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Susan Heyward Lands Female Lead In Sony Playstation Series ‘Powers’, Max Fowler & Adam Godley Also Cast

By | Wednesday July 16, 2014 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Susan Heyward Lands Female Lead In Sony Playstation Series ‘Powers’, Max Fowler & Adam Godley Also CastEXCLUSIVE: Coming off a recurring role on the Fox drama The Following, Susan Heyward has been tapped as the female lead in Powers, the Sony Playstation Network series based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. Also cast in the direct-to-series project, whose first two episodes will be directed by David Slade from scripts by Charlie Huston, are Max Fowler (The Killing) and Adam Godley (Breaking Bad, Suits).

heyward1231640-65_powers_8_02_superCombining the genres of superhero fantasy, crime noir and police procedural, Powers, produced by Sony Pictures TV, is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities and where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder. It follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim (Heyward), who are assigned to protect humans like us and investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as Powers who glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and who clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below. Pilgrim is described as equal parts beauty and sarcasm, a wunderkind detective with edgy style. Read More »

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David Slade To Direct First Two Episodes Of Sony TV’s ‘Powers’

By | Tuesday July 8, 2014 @ 11:30am PDT

David Slade To Direct First Two Episodes Of Sony TV’s ‘Powers’David Slade (Hannibal, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) has signed on to helm the opening two episodes of Powers, the Sony Playstation Network series based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. He will direct from scripts by Charlie Huston (The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest), who penned the first two episodes of the live-action series, which is set to premiere exclusively on Sony’s network in December. Slade and Huston also will exec produce the first two episodes.
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Sony Pictures TV To Produce Comic Book Drama Series ‘Powers’ For PlayStation

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 5:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

250px-PowerscoverSony’s PlayStation video game console is the latest digital platform to enter the original programming space. Its first show will be hourlong drama Powers, based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. The series will be produced by PlayStation sibling Sony Pictures TV, where the project had been gestating for awhile and went through several incarnation at FX, including a pilot. Powers for PlayStation represents a brand new take on the source material, penned by Charlie Huston. Returning auspices sony-playstation-logoinclude Circle of Confusion as well as Bendis, Oeming and Michael Dinner who will executive produce with Huston and Remi Aubuchon (Falling Skies), along with Circle of Confusion’s David Engel, David Alpert and Lawrence Mattis. Huston and Aubuchon will serve as showrunners. Combining the genres of superhero fantasy, crime noir and police procedural, Powers, whose order is said to be around 10 episodes, is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities and where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder. The series follows Detective Christian Walker, who is in charge of protecting humans like us and investigating cases involving the God-like men and women, referred to as “powers,” who glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and who clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below. No start date is set yet for … Read More »

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FX Passes On Pilot ‘Outlaw Country’, Will Retool ‘Powers’

By | Thursday November 17, 2011 @ 5:01pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

FX has passed on its Nashville-set drama pilot Outlaw Country while keeping its other pilot, Powers, alive. Powers, based on the comic book of the same name, will undergo retooling and reshoots. The decision on Outlaw Country comes after it too went through tweaking and reshoots on the original pilot. The crime thriller/family drama set against the backdrop of Southern organized crime and Nashville royalty starred Luke Grimes, Haley Bennett, Mary Steenburgen and John Hawkes. It went through a long and arduous process: it was originally ordered to pilot in April 2010, which was filmed last fall and then put through reshoots this past April. In March, FX president John Landgraf indicated that he wanted to launch a new drama series this coming winter, with Outlaw Country and Powers as the main contenders. That won’t happen. Based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, Powers, written by Charles H. Eglee, directed by Michael Dinner and produced by Sony TV and FX Prods., is a police procedural set in a world where superpowers are relatively common. It centers on two detectives, Christian Walker (Jason Patric) and Deena Pilgrim (Punch), in a Homicide department that deals with cases involving “powers” (people with superpowers).

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TV Castings: Molly Parker Joins NBC’s ‘The Firm’, Vinnie Jones Added To FX’s ‘Powers’

By | Friday July 29, 2011 @ 12:42pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Molly Parker (Deadwood) is set to star opposite Josh Lucas in NBC’s midseason series The Firm, based on John Grisham novel and the 1993 movie starring Tom Cruise. In the series, set 10 years after the events in the book and the movie, Parker will play Mitchell McDeere’s (Lucas) wife Abby, played in the 1993 film by Jeanne Tripplehorn.

