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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]


STORIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED ON TV.COM

... Our list of dream Emmy nominees comes to thrilling conclusion with our picks for Best Drama

... CBS announced its fall premiere dates, so plan your NCIS premiere party NOW.

... Hulu will not be saving Community. Talks have broken down between the two. 

... 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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AIRED ON 12/11/2015

Season 2 : Episode 10

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Web Therapy really is cool, and funny! Do you hear that LOUIE???? Its FUNNY!
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"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. ;)
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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.
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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
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Oh... Are they SO out of ideas?!
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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
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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.
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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!
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Get to ze choppa!!
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I wonder what "Ahnold" Schwarzenegger thinks about all this.
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If Shane Black is involved, no matter the scenario it'll turn out to be a buddy-cop movie. Honestly, they let this guy bungle Iron Man 3. It's not that I don't like Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, or Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (I'm still undecided over The Long Kiss Goodnight), but the guy leans on some beats way too hard - you can even feel them in some of the original character work in Predator that he was uncredited for writing. Plus he wrote Last Action Hero which should allow everybody to slap him upside the head, before grumbling that they're too old for this shit.
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I doubt most people would consider helming the second-highest-grossing movie of the year a "bungle."
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The first 3 Michael Bay Transformers movies have grossed $2.6 billion and are considered examples of some of the worst cinematic storytelling of all time. Box office is not the benchmark of storytelling success.
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Companies run on money, not critical acclaim. Orion Pictures produced the Best Picture Oscar winner two years in a row; that didn't keep the company solvent. I doubt anyone lost his job over Shane Black's handling of Iron Man 3, so not a bungle.
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Uh Tim, it's "Stephen" King, not "Steven". It's not like he's a prolific author whose name is on the spines of 350 million books worldwide or anything.
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Considering Surette made the same mistake two weeks ago, maybe he should set his auto-correct to change Steven King to Stephen King.
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If no one is gonna raise the kind of budget necessary to develop it as a new blockbuster movie, there's no point. Predators was supposed to be a reboot. It looked like they took a couple of hockey masks and scrap metal and made some ''advanced weaponry and tactical visors".

I bet Laurence Fishburne changes the subject whenever asked about Predators. Thats even more embarassing than have a daughter working in porn.

I'd rather watch the original Blade Runner than watch a half assed reboot. Whats the point?
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its fox, so it will fail
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Fox would never do Predator justice. It would turn it into a 'Jason in Space', of 'Lep in the Hood' kind of quality. Both of those were fun, mind you, but jamming a grapefruit in your eye fun.
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Adapting Dark Horse Comics' original Aliens vs. Predator miniseries (not the Claremont/Guice one) into a limited series of one or two seasons might be feasible. Just replace the Aliens with another species.
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I wonder if Fox has decided to start making shows that they already know they're going to cancel. As has been tirelessly discussed in Almost Human forums, Fox and anything syfy related do not mesh. Very few fox syfy shows get past one season, even fewer last more than 2 (I went through Fox syfy shows going back before X Files and their cancellation rates in another forum and it's astonishingly high). Almost Human suffered from the Firefly effect with episodes being aired out of order, but even still the ratings were better than shows they opted to keep (if memory serves it was the highest rated show that got cancelled of all last season). Name brand recognition will help Fox with a Predator series, but that name recognition will also mean it has a lot to live up to in the fans' eyes. I'm all for trying, but I'm thinking Fox (or any of the big three for that matter) is not the place for it.

The inherent problem with networks cancelling so many of their shows is that people learn from past mistakes and I know a lot of people (myself now included) that will wait until a show gets the back 9 pickup, or even wait until a full season 2 is announced before watching. We're sick of getting invested in something only to have it torn away. This markedly effects ratings of the first batch of episodes.
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"Very few fox syfy shows get past one season, even fewer last more than 2 (I went through Fox syfy shows going back before X Files and their cancellation rates in another forum and it's astonishingly high). "

Very few s.f. shows last past one season on any network.

At least Fox airs more of them. If they cancel more, it's because they try more. I think ABC/NBC/CBS draw straws to see who has to air the one s.f. show for the season, and then maybe a second drawing in January.

"Okay, so... NBC, you've got The Event this year. In a few years, CBS, you've got Intelligence."

