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article imageThree 'fantasy' TV shows in development, and Star Wars too

By Tim Sandle     Jan 14, 2012 in Entertainment
The trend for genera shows appears to be on the agenda of major TV networks and shows no signs to reaching saturation point. Three new shows are in development, plus there is a little bit of news about the long-mooted "Star Wars" live-action TV series.
The first of three new shows announced is a a series based on Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" is being developed by NBC, according to Deadline. The producers are Colin Callender and Tony Krantz (who produced "24" and "Felicity"). The story, to be set in the 1890s, has been described by the producers as “Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors” and the concept is to develop a "big, sweeping international soap opera that is young, sexy and supernatural.” The show is to be written by Cole Haddon.
The idea for a Dracula TV show comes on the back of several big vampire movie and TV successes: "Twilight", "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries". The backing by NBC (and its international arm NBCU) is reportedly strong with a “script-to-series” commitment in place. This means that, if commissioned, the series will go straight on air without a pilot.
The New York Daily News indicates that this is not the only show within the 'horror' genera being developed by NBC. The network are also working on a revival of comedy "The Munsters".
The second of the new shows in development is a superhero one: "The Green Arrow", which is backed by the CW network. The announcement, reported by Entertainment Weekly, comes after the ending of the successful Superman based drama "Smallville" (in which the Green Arrow character appeared in numerous episodes played by actor Justin Hartley. However MTV indicates that Hartley s not being considered for the role in the new production.).
Unlike "Dracula", "The Green Arrow" will require a pilot to be made. This is being conceived by Greg Berlanti (who worked on "No Ordinary Family" and "Ei Stone"), Marc Guggenheim (who produced the short-lived "FlashForward") and Andrew Kreisberg (who was behind the "The Vampire Diaries). Both Berlanti and Guggenheim have previous experiences with DC superheroes, having been part of the script team for the movie "Green Lantern".
The third TV series is being developed by the BBC. This is "The Secret Of Crickley Hall", based on a novel by author James Herbert. The series is to be directed by "Ultraviolet" (Channel 4) and "Apparitions" (BBC) creator Joe Ahearne.
The Stage notes that Herbert's novel will be turned into three 60-minute episodes, set for broadcast around Halloween 2012. The story is set during World War II and follows a family who relocate to a Devonshire town called Devil’s Cleav. The house - Crickley Hall - was home to a group of poor orphans evacuated from London under the care of the sadistic Augustus Cribben, who terrorised, starved and beat them. The ghosts of the orphans and the monstrous Cribben haunt the house and terrorise the new family.
Finally, along the lines of 'no news is some news', the title for George Lucas's live-action "Star Wars" TV series has been announced: "Star Wars: Underworld".
Quoted on IGN, producer Rick McCallum said that 50 scripts had been written and that the show would not focus on the main characters in the Star Wars films but would instead bring in new characters, many drawn from the criminal elements and bounty hunters of the Star Wars universe. The series is to be set between the twenty-year timeline following Episode III "Revenge of the Sith" and Episode IV "A New Hope" (the film that was once called simply "Star Wars"). This period is the time of the rise of the Empire.
Although scripts have been written and Lucas's ideas well-developed, the series is till some years off production as the creator and producer await further development in technology to bring the idea to the small screen.
From this pick of TV shows, some of which might make the Fall schedules, the love of fantasy on the part of TV viewers shows no sign of being abated.
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