Vinnie Jones has been added to the cast of FX’s pilot Powers, based on the graphic novel of the same name. It centers on two detectives, Christian Walker (Jason Patric) and Deena Pilgrim (Lucy Punch), in a homicide department that deals with cases involving “powers” (people with superpowers). Jones, repped by APA and Elevate, will play the regular character of Johnny Royalle, a criminal kingpin who possesses telekinesis, among other abilities. He was most recently seen in NBC’s The Cape.

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Jason Patric Set To Star In FX’s ‘Powers’

By | Tuesday June 21, 2011 @ 6:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jason Patric has been tapped as the male lead in the FX drama pilot Powers. Based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, the project, written by Charles H. Eglee and to be directed by Michael Dinner, is a police procedural set in a world where superpowers are relatively common. It centers on two detectives, Christian Walker (Patric) and Deena Pilgrim (Lucy Punch), in a Homicide department that deals with cases involving “powers” (people with superpowers). Eglee, Dinner, David Engel and Bendis are executive producing for Sony Pictures TV and FX Prods. Filming is slated for mid-summer in Chicago. If Powers goes to series, it will mark Patric’s first regular series gig. Last year, he co-starred in the HBO comedy pilot Tilda. In features, Patric, repped by ICM and Untitled, was most recently seen in The Losers.

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Lucy Punch Set As The Female Lead In FX’s Drama Pilot ‘Powers’

By | Monday June 20, 2011 @ 2:24pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Lucy Punch has been tapped as the female lead in the FX drama pilot Powers. Based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, the project, written by Charles H. Eglee and to be directed by Michael Dinner, is a police procedural set in a world where superpowers are relatively common. It centers on two detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim (Punch), in a Homicide department that deals with cases involving “powers” (people with superpowers).

Eglee, Dinner, David Engel and Brian Bendis are executive producing for Sony Pictures TV and FX Prods. Filming is slated for mid-summer in Chicago. This marks a return to series television for the British-born Punch, whose first major U.S. role was on the CBS comedy The Class. She has been busy in features lately, appearing in Dinner for Schmucks and Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. Punch, repped by WME, the Schiff Co. and U.K’s United Agents, will next be seen in Sony’s comedy Bad Teacher, which opens this weekend.

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PILOT CASTINGS: USA’s ‘Over/Under’ Finds Female Lead, Young Actress Joins ‘Powers’

By | Wednesday June 15, 2011 @ 2:24pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Off the Map co-star Caroline Dhavernas has landed the female lead in the USA pilot Over/Under. The project, from Fox TV Studios and Universal Cable Prods, centers on Paul (Steven Pasquale), a day trader with a massive gambling problem who is fired from his job six months after a bad trade costs his firm millions. Shut out of the job market, he and his wife (Dhavernas) — a professional photographer specializing in nude portraits and a devoted Manhattanite — move to Brooklyn. There, Paul finds an unlikely partner, expectant father Marino (Anthony Carrigan), to start a high-end bookie business. Bronwen Hughes is set to direct the pilot from a script by Sheila Callaghan. Dhavernas is with Gersh.

Bailee Madison (Just Go With It) has joined FX’s drama pilot Powers. Based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, the project, written by Charles H. Eglee and to be directed by Michael Dinner, is a police procedural set in a world where superpowers are relatively common and centers on two detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, in a Homicide department that deals with cases involving “powers” (people with superpowers). The 11-year-old Madison will play Calista, Read More »

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CABLE CASTINGS: FX Pilot ‘Powers’ Casts Charles Dutton, ‘Californication’ Adds Gal

By | Friday May 6, 2011 @ 5:58pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Charles S. Dutton today became the first actor cast in FX’s drama pilot Powers. Based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, the project, written by Charles H. Eglee and to be directed by Michael Dinner, is a police procedural set in a world where superpowers are relatively common and centers on two detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, in a Homicide department that deals with cases involving “powers” (people with superpowers). Dutton will play Captain Cross, the head of the department. Powers, from Sony Pictures TV and FX Prods., is one of 2 drama pilots FX is eying for a an early January launch.

Camilla Luddington, who just portrayed Kate Middleton in the Lifetime film William and Kate, has booked a major recurring role on the upcoming season of Showtime’s dark comedy Californication. In an 8-episode arc, Luddington, repped by Main Title and Progressive Artists, will play  a nanny who gets fired from her job and comes to work for Charlie and Marcy.

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Kyle Chandler Courted For FX’s ‘Powers’

By | Wednesday March 30, 2011 @ 1:07pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler, who turned down a slew of offers for broadcast pilots this season, is now being courted for FX’s drama pilot Powers. Based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, the project, written by Charles H. Eglee and to be directed by Michael Dinner, is a police procedural set in a world where superpowers are relatively common. It  centers on two detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, in a homicide department that deals with cases involving “powers” (people with superpowers). Powers, from Sony Pictures TV and FX Prods., went through a couple of incarnations, including one with writer Kevin Falls.

