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OC/CHUCK/GOSSIP Creator Josh Schwartz Joins The Superhero TV Game With MISFITS Spec Script!!

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Josh Schwartz, who broke into TV with the superhero-obsessed Seth Cohen on “The OC,” is shopping a spec script based on the British series “Misfits.”

In the British version, five twentysomethings get superpowers after they’re hit by lightning during a strange thunderstorm.

The superpowers break down thusly:
Kelly gets telepathy
Simon gets invisibility
Nathan gets invulnerability
Curtis gets time travel
Alisha can make people super-horny

Schwartz also wrote some early drafts of "X-Men: FIrst Class" though he received no on-screen credit for that work.

“Heroes” limped along for four mostly horrible seasons, but the even worse “An Ordinary Family” and “The Cape” did not. NBC decided against a new “Wonder Woman” series this season but ABC is still developing a new “Hulk.” Oh, and “Heroes” mastermind Tim Kring is trying again this year with a superkid in “Touch.” Superpower shows seem safer on Syfy, which has ordered upcoming seasons of both “Haven” and “Alphas.”

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  • Jan. 9, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Remember Misfits of Science?

    by rev_skarekroe

    They did the TV show about teenagers with super-powers bit 20 years before it was cool.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 8:52 a.m. CST


    by rand514

    I just tried watching this show. Loses its focus just like heroes. You wait and wait for the kids to do something cool with their powers and they never do. Instead the show gets lamer and lamer. I gave up after a chick sleeps with a mutated ape dressed in a cheap looking ape suit.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Not again...

    by snarfo

    The importing (and subsequent endumbening-for-US-audiences) of cool British shows just continues, huh? Without the leeway to be sexual, vulgar, or getting away with similar humor as the British originals, the American shows just seem a bit bland. Watchable maybe, but meh.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    I loved Misfits of Science

    by dukeroberts

    But I do not love the idea of this new show.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Misfits is good.

    by Nerfee

    Though, I would prefer it if it hadn't shot its bolt with the powers phenomena going public. Schwarz, don't take your version the same way. But keep the bad language, sex and regular knocking-off of probation workers as if they're Spinal Tap drummers or Dirty Harry's partners. Also, Keep it welfare/housing project/poor people.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Why don't they just play the original?

    by Jarek

    It's a good series. And frankly, they're speaking english! It'll end up watered down if adapted for US TV, just like Being Human was.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST


    by geoff

    Misfits is without a doubt the best use of super powers on tv since no heroics. these guys are petty criminals and layabouts so what do they do on getting super powers? Put on costumes and save the world? nope. they talk about sex and mess about causing havok. much more realistic. yes there is a couple of lame episodes but in general its witty, often thought provoking and as realistic as a show involving psychics and time travellers can be. Also nathan isnt invulnerable he's immortal, sort of. he can get hurt and die he just gets better when he dies. Also Also the show gets even better once the power broker shows up and they bin curtis' reset button.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 9:06 a.m. CST

    For example:

    by Jarek

    An original MISFITS plotline that will never see the light of day in the US: a full episode dedicated to one of the characters in a race against time before his cock rots and falls off.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Just adapt "Rising Stars" already and be done with it

    by OutsideChance

    JMS is a TV writer to begin with. Maybe he can make the concept work.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    As others have said, IMMORTALITY =/= INVULNERABILITY.

    by Breotan

    Get your super powers straight so you can at least pretend like you've seen the show.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    wont work

    by unclejoe

    everything that made the original special, will get lost in translation its a brit take on the very american superhero genre put it in america....what is the point? and rand is wrong the show is as absurd as moore and milligan's takes on supers...that is what makes it special

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 9:53 a.m. CST

    American 'Misfits'?

    by buggerbugger

    Fuck right off. The Mifits's 'Let's Kill Hitler' plot-line was a million times better than Doctor Who's craptastic episode on the same subject.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:03 a.m. CST

    This sounds like a very very bad idea.

    by Volllllume3

    We don't need an OCidified Misfits. I'm not even talking about the dialogue. The thing about misfits is that at first glance it seems fairly juvenile to begin with, but when you look closer it ends up being a very bleak show.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Worst News I've Seen in 2012

    by 1TrueGod

    Seriously?! Didn't we just get a horrible US rendition of Skins - Misfits is a mash-up of Skins meets Heroes. Even Being Human (US) feels watered down, although I did enjoy where the writers took the story towards the end (but the US acting/actors fall short of the original British cast). Are American networks/writers that unoriginal/uninspired that American audiences are considered to be idiots (or too self centered) and unable to appreciate original British programing? or is it that we have to bastardize great stories/TV to spoon feed the general public? Either way - this is a bad idea...

