”.

Those who won’t conform are forced onto “reservations” – until one of these “savages” challenges the system, threatening the entire social order.

Amblin’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will be executive producers with Les Bohem, who will write the screenplay. It is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

Upfronts 2015/16: Fox

Fox has ordered five new dramas for 2015/16, including the small screen adaptation of movie Minority Report – and the return of The X-Files.

Fox

Fox

Rosewood, Lucifer, and The Frankenstein Code will also line-up on the network during the year.

Returning dramas include Bones, Sleepy Hollow, Empire, and Gotham.

Gracepoint, Red Band Society, Backstrom, and The Following have all been cancelled, while Glee wrapped up its six season run in March this year.

Minority Report (season one)

Based on the international blockbuster film by executive producer Steven Spielberg and the first of his films to be adapted for television, this drama follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen. The cast includes Meagan Good, Stark Sands, Wilmer Valderrama, Daniel London, Laura Regan, Li Jun Li, and Zhane Hal.

From 20th Century Fox Television, Paramount Television, and Amblin Television, it is executive produced by writer Max Borenstein, Kevin Falls, Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, and Mark Mylod.

Minority Report

Minority Report

Rosewood (season one)

The story of Dr Beaumont Rosewood Jr (Morris Chestnut), the most brilliant private pathologist in Miami. Using his wildly sophisticated autopsy lab, he performs for-hire autopsies to uncover clues that the Miami PD can’t see. The cast also includes Jaina Lee Ortiz, Gabrielle Dennis, and Anna Konkle.

From 20th Century Fox Television and Temple Hill, writer Todd Harthan executive produces with Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, and Richard Shepard.

Rosewood

Rosewood

The X-Files (limited event series)

Thirteen years after the original series run, the next chapter of The X-Files will be a six-episode event series, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Production is set to begin in summer 2015.

From 20th Century Fox Television, and Ten Thirteen Productions, creator Chris Carter executive produces with Glen Morgan.

The X-Files

The X-Files

The Frankenstein Code (season one)

A modern re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s classic novel about a man brought back to life by two scientists playing god. Seventy-five-year-old Jimmy Pritchard (Philip Baker Hall) was forced to resign as LA County Sheriff for corrupt conduct more than a decade ago. Now, 15 years later, he is killed when he stumbles upon a robbery at the home of FBI Agent Duval Pritchard (Tim DeKay), one of his three children. But he is brought back to life by billionaire tech-genius twins Mary Goodwin (Dilshad Vadsaria) and her brother Otto (Adhir Kalyan), founders of the social networking empire, Lookinglass. Resurrected as a younger version of himself, with physical abilities he never dreamed, a re-animated Pritchard (Rob Kazinsky) is given a second chance at life.

From 20th Century Fox Television, Teakwood Lane Productions, and Kara Productions, writer Rand Ravich executive produces with Howard Gordon, Michael Cuesta, and co-executive producer Hugh Fitzpatrick.

The Frankenstein Code

The Frankenstein Code

Lucifer (season one)

Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, Lucifer is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) has abandoned his throne and retired to LA, where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub. The cast also includes Lesley-Ann Brandt, Lauren German, and DB Woodside.

From Warner Bros Television, Jerry Bruckheimer Television, and Aggressive Mediocrity, writer Tom Kapinos executive produces with Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Len Wiseman, Ildy Modrovich, and Joe Henderson.

Lucifer

Lucifer

Amazon UK secures Extant season two

Amazon Prime Instant Video has picked up the second season of Halle Berry drama Extant for its subscribers in the US.

Extant

Extant

The new run, which begins on the VoD platform on July 2, see astronaut Molly Woods (Berry) discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction, and that she and mysterious stranger JD Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) may be Earth’s only hope for survival.A new episode will be released each week after its US airing, with season one already available.

The series also stars Pierce Gagnon and Grace Gummer.

Extant is coproduced by CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television. Steven Spielberg, Liz Kruger, Craig Shapiro, Mickey Fisher, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Berry, and Brooklyn Weaver are executive producers.

TNT readies summer schedule

US cable network TNT is preparing for summer with three new series and the final season of sci-fi drama Falling Skies.

Public Morals makes its debut alongside Proof, and Cold Justice: Sex Crimes, alongside returning series Major Crimes, Murder in the First, Rizzoli & Isles, The Last Ship, Cold Justice, and Legends.

Season four of Major Crimes continues the story of a squad of detectives working alongside prosecutors to get a conviction. The cast includes Mary McDonnell, GW Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Kearran Giovanni, Phillip P Keene, Robert Gossett, and Jonathan Del Arco.

Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, in association with Warner Bros Television. James Duff, Greer Shephard, Michael M Robin, Rick Wallace, Adam Belanoff and Leo Geter executive produce.

Murder in the First returns for a second season, once again taking viewers inside a complex murder investigation. It stars Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson.

Co-created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, they executive produce for TNT Originals.

Murder in the First

Murder in the First

Crime-solving duo Rizzoli & Isles are back for a sixth season, again pairing a Boston police detective with a medical examiner. It stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.

Rizzoli & Isles is produced by Warner Horizon Television and Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions, with Haber and showrunner Jan Nash executive producing. The show was developed by Janet Tamaro and is based on the novels by Tess Gerritsen.

Proof is about a brilliant surgeon who is persuaded by a cancer-striken billionaire to investigate cases of reincarnation, near-death experiences, hauntings and other phenomena, in the search for evidence that death is not the end. It stars Jennifer Beals, Matthew Modine, David Sutcliffe, and Joe Morton.

The series is produced by TNT, with Kyra Sedgwick, Rob Bragin, Tom Jacobson, Jill Littman and Alex Graves executive producing.

