Jordan Peele will executive produce the new series “Lovecraft Country,” which has been ordered straight-to-series at HBO, Variety has confirmed.
Based on the book of the same name by Matt Ruff, the anthology horror
series follows 25-year-old Atticus Black, who joins up with his friend
Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim
Crow America to find his missing father. They must survive and overcome
both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that
could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.
“Underground” co-creator and showrunner Misha Green
will write and executive produce the series, with Peele executive
producing through his Monkeypaw Productions banner. J.J. Abrams and Ben
Stephenson will also executive produce through Bad Robot, with Warner
Bros. Television producing.
Peele, who broke out on the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele,”
has been in high demand ever since the success of his low-budget horror
film “Get Out.” The film, about a black man who discovers a dark
secret at his Caucasian girlfriend’s family estate, has grossed almost
$215 million worldwide on a $4.5 million budget.
He recently signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures based on
the success of “Get Out.” Under the deal, Universal will develop
Peele’s next film, an untitled social thriller, which he will write,
direct, and produce based on his original idea. In addition, Peele will
also produce a wide range of movies for the studio through Monkeypaw
Productions, including several micro-budget projects with Jason Blum, as
he did with “Get Out.”
For Green, the new series comes along as the fate of “Underground”
remains uncertain. Despite critical praise, the WGN America show saw a
drop in the live-plus-same day ratings during its sophomore season. In
addition, Sinclair Broadcasting recently announced they will acquire WGN
parent company Tribune Media, with plans to shift focus away from
producing original series. To that end, WGN recently canceled their
other original, “Outsiders,” which enjoyed higher ratings than
Hey guys! Have faith in me because this week’s Fun Fact Friday post is on time! This week will be about everyone’s favorite cartoon eco-goth rock girl band, the Hex Girls!
For those Scooby-Doo fans who are (somehow) not familiar with the Hex Girls, the band is a fun girl band consisting of Thorn, Dusk, and Luna! Thorn (her real name being Sally McKnight) is the lead singer and guitarist of the band and is voiced by Jennifer Hale. Dusk is the band’s drummer and back-up sings. Dusk is voiced by Jane Wiedlin. The other back-up singer and keyboardist of the band is Luna who is voiced by Kimberly Brooks.
Fun Fact: While Vincent Van Ghoul has appeared in two different Scooby-Doo series (The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), the Hex Girls are the only characters in the franchise to be introduced in a movie and then appeared in another movie as well as two of the TV series.
The Hex Girls were introduced in Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost. They assisted Mystery Inc. in stopping the ghost of Sarah Ravencroft from causing mass chaos and destruction with her witchcraft. In this movie, Thorn’s real name is revealed to be Sally McKnight and she is 1/16 Wiccan on her mother’s side of the family.
Four years after the release of Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost, the movie Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire came out and this movie also featured the Hex Girls in a music competition in Australia.
Later that year, the Hex Girls would appear in the fifth episode of season two of What’s New, Scooby-Doo? titled “The Vampire Strikes Back”. The gang traveled to a Transylvanian castle to see the Hex Girls recording a new music video but arrive to find that they are considering breaking up due to fears of a vampire that’s been haunting them! Thanks to Mystery Inc. though, they were able to capture not one, but two vampires and save the band from calling it quits!
The band made their most recent appearance in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. They appeared in episode seven of season one titled “In Fear of the Phantom”. The Hex Girls are in Crystal Cove for a concert and the gang attends. Mystery Incorporated’s history with the band is rebooted in this series. Due to Fred hurting Daphne’s feelings, she writes a song and performs it with the Hex Girls going by the name Crush.
The Hex Girls appeared in one other episode in this series; episode 18 of season 2 titled “Dance of the Undead”. An undead ska band is terrorizing Crystal Cove turning all who hear their music into dancing zombies. Shaggy and Scooby, immune to the hypnotizing music, finds the Hex Girls who are performing on a cruise ship and convince them to aid in stopping the ska band. In this episode, unlike their first appearance in the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated series, the Hex Girls are seen wearing their original outfits from the movies.
Something awesome to know about the Hex Girls is that they’ve been voiced by the same voice actors in all of their appearances in the Scooby-Doo franchise!
Hope you guys enjoyed this week’s Fun Fact Friday post! If you guys have any ideas, please send them in! I’d love to hear what you guys want more information about!