The sad part is, once in awhile the networks get lucky... and we get Under the Dome. Oh joy.
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In my reply below to jackwagon I did concede that Fox tries more often than other networks. I should have included that in my post above. Part of my issue, personally, is that I actually like Fox as a network and want them to do well. If they keep trying sci-fi shows without giving them a chance to develop into something that could be great it's a waste of their money and I"m afraid they'll get discouraged with the genre as NBC/ABC/CBS apparently has, as you said offering up one show a season between the three. Fox has shown that it's willing to change to adapt to different audiences and formats - as seen with Sleepy Hollow and trying the shorter season format, that has proven to be successful on cable. They could do the same easily with sci-fi (as they tried with Almost Human), but they have to be prepared to go beyond a 13 episode first season to really build a universe and a following.
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I think the other thing is that Fox gave us better science fiction qhuickly-cancelled shows. Brisco County, Strange Luck, VR5, Strange Realm, Firefly, MANTIS, Alien Nation, Tru Calling, Dollhouse, Dark Angel, Lone Gunmen, Sarah Connor, Almost Human...

The Big Three gave us Flashforward and The Event. Woo. Hoo.
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Completely agreed!
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Fair enough, but I think you have to look at the percentage of s.f. series cancellations. I don't think Fox would be any higher by percentage than any other major network. And perhaps a bit lower.
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Fair enough. The volume of cancellations may only seem high because like we've agreed they try more - so it's not an apples to apples comparison.

To give safibwana credit in the reply below, "If you type 'sci fi shows c' into google in a fresh browser it autocompletes to 'sci fi shows cancelled by fox' as the third option. Just sayin'."
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First of all, it's SCI-FI, not "syfy." "SyFy" is a network, not a genre.

Secondly, sci-fi shows have rarely been successful on the big networks. The X-Files was one of the very few examples. Star Trek was only successful once it had moved into syndication with TNG and DS9. Other sci-fi shows from the past decade that had failed on the major networks included Invasion, Threshold, The Event, Flash Forward, Surface, and V (note none of those shows had aired on Fox). Agents of SHIELD is one of the only recent sci-fi heavy shows that has been relatively successful, and that's in large part to the fact that it's an established property connected to The Avengers.

I've never understood why Fox is the network who gets the bulk of negative comments on sites like TV.com from fans. So what if Firefly tanked? Do you really think it would still be on the air now if it was handled differently? It premiered back in 2002, so it would be around season 13 by now if it was still on the air.

Also, do you not see the irony in waiting for news to break whether a new series will receive a back 9 order or a second season in order to give it a chance? It won't get to that point unless people start watching it right away. I was quite bummed that Last Resort tanked heavily, but I don't regret watching it. I just wish the final episode didn't cram about 9 episodes' worth of plot into a single hour.
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If you type 'sci fi shows c' into google in a fresh browser it autocompletes to 'sci fi shows cancelled by fox' as the third option. Just sayin'.
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Yes I realize my mistake with syfy vs. Sci-Fi.

Terranova, Alcatraz, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dollhouse, Tru Calling, Dark Angel, The Lone Gunman, and most recently Almost Human - just a handful of cancelled Fox Sci-Fi shows.

In general Fox is the network I defend - NBC is usually the network I scorn. When it comes to Sci-Fi shows Fox's track record on the whole is worse than other networks when considering the number they've cancelled and the number of seasons they were given. Granted, Fox takes more chances on Sci-Fi shows than most but the network still doesn't understand that with the genre you generally have to do more world building and character development than the average show and it takes more time to do that. So cancelling after a season (or a 13 episode abbreviated season) doesn't allow for this. It's a waste of their money if they're not going to really give it a chance.

No, I don't think that Firefly would still be on the air. Maybe it would've only gone for 2 or 3 seasons. Who knows. That wasn't my point in bringing up Firefly. In my point above I used Firefly as an example of airing episodes out of order and how it can hurt a series like it did with Almost Human - especially in the Sci-Fi genre where continuity is very important. My days of pulling out a soap box and demanding more Firefly ended long ago (a decade ago to be more exact).

Yes, I do see the irony. However, whether I watch live or not doesn't matter really as I'm not a Nielsen household. Until the networks start using other methods of tabulating ratings, a few handfuls of people across the country represent our viewing habits. Last Resort is one that I watched live every time it aired and was quite upset when it was cancelled. Revolution, regardless of whether or not it deserved another season, I continued watching because I had already invested in it - but the second I heard it was cancelled and that they didn't have time to change the season finale into a series finale I stopped watching. I watch SO many shows (as so many people do) that if I watched every single one I wanted to it would take up my entire life. Having to pick and choose is the nature of television - that's why networks stack schedules up against certain competition - to make us choose. I know I'm not the only one who opts for something that won't inevitably be a waste of my time. A great example is Halt and Catch Fire (though it's not Sci-Fi). I've been watching every episode and every week when I see the abysmal ratings I honestly consider stopping due to the cancellation likelihood and kick myself for not waiting to watch it until it's been picked up for a second season.

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So on one hand, you're giving Fox a minor pat on the back by mentioning their willingness to give sci-fi programming more opportunities than other major networks, but at the same time condemn them for abruptly cancelling the series because they don't perform as well as shows like CSI, Big Bang Theory, Scandal, or The Blacklist.

The big networks have largely gravitated towards cop, lawyer, and/or doctor dramas for the last 30 years or so, since that's what the general viewing public will watch. Those genres can be done without being heavily serialized, whereas sci-fi shows almost always are serialized. You're absolutely right - a sci-fi show has to build the world in which it exists very slowly and gradually in order for the audience to care about it. The problem is, the mass TV viewing audience can't do that. People who have families can't consistently devote an hour on a specific night to keep up with a show that has continuing plot lines every week. Once the kids are in bed, parents may occasionally have an hour or two to watch a random show that has a beginning, middle, and an end. That's why NCIS and CSI are so successful.

It's a sad, but honest, reality. I give NBC a lot of credit because they're the one big network that has actually tried veering away from the traditional cop/lawyer/doctor dramas over the last few years. Their attempts haven't always worked, but that's why they gave series like Revolution, Crossbones, Grimm, Hannibal, Awake, Crisis, and Kings chances.
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Wait...a Predator TV series? Everything I had read elsewhere indicated the Predator project was a film reboot, not a TV show. In fact, the Hollywood Reporter article linked in the very news announcement you wrote up also says it will be a film. Where did you get that it would be a TV show?
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RIP Animal Planet
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Predator TV series wouldn't be such a bad idea, Fox makes it + HBO airing + make 18+ show with lots of violences and gore = smash hit.

Of cause if you Fox makes it and air it means it will lose everything that made the original and even sequel good films which = failure and cancelled after one season.
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Dunno if TV.com got it right regarding Predator coming to TV. I browsed through many news-sites, they all say that Black is attached to rebooting the "Predator series", not bringing it to television.
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The only film Shane Black should be adapting for TV is Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Val Kilmer reprising the role of Gay Perry would be the icing on the cake.
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You guys did your Predator poll all wrong. The last choice should of been, "Get to the Choppah, and get away from this idea as fast as possible."

To steal from other entertainment...

"I got a bad feeling about this."

Scotty, beam me up, there is no originality left in hollywood anymore.

I am a leaf on the wind... please let it blow me away from this idea.


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lets not forget Almost Human, and Never Trust FOX again
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The second Predator movie actually looked like a TV pilot.
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It sucked, it was terribly casted w/ Danny Glover and Maria Conchita Alonso, but had some cool old school sci-fi stuff. Some of it is cool. I liked Escape from New Yok and Westworld. That stuff is classic, especially Adrienne Barbeau running around in spandex.
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I'm pretty sure Adrienne didn't run around in spandex in Escape from NY. A tight red dress, sure, but spandex? I won't accept that as proof without photos! Lots of photos!

Of course, we got a Westworld TV show...
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Fox can gonshot a cannon ball down their foot. Theynwill do half series or 1 and kill that off.
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Others have said it already, but Predator is actually getting a movie reboot. Ya done goofed, Tim.
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To be more specific, the reboot mentioned in the article that Tim used as the source for his claims is a movie reboot. So there's no TV series in the works.

A TV show could have been interesting. A movie reboot, not so much.
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I thought the Predator series would be about a young Predator out on his first hunt and the series will follow his angsty journey toward being a bad ass killing machine.
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Add a love triangle, and it could run on the CW.
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“it might be about the Predator, recently divorced, who is forced to move back in with his parents, who are superheroes”
Dis you mean “It might be about that Predator that survived the crash, was raised by human parents, who are divorcing now, forcing it into to foster system and attend public school?”
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Only if ABC Family picks it up...
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Predator the series or the movie it doesn't really matter. What matters is that Iron Man 3 wasn't very good.
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On the other hand, Black also wrote the very solid script for the first Lethal Weapon movie. Sure, that was a long time ago but he's not utterly devoid of talent. (He was also the guy telling all the bad jokes in Predator. Must be my night for trotting out not-particularly-obscure Predator trivia.)

