munchman: M. Night Shyamalan Bringing His Patented Incoherence to TV

And Marti Noxon’s going to fix it! (We hope.)

M. Night Shyamalan Jumping Into Scripted TV With Syfy Project (Exclusive) – by Philiana NG

Syfy is getting into business with feature filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.

The cable network has given a put-pilot commitment to a project from Shyamalan and Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Marti Noxon titled Proof, marking his first foray into scripted television, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Shyamalan, who made his mark with The Sixth Sense,would direct the Universal Cable Productions project.

Proof centers on the son of a billionaire tech genius who offers a large reward for anyone who can find proof of life after death following the tragic accident and sudden passing of his parents.

Shyamalan and Noxon will co-write the project and serve as EPs. Ashwin Rajan, of Shyamalan’s Blinding Eagle, will also serve as an exec producer.

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TVWriter™ predicts:

  1. The original script will suck because it will lack both characterization and logic
  2. The revised script will suck even more because Shyamalan won’t let Noxon add any characterization or logic and, in a fit of ego, will remove whatever was there before
  3. The pilot will cause unintended laughter every time it’s aired
  4. The pilot will be aired about 8000 times because the show will go to series no matter how bad it is, which means we’ll all have permanent smiles
  5. The series will be cancelled/abandoned/whatever before the first season can officially end
  6. Shyamalan will immediately go to work on another project for which he will be paid more money and will screw that one up too

Remember, boys and girls, you read it here first.

Whew! We’re Safe!

Not that TVWriter™ has ever done anything like this…that we know of:

Embed All the Pirated Video You Want Because It’s Totally Legal – by  Adrian Covert

A few months back, porn studio Flava Works and the MPAA launched a legal campaign against site myVidster to outlaw the embedding of videos that weren’t uploaded with the permission of the copyright holders. Specifically Hypothetically, you could be punished for posting an old N*Sync video to you blog that wasn’t uploaded by Vevo (or whoever). Thankfully the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck that case down.

According to GigaOm, Judge Richard Posner says that because myVidster was not hosting the links, but merely pointing them to content, it infringed on no copyrights. He considered it akin to the New Yorker providing show listings to readers. Furthermore, he went out of his way to mention that viewing illegally uploaded videos was not copyright infringement either.

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By “Adrian Covert?” Hmm. Oh well, looks like everyone with a website and/or a browser is safe from the OldMedia stormtroopers…at least until another judge says something different.

Hulu is Reinventing Itself as a Genuine TV Alternative

…And may even succeed:

Hulu Presents Series that Inspired Homeland, British Comedies, Larry King Now 0 by Hanh Nguyen

“We’ve got an incredibly diverse audience. It’s big and getting bigger. That gives us a lot of latitude,” Hulu’s SVP of content Andy Forssell told the Television Critics Association during the fall previews on Tuesday.

Hulu’s new summer programming slate reflects that diversity. After launching its first original scripted series Battleground in February, Hulu is continuing its commitment to creating new programs and distributing curated content from around the web, networks and globe. Check out its summer lineup:

Prisoners of War

The nine-time Israeli Emmy Award-winning series starring Mili Avital and Ishai Golan inspired Showtime’s critically acclaimed Homeland.

“I play [Narit] the wife of the soldier who was kidnapped. We were engaged,” Avital said. “I eventually married his brother and we had a son. Seventeen years later, he was released. My character resonated a lot with Israeli audiences… my character represents the need to move on and begin a new life.,,”

Ishai Golan, who plays Uri, added, “It changed the face of Israeli TV… people told me how hard it was to watch. And although it was hard, they had to stay and watch it to the end. It took entertainment another step.”

Prisoners of War premiered on July 14 on Hulu and Hulu Plus.

Up to Speed

The wacky travel series stars Timothy “Speed” Levitch, a quirky real-life character whom Dazed and Confused filmmaker Richard Linklater discovered giving eccentric tours in D.C. To get an idea of what’s in store for viewers on Up to Speed, here’s a selection of colorful quotes from Speed himself…

Up to Speed premieres on Thursday, Aug. 9 on Hulu.

Larry King Now

The veteran TV and radio host takes his skills to the web with Larry King Now on Hulu. And although he’s switched to a different medium, he’s still able to attract willing interviewees, includingSeth MacFarlane, Meghan McCain, Betty White and Oliver Stone.

