Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
The most intriguing material to emerge from a TCA panel promoting the new ABC action thriller Zero Hour starring Anthony Edwards came after the panel during an informal chat with creator/executive producer Paul Scheuring. He was asked about the presence of Nazis in the pilot and whether that was perhaps done to give the show something of a baseline for evil so there is no ambiguity. His surprising reply: “No. Actually, that’s a source of ambiguity. The idea that all Nazis are bad is something we are exploring, 100 percent.”
“The entire show is about the man or the woman beneath the identity,” Scheuring continued. “If you wear a Christian cross, are you automatically good? If you wear a Nazi armband, are you automatically bad? And that I think ultimately makes for more complex and interesting drama. All those different characters wear these different surface adornments, like Naziism, Christianity. But what’s the human beneath it?… I want to have a more sophisticated three-dimensional view of the characters as opposed to ‘Nazi! Bad!’ I mean, who cares?” Scheuring identified himself as Buddhist and went on to pose the hypothetical question whether the Christian God is real. “Scientifically, that’s the question we are starting to ask as the season goes along.” Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: In his first series regular role since ER, Anthony Edwards has signed on as the lead in ABC’s drama pilot Zero Hour. The ABC Studios project, written and executive produced by Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring, centers on Hank Foley (Edwards) who, after spending 20 years as the editor of Modern Skeptics magazine, becomes involved in one the most compelling conspiracies in human history when his wife is kidnapped.
EXCLUSIVE: Director Michael Polish has started production on the 1960s pic Big Sur, setting Dogville’s Jean-Marc Barr to play Jack Kerouac, Josh Lucas to play Beat Generation fixture Neal Cassady and Kate Bosworth to play Billie, the woman linked to both. The drama covers Kerouac’s move from New York to Northern California, as he tries to rediscover himself after badly handling the fame, drugs and decadent lifestyle that came with his groundbreaking novel On The Road. Anthony Edwards, Radha Mitchell, Balthazar Getty, Patrick Fischler, Stana Katic, John Robinson and Henry Thomas are also in the Polish-scripted film. 3311 Productions, a newly formed financing/production company, funded the film. Polish produces with 3311′s Ross Jacobson, Mark Roberts, Eddie Vaisman and Adam Kassen. Orian Williams is also producing.
It’s the second Kerouac to be recently adapted, as Walter Salles shot a screen version of On the Road with Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen.
EXCLUSIVE: Two months into the job, Showtime entertainment president David Nevins is already hard at work building a development slate with some big-name auspices. Among the latest to sign up for projects at the pay cable networks are Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Edwards who are working on a drama project together, and Jeff Daniels and Timothy Busfield, who are collaborating on another project, Happily Ever After, which would star Daniels.
Zodiac co-stars Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Edwards co-created and will executive produce the Showtime project. There is hope that they may also star but that is still unclear as Ruffalo’s feature commitments may get in the way. Weeds writer/executive producer Roberto Benabib is writing the script set in the morally ambiguous world of media crisis management and centered on two partners running such a firm. CBS TV Studios is producing. It was was during the filming of David Fincher’s 2007 movie Zodiac, on which they played partners Inspector David Toschi and Inspector William Armstrong, that Ruffalo and Edwards hit it off and began talking about possibly doing another project together. They remained close and kept bouncing around different ideas for potential TV series until they settled on the one about a crisis management firm and brought in Benabib, who has been developing it with them. The three and Cheryl Dollins will executive produce the project, which expands Benabib’s relationship with Showtime … Read More »