Deadline’s Comic-Con TV correspondent Gary Hodges files:
The Hilton just across the way from Comic-Con hosted its own share of panels this year, including one for ABC’s new reboot, Charlie’s Angels, due to hit this fall. The trailer for the series was shown introducing each of the angels and showing fast cuts of doors being kicked down, people being punched, cars being spun, and – of course – lots of the new cast. It closed with the words: “These ain’t your mama’s angels.”
Schneider then introduced the cast: Ramon Rodriguez (The Wire) as Bosley, reinterpreted as a hacker, and the three new angels: Annie Ilonzeh (General Hospital) as Kate, a dirty cop-turned; Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) as Eve, a former car thief; and Rachael Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy), a cat burglar. They were joined on stage by executive producers Miles Millar and Alfred Gough (both of Smallville).
Gough admitted some reluctance at first to take on another established and beloved property after Smallville. “There’s a car wreck mentality,” he said. “They’ll tune into the pilot, to see you fail.” But he said he hoped viewers would be turned into believers when they saw the show, with a whole host of changes to the traditional Angels mythology. Rather than originally a bunch of bored police cadets, now each of the ladies come from darker backstories. “We [also] made Bosley young and hot,” Gough said. “We wanted Bosley to be the fourth angel,” saying Rodriguez’s character will be much more active in the stories, and the one with the closest … Read More »
UPDATED: Ramon Rodriguez (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) has joined ABC’s Charlie’s Angels reboot as Charlie’s liaison Bosley.The new Charlie’s Angeles, from Sony TV, Flower Films and Millar/Gough Ink, stars Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh as the trio of sexy sleuths. Rodriguez’s Bosley is described as a charming and funny guy with GQ looks and Peter Pan smile who has great hacking skills and technical knowledge and is a rock of support for the Angels and the good-natured brunt of many jokes. The character of Bosley was played by David Doyle in the original series and then Bill Murray and Bernie Mac in the two features, respectively. Rodriguez’s series credits include The Wire and Day Break. He is with UTA and the Collective.
Constance Zimmer (Entourage) is reuniting with Entourage executive producers Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson as the female lead in the Wahlberg and Levinson-produced CBS comedy pilot Home Game. The pilot, from CBS TV Studios and writers Warren Bell and Chris Nowak, is inspired by the experiences of former NFL star Mark Schlereth and centers on Mark, a retired NFL player who returns home to his wife Lisa (Zimmer) and daughters. Lisa is an attractive dynamo who has been raising their three daughters while her husband has been playing in the pros. Zimmer, repped by UTA and Sweeney Management, will star in Roger Kumble’s upcoming play Girl Talk… Read More »
ABC’s reboot of Charlie’s Angels is already deep into a director and cast search, so a formal pilot pickup has been, well, a formality. It came this morning. The remake of the 1970s series, described as a modern take on the Angels set in Miami, hails from Sony Pictures TV and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films. Alfred Gough and Miles Miller penned the script and are executive producing with with Leonard Goldberg, executive producer of the original series, Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen.
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EXCLUSIVE: After a year in development, ABC’s Charlie’s Angels reboot is headed to pilot production. The Sony TV-produced project was originally set up at ABC with a pilot commitment last November with Josh Friedman as a writer. It didn’t go to pilot stage and, after the upfronts, it was put in redevelopment with new writers, Smallville creators/executive producers Al Gough and Miles Millar. Back then, it was one of 5 projects put on fast-track development under previous ABC president Steve McPherson. After McPherson’s successor Paul Lee took over in August, there has been chatter that he liked Gough and Millar’s script. Top casting director John Papsidera recently was quietly tapped to start some exploratory search for the leads. The project just released an official breakdown and I hear it has locked in Miami as location for the shoot, eyed for January. Gough and Millar are executive producing with Leonard Goldberg, executive producer of the original series, Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen. The three also produced the two Charlie’s Angels movies that starred Barrymore. So far, Charlie’s Angels has followed closely the successful reboot of another popcorn 1970s series, Hawaii Five-0, which also went through two cycles of development until its second script by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Peter Lenkov was picked up to pilot. It went on to become a series, which was recently picked up for a full season. Now let the guessing begin who the new TV angels … Read More »
ABC, which has been largely out of the spy genre since Alias, is reentering it in a big way. The network, which already is developing a Charlie’s Angels reboot, just landed the series adaptation of James Cameron’s 1994 action comedy True Lies, in a premium deal that includes a large penalty. Cameron is executive producing the project, which was taken to the networks earlier this week, with Rene Echevarria, who will serve as writer and showrunner and Lightstorm’s Rae Sanchini and Jon Landau. 20th Century Fox TV is producing. (James Cameron Adapts ‘True Lies’ For TV)
The 1994 movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis centered on Harry Tasker (Schwarzenegger), a computer salesman/family man who lives a double life as a government spy. During a top-secret mission, Harry discovers that his mousy wife Helen (Curtis), is seeking adventure. Harry sets out to give her the excitement she craves while battling Middle Eastern terrorists who threaten nuclear war with the U.S.
Before True Lies, ABC tried to adapt another movie about a spy couple, Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The project was ordered to pilot in 2007 but didn’t go to series. In his development picks so far, new ABC chief Paul Lee has gone mostly for noisy, light/genre projects from proven auspices with premium deals for True Lies, Darren Star’s dramedy adaptation of the book … Read More »