EXCLUSIVE: Michael Chiklis‘ 2010 IDW comic Pantheon is headed to television. The actor/producer has teamed with IDW Entertainment, the recently launched TV division of IDW Publishing, to develop and produce Pantheon as a scripted live-action television series. IDW Entertainment will fund the development of the project, co-produced by Circle of Confusion, which is attached to oversee packaging and creative development for the new company. Created by Chiklis, Anny Simon Beck and Marc Andreyko, the 5-issue Pantheon comic book series is a dark and stylized story of ancient Greek gods returning to a ravaged, chaotic near-future Earth, where they battle for the fate of mankind. The series is expected to feature Greek Gods resurfacing in present time. Search is under way for a showrunner to co-create the series with Chiklis. After it is developed internally, the project, eyed as direct-to-series, will be shopped to networks. Executive producing with Chiklis are Ted Adams and David Ozer of IDW Entertainment, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs of Circle of Confusion. There were two drama series projects about Greek gods in a contemporary setting last development season, both at Fox — Peter Berg/Taylor Sheridan‘s Olympus and Lisa Joy’s Athena, based on her graphic novel, Headache. Emmy winner Chiklis, repped by WME, most recently starred in and executive produced the CBS drama Vegas.
Dennis Quaid-Michael Chiklis In Talks For Las Vegas Drama Pilot
After lengthy negotiations, Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis have closed deals to star in CBS’ untitled Ralph Lamb drama pilot, written by Goodfellas writer Nicholas Pileggi and Greg Walker and directed by James Mangold. In his TV series debut, Quaid will play the title role in the project, set in the 1960s and centered around the true story of Ralph Lamb (Quaid) – rodeo cowboy turned longtime Sheriff of Las Vegas- and Johnny Savino (Chiklis), a Chicago mob fixer whose entrepreneurial vision for transforming Las Vegas collides with the law-and-order mandate of Sheriff Lamb. In addition to starring, Quaid and Chiklis, both repped by WME, will serve as co-executive producers on the Ralph Lamb project, which is executive produced by Pileggi, Mangold, Walker, Cathy Konrad and Arthur Sarkissian. CBS TV Studios is producing.
CBS’ Big Brother will keep its traditional three-nights-a-week airing pattern this summer with Julie Chen returning as host. It will premiere on Thursday, July 7 and will run Wednesday at 8 PM, Thursdays at 9 PM (live eviction show) and Sundays at 8 PM. On Sundays, Big Brother will run …
ABC’s new drama No Ordinary Family, about an ordinary family whose members develop special powers, faced inevitable comparisons to previous genre shows and movies. Star Michael Chiklis stressed, “This is not Heroes. It is not The Incredibles. This is No Ordinary Family.” He also dismissed the show being labeled sci-fi.