It appears as though NBC's plan to base its dramatic programming off popular theme restaurants didn't exactly work out too splendidly: the network's new modern day Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde adaptation Do No Harm premiered on Thursday night to record low ratings.
Wait, you're telling me that Do No Harm was actually derived from Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella, and not the stylized Manhattan eatery? Sure. Next thing you'll be saying is that Smash wasn't inspired by a certain budding fast food chain. Get real.
Following the tear-inducing series finale of 30 Rock and a special hour-long episode of The Office, NBC launched its newest program Do No Harm, earning a new record low ratings intake for an in-season premiere on one of the Big 4 (NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox) networks: TVLine reports that the debut episode took in 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating.
Do No Harm broadcast against new episodes of CBS' Sherlock Holmes adaptation Elementary and ABC's political drama Scandal. Perhaps the inception of NBC's newest regime, under President Kenneth E. Parcell, will make for a new era of more successful, engaging programming... although we'll probably just see 13 season of Grizz and Hers (either way is fine).
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Guys With Kids Defies The Odds: Well, the guys with the kids have officially escaped the ax, for now. NBC just ordered four more episodes of the critically panned comedy, which recently brought in 3.8 million viewers and a 1.3 in its demo. While 17 episodes is not a complete vote of confidence, it's generous considering they axed Animal Practice with similar numbers. [TVLine]
MTV Takes on a Hot Mess: After the critical success of Awkward, MTV has picked up Hot Mess — a comedy created by Awkward showrunner Lauren Iungerich. The show will focus on Annabelle Stephenson's Amanda, a hot mess who basically is terrible at dating just like most other girls in their 20's. Her personality sounds a bit like Jess from New Girl, but we'll give it a shot. [Hollywood Reporter]
Pirate Casting, Ahoy: Zach McGowan, Luke Arnold and Jessica Parker Kennedy (of The Secret Circle fame) have joined the cast of Starz‘s upcoming original series Black Sails, an eight-episode pirate adventure set 20 years before the events in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. The boys are pirates, she's a prostitute. The first season is set to debut in 2014. [Deadline]
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When the Dexter cast and crew teamed up for a killer panel during last month's San Diego Comic Con, it seemed as though a Ukrainian mobster (Ray Stevenson) would be Dex's (Michael C. Hall) main threat throughout season seven — but the teaser trailer released today suggests otherwise. At the end of season six, Dexter's eternally loyal and morally upright sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) finally walked in on a kill, and the footage released at Con showed her reacting to that discovery for the first few minutes of next season's September premiere. As it turns out, her completely appropriate moral freakout won't be contained to the premiere — it will be a driving force throughout the whole season, when Dexter finds that the greatest threat to his freedom could be his very own sister:
Of course, the trailer let us in on some other intriguing challenges headed Dexter's way — there's that creepy lab tech Louis (Josh Cooke), who is obsessed with season one's Ice Truck Killer and now apparently hellbent on seeing Dexter lying in a pool of his own urine. Then there's LaGuerta (Lauren Vélez), who discovers a blood slide at the church scene, which will inevitably re-open that whole Bay Harbor Butcher debacle. Still, the greatest threat of all seems to be coming from Deb, who may or may not turn Dex in at any moment. Does she have what it takes to betray her own fake-brother? Could he really kill her? Guess we'll find out Sept. 30! Check out the two minute sneak peek below, in case you missed it:
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Madonna's moviemaker ex Guy Ritchie is in talks to tackle pirate classic Treasure Island as a new film franchise. The man behind the two hit Sherlock Holmes films is attached to direct a big-budget movie adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure novel, which was recently turned into a TV mini-series starring Eddie Izzard.
UPDATE: While monitoring NBC's ratings may not be the most enthralling of games, watching as the peacock network rolls out its slate of new series is always diverting. We've watched the 2012 lineup of Chelsea Handler-inspired sitcoms and fedora-dependent dramas parade out before the viewing public, only for many of the flashier series to scamper off back to the place from whence they came. (Okay, okay. Are You There, Chelsea? is this close to scampering, but give it time, my friends.) But no matter which ones stick and which ones flop, NBC continually rolls things that make you go "Huh?" This year, we're once again doing the pug head tilt as we flip through the promising, perplexing and intriguing pilot-to-series pick-ups, just in time for next week's upfronts.
Hannibal Starring Hugh Dancy
The network has picked up ten episodes of Hannibal, a series about one of cinema's most beloved villains: Hannibal Lecter, immortalized by Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and Red Dragon. Our Idiot Brother star Hugh Dancy is on board as Special Agent Will Graham (formerly played by Edward Norton in Red Dragon.)
