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Trailer For NBC’s Constantine

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With the television upfronts taking place in New York City this past week, all the networks are showing off their line-ups for the fall television season and one of the shows that comic book fans might be looking forward to is NBC’s series “Constantine,” based on the Vertigo and DC Comics mainstay John Constantine, which just received a series order two days ago.

Starring Matt Ryan (“Criminal Minds”) as the chain-smoking supernatural detective first introduced by Alan Moore in Saga of the Swamp Thing before getting his own series Hellblazer , the show also stars Lucy Griffiths (“True Blood”), Harold Perrineau (“Lost”) and Charles Halford.

Produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television with writer and executive producer Daniel Cerone (“Dexter”) and executive producer David S. Goyer overseeing it, the show looks like it will be closer to the DC/Vertigo Comics take on the character than the 2005 Warner Bros. feature  starring Keanu Reeves.

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First Look At Matt Ryan as John Constantine

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With production underway on Constantine, NBC’s new pilot from executive producers Daniel Cerone & David S. Goyer and director Neil Marshall, NBC, Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment have released the first image of series star Matt Ryan in character as John Constantine.

“I’ve been a fan of John Constantine since he was first introduced in 1985. This Constantine, envisioned by Neil Marshall and embodied by Matt Ryan, looks like he sprang directly from the comics’ covers. Fans old and new are going to be in for a treat,” said executive producer David S. Goyer.

Constantine stars UK native Matt Ryan (Layer Cake, The Tudors, Torchwood) and follows enigmatic and irreverent Liverpool con-man-turned-occult-detective John Constantine, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of defending our world against dark forces from beyond. As DC Comics and Vertigo fans know, the character of John Constantine made his debut as a supporting character in Swamp Thing in 1985, before going on to star in Vertigo’s bestselling Hellblazer as well as his currently ongoing, self-titled series set within The New 52.

The Constantine pilot is executive produced by Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist, Dexter) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight films, Man of Steel). Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) is directing from a teleplay by Daniel Cerone, with story by Daniel Cerone & David S. Goyer.

Constantine is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, and is based upon characters published by DC Comics.

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Is The Revival of Heroes A Good Idea?

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NBC announced earlier this week that the Tim Kring-created series Heroes is set to return in 2015. This time as “Heroes: Reborn”. 

In a press release, NBC said 13 episodes were in the works as an “event mini-series with original creator and executive producer Tim Kring at the helm”. Details on the storyline were not revealed, but NBC has suggested that some of the original cast could return.

On the one hand, it’s no surprise that NBC would want to capitalize on the series, which ran from 2006-2010. It remains one of the best-selling TV series on DVD of all time with more than 10 million units sold. But bets are on as to whether fans will respond positively. While the show did earn nominations for big awards, saw record high ratings and enthused a generation of comic-loving viewers, the height of the wave was definitely season one. Heroes went steadily downhill from there.

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And so, the initial reaction has been mixed. Some are excited to relive those moments when we saw “ordinary” people discover, develop and use their super-human powers; perhaps Kring will get it right this time. Others are skeptical about the return; why revive something that many people lost interest in – a fact overly obvious by the series’ final viewer ratings.

But here’s where the strategy gets interesting: to regain the support of former fans, NBC will launch a digital series prior to the 2015 premiere that will introduce the characters and new storylines. According to NBC, this leveraging of social media is a way for fans to re-engage with what was one for the true pioneers in multiplatform storytelling. This might generate enough hype and interest to give life back to the one-time great series.

But just like a JackpotJoy Slot, a few things have to line up before Heroes: Reborn will win big. Will we see the likes of Zachary Quinto, Milo Ventimiglia, Adrian Pasdar and Hayden Panettiere return? Will Heroes continue as a kind of “Lost with super powers?” Will we go back to the popular basics? Or are people tired of this concept and the confusing developments Kring likes to throw in?

If Kring’s last project, Touch – which had a familiar feel to Heroes – is anything to go by, one can’t help but wonder that NBC is making a mistake.


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NBC Orders Constantine Pilot

NBC has ordered a pilot for “Constantine,” based on the DC Comics/Vertigo character. Written by  David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel) and Daniel Cerone (“The Mentalist”), it’s thought that the new series will use the character’s “New 52″ series as its basis.