At 78, Larry King has embraced the idea of a series on Hulu, available to everyone, all the time. “It’s kind of a revolution to me,” he told reporters. “This is an unencumbered show… [Technology-wise], I’m an idiot. I don’t know how it works, but I’m enjoying it.”

King marveled at the impact that technology has had on broadcasting.

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Oh c’mon. We marvel at the impact of technology on broadcasting. Larry King marvels at the fact that he wakes up in the morning. But that’s the thing. We really do marvel at the viewing choices we now have. And, unless there’s a total socio-technological-economic meltdown we’re pretty certain that the best is yet to come.

Shawn Ryan Speaks About his Latest Soon-to-be Failure

Well, going by his track record. Sure, THE SHIELD was hot. But TERRIERS? And THE CHICAGO CODE? (Although CODE did bring a heterosexual Jennifer Beale to us and that’s a major plus.)

Shawn Ryan Talks LAST RESORT, the New ABC Drama Series Centering on a Rogue U.S. Submarine Crew -by Christina Radish

The new ABC drama series Last Resort, premiering on September 27th, tells a suspenseful, emotional and action-packed story about what happens when a U.S. submarine crew receives an order to fire nuclear weapons at a foreign country, and then ignores that order.

While at the ABC portion of the TCA Press Tour, show creator/executive producer Shawn Ryan(The Shield) talked about telling such an ambitious story, how the characters will come first, how realistic and technical the show will be, why director Martin Campbell was the perfect person to bring the series to life for the pilot, putting their very healthy budget on the screen, how much edge they can bring, how the special effects elements will come into play, and what shows he’s currently enjoying on TV.

Question: Following The Shield, you did Terriers and then The Chicago Code.  Have your ambitions been increasing, over the last couple of years, or have you had this story in your pocket for awhile?

SHAWN RYAN:  My ambitions have grown, and the story started with Karl [Gajdusek].  I want to give Karl credit.  The initial nugget of this story was his, and then we joined forces.  But, when we pitched this to Paul Lee and his cohorts at ABC, last summer or fall, I described it as the show that I couldn’t make five years ago because I didn’t possess the skill set, and that I felt like the shows I had done, up to this point — with the ongoing serialization of The Shield, combined with the production value of The Chicago Code, and combined with this buddy thing that we had done in Terriers — all got me to this place where I felt I could do something this ambitious.  It’s not like I didn’t want to do something of a huge scale like this before, but this is a really difficult show, from a storytelling standpoint and a production standpoint.  We have the production in Hawaii and have to manage that.  It’s a big-budget, very huge, monstrous-scope show that I don’t think I would have been capable of doing before.  So, it’s not like my ambitions have grown, but my feelings about my capability to live up to those ambitions has grown.

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Yep, a submarine series definitely needs a big budget to do justice to all those claustrophobic little spaces. We get it. Sure. And about that title – so this isn’t a sitcom about 2 shlubs crashing an exclusive island hideaway for the 1%?

TV, we love everything about you. Especially the self-deluded writers and directors and actors and producers. We know you have to be that way because otherwise what would you do? Face the fact that there’s just no damn hope…?

munchman: THE BRADY BUNCH is Rebooting.

Further proof that Vince Vaughn is as dumb as he looks (and that CBS development execs are even dumber):

CBS Developing ‘Brady Bunch’ Reboot With Vince Vaughn – by Lesley Goldberg

The network has given a script commitment to a reboot of The Brady Bunch from executive producer Vince Vaughn and CBS Television Studios, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The multicamera comedy about the famed TV family would revolve around the youngest of Mike Brady’s boys, Bobby Brady, as a divorced dad who remarries and starts a new family.

Raising Hope‘s Mike Mariano will pen the project and executive produce alongside Lloyd Schwartz, son of the late Sherwood Schwartz, who created the original ABC sitcom that ran from 1969-74. Vaughn, Victoria Vaughn and Peter Billingsleywill also exec produce through the actor’s Wild West Picture Show Productions shingle.

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The good news: The 2 writers, Mike Mariano and Lloyd Schwartz are right out there above the fold.

The terrible news: The concept.

Besides, I’ve been crushing on Florence Henderson since I saw my first BRADY BUNCH rerun. Making this just plain painful. Doesn’t anybody know how to do television right anymore? Anybody who’s working in it, I mean.