News Briefs: Marvel Wants to Develop Many More TV Superheroes

MARVEL-OUS NEWS

... Superhero factory Marvel wants to cram superhero this and superpowered that down your throat until you choke on spandex. The media company is following up its feature-film blockbusters and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with more plans to take over your television. Apparently Marvel is assembling a package deal that would give one lucky network four Marvel-licensed series and one miniseries. The project would involve 60 episodes, which I'm guessing would break down into four 13-episode series and one 8-episode miniseries. No individual properties have been mentioned, but the networks Marvel is looking to partner with are in the cable and on-demand space, with Netflix, Amazon, and original programming upstart WGN America as the rumored candidates. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... Did you know famous actors probably make more money than you do? And also that people are obsessed with knowing who makes the most? Well the latest list is out, and Ashton Kutcher is once again at the top of it, thanks to the hefty payday he earns from Two and a Half Men, syndication royalties from that show, various investments, and his endorsement deals. Following Kutcher are his Two and a Half Men castmate Jon Cryer, Ray Romano, Neil Patrick Harris, Mark Harmon, Patrick Dempsey, Tim Allen, and Angus T. Jones. Is this list from now or from 2003? [Forbes]

... Last night, Community's Donald Glover wrote down his reason for leaving the NBC comedy on hotel stationery, and then he Instagrammed it. Basically he said, "You have to be on your own." [Instagram]

... When you think of the Discovery Channel, you think... scripted programming! Discovery's descent into being a shell of what it once was continues with news that the network, once known for educational and scientific fare, has put its first scripted drama into development. The Five Families comes from Goodfellas duo Irwin Winkler and Nicholas Pileggi and follows the formation of the New York's Gambino, Genovese, Lucchese, Bonanno, and Colombo crime families. Discovery already has several scripted miniseries in the works, including Klondike and North and South. [THR]

... Very important news! TLC's Best Funeral Ever, a docu-series about some very fun funerals, will now premiere Monday, December 2 at 10pm. [TLC via press release]

... Remember when New Girl decided to bring back Coach (Damon Wayans Jr., remember him? From the pilot?) and everyone wondered how that would work out? Well, now we know! One of the show's four roommates (Jess, Nick, Winston, Schmidt) is MOVING OUT! Temporarily, at least. The vacated room will allow Coach to move back in, while one of the roomies hunkers down somewhere else. E! Online says is isn't who you think it is (which would be Winston, I guess?). And just to be clear, the departing roommate is not leaving the show; this sounds more like a temporary arc. [E! Online]



CASTING NEWS

... NCIS might not be the only show in the franchise to lose a cherished member of the teamNCIS: Los Angeles may also be a little lighter by the time this season is done. According to cast member Daniela Ruah, rumors are swirling that someone will depart toward the end of the season. Who could it be? Johnny Stripes? Nicholas Bottomtopper? Esmeralda Flippidyfloo? Can you guys tell I don't watch this show? Because I think I did a fantastic job with those names. [E! Online]


HOT WATER ALERT

... Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson... you are in HOT WATER! When TV Guide asked Thompson about the lack of black female comedians on SNL, Thompson said, "It's just a tough part of the business.... Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready." The interviewer said Thompson blamed "the lack of quality black female comedians." (TV Guide's quote, not Thompson's), and the story is headlined "Kenan Thompson Blames SNL's Diversity Issue on Lack of Talented Black Comediennes," even though Thompson appears to have said that the black female comedians who auditioned weren't ready. So maybe it's TV Guide who is in the hot water! [TV Guide]


SAD NEWS

... I don't watch MTV's Catfish except when my slavemaster has control of the remote, but the one episode I have seen (Season 2's "Ashley and Mike") featured a guy who pretended to be a hunky underwear model in order to start an online relationship with a woman. The woman went to meet him, but instead of being all sexy abs, he was ten different kinds of flab. However, an interesting thing happened; he turned out to be the nicer person of the two, and the woman, who had her own personal issues with weight, rejected him because he wasn't on the cover of Men's Health. It was disappointing because the guy was totally sweet and even though he was doing the catfishing, he deserved better than the girl. That guy was Michael Fortunato, and the sad news out of MTV is that he passed away from a pulmonary embolism over the weekend. He was 26 years old. [MTV]


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Oct 21, 2013
So far Marvel has been doing a great job lets hope they keep it up without compromising the quality. *fingers crossed* i'm excited and scared to say the more the merrier? Huge HUGE fan of everything they have done. lets not ruin it k marvel?

