UPDATE, 6:20 PM: Kurt Sutter responded this afternoon to those who have savaged his Sons of Anarchy season debut over its school shooting scene. That includes the Parents Television Council, which used the FX drama’s episode to once again demand that Washington allow consumers to buy networks a la carte. “Obviously there is some blowback today,” Sutter said in a webcast on his WTF web page. “The PTC — I would imagine these are not evil people, but they’re just not very intelligent or intuitive people. … The fact that these people want to be monitoring what my children watch is terrifying. He suggested the PTC’s “simplistic, dangerous view” is “perhaps influenced by certain religious groups and people with other agendas” which, “whenever that stuff crosses the line into censorship, it’s just scary, not just on a creative level but on a personal level”. READ MORE »
Hoke, a darkly comedic drama starring Paul Giamatti, has received a pilot order at FX. Based on Charles Willeford‘s series of novels Sideswipe, New Hope For The Dead and The Way We Die Now, the project was written by feature scribe Scott Frank, who will direct the pilot and he will be showrunner if Hoke goes to series. Hoke is a story of mid-life crisis and murder that features the hardboiled and possibly insane homicide detective Hoke Moseley (Giamatti) in pre-chic Miami circa 1985. Giamatti, Frank, Curtis Hanson, Carol Fenelon and Dan Carey executive produce for FX Prods. Filming is scheduled to begin later this year in Miami.
American Horror Story: Coven, the third installment in the horror franchise, will debut during October in the run-up to Halloween, as did its predecessors. Coven, starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett, will debut October 9, …
Feature Writers David Elliot & Paul Lovett Sell Drama To Fox, Rob Lieber Has Comedy At FX With Ryan Reynolds Producing
Writers David Elliot and Paul Lovett, whose feature credits include Four Brothers, GI Joe and the in-development sequel to Midnight Run, have sold a drama pitch to Fox through 20th Century Fox TV and Marty Adelstein and Shawn Levy’s studio-based 21 Laps/Adelstein. Titled Domain, the project is described as a contemporary take on Catch Me if You Can. After his arrest, a brilliant young political “hactivist” is coerced into helping U.S. intelligence track down the source of a series of devastating national security leaks. Adelstein, Levy and Becky Clements executive produce. Elliot and Lovett are with Verve, Principato-Young and McKuin, Frankel & Whitehead.
FX is turning up the heat as Emmy voting kicks into high gear with a large campaign war chest designed to show off their prime contenders American Horror Story, which leads all shows with a whopping 17 nominations in the movie/miniseries categories, and Louie which nabbed 6 nods including Best Comedy Series. Last Friday FX and Fox TV threw a summer barbeque and cast and crew conversation on the Fox lot for American Horror Story Asylum, and last night FX rented out the TV Academy’s Goldenson Theatre for a screening of Louie and a rollicking on-stage conversation with Louis C.K. and moderator, comedian David Steinberg. The place was packed to the rafters, presumably with Emmy voters though in this phase of voting members sign up for specific panels and at-home viewing, so exactly how many of the 600 or so who crowded into the theatre can actually help the Emmy chances of Louie is questionable.
None of that seems to matter to FX President John Landgraf who told me at the lavish post-reception the hefty outlay of funds for billboards, trade and newspaper ads and events like this is worth it, not only because they might be hitting some of those relatively few mystery voters (he estimates there could be about 1000-plus who vote for Best Comedy Series) but also to make a public and industry statement that FX is indeed a major player now in the Emmys and proud of their shows. Certainly AHS which also nabbed 17 nominations last year too and Louie would seem to confirm that. Incidentally FXX, the brand new spinoff network is the broadcast partner for the Academy’s Creative Arts Primetime Emmy show this year and Landgraf is glad they landed it.
TCA: Kathy Bates Tackles Serial Killer Socialite, Angela Bassett Plays Voodoo Priestess In ‘American Horror Story: Coven’
Kathy Bates will play Louisiana-born socialite and serial killer Marie Delphine LaLaurie in Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Coven debuting in October. Bates’ character was a big wheel in New Orleans until a fire broke out in her house in 1834 and people responding to help discovered bound and tortured slaves inside. Angela Bassett, meanwhile, will play Marie Laveau, a Louisiana Creole and Voodoo priestess who also lived in New Orleans in the 19th century. Jessica Lange will play a witch named Fiona, and Sarah Paulson will play her daughter, Cordelia. And no, it’s no coincidence Paulson’s character has the same name as King Lear’s good daughter — the one who winds up dead after Dad goes mad, AHS exec producer Tim Minear told TV critics at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013 this afternoon. Minear appeared onstage with Lange, Paulson, Bates and Bassett, and noted this is just part of the Coven cast, which he described as a “murders’ row of actresses.” Other names reportedly signed on for the coming season include Patti LuPone, Francis Conroy, Gabourney Sidibe, and Lily Rabe.
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
As its 13 first-season episodes are wrapping production, executive producers of FX’s The Bridge assured today’s TCA crowd that the Texas-U.S. bordertown crime drama will not fall into the formula of solving one crime per season. The murder mystery in Season 1 will wrap up “even before the end of the season,” said executive producer Elwood Reid, who with EP Meredith Stiehm developed the series based on the Danish/Swedish series Bron. Of the second season, Reid said: “There won’t be one big crime. We are not going to have the killer of the season every year.” Stiehm said that, for the first season, the producers had the 10 episodes of Bron to use as a road map but “then we got to a place where there was no guide…we have not decided which path we start on yet.”
TCA: Kurt Sutter Talks ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Graphic Novels, Prequel Series & Possible Supersized Final Season
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
At a TCA panel on the penultimate sixth season of FX’s Sons Of Anarchy, executive producer Kurt Sutter said a series of Sons Of Anarchy graphic novels (already discussed at Comic-Con) might serve to fill a time gap between the end of the FX series and a possible “prequel” series of TV episodes. The novels are being produced by the Boom! Studios graphic novel house. “I had some conversations with [John] Landgraf [CEO of FX Networks] about hopefully at some point in time doing the prequel to this show,” Sutter said (joined on the TCA panel today by EP Paris Barclay and stars Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal). “We’ve talked about ways to keep the mythology alive over a few-year period” until the prequel, he added. Sutter said a variety of “off media” option are being considered, including a “gaming idea”. “The graphic novels are the first step to do that”. Sutter described the content of the novels as “parallel stories that won’t touch on any of the mythology we’ve created.” The “intersecting narrative” may involve “secondary characters that all intervene and cross through that.”
Sutter said during June’s Produced By Conference that any prequel wouldn’t be coming for a few years. “I want to let the property rest for a year or so after Sons is over before jumping in,” he noted then. Beyond that timeline, a lot about the prequel is still up in the air. “I don’t know if it will be a series or a limited series of say 10 to 13 episodes,” Sutter said at the time. “I don’t want to do it as a movie – tonally, I don’t see it as a movie.”
At Comic-Con, Sutter said he expected Season 7 — the last — to end “in a pool of blood”. When asked for details today, the producer said he has a “loose idea” of the final scene but “what I’ve learned over time is that the looser I hold onto those ideas, the better the seasons are.” When pressed again about the final shot, Sutter responded: “I have an idea of what the final shot is, and somehow it’s Otto getting out of jail. Again, I hold onto that loosely.” The producer said that there is no chance the show would return for subsequent full season but said of the final season: “Hey, if I go to John [Landgraf] and the studio and say, ‘Hey, I need three more episodes to close out the season, they’ll find a way to do it. If I can’t fit [the ending] into 13 episodes, there might be some room.”