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is making a big move in digital with one of its flagship brands. Warner Bros and DC Entertainment are behind a new, DC-branded service that will debut in 2018 with two high-profile comic book-themed original TV series: the live-action Titans, from the king of the CW DC universe Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV, and the anticipated revival of cult animated series Young Justice, from Warner Bros Animation. It will be titled Young Justice: Outsiders.
After the defeat of Eobard Thawne and his equally nefarious Legion of Doom, the Legends face a new threat created by their actions at the end of last season. In revisiting a moment in time that they had already participated in, they have essentially fractured the timeline and created anachronisms – a scattering of people, animals, and objects all across time! Our team must find a way to return all the anachronisms to their original timelines before the time stream falls apart. But before our Legends can jump back into action, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) and his newly established Time Bureau call their methods into question. With the Time Bureau effectively the new sheriffs in town, the Legends disband – until Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) discovers one of them in the middle of his well-deserved vacation in Aruba. Seeing this as an opportunity to continue their time travelling heroics, Sara (Caity Lotz) wastes no time in getting the Legends back together.
We reunite with billionaire inventor Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), the unconventional historian-turned-superhero Nick Heywood (Nick Zano), and Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh), who together form the meta-human Firestorm. Once reunited, the Legends will challenge the Time Bureau’s authority over the timeline and insist that however messy their methods may be, some problems are beyond the Bureau’s capabilities. Some problems can only be fixed by Legends.
Based on the characters from DC, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”), Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow,” “Trollhunters,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Eli Stone,” “Warehouse 13”), Phil Klemmer (“The Tomorrow People,” “Chuck”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash”)
EXCLUSIVE: In Fox’s drama series Lucifer, the Devil is roaming the streets of the City of Angeles. And starting next season, he will be actually doing it. I have learned that the Warner Bros. Television-produced DC series, which filmed its first two seasons in Vancouver, is relocating production to Los Angeles. I hear the cast and the crew of the show, recently renewed for a third season, have been told of the move. WBTV declined comment.
I hear Lucifer had been submitted in California Film Commission’s most recent round of TV project applications where priority is given to relocating series. Likely to strengthen the show’s submission, Fox renewed Lucifer for a third season on Feb. 13, in the middle of the Feb. 10-Feb. 17 tax credit application window, with a full-season 22-episode pickup. We hear the Film Commission is expected to officially unveil the new batch of TV projects approved for tax credits the week of March 20. In each of the previous rounds, the Commission had announced a high-profile series relocating to LA — Fox/20th TV’s Scream Queens last spring and HBO’s Ballers last fall.
Just after the end of the application window, on Feb. 22, Fox also gave an early renewal to freshman drama Lethal Weapon, also from WBTV. Like Lucifer, the series is set in LA. Unlike Lucifer, it has been filming in LA but doesn’t currently receive a tax credit. It is unclear whether the show had been submitted for one, but that would seem likely.
Lucifer, whose second-season return from hiatus on May 1, was low-key midseason entry last season, which exceeded expectations, earning a second-season renewal in May and then a Season 2 back order in October. It is running head-to-head in the ratings with the higher-profile, bigger-budget lead-in Gotham, both averaging a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating in Live+Same Day and and 1.9 in L+7.
Lucifer, based on the comic book characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo, stars Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Rachael Harris, DB Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Kevin Alejandro, Aimee Garcia, Tricia Helfer and Scarlett Estevez.
The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television, in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Aggressive Mediocrity. Tom Kapinos wrote and executive produced the pilot. Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson executive produce. Len Wiseman serves as director and executive producer. Kapinos serves as executive consultant.
Ali Adler, co-creator, executive producer and co-showrunner of the CW/Warner Bros. TV series Supergirl, is heading to CBS TV Studios where she has signed an overall deal. Under the pact – Adler’s first overall agreement — she will develop new projects for CBS Studios and also will consult on the studio’s new CW drama series Dynasty, a reboot of the hit primetime soap. While she is leaving Supergirl full-time, Adler will remain involved in the show as executive consultant.
The CW superhero drama series Supergirl is beefing up its showrunner ranks heading into its third season with the promotion of Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner to co-showrunners alongside co-creator Andrew Kreisberg.
The move follows the departure of co-creator/co-showrunner Ali Adler, who has signed an overall deal at CBS TV Studios. She will remain an executive consultant on the CW series.
Both Queller and Rovner joined the Warner Bros. TV-produced Supergirl midway through the first season as co-executive producer and consulting producer, respectively. Rovner was elevated to executive producer at the beginning of Season two. Queller is now also being promoted to executive producer, joining fellow exec producers Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti, Rovner and Sarah Schechter.