  • most channels wouldn't get away with it, given the content. Maybe you'll see it late at night on IFC or G4 at some point, but the show as broadcast in the UK would probably have too many problems with stuck up censors to be able to be played during prime time. I also don't see any of the pay tv channels picking up a show that has the first two seasons sitting out there for free on Hulu. I suspect that the show will end up mangled beyond recognition in order to meet FCC requirements. Josh Schwartz might be able to get a good show going, but it won't be quite like the British show.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    They All Have Different Powers

    by SutureSelf

    How come when a group is hit by an empowering event no two of them ever emerge with the same powers?

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    RE: sutureself

    by 1TrueGod

    I can't speak to every superpower group, but as it pertains to misfits - their original powers were defined or influenced by their personalities. For example, Simon is a bit of a recluse and socially awkward (low self esteem), so he received the power of invisibility. It's one of the aspects of Misfits I really enjoyed.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST

    We are perfectly capable of watching TV shows

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    from the UK over here.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Courtney Cox. I love you. You're so great. On that show.

    by torontoxic

    Misfits of Science was a favorite when I was very very small. <P> No way in hell will I watch this crap from OC/CHUCK/ETC mastermindakamydadknowstheheadsofthesestudiosfromtempleandorsquash Josh Gezuntite.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    How do they get away with this?

    by happybunni

    Like do the writers go into the studios going "hey guys, I just got this brilliant idea! about these kids with superheroes. i may or may not have stolen this from a popular british show. i can has money now plz?"

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Nathan's power is a SPOILER for the finale of series 1

    by The Garbage Man

    C'mon Herc, don't be that guy.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    the idea wasnt stolen

    by unclejoe

    someone threw a ton of caishe at the og showrunner

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    If it happens...

    by gcodori

    I hope they don't make the same mistakes the brit show runners have made by having the misfits give up their powers. The whole idea behind the show is that the misfits (and the villains of the weeks they meet) all have powers that are based on their personalities and issues. The powers helped develop the characters and their motivations. By losing their powers made the show trivial. Powers could be purchased and sold. It also doesn't help that most of the cast has left (causing the writers to scramble for a quick solution that ends what was a very important storyline). Lastly, where in Hollywood will they find prison tatted actors like they have on the brit version? It's odd to see all the tats on a show that is not a reality show about trashy tat artists.

  • It's Schwartz and I think his name is Overman working in tandem to create a US version.

  • God I loved that show. Even after all of this time I can still remember that theme.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Fuck this....make a TV show about the real Misfits

    by thelordofhell

    When SoCal punk was about horror movies and murder and death and fucking and drinking

  • The real problems were a slow build up and some inconsistencies between eps. The series ended with a promising finale that could've launched a more interesting season two. Another problem was that it felt like a show that was more appropriate for ABC Family than ABC proper. Nothing wrong with that, but that's what it was. I still say that it may not have been great, but it was certainly more enjoyable than Heroes' final few seasons.

  • More Misfits in the UK, and I thought the BBC was going to pick up Dirk Gently as a series after the response his pilot got. Maybe he's leaving most of the heavy lifting over here to Schwartz.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    ugh, that title got mangled

    by DoctorTom

    imagine the *thanks for mentioning that, tgc* at the beginning of the header instead of a few words in.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Heroes first season?

    by palooka_boy

    Was not mostly horrible. It was actually mostly excellent. The proceeding three, though, yeah... mostly horrible.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Josh Schwartz is the wrong man for the job...

    by yamayama

    Misfits in Britain is closer to being a more sister show of "Skins" than any sort of superhero ensemble. The powers the kids have are almost irrelevant to the characters and in many instances they are a hinderance. To me The OC was a terrible shallow TV show that alienated its supposed audience. The idea that Schwartz has the life experience and vision to write an american take on Misfits is a non starter . It wont get anywhere. I would like someone to pitch a pilot for DC's Suicide Squad more so than see a pilot for Misfits.

