News Briefs: Guillermo del Toro and HBO Are Adapting Monster

THIS SOUNDS PRETTY COOL NEWS

... Super famous director Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) is teaming up with HBO for a possible series based on the Japanese manga Monster, from author Naoki Urasawa. The 18-volume series follows a doctor who tracks down a psychotic teen—and the teen happens to be the child whose life he saved years earlier—to stop him from committing terrible atrocities on the world. So it's a feel-good story, basically. [Deadline Hollywood


BUSINESS TIME

... NBC has ordered a new reality competition show that they may as well name Sue Us, Please! because it is INSANE. The Million Second Quiz will feature contestants living in a structure in Manhattan and playing a trivia game for 12 straight days. Viewers at home will also be able to get into the action by playing online. NBC did a terrible job (surprise!) explaining the game in the press release and focused on buzzwords like "genre-redefining spectacle" and "fully convergent television experience," but from what I can tell, it sounds like a total nightmare. The network is targeting a fall premiere. [NBC via press release]

... Having already mastered drama, A&E Networks is now getting into original comedy with the pilot Whitey. Producer Leslie Greif, who ushered in the surprise hit miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, is behind the project that is apparently being earmarked for the History Channel. So is it about slavery or Vanilla Ice or some other important historical figure or era? Nope, it's about a conservative guy (played by David Koechner, The Office) in his 40s who doesn't know what to do after he gets fired. Yep, History Channel. [Deadline Hollwood]

... ABC's Malibu Country is looking for a new showrunner should it be picked up for a second season. Nastaran Dibai stepped in to take over showrunning duties during the first season, but is leaving over creative differences. Creative differences on Malibu Country? Is that like an argument over which fake laughs to choose for the laugh track? [EW]

... ABC Family has picked up its pilot Terminales to series, but on one condition: The show has to change its name! The drama, an adaptation of a Mexican soap, follows a female journalist who balances work and family... and cancer. The new name of the series is Chasing Life. [ABC Family via press release]

... That episode of Hannibal that NBC decided to pull from its schedule after the attack on the Boston Marathon is now being re-purposed as a web series. The videos will focus on some of the important character relationships, but will not include the material that creator Bryan Fuller felt was unsuitable given the emotional state of the country. You can watch Part 1 at NBC.com now. [NBC.com]

... Speaking of NBC horrors, the network has given Smash a tiny lift for its season (and likely series) finale. The two-hour Season 2 ender being moved from the series' normal Saturday timeslot (LOL Saturday) to Sunday, May 26 at 9pm. And then the show will be canceled. [EW]


CASTING NEWS

... Ben & Kate star Nat Faxon has grabbed the lead in the untitled FX comedy pilot from Andrew Gurland (The Last Exorcism). Faxon will play one half of a married couple who agree to "shake things up" in order to save their marriage. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jon Hamm (Mad Men) will host ESPN's ESPY Awards this July, saluting the best in sports with even more meaningless trophies. Hamm was obviously selected to host the show because... ummm, you know, sports. [ESPN via press release]

... The TBS game show Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host has found its game show hosts. D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black will play the dueling emcees, who will compete against each other and try to convince contestants that they are telling the truth about little-known facts. Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host is due in late 2013. Trust me, I'm a TV.com writer. [TBS via press release]

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There's a lot of talented people developing Monster. I hope they can do the great story justice.
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Between del Toro, HBO, and the source material, I am so hype for that series. Hope it ends up coming to fruition.
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The Million Second Quiz also sounds very boring to watch since it's just trivia. I could see adding puzzles and other non-trivia challenges, watching someone have to beat another contestant at checkers to get a shower or something, but just rolling out of bed to answer trivia nonstop sounds lame.

It took me 3 read-throughs on "Whitey" first sentence to realize they weren't somehow buying NBC's "Whitney", that's gonna be fun to figure out on the listings. Anyway, David Koechner I doubt can carry a sitcom on the History Channel, he's got talent but a little goes a long way and he doesn't really have the depth and range needed to be enough, IMO.

Malibu Country had a showrunner? I thought they just watched old Reba episodes and pasted Lily Tomlin over some of the old characters.

Poor Terminales, its new name is so generic.

