If you were paying attention to the delayed and highly edited coverage of the Olympics last night, you might have caught wind that NBC is planning on bringing Heroes back, and gave a zero-content teaser:
Heroes Reborn is slated for 13 episodes sometime in 2015, and creator/producer Tim Kring will return – but that’s all we really know about it. NBC seems to be keeping everything else under wraps, but Jennifer Salke, President of Entertainment at NBC, said in a statement released afterwards, “We’re thrilled that visionary creator Tim Kring was as excited about jumping back into this show as we were and we look forward to all the new textures and layers Tim plans to add to his original concept. Until we get closer to air in 2015, the show will be appropriately shrouded in secrecy, but we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in.”
The question is, will the fans come back? After the first season people started to tune out when the storyline became less cohesive and more random. What would it take to pull you back in?
Grimm returns to NBC next Friday at 9/8c, and we have your first look at Season 3! Plus, check out the interview with David Giuntoli on “Zombie Nick”, and a peek at the Women of Grimm.
Then, check out the preview of the new series Dracula, which follows Grimm at 10/9c plus a behind-the-scenes look with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and the rest of the cast.
NBC has given an early renewal for Revolution, ordering a full 22 episode second season, which NBC reports is the top-rated drama among all broadcast networks, and is the #1 new drama in the 18-49 demo.
At the same time, NBC announced that they also renewed Grimm for a third season. Grimm continues to perform well on Friday nights, taking the #1 spot in the 18-49 demo.
Both Grimm and Revolution return to NBC next month, so here are a couple of previews to whet your appetite!
First up, Grimm returns March 8th, and Nick’s out for vengeance.
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 as 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 its 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 its 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: