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First Promos for Stephen King's 'Bag of Bones' Surface

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 14th 2011 12:45PM
Pierce BrosnanA&E is getting spooky with their miniseries version of Stephen King's 'Bag of Bones.'

In 'Bag of Bones,' Pierce Brosnan plays novelist and recent widower Mike Noonan. Annabeth Gish plays his deceased wife, Jo.

Inspired by a dream, Brosnan's character goes to the couple's lakeside property in Maine and becomes involved in a custody battle.

Check out the first footage below!

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'Haven' Renewed for Season 3

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 12th 2011 2:30PM
HavenThe supernaturally inclined citizens of Haven, Maine will stick around for one more season.

Syfy has renewed the hit series 'Haven' for a third season. The 13-episode Season 3 is set to air in 2012.

Based on the Stephen King novella 'The Colorado Kid,' 'Haven' follows FBI Agent Audrey Parker who stumbles upon a small town and discovers that its residents harbor supernatural abilities.

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Steven Spielberg and Stephen King Join Forces for Showtime's 'Under the Dome' Series

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 30th 2011 5:30PM
Showtime is about to get supernatural. According to a Deadline, the network is teaming with an all-star duo of science fiction talents, novelist Stephen King and producer Steven Spielberg, to adapt King's 2009 novel 'Under the Dome' into a TV drama series.

King's novel focuses on a Maine vacation town that gets surrounded by a mysterious force field, trapping the residents inside and forcing them to fight each other for survival. Think 'The Walking Dead' meets 'The Hunger Games.'

Although Spielberg is perhaps best well-known for his work in movies, in recent years he's also produced several TV shows. He's serving as a producer of 'Terra Nova,''Smash' and 'The River,' which are all due out this fall.

Spielberg is no stranger to working with Showtime, having served as an executive producer on 'The United States of Tara.' His other TV highlights include 'Band of Brothers' and 'The Pacific,' World War II mini-series he produced for HBO.

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Stephen King's 'Bag of Bones' Heads to A&E With Pierce Brosnan Starring

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 22nd 2011 3:45PM
Pierce BrosnanStephen King's 'Bag of Bones' is getting the TV treatment thanks to A&E. Pierce Brosnan will headline the miniseries.

Brosnan will play novelist Mike Noonan, a man torn up with grief over the sudden death of his wife, Jo. Inspired by a dream, the character goes to the couple's lakeside property in Maine and becomes involved in a custody battle.

Joining Brosnan is 'X-Files' veteran Annabeth Gish, who will play Jo.

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Tommy Lee Gets Syfy Series, HBO Readies Dick Cheney Miniseries and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 21st 2011 5:35PM
Tommy LeeTommy Lee is getting a series on Syfy. Yes, you read that right: Tommy Lee. Syfy.

The rock star will headline 'Culture Shock With Tommy Lee,' a travel series. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lee will travel the country and attempt to uncover mysteries of secret societies.


'Culture Shock' sounds like a perfect companion series to Billy Ray Cyrus's 'UFO: Unbelievably Freakin' Obvious.' In 'UFO' Cyrus and his son Trace will travel around the country to debunk urban legends.

In other TV news ...

Zombies + Stephen King = 'The Walking Dead' season 2? Maybe! The acclaimed horror author has confirmed he's in talks to pen an episode of the hit AMC series with his son. [Entertainment Weekly]

HBO is at work on a new miniseries about former Vice President Dick Cheney. The series, based on the book 'Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency' is in early stages of development. [Hollywood Reporter]

You know what we think of Adrianne Palicki's Wonder Woman costume, so now it's time for Lynda Carter to have her say. "I think she looks fabulous. It's a new look and, jeez, her body looks fantastic." [E! Online]

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So What Does Stephen King Think About 'The Dark Tower' Movie and Miniseries?

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 10th 2010 5:00PM
Stephen KingStephen King has been waiting patiently for several years to see his 'The Dark Tower' series come to life, but he never expected it to take the unprecedented form that was announced yesterday -- Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman will direct and write two movies and a TV series based on 'The Dark Tower.'

King told Entertainment Weekly that, although he knew the story would take multiple installments to tell, he never expected the franchise plan that Howard and Goldsman came up with. "I always thought it would take more than a single movie, but I didn't see this solution coming - i.e., several movies and TV series," he said. "It was Ron [Howard] and Akiva [Goldsman]'s idea. Once it was raised, I thought at once it was the solution."

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Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' Series to Be Adapted for Television

by Rich Keller, posted Sep 9th 2010 3:29PM
Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' series will be coming to television and film in the very near future.Back in 2007, the late Adam Finley asked TV Squad readers if Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' series could become a miniseries. In his article he said it could be done just as long as whoever adapted the story for television didn't screw it up. Well, Adam, your wish may have come true.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television closed a deal earlier this week to transform King's multi-book series into both a movie and television franchise. Under Universal's plan the movie would be released first, followed closely by the first TV season, and then the second movie in the trilogy.

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Can Stephen King Work on TV?

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jul 12th 2010 10:02PM

There are some things that just don't seem to work on TV. For example, shows with an intelligent teenage protagonist. They get made, they have fans, they even last multiple seasons, but they never seem to break into the mainstream. Or shows about bands. It should work -- hot young people playing catchy tunes -- but ever since 'The Monkees', the formula has needed serious tweaking to take off. Another thing that doesn't seem to work on TV? Stephen King.