1313 Mockingbird Lane Starring Eddie Izzard
In the 1960s, television introduced The Munsters: a life action fantasy-comedy about a family of working-class monsters (Frankenstein's monster, his vampire wife, their werewolf son, and Grandpa, a.k.a. Count "Sam" Dracula). NBC has picked up a reboot of the series, stressing the horror aspect. However, with comedian Eddie Izzard cast as Grandpa, there is likely to be a good deal of humor as well. NBC has picked up 13 episodes of 1313 Mockingbird Lane (a very apropos amount.)
Crossbones from the Creator of Luther
With cannibals and monsters on the way, NBC is covering all bases in terms of the dark and criminal: how about pirates? The network has ordered 10 episodes of Crossbones, a pirate-themed drama from Neil Cross, creator of Luther. The series is adapted from The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard, and is set in the 1700s.
Revolution Starring Giancarlo Esposito
When all of the world's electricity suddenly and suspiciously disappears, humanity is forced to pick up and start anew. Of course, easier said than done. Fifteen years after the incident, the world is overtaken by militant societies operating with guerilla warfare. When one girl loses her entire immediate family, she is forced to pick up and find a relative whom she hasn't seen since the planet lost its power. And of course, one question persists: why on Earth did this all happen in the first place?
Do No Harm Starring Steven Pasquale
Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde will be reinvented with a new, modern twist in Do No Harm. The new series stars Rescue Me's Steven Pasquale as an ingenious neurosurgeon, plagued by his malevolent, monstrous alter ego. Joining Pasquale are The Cosby Show's Phylicia Rashad and Law & Order's lana De La Garza.
Infamous Starring Meagan Good
NBC is delving into the world of soap operas and detective stories with Infamous (previously titled Notorious). The series stars Meagan Good who goes undercover among the wealthy family for whom her mother worked as housekeeper when Good's character was a child. She is bent on investigating the murder of one of the family members, who was also her childhood best friend. The series also features Victor Garber and Damages' Tate Donovan.
Guys with Kids Starring Anthony Anderson
In light of the recent "Having kids is funny" theme that is sweeping the comedy world, NBC has picked up Guys with Kids, a sitcom about three friends who are new fathers, all the while suspended in their own adolescence. Star Anthony Anderson actually tried this once already as a movie: My Baby's Daddy, back in 2004. But let's hope this time around, the project has a little more to it. The West Wing's Jesse Bradford, The Sopranos' Jamie-Lynn Sigler and The Cosby Show's Tempestt Bledsoe also star.
Chicago Fire from Creator Dick Wolf
Law & Order mastermind Dick Wolf has spent most of his career looking at the crime-laden streets of New York City, with a few trips to Los Angeles here and there. But Wolf's newest series, Chicago Fire, will focus on a team of fire fighters in the Windy City. The program stars Vampire Diaries' Taylor Kinney, Hawaii Five-0's Lauren German, and House's Jesse Spencer as members of a (if this is the same Dick Wolf we're talking about) entertaining but no-nonsense and dedicated fire department.
1600 Penn Starring Josh GadLike NBC's 30 Rock, which takes place (obviously) at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York, 1600 Penn is set at the house every American can recognize in a matter of seconds: The White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Along with President Obama's former speech writer Jon Lovett and Modern Family director Jason Winer, Book of Mormon star Josh Gad penned this sitcom centered on the First family, a group who turns out to be just as messed up as the rest of us. Gad will star alongside Bill Pullman (who will play the President of the United States once again) and Brittany Snow co-stars as the First daughter.