NCIS stop giving us heart attacks please we've had enough shocks to last a couple of seasons.
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Oct 17, 2013
If a Marvel show comes out about actual Superheroes, nobodys gonna want to watch S.H.I.E.L.D
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Oct 17, 2013
I don't want to watch it now.
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Oct 21, 2013
you should it's worth it. just sayin...
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Oct 16, 2013
"More tv superheroes"? How about we start with ONE, because right now Marvel's AOS is strictly sci-fi-junior and hasn't superheroed at all except with lip service.

I hope Donald Glover finds what he is looking for and doesn't really feel helpless, that was kind of painful to read, very intimate, but I respect it (if it's for real).

Poor NCIS LA, nobody watches you enough to know which character is leaving. It's Grover, or it's Oscar. For real though, it's obviously Granger, his character doesn't fit at all anymore, he's the boss's boss but he's not Leon Vance from NCIS so it's really confusing.

Kenan Thompson is one to fucking talk about a lack of quality black talent. He's the single worst thing on SNL, he's unprofessional and lazy, he goes for the broadest humor and he does the same voice for every character - it's like his talent halted at Nickelodeon. He's lame, and if that's how he truly feels then he should be ashamed to not do more work to find more black comediennes who ARE talented to get invited to audition since SNL is an invite-only job and there definitely are many talented black comediennes out there just not getting seen by the SNL casting people.
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Oct 16, 2013
Pfff I don't know if all this marvel stuff will ever work on tv - unless they get huge budgets and they can mix all the shows with each other, since it's the same universe. And if they aim to sell it to the younger generations, that don't have so many prejudice against the prior movies and comic versions
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Oct 16, 2013
Most likely they'll go stuff like Arrow, which is really low budgeted heroes.
Not like Marvel is lacking any characters similar:
Punisher, Hawkeye, Daredevil, Deadpool, Blackcat etc
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Oct 16, 2013
Deadpool would be great 'cause he could crack wise about having to exist in a TV show & generally obliterate that pesky 4th wall :D

I'd watch an action comedy like that
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Oct 16, 2013
yes, you are right, maybe less known heroes that don't require such a huge budget and rely more on character development and stories can work
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Oct 16, 2013
Discover Channel and Marvel, go home you're drunk.
Donald Glover's reason for leaving is the absolute best.
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Oct 16, 2013
I hope one of those ideas is more Agent Carter because that short on the IM3 disk was awesome. It was like 1940s-noir Xena.
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Oct 16, 2013
Slow news day
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Oct 16, 2013
Sounds like TV Guide making stuff up. Poor Keenan.
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Oct 16, 2013
If you don't know who is on a show you could always look them up on a place like the show listings on TV.com.

Hetty, played by Linda Hunt, would seem like a likely choice but it could just as easily be Nate who only makes occasional appearances now.
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Oct 16, 2013
Of all the shows this page could be attached to, it ends up a New Girl page? Then why did it lead with a Marvel news item?
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Oct 16, 2013
I didn't notice that O.o
I just assumed it would be with Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D
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Oct 16, 2013
Who is leaving NCIS LOS ANGELES????????? WHO I TELL YOU??????!!!!!!!!!!!
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Oct 16, 2013
Granger, I bet.
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Oct 17, 2013
God I hope so!!
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Oct 16, 2013
Personally, I don't mind more live action superhero TV shows. I actually watched Heroes, Alphas, and Smallville when they were on. I also watched Mutant X and the short lived Birds of Prey. Its not all of the superhero shows that has been on television for the last decade, but I watched most of them. Although I'm more of a DC fan, I gladly wouldn't mind if Disney makes more Marvel tv shows. Agents of Shield and Arrow can be extremely cheesy but I still like it.

