News Briefs: The Walking Dead's Glen Mazzara Is Developing a Sequel to The Omen... for Lifetime

By Tim Surette

May 20, 2014


... The Walking Dead's Glen Mazzara is writing a new sequel to the classic horror film The Omen. And he's writing it for Lifetime, the same network that once aired the horror of Jennifer Love Hewitt giving handies to strangers on The Client List. Mazzara, in his first TV gig since getting the boot from The Walking Dead (which he oversaw during the show's steady growth into the big hit it is today), is developing Damien, which will follow the evil boy from the original film into his adult life as he accepts his status as the Antichrist. So this is a show about Mario Lopez? Haha I got you again, Mario Lopez! But seriously, why the F is project headed to Lifetime? Will every network soon be all horror programming? What happened to the days where people sang happy songs on television and gave each other hard candies? [THR]


... Game of Thrones aired its seventh episode of the season on Sunday, which means it hit a new ratings high. 7.2 million viewers tuned in to see the Hound get all touchy-feely, just a hair above Episode 5's 7.16 million. "Mockingbird" marks the fourth time this season that Game of Thrones hit a new ratings high, because the show just keeps getting better and better. I reviewed the episode, and of course there are .GIFs galore! [HBO via press release]

... More ratings! Almost 5.2 million viewers tuned in for Barbara Walters' last day on The View on Friday, making it the show's fourth-highest telecast ever. [ABC via press release]

... The Halo TV series that I've been looking forward to ever since I first teabagged a friend in Halo: Combat Evolved while hosting a LAN party at my house (I was the coolest back then) is finally, definitely going to exist. So much so that it even has a premiere window! The Steven Spielberg-produced live-action series, which was announced about a year ago and is based on the hit video-game franchise, will debut in fall 2015 and (presumably) be exclusive to Xbox One. The show's debut will be timed to the release of Halo 5: Guardians. OH YEAH BABY! In other news, I am a grown-ass man who gets excited for video-game releases. Still hip after all these years. [GameSpot]

... You can watch the premiere of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire, the '80s-set series about the rise of personal computers, before its June 1 debut. On AMC's Tumblr page. YEP. Halt and Catch Fire will get a two-week preview on the social-media and .GIF warehouse site, making it the first TV series to bow on the internet's most popular destination for disturbing fanfic. The first episode will also live on and video on-demand services (I just checked, and it's available via my Comcast subscription). Halt and Catch Fire stars Lee Pace as a computer revolutionary, and you can bet it will be very high on our list of most anticipated new series for summer 2014. [AMC via press release]

... E! has taken out its hammer and chisel and carved a premiere date into the face of its schedule for Botched, a series following two plastic surgeons who try to fix plastic surgeries gone bad. Look for it on Tuesday, June 24 at 9pm. Or, you know, don't. [E! via press release]

... SundanceTV has renewed its reality series Dream School for a second season. The show follows high-school dropouts who are placed in a "school" taught by accomplished celebrity instructors. This year, the teachers include 50 Cent, Public Enemy's Chuck D, chef David Chang, television personality Adam Richman, and figure skater Johnny Weir. [SundanceTV via press release]


... Under the Dome has cast Brett Cullen (Person of Interest's Nathan Ingram) as Don Barbara (haha, sounds like a female mafia boss), father of Barbie. He'll appear in several episodes and come face-to-face with his son, so I'm guessing he spent Season 1 hiding in a barrel under the dome. Also, I'm seeing lots of people refer to Cullen as Lost's Brett Cullen. It's Person of Interest's Brett Cullen, people! [TVGuide]

... Showtime's Masters of Sex is welcoming two to its cast. Courtney B. Vance (FlashForward, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) will join the show on a recurring basis as Dr. Hendricks, an African-American doctor who's trying to integrate his hospital. Rene Auberjonois (Benson) will guest-star as Dr. Papanikolaou, the father of the Pap Smear. The second season of Masters of Sex begins Sunday, July 13 at 10pm. [Showtime via press release]


... Here's a day-by-day grid of the broadcast networks' fall schedules so that you can plan your Tuesday nights four months from now. And I added some of my keen analysis to make it extra fun!

... Lily looked back at the third season of Once Upon a Time and named seven things liked about it even though the Season 3 finale made her want to elope with a Evil Flying Monkey. 

... This week's Game of Thrones was pretty awesome, says some dude named Tim Surette in his review.  

