After recently signing on to reboot one classic TV show, Hanna-Barbera’s The Flintstones, Seth MacFarlane is taking on another iconic TV series, Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Fox has greenlighted Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, a 13-part docu-series from Family Guy creator MacFarlane and late Sagan’s original collaborators – his widow, writer/producer Ann Druyan and astrophysicist Steven Soter. Envisioned as a successor to the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original 13-part program, which was hosted by Sagan, the new Cosmos series will be hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Underscoring MacFarlane’s commercial appeal, Cosmos will air on Fox in primetime, something pretty unprecedented these days for a science documentary series on commercial American television. (The original series aired on PBS.) Fox will air Cosmos: A Personal Voyage in 2013, which is also when the network will launch MacFarlane’s Flintstones reboot. National Geographic Channel, which will co-produce Cosmos, will air a same-night encore of the episodes following their broadcast on Fox. The project is being done outside of MacFarlane’s overall deal with 20th Century fox TV. “Never more than at this moment in the modern era have we needed a profound reminder of the colossally important and exciting role that science, space exploration and the human quest for knowledge must continue to play in our development as a species,” MacFarlane said. “We should be vigorously exploring the solar system by now, and who better to inspire us to get there than Ann Druyan, Steven Soter, Neil deGrasse Tyson and, of course, Carl Sagan.” Continue reading
Seth MacFarlane will remake the popular animated television series The Flintstones, it has been revealed.
The Family Guy creator received a green light from Fox to reboot the 1960s cartoon series about Stone Age man Fred Flintstone, his family and his friends.
MacFarlane was on hand to address the news when the announcement was made earlier today at the network’s upfront presentation in New York.
“The very first cartoon character I drew at age 2 was Fred Flintstone. So it’s appropriate that events have come full circle, allowing me to produce the newest incarnation of this great franchise.
“Plus, I think America is finally ready for an animated sitcom about a fat, stupid guy with a wife who’s too good for him.”
While Fox won’t officially announce its fall schedule until next week, it looks like the network has already made most of its decisions regarding what’s being picked up and what’s being canceled.
J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz will join Steven Spielberg’s Terra Nova and the returning Fringe on the schedule for the 2011-2012 television season, while bubble show Human Target has been canceled.
Alcatraz follows a team of FBI agents who try to unravel the mystery involving a group of Alcatraz prisoners and guards who vanished 30 years earlier only to reappear in the present day. The Warner Bros. drama stars Lost’s Jorge Garcia, Jason Butler Harner, Jonny Coyne, Parminder Nagra, Robert Forster, Sam Neill, Santiago Cabrera and Sarah Jones. Alcatraz comes from co-creators Bryan Wynbrandt, Steven Lillen and Elizabeth Sarnoff, with J.J. Abrams on board to executive produce.
Fox has also picked up the Bones spinoff The Finder and the comedies The New Girl and I Hate My Teenage Daughter, according to the FutonCritic.com. Fox previously announced pickups for Terra Nova, Allen Gregory and Napoleon Dynamite, along with the return of Fringe for a fourth season.
Proving itself to be the show that refuses to die, the Anna Torv-Joshua Jackson-John Noble para-science-fiction series was just granted a fourth year by Fox. Hooray for more pan-dimensional escapades!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fringe didn’t just get picked up for a fourth season, it got picked up for 22 episodes-worth of a fourth season, a terrific show of faith from Fox, a company which has been known to, from time to time, mercilessly cancel low-rated genre programming.
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Fox has pushed back plans to air its ambitious upcoming time-traveling, dinosaur-filled series, Terra Nova in May, and the two-hour premiere will now air in fall with the rest of the episodes, the network announced on Friday.
Fox had previously planned on giving us a taste of the Steven Spielberg-produced Terra Nova on May 23 and 24, with the full series premiering in the fall. That plan changed. “The cutting-edge visual effects used to create the world of Terra Nova, which is of massive scope and scale, require more time to be realized,” said Fox’s president of entertainment, Kevin Reilly.
Fringe will finally be back on its new night this Friday, and the action between the two worlds is expected to heat up as Walternate looks to destroy OUR reality. To celebrate the show’s return, we take a look at one of the best things about the show—the wild differences between the two worlds.
Blastr has some of their favorites, along with the episodes in which we first found out about them. Read the story here
It’s easy to slap the term evil on someone who wants to destroy your universe. However, the question on Fox’s Fringe of whether or not Walternate and the people from his universe are evil seems to pop up a lot these days. Considering tonight’s episode of Fringe is the last original for 2010, we’ll likely be pondering that subject for weeks … six weeks to be exact, as we wait for the series make its premiere on Fridays beginning Jan. 21.
In late breaking Friday night news, Fox announced it’s moving Fringe to Friday nights at 9 p.m. beginning January 28. Yes, that’s the infamous “Friday night death slot” where many a good show has gone to die (at least on the big TV networks). Good to see Fox isn’t changing it’s true colors when it comes to Sci-fi TV.
Steven Spielberg’s time-traveling sci-fi epic Terra Nova, which had its Comic-Con presentation canceled and its premiere on Fox pushed back from January until fall 2011, now has a new set of woes—most of its writers have just been given the pink slip.
A documentary crew follows “working class heroes who exterminate alien threats in deep space.” Smokers sounds like a dream TV series, even before you hear it’s the brainchild of Brian K. Vaughan, co-produced by Sam Raimi. Too bad it’s Fox.
Smokers is based on an original idea from Vaughan, who created some of our favorite comics, including Y: The Last Man, Runaways and Ex Machina, and also wrote for Lost. It’s one of three TV projects that Sam Raimi and Joshua Donen’s Stars Road Entertainment just sold to major networks — in this case, Raimi and Donen sold Smokers to Fox, which presumably means a pilot will be filmed, for possible series pickup. Thoughts?