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SPIDER-MAN's Sam Raimi
And LOST’s Brian K. Vaughn
Developing Sci-Fi Series For Fox!!

I am – Hercules!! Sam Raimi’s Stars Road Productions is developing three hourlongs for three networks, according to Deadline Hollywood. 1) “Smokers,” for Fox, is a mockumentary from writer-producer Brian K. Vaughn (“Lost,” “Y: The Last Man”) about blue-collar extraterrestrial hunters. 2) “Lancaster,” for CBS, is a crime drama from writer-producer Andrew Lipsitz (“CSI”) about a Scotland Yard detective who joins the Los Angeles Police Department. 3) An untitled ABC project from writer-producer Dee Johnson (“The Good Wife”) deals with a female assistant district attorney who moonlights as a vigilante. Find all of Deadline’s story on the matter here.
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  • Sept. 28, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    I've got a hard dick

    by Fat and Curious

    heard that

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    The post in front of mine got deleted...

    by Fat and Curious

    All it said was something about Darth Vader. Have the prequels soured everyone so much that we just flat out can't reference them anymore? Cause I'm okay with that.

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Wish BKV had stuck around for Lost S6

    by Tall_Boy66

    Where the heck did he go for a year or so, just to finish of Ex Machina? Also, why aren't they using his Runaways script for the movie, considering he kinda wrote it. Same deal with Y: The Last Man.

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Long Live The Revolution!!

    by vadakinX

    Restore D.Vader, Repair AICN!!

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:13 p.m. CST


    by Waspo

    I know it would be expensive as hell, but put it on HBO and make a 13 episode hardcore Spider-Man series. It's what we all want, and what we also all deserve.

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST


    by Fievel

    With that Lancaster show a British actor can now star in an American TV show AND keep his accent!

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Developing Sci-Fi Series For Fox!!

    by ORIONgods

    so it will be canlced in 2 months

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Don't be a Vader hater!

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Bring back our favorite Sith Lord! Do eeeeet now! <p> Don't make us force choke a bitch.

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Truly Exciting

    by res8323

    I'll read/watch anything Vaughan does. Now, when is 'Roundtable' going to film?

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST

    I miss Y...

    by exyle

    can't wait for them to ruin it with a movie!

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:46 p.m. CST

    The Assassination of D.Vader by the coward Mr. Beaks.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Dawn of the Dead D.Vader

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Diary of the Dead D.Vader

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Survival of the Dead D.Vader

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Day of the Dead D.Vader

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Die Hard 2: Die Harder D.Vader

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Indiana Jones and the Crystal D.Vader

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST

    THX 113D.Vader

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Slap Shot 4: The Return of D.Vader

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Reservoir D.Vader

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Pulp D.Vader

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Jackie D.Vader

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Kill D.Vader Vol. 1

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Kill D.Vader Vol. 2

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    D.Vader Proof

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Ding Ding. Winner!

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Inglorious D.Vader

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Attorney vigilante? Nice way to rip off

    by Dingbatty

    Marvel comics, you uncreative wastes of space.

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 11:56 p.m. CST


    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Make Ex Machnia a tv series, make Y The Last Man a tv series, but please put neither of them on Fox,put them on HBO or AMC. They both would make great 2-3 season show of 12 eps a season.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    D.Vader Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    What do I win?<br /> <br /> Anyway, Fox will give it an episode before they cancel it. It's completely their M.O. nowadays. Look at Lonestar.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    D, Vaders Dick Blood

    by dailysportspages

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Lone Star

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Was on the wrong channel, network tv is dead for creativity and imagination, watched the first episode not brilliant but interesting and would have liked to see it play out for at least a seaon,, 12 eps on cable would have been perfect. Not really an expensive show to make either

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Where's the D. Vader Obit????

    by Cheeses_of_Nazareth

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 12:58 a.m. CST

    FREE VADER!!!!

    by Cheeses_of_Nazareth

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 1:22 a.m. CST

    That third series sounds like...

    by kenny38606

    the current Manhunter.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Beaks killed D. Vader.

    by elgato73

    And there's no way in Hell that Fox is going to make that into show into a series. But if they do it will last two episodes and then be gone.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST

    My favorite thing about the D.Vader banning?

    by Hercules

    Harry pays me $4.80 per talkback!

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Vaughan, whatever happened to Roundtable?

    by Ribbons

    Didn't that script sell for like 5 million dollars, and people kept talking it up as the next Ghostbusters? It actually did sound like a pretty cool idea, so I'm just wondering why there's been seemingly no movement on the project for almost 2 years.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 2:28 a.m. CST

    $4.80 per talkback!?

    by Shermdawg

    Grats on the raise! I remember it being like $2.76 per talkback post five years ago......when you were twelve.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 4:16 a.m. CST

    So that's where BKV got himself to.

    by Johnny Smith

    Anything he works on, you can count me in. He's half the reason I got into Lost.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Third show sounds like Manhunter from DC

    by hst666

    Female DA who moonlights as a vigilante.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST


    by enya_mouf

    I tried to post on hercs talkback above this one and comments are banned?! Welcome to the new Ain't it cool news. What is Ain't it cool without the talkbacks?