I love the idea behind Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host - Michael Ian Black is so naturally dishonest-seeming, while DL Hughley seems genuine most of the time. So yes Tim, I trust you here... but should I???
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Bullocks put episode 4 of Hannibal on the net and let the watcher for themselves decide what all the fuzz is about. If you are afraid of any series touching reality you should not make them and we can all watch the Tellytubbies. Well not really they would make me drink or use drugs or drive me nuts.
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and here I thought HBO was adapting that movie about Charlize Theron being ugly.
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The "Monster" anime was SO good, I can't really see redoing it. Though, it will definitely grab a wider audience being live action and on HBO.
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Guillermo Del Toro (Yah! I actually spelt that right and yes I did go back up and check because I am indeed that sad) - anyway, he's my favourite director having made movies of my all time heart throb Hellboy (yes you did read that right). I don't think anyone else could've made those wonderful comics come to life except Del Toro; then you add on all his other truly wonderful work and I think whatever he does is going to be gold. I can't wait for 'Monster'. However, the rest of the stuff mentioned just makes ask two questions - "WTF?" and "why?"
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you know what's worse than a Saturday timeslot for Smash? a Sunday one going against Revenge and Game of Thrones.

I know it's not the best or anything, but I do like Malibu Country, if for nothing else than Reba and Lily Tomlin. however if it came down to this and Happy Endings (unless USA actually DOES want to pick it up) then I'd gladly do without Malibu Country

I've heard of Monster before but haven't seen the anime or read any of it, but I'd watch the HBO show.

"FX comedy pilot from Andrew Gurland (The Last Exorcism)" sounds so weird to me lol
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If any network can pull off Monster, its HBO. I seriously hope they don't F it up. And this really makes a lot of sense rather than making a movie. Because this way they can cover a great deal of the story.
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Del Toro is a masterful director - regardless of HBO, *he* will not f* it up.
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I am a HUGE Urasawa fan, and Monster is amazing. I really hope it gets made, but even hearing that it's a possibility made my day.
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Monster is/was a fantastic anime series. It's kind of like an anime version of The Fugitive tv show. Doctor gets framed, travels around the country to find the real killer, in the meantime helps local people. Thing is, del Toro talks a lot about what he would like to make, but never actually makes anything.
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NO.
WAY.
Monster is my favorite anime of all time. I cannot even believe this is happening...
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that competition nbc competition thing sounds exactly like an episode of doctor who, cant really rememer wich one but rose was still in it
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Bad Wolf?
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yes!! thats the one thanks!
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I am heartless enough to watch The Million Second Quiz but only if they shoot it The Truman Show style where it is continuous for 12 straight days and it constantly airs.
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oh and that nbc show sounds like something along the lines of 'the mole'?
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having seen several episodes of malibu country I have to wonder who makes the show as terrible as it is. was it the guy who left or the other people?
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Monster (the manga) is a pretty awesome story (not very feel-good though, believe me). And the way the story's written, it could make for a pretty amazing TVshow, if well adapted.
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It's all as it should be, you can only do so much.
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What would be unique is for HBO to make an American anime about the manga, and people would tune in just based on the premise.
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there is already an anime for monster
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I might watch that game show just for DL Hughley and Michael Ian Black. It sounds terrible, but I feel like it will be terrible in a hilarious way.
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The series fourth episode, "Œuf", which revolved around kidnapped children who had been brainwashed into murdering their own former families, was pulled from the schedule at the request of creator Bryan Fuller. The episode will still be broadcast in other countries.[48] This was not a result of the Boston Marathon bombings as some reports have indicated, but was actually decided just hours beforehand.[49] Fuller said of the decision, "With this episode, it wasn't about the graphic imagery or violence. It was the associations that came with the subject matter that I felt would inhibit the enjoyment of the overall episode. It was my own sensitivity... We want to be respectful of the social climate we're in right now".[50]

From Wikipedia. So, I'm a bit more ok with it now that it's not some sort of "Oh no, we'll offend people because of the Boston Bombings" thing, as opposed to just a creative problem.

As I said in my previous statement, it's one thing to care about the victims; it's another to pander to fear. Fiction and life aren't related.
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Err... " we want to be respectful of the social climate we're in right now" is basically diplomatic talk for "we don't want to air that after the Boston Bombings"...
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That actually bothers me even more now. Not because they pulled it, but because it will still air in other countries. So it's ok for the UK, but in America we're unable to handle violent subject matter on tv? I feel like it's because of a fear of offending people. If it was really becauuse of "his own sensitivity" he wouldn't have shot it in the first place.
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Well, you have a point Tjsmooth0, I definitely agree with you. America has some serious issues when it comes to things like this.
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