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Old January 23 2013, 03:33 PM   #2011
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Another historical character in the modern world. Next up: A reboot of The West Wing starring Thomas Jefferson.
There's nothing new about transposing period literary figures into more modern eras. See all the King Arthur literature and films that put Arthur and Camelot in the Middle Ages, c. the 1400s, when the original legend -- and the real historical figure, if any, who was the basis for it -- was from a thousand years earlier, right after the end of Roman rule in Britain. And there are multiple works of Asian literature and cinema, including Dragonball Z, which are basically modernizations of the great Chinese literary classic Journey to the West.
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Old January 23 2013, 06:04 PM   #2012
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Another historical character in the modern world. Next up: A reboot of The West Wing starring Thomas Jefferson.
There's nothing new about transposing period literary figures into more modern eras. .
Indeed. Holmes and Watson were transposed into the modern era at least as early as the old 1940s films with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. (Remember Holmes tracking down Nazi spies?) And, of course, there's the assorted variations on The Seven Samurai, set during the wild west, in outer space, etc.

Heck, The Fugitive tv show was basically Les Miserables transposed to contemporary America, complete with a thinly-disguised version of Inspector Javert (renamed "Gerard").

The more things change . . . .
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Old January 23 2013, 06:54 PM   #2013
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And Elementary being one of the few actual broadcast hits this year, that will raise the odds on more shows with literary characters in modern settings.
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Old January 23 2013, 07:45 PM   #2014
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Heck, The Fugitive tv show was basically Les Miserables transposed to contemporary America, complete with a thinly-disguised version of Inspector Javert (renamed "Gerard").
Except Gerard turned out to be a much nicer guy than Javert.

The Bill Bixby Incredible Hulk, which is often seen as a Fugitive knockoff, was actually intended by its developer as a cross between Les Miserables and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Which makes for a nice segue into a reference to Sherlock producer Steven Moffat's previous modernization of a 19th-century literary protagonist, Jekyll, a miniseries from 2007 about a modern descendant of the original Dr. Jekyll. Which is also getting an American counterpart of sorts this season, NBC's Do No Harm, which premieres next Thursday. Except in this version, the protagonist is named Jason Cole (J. Cole = Jekyll, I guess), and his "Hyde" persona is named Ian Price. So it's more an "inspired by" sort of deal than a direct updating, or a sequel like Moffat's.
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Old January 23 2013, 07:47 PM   #2015
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As I recall, the Invisible Man and the Scarlet Pimpernal also ended up fighting Nazis back in the 1940s . . . .
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Old January 23 2013, 08:27 PM   #2016
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CW's The Selection (holdover from last year) finally gets the go-ahead.

The CW brass has been high on the concept for the Hunger Games-esque The Selection since the project was pitched in 2011. The network first ordered a pilot for the adaptation of the book by Kiera Cass last year. The project, written by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, didn’t make the cut to series, but the network kept it in redevelopment, ordering a new script from Craft and Fain. CW president Mark Pedowitz recently said that the network is quite happy with the duo’s new treatment, which is now getting a pilot green light. Set 300 years in the future, The Selection is described as an epic romance centering on a working class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for the Royal Prince’s hand to become the nation’s next queen. Balancing her loyalty to family, true love, and kingdom, she must attempt to remain true to herself as she navigates the cutthroat competition and palace intrigue, all while a budding rebellion threatens to topple the crown.
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Old January 23 2013, 08:38 PM   #2017
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^^^ That show sounds like Prince Harry's idea on how to find a great wife. LOL
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Old January 23 2013, 10:14 PM   #2018
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Nah, he'd hold a Call of Duty Xbox tournament and marry the winner. Hey waitaminute...awesome idea for a reality series! So You Want To Marry an Immature Warmongering Big-Mouthed Dunce of a Prince.
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I thought that meant, psychological defense, but here's the description of the book it's based on:

They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.
Doesn't that belong on the CW?

