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FOX Gives Pilot Order for New X-Men TV Series

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This week, FOX and Marvel officially announced their series order for a new X-Men TV series! Fox has done a put pilot commitment for a new Marvel action-adventure series with Matt Nix writing the pilot script while serving as an Executive Producer.

The X-Men series is currently, known as the Untitled Fox Marvel Project and will reportedly focus on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

“Developing a Marvel property has been a top priority for the network–and we are so pleased with how Matt Nix has led us into this thrilling universe,” said Madden. “There’s comic book adventure, emotional and complicated relationships, and a rich, existing mythology from which to draw. With the brilliant production crew behind this project, it has all the makings of a big, fun and exciting new series.”

Jonathan Davis, President, Creative Affairs, 20th Century Fox Television added,

“Working with Marvel on a television series for FOX has been a professional dream for our head of development, Michael Thorn, and all of us at the studio. Matt, Lauren, Bryan, Simon, Jeph and Jim are a powerhouse team of creative artists, and we can’t wait to get started on what will easily be one of this development season’s most exciting new projects.”

Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television also commented,

“Marvel Television is thrilled to be co-producing with 20th Century Fox Television on our first project. Matt’s a huge fan of X-Men and his take on the X-Men universe, with its rich characters and high-stakes adventure, is exactly the show we want on FOX. It’s a great team of creative producers who will be making something entirely unique.”

The series will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling physical production. The Untitled Fox Marvel Project is a co-production of 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television. Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb  and Jim Chory are serving as Executive Producers.

There is no anticipated production date yet.

Milo Ventimiglia Joins Gotham in Recurring Role

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“Heroes” star Milo Ventimiglia has officially signed on to join the cast of “Gotham” in a recurring role. Ventimiglia will appear in a major, multiple-episode recurring arc as Jason Lennon, aka the Ogre.

The Ogre is described as being handsome, wealthy, and seductive… and also a serial killer. He preys on young women in Gothamfor nearly a decade, luring them into his web and confronting them with a series of “tests” as he searches for his perfect mate. When the women fail to live up to his impossible standard, Lennon disposes of them quickly and viciously.

According to the release, Lennon’s obsessions with finding his mate and James Gordon’s determination to bring him down, send both Gordon and Lennon — and those around them — on a course toward tragedy. Though his character shares a name with a villain from DC lore, he’s an all-new character for the series.

There is no word yet when Ventimiglia will begin his recurring arc. “Gotham” airs on Mondays at 8 P.M. EST on FOX.

“Gotham” Gets a Full Season Order

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Three episodes in and FOX has officially given the series “Gotham” a full season order. The order brings the first season to a full 22 episodes. According to the network, the premiere episode of “Gotham” delivered FOX’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years and drew in 14.1 million viewers in the first seven days.

“Gotham” is an origin story of “Batman” that takes place in Gotham City. Young Detective (and future Commissioner) James Gordon and the recently orphaned Bruce Wayne meet in the troubled days before the arrival of the Dark Knight. The cast is impressive including Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sean Pertwee, “Gotham” follows Gordon’s rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner as he navigates the layers of corruption that secretly rule Gotham City.

The series airs Mondays on FOX at 8/7c.

DC Comics’ “Lucifer” Pilot Coming To Fox

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Fox is getting another comic book television adaptation by way of DC Comic series “Lucifer.” Fox and Warner Bros. have officially ordered a pilot to be based off the comic series according to a report from Entertainment Weekly.

“Lucifer” follows the Lord of Hell who has grown bored with his underworld throne and devilish kingdom. He decided to relate to the buzzing metropolis of Los Angeles, where he opens an exclusive piano bar called Lux. (I won’t lie, I’d probably check that bar out.) The titular character is actually a supporting character in the comic series “The Sandman” from Neil Gaiman.

Tom Kapinos is signed on to write and executive produce the pilot episode.

There is currently no word on who will star in the project or when production will begin on the series. The pilot will likely air sometime in late 2015 if picked up for a full series.

FOX’s Gotham Reveals a Logo and Official Synopsis

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We finally know what FOX’s “Gotham” will give us! Along with a logo we also have an official synopsis. The DC Comics-inspired series is based upon characters published by DC and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Heller wrote the pilot, which will be directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the “CSI” series, “Nikita”).

The synopsis is as follows:

Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker? 

“Gotham” is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), “Gotham” follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. 

Growing up in Gotham City’s surrounding suburbs, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards, Open Grave, “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid. 

Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, Bruce (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy’s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.

As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith, The Matrix films, “HawthoRNe,” Collateral), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” Another Earth). 

Although the crime drama will follow Gordon’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain Sarah Essen (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, Alfred (Sean Pertwee, “Camelot,” “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he’s destined to be.

Fox Renews Bones for a Tenth Season

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FOX has officially renewed their hit series, “Bones,” for a 10th seasons. Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting, announced the news last week. In addition, after airing a new installment this Friday, Jan. 31 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), “Bones” will return to Mondays, with all-new cases, beginning March 10 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

“Bones” stars Emily Deschanel as forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan and David Boreanaz as FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth. The series will reach its milestone 200th episode during the upcoming 2014-15 season.

