News Briefs: Fox Wants to Make a Predator Series

By Tim Surette

Jun 25, 2014

IF IT BLEEDS, WE CAN KILL IT BUT ALSO FRANCHISE IT INTO A TELEVISION SERIES

... Fox is plotting a television series based on Predator, the badass 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film featuring the Governator fighting an alien who came to Earth to hunt for sport. Iron Man 3 writer Shane Black is attached to bring it to television, but details on the specifics aren't available yet. But given current TV trends, I'm thinking it might be about the Predator, recently divorced, who is forced to move back in with his parents, who are superheroes. Get this reboot to the choppah! [THR]


BUSINESS TIME

... True Blood returned Sunday to start up its final season, and it did better AND worse than last year. Let me explain. The 9pm initial airing drew 4 million viewers, down about half a million from last season. But overall for the night, the Season 7 premiere outdrew the Season 6 premiere 5.8 million to 5.6 million. Still, steady is something to celebrate nowadays, but one would also hope that the Truebies would rally for the show's final season. So congratulations and condolences, I guess? I'm so confused! [Deadline]

... Lifetime, you're serious about this being serious, aren't you? The home of movies like The Craigslist Killer is adapting Steven King's novella Big Driver into a made-for-TV movie with Maria Bello (Prime Suspect) starring. In the book, a writer (of course, this being King) is stranded on the side of a road when she's helped out by a stranger who turns out to be not so kind. In fact, he gets all punchy and rapey with her. So naturally she goes on a quest to kick his ass. Olympia Dukakis and Joan Jett will also star. [TV Guide]

... Here's that preview of Downton Abbey's fifth season that you've been dying for.

... Animal Planet has renewed The Pool Master after one episode. So now Animal Planet has a pair of new shows it's high on—Treehouse Masters and The Pool Master—featuring the world's most deadly animal... MAN. Specifically, men who like to improve backyards. [THR]


CASTING ROUNDUP

... Carrie Brownstein, better known as one half of Portlandia and one third of Sleater-Kinney, is headed over to Amazon to co-star in the upcoming dramedy series Transparent. In the indie-as-F series, about a family who bonds after a father's secret is let out, Brownstein will play the best friend to Gabi Hoffman's character. Good for Brownstein, Transparent was easily the best of the five Amazon pilots that were released earlier this year. [The Wrap]

... Season 4 of Showtime's Web Therapy will stage the 120 billionth Friends reunion. Matthew Perry is among the stars on the guest list for Lisa Kudrow's comedy, marking the fourth consecutive Friends star to drop by Phoebe's show (Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc have all appeared on the show). Also dropping by for Season 4 will be Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Jon Hamm, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Allison Janney, and Craig Ferguson. [Showtime via press release] 


YOU CAN'T SPELL TYRANT WITHOUT RANT 

... Daniel Fienberg of HitFix talks about the decision to cast a white actor in television's only lead role for a Middle Eastern character. He doesn't like it. [HitFix]

... The Huffington Post's Mo Ryan is over the use of rape as a lazy means to vilify a character. Be warned: Tyrant uses rape with gusto. [Huffington Post]


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... Teen Wolf is back, and you know what that means: Price's photorecaps are back, too!

... And if you're still watching 24: Live Another Day, Cory's got your review right here


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  • hockeyrick Jun 29, 2014

    Web Therapy really is cool, and funny! Do you hear that LOUIE???? Its FUNNY!

  • mori1bund Jun 28, 2014

    "But given current TV trends, I'm thinking it might be about the Predator, recently divorced, who is forced to move back in with his parents, who are superheroes. "
    Not to forget, those preditors will be hunting zombies and sensitive emo vampires and one of them will be a total nerd. ;)

  • SiThG0D Jun 27, 2014

    I dont understand, you guys say its a tv series coming and I keep reading everywhere else that its a new movie coming, so which is it? both? either way im excited and I would much rather it be a movie than a show, I cant find anything saying that they're making a show but on this website, but numerous sites stating that its a movie and states that its not a reboot.

  • Svanehjerte Jun 26, 2014

    Predator would be so amazingly fun, exciting and entertaining to watch! I hope they do make a series out of it! :D Perhaps Arnold could guest star. :D

  • dimakosrou Jun 26, 2014

    Oh... Are they SO out of ideas?!

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  • indy2011 Jun 26, 2014

    Can Fox not come up with anything new instead of bringing up the past and then dropping it after a season ?
    At the end of the day FOX = FAILURE pure and simple

  • ekim726 Jun 26, 2014

    Why does fox pick this stuff up? It is a good idea but fix tends to ruin ideas like this with their meddling. They will air episodes out if order and cancel it if it isn't making millions in the first week. All Sci-Fi shows need to stay far away from fox unless they have a guarantee to complete 2 seasons minimum. I know some shows get lucky with them but for the most part they go to fox to die.

  • funnyl3unni Jun 25, 2014

    Okay, so after all my comments about Fox, I finally read THR article and it definitely states 20th Century Fox, as in its film studio - as others have commented. So now I"m just confused. Thanks Tim!

  • AJ8472 Jun 25, 2014

    Get to ze choppa!!

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