Created by Alan Moore, John Constantine, a roguish magician/detective/conman, first appeared during the author’s run on “Swamp Thing” in 1985, receiving his own series, “Hellblazer,” under DC’s Vertigo imprint in 1988. That book ran for 300 issues before it was relaunched in DC’s “New 52″ continuity as “Constantine” with a younger take on the antihero.

The Constantine character was also brought to the big screen with a 2005 film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Keanu Reeves. Guillermo del Toro confirmed last year that he was working on a script based on DC’s “Justice League Dark,” (tentatively titled Dark Universe) that would include John Constantine as a character. As to how that film winds up being affected by these new television plans remains to be seen.

The series joins “Arrow,” “The Flash,” and “Gotham,” as another DC comics based television series

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Tina Fey To Host Saturday Night Live Season 39 Premiere On September 28, 2013

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The new season of SNL is just around the corner and Tina Fey will return to kick off the 39th season with musical guest Arcade Fire.

It will be the fourth time appearing as host/musical guest for both of them.

Miley Cyrus will do double duty as host and musical guest on October 5th. Then on October 12th, Bruce Willis will host with Katy Perry.

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NBC Developing Stephen King’s Tommyknockers

NBC announced today that the network is in early development on a handful of new projects, including a behind-the-scenes look at Hillary Rodham Clinton, an updated retelling of “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Stephen King’s Tommyknockers” and “Plymouth,” based on the epic story of the Mayflower’s landing in America.

“Stephen King’s Tommyknockers” is based on the renown author’s chilling 1987 novel about how the residents of a small Maine town deal with what they believe is an alien spacecraft that has landed nearby. Executive producers are Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky. Emmy Award winner Yves Simoneau (“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”) is attached to direct.

This is not the first time that The Tommyknockers has been adapted for television; In 1993 an ABC mini-series was directed by John Power and starred Marg Helgenberger and Jimmy Smits in the two lead roles.

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The Michael J. Fox Show Official Trailer

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Look who’s making the news again. One of New York’s most beloved news anchors, Mike Henry (Michael J. Fox), put his career on hold to spend more time with his family and focus on his health after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. But now five years later, with the kids busy growing up and Mike growing restless, it just might be time for him to get back to work.

Having never wanted Mike to leave in the first place, his old boss Harris Green jumped at the chance to get him back on TV. The trick, as it’s always been, was to make Mike think it was his idea. After several – okay, many – failed attempts, Mike’s family, anxious to see him out of the house, finally succeeded in getting him to “run into” Green. Now their plan is in motion. He’ll be back to juggling home, family and career, just like the old days – only better.

Still got it… Michael J. Fox returns to NBC in a new comedy from writer and executive producer Sam Laybourne (“Cougar Town”) and executive producer Will Gluck (“Easy A”).

The Michael J. Fox Show, coming Thursdays this fall to NBC.

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Seth Meyers Will Take Over NBC’s Late Night Show Next Year

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Saturday Night Live” writer-performer Seth Meyers will take over NBC’s “Late Night” show next year when current host Jimmy Fallon moves to “The Tonight Show,” NBC announced Sunday.

“SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels will also be the executive producer of “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” He was also named executive producer of “The Tonight Show” earlier this year when the network announced Fallon would replace Jay Leno.

No premiere date has been announced, but NBC has said Leno’s exit and Fallon’s debut will coincide with the Winter Olympics coverage in 2014. All three shows will broadcast from NBC’s New York headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

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Guest List For The Final 3 Episodes of Saturday Night Live 2013 Season

Here are the dates and guests for the final three SNL episodes of this season below:

- May 4 Zach Galifianakis / Of Monsters and Men

- May 11 Kristen Wiig / Vampire Weekend

- May 18 Ben Affleck / Kanye West

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The Office Reveals Its Series Finale Guest Stars

In just three weeks, Dunder-Miflin will be closing its doors and, today, “The Office” has revealed who will be heading to Scranton for the one-hour series finale on May 16. Guest stars will include Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak, Rachael Harris, Dakota Johnson, Joan Cusack, Ed Begley Jr., Malcolm Barrett, Matt Jones, Andy Buckley, Mike Schur and Bobby Ray Shafer. The conclusion to the hit series is officially described as follows:

Months after the airing of the documentary, the workers of Dunder Mifflin, past and present, gather for a wedding and a final round of interviews. Mysteries are solved, hatchets are buried, pranks are prunked.

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