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 6:30 a.m. CST


    by enya_mouf

    All i was trying to say was ... bring back D.Vader! Beware the ban hammer!

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 6:34 a.m. CST

    "SPIDER MAN'S" Sam Raimi???

    by Mal Carne really think Spider Man was the biggest thing he did? Bruce Campbell would like a word with you, sir. Geez, the geek cred on this site is getting paper thin.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 6:42 a.m. CST


    by AICN_Bans_Are_A_Joke_Heres_How_You_Get_Around_Them

    Its not hard..this site runs web 1.0 from 19fucking98...want to get around AICN IP ban..heres how...In your browser type in not reset your router) and you will get a username and password prompt. For the username (for most linksys routers) is admin and the password is admin (if not reset your router and if that doesnt work consult your manual). Ok now your in. Please click on MAC Address Clone in the setup tab. Alright now click enable if its not already enabled. Now you can change all the numbers for your mac address! Change all the numbers in the mac address (it may give you errors like out of range, to fix this only use numbers 1-9 and letters a-f) to different things! But before you click save settings i most warn you. You will still have access to your router but your internet will be disabled until you successfully complete the next step! now click Save Settings and wait, It may take awhile. After it says its completed or if the page refreshed click the Status tab. Your IP and mac and everything will be and your internet will be disabled. Next go to your router and unplug it and unplug the modem too! When they are both off wait 1 minute and plug them back in. Wait for them to both get initialized and ready and go back to your computer. Your computer should now be internet connection enabled again with an entirely new ip address

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Herc, you cracked me up!

    by ATARI

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    so what? the shows will be canceled after 3 eps!

    by Judge Briggs


  • Sept. 29, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST

    I would love an EX MACHINA series on AMC or HBO

    by SpyGuy

    And since it only ran for 50 issues and four specials, it seems tailor-made for a four or five season series. Somebody please make this happen!

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST

    I come to mourn a great Talkbacker: D.Vader

    by ColonelFatheart

    D.Vader was one of the most valuable Talkbackers on this site. He had been here a long time, and he always had something SMART and THOUGHTFUL to contribute to a conversation. Even when he disagreed with you, he did so respectfully, therefore commanding the same respect from you. <p> This place is overrun with trolls and spammers, but D.Vader gets the boot for merely questioning Beaks' arbitrary banning policy? Pardon my French, but what a load of shit. Vader deserved better than that. <p> Goodbye for now, Vader. You are a wise Talkbacker, a helluva Pedalbacker, and a loyal friend. I hope you will be back soon. <p> Beaks, if you have any appreciation for fairness, you will reinstate D.Vader. I call on all of you who laughed or argue with Vades over the years to join me in imploring Beaks to undo his grave error. It is time to fix this, sir.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    I Hope Beaks Dies of Aids Complications

    by ChocolateJesusMan

    Unban D.Vader you useles sack of shit...that goes for you too Harry

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Human Target

    by greyspecter

    Support Human Target! It's a great show, good writing, kicking action, usually a hot female costar of the week (Moon Bloodgood, Grace Park, etc.). It's been condemned to the Friday night pit, so help save it!

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    enya_mouf Herc stopped allowing TBs on

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Coaxial DVD articles a while ago.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Why'd Vader get banned?

    by fiester

    What did he do? If they want to ban someone they ought to ban they spammer who is always posting about his shoes for sale.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST


    by DeweyOxburger

    pair of '96 Nike Airs, thirty bucks. Eh?

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    BANFEST 2010

    by lostboytexas

    fucking love it. its like that scene in Piranha where all the mouthy bitches get slaughtered. yum yum

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST


    by frozen01

    Sounds great, but "Smokers"? Really? Terrible name. It may make sense within the context of the show, but there are waaaaay too many jokes that could be done with it, and it does give the wrong impression as to what the show is about.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    I am perfectly willing to accept being wrong on this...

    by kells

    ...but am I the only person who thought every single Spiderman movie was a boring, overwrought, and over-rated piece of shit? Just wondering.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST


    by frozen01

    I second the enthusiasm over an American show allowing a British actor to keep his accent (um, they ARE using a Brit, right?)... but really? ANOTHER crime drama? Let's just hope it's better than the other 12,000 crime dramas out there.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by frozen01

    I'm sure you're not the only one. But I liked it. 2 was better... that Doc Oc scene in the operating room alone was worth the price of admission!

