Starz Announces New Projects

For us, the cool part of this news is that Joe Straczynski’s got a project that sounds amazingly cool, and, like, we know him. Well, almost know him. Close enough!

by TeamTVWriter Press Service

As part of STARZ overall deal with “Spartacus” creator Steven S. DeKnight, STARZ is developing “Incursion,” an epic science fiction action-thriller that follows a squad of soldiers caught in a war against a hostile alien race. Each season the battle will be fought on a new, exotic planet as humanity punches deeper into enemy territory. Grittily realistic combat, darkly complex characters and intrigue on a cosmic scale will permeate the tale of fighting men and women facing the pressures of war and an enemy unlike any ever seen. In addition to his international acclaim on “Spartacus,” Steven has worked on such well-regarded series as “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”, “Smallville,” and “Dollhouse.

J. Michael Straczynski is the wildly successful writer and producer whose credits include such fan classics as Thor, Underworld: Awakening, “Babylon 5,” and The Changeling. He has teamed with horror master Roy Lee, whose credits include such hits as The Ring, The Strangers and The Woman in Black in developing “Vlad Dracula” with veteran producer Rob Tapert, whose credits include the international Starz hit series, “Spartacus,” iconic “Xena: Warrior Princess,” Evil Dead and The Grudge. The project is a unique spin of the classic tale, blending the historical facts of the 15th century Prince of Wallachia, with the fictional Dracula whose story is known around the world and continues to fascinate audiences. “Vlad Dracula” traces his evolution from a revered ruler to the world’s most feared vampire, and his slow downfall as he struggles desperately to hang on to his humanity, his wife and his kingdom.

Managing Director of Starz, Carmi Zlotnik said “Steven DeKnight, J. Michael Straczynski, Roy Lee and Rob Tapert are legendary talents, having created some of the most groundbreaking and iconic television series with incredibly passionate fan bases the world over. We are thrilled to work with such sophisticated auteurs and producers as we grow the slate of unique Starz original series.”

DAILY SHOW and COLBERT REPORT are Off the Web

Legal versions anyway:

by TeamTVWriter Press Service

After an impasse in carriage negotiations between Viacom and DirecTV, Viacom’s 17 networks were pulled from DirecTV last night at midnight. One of the reported sticking points was that DirecTV didn’t want to pay as much as Viacom wanted especially since so much of its content was available freely on the web.

Well, okay, probably it’s more complicated than that. Because these things always are.

And probably it’ll get settled just when we’re about to plunge into despair. Because these things usually go that way.

But meanwhile one thing’s for sure: Those of us who get our daily dose of comedy and current events on the web are shit out of luck.

Never forget who’s done this to you. Never forgive.

FALLING SKIES Renewed

Staff, cast, and crew rejoice. Viewers ask: “Why?”

TNT Orders Third Season of Epic Drama Falling Skies

TNT has ordered a third season of its epic original series Falling Skies, from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. The critically acclaimed drama starring Noah Wyle finished its first season last year as bas ic cable’s top new series of 2011. Currently averaging 5.9 million viewers, the series ranks as basic cable’s #1 summer drama with adults 18-49. TNT has ordered 10 episodes Falling Skies‘ third season, slated to air in 2013.

So somebody likes this show? Or do they just watch? Either way, the ad $$$ are the same.

CBS Fall 2012 Premiere Dates

Honking press release:

CBS ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 PREMIERE DATES

Wednesday, Sept. 19

  • 8:00-9:30 PM SURVIVOR: PHILIPPINES (25th edition premiere)

Monday, Sept. 24

  • 8:00-8:30 PM How I Met Your Mother (8th season premiere)
  • 8:30-9:00 PM Partners (Series Debut)
  • 9:00-9:30 PM 2 Broke Girls (2nd season premiere)
  • 9:30-10:00 PM MIKE & Molly (3rd season premiere)
  • 10:00-11:00 PM Hawaii Five-0 (3rd season premiere)

Tuesday, Sept. 25

  • 8:00-9:00 PM NCIS (10th season premiere)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES (4th season premiere)
  • 10:00-11:00 PM Vegas (Series Debut)

Wednesday, Sept. 26

  • 9:00-10:00 PM Criminal Minds (8th season premiere)
  • 10:00-11:00 PM CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (13th season premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 27

  • 8:00-8:30 PM The Big Bang Theory (6th season premiere)
  • 8:30-9:00 PM Two and a Half Men (10th season premiere)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM Person Of Interest (2nd season premiere)
  • 10:00-11:00 PM Elementary (Series Debut)

Friday, Sept. 28

  • 8:00-9:00 PM CSI: NY (9thseason premiere)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM Made In Jersey (Series Debut)
  • 10:00-11:00 PM Blue Bloods (3rdseason premiere

Saturday, Sept. 29

  • 10:00-11:00 PM 48 Hours Mystery (26th season premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 30

  • 7:00-8:00 PM 60 Minutes (45th season premiere)
  • 8:00-9:00 PM THE Amazing Race (21st edition premiere)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM THE Good Wife (4th season premiere)
  • 10:00-11:00 PM THE Mentalist (5thseason premiere)