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Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 1:32PM EDT
NBC giving Timeless fans closure with a two-part series finale
The time-travel drama has been un-canceled for a second time, as NBC has ordered a two-hour wrap-up that it says will give “closure to the globetrotting series." “While we wish we could’ve made another dozen seasons of Timeless, this is the next best thing,” said co-creators Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke in a joint statement. The entire cast will return for the two-part finale, which will begin shooting in mid-October and air around the holidays. AS TVLine notes, "the odds of the project snagging a green light — given the logistics and financial hurdles — were considered remote." Ryan told USA Today that Timeless fans "without a doubt" are responsible for the two-part revival. "All the helicopter signage stuff at Comic-Con was very much on their radar," he said. "Trending on Twitter, months after the cancellation, was super-impressive. It’s such a passionate fan base." ALSO: Timeless stars credited fans, thanking them on Twitter.
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 12:49AM EDT
The Shield cast reunites
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Michael Chiklis posted pictures of his entire cast and creator Shawn Ryan to Instagram. "Old friends together like time has stood still. Such incredible chemistry. #goodtimes #shieldreunion," Chiklis tweeted. This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Shield's acclaimed series finale.
Posted Monday 7/02/18 at 1:27PM EDT
Timeless fails to find a new home -- a wrap-up movie is an "uncertainty"
Co-creator Shawn Ryan tweeted that Sony TV's attempt to find the canceled NBC drama a new network "have sadly failed." As for a wrap-up movie, he tweeted that "discussions still take place… but there are considerable economic obstacles that make it an uncertainty. We will update you when we know more.”
Posted Friday 6/22/18 at 11:17AM EDT
NBC cancels Timeless again, but it may get a wrap-up movie
The time-travel series, which was canceled last year only to be renewed for a second season days later, has been canceled again after two seasons. According to Deadline, Sony TV and NBC are "discussing doing a two-hour movie that would resolve the cliffhanger in the recent Season 2 finale and wrap the stories on the show, giving fans closure." ALSO: Timeless cast and crew react to another cancelation.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 12:29PM EDT
Timeless went all out for its Season 2 finale
Executive producer Shawn Ryan explains last night's ending in the wake of the NBC drama being on the bubble. ALSO: Timeless season finale ratings were down amid renewal talk.
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 2:17PM EST
Lord of the Rings TV series lands at Amazon with a multiple-season commitment
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV show, which includes the potential of spinoff series, will be produced with J.R.R. Tolkien's Estate and Trust, publisher HarperCollins and Warner Bros. Entertainment's New Line Cinema. “The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Amazon's new head of scripted programming, in a statement. Still, as James Hibberd points out, “there’s a catch, creatively speaking: The series will explore storylines set before the events in the first LOTR novel, The Fellowship of the Ring. In other words: The war to destroy the One Ring as chronicled in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning trilogy of films will not be told in the TV version. So this story is either set before The Hobbit or in between The Hobbit and LOTR.” Also, Amazon didn’t name a writer/showrunner for the series. As The Shield creator Shawn Ryan notes: “Protip: When you see a network announce a big commitment to a new show with no writer/showrunner to guide vision, prepare for bumpy waters.”
Posted Friday 10/06/17 at 4:37PM EDT
Amazon is struggling to gain a TV foothold: It’s “a bit of a gong show,” says David E. Kelley
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Despite acclaimed series like Transparent, Amazon is “struggling to define a new strategy,” according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper quotes Kelley, whose HBO series Big Little Lies Amazon wasn’t even interested in bidding on, as describing the studio as "a bit of a gong show." And The Shield creator Shawn Ryan, whose Amazon show Mad Dogs was canceled, described the company as being entirely in "chaos” and not “artist friendly.” There is also the allegation that the top executives at Amazon Studios are using their positions to get work for their significant others. Still, Amazon has recently signed top TV talent, including Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Gilmore Girls’ Any Sherman-Palladino.