Reilly commented on the renewal saying,

“Over the course of nine seasons, ‘Bones’ has grown from a hit crime procedural into a beloved pillar of our lineup that resonates with fans in a way that only the best of shows can,” said Reilly. “Our viewers have embraced Emily, David and the entire cast and characters of ‘Bones’ as their very own, and I think they are going to love what Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan have planned for Season 10!”

“Bones” is from Far Field Productions and Josephson Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created by Hart Hanson. Hanson, Barry Josephson, Stephen Nathan, Ian Toynton and Jonathan Collier are executive producers.

The show was initially based on the life and novels of forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs.

“Gotham” TV Series to Include Classic Batman Villains

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Fox’s upcoming television series “Gotham” will include several classic Batman villains Fox chairman Kevin Reilly (via Deadline) confirmed today.

“Gotham” will focus on Commissioner Gordon before he became “the commissioner.” Young Detective Gordon will also follow the journey of young Bruce Wayne as well.

“The show will track Bruce from a child until he puts on a cape (in the finale).”

Reilly confirmed that fans will see our favorite villains such as The Riddler, The Penguin, Catwoman and more.

“We will see how they get to become what they are as Gotham is teetering on the edge. It is an operatic soap with a larger than life quality.”

“Gotham” has already been greenlit as a pilot with veteran director Danny Cannon behind the camera. Reilly confirmed that the network has the full intention of taking the show to series.

Currently there are no actors attached to the project and there is no word on who the studio is eyeing for the lead role of Detective James Gordon.

Rainn Wilson Drama “Backstrom” Gets Series Order at Fox

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Rainn Wilson is coming back to television. Fox has picked up his newest series entitled, “Backstrom.” The series was developed by CBS during the 2013-14 pilot season. Fox has ordered 13 episodes, and production will begin early this year. A formal premier date has not yet been announced.

“Backstrom” will be based on the books by Swedish criminologist/novelist Leif G.W. Persson. The hourlong crime drama centers on an overweight, offensive, irascible detective as he tries and fails to change his self-destructive behavior. Wilson stars as Detective Everett Backstrom. This is Wilson’s first television project since his iconic role as Dwight Schrute on “The Office.”

“Bones” executive producer Hart Hanson penned the pilot and will be executive producing via his overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Persson and Niclas Salomonsson are also on board as EPs. Mark Mylod (Shameless) directed and exec produced the pilot. Wilson will produce.

“Hart Hanson and Rainn Wilson are the perfect combination of creative vision and onscreen talent to bring this one-of-a-kind character and story like Backstrom to Fox,” said Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly. “I’ve been in business with Hart for a long time, and not only does he have a rare gift for infusing darker themes with relatable humor, he’s one of the best showrunners out there today. Together with Rainn — who absolutely nails this role and makes it a classic FOX character — I think we’ve got something really special here.”

Wilson said,

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to get a chance to dig into Detective Everett Backstrom. For an actor it’s rare to get a crack at a role of such intelligence, humor and complexity. He’s a delightfully disheveled misanthrope with a twisted, brilliant mind and a heart of barbed wire. Truly the role of a lifetime. Hart Hanson is an incredible writer and showrunner and I couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with him. Last but not least, Fox is the perfect home for this fun and disturbed piece of entertainment. They are passionate about the show and I’m ecstatic to be working with Kevin Reilly again — he launched The Office on NBC and fought tooth-and-nail for us to stay on the air, let’s not forget — and to be on the same network as my frenemy, Mindy Kaling.”

Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected), Dennis Haysbert (24) and Page Kennedy are set to co-star.

Fox Casting a Young Bruce Wayne for Gotham Series

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With the news that Fox was moving forward with a live-action “Gotham” series, fans have been speculating who would play the lead roles of  young Detective James Gordon and 10-year-old Bruce Wayne. According to TV Show Auditions, the studio has begun casting the role of the young Batman.

The report states that:

“A 10-year-old Bruce Wayne is among the roles that are now being cast as series regulars on the upcoming Fox TV series “Gotham” which explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham City famous. Under development for over a year, the project has now been given a direct-to-series order by the network, which won an intense bidding war for the Warner Bros. Television rights to the show. Shooting on the pilot episode will get underway in March, 2014 and will center on Gotham City PD rookie homicide detective James Gordon who investigates the double murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne.”

There is no word yet on who the studio is eyeing for the role.

“Gotham” comes from”The Mentalist” creator Bruno Heller. First appearing in “Detective Comics” #27 (the 1939 comic that also debuted Batman), Commissioner James Gordon is the creation of Bill Finger and Bob Kane.

Fox Set to Begin Testing Actors for Fantastic Four Reboot

 

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According to a recent report from Variety, Fox is preparing for a new “Fantastic Four” reboot and have already begun testing actors for the lead roles. Fox appears to be testing for the roles of Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic and Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman.

Kit Harington, Jack O’Connell and the previously rumored Miles Teller are rumored to be in the running for the role of Mr. Fantastic while Saoirse Ronan, Kate Mara and Margot Robbie are being looked at for the Invisible Woman.  Continue reading