FOX greenlights Lethal Weapon, Exorcist series.
Six new titles from the FOX network include small screen adaptations of feature film titles.
US network FOX has given the go-ahead for six new series, including TV adaptations of Lethal Weapon and The Exorcist (inspired by the original).
The other four titles are Pitch, APB, Making History and The Mick.
Five of the projects are produced by 20th Century FOX Television, meaning they would end up in Australia on either TEN or Foxtel.
Lethal Weapon is produced by Warner Bros. TV.
All are expected in the 2016-17 US season.
Here is the Hollywood Reporter‘s take on the 6 new shows:
Pitch marks the first Dan Fogelman project to go to series since the prolific producer’s move from ABC Studios to 20th TV. The drama centers on a young female pitcher (Kylie Bunbury, Under the Dome) who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues. In a first, Major League Baseball is partnering with Fox to produce the series, offering unparalleled access to its brand, logos, stadiums and more. The series is filming in San Diego and the Padres will be the team featured on the series, co-starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter and Dan Lauria.
The Exorcist is a modern reinvention inspired by William Blatty’s 1971 book, the drama is a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil. Geena Davis stars in the drama from Jeremy Slater. The drama could give the network a good genre series to pair with Sleepy Hollow, should the bubble series come back for a likely fourth season.
APB centers on a tech billionaire (Weeds’ Justin Kirk) who purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one’s murder, but can this eccentric and enigmatic figure’s cutting-edge approach fix the broken ways of these blue blooded veterans? Inspired by the New York Times story “Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans?” Natalie Martinez co-stars in the drama, which added Matt Nix (Burn Notice) as showrunner and hails from Sleepy Hollow grad Len Wiseman. Insiders say APB may likely be held for a midseason bow.
Lethal Weapon is based on the feature film of the same name. When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs (Rectify’s Clayne Crawford) suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans Sr.), who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life. Forever’s Matt Miller oversees the WBTV drama, which co-stars Jordana Brewster and counts Dan Lin and McG as exec producers.
Making History centers on three unlikely friends find an even less likely way to travel through time, irreversibly complicating their personal lives in 2016, as the great moments of the past collide with today’s popular culture — with hilarious and quite disastrous results. Adam Pally and Leighton Meester star in what has been the network’s comedy front-runner all season long. The project, which co-stars Yassir Lester, hails from duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who also serve as executive producers on the network’s sophomore single-camera series Last Man on Earth, as well as the upcoming hybrid live-action/animation comedy Son of Zorn, which Fox ordered to series back last November. Julius “Goldie” Sharpe and Seth Cohen also serve as exec producers.
The Mick is toplined by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Kaitlin Olson and hails from Sunny duo John Chernin and Dave Chernin. The single-camera comedy revolves around a hard-living, foul-mouthed woman who moves to affluent Greenwich, Conn., to raise the spoiled kids of her wealthy sister and brother-in-law, who have fled the country to avoid a federal indictment. She quickly learns what everyone else already knows: Other people’s children are awful. Sofia Black-D’Elia, Thomas Barbusca, Jack Stanton, Carla Jimenez and Susan Park also star in the series. Joining the Chernin brothers as executive producers are Nick Frenkel, Oly Obs and Randall Einhorn, who also directed the pilot. Olson will continue to star on It’s Always Sunny for FXX, in addition to her role on The Mick.