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Steve Levitan on Life After ‘Modern Family’ and Why ‘Reboot’ Is TV Therapy

Welcome to the 186th episode of TV’s Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter’s TV podcast. Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) break down the latest TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunners, executives and other guests, and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as […]

Ben Stephenson Leaving Bad Robot TV for ITV Studios

Ben Stephenson is leaving as head of Bad Robot TV to launch a transatlantic scripted label within ITV Studios. Stephenson’s new label will be based in London and Los Angeles, and will focus on high-end premium drama. With his departure, Rachel Rusch Rich is promoted from executive vp to her new role as president of […]

J.J. Abrams’ ‘Demimonde’ Dead at HBO

As expected, Demimonde will not be moving forward at HBO. The series, which marked the first original created by J.J. Abrams since Fringe in 2008, has officially been passed over by the premium cable network following issues surrounding the show’s sprawling budget. Sources tell THR that Abrams made a last-ditch plea to HBO/HBO Max boss […]

‘Speed Racer’ Live-Action TV Series From J.J. Abrams in the Works at Apple

Go, Speed Racer, go! A live-action scripted TV series based on the beloved manga and animated show is in the works at Apple, with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot set to exec produce the project. Sources say Hiram Martinez (Snowpiercer, Get Shorty) is set to co-write the project and serve as showrunner as his “exciting take” […]

‘Demimonde’ on the Bubble as Warner Bros. Discovery Puts Pressure on J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams’ Demimonde, the first show the prolific producer has written since Fringe in 2008, is on the bubble at HBO as sources say Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav is frustrated by the lack of output from Bad Robot’s $250 million overall deal. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the budget for HBO’s Demimonde […]

J.J. Abrams Taps Danielle Deadwyler to Star in HBO’s ‘Demimonde’

Four years after landing at HBO, J.J. Abrams’ Demimonde is finally coming into focus. Danielle Deadwyler has been cast as the lead in the HBO drama that marks the first series that the prolific writer, producer and director has created since Fox’s Fringe. Demimonde follows what happens after a woman is torn away from her […]

‘Hot Wheels’ Movie Adds Bad Robot as Producers

Bad Robot is revving its engines for the Hot Wheels movie. The J.J. Abrams production banner will produce the movie based on the car-centric toy line from Mattel Films and Warner Bros. The exact plot for the project is unknown, but the description reads: “The high-throttle action film will bring to life this beloved, multi-generational […]

Steven Spielberg Details How Harrison Ford Helped Convince Melissa Mathison to Write ‘E.T.’

While on location in Tunisia filming Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark outside Well of the Souls more than 40 years ago, Steven Spielberg found time to pitch a script. “I pretty much had worked out most of the story and I needed a writer to write with me or, hopefully, write […]

Showtime Encounters Trademark Lawsuit Over ‘UFO’ Docuseries

Showtime Networks has been hit with a trademark infringement lawsuit over UFO, a J.J. Abrams-produced docuseries exploring the possible existence of alien life and the government’s role in covering up sightings of unidentified flying objects, by the owners of a magazine of the same name. UFO Magazine Inc. claims that the network’s show disrupts its […]

U2 Scripted Series From J.J. Abrams in the Works at Netflix (Exclusive)

It’s a beautiful day at Netflix. The streaming giant is teaming with J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions banner to develop a scripted series about legendary rock band U2, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The untitled show, which is currently in the early development stages, will be penned by Anthony McCarten. The Oscar-nominated writer […]

J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, Imax Partner on ‘The Blue Angels’ Documentary

J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Imax have partnered on The Blue Angels, a feature documentary about the storied U.S. Navy and Marine Corp. flight squadron. The film will follow the legendary aviator team from the cockpit and through intense training and aerial artistry shows and will show veterans on the team who take their […]

Apple TV+ Orders ‘Presumed Innocent’ TV Series From J.J. Abrams, David E. Kelley

Scott Turow’s best-selling novel Presumed Innocent is becoming a limited series on Apple TV+.  Veteran writer David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) will serve as showrunner and executive produce alongside Dustin Thomason, J.J. Abrams and Ben Stephenson. Presumed Innocent is described as “the story of a horrific murder that upends the Chicago Prosecuting Attorneys’ office […]