Greg BerlantiLatest News and Opinion
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
Why it would be a bad idea for Greg Berlanti to bring back Everwood
Berlanti said yesterday that there is "a real shot" that Everwood could return, but the beloved WB series had a perfect, fulfilling ending in 2006. So what's the point of bringing it back today? Also, an Everwood revival would likely have trouble reuniting the original cast, especially with Chris Pratt -- who couldn't attend the 15th anniversary reunion last year -- having a busy movie career and his ex-girlfriend, Emily VanCamp, starring on Fox's The Resident.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Greg Berlanti reacts to his 14-show record -- and whether he'd ever reboot Everwood
The uber-producer saw only one of his shows canceled (ABC's Deception) this season, while four were picked up over the past few days (CBS' God Friended Me and The Red Line, CW's All American and DC Universe's Doom Patrol). This allowed him to break a new record for on-air TV series that was previously set by Aaron Spelling and Jerry Bruckheimer. "My secret dream," says Berlanti, "is that other people that work with me get more credit for all the hard work that they do because they work just as hard and so I’m really proud to be a part of all of it, but I don’t feel like an author for that. I feel like I’m just on a really great team. That’s the truth." Once upon a time, Berlanti had only one show on the air, The WB's Everwood, which featured future stars Chris Pratt, Emily VanCamp and Sarah Drew. "Definitely of all of them, Everwood is the one that has a special song in my heart," he says. "I think it’s about schedules and finances and budget and if we can get a budget to a place, I think that there’s a real shot that that could come back. I think we just have to figure out what would be the best way to do it, but there’s no nothing firm in place yet."
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 3:48PM EDT
Doom Patrol live-action series is coming to DC's streaming service
Mega DC series producer Greg Berlanti is behind the TV version of Doom Patrol, a superhero team that first appeared in DC Comics in 1963. According to the official description, “Doom Patrol is a re-imagining of one of DC’s most beloved group of outcast Super Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane, led by modern-day mad scientist Dr. Niles Caulder (The Chief). The Doom Patrol’s members each suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities — but also left them scarred and disfigured." ALSO: Greg Berlanti, who set a record last week with 13 on-air series, now has 14 series.
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 7:13PM EDT
Greg Berlanti sets a new record with 13 on-air shows
Berlanti tied the record this season previously set by Aaron Spelling and Jerry Bruckheimer with 10 series. But the pickups of CBS' God Friended Me and The Red Line, plus The CW's All American, puts him at 13 shows on air.
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Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 6:52PM EDT
CW picks up reboots of Charmed and Roswell, The Originals spinoff Legacies and two other dramas
The CW has picked up the Roswell reboot with the new title Roswell, New Mexico. CW has also ordered In the Dark, All American, and Legacies. Greg Berlanti's culture-clash drama All American revolves around a high school football player from South Central Los Angeles who is recruited to play football at a Beverly Hills high school. Mystery series In the Dark follows a blind woman who helps solve cases with the help of her service dog. Legacies, a spinoff of The Originals, is set at a school for witches, vampires, and werewolves.
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 6:23PM EDT
Andy Cohen ended up on Riverdale because he wanted it to happen, and Greg Berlanti listens to his radio show
"I'm a huge Riverdale fan, and I was on (SiriusXM's) Radio Andy one day having just watched the season one finale, and it hit me, I was like, I need to come to Riverdale," Cohen recalls. "I want this to happen. So I said it on the air, and (executive producer) Greg Berlanti listens to Radio Andy on his way to work. And he emailed me that day, he said it's done. It was pretty easy."
Posted Tuesday 3/06/18 at 9:38PM EST
Noah Wyle to star in CBS' racial drama pilot Red Line from Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti
The potential series revolving around a white Chicago cop who mistakenly shoots and kills a black doctor would mark Wyle's first TV series regular role since ER. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Wyle will star as Daniel Calder, a dedicated high school teacher who is mourning the loss of his innocent African-American husband, who was shot and killed by a white police officer. Daniel is now a single parent to his adopted daughter, Jira." Wyle also has a recurring role on TNT's The Librarians.
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 1:57PM EST
Yvette Nicole Brown to stay at ABC for a comedy pilot from Diablo Cody and Greg Berlanti
The Community alum, who starred this season on ABC's The Mayor, has joined the multicamera comedy Most Likely To, about a mom who becomes housemates with her formerly rich high school bully.
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:50AM EST
Taye Diggs to play Beverly Hills High School's football coach in Greg Berlanti's CW football drama pilot
The Private Practice alum has signed on to the untitled drama based on former University of Oregon and NFL Super Bowl champion Spencer Paysinger, about a rising South Central Los Angeles football player who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High.