The Last Ship sets sail on its second season as the crew of the USS Nathan James confront their existence as survivors of a global pandemic. It stars Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, and Adam Baldwin.

Based on William Brinkley’s novel, it is produced by Platinum Dunes, with Jack Bender, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form executive producing with co-creators and showrunners Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane.

The fifth and final season of Falling Skies closes the story of life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. It stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, and Will Patton.

The show is produced by Amblin Television, with executive producers Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, and David Eick.

Falling Skies

Falling Skies

Real-life crime series Cold Justice returns for a third season, following investigators as they dig into unsolved murder cases. It stars Kelly Siegler, and Yolanda McClary.

Cold Justice is produced by Wolf Reality and Magical Elves. Dick Wolf, Dan Cutforth,  Jane Lipsitz, and Tom Thayer are the executive producers.

In spin-off Cold Justice: Sex Crimes, prosecutors Casey Garrett and Alicia O’Neill travel to small towns in the US to help solve cases that have sat dormant for years.

Dick Wolf, Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Kelly Siegler, and Tom Thayer executive produce for Wolf Films and Magical Elves.

Season two of Legends continues the story of an undercover operative (Sean Bean) who has learned he isn’t the man he believed himself to be.

It is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, with Howard Gordon and showrunner Ken Biller executive producing.

Another new series, Public Morals, is a police drama following the Public Morals Division, which investigates vice crimes in 1960s New York. It stars writer and executive producer Edward Burns, Michael Rapaport, and Elizabeth Masucci.

Public Morals is produced in collaboration with Amblin Television and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, and Aaron Lubin.

FX spies fourth season of The Americans

Cold War spy drama The Americans has been ordered for a fourth season on US cable channel FX.

The Americans

The Americans

The series explores the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President.

It stars Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell, and Noah Emmerich.

Creator Joe Weisberg executive produces with Joel Fields, Graham Yost, and Daniel Sackheim, with Amblin Television’s Justin Falvey, and Darryl Frank. It is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

Season three is due to conclude on April 22, with the 13-episode season four due to air in 2016.

Starz develops The Disappearance

Starz, the US premium cable channel, is developing a new drama series from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.

Starz

Starz

The Disappearance tells the story of a family struggling to save a son who might destroy them.

Alice Grimson is delighted when her teenage son Josh shows up seven years after being kidnapped. But when she connects his return to a series of local murders, Alice begins to investigate what happened to him while he was missing.

Screenwriter Nick Antosca is executive producing with Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. Amblin is producing.

Starz will retain worldwide rights to the project.

 

CBS returns to the Dome

CBS has renewed two summer series for 2015.

Under the Dome will have a third outing while Halle Berry-starrer Extant will have a second season.

Based on Stephen King’s eponymous novel, Under the Dome tells the story of a small town that is suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome.

It is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Amblin Television. Steven Spielberg, King, Neal Baer, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Stacey Snider executive produce.

Under the Dome

Under the Dome

Extant is a mystery thriller about a female astronaut (Berry) trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space.

The series is coproduced by CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television. Spielberg, Greg Walker, Mickey Fisher, Brooklyn Weaver, Falvey, Frank and Berry executive produce. Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas is a co-executive producer.

Extant

Extant

Both series also air on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Other dramas lining up on CBS next summer include Zoo, based on James Patterson’s novel.

TNT pilots Lumen

US cable network TNT is taking fantasy drama Lumen to pilot.

TNT

TNT

The show, about a family locked in an alternate world, will be produced by TNT Original Productions in association with Amblin Television, Full Fathom Five, and ABC Signature Studios.

Lumen tells the story of a family of four that finds itself transported to a mystical alternate world that inspired the work of a famous author – who has suddenly disappeared. However, they are plunged into a war raging between rival magical forces.

Captain America: The First Avenger’s Joe Johnston will direct. Chris Black has written the script.

Johnston, Black, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, James Frey, and Todd Cohen will executive produce.

Sky falls for TNT

The fifth season of Falling Skies will be the last, TNT has announced.

Falling Skies

Falling Skies

The cable network has ordered a ten-part final season of the show, which tells the story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion.

The cast is led by Noah Wyle, who stars with Moon Bloodgood, and Will Patton.

From Amblin Television, Steven Spielberg executive produces with Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, David Eick, and Greg Beeman.

Meanwhile, TNT has also ordered new seasons of The Last Ship and Major Crimes.

Season two of The Last Ship, which will be an extended 13-episode order (season one was ten episodes), continues the story of the crew of Navy destroyer USS Nathan James living in a world with few survivors after a global catastophe. It stars Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, and Adam Baldwin.

Based on William Brinkley’s novel, The Last Ship is from Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and its partners, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Bay, Fuller and Form executive produce with series co-creators Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane.

The Last Ship

The Last Ship

Major Crimes will have a 15-part fourth season.

The crime drama stars Mary McDonnell, GW Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P Keene, Kearran Giovanni, and Jonathan Del Arco.

Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, in association with Warner Bros Television. James Duff, Greer Shephard, Michael M Robin, Rick Wallace, Adam Belanoff and Leo Geter executive produce.

Major Crimes

Major Crimes

Amazon UK takes Extant

Amazon Prime Instant Video will be the exclusive UK home of new US drama Extant.

Extant

Extant

The series stars Halle Berry as a female astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in space. Her experiences in space lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history.

Due to debut on CBS on July 9, it will launch to Prime subscribers on July 10, with every subsequent episode becoming available the day after their US broadcast.

Produced by Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios, the cast also includes Goran Visnjic, Camryn Manheim, Michael O’Neill, Hiroyuki Sanada, Pierce Gagnon and Grace Gummer.

Steven Spielberg, Greg Walker, writer Mickey Fisher, Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank are the executive producers. Berry is a co-executive producer.

The distributor is CBS Studios International.