... How about that Mad Men, eh? Stuff totally happened this week, in what is being called the best episode of the season. Here's MaryAnn's review

... Did you miss the first official trailer for the final season of True Blood? It features some bath tubbin' with candles and members of the opposite sex naked!  

... Ditto for the first teaser of the next season of Teen Wolf, which features a Black Mountain song in it so it's cool. 

... Cory would love to answer all the questions you have about the Upfronts and the season that's now ending and the season that's still ahead, so feel free to ask away! You may also ask him about his thoughts on the Indiana Pacers in the NBA playoffs, but don't be surprised if he yells at you for it. 

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  • current May 20, 2014

    Damien could be fun but I much preferred The Medusa Touch in that genre.
    I thought Under the Dome had been cancelled - obviously by just me then.
    Just watched Halt and Catch Fire and although it was fairly watchable I still think I'd rather Drop and Roll, thanks.

  • LOST-TWD-PP-GOT May 20, 2014

    Well i said a while back, that demonic stories were the next horror craze. We got Constantine coming in the fall, Kirkman's Outcast and Oldman's The Diabolic in development. And the owners of The Exorcist, shopping that around as series. I'll check it out, because i can't have too much supernatural horror, to choose from.

  • JT_Kirk May 20, 2014

    Really bro, Halo? Played out FPS, along with COD and Battlefield. Dr. Mario, that's the future, man!

  • efonsecajr May 20, 2014

    Really liked GoT ep.

  • Taccado May 20, 2014

    I'm no conspiracy theorist, but I'm fairly certain that Under the Dome is a government ploy to make people spend one hour more outside during the summer. It's part of its initiative to make people get off their butts, and I have to say that UtD is a fantastic attempt to achieve that.

  • kevbuffylost108 May 20, 2014

    It's definitely LOST's Brett Cullen to me and probably thousands of others. I wonder if Tim would refer to Michael Emerson as POI's Michael Emerson now.

  • JasonMelvil May 20, 2014

    Umm... Isn't there already a sequel to Omen? Wasn't that a triology?

  • Jamescush May 20, 2014

    Three films and later on a very bad tv movie 'sequal' that made no sence.

  • maritimer00 May 20, 2014

    There was also a remake a few years ago that was abysmal.

  • Jamescush May 22, 2014

    Oh yeah forgot about that one. AND I own the collection on blu ray! LOL That's how unnessicary it was.

  • pierresund May 20, 2014

    Actually, it's Falcon Crest's Brett Cullen. 4-ever!

  • Sanity_Bleeds May 20, 2014

    Anyone else find it sort of funny that Barbara Walters final episode on The View (which they've been promoting for weeks) had its 4th highest viewing ever of 5.2M viewers, yet was greatly outpaced by Game of Thrones for 7.2M viewers for what was a fairly unremarkable episode that didn't feature any major events of deaths?

  • JasonMelvil May 20, 2014

    People don't know in advance if someone dies or not. Considering last episode ended with Tyrion calling out for trial by combat, it's possible there was an expectation of a big fight scene...

  • vicbjones May 20, 2014

    Considering one's a daytime talk show aimed at women and the other's a primetime fantasy show aimed at rabid George R.R. Martin fans that's been heavily promoted for three years, no.

  • Sanity_Bleeds May 20, 2014

    One could easily counter-argue that since The View has been on for nearly 17 years, and that Barbara Walters has been appearing on TV for over 35 years that she definitely had a much longer promotion than GoT. Secondly, yes, it is a daytime talk show, however it appears on a network channel that can be accessed virtually anywhere for free, whereas GoT is a paid cable program not offered everywhere, and especially not for free. Thus making the GoT numbers even more impressive.

    Moreover, this doesn't even account for the possible DVR viewings GoT is likely to generate, whereas it could easily be pointed out that The View is unlikely to draw a significant number of DVR numbers itself. While GoT isn't aimed solely at women, it's strong fantasy elements are likely to deter some viewers every bit as much as The View is likely to deter men from viewing.

    So, while this isn't necessarily surprising news, I do find it rather amusing just the same.

  • LOST-TWD-PP-GOT May 20, 2014

    I tried to watch the view, and did for few months (i'm a straight man). But their overwhelming liberal bias, turn even a moderate independent like myself off. I'd imagine the 35 percent of the country, that is conservative, would rather put their eyes out than watch.

  • Debml May 20, 2014

    I somehow understood that Glen had the rights for developing Omen sequels for all of his lifetime haha, guess I need to read up on all of the existing networks.

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