  • 12+ epidoes would dilute the show by a huge amount.. Either way, I think they could get one good season before this totally falls to crap. Maybe.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Yeah, a spec script, but for another remake

    by lv_426

    And here I thought we might actually be getting something NEW. Ha! What a fool I am for even entertaining that notion.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, noon CST

    Tv shows of the 80's always had the best openings

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Always overlong with a pop song, clips of the characters smiling or turning around and always with the generic yellow writing to list the actors names

  • For fuck's sake, that is like hearing your grandma uses a British recipe for all the food she makes at Thanksgiving. Superheroes are a very American thing, even though yes, other nations have done their take on superheroes, so I am not saying we own it and should have the only say in what a superhero is. But damn, look at what the biggest iconic superheroes are. Superman, Batman, and Spiderman. It isn't like there aren't tons of other superhero concepts, American or not (some already done as comic books with a fanbase already attached = $) that haven't been adapted yet. Or just even cool comic book series about non-superhero characters, or characters with more of a special ability than a super fancy god-like power. Remember the Global Frequency series that never made it past an un-aired pilot? What a fucking shame that never saw the light of day. I'd have rather seen another attempt at something like Global Frequency than just reheating British Thanksgiving leftovers.

  • First it starts as a novel or a comic book. Then it becomes a movie or TV show. Then it needs multiple rushed into the stores while still not completed videogame adaptations (Xbox 360/PS3/PC, then a different one for the underpowered Wii, PSP, and then of course a whole different one for mobile devices and iPads and all that jazz). Oh, and then the movie or TV show version gets its own comic book adaptation, and =official= novelization. There is also the porn parodies and fan fiction too. Then it all gets remade or rebooted about 10 years later, and the whole damn process starts over again. Oh, and that is not even all of it, I haven't even mentioned all the sequels and prequels that need to be made, even if the storyline and character arcs have already reached their logical end points.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Misfits vs Misfits of Science

    by Prior Walter

    I'm assuming it's a remake of the current show Misfits. The video threw me off. Was that intentional or just laziness? Anyway. This is pointless. Why remake a show that is currently running that is in English???

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Just Finished watching season 3 (Final) of British series.

    by cookylamoo

    Probably the best season yet, even without Nathan. A wonderful combination of humor, horror and realist sex. It's only flaw is that most of the women seem to have sex with their clothes on. The fact that they all have fourth rate super-powers is what gives the series it's charm.

  • The first HALF of Heroes Season 3 was weak due to coming off the writer's strike. By the 2nd half of season 3 they were back on track. Heroes: 3 great seasons, 1 weak season. 1) Heroes : Season 4 -- The Best. The series went out at it's peak. 2) Heroes Season 2 -- 2nd best. 3) Heroes Season 1 -- good foundation, weak finale 4) Season 3 -- it got much better in the 2nd half, but the first half was so brutal that most people bailed and didn't stick around for the stellar 4th season, which is a damn shame.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST


    by unclejoe

    please go back to the home heroes 2 was incomprehensible 3 was a total mess by the time they got to 4, no one cared

  • You're right, the 80's rocked this to the extreme. Even shows that weren't all that spectacular, often had awesome openings. T.J. Hooker for example. Also, how about the dark and tense opening for The Equalizer? That is still one of the best TV openings/theme song combos ever.

  • The show's more adult than half of what you see on HBO.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    They kind of made up for having Kelly shag an ape in season 2

    by cookylamoo

    Byy giving her a cute boyfriend in Season 3.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    No Ordinary Family was miles better than Heroes and the crap The Cape!

    by CeejayNightwing

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST

    It's hard to please super-hero fans and still be "family friendly"

    by cookylamoo

    Because comic books are no way family friendly.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    usa version of misfits will be so watered down

    by palewook

    it wont be the misfits.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Heroes definitely was shit, though.