Can't wait for Coach in New Girl.
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Oct 16, 2013
Marvel: the next money whore to beat the shit out of a dying horse, and milk their leaky cow until there's nothing but puffs of fume. I won't watch any of them out of principle (not even illegally.)
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Oct 16, 2013
How many metaphors can you mix?
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Oct 17, 2013
Don't you dare challenge me.
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Oct 16, 2013
Marvel should concentrate on movies IMHO.
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Oct 16, 2013
Having seen & abandoned S.H.I.E.L.D., I think I have to agree.
I guess it's not so hard to turn a superhero-novel into a movie or a tv show (as there's enough to choose from), but unless you not only put money in special effects and action but also some effort in story, setting and characters, it stays kind of flat. I mean, what I love about my favourite superhero-movies are the mood and the characters, not the explosions and the fast cuts. I guess that's why S.H.I.E.L.D. didn't work for me: I found it kind of flashy and with an expensive look, but I didn't see much behind that glossy image (-> that's just my impression, though, maybe I gave up too early!).

I'm curious about how Constantine will work out; I loved the movie, and I guess it'll be more Supernatural than Heroes...
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Oct 16, 2013
It has long been an opinion of mine that DC comics characters seem to work better on TV while Marvels have always been better on the big screen. I can't really explain it but Superman has always sucked at the movies but Smallville is the best example of a superhero show on television to date. Marvel movies have ruled at the box office but Shield is only so-so (but with high hopes). Love to hear comments from other people.
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Oct 16, 2013
::raises hand:: My opinion is purely subjective like everyone elses' but since you asked, IMHO pretty much all costumed superheroes can't pull it off on screen. Arrow works because his suit has function (mostly from an island standpoint) The X-Men had uniforms, SHIELD doesn't have any need for costumes & when the time arrives, all Constantine will need is a trenchcoat & a cigarette.

Superman & Spiderman look ridiculous no matter what movie they're in (& don't get me started on the embarrassment that was Cap America & Thor (Although Iron Man I & Nortons version of Hulk rocked quite a bit)

I know it's in our nature as fanfreaks to nitpick every stupid little thing to the point of irritating casual fans, & costumery happens to be my nitpickery, but to make a long story short, the suit defines the character & the only ones that truly work on camera are the ones that divorce themselves from their comic book tights DC & Marvel alike.
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Oct 16, 2013
Heroes for Hire would be a great show. Luke Cage, Daniel Rand, Coleen Wing, and Misty Knight all have powers that don't require a lot of CGI, and have interesting back stories.
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Oct 16, 2013
Yes to this. And they don't really need to have very many super powered villains. Some of the MK Crime Lords would be perfect foils against Heroes for Hire.
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Oct 16, 2013
No Marvel...please don'!!!
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Oct 16, 2013
I'm feeling it's highly unlikely, just like it's highly unlikely to see another movie, but I'd love to see Hulk on TV. More Banner/Ruffalo~
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Oct 16, 2013
but it would not look as good as in the movies...
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Oct 16, 2013
Marvel needs to remember that The Punisher exists.
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Oct 16, 2013
Marvel recently got the rights back on The Punisher and Blade, but in the main Marvel cinematic universe I'm not sure where either character would fit right now.
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Oct 16, 2013
I didn't really like the first or second movie, but when I saw the short with Tom Jane last year, the luster of having Punisher back on the screen sold it for me.



