To borrow a couple terms from TV industry jargon, ABC’s new drama series Forever is a “procedural” with a “mythology.” At today’s TCA, executive producer Matt Miller tried to explain how those two elements will fit together in the new show, about an immortal medical examiner (Dr. Henry Morgan, played by Ioan Gruffudd).
There are some constants to the mythology of Henry Morgan: Whenever he dies and shows up in another place and time, he always arrives in water and he’s always naked: “A little something for the audience,” quipped Miller.
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As usual, ABC will unspool the bulk of its fall lineup during the formal premiere week. The dates include premiere slots for Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D (Tuesday, September 23) and Scandal (Thursday, September 25). New drama series Forever is getting a two-night launch, with a sneak preview on Monday, September 22, followed by the regular time period premiere the next night at 10 PM. Also, new romantic comedies Selfie and Manhattan Love Story are being held back a week before taking on the daunting task of opening Tuesday night at 8 PM:
Monday, September 15
8-10 PM - “Dancing With the Stars”
Monday, September, 22
10-11 PM - “Forever” (Special Sneak Preview)
Tuesday, September 23
9-10 PM - “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
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EXCLUSIVE: More than two years after the end of Chuck, two of the cult spy dramedy’s key auspices are reuniting on a new series. Chuck co-creator/executive producer Chris Fedak is returning to Warner Bros. TV, the studio behind the NBC series, with a two-year overall deal. Under the pact, he will join WBTV’s new ABC fall drama Forever, created and executive produced by former Chuck executive producer Matt Miller. Fedak will serve as an executive producer on Forever as well as develop new projects. Forever, from WBTV and Lin Pictures, centers on Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner who helps solve crimes while trying to solve his inexplicable immortality. Since the end of Chuck, Fedak has sold several projects, including Midnighters, a drama based on the Alloy sci-fi/fantasy book trilogy, which he co-created with fellow Chuck co-creator/executive producer Josh Schwartz for Fox two seasons ago. He recently set up a high-concept drama at NBC through Legendary TV. Fedak is repped by WME, Fuse Management and Bloom Hergott.
EXCLUSIVE: The show about an immortal living in NYC hasn’t even hit the air yet, but ABC’s drama Forever already is getting some potential legal pushback. Today RadicalMedia sent a pointed letter to producer Warner Bros TV claiming that the supernatural procedural unveiled last week at the upfronts “sounds rather similar” to the best-selling 2003 novel Forever by Pete Hamill about an immortal living in the Big Apple. “This claim is baseless,” said a WBTV spokesperson today in response.
The co-producers of docu Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, on the other hand, note that the titles are the same, the location is the same and that both the character in the novel and in the upcoming TV show from writer/EP Matt Miller, EPs Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz, and director Brad Anderson are “seeking an answer concerning his immortality.” No legal action is in the cards yet, and even if it was, titles are not protected by copyright. However, Forever the novel rights holders RadicalMedia at least want a name change for the series set to debut on Tuesdays this fall. Read More »
UPDATE: Descriptions and credits for each newly picked up series at the bottom of the post.
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WRITETHRU:: ABC has kicked off its new series pickups with a nod to its hottest pilot, legal thriller How To Get Away With Murder starring Viola Davis and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. Also picked up today are two other pilots from ABC Studios, John Ridley’s dark, racially charged drama American Crime starring Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman, and comedy Black-ish, starring Anthony Anderson, with Laurence Fishburne executive producing and set to recur as Anderson’s dad. I hear Richard LaGravenese’s Dangerous Liaisons is not going forward.
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ABC is continuing with its orders from ABC Studios. Next off are fairytale musical comedy Galavant from Dan Fogelman (His sophomore ABC comedy The Neighbors is dead), the alien drama The Whispers (formerly The Visitors) and the under-the-radar Jeff Lowell romantic comedy, now titled Manhattan Love Story. The Whispers marks the seventh series for Amblin TV and third for Dawn Olmstead who left the producing ranks to head development for Universal Cable Prods.
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Joel David Moore (Bones, Avatar), Barbara Eve Harris (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Donnie Keshawarz (The Wolf Of Wall Street) have landed series regular roles on ABC’s drama pilot Forever, written by Matthew Miller and directed by Brad Anderson. It centers on Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner. But what no one knows is Henry studies the dead for a reason – he is immortal. His investigative work with recently widowed Detective Jo Martinez (Alana de la Garza), a recovering alcoholic, and relationship with best friend Abe (Judd Hirsch) will peel back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life. Moore, repped by ICM and Underground, will play Lucas, a young M.E. tech who’s a bit of a hipster and easily tongue-tied around pretty women. Harris, with SDB Partners and Valeo Entertainment, will play Lt. Roark, an old-school NYC cop who is Martinez’s boss. The role originally was written for a male character. Keshawarz will play brash homicide Detective Hanson, who works with Martinez. He’s with Abrams Artists Agency and ATA Management.
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Law & Order alumna Alana de la Garza has been tapped as the female lead opposite Ioan Gruffudd in ABC’s drama pilot Forever, written by Matthew Miller and directed by Brad Anderson. It centers on Dr. Henry Morgan (Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner. But what no one knows is Henry studies the dead for a reason — he is immortal. His investigative work with recently widowed Detective Jo Martinez (de la Garza), a recovering alcoholic, and relationship with best friend Abe (Judd Hirsch) will peel back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life. De la Garza, repped by SDB Partners, most recently co-starred on NBC’s Do No Harm. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fantastic Four‘s Ioan Gruffudd is set as the lead in ABC’s drama pilot Forever, written by Matthew Miller and directed by Brad Anderson. It centers on Dr. Henry Morgan (Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner. But what no one knows is Henry studies the dead for a reason – he is immortal. His investigative work with Detective Jo Martinez and relationship with best friend Abe (Judd Hirsch) will peel back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life. Miller exec produces with Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz for WBTV and Lin Pictures. Coincidentally, Gruffudd recently wrapped an indie also titled Forever. In TV, he starred on the CW’s Ringer and did an arc on Fox’s Glee. Repped by ICM Partners, Framework Entertainment and Nelson Davis.
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Veteran Judd Hirsch (Taxi) will co-star in Forever, from creator Matt Miller and WBTV. It centers on Dr. Henry Morgan, New York City’s star medical examiner who is immortal. His investigative work with Detective Jo Martinez and relationship with best friend Abe (Hirsch), a older and insightful gentleman who knows Henry’s secret, will peel back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life. Hirsch is repped by Joan Sittenfield Management and attorney Jake Jacobson
Kathleen Munroe (Alphas) has joined the cast of Clementine from the Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios. It centers on troubled 28-year-old psychic Clementine Ross (Sarah Snook) who sees her life begin to change in unexpected ways when she decides to stop running from her past. Munroe will play Lydia, Charlie’s (Kevin Alejandro) practical, regimented, and protective fianceé who is often at odds with Clementine. Munroe, repped by Magnolia, The Kohner Agency, Gary Goddard and Ryan Nord, recurs on ABC’s midseason drama Resurrection.
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