Posted Monday 2/05/18 at 3:25PM EST
The Mayor's Brandon Michael Hall lands starring role on CBS pilot God Friended Me
Even though Hall’s ABC comedy hasn’t been canceled, he’s been released from his contract and allowed to join the Greg Berlanti-produced procedural drama pilot in which he plays an outspoken atheist who is “friended” by God on Facebook.
Posted Saturday 2/03/18 at 12:50AM EST
CBS' pilot pickups include an L.A. Confidential TV series and Eric Holder-inspired legal drama Main Justice
CBS also picked up the Ava DuVernay-Greg Berlanti racial drama Red Line. CBS currently has 10 drama pilots and seven comedy pilots in contention for next season.
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 9:15PM EST
Coming to CBS: God Friended Me?
The “uplifting” Greg Berlanti-produced drama pilot follows a “lippy atheist” whose “life is turned upside down when he is ‘friended’ by God on Facebook. Unwittingly, he becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him.”
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Dawson’s Creek turns 20: Creator Kevin Williamson says the beloved WB teen show couldn’t exist today and he wouldn’t want a reunion
“What would we do?!” Williamson says of doing a reunion special with the high-profile cast of The WB series, which premiered on Jan. 20, 1998. “One of the reasons we did the finale five years in the future was to put a button on it. What would a reunion be? What would that look like? Why would you? I don't see it and I don't feel it. The finale was such a beautiful moment in time and the show was always meant to be a nostalgia piece. Let it stay there and live in its nostalgia and its nostalgic universe.” Williamson said he wanted Dawson’s to be “the teen drama of the 1990s” and to "speak to the teenage audience of the day.” As for whether Dawson’s Creek could exist today, Williamson says: “It's a different time and different place. The moment dictates what shows work or you make the show and that becomes the moment. It's either/or. If you look at what's working today, it's not Dawson's Creek. You have to either design the show for the moment or create something that is not out there and it will become the moment. You can't do Dawson's Creek today; you'd have to revamp it, reboot it or come up with something else and why would you do that?”
- Parents TV Council named Dawson’s Creek the No. 1 worst show on TV each of its first two seasons
- No episode of TV exemplified teenage angst like Season 3’s “Stolen Kisses”
- Inside the thrilling, chaotic writers’ room: Greg Berlanti recalls the battle behind TV’s first romantic gay kiss
- Where the cast of Dawson’s Creek is 20 years later, including those who aren’t still famous
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 12:03AM EST
Black Lightning is the Black Lives Matter of TV shows, arriving on TV at a timely moment
“Black Lightning is slick, smart, and infused with a social conscience that feels especially spot-on in light of the heightened debate in America about what constitutes racism and how to properly protest racially motivated police brutality,” says Jen Chaney. “It’s the Black Lives Matter of superhero shows. It’s a funky ’70s crime series. Or maybe it’s what happens when comic-book TV gets infused with a tiny bit of the spirit of The Wire.”
- Black Lightning arrives having found a way to make the typical superhero origin story fresh: by bypassing it altogether
- Black Lightning just might be the first woke network TV show with a superhero that takes on stereotypes and prejudice
- It feels like a vindication of 1970s black empowerment, as much as a worthwhile hour of pulse-quickening entertainment
- This is a black show on a network filled with white superheroes, and it displays no insecurity or self-consciousness about that
- Black Lightning operates in the real world of race, police violence and crime — without beating you over the head with a message in every scene
- The weakest part of the show is the actual superheroism
- Showrunner Salim Akil recalls how a chilling racial profile scene was inspired by his experiences with being pulled over
- Black Lightning offers yet another terrible CW superhero disguise
- To prepare to play TV’s first black lesbian superhero, Nafessa Williams studied Pam Grier films
- Cress Williams on the importance of Black Lightning: “I was so emotional, because to see it really happening…. I mean, it’s historical in every sense of the word”
- Salim Akil: “I wanted to add something not only to black culture but to American culture that can’t be taken away”
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 6:10PM EST
Greg Berlanti on former Arrowverse showrunner Andrew Kreisberg: “I was shocked, I was disappointed, I was confused”
Berlanti, who’s been juggling 10 shows across his Berlanti Productions, says he first learned of the sexual harassment allegations against Kreisberg one week before they were published in Variety. Berlanti says he did know that Kreisberg had anger management issues, but not about the sexual harassment complaints. “I was shocked, I was disappointed, I was confused,” Berlanti tells Variety. “But my overwhelming desire then and to this moment was how can I fix this, how can I help people that may have been hurt in any way. That is still the predominant feeling I have about all of it. So that supersedes all of the other feelings and emotions.”