Animal Practice Starring Weeds' Justin Kirk
You had us Justin Kirk, but just to humor NBC, let's dig into the details. Kirk stars as a vet (as in an animal doctor, not a guy who runs the pancake breakfasts at your church) who tends to side more with the animals he operates on than their owners. Tyler Labine (Reaper) and Bobby Lee (MadTV) costar, but they'll have to wrestle for screen time because Kirk's animal hospital will also include a monkey, presumably in a tiny white lab coat. Go On Starring Matthew Perry The series sounds promising enough — a sportscaster who suffers a great loss finds solace in his support group — just imagine the Former Mr. Chandler Bing as the smug sports guy finally coming to the conclusion that it's okay to get something out of group therapy. However, we've seen this before. In fact, it's almost too familiar. This series is practically an evolution from the last two series Perry tried to get off the ground: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Mr. Sunshine. He's a flippant sportscaster dealing with loss; it basically offers to combine the gravity of Aaron Sorkin's SNL-inspired dramedy with the silly, quippy nature of Mr. Sunshine. That sounds like a perfectly adept progression... now let's just see if it sticks. The New Normal from Creator Ryan Murphy From the creator of Glee and American Horror Story comes a regular family sitcom about a gay couple (The Hangover's Justin Bartha and Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells,) their surrogate (Georgia King) and their children. Ellen Barkin co-stars as the surrogate's (hopefully delightfully icy) mother and Murphy favorite NeNe Leakes (The Real Housewives of Atlanta) has secured a recurring role. No matter what happens with Leakes and Queen Barkin, there's no way the perfect pairing of Bartha and Rannells won't be worth tuning in at least once. Save Me Starring Anne Heche Anne Heche may have earned her designer shoes by heading up series like Men in Trees and earning roles on Hung and Ally McBeal, but she still can't manage to escape the stigma of her mental breakdown in 2000. Still, we've got to give the girl kudos, because she's getting back on the horse — by playing a woman doing the exact same thing. Heche stars as a woman in a broken marriage who decides to better herself, and produces miracles along the way. It's always a risk bringing miraculous happenings into play on a sitcom, but the quirky Heche might be just the girl to do it. Revolution from J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke Not satisfied with past attempts to capture the post-apocalyptic mindset on television, Revolution attempts to traverse the territory for NBC. The series will follow a group of survivors (including Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito and Twilight's Billy Burke) as they struggle in the new American landscape bereft of technology and civil order. Sure, it sounds a little like Cormac McCarthy's bestseller The Road, but with a sizeable ensemble cast like Revolution's, there will be plenty of series-worthy drama to weave into the otherwise bleak landscape.
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Director Michael Bay is set to mine interest in Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale - thanks to a new TV movie adaptation starring Eddie Izzard - for his own pirate series, titled Black Sails.
Bosses at U.S. cable network Starz have ordered eight episodes after learning that Bay's project will follow the history of young John Silver 20 years before his legless villain Long John Silver appears in Stevenson's novel.
Filming is expected to begin in South Africa later this year (12).
Meanwhile, Izzard and director Steve Barron are working on a Treasure Island sequel.
The British star insists his new movie version of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale will terrify kids who thought the outlaws of the sea were lovable rogues like Captain Hook and Captain Jack Sparrow.
He tells TV Guide magazine, "We certainly have softened and romanticised them (pirates)... It's probably the Disney effect.
"The truth is, pirates were drunken, murderous bastards who didn't give a f**k about anyone but themselves and would not hesitate to rip you up.
"They were well organised, like mafia gangs. In fact, our approach here is much less classic Treasure Island and much more Goodfellas."
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
SyFy - a network whose recent name change from SciFi still boggles my mind - is taking a break from pumping out awesome and completely ridiculous monster movies like Sharktopus, Dinocroc Vs. Supergator, and Megapython Vs. Gateroid (starring 80's pop sensations Tiffany and Deborah Gibson) to bring us a literary classic with a host of relatively big name actors. Elijah Wood, Donald Sutherland, and Eddie Izzard have just landed roles in the television adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.
The project will see Izzard as Long John Silver, which frankly sounds like a thoroughtly entertaining casting choice, and Wood as Ben Gunn a marooned pirate and former crewman of Sutherland's notorious Captain Flint. The project is shooting in Puerto Rico and Ireland and will air in two parts in 2012. Sorry, literature buffs, you're going to have to hold your horses for now. In the meantime, I'd seriously recommend checking out one of those hybrid monster movies; bad acting, terrible graphics, and two hours of hilarity.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Robert Louis Stevenson's novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been the inspiration for dozens of stage, film, and radio adaptations since its publication in 1886. The latest addition to the list is The Strange Case of Hyde, an adaptation based on the comic book by Cole Haddon. Skydance Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment, and producer Mark Gordon (2012) are onboard to develop the property.
"Mr. Hyde is one of my favorite literary villains, but he hasn’t been given his due on the big screen for the better part of a century," said Haddon, who is also set to write the film's screenplay. "I’m excited to be playing a part in restoring him to his proper place in the pantheon of movie monsters: at the top of the food chain."
Unlike in other versions of the 124-year-old tale, Hyde himself will be more of an anti-hero than an antagonist, with his split-personality psychopathology the focus of the Victorian-era story. The film is being billed as an action-adventure, with Hyde ultimately going head-to-head with an historical villain… perhaps Jack the Ripper?
Of course, there's no guarantee that The Strange Case of Hyde will actually get made into a movie. There are a number of other Hyde-inspired projects in the works, including Waterfoot Films' independent Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll, set in modern times; Jekyll, with Keanu Reeves (which may no longer be happening); and Guillermo Del Toro has expressed interest as well in his own vision for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.