J.J. Abrams and Supernatural's Eric Kripke Want a Revolution at NBC

THE MOST INTERESTING NEWS

... The following pairing goes together better than a shot of whiskey and cheap beer: J.J. Abrams (co-creator of Lost) and Eric Kripke (creator of Supernatural) are working together on Revolution for NBC. The drama will soon be headed into pilot production and is so far described only as an epic thriller. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Pan Am got off to a good start on Sunday, averaging just shy of 11 million viewers and a 3.1 rating. That's not bad, considering the show was up against football... then again, I'm not sure the same people who watch football are Pan Am's target audience. The ABC period piece actually saw its audience grow from its lead-in of Desperate Housewives; it's the second new series this season to perform better than the show that was supposed to help it (the other one is Fox's New Girl which topped Glee last Tuesday). [EW]

... You know you can't get enough Rob Schneider! Whether he's gigolo-ing, hot-chicking, or "You can do it!"-ing, his infectious style of mediocre humor is perfect for one network: CBS! The Eye has placed a midseason order (eight episodes) for Schneider's comedy about a bachelor who marries into a Mexican-American family. If you haven't yet entered our Dead Pool, this is good information to know. Ahem, How to Be a Gentleman... watch your back! [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC is adapting Valley of the Dolls, the 1966 novel about a trio of women that's already become a movie, a miniseries, and a soap. Lee Daniels, who directed Precious, is behind the project. NBC really likes its adaptations, doesn't it? [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC is also developing an American adaptation of the Danish drama Borgen (also called Government). The original series considered the spiritual successor of Forbrydelsen, which AMC adapted into The Killing earlier this year. Government centers on a forty-something female politician and has been called the Danish The West Wing. [Deadline Hollywood]


THE CASTING NEWS

... Maura Tierney (ER, NewsRadio) will guest-star on The Office as the wife of new Sabre CEO Robert California (James Spader). [Zap2It]

... Saturday Night Live will welcome host Ben Stiller and musical guests Foster The People on October 8, and host Anna Faris and musical guest Drake on October 15. Sheesh, I remember when I used to know the bands who played on the show. Now I can't tell if I'm too cool, too old, or both. [USA Today]

... Former Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle will appear on ABC's Happy Endings. He'll guest-star as a hoops-playing mailman who's a little too agro in a game with Brad and Dave. [THR]

... Not sure about this one. Joe Manganiello, who plays Alcide on True Blood, will play Ashton Kutcher's replacement on Two and a Half Men. And by replacement I mean the new beau of Walden's ex-wife. [EW]


THE LEFTOVER DEVELOPMENT NEWS

... CBS has purchased a project from author James Frey and Jericho co-creator Jon Steinberg about a president who goes back to practicing law after failing to win re-election. [Variety]

... Law & Order guru Dick Wolf has a two new projects in the works at his production company. The first, from The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken, follows a lesbian couple who are doctors at an inner-city hospital in Philadelphia. Yeah, that will fly on network TV. The second is a procedural in which the detectives go into the memory banks of murder victims to solve the crime. I don't know about you guys, but I'm dentist-appointment-excited about these two. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, the duo behind How I Met Your Mother, have sold The Goodwin Games to Fox. It's a comedy about three siblings who come together after the death of their father. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kevin Williamson (Dawson's Creek, The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle) is working on a new drama for Fox. Ready for this? It's about a serial killer who uses technology to create a cult of serial killers. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Rob Schneider = sooooo hillllaaaarrriiiooouuusss. I'm glad he's getting a show, but I'm not to excided about the story line.. Seems a little lame.. I hope I will be surprised.
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Geez Kev Williamson is a machine! His new drama sounds kind of like an exaggerated Dexter. Knowing his style, there will probably be lots of shirtless male leads and a significant death toll. No objections here!
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Abrams and kripke? the stars have alighned my friends.
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I fast forwarded through Pan Am. It might be good for some folks, but watching girls babble on isn't my idea of entertainment.
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J.J. Abrams and Kripke teaming up??? I think my brain just exploded :)
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I will watch anything JJ.
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SO STOKED for J.J. Abrams & Eric Kripke team-up.
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Kripke and JJ are behind so many of my favorites, I'm so excited!! Hope they can get along and make something fantastic!

Maura on the office seems a bit weird, only seen her on ER. Gonna be fun to see how that turns out.

And more adaptions and remakes....SIGH! Hire some new writers Hollywood, make something new! Why can't America watch the originals from the rest of the world, take in some different cultures and learn reading subs.
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Dick Wolf, bro, you need to retire. Seriously, its time.



Wow, I learned two Danish words today (Forbrydelsen and Borgen). Now I just need to learn where is Denmark.
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I liked Pan Am a lot more than I expected, to be honest. The other new shows you mentioned.... yeah, they just don't sound good.
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NBC sure is in need of a revolution. After so many failed projects and attempts at creating a successful and lasting actionesque drama (Wonder Woman, The Cape, Heroes, The Playboy Club, Undercovers, etc.), I think they are in desperate need of a little Abrams-Kripke. Hopefully it's something good.
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Except wasn't Undercovers an Abrams show? I'd say NBC might be going the way of the Dumont network except it has so many networks, although it's kind of sad that I watch more shows on USA than on NBC. How the mighty have fallen.
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Haha, you're exactly right. I left out the fact that Undercovers was in fact an Ambrams show, but I can't get anything past you hawk-eyed readers. I guess that undermines my hopes for Abrams a little. The failure of that show goes to show that even a master can fail. But now I hope that Abrams together with Kripke will create a miracle for NBC.
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Dear CBS: Please stop punishing me for whatever you think I did. I'm so sorry. ps- alot of your shows are awful. SLOW DOWN!
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Good news about the Rob Schneider comedy -- the current batch of failures is a joke, and we NEED a good comedy (and by failures I mean the premiers... 30 Rock, of course, rocks).
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Looks like i have a reason to watch SNL in Oct 8. Foster The People makes it worth watching.
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Pan Am was pretty good.
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Can anything get more epic than Kripke and Abrams working together? I think not!
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Abrams and Nolan perhaps?
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I'm with you here. Not only are Kripke's and Abrams' styles (if you can even call the latter's a style) quite different, but Abrams has the uncanny ability to turn promising ideas into crap that's all over the place by the time the show ends.
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"Epic Thriller" Wow that tells us alot but with Abrams AND Kripke it has the potential to either be a huge success or a really huge flop - Just please no-one call it the next YOU KNOW WHAT
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JJ Abrams and Eric Kripke.... I'm already excited for this show
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