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Oct 16, 2013
agreed, but do you really want disney to dig their hooks into Frankie C??
be careful what you wish for : /
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Oct 16, 2013
It could work as a Netflix program or something for FX. Disney owns Marvel, but its film/TV division is fairly autonomous and can do something dark if it wants to.
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Oct 16, 2013
The departing NCIS cast member could be Danielah herself, considering she's pregnant. And the father is her onscreen boyfriend's older brother/stunt double.
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Oct 16, 2013
I have a love/hate relationship with superhero franchises. Some just will never work on screen no matter how popular they are. Captain America is the best example off the top of my head. Just utterly ridiculous. I expected the Marvelverse to be milked to excess, & that's exactly what's gonna happen, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that I kinda hope one of the shows ends up being The New Mutants. I'd watch that even if it sucked horribly.
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Oct 16, 2013
I was hoping you could clarify this: was Mutant X the TV show based on The New Mutants? If so, i actually pretty enjoyed that because it didn't really rely on costumes and was decent on the extent of the abilities.
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Oct 16, 2013
Mutant X was intended to be connected to X-Men directly, Avi Arad was then head of Marvel Comics (he had owned Toy Biz and through a complex deal that came from making Marvel action figures, TB bought Marvel) and created Mutant X trying to use it to circumvent the movie deal Marvel had with 20th Century Fox. When Fox stood up with a lawsuit (because: duh), the show took out the code names and some of the powers, and changed the costumes.
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Oct 16, 2013
It wasn't, and there was a fair amount of legal wrangling between the studio producing Mutant X and Marvel, to get Mutant X on screen.
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Oct 16, 2013
to be honest, I didn't treat TV as a hobby back when Mutant X was on the air. All I knew at the time was that "X-Men" was legally unusable & I generally considered the show an overall cheap, syndicated, unwatchable piece of crap.

If it was similar to the New Mutants, I never looked close enough to ever notice ::shrug::
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Oct 16, 2013
(maybe if I did, my attitude could have changed) ::double shrug::
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Oct 16, 2013
I actually assume it would be Jess for morale support of CeCe who won't want to come to the loft and then it creates the fun situation of Nick and Schmidt being at odds but it's Winston who misses his direct neighbor more.
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Oct 16, 2013
She wasn't my first thought, but now that you mention it, Jess would be the perfect roommate to move out in favor of Coach. And CeCe is the perfect reason!

It's the Coach/Schmidt dynamic I'm most happy to see again, while seeing Winston/Coach together for the first time...Nick can go hang out with Jess/CeCe for a couple of episodes...I'd be happy enough for an episode or two with those dynamics.
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Oct 16, 2013
While I haven't love SHIELD nearly as much as I wanted to, and it's not become DVR fodder pretty much... I am excited for more comic book programming. With the sound of things, it sounds like they are doing mini-series, and if one of those series focuses on Hawkeye or Black Widow, I think I could be very, very, very happy since Marvel is refusing to give them their own movie. But with Scarlett Johansson having never done television that I know of, I worry that it may not be likely, but at least Jeremy Renner might be on board if that's the plan.
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Oct 16, 2013
That was all Tv Guide being doucie on that one.... just to get some extra eyeballs reading their shit.
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Oct 16, 2013
I never actually wondered that; I just figured, with Nick and Jess sharing a room rather than not, it would leave a space open for Coach to return. I stand corrected and think it will be either Schmidt or Nick/Jess that moves out---either the former due to recent behavior or one of the couple in seeking to take a step back from the fast progression of their relationship.
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Oct 16, 2013
Poor Damon Wayans Jr. Now he is going to be stuck there until America realizes that Zooey has no talent and the show isn't very good. Sorry man, the nation just wasn't ready for Happy Endings.
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Oct 16, 2013
What if someone pretending to be Mike died?

Catception.
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Oct 16, 2013
Regarding New Girl, "E! Online says it isn't who you think it is (which would be Winston, I guess?)."

I thought so too, but then I figured plot-wise it could just as well be Schmidt considering he's currently douchier than ever among his friends. Which would then leave Jess or Nick... if E! Online isn't just saying something stupid, I'll put my money on Nick.
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Oct 16, 2013
you never know it could be Jess
Ya know sort of like "Last hired 1st fired" (I couldn't think of a snazzy line that would rhyme involving roomates in a loft sorry)
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