News Briefs: SyFy Orders a Pilot from M. Night Shyamalan


BUSINESS TIME:

... M. Night Shyamalan is apparently tired of making terrible movies, so he's decided to try his hand at scripted TV. The director has secured a put-pilot commitment from SyFy for a project called Proof, about "the son of a billionaire tech genius who offers a large reward for anyone who can find proof of life after death following the tragic accident and sudden passing of his parents." The show will almost certainly be picked up to series, as "put-pilot" means SyFy is on the hook for lots of money if the project doesn't make it to air. Speaking of money, ten bucks says the dude's parents were alive the whole time. [THR]

... Morgan Freeman will continue blowing your mind with both his legendary voice AND his devotion to being a nerd. Science Channel has renewed Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman for a fourth season; the network has ordered ten new episodes, with a target debut date of summer 2013. [Science Channel via press release]

... "One for all and all for one!" says BBC America. The network is co-producing The Musketeers, a 10-part "contemporary take" on The Three Musketeers with an eye on a 2014 premiere. [Vulture]

... The Military Channel has announced The Brokaw Files, in which former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw will "revisit the most memorable stories in his legendary career." Episodes will include new interviews and "fresh perspectives from Brokaw himself" on such topics as Ronald Reagan's presidency and air traffic control on 9/11. The series will debut on October 16. [Military Channel via press release]

... Nick at Night has picked up the comedy Wendell and Vinnie to series with a 20-episode order. Jerry Trainor (iCarly) stars as Vinnie, a "lovable, goofball uncle who becomes the guardian to his buttoned-up 12-year-old nephew Wendell." [Deadline]

... The latest round of Mad Men-related negotiations is going... way more smoothly than usual! Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, and Christina Hendricks are reportedly close to renewing their contracts (Jon Hamm's is already inked through Season 7, which will likely be the show's last), and with salary bumps too. Does this mean that Season 6 will actually arrive on time? [Vulture]

... The London Olympics are making Phillip Phillips rich: The American Idol winner's song "Home," which has been played repeatedly during NBC's tape-delayed coverage of the women's gymnastics events, is on track to reach 200,000 downloads by the end of this weekend. For perspective's sake, the song was purchased 24,000 times during the week that ended July 22. [THR]


SUPERNATURAL NEWS:

... Former Supernatural writer Jeremy Carver is returning to the series as showrunner this season, and it turns out he found Season 7 to be just as "burdensome" as many of the show's fans. As a result, he says Season 8 will begin with "something familiar like a flashback that lifelong fans or early fans will hopefully appreciate the magnitude of, but new fans can also grasp onto.” Also on deck for Season 8: more grown-up versions of the Winchester Bros. and romance for Sam. [TVLine]


CASTING NEWS:

... Ashton Kutcher will be shackin' up with Debbie Pelt next spring: Two and a Half Men has signed the True Blood actress to guest-star as Jill, a lady who meets Kutcher's character Walden at a bar and goes home with him in the Season 10 finale. [THR]

... Caroline Dhavernas, who you should recognize from re-watching Wonderfalls along with Tim, has landed a gig on NBC's Hannibal as "a beautiful psychology professor who works as a consultant profiler for the FBI." [Deadline]

... Touch is adding another 24 alum its cast: Lukas Haas will play Calvin Butterfield Norburg, "a young genius entrepreneur and scientist." [TVLine]

... Anna Chlumsky will possibly be murdering someone on NBC this fall: The Veep actress will guest-star on Law & Order: SVU as the author of a best-selling erotic novel who accuses a famous talk-show host of raping her. Chlumsky will appear alongside fellow guest-stars Roger Bart and Raul Esparza, who will play the talk-show host and a member of the DA's office, respectively. [THR]

... Remember how last week we told you about Human Target alum Mark Valley joining ABC's Body of Proof as a detective? Now he's got a partner: Elyes Gabel—who recently played a Dothraki bloodrider on Game of Thrones—has booked the role of cocky rookie Det. Adam Schaeffer, partner to Valley's Det. Tommy Sullivan. Let's hope he doesn't have to investigate any crimes in the Red Waste. [TVLine]

... Two new students have enrolled at Glee's McKinley High. Melissa Benoist (who you may have seen topless on Homeland as one of the girls who interviewed to be part of the prince's harem) and newcomer Becca Tobin have landed recurring roles as girls named Marley and Kitty; there aren't any details on their roles yet, so feel free to write your own character descriptions in the comments! [TVLine]

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M. Knight Shyamalan should NEVER be forgiven or given another job again after what he did to my beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender.



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Aww, that's cute how Syfy thinks investing in M. Night Shyamalan is in any way a good idea. Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense were a dozen years ago, since then it's been a downward spiral of missteps. Remember "The Hoax" from "The Village" with them? Yeah, nobody else does either because it bombed. Hopefully they aren't on the hook for too much, the guy has zero TV cred. It's not that I don't believe in him, I think he has a unique style and voice, but he's gotten it mired in gimmicks and soft writing.
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I'm stoked for The Musketeers, I think I've seen every musketeer movie ever made. Also stoked for Carver to bring Supernatural back to its roots. Ugh. Season 7 never happened.



