We know what you’re thinking: There are just not enough superhero-centric shows on TV. Thankfully, we have some exciting news. According to a report in Collider, HBO is currently in talks with filmmaker Zach Snyder to bring the graphic novel series Watchmen to primetime. In addition to movies including Man of Steel, 300 and the upcoming Batman V Superman, Snyder also directed a big-screen version of the story back in 2009. Development is currently in the “preliminary discussions” phase, but it could be an indication that HBO is joining outlets including NBC (Agents of S.H.I.E.LD.), AMC (The Walking Dead, Preacher), CBS (Supergirl), The CW (Arrow, The Flash) and Netflix (Daredevil, Jessica Jones) banking on big-budget comic book adaptations. Discuss
Sorry kids, Agent Jack Bauer has retired. (Who could blame him? Have you seen the last eight seasons of 24? Homeboy hasn’t gotten much sleep.) In an interview with the BBC, Kiefer Sutherland officially ruled out the possibility of returning to the action franchise.
“It’s one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever been given as an actor,” Sutherland told the press. “But it’s moving on without me. I want to do other things…My experience of 24 was unbelievable, but the main benefit was that it was nice to do something that people actually watched, and that they enjoyed…I don’t think there’s a better medium than television out there at the moment. So think I want to do more of it and look for projects where I can repeat my experience.”
No word yet on his post-24 plans. Currently the actor is on the promotional trail for his new film Forsaken. Discuss
The true crime investigative podcast Serial is being adapted for TV. But, instead of basically being a serialized version of Dateline, the new show will be a scripted drama, exploring the behind-the-scenes process of the podcast being created. Though Ira Glass, podcast host Sarah Koenig and the This American Life crew will serve as producers, Fox 21 Television Studios has made an interesting choice for its two main creatives: Serial is being adapted by the two filmmakers behind The Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Serial producer Julie Snyder explained to The Hollywood Reporter, “Chris and Phil take an unexpected approach to telling stories and that is so appealing to us at Serial. They experiment. They don’t mimic formulas. Developing a show with them is exciting because we feel like we speak the same language, only they’re smarter than us." Discuss
TLC is bringing the Duggars back to primetime. The network has several new specials focusing on daughters Jill and Jessa (along with their husbands) in the works, but according to Yahoo TV, their brother Josh will not be involved in the production in any way. Following revelations that Josh, now 27, molested several girls—including his sisters—as a teen, the popular reality series about the large family of outspoken Christians called 19 Kids and Counting was pulled from the line up. Shortly after, it was revealed that Josh, who had also worked at a family-values oriented political group, was among the individuals included in the leak of user information from the affair site Ashley Madison.
The network's Executive Vice President and General Manager Nancy Daniels told the AP that the new specials will focus on the lives of Jill and Jessa, as one prepares to give birth and other prepares to become a missionary in El Salvador. "What we will be following in these specials is Jessa preparing for her first child, and we'll be watching Jill preparing to make a major move to Central America with her family, which we know is something our audience will be interested in.” The shows will air before the end of the year. Discuss
Fox News suddenly has it in for Will Ferrell for reasons that are not completely clear. In several interviews on Fox News shows featuring Bill O’Reilly (along with several other network personalities), Ferrell was called a “coward,” a “pinhead,” someone who does not know “anything,” and a person suffering from “stunted intellectual growth.” Though O’Reilly claims Ferrell “took a shot” at him, as the AV Club notes, the only thing Ferrell seems to have said publicly about O’Reilly is that he was a “real sourpuss” when they met at an SNL taping. At one point O’Reilly seems to acknowledge that he may have gone too far with the weirdly personal insults (complimenting his talents), but still wants Ferrell to come onto his show to debate the politics of Bernie Sanders, who, presumably Ferrell has endorsed. You can watch the exchange here. Ferrell has yet to respond to the invitation, but Mr. Ferrell, we implore you: Please visit “The Factor” as Ron Burgundy, and provide America with a debate truly worth watching. No matter what your personal political views are, watching Bill O’Reilly have to argue with the world’s greatest anchorman would be an hour of television we would never forget. Discuss