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Attorney moonlights as prostitute.

    by kabong

    Greenlight for me. Let's do lunch, hacks.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Why does anyone develop anything high budget for Fox?

    by Phimseto

    All they do is cave and cancel it early because it costs too much.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Sam Raimi's name doesn't sell...

    by Silverhour

    me on anything anymore. I was excited to see his name on Legend of the Seeker (stupid title for the SoT novels, not-withstanding) and then watched as he basically walked away before the ink dried. With the exception of shoe-horning his brother into a couple episodes I don't think he had even the smallest of input on anything filmed, and if so shame on him for soiling his reputation with that shit. Now I can no longer trust a show to be worth watching simply because his name is on it.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Two series that fucked up the last chapter? Count me in!

    by StovetopStuffin'

    kidding. I love Y, and am hoping it gets made into an HBO, Showtime, or AMC series. But I really hope it's Showtime or HBO, because AMC would have to cut some stuff out that the others could have in.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    So it was cloning that killed the men, right?

    by Tall_Boy66

    I think Vaughn kinda pussed out on the answer to the Ultimate Question in Y, even saying in interviews "Well, there were LOTS of answers and the journey is really the point and blah blah blah". I just go with the clone kid causing massive male instant death because that's what Dr. Mann's father said. Of course, I still don't get why when Mann started creating clones of herself and Yorrick why it didn't happen all over again, but it's best not to think about it. Emotionally, the ending of the series was right anyway, which is what counts. But I'll be fucked if I know what wiped out mankind, which is kind of a frustratingly vague note to end the series on.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    The ban hammer strikes once a year

    by DioxholsterReturns

    Harry and friends do this purge thing every year, i got used to it.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Stargate Universe proved that cool sci fi never gets attention

    by DioxholsterReturns

    so why would this Smokers thing

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Stargate Universe proved that cool sci fi never gets attention

    by DioxholsterReturns

    so why would this Smokers thing

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Ding dong the sith is dead ,the sith is dead,the sith is dead...

    by JohnWayneWasGay

    ding dong the sith is dead.The wicked sith is dead.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Guess RPLocke is going to have a lot of time to fap to Matthew F

    by JohnWayneWasGay

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Those shows sound boring

    by JohnWayneWasGay

    But Sam Raimi rocks. Evil dead,Darkman,Spiderman sweet.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    $4.80? wait, Ive been MIA for weeks, are you joking Herc?

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    I mean, yikes!

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    someone's at the door

    by and thats the origin of that

    Sam Rami had a hand in American Gothic, another cool show that the networks had not patience for, and released a shitty DVD set of two-sided DVDs and the wrong episode order, but I digress...I guess based on the coolness of American Gothic. What makes anyone think any new show will get past half a season anymore? RIP Lonestar you were FUXED.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Love the first one -

    by Dharma4

    then again I am a whore for anything Brian K. Vaughn does

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    My show idea -- "Shakycam: The Series"

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    That's what I always think when I think "mockumentary" nowadays.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Smokers - sounds like MiB + The Office

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Sounds interesting. Could go any way in terms of quality, but we know Vaughn is a good writer.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    So was this oft mentioned

    by mr.underwater

    D Vader banning a result of the Menke obit talkback and beaks "If you're post isn't what I consider to be 100% gushing and complementary I will ban you on the spot. And furthermore, if you dare question this you too will be banned on the spot" statement?<br><br>Has the site entered some kind of "How many longtime readers can we lose in a month" contest? Seriously. The bullshit level around here is quickly flying of the chart. You can't seem to control the massive amounts of sneaker and interracial dating spam that's been flooding the TBs lately, yet you're banning longtime readers who threaten to mar your obit TB. Were you planning on printing out the TB and nailing to the coffin?<br><br>Hows about doing your job a moderator? Prune out the spam and bullshit, and let those who have something relevant to say, do just that, whether you agree with it or not.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Lancaster = McCloud: outsider with accent joins NY police force

    by MrMysteryGuest

    McCloud has his horse, Lancaster will probably have an umbrella or something British....

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Lancaster - it's cool to have a Britain in the cast!

    by wtriker1701

    At least Hugh Laurie is the most american...ish speaking Britain to date! He's just COOL! <p> BTW - Where's the House Talkback, Herc? You could get paid many Four-Eighties for that! <p> Another BTW: D.Vader may be back in 90 days (of sleep deprivation and bad medicine). But his return is announced by TPTB. So get over it, Revolutionary Gang! <p> Like Arnold The Great once: He'll be back! <p> And possibly already is under another cover. How'd you know?

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    AND D.Vader can greatly return as a Martyr!

    by wtriker1701

    Unlike RPLocke, that douchebag! Who already works undercover here!

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    I'm not d.vader

    by dvaderclone1

    But I liked him, and I think it's wrong that he of all people got banned by someone with power who was obviously in a poor mood. That guy's been on here as long as me, which is as long as this site's been around. So how about it: band with me and all the other supporters of our friend on this forum and, in d.vader's way, politely speak up. Make your own d.vaderclone2, 3 etc. handle, copy and paste this message, and protest his banning in a civil manner. Let him back in now!

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    George W. Bush: "I'm a uniter...not a D. Vader..."

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST


    by Dustoff74

    none of these offers anything new. i thought we had entered a new age of television with shows like Dexter, BSG, Rome, Breaking Bad. two steps forward, 3 back, eh?