TCAs: Defiance gets premiere date; NBC not done with the Munsters; Revolution gets analyzed and adjusted
The Television Critics Association’s winter press tour is going on, and NBCUniversal made a bunch of presentations today. Some news from the relevant presentations from yesterday and today…
Syfy’s Defiance will premiere on Monday, April 15th, at 9/8c with a two-hour premiere, and run for a total of 12 episodes (the premiere being two hours long presumably can be split to account for 13 hours/episodes.)
NBC may not be done with The Munsters – despite the network having officially stuck a stake in their Mockingbird Lane reboot, Bob Greenblatt, the head of NBC, said, “I won’t say we won’t do another version of The Munsters again.” Apparently despite the pilot (retooled has a Halloween special) doing OK ratings-wise, the network just wasn’t impressed with the prospect of the show as a series, and Greenblatt admits that the mistake was likely trying to make it more of a dramedy than sitcom. “It’s hard to calibrate how much weirdness vs. supernatural vs. family story. I just think we didn’t get the mix right.”
And as for NBC’s Revolution, which did well before heading in to a four-month-long hiatus, which have critics thinking the show could lose it’s audience. But producers J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke aren’t afraid, and actually welcomed the break – which isn’t as unusual for shows on it’s cable sibling, Syfy, but it quite unusual for broadcast network fare.
The two cited Lost as precedence for having such a break,but Lost didn’t endure a “mega-break” until between Seasons 3 and 4 – and then it was between “seasons” (Lost switched to a shorter Winter-through-Spring run from Season 4 on.)
Anyways, they are using the break to “really analyze it, and make adjustments,” according to Kripke.
Executive Producer Bryan Fuller tweeted yesterday evening:
I tweet with a heavy heart. NBC not moving forward with #MockingbirdLane. From producers and cast, thank you all for enthusiasm and support.
So this seems to be the end of Mockingbird Lane‘s long journey. It didn’t look good when NBC decided to turn the pilot into a Halloween special, but it still had a chance like a backdoor pilot, depending on audience reaction. Apparently the reaction wasn’t good enough for the network, with moderate ratings and some attempts to rework the concept.
The NBC Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane may not be made into a series (or at least has very very small odds of it), but we’ll still get to see the pilot as a one-off special for Halloween, airing on NBC on Friday, October 26th at 8/7c. Catch the preview below, and also check out the official Tumblr page!
Well, as previously thought, the NBC Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane is dead. At least mostly dead.
NBC has decided to air the already-produced pilot, however, as one-hour TV special ob Friday, October 26th, at 8/7c, as a lead-in to a Halloween-themed episode of Grimm.
The pilot, produced by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), stars Jerry O’Connell (Herman Munster), Portia de Rossi (Lily Munster) and Eddie Izzard (Grandpa), and reportedly cost $10 million to make. A series is still possible but is considered a huge longshot, and would depend on massive ratings – and if the network wants that, they’d better start pushing the publicity bandwagon.
J.J. Abrams is teaming up with Oscar-nominated director Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) to develop a fantasy drama series for NBC about “a girl in possession of a great gift/powers — which will come into their own in seven years — and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down.” Cuarón will direct and co-write the script with Mark Friedman (Home of the Brave, The Forgotten), with it being produced by WBTV and Abrams’ Bad Robot.
NBC has given a pilot production commitment.
WithThe Voice taking over Mondays at NBC for the next several weeks, there are no new episodes of Grimm – until it moves back to Friday nights starting September 28th!
Here is a little preview…and also if you liked the “Monroe-mance” from the last episode, check out the recap scene afterwards:
Thanks to NBC, you can watch the entire first episode of new show Revolution right here, two weeks before the premiere airs on September 17th! Then check out the show on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pintrest!
In case you were wondering what happened to the planned extended teaser preview of NBC’s Revolution that was supposed to air Saturday night, NBC silently canceled it when they shuffled around their tape-delayed airing of the sporting events that day. Instead, they are going to air a shorter preview (about 2:40 in length) tonight during a commercial pod taking place prior to the airing of the Women’s Gymnastics Uneven Bars competition, sometime between 10:45pm and 11:15pm EDT.
The drama comes from producers J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke and director Jon Favreau – read on for the official description.
NBC decided to drop what’s left of it’s bubble shows and pilots that it hadn’t already picked up, and that included freshman drama Awake, which failed in the ratings but did come on strong at the end.
Also, the previously mentioned ABC Beauty & The Beast pilot appears unlikely to get a pickup. This is different that the CW version starring Smallville‘s Kristin Kreuk, which is more of a remake of the 1980s series, which is still in contention.
NBC has already given an early renewal order for 22 more episodes of hit series Grimm – now it seems that it wants to bring it back earlier than the customary September debut, instead bringing it back in August to fill the gap after the network’s Olympics coverage, taking advantage of the huge opportunity for promotion of its shows and they wouldn’t want to lose the momentum by having several weeks pass, while NBC should be coming off of a ratings high and has been looking to get out of the ratings basement overall. New comedy series Go On starring Friends alum Matthew Perry also is being eyed for an early start.
Expect Grimm to get right back into production soon…word is the writers are already at work.