This Week in TV:
The Boys is being adapted for television; FX orders a series from Donald Glover; HBO orders Max to pilot; ABC developing My Best Friend’s Wedding sequel; Fantasy Island reboot in the works; and Showtime picks up Roadies
The Boys, a comic series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, is being adapted for television.
The series takes place in a world where superheroes exist. However, rather than being the upstanding, morals-driven heroes you’d expect, most of the heroes have been corrupted by their celebrity status. They’re reckless and gladly risk the lives of normal humans for their own amusement. That’s where The Boys come in. The Boys are a special unit in the CIA tasked with monitoring the superhero community, often viciously beating any superheroes they see stepping out of line.
The adaptation is currently being shopped around by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the team behind AMC’s upcoming adaptation of Preacher — another Garth Ennis comic. Supernatural creator Eric Kripke is reportedly involved with the series as well. The project is still in early stages, however, given the incredibly explicit nature of the source material, it will likely be taken to premium networks first.
FX has ordered Atlanta, a new comedy created by and starring Donald Glover, to series.
The half-hour comedy stars Glover as one of two cousins trying to work their way up through the Atlanta rap scene. The pilot episode was directed by Hiro Murai, who previously worked with Glover on the music video for his song ‘Sober.’ The series will be produced by Paul Sims (Girls) and MGMT Entertainment’s Dianne McGunigle, alongside Glover.
Donald Glover is a multi-talented creator and the series will be playing to his strengths. Not only is he a successful musician, recording under the name Childish Gambino, but he’s an award-winning writer and starred in four seasons of Community as Troy Barnes. As such, Atlanta should easily find success on the network.
HBO has ordered Lena Dunham’s new comedy series Max to pilot.
The series centers on second-wave feminism during the 1960s. Max takes place specifically in 1963 and follows main character Maxine Woodruff (Lisa Joyce), a low-level magazine writer who is caught up in the movement. The pilot will be directed and produced by Dunham, with writing by Murray Miller (Girls).
This will be Dunham’s first new pilot since Girls launched in 2012. However, feminism is a topic she’s intimately familiar with. Dunham recently co-created a newsletter called “Lenny,” which focuses on feminism as well as health, style, and essentially any topic Dunham and co-creator Jenni Konner wish to discuss. The newsletter recently published an essay by Jennifer Lawrence about the Hollywood wage gap that’s sparked quite a bit of debate.
ABC is developing a television follow-up to the 1997 film My Best Friend’s Wedding.
The series will pick up where the film left off, with Julianne Potter (played by Julia Roberts in the film) trying to navigate life in New York City after the man she loved married another woman. She is joined by her best friend George, originally played by Rupert Everett, who serves as something of a guide in her life.
Oscar-winning screenwriter Ron Bass (Rain Man), who penned the original film, will be co-writing the pilot episode with Jessica Amento. Bass will also serve as executive producer, joined by Happy Madison’s Doug Robinson and the film’s producer Jerry Zucker. The series joins a growing list of television adaptations of classic films, including The CW’s The Notebook, CBS’ Training Day and Fox’s Behind Enemy Lines.
ABC is also currently developing a reboot of the 1970s hit series Fantasy Island.
ABC gave a script order to the series, which will feature a female lead in place of Ricardo Montalban’s Mr. Roarke. The original series depicted Roarke as the owner of an island where people from around the world could come and live out their fantasies (for a price). The updated series would take place in San Francisco, with the lead running a company in the place of an island.
The original series ran for seven seasons, as well as a revival in the late 90s, and the format of the show called for a large number of guest stars, such as Peter Graves (Airplane). The reboot comes from Sony Pictures Television with Sheldon Turner (X-Men: First Class) writing and producing the series.
Source: The Wrap
Showtime has picked up Roadies, a new series from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams.
The series stars Luke Wilson (Idiocracy) and Carla Gugino (Wayward Pines) as a tour manager and production manager for a popular band. The series will focus on the managers and a crew of roadies rather than the musicians they’re touring with. The series was written and directed by Cameron Crowe and explores similar themes to the directors Oscar-winning film Almost Famous.
Crowe had the following to say:
“Showtime has a great track record with music-based projects and they’ve been wonderful partners. The actors are all so passionate about music too and the whole show has the feeling of stories and music shared between friends. We can’t wait to bring it all to life in 2016.”
Roadies is expected to air sometime in 2016.