    by mynamesdan

    It started out more promising than most shows, but let itself down badly by undermining its season one finale and never got back up again. <p> Misfits has been pretty awesome up until this most recent season which has been fairly shambolic, and the way they've washed their hands of their arc story is totally unacceptable. It's been like watching a company get dissolved. Not because of Joe Gilgun, Not his fault the writing has been so thin. They've just lost direction with their story, and perhaps forgotten where they had wanted to go. <p> Here's my bet, here's how they'll keep the show rough and ready in the US- They're going to re-introduce Nathan as a concurring character. He'll exist in the US canon as well as the UK. Save the day, Overman, and kill the cheerleader. It's the only way.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Disagree completely

    by cookylamoo

    Everything in Season Three seemed really well thought out. Everybody seemed to get a good storyline. The Set up for Simon's time trip, the power switching, the choice of powers and the clever use of two of the goofiest powers of all worked together expertly. Maybe you wanted to run the show longer. I wouldn't mind that either, but they'd already lost one cast member to movies. It was probably smart to wrap the story up the way they did.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by supertoyslast

    From your posts it seems as if you're saying that the third series of the UK show was the final series. A fourth series has been commissioned.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Heroes was just a ripoff of "the 4400"!!

    by HB_Dad

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    Seriously, Nathan's power

    by mooli_mooli

    Save me Barry!

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Misfits doesn't even try to be family friendly

    by mooli_mooli

    I'm just washing shit off me cock!

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    It all comes down to the likeability of the actors.

    by Royston Lodge

    If their too much like Twilight-Douchebags, then forget it. British sci-fi tends to get the awkwardness and "normalness" of the actors pretty right: see Being Human, see Dead Set.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Ugh, gotta say I hated that last Dirk Gently adaptation.

    by Nerfee

    The one with Stephen Mangan and Mr Lanky-Balls. Good cast, but it cut out the Electric Monk, Samuel Coleridge, Those Caves of Ice! All the Oxford stuff, etc

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    In addition to the first two series, HULU also has the 10 minute *Vegas Baby* segue from Sheehan (Nathan) to Gilgun (Rudy) and the first four eps of Series 3. Series 1 ......6 episodes Series 2 ......7 episodes Series 3 ......8 episodes

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:05 p.m. CST

    I thought it was the Finale because

    by cookylamoo

    The two Brit twits who come on over the credits said it was. Plus it certainly seemed like a good place to end it.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    If it's not HBO or Showtime, there

    by Royston Lodge

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:31 p.m. CST

    If it's not HBO or Showtime, there's no point.

    by Royston Lodge

    Without the nudity, gore, and swearing, why bother?

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Hurry up and adapt Y The Last Man, Ex Machina...

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Preacher, Transmetropolitan etc but please put them on cable where they can shine.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Does anyone else still remember the water bottle scene from season 1?

    by happybunni

    That will live in my daydreams forever.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 12:40 a.m. CST

    The entire US series

    by SamBlackChvrch21

    will never ever come close to how awesome Episode 6 of Series 1 was. 'Nuff Said

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Misfits of science kicks ass

    by Bop N Rumble

    If one of the main actors didn't die I believe that show would have had a few seasons. And Misfits UK... How the Brits have changed. In the past the world would have been too small in the UK if there was some swearing or nudity on tv. And now the sky seems to be the limit. Misfits is ok, but nothing special.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    heroes and 4400 were ripoffs of rising stars

    by unclejoe

    neither as good and i agree with the poster above....make rising stars already give it to demateis to be showrunner put it on hbo as for season 3 of misfits...took a bit to warm up to it, but it was still great the point of changing powers made sense, as after season 2, the characters had changed, so their powers would no longer fit their outward selves overman is a great writer, but he shouldnt be wasting his time on making an american version one of the cable networks should hire him to do something original

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Nathan's power is hinted at in episode 4.

    by Royston Lodge

    I'm just sayin'...

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    lv_426 - face it, the best superhero tv shows have been British

    by DoctorTom

    and the two take different tacks. Misfits is the best tv show involving superheroics. The other superhero show that the British did that's better than any of the American superhero series was No Heroics - a comedy about superheros sitting around a bar. I do agree with you that Global Frequency should have been made a series and not just a pilot, but I wouldn't call that a superhero series (even though some of the pilot's plot was borrowed from Batman/Planetary instead of Global Frequency). Actually if we were going to have a so-called superhero series in America, I'd prefer to see HBO or one of the other pay networks make a show out of the 90's DC series Hitman (the Garth Ennis series, not the video game that came out later). Though I do have hopes for the Chew series on Showtime that's supposed to be happening...

