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Messiahman
PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:12 am  Reply with quote



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This is not good. Not good at all. As weak as some of the MOH eps were, I can't imagine how the watered-down NBC version will fare.

From Variety:

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NBC has given a 13-episode commitment to the horror anthology series "Fear Itself," which the Peacock plans to air sometime next summer.

Project is a reworked version of the Emmy-winning "Masters of Horror" and comes directly from the Showtime series' producers, Lionsgate and Industry Entertainment.

"Masters of Horror" exec producers Keith Addis, Andrew Deane and Mick Garris are all onboard to EP the NBC project as well.

NBC Entertainment/Universal Media Studios co-chairman Ben Silverman, who announced the project Monday, said he's looking for new ways to offer scripted fare in the summer.

"It's less expensive than the traditional license fees we pay," Silverman said. "That's allowing us to open up original programming to work across the whole year. There are different ways to get scripted shows on the air all year round."

Silverman said "Fear Itself" could also be scheduled during the regular season on Saturday nights as an alternative to the net's drama repeats.

Picking up 13 episodes without the pilot allowed both the net and producers to keep down the license fee and production costs. Given the subject matter, Lionsgate and Industry are also bullish on international prospects and other ancillary distribution (Lionsgate, after all, is a partner in the FearNet VOD channel).

To that end, Silverman said the pact was more similar to a cable programming deal than the traditional broadcast network template.

"This is a different deal model," said Lionsgate TV programming and production prexy Kevin Beggs. "This is truly a partnership between a network and studio, looking for a way to monetize a program. For us, that meant we had to get to 13 episodes. We're not interested in the pilot business. And they're not looking to overpay for what may very well be a summer or Saturday night slot."

Production will begin early next year; the producers are looking to woo top-name horror writers and helmers for "Fear Itself," just as they did with "Masters of Horror."

Beggs said NBC pushed to change the title to avoid comparisons to Showtime's two-year run and also to broaden the series' focus.

"They felt it was important to have a new title, and we agreed," Beggs said. "It doesn't limit us. 'Fear Itself' can tell all kinds of stories."

To meet broadcast standards, NBC will have to stay away from too much blood and gore -- something Silverman said wouldn't be a problem. "Scary doesn't necessarily mean blood," he said.

More graphic footage will be saved for the DVD (and other backend) market, Beggs added. "We'll be making longer versions for video -- it's easier to cut and trim for NBC's running time anyway," he said.

While nets have had a hard time with the anthology genre in the years since "Twilight Zone" and "Love American Style," the Peacock is clearly interested in reviving the form, as the net also has a romantic anthology in the works from Cindy Chupack and JoAnn Alfano (Daily Variety, Sept. 24).

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http://www.dreadcentral.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3169

Yup, toned down MoH. No more full frontal nudity or extreme gore. Oh ... joy.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:07 pm  Reply with quote
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Maybe they could try a novel approach and try for good stories.
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No follow up to Imprint??? GOD DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!
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thedudeabides wrote:
Maybe they could try a novel approach and try for good stories.


Now you have confused me. I thought you horror fans just loved your torture porn and blobs?
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I am not sure but what I read it sounds like Masters of Horror watered down version on NBC, but I do not think Masters of Horror is done yet I think this just another show called Fear Itself, only thing confuses when they say reworked WTF does that suppose to mean? either Masters of Horror is coming back or they are making a pussy version for NBC!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:54 pm  Reply with quote



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TsMkLg068426 wrote:
I am not sure but what I read it sounds like Masters of Horror watered down version on NBC, but I do not think Masters of Horror is done yet I think this just another show called Fear Itself, only thing confuses when they say reworked WTF does that suppose to mean? either Masters of Horror is coming back or they are making a pussy version for NBC!


Perhaps you should learn to read. You've been posting on this board and THC for how long now? One would think you'd eventually master the art of communication.

MASTERS OF HORROR is over; it has morphed into FEAR ITSELF.

This is plainly stated in the Variety article. "Reworked" means that it has been changed into the new NBC show.
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Oh well, mediocre cable show turns into mediocre network show.

I can only name about five good episodes from the two seasons, so I'm not surprised at its fate.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 7:40 am  Reply with quote



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I liked more than a few of them and can only point to three that I thought were straight-up stinkers. But that's the nature of an anthology show with no regular writing staff and no clear vision. Different folks will find different things to like, but then the reset button is hit every week.

I give it less than a season on NBC if they follow the same mold.
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thedudeabides wrote:
Maybe they could try a novel approach and try for good stories.


Would be nice!!!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:59 pm  Reply with quote
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conundrum wrote:
thedudeabides wrote:
Maybe they could try a novel approach and try for good stories.


Now you have confused me. I thought you horror fans just loved your torture porn and blobs?


Nah...personally I'm bored by the torture porn "movement" since I grew up watching Italian cannibal movies.

As for blobs...













Ugh....




*shudders*
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Well, this could go either way, very corny or Tales of The Darkside-ish. Iam hoping for the latter. I will miss the gore and nudity, but thats why I have the internet and my collection of movies.
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Let's not throw the towel too quickly. It's a horror show on TV every week. I do hope we see blood and so forth this doesn't become too toned down.
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I predict that within a VERY short time, the stories will be dumbed and dulled down to suit the lowest common denomenator, and as a result,..will suck with all the force of a black hole within the first season.
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From what I read about FEAR ITSELF they will make the episodes exactly like they used to make them, with all the gore and blobs they want to show. Then they'll give 'em to NBC who will remove 5-10 minutes worth of gore and blobs so they be broadcast. Then, later that year, Lionsgate will release the unrated DVDs with all the gore and blobs put back in.

By the way, I'm not in the US but didn't the X-FILES air on network TV? If so, that show had some epically fucked up episodes that rival anything done in MOH's past two seasons. All I'll say is HOME.
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