As out pals at Spinoff Online reported yesterday, the prospects for the series’ return are looking bleak. According to the Vulture, “conventional wisdom among TV-industry insiders has been that NBC was leaning heavily toward bringing back its once-mighty superhero series for a fifth and final thirteen-episode wrap-up season. But as NBC has become more confident in its slate of new shows, all indications are that our ‘Heroes’ are dead.” Should the show officially lose its place in the line-up, NBC is willing to discuss a wrap-up in the form of a TV movie.
Despite earlier reports of the show being in a competition with Fox’s “Lie to Me,” the network has chosen to renew both shows, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed blog. “‘Human Target’ will get a second season only with Matt Miller (‘Chuck’) taking over as showrunner (with first season showrunner Jonathan Steinberg continuing as an executive producer on the series). Both ‘Lie’ and ‘Target’ are expected to get 13 episodes,” they write.
NO ORDINARY FAMILY
Deadline reports the series, starring Michael Chiklis, has been picked up by ABC. The drama, which will also star Julie Benz, Autumn Reeser, and Romany Malco among others, will feature a family of super-powered characters. Presumably, Chiklis will show his cuddlier side and not shoot a guy in the head in the pilot episode.
An old friend says this Tim Bradstreet illustration is floating around Cannes as part of the production’s efforts to raise financing:
He believes it to be a mock-up for a future poster.
Release date: 2011
SIN CITY 2
MTV News asks Mickey Rourke about a previous statement in which he said he’d come back to the sequel if “Robert Rodriguez’s wife” (presumably Rodriguez’s ex-wife, producer Elizabeth Avellan) was not involved. Rourke responds in a way only he can:
Release date: TBA
COWBOYS & ALIENS
According to Alibi.com (via the film’s official Facebook page), “[New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson] is pleased to announce today that the movie ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ will be in the state from mid-June to mid-August. Filmmaker Jon Favreau (‘Iron Man 2’, ‘Elf’) will direct the Western/alien invasion mashup, which stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.”
Starring Daniel Craig, release date: July 29th, 2011
Behind this link is an unembedable clip from the film, courtesy of the Cannes Film Festival official site.
Release date: TBA
Kryptonsite has a number of stills from a promo for Friday’s season finale which appears to promise the arrival of a certain set of colors.
OFF TO THE NORTH
I’m off to San Francisco as I owe people some visits and, believe it or not, a podcast. Though I’ll be traveling, I’ll still be connected to the internet and the Reel will spin tomorrow for your Friday update and “Doctor Who” clips. It’s a first attempt at non-convention weekend mobility or an episode of “Have Laptop, Will Travel.” Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya bracing for the future threat of Interstate Five.