News Briefs: Showtime and Robert De Niro Are Working on a Neo-Nazi Drama

By Tim Surette

Jan 25, 2013


... Showtime and Robert De Niro are partnering up on a new show called The 4th Reich, about Neo-Nazis in Boston and hell yeah I'm gonna watch if it gets made into a series. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Dr. Phil has been renewed through 2016-2017... if he lives that long, that is. [Deadline Hollywood]

... After making lots of television shows based on good movies, network television today said, "Screw it, let's just make TV shows based on bad movies." CBS has greenlit a pilot based on 2011's Cameron Diaz-starring Bad Teacher. The single-camera comedy would be about a potty-mouthed divorced woman who becomes a teacher. I can count the number of people who want to see this on one hand (and I lost all my fingers in a pasta-making accident in 2007). [TV Guide]

... Fox has ordered two more pilots, both single-camera comedies. Enlisted, from Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel, follows three very different brothers working at an Army base in Florida. Two Wrongs, from writer Michelle Morgan, is about a couple whose friends and families don't think they should be together. Is it me or this pilot season [fart noise]? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Maybe cable will improve the quality of these pilot pickups. FX has ordered a comedy about a man who gets approval from his wife to take a mistress in order to save his marriage. Better, but not bester. [Deadline Hollywood]


... NBC's pilot The Gates made some fine casting choices today. Party Down's Ken Marino and The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi (both pictured above, actual size) have secured spots on the show, which is set outside the front steps of an elementary school where parents drop their children off. Wait, for real? This is what the show is about? Small talk between parents who occasionally run into each other? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Sendhil Ramamurthy, who turned into a lizard insect creature monster on Heroes, has been promoted to series regular on The CW's Beauty and the Beast even though he hasn't appeared on the show yet. He'll first be seen on February 28 as Gabe, a rich New Yorker who sets his sights on Catherine. [THR]

... Brooke Shields has joined Army Wives, and now I've already exceeded my Army Wives news quota for the year. [Deadline Hollywood]

... British dame Charlotte Rampling (the original The Avengers) and Sean Patrick Flanery (The Young and the Restless) will join the Season 8 cast of Dexter. Rampling will play a psychiatrist and Flanery will play a private investigator. [EW / Deadline Hollywood]

... If you were alive today then you probably already heard this bit of news. J.J. Abrams, the creator of Felicity, will direct the new Star Wars movie. Expect the movie to take place on Tattooine, where the multiple suns will provide plenty of opportunity for lens flare. [Deadline Hollywood]

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  • hockeyrick Jan 26, 2013

    The gates does sound weirdly cool! At least it starts with 2 cool guys!!!!

  • LiseLotteDive Jan 26, 2013

    I saw the first Star Wars back in the 70's...I think. I saw it again but that was it, so I don't even know why I'm wasting time writing this :)) Maybe it's because I don't have anything to watch after marathoning through all seasons of Breaking Bad. I'm restless and in withdrawal.

    In the 90's there was a movie made about the world as it was if Hitler would have won the war, and it would be great as a tv-show. It's actually a pretty good movie. Don't remember the name of it.

  • klotensen Jan 27, 2013

    If you liked the movie, you'll probably love the book with the same title - it was a bestseller in the late 70s , I think.

  • Marburg66 Jan 26, 2013

    "In the 90's there was a movie made about the world as it was if Hitler would have won the war"
    Fatherland- 1994, amirite?

  • rreeve Jan 26, 2013

    And I bet that Hitler governed society resembles modern society today more and more by the day. Our CCTV emerging police state couldn't get any worse so I'm actually starting to wish Hitler won. Shocking huh!

  • Marburg66 Jan 26, 2013

    Naw. Not shocking. I'm accustomed to people saying insanely ignorant things on the net all the time simply because they confuse words with farts.
    Thanks for the laugh though.

  • Marburg66 Feb 02, 2013

    well, not so much in my house, but when the wider family gathers for holidays, by the time we're all drunk enough to tolerate each other, we are all prone to talking out of our asses on a variety of subjects.
    Good times, good times. :)

  • rreeve Feb 02, 2013

    You've become accustomed to confusing words with farts?? Oh dear me, that must be some stimulating conversions in your house. Haha

  • smorbie Jan 26, 2013

    I'm pretty sure Jewish people don't agree with you.

  • smorbie Feb 02, 2013

    Rreeve, I actually largely agree with you. I just wanted that caveat out there.

  • rreeve Feb 02, 2013

    You would think so huh.
    I don't like to go all political activist on you (especially on a TV website) but you should research a wonderful group of people called the 'Jewish people against Zionism' to give you a better perspective of why I said something that sounds so awful on the surface.
    Of course, it goes without saying that I wouldn't really want to live in a Hitler run society, that would be totally insane. My point is, if you look around modern society today and think of some of the draconian changes that Hitler would have introduced and most of them have come about in our so called, 'democratic' society. The only real difference is the speed with which it happened. Where Hitler's changes would have been sudden and quick, our society has taken a much slower approach, step-by-step, with one freedom being removed at a time. It's called the totalitarian tip-toe and it's designed through the politics of fear and opinion forming news. (propaganda) We now live in a greed-based, consumer society of obedient, submissive citizens who all try their best to be the same as everyone else. (A direct consequence of too much TV) Citizens today fear their government and the only way to prevent tyranny is when a government fears the people. If this tip-toe continues, imagine the world your grandchildren will inherit.

