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Posted Thursday 1/03/19 at 1:53PM EST
The CW orders Batwoman pilot starring Ruby Rose
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The pilot order comes six months after The CW revealed a Batwoman TV series was in the works and weeks after Rose made her debut in the Arrowverse "Elseworlds" crossover. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Batwoman "was widely expected to be picked up to pilot and remains a front-runner for a series order given the auspices attached (and that The CW's Arrow, now in season seven, has begun to show its age)." Batwoman would mark the first-ever superhero series led by a lesbian character, played by the openly gay Rose. The pilot will be directed by Game of Thrones director David Nutter, who helmed the pilots for The Flash and Arrow. Here's the official logline: "Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane (Rose) soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope."
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 5:56PM EST
Greg Berlanti on You's move from Lifetime to Netflix: "This just feels like a really great story to tell with the Netflix model"
"It was always built to be extremely binge-able," executive producer Berlanti says of the Penn Badgley-led psychological thriller that Lifetime renewed before reneging on a second season. Berlanti says the move makes sense since You is considered a Netflix original outside of the United States. When did he find out that Lifetime was backing out of You? "A little before it became public," he tells Vulture. "But I think the stars have aligned for the show in that there was no pause for us creatively. We had been full steam ahead for season two. We just switched tracks to Netflix, and I think that’s healthy and good for the show." Berlanti doesn't expect changes now that You is no longer on a cable network with commercials: "The show will stay fundamentally the same. Yeah, we can take a few things to the next level, but I do think that we have been telling the story we set out to tell. This is the exact level of crazy we want to be at going into season two."
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 1:18PM EST
You jumps to Netflix for Season 2 after Lifetime reneges on its renewal
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Lifetime renewed the Penn Badgley psychological thriller stalker drama for a second season more than a month before its Season 1 premiere. The early renewal was due in part to You winning a Season 2 tax credit to move production from New York to Los Angeles. But Season 1 had a disappointing 611,000 live total viewers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "the lackluster ratings, paired with the fact that Lifetime did not own the Warner Horizon Scripted Television-produced drama, made a second season unsustainable for the cable network." Since Netflix already streamed You reruns, the streaming service has decided to pick it up as an original series. "Lifetime had an incredible experience working with Greg Berlanti, (showrunner) Sera Gamble and the entire team on You for season one," Lifetime said in a statement. "We wish the cast and crew the best as the series continues on at Netflix and can’t wait for the opportunity to work with the creative team again."
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
You is a vicious thrill of a show whose only flaws are a lousy title and a badly timed premiere date
Source: The New York Times
"Lifetime’s new stalker drama, You, has two major flaws: Its name is near impossible to use in conversation or to Google in any meaningful capacity, and it is premiering Sept. 9 as part of the fall TV season rather than a few months ago, when it could have been the steamy summer show we needed," says Margaret Lyons of the new series starring Penn Badgley. "Other than that, You, based on Caroline Kepnes’s novel, is a vicious thrill; smart and mean in all the right ways, with a devilish sensibility and a clever, inviting pessimism, like the friend who wants you to sit in the back with her and make jokes. You rolls its eyes at trying-to-be-cool people the same way actual cool people do."
- Enjoyably unnerving, You offers a covert and compelling study of modern dating
- It's unclear if You is good, but it's absolutely bonkers in the way it teeters back and forth between tones
- You seems to be taking the “throw in so many plots that viewers won’t mind the bad ones” approach -- and it kinda works
- You recalls the sparky sensation of UnReal's first season, and the ways in which it was not built to last
- You would be more incisive if it forced genuine discomfort on viewers
- You was tailor-made for the #MeToo era
- Co-creator Sera Gamble and You novel author Caroline Kepnes wanted to hook viewers with a scene reminiscent of a Matthew McConaughey/Kate Hudson romcom
- Penn Badgley wanted to make sure You wasn't "this wildly irresponsible, escapist fantasy at the perfectly wrong time"
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 2:03AM EDT
ABC is developing a drama about a small town with a criminal justice system run by women of color
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Greg Berlanti is reteaming with All American co-executive producer Nkechi Carroll on the proposed series set in a small North Carolina town. The untitled project revolves around a woman who leaves the big city to become police chef of Sutter, North Carolina, where she is astonished to discover the "unimaginable" -- a criminal justice system run entirely by women of color.
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 6:20PM EDT
Stargirl live-action TV series is coming to DC Universe, penned by Geoff Johns
After recently stepping down as DC chief creative officer, Johns has signed on to pen Stargirl, the DC Universe streaming service's fourth live-action series. Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter will serve as executive producers. “Obviously, Stargirl was (the) first character I created for DC,” Johns tells Deadline of Stargirl's 1999 debut as the stepdaughter of the Star-Spangled Kid. “Most important, Courtney Whitmore was inspired by my sister who passed away." He adds: "To have an opportunity to tell a story celebrating this superhero was literally the first thing I wanted to do because it is so personal to me. Also, a character that speaks to being young, to a legacy and to pushing forward seems so important to me nowadays.”
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 1:20PM EDT
The CW is seeking a lesbian actress to play Batwoman, TV's first gay lead superhero character
It was revealed this morning that The CW and Greg Berlanti are teaming up on a Batwoman TV series that will focus on Kate Kane, the second incarnation of the Batwoman character, who is described as “an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter.” The series be written by a gay woman, former Vampire Diaries executive producer Caroline Dries, and TVLine reports that the script calls for a lesbian actress of any ethnicity to take on the lead role. "Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence," reads the official logline. "But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope."
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Greg Berlanti inks a Warner Bros. TV mega-deal that could be worth $400 million
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Berlanti, who now produces a record-breaking 14 TV shows, will stay with Warner Bros. TV through 2024 under his new pact. The deal is only for his TV work. Berlanti, who recently directed Love, Simon, has a separate film deal with Fox. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the deal is "worth $400 million in all-cash guarantees," adding that Warner Bros. executives "aggressively pursued Berlanti for a new deal. Berlanti, who values loyalty, is said to have been happy at the studio and did not take meetings with any other outlet despite interest from Netflix, among other outlets." (Other sources say the deal is worth "more than $300 million.")
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
Why it would be a bad idea for Greg Berlanti to bring back Everwood
Source: TV Guide
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
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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
Source: E! Online
"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
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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.