This Week in TV:
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler sign on to host the Golden Globes through 2015; Netflix orders an original drama from the creators of Damages; Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Sleepy Hollow) sell two more TV projects; BBC America orders Intruders, an adaptation of a Michael Marshall Smith novel; and FOX orders an ancient Egypt-set show titled Hieroglyph to series.
After garnering rave reviews for their hosting gig at the 2013 Golden Globes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have been commissioned to host the awards show for the next two years.
Fey and Poehler replaced controversial comedian Ricky Gervais as the show's host last year and proved to be a solid change of pace as they delighted audiences and industry professionals with their natural chemistry and comedic timing. While fans of the comediennes will certainly be happy to see them back, no one is more excited than NBC after the success of the Globes last year.
Said NBC President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, Paul Telegdy:
"Tina and Amy are two of the most talented comedic writer/performers in our business and they were a major reason the 'Golden Globes' was the most entertaining awards show of last season. We're elated they wanted to host together again and that they committed for the next two years."
Tune in to the 2014 Golden Globes on January 12 @8PM to see Fey and Poehler lead one of Hollywood's biggest nights.
Source: NBC (via Coming Soon)
Netflix has ordered an original untitled drama series from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman.
The streaming service has committed to produce a 13-episode first season of the show, which is described as a psychological thriller that "centers on a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home." The show's creators - who are also serving as its writers and executive producers - explained the idea behind the series further:
“We’ve always wanted to put our spin on a family saga and examine universal themes of family in a way that has never been seen before on television. The series is a tightly-wound thriller that explores the complex bonds between parents and children, brothers and sisters, and the rivalries, jealousies, and betrayals at the core of every family.”
The trio's work on Damages scored with critics and it sounds like their new series could do the same, but will it be a hit with Netflix viewers? We'll have to see what kind of cast it attracts and how the first season comes together.
The prolific writing and producing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness, Sleepy Hollow) saw their recent success continue this week as they sold two more television projects - one to CBS and one to the CW.
For CBS, Kurtzman and Orci are teaming with writer Nick Santora (Breakout Kings) and director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6), who has signed on to helm the pilot episode of an untitled drama inspired by the true life story of Walter O'Brien. Known as the man with the fourth-highest documented IQ, O'Brien went on to found Scorpion Computer Services, a high profile think tank that gathered some of the world's best minds to work as a intelligence provider for funded challenges on a global scale.
Meanwhile, over at The CW, Kurtzman and Orci are developing an untitled sibling terrorist drama inspired by an Israeli feature script called Dance of the Hours. The story centers on a young woman who is "recruited by the CIA to infiltrate her recently discovered biological family, a wealthy and powerful dynasty in Texas suspected of having criminal alliances across the globe."
Kurtzman and Orci were already riding high off of the success of FOX's Sleepy Hollow, but after landing two more TV projects this season, we can safely say the team is on a hot streak. We'll just to have to wait and see if these new shows can also hit home with viewers.
BBC America has greenlit an 8-episode first season of a drama titled Intruders based on Michael Marshall Smith's 2007 novel The Intruders.
X-Files writer Glen Morgan will write and executive produce the series about "a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others." While further details on the show are scarce, we can expect that it will stay close to the plot of the novel, which follows an ex-cop who delves into an investigation of several mysterious disappearances only to discover that the victims are not as innocent as they seem.
No casting announcements have been made, but with production expected to begin next spring, we should have some more information on BBC America's Intruders soon.
Following the success of Sleepy Hollow, FOX ordered another high-concept project, titled Hieroglyph, straight to series this week.
The network has commissioned a 13-episode first season of the show, which is described as a fantastical action-adventure drama. Set in ancient Egypt, Hieroglyph “follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah, navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies, and even a few divine sorcerers.” The series comes from the mind of Pacific Rim scribe Travis Beacham, who wrote the pilot episode and will also executive produce.
The straight-to-series order shows that FOX was more than excited to work with the imaginative Beacham, who developed the original story idea for Pacific Rim and is currently co-writing the sequel with Guillermo del Toro.
Said FOX Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly:
“We wanted to do a show about deceit, sex, intrigue in the court and fantastical goings-on – no better place to set that than ancient Egypt. Travis Beacham has an inventive mind, and he has wrapped this all together in this intoxicating new drama.”
Although no casting announcements have been made, the premise sounds like it could attract some big-name stars. With FOX pushing ahead for an early 2014 production start date, we should know more about Hieroglyph soon.
Source: FOX (via Collider)