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.

Morgan joins Extant

Magic City star Jeffrey Dean Morgan has signed on to the cast of CBS’s summer series Extant.

The mystery drama stars Halle Berry as an astronaut who discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction, and that she and a mysterious stranger may be the only hope for survival.

Morgan will play a womanising bounty hunter who thought he had seen everything until Molly Woods (Berry) enters his life.

Extant

Extant

The series comes from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and CBS Television Studios.

Season two will debut this summer.

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.

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.

US Upfronts 2014/15: ABC

ABC has greenlit a second Marvel series among six new dramas that were unveiled at the network’s 2014/15 Upfronts presentation.

ABC

ABC

New series include American Crime, Forever, How To Get Away With Murder, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Secrets and Lies, and The Whispers.

Forever and How To Get Away With Murder will debut this fall, with other new series coming to air in midseason.

Returning dramas next season include Castle (season seven), Grey’s Anatomy (season 11), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season two), Nashville (season three), Once Upon A Time (season four), Resurrection (season two), Revenge (season four), and Scandal (season four).

Betrayal (one season), Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (one season), Lucky 7 (one season), Killer Women (one season), and Mind Games (one season) were all cancelled in the last year.

American Crime is about the fall-out in a Californian community when a couple are attacked in their own home, leaving one dead and the other unconscious in hospital. The case stirs up tensions across racial lines in this gritty drama—from the point of view of the victims. It stars Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, W Earl Brown, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Benito Martinez, Penelope Ann Miller, Elvis Nolasco, and Johnny Ortiz. Writer/producer/director John Ridley executive produces with Michael J McDonald for ABC Studios.

American Crime

American Crime

Forever follows Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner, who has a secret. He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years – the answer to his own inexplicable immortality. The cast includes Alana De La Garza, Judd Hirsch, Barbara Eve Harris, Donnie Keshawarz, and Joel David Moore. The show was written by Matt Miller, who executive produces with Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz for Warner Bros Television.

Forever

Forever

How To Get Away With Murder is a legal thriller about a brilliant, charismatic and seductive professor who gets entangled with four law students from her class. It stars Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Katie Findlay, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Charlie Weber, and Liza Weil. Writer Peter Nowalk executive produces with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers for ABC Studios.

How to Get Away With Murder

How to Get Away With Murder

Marvel’s Agent Carter is set in 1946 and follows Peggy Carter, a woman who finds herself marginalised when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve),  Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers. The cast is headed by Hayley Atwell. It is written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who executive produce with Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Chris Dingess, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee and Jeph Loeb. It is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.

Marvel's Agent Carter

Marvel’s Agent Carter

Secrets and Lies, based on the Australian series of the same name, sees one man go from Good Samaritan to murder suspect, after he discovers the body of his neighbor’s young son in the woods. It stars Ryan Phillippe, KaDee Strickland, Natalie Martinez, Clifton Collins Jr, Indiana Evans, Belle Shouse, and Juliette Lewis. Writer Barbie Kligman executive produces with Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield for Kapital Entertainment, Hoodlum Entertainment and ABC Studios.

Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies

The Whispers tells the story of aliens who use Earth’s children to achieve world domination. It stars Lily Rabe, Barry Sloane, Milo Ventimiglia, Derek Webster, Brianna Brown, Catalina Denis, Kylie Rogers, and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf. Writer Soo Hugh coexecutive producers. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Dawn Olmstead for ABC Studios and Amblin Television.

The Whispers

The Whispers