A long-gestating series offshoot from TNT‘s successful The Librarian original movies is inching closer to a green light as a 10-episode, straight-to-series at TNT. Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, which was behind the three Librarian movies, would be back as producer, partnering with the movies’ star Noah Wyle, who is in early talks to serve as an executive producer as well as reprise his role as Flynn Carsen in several episodes as he has a full-time job on TNT’s hit series Falling Skies. Also eyed to reprise their roles from the movies in guest starring/recurring capacity are Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin. Tentatively titled The Librarians, the proposed series would revolve around a group of younger men and women eager to become Flynn’s successor as the protector of secret artifacts. The green light for the series is cast-contingent, hinging on finding an actress for the lead role of a strong, ass-kicking woman. I hear the character is conceived as British, with actresses like Melissa George and Rhona Mitra as prototypes.
EXCLUSIVE: Noah Wyle and Jim Katz’s Wyle/Katz Productions has partnered with Brillstein Entertainment Partners to acquire worldwide screen rights to historian Lynne Olson‘s books The Murrow Boys (co-written with Stanley Cloud) and the just published Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh And America’s Fight Over World War II. They will now find a writer to draft a miniseries about the loud debate between the interventionists led by Edward R. Murrow who pressed for joining England in the fight against Hitler as Germany ravaged Europe, opposed by an isolationist movement led by national hero Charles Lindbergh, which argued that as the U.S. recovered from the Great Depression the last thing it needed was to fight another country’s battle. Wyle, whose TNT series Falling Skies just got renewed for a fourth season that grows from 10 to 12 episodes a season, will produce the mini with Katz and BEP’s Danny Sussman. Wyle said the project hasn’t been set at a network, but it sounds like Turner will be a stop along the trail, as Wyle said the network has become re-interested in longform subjects.
TNT has ordered a fourth season of Falling Skies, the epic drama produced by DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg and starring Noah Wyle. Currently airing Sundays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), Falling Skies is averaging 5.8 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery and ranks as basic cable’s #1 scripted series with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 for the summer-to-date. TNT plans to launch the 10-episode fourth season in summer 2014.
Falling Skies tells the extraordinary tale of life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Wyle plays Tom Mason, a college professor who becomes an unlikely resistance leader after a massive invasion by an alien force. The series also stars Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Maxim Knight, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Colin Cunninghamand Sarah Carter. Among the guest stars this season on Falling Skies are Gloria Reuben, Robert Sean Leonard, Stephen Collins and Doug Jones.
Now that Sony Pictures is planning a movie based on the new authorized biography of Steve Jobs, attention has focused anew on the last film about the Apple icon. Actor Noah Wyle talks about playing Jobs in TNT’s 1999 made-for-TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley that the cable channel is re-scheduling. …
The network’s alien-invasion drama, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Noah Wyle, premieres Sunday, June 19 at 9 PM.