According to Deadline.com, ABC has cut down it’s planned 13-episode order for the re-booted V series to 1o.
The series will return January 4th, and will be broadcast at 9:00 PM ET/PT, following the superhero series NO ORDINARY FAMILY.
The article suggests that the producers of ‘V’, which is still in production, will have time to change the scripts and provide for a sensible season finale.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Entertainment and ABC are seriously developing a new TV version of THE INCREDIBLE HULK, despite the character already being committed to THE AVENGERS.
Marvel Television, headed on the creative side by Jeph Loeb, is also said to be working on a TV adaptation of Cloak and Dagger, possibly for ABC Family. ABC and ABC Family are both owned by Disney, which now owns Marvel.
Apparently, back in May, Marvel Television also pitched the ideas of a number of Marvel properties as potential series including:
HEROES FOR HIRE (Luke Cage. IRON FIST is reportedly in development as a feature film.)
KA-ZAR (Marvel’s long-standing Tarzan riff, now to solve crimes in today’s urban jungle, aided by his sabre-toothed tiger pal… No, really.)
AGENTS OF ATLAS
THE ETERNALS (Secret superheroes among us.)
THE PUNISHER (He’d have to go cable or become non-lethal, I’d guess.)
… and a number of female detective characters involved with superhumans in one way or another.
THE INCREDIBLE HULK was a succesful series for CBS from 1978-82, starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno. Attempts to use the character in later TV movies to launch THOR and DAREDEVIL series for ABC didn’t pan out.
For the full list of Marvel pitches, check out the link above.
ABC is streaming the pilot episode of its superhero series NO ORDINARY FAMILY online at NoOrdinaryScreening.com . You need to be in the first 50,000 viewers, and use the case-sensitive password Extraordinary . It’s being presented with “limited” commercial messages.
NO ORDINARY FAMILY premiers September 28th.
Newsarama interviewed newly appointed Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb about the new division’s plans.
The writer/producer on shows such as HEROES explained that Marvel plans to continue to explore it Direct-To-DVD animated features, and aminmated series for television, including AVENGERS: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes coming to Disney XD (formerly Toon Disney or Jetix in some areas) this fall, and the already in-development ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN.
He wants to see Marvel Animation improve the quality of its productions to the level of their print and film divisions, particularly now that they are part of Disney.
“And then there’s a brand new division that we’ll do with live action, where we’re working in partnership with ABC and ABC Family to find the right properties, the right characters and develop them.
To start, we will be exploring the one-hour drama field similar to the shows that I mentioned that I’ve worked on, like SMALLVILLE and LOST.
…The real key for us is to find the right property for the right network with the right studio, and make sure we’ve got the right creator-showrunner in order to bring that vision to the screen.
We are planning on doing this very cautiously, very carefully and very selectively — it’s worked very well for the feature department, and that’s the model that we’ll be looking at.”
Read the entire interview at the link above.
Here’s a trailer and ABC’s description of their upcoming series NO ORDINARY FAMILY.
The Powells are about to go from ordinary to extraordinary. After 16 years of marriage, Jim and Stephanie’s relationship lacks the spark it once had, and their family life now consists of balancing work and their two children, leaving little time for family bonding.
During a family vacation set up by Jim in an attempt to reconnect, their plane crashes into the Amazon River. But this is where the fun starts for the Powells, as they soon discover that something’s not quite right. Each of them now possesses unique and distinct superpowers.
But saving and savoring their family life will be equally important, as they try to find purpose for their new powers and embark on a journey to find out what defines and unifies them. The Powells are a totally relatable family who happen to be a little bit amazing.
Michael Chiklis (The Shield) stars as Jim Powell, Julie Benz (Dexter) as Stephanie Powell, Romany Malco (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) as George St. Cloud, Tate Donovan (Damages) as Mitch McCutcheon, Autumn Reeser as Katie Andrews, Christina Chang as Yvonne Cho, Kay Panabaker as Daphne Powell and Jimmy Bennett as JJ Powell.
The pilot was written and executive-produced by Jon Feldman. The series is executive-produced by Feldman, Greg Berlanti, Morgan Wandell and David Semel, who also directed the pilot. Joe Hartwick, Jr. serves as producer. No Ordinary Family is from ABC Studios.
NO ORDINARY FAMILY will air Tuesdays, 8/7 Central
Here’s the trailer and ABC’s official description of their summer supernatural series, THE GATES:
“Nestled inside a private mountain community are The Gates. The image of perpetual suburban bliss, each street is lined with perfectly manicured homes protected by the massive iron gates, but a dark and delicious secret is buried just beneath the surface of this picturesque neighborhood.
Like most families that settle inside The Gates, the Monahans are unmoored from a complicated life they abandoned in Chicago. Named the new police chief of The Gates, Nick Monahan is expecting a change of pace in this quiet suburb. Nick’s wife, Sarah, and their children, Charlie and Dana, are embarking on new adventures as well. Their house is to die for, but amidst the excitement, Sarah is still burdened with the revelation that her husband may not be the man she thought he was. Charlie and Dana will also face some challenges of their own: Along with navigating the trials and tribulations of adolescence, they’ll also face the daunting task of fitting into their new upscale school, where their new friends run in tight-knit packs.
There’s something very different about this place, almost… haunting. Unions will be complicated by friends with unnatural influence, insatiable housewives will struggle with ravenous cravings, and teenagers will be cursed with keeping their beastly instincts in check. The Monahans are facing an uncertain fate. Nick is about to be tangled up in a mystery where he will begin to piece together the dark truth about their new home, and the supernatural elements that lurk behind the shadows of The Gates.
The Gates stars Frank Grillo as Nick Monohan, Marisol Nichols as Sarah Monahan, Rhona Mitra as Claire Radcliff, Luke Mably as Dylan Radcliff, Travis Caldwell as Charlie Monohan, Skyler Samuels as Andie Bates, Colton Haynes as Brett Crezski, Chandra West as Devon, Victoria Platt as Peg Mueller, Justin Miles as Marcus Jordan and Janina Gavankar as Leigh Turner. The Gates is produced by Fox Television Studios. The series is executive-produced by Gina Matthews and written and executive-produced by Grant Scharbo and Richard Hatem.”
The show runs 13 episodes, and is believed to feature familiar monsters of various kinds, though possibly with a twist.
THE GATES premieres Sunday, June 10th at 9PM (10 Central).