Shymalan's a joke, literally. I remember sitting in the theatre, watching a trailer for Devil, and people were kind of into it until is name came up and then everyone just laughed. Not a good sign. That premise also sounds boring, just as an initial gut reaction.
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Does that mean it's a delicious baked good with a gooey fruity center? J/k, I know what you meant (plus I hate tarts anyway, so maybe it IS an Avatart).
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Shyamalan started out with a few good movies that relied on a twist ending. But then he fell into a run of trying to make more of the same movies after everyone was expecting a twist ending. He should have moved on. He's no Rod Serling.



The Avatar film was no where as good as the cartoon series, but at least it wasn't as bad as the Dragonball movie.
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Don't understand why people hate Shyamalan more than many other actors who actually deserve to be hated! Shyamalan has made four brilliant movies:

The Sixth Sense

Unbreakable

Signs

The Village (I don't get all the hate on this either. Its awesome. Just because it didn't play out according to what you expected doesn't make it a bad movie)



I hated Lady in the Water, The Happening and The Last Airbender. But some of my friends who have never seen the anime Airbender is based on, actually liked it and even own the dvd's and blurays.



'Devil' which he produced under his banner was really good. So, I'm all for giving the guy more chances. Better his works than stupid comedies like 'Two and a Half Men' which never die!
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Really? Signs was brilliant? the movie about aliens advanced enough to invade another planet but to stupid to realise that if water kills you its probably better to stay out of a planet wich is 75% water?
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Unbreakable was the opposite of brilliant. It was pure, stinking shit. The Village was marginally ok. I agree about the 6th sense and signs, but how long ago was that? If you can only make a couple good things, stop when you run out of good ideas.
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I know taste is subjective, but Shyamalan, only made 1 truly good movie in his entire career, which was The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable was watchable, and the rest was just plain bad.



He got the formula right the first time in The Sixth Sense and tried to replicate it in all his movies, The Last Airbender was indeed atrocious, I don't know how the guy kept getting big screen movies budget, but considering he worked with some of Hollywood's finest and still made crap, the guy deserves all the hatred and more.
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As a huge avid fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, what Shyamalan did with the movie was atrocious. The show of that quality didn't get the respect it deserved in becoming a movie. It's as if Shyamalan wanted to piss off every fan of the show on purpose and had a checklist of getting everything wrong. Avatar being the only TV show (so far) on his filmography that he ruined, he deserves more shit thrown at him from a TV site like this.
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Keep Shyamalan away from a camera at all costs. Send him to Bollywood to shoot musicals instead.
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BAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA



Um this guy still has work incredible.
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Oh, M. Night Shyamalan, what are you thinking? You can't write a decent script for a movie anymore, so what makes you think you can take on a TV show? Just to prove my point, I'll list all the horrible movies you have made since The Sixth Sense:



Signs

The Village

Lady in the Water

The Happening

The Last Airbender



It's hard to pick the worst one, but I say it's a tie between Lady in the Water and The Last Airbender.



"Ashton Kutcher will be shackin' up with Debbie Pelt next spring." - Here's hoping she tries (and succeeds) to blow his head off with a shotgun.



BBC America (isn't that an oxymoron?) is going to do a "contemporary take" on The Three Musketeers? Interesting, but if by "contemporary take" they mean it will be set in modern times, then I don't see how it could possibly work. Sherlock works because SH is a master detective, and that vocation is a timeless art. But the Musketeers were the Kings Guard in France, and in case you haven't heard, there was this little thing called The French Revolution at the tail end of the 18th century. Not much use for the Musketeers after that nasty bit of history.
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Knowing Shyamalan, it'll be a complete hit or a total flop. Something tells me, though, that he's better suited to a TV series of late. I hope it's great. SyFy is starting to put out some good stuff.
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I miss Human Target... that was a good show.... Stupid networks, and their lame taste.... Sure lets make a TV series with M. Night Shyamalan... what could go wrong???
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I am one of the masses! I definitely bought Phillip Phillips' "Home" after hearing it on gymnastics coverage. It's so good!!!
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cut the guy some slack guys, remember he was the one behind "the sixth sense", if he manages to pull even half the charisma, this series will be something..

& we did give tim kring a chance after that pathetic excuse for a series called Heroes, didn't we?
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Heroes was half good in the beginning, and became warped out of its gourd, as it went along.. But M. Night Shyamalan has only made the one good show...'The Sixth Sense", and a litany of mind numbing failures that followed... How many chance do we give the guy, before we realise that he was a one hit wonder...
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Are they ever going to bring Jeffrey Dean Morgan back to SUPERNATURAL? Everybody who dies on that show comes back at least once, everyone it seems except John Winchester.
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Really syfy, why bury yourself even more.. M Night just ruins everything that's good
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Ugh M NIght Shyamalan. I can't think of a worse move. (aside from canceling Eureka). Proof. Let me guess the twist is they are all already dead.
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nono they are alive but hes dead and it turns out they are looking for him....and then werewolves come in but they aren't really werewolves they were just pretending to be werewolves to protect the secret of the fact that hes already dead....ooooo and then aliens come
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wish thery weren't bringing anyone new to body of proof.
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Oh god, why is Shama...shamalamalan? still aloud to direct anything....after what he did to Avatar, cant they just ban him from making anything, anywhere, ever again?
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Totally agree! I would like to take that bet!
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Here I thought I couldn't be any more excited to see Hannibal. :D
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