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TVLine Items: NBC Gets RED, Mad Men Vet Chases Debt and More

Helen Mirren kicking butt on NBC?

Not quite, but the Peacock network is developing the action-comedy film franchise RED — which starred Mirren, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and Karl Urban — into an hour-long series, our sister site Deadline reports.

The project will focus on the RED (Retired Extremely Dangerous) operatives’ darkly hilarious struggles to survive civilian life as they simultaneously fight for and against the organization that expelled them.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* WGN America has bought the spec script Debt, with Mad Men alum Vincent Kartheiser attached to star, Deadline reports. It centers on a man who, having lost everything important to him, decides to partner with the head of a somewhat-fraudulent collection agency and get back at the rich who steal from the poor.

* Supergirl has tapped Justice Leak (Powers) to guest-star as the villainous alien Hellgrammite, EW.com reports.

* NBC is getting into the DC Comics superhero business… with a workplace comedy set in one of the worst insurance companies in America. The network has given a pilot production commitment to Powerless, a half-hour, single-camera project from executive producer Ben Queen (A to Z) that explores reality of working life for a normal, powerless person in a world of superheroes and villains, per Deadline.

* A small-screen adaptation of Training Day, from the film’s director Antoine Fuqua, has landed at CBS, Deadline reports. And at this rate, two-thirds of all TV series by the 2016-17 season will be movie adaptations or revivals.

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19 Comments
  1. Nichole says:

    Love this comment “And at this rate, two-thirds of all TV series by the 2016-17 season will be movie adaptations or revivals”!! The other third will be re-makes of foreign TV shows :P

    • Byron says:

      I loved it too, and then I loved your follow-up comment – I nominate it for quote of the week honorable mention! (Even though it was not on TV… ;-)

  2. Mr. Tran K says:

    It will be a shock to the broadcast networks out there whether or not the TV version of Training Day gets the green light on CBS during the 2016-17 season but it’s too early to tell.

    • johnhelvete says:

      It is too early to tell because they have to cast the two leads. CBS likely feels that they can get a name actor to play the Denzel Washington part and that might not happen.

      • Mr. Tran K says:

        I tend to agree on your opinion but it’s up to CBS’ decision and who knows on how the casting goes.

      • herman1959 says:

        The movie resonated because it was felt that Denzel had flipped his usual good-guy role, and that’s why he was awarded the Academy Award. I agree that casting is going to be key.

  3. Joe says:

    Yes NBC! Green light a show where the main characters are not even included in Neilsens 18-49 demographic!

    • Bob Backus says:

      Thank God! Not everything in life revolves around that brainless demographic. (yes I’m in that demographic but tired of watching 20 year olds pretend they actually know anything)

      • justsaying says:

        Exactly! I too am in that demo but don’t feel the need to look at r i ridiculously attractive early 20s kids in positions they rarely have in real life. I think alot of americans respond to some foreign shows and movies because they show a more normal cross section of the population. People of varying ages and levels of “attractiveness”. Btw, i remember as a preteen Golden Girls was one of my favorite shows and i know i wasnt the only one. Only in LA is youth so exalted.

  4. Another villain from the Superman comics…

  5. awnb95 says:

    Yet another in the giant list of remakes or adaptations for TV that don’t sound interesting to me. Only on that has is Girl Meets World.

  6. Dr. M says:

    So we will have Powers, Power and Powerless. Yeah, that’s unambiguous. NBC, perhaps a name change would be helpful?

  7. rarefied says:

    RED sounds interesting. I hope they actually use older actors and actresses and don’t age everone down to under 40.

  8. Jess says:

    i would watch RED and Training Day..both of those are great movies…

  9. mike says:

    enjoyed the movies very much. But part of what made those work so well is Malkovich. Without him, it wont have the same..magic