Here's a longer descrption in much the same vein:

Lena Haloway is content in her safe, government-managed society. She feels (mostly) relaxed about the future in which her husband and career will be decided, and looks forward to turning 18, when she’ll be cured of deliria, a.k.a. love. She tries not to think about her mother’s suicide (her last words to Lena were a forbidden “I love you”) or the supposed “Invalid” community made up of the uncured just beyond her Portland, Maine, border. There’s no real point—she believes her government knows how to best protect its people, and should do so at any cost. But 95 days before her cure, Lena meets Alex, a confident and mysterious young man who makes her heart flutter and her skin turn red-hot. As their romance blossoms, Lena begins to doubt the intentions of those in power, and fears that her world will turn gray should she submit to the procedure. In this powerful and beautifully written novel, Lauren Oliver, the bestselling author of Before I Fall, throws readers into a tightly controlled society where options don’t exist, and shows not only the lengths one will go for a chance at freedom, but also the true meaning of sacrifice.
Might be interesting as a novel, but I can't see that working out on broadcast, particularly on male-skewing FOX. Anyway, moving on quickly...ABC pickup.
Yeah, that definitely doesn't seem like the usual Fox stuff. It sounds like it could be kinda interesting though.
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Old January 24 2013, 08:33 PM   #2020
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I found another description that makes it sound more thriller-like and focused on the external threat to the character:

The series is set in a world where love is deemed illegal and is able to be eradicated with a special procedure. With 95 days to go until her scheduled treatment, Lena Holoway does the unthinkable: she falls in love.
So that sets up a ticking clock scenario that could cover the first season, and after she somehow evades the procedure, they can move on to something else...or maybe she doesn't evade it and S2 is about reversing it?

EDIT: Amazon looking at half hour comedy series based on Zombieland.

It would mark the first original scripted series for the streaming service and the first Amazon original offering from a major studio. The company had been ramping up original production through its own Amazon Studios, the original film and series production arm of Amazon.com, which is behind six recently greenlighted comedy pilots.

I hear original Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are onboard for the series as writers/co-executive producers, as is the movie’s producer Gavin Polone, who would executive produce. Sony TV, Reese, Wernick and Polone previously set up a Zombieland comedy series project at Fox last season. The deal with Amazon would fulfill the trio’s original vision for Zombieland as a TV series, which was first developed for CBS in 2005 before the rise of alternative digital distributors of original series like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. After CBS passed and Syfy couldn’t make a deal for the show, the project was turned into the Ruben Fleischer-directed feature starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, which became a sleeper hit.

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^^^ That show sounds like Prince Harry's idea on how to find a great wife. LOL
The strip billiards episode will be classic!
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Old January 25 2013, 09:54 PM   #2022
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JJ Abrams is a busy boy. His robot cop pilot is picked up at FOX (which needs a sci fi series in the mix now that Fringe is over.)

The untitled Warner Bros. TV/Bad Robot-produced project is described as an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.

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This is one of two dramas from A-list auspices this season set in a world where human-looking robots co-exist with humans. The other, from Howard Gordon and Josh Friedman, which has a big penalty at NBC, is still awaiting word. NBC also is yet to pull the trigger on Abrams’ high-concept drama with Alfonso Cuarón, which has a pilot production commitment and had been exploring casting since December.
PS, here's more on NBC's robot crime show. Sounds like a similar idea but with a bigger canvas.

...thriller soap set in a world much like ours, where human-looking robots are commonplace. After a routine homicide explodes into the first robot-on-human murder, the lead detective must solve the case and investigate a growing robot rebellion while dealing with the impact on his own fractured family.
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Old January 25 2013, 10:12 PM   #2023
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I'm more interested in the Gordon/Friedman premise, but I guess nobody's going to want to turn down an Abrams-connected project after yesterday's news.
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Old January 26 2013, 01:15 AM   #2024
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http://www.ksitetv.com/oxygen/three-...w-people/19187

The Hundred: The hour-long entry is set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. A spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. Based on an upcoming book by Kass Morgan.

Oxygen: The most interesting-sounding of the new entries, Oxygen is about an epic romance that ignites between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they and hundreds of others land on Earth and were immediately consigned to an interment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since.

Reign: A fantastical drama which centers on the previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots’ rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The hour-long effort will touch on the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue.
The Hundred & Oxygen are genre...but Reign sounds most interesting to me. LOL.
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Old January 26 2013, 01:40 AM   #2025
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The CW is getting mighty ambitious, I'm interested in all three. If they do Reign in the style of The Tudors (with broadcast tut-tutting re: sex and nudity of course), they could have something worthwhile. Mary Stewart vs. her cuz Liz Tudor in an epic royal smackdown for the ages is about as sweet of a CW-ready story as you could hope for.
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