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That's the same hand, actually, as Iron Man 3 was basically an adaptation of Lethal Weapon, right down to turning Rhodey into Danny Glover's Murtaugh.
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Ah, didn't see IM3. I think maybe I'm too old for this shit. ;-)
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I thought it was an adaptation of The Incredibles.
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Don't think Predator is going to be a series... it's a movie.... SWING, and a missssss

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A movie reboot would be fine, but a TV series? On FOX? Not unless they can promise to keep not f--- with it. That means no airing episodes out of order or making "suggestions" regarding anything to do with the show. Too many promising sci-fi series have been effed over by FOX.
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Predator was one of the most inventive things ever to emerge from Hollywood, and frankly, its a miracle that it ever did because Jean Claude Van Damme was cast as the first Predator in a purely ridiculous costume and the whole thing may have been scrapped. With the help of James Cameron, The Hunter was re-designed, and at almost 7 feet tall, Kevin Peter Hall was cast to play him. Between the new design, a stellar cast and J. McTiernan's directing, something phenomenal was born.

Since then, The Hunter has seen more movies, a couple of wicked video games, even entered the twisted world of H.R. Giger, yet the sci-fi cinema world has not evolved enough to keep pace with The Hunter, who keeps finding himself reborn into laughable and embarassing movies and scenarios.

Now comes what will likely be the ultimate slap in the face: The small screen death of the most lethal hunter in the sci-fi universe. The thought makes my ass hurt.

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Predator was fun, but INVENTIVE? How so? It's a pretty simple plot with then-modern cinematic trappings, but it's just another alien-horror story that's been well-executed. There's a reason the sequel didn't work, Predator really has nothing else to say. "This is a powerful alien, it hunts lesser beings in stealth, it uses gadgets, then someone has to brawl with it."
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Hall also appears very briefly in human form in the original movie as the helicopter pilot. I'm sure you probably knew that but I thought it was worth mentioning as an FYI to others.

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And of course, before Predator, Kevin Peter was known to handfuls of fans for his bravura performance on Misfits of Science.
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They should do an Alien vs Predator TV series.
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On a TV budget?
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It wouldn't be that hard. Special effects have come a long way and are much cheaper to make than in the past.
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They ain't that cheap.
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Yeah, and they should throw Batman in there too
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And Doctor Who.
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And boobs.
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The way heard it elsewhere, the plan is for a reboot in the form of a movie, not a TV series. The best possible way a series could work would be from the perspective of a government agency, a-la whoever Gary Busey worked for in Predators, which I think was the NSA. It would likely center around of a team of people investigating Yautja and Xenomorph activity on Earth based on Dutch's debrief, report of Predators in Iwo Jima, Cambodia, and Beirut, and what they know about the event of AvP & AvP2, which sounds like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
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You mean Predator 2, not Predators. Two totally and very different movies. Otherwise I tend to agree, Busey's agency and whoever that was at the end of AvP that took in the shoulder cannon may be the same agency, possibly even involved with Alice Braga's character from Predators.
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Yes, I did mean Predator 2, & you meant AvP2 :-)

I don't think those involved in taking the shoulder cannon were with an agency, the military just confiscated it and the colonel turned it over to Ms. Yutani.

Isabelle was Israeli and in the IDF. She said she read a report from Dutch's (though she never mentioned his name) debrief, which was probably some sort of information exchange between agencies of allied countries.
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That still presents a decent foundation for a series though. I'd much rather have them continue on from existing storylines (how bout throwing Danny Glover's story into more of the lore???) rather than reboot what is already a large and expansive story with lots of continued potential.
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"I'm thinking it might be about the Predator, recently divorced, who is forced to move back in with his parents, who are superheroes."

Maybe it has Roman Polanski and Woody Allen becoming roommates in a New York apartment.
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Polanski has that whole refusing to leave Europe thing. Which European city doubles best for NYC?
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They could get together and adopt a young...
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... young underage female Predator?
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Call it Predator vs. Predator vs. Predator.
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Fox isn't planning a Predators tv series they're planning a movie reboot. As far as I know this has nothing to do with television.
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The linked article mentions nothing about TV. Although there's nothing to say it won't be a TV movie.
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I'm sure with it being Fox, they'll keep open every possible option, especially since they still can't find much of a new hit TV show that doesn't involve a live or reality competition. (Sure, Sleepy Hollow counts, but only in the same way Pluto counts as a planet...)
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Look how quickly "The Following" nosedived.

Meanwhile, CBS would like to remind you that "Under the Dome" will be back shortly...
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