Chandler has not committed to Powers and will not make a decision until he reads the new script. I hear the pilot was already slated to undergo a rewrite, which is now expected to incorporate notes from Chandler. So him signing for Powers is considered a long shot, but if he opts to do it, FX would successfully reunite the two Friday Night Lights leads — Connie Britton recently signed on to star in American Horror Story, the Ryan Murphy-Brad Falchuk pilot for the cable network. At FX’s upfront party last night in New York, FX president John Landgraf said that Powers, along with Outlaw Country, are contenders for an early 2012 series launch, while American Horror looks good for a fall 2011 premiere. Chandler has been very selective in choosing … Read More »

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FX Renews ‘Archer’, Plans Another Drama Series For Fall, Comedy & Drama For 2012

By | Tuesday March 29, 2011 @ 3:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

At FX’s upfront party in New York, which is going on right now, the network’s president John Landgraf announced a third-season renewal for Archer. The animated comedy has received a 16-episode order, with three episodes slated to run behind It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia in the fall and the rest airing in early 2012.

Additionally, FX is planning to expand its current portfolio of five comedy series. A sixth half-hour series will launch in early 2012, with Townies as a strong candidate. The animated comedy was created by three It’s Always Sunny writers: David Hornsby and Scott Marder & Rob Rosell. It centers on two earnest yet misguided 15-year-old best friends who have no parental supervision, and they are left to raise themselves through the most awkward years of their lives.

More intel from the FX event courtesy of TVLine’s Matt Mitovich: On the drama side, where FX suffered recent setbacks with Terriers and Lights Out, the network plans to launch a new hourlong series in the fall, “likely” Ryan Murphy-Brad Falchuk’s American Horror starring Connie Britton, which is now casting the pilot. Another new drama series will premiere in the winter, with pilots Outlaw Country and Powers in the running. (The Nashville-set Outlaw Country was delivered some time ago, while Powers, based on the comics, is yet to go into production.) Coincidentally, both pilots are directed by Michael Dinner.

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FX Picks Up Comic-Based ‘Powers’ To Pilot

By | Saturday February 26, 2011 @ 9:27am PST
Nellie Andreeva

After lengthy development, FX has handed a pilot order to Powers, a drama based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. The project, written by Charles H. Eglee and to be directed by Michael Dinner, is a police procedural set in a world where superpowers are relatively common and centers on two detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, in a Homicide department that deals with cases involving “powers” (people with superpowers). Powers, from Sony Pictures TV and FX Prods., is slated to begin casting immediately for a spring shoot.

Dinner, who is under an overall deal at Sony, has been the driving force between the project. Eglee came on board to write a new script late last year, after a stint as an executive producer on a very successful  cable series adaptation of another graphic novel, AMC’s The Walking Dead. (Journeyman creator Kevin Falls was previously tapped to write the script.)  In another Walking Dead connection, the company behind the AMC hit, Circle of Confusion, is attached to executive produce Powers alongside Dinner and Eglee.

Both Dinner and Eglee have history on FX. Dinner directed the pilot for Justified and serves as an executive producer on the FX series, also produced by Sony. Additionally, he co-directed with Allen Coulter the pilot for FX’s flagship series Sons of Read More »

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Circle Of Confusion & Stephen Hopkins To Develop TV Series Based On Comic ‘Chew’

Nellie Andreeva

comicon 2010EXCLUSIVE: Circle of Confusion, which is working on its first TV series, AMC’s adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, is putting together another TV series project based on a comic book, John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Chew. Stephen Hopkins has come on board to direct and executive produce the project, which is in the process of locking in a writer. Chew tells the darkly comic story of federal agent Tony Chu, a “cibopath” able to get psychic impression from the things he eats who is assigned to the most usual and bizarre crimes. “There are a lot of superhero comic books but there are not chew01_c1many food comic books,” Layman said. “Food turned out to be a very universal theme embraced by readers.” For Layman, who has been writing comic books since 1995, this marks his first original creation and his first success. “It only took 15 years,” he quipped. Layman is celebrating another anniversary this year – he is heading to Comic-Con for the 20th consecutive year, and this time, he will have a table for Chew following the success of the series’ first two volumes. Circle of Confusion’s partners also will be going to Comic-Con, which will feature a panel for Walking Dead on Friday. The company, which represents many comic book writers, also has Powers, a drama project based on the comic by Brian Michael Bendis … Read More »

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