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Stephen King to Guest on 'Sons of Anarchy'

by Chris Harnick, posted May 7th 2010 11:20AM
Stephen KingStephen King has been courted for television cameos before, and this time, it's actually happening: The horror author will guest on the third episode of the third season of FX's 'Sons of Anarchy' when it returns in September.

According to Entertainment Weekly, King will play a loner who appears to Katey Sagal's Gemma in her time of need. The deal came about after the producers learned the famous author was a fan of the show.

Last season, 'Sons' generated a good amount of buzz, enough to make it the second highest rated scripted cable series, averaging 4.5 million viewers per episode.

King is just one of many guest stars set to appear on the show next season. As we previously reported, Emmy-winning legend Hal Holbrook is joining the cast as Gemma's father in a highly anticipated four-episode arc.

Tell us: Will you tune in for King's cameo?

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'Heroes' Director Boards Syfy's 'Haven'

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 26th 2010 12:45PM
syfy logoAdam Kane, who directed episodes of 'Heroes' and 'The Mentalist,' is diving back into genre TV with Stephen King's 'Haven.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the director has singed to helm the pilot for Syfy's upcoming supernatural series, based on King's novella, 'The Colorado Kid.'

The project, which centers on an FBI agent investigating a murder in a creepy town in Maine, has snagged Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour and Richard Donat for key roles. Rose, who chatted with us about the show last week, plays the agent who, she said, is also trying to solve a personal mystery that's "driven her whole life."

'Haven' has some strong ties to the 'The Dead Zone,' the last TV show adapted from King's work. Show producers Shawn Piller, Lloyd Segan and Scott Shepherd are all 'Dead Zone' vets who guided that series through six respectable seasons on USA. Time will tell if 'Haven,' which is also being pitched to networks abroad, will have a similar shelf life.

The series is set to premiere later this year.

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Emily Rose Gives a Sneak Peak Into Syfy's 'Haven'

by Bryan Reesman, posted Apr 21st 2010 5:04PM
Emily Rose of SyFy's 'Haven'Stephen King stories practically never get turned into weekly television shows. Adaptations have almost always been done as theatrical or television movies or mini-series, and only one has gone the weekly series route: 'The Dead Zone'. At least that lasted a good six seasons. The eight-episode 'Nightmares and Dreamscapes,' which was based on eight short stories, sort of counts, while the planned adaptation of the epic book 'Under The Dome' might get a 10- to 12-episode cable run. Neither of those, however, had or has long-term potential.

Set to begin shooting in April and hit the airwaves in July, Syfy's 'Haven,' inspired by the King novella 'The Colorado Kid,' aspires to become only the second King adaptation in regular TV series form. Perhaps it will generate a paradigm shift?

According to star Emily Rose, who spoke to AOL at last week's Syfy Channel Upfront, there are 13 episodes of 'Haven' planned for season one, and she hoped it might extend beyond that.

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Syfy Sets Summer Schedule

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 31st 2010 5:03PM
Warehouse 13
Your assignment: say that headline five times fast.

TV used to be a lot easier. We'd have TV from, say, September until May, and then the reruns would kick in. Sure, there have always been summer shows, but now it seems that the months of June, July, and August form a major TV season themselves. In fact, some of the best shows on TV right now actually start in the summer, not the fall. 'Mad Men' immediately comes to mind.

There are a lot of good shows on Syfy too, and they've announced when they're going to debut this summer.

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Syfy Planning Series Based on Stephen King's 'The Colorado Kid'

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 1st 2009 10:28AM
There's good news and bad news for Syfy fans today. The good news: the network has announced they will be working with Stephen King. The bad news: it's not on 'Pterodactyl 2.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Syfy, which is perhaps better known to most television viewers by it's original and more intuitive name SciFi Channel, will be adapting King's novella 'The Colorado Kid' as a series. Titled 'Haven,' the new series has been slated for an initial run of 13 episodes and will expand upon the material of the novella, which took place mostly as a conversation between reporters.

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Another Stephen King TV movie coming

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 21st 2009 1:07PM
Under The DomeSteven and Stephen are getting together. That is to say that Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks TV are working with Stephen King to make a television movie based on King's latest novel Under The Dome.

The novel is about one of those small New England towns that King enjoys writing about suddenly finding itself trapped in a force field. Unlike The Simpsons Movie, the concept is not played for humorous effect.

The idea is reminiscent of those stories where people are trapped in a confined space and lawlessness sets in. There have been many similar concepts done in TV and film, although I can't think of any particular ones off the top of my head.

As he gets older, King's television presence becomes less. For a few years it seemed like a different TV show based on his work was being produced every year. He may be starting that again. So much for retirement.

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Spielberg, King Bringing 'Under the Dome' to TV

by Scott Harris, posted Nov 20th 2009 12:15PM
You can pinch yourself all you want, but you aren't dreaming: Steven Spielberg and Stephen King are teaming up for a TV show.

In the greatest Steven/Stephen combination since Carell and Colbert left 'The Daily Show', Variety is reporting that King and Spielberg are collaborating on an adaptation of King's latest novel, 'Under The Dome', which has been optioned by DreamWorks TV with the likely intent of turning it into a major cable event.

King, of course, remains one of the most prolific writers in America, especially when it comes to works adapted for television or film; the acclaimed horror author has had no fewer than 33 feature films alone based on his stories, including classics such as 'Cujo', 'Carrie' and 'Stand By Me'. In the realm of television his record is a little spottier, though it does include popular events such as 'Salem's Lot,' 'It' and 'The Stand'.

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