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    drmorbius - thanks for the mention

    by DoctorTom

    I've watched the first couple of Season 3, but haven't sat down to watch them yet. I ordered the DVD for series 3 from Amazon UK, which should funnel a bit of money back to Channel 4 so that they'll keep doing more seasons (NTSC/PAL DVD players are very nice). I'll probably just wait for the DVD to watch the rest since the DVD should show up any day now.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Nathan's potty mouth alone won't play in the States...

    by ZodNotGod

    Love this show but it dies once Nathan leaves.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Rudy's potty mouth took up the slack.

    by cookylamoo

    Plus, Rudy pushed up the teams ugly quotient by 25 percent.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    meh that guy completly fucked up the OC

    by chien_sale

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    and where's the cool guy with the electric hands?

    by chien_sale

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    I wouldn't mind seeing a Damage Control series on Comedy Central.

    by Royston Lodge

    That could be pretty funny.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Rudy is way cooler than Nathan...

    by thecomedian

    He's kind of like a cross between Nathan and Simon. I'm watching on Hulu but I've already spoiled the ending of season 3 for myself by reading it online. It kinda sucks what happens to those 2 characters. Especially the guy. He was easily one of the most interesting characters I've seen on TV in a while. Especially in Season 1 when he was totally creepy.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Remember the good old days...

    by cerberus

    When the USA only ripped and dumbed down GOOD brit shows?

  • Jan. 11, 2012, 2:52 a.m. CST

    what he said

    by Mr_P

    ^^^ Misfits is utter Shite

  • Jan. 11, 2012, 6:10 a.m. CST


    by Master Bruce

    Eff-ing loved that show back in the day! Would love to see it remade...but as w/most remakes, it'd probably suck...on 2nd thought, don't bother, rather see the original out on DVD instead!

  • Jan. 11, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Are you serious?! UK Misfits is awesome!

    by Royston Lodge

    I'm up to series 2 episode 4 so far. I'll admit that series 1 has some rough edges, but series 2 seriously ramps it up.

  • Jan. 11, 2012, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Royston Lodge, I have to disagree.

    by cerberus

    Royston Lodge, I think America has only bothered to show or rip off "Good" brit shows for so long that everyone naturally assumed that every brit show was great. It's easy to see why they would think this when Americans were only getting to see the good stuff. But nothing last forever. I believe that The Office marked the end. Now we are getting into the dregs. The shows that America is coming after now have nothing to offer other than a cheap price. They are just floating along on the goodwill of all the really good shows that came before. And this isn't just happening with brit shows. The same thing is also happening with brit talent. We have more brit talent plying their trade than ever before in Hollywood, but most of them aren't very good. Their main claim to fame is that they are cheaper and they are floating on the goodwill generated by the powerhouse actors that came before. They better hurry up and hand over Cumberbatch because the brand is taking a beating.

  • Sorry about that.

  • Jan. 12, 2012, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Brand Brit - Russell Brand

    by Mr_P

    I would happily watch Russell Brand take a beating from a piece of wood with a nail through it

  • Jan. 12, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    I think you have the best advice. But I bet they lose the language, most of the sex (especially the masturbatory couple... touchy selfy is a no-no in the US... ) most of the brief violence. It might have a bigger budget here, but a smaller *heart*. Of course I could be wrong. It all depends on the casting, really. But just think for a second and imagine some other guy being Nathan... or Kelly... or Simon?? It just feels wrong. I wish them well, but damn.. tough act to follow. The only plus (if you look at it that way) would be the ability to tell 3 season's worth of stories in one US season, freeing them up into new territory fairly quickly if it's even a marginal hit. Question is, will a US audience tune into a blander version of a hipper, better, more engaging Heroes. Essentially. They would have to rely on some pretty strong word of mouth in order to get people to tune in AND become fans. Best of luck to all involved though. I'll root for ya.

  • Jan. 12, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    And there is NO WAY they will cast someone

    by gotilk

    (and genuinely NO offense meant to the actress, who is clearly *uglied up* for the role) unattractive as one of the main characters (Kelly). If they do... awesome. But they will not.