    Anyway, this is a very long and very deep subject that will never get the justice it deserves in a small comment like this so I will leave it there in the hope that I've sparked your interest into doing some of your own research on the topic.

  • LiseLotteDive Jan 26, 2013

    THAAAAAAAANK YOU! That was it.

  • TrevPlatt Jan 25, 2013

    So NBC has picked up The Gates then. Yet another series based on a UK TV show, which means it has a one in 38.9 chance of succeeding.

  • phonzee101 Jan 25, 2013

    JJ Abrams directing the the next Star Wars movie.

    Mind officially blown.

  • JT_Kirk Jan 25, 2013

    JJ Abrams ruined Star Trek by making it a dumb ripoff of Star Wars, what's that mean for Star Wars? ("That it'll be bad?" I KNOW THAT PART ALREADY!)

    A tiny part of me wants to see a sitcom about a bad teacher, but I still clicked "no" because I know I don't want to see a CBS sitcom based on that film.

    Sir, you are correct in your well-voiced opinion about this pilot season. Fart noise indeed.

    How can FX pick up a comedy when they won't have comedy by the fall? Anyway, could be good if it's smart, but after Anger Management I've lost blind faith in FX's programming department and will wait and see.

    Ken Marino and Aasif Mandvi are both AWESOME, it's utterly tragic that they're going to be on a show destined for NBC, premise is immaterial because it's NBC.

    Poor Sendhil Ramamurthy, first awfulness of Heroes, then he gets blown up on Covert Affairs, now this.

    Sean Patrick Flanery: THE YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES, damnit. I would also have accepted "The Dead Zone". Young Indy sucked tho.

  • klotensen Jan 27, 2013

    "JJ Abrams ruined Star Trek by making it a dumb ripoff of Star Wars, what's that mean for Star Wars? ("That it'll be bad?" I KNOW THAT PART ALREADY!)"
    How can you ruin something already dead? Ripoff of Star Wars? ??? I'm not hyped about it either but it could have been a lot worse than JJ.

  • JT_Kirk Jan 27, 2013

    Trek's been dead and come back before, it didn't mean anything then, it didn't have to mean anything now. Instead they went for quick bucks, for flash over substance, dumb summer blockbuster action over hope-for-the-future idea- and exploration-based adventure.

    As for New Coke Trek ripping off Star Wars:
    - farm boy sees no future from his gruff adopted parent, goes to the local spaceport bar and gets into a fight, is offered a greater path in life by a wise older man who spoke of his father's greatness;
    - fast-paced action over science-based action scenes;
    - Sulu's infinite-switchblade sword is very lightsaber-esque;
    - after first wise older man is taken from Kirk and Kirk is left alone on Delta Vega, he magically comes across another very wise old man who further helps him become the man he's "destined" to be;
    - bad guy's plan is to blow up planets;
    - Delta Vega is straight up Hoth;
    - Nero's head is all tattooed a la Darth Maul;
    - young Kirk likes high speed action and crashes vehicles a la baby Anakin;

    There's more out there but these come to mind immediately.

    As for Star Wars suffering under Abrams' hand, I suspect it'll just be hollow characters using slick tech dialogue and cheap sitcom characterizations, lots of overly stylized camera moves that are the antithesis of the Star Wars type of storytelling, gimmick twists over real plotpoints, that sort of thing.

  • klotensen Jan 28, 2013

    Let's just agree on that they a) need a plot - no twists or episodes of fxs and b) lightsabers are the coolest weapons ever created. And thanks for the effort, I now see what you saw in the last Star Trek movie. Some things you mention are universal but some are definetly Star Warsian ... and the hollow characters you'll find in every "blockbuster" nowadays, that pisses me off, not only in JJs movies.

  • ludoTV Jan 25, 2013

    Bad teacher could be fun if it is about the teachers and not so much about the students + get an interesting actor to do the Timberlake (who can't act shit) part...

  • PlatinumRosebud Jan 25, 2013

    Please! Not the Bad Teacher thing.
    We have enough violence in schools today.
    No need to add more teacher-type characters who do something bad for kids to mimic.

  • darkitp Jan 25, 2013

    Come ON CBS , you are drunk ! go home !!!

    getting Bad Teacher in cable network is much better .. showtime would make a good dirty show , but CBS would ruin and censor everything that this show has to offer ...
    boobs , curse words and teacher/student sex relationship

  • dragon22a Jan 25, 2013

    Great, two more Fox comedy pilots that will be cancelled even if they are actually good. These are likely being groomed to take over for Ben and Kate, and possibly Raising Hope, both of which are good shows and better than what these two pilots sound like.

    Bad Teacher was good enough movie but a show was not warranted. Just because Anger Management has been moderately successful does not mean that all movies would translate well even with new characters.

  • Writerpatrick Jan 25, 2013

    Making TV shows based on bad movies isn't such a bad idea. It could give them an opportunity to improve on the idea. And it's better than bad TV shows based on good movies.

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