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That Friday The 13th Horror Series Project Isn't Dead Yet and New Details Have Been Revealed

It's been awhile since we learned that a Friday The 13th TV series was in development for The CW. Unfortunately, the network dropped the project saying:

“We didn’t believe it was a sustainable script or a sustainable series. It was a very good pilot, but not a sustainable series.”

Well, that didn't stop series creators and writers Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle from refining the project and shopping it around. They won't let their vision die and are still developing the series.

During a recent interview on Shock Waves podcast, Friday The 13th franchise creator Sean S. Cunningham talked about what they are trying to accomplish. He is working on the series with Mitchell and Van Sickle and he explains that they are looking to develop a series that will make fans happy and build a nightmarish world with great characters.

"The Friday The 13th series is still
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The Pretender: The NBC Series Premiered 20 Years Ago (9/19/1996)

The Pretender TV show premiered 20 years ago today. Starring Michael T. Weiss, as Jarod, the action-adventure drama, created by Steven Mitchell and Craig van Sickle, ran for four seasons before being cancelled in 2000, by NBC.The series also starred: Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau, Jon Gries, Ryan Merriman, Richard Marcus, Alex Wexo, James Denton, Sam Ayers, Harve Presnell, Paul Dillon, Willie Gault, Dennis Cruzado, Pamela Gidley, Jason Brooks, and Ashley Peldon. Read More…
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Friday The 13th TV Series Not Moving Forward at The CW

The CW won’t be heading to Camp Crystal Lake after all, as it has been confirmed that the previously in-development Friday the 13th series is no longer moving forward at the network.

Initially in development at The CW since last year, the Friday the 13th TV series, tentatively titled Crystal Lake Chronicles, was discussed at the Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation in Beverly Hills. According to EW, here’s what CW president Mark Pedowitz had to say about the series, which showed promise with its pilot but was not viewed as their best option for a longterm show:

The bottom line is we felt we had stronger things to go with, and we didn’t go forward with it. It was well-written, it was darker than we wanted it to be, and we didn’t believe it had sustainability … We didn’t believe that it was a sustainable script,
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The CW Has Dropped That Idea to Adapt Friday The 13th into a TV Series

Since the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th, there's been a lot of talk about the future of the franchise. Aside from the tons of movie talk we've heard, there were also plans about a year ago for The CW to develop the concept into a TV series. A lot has changed since then, and at the network's Television Critics Association panel, CW president Mark Pedowitz said that the show is no longer in the works at the company.

“We didn’t believe it was a sustainable script or a sustainable series. It was a very good pilot, but not a sustainable series.”

That's one man's opinion, but Pedowitz also said that writers Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle will be able to shop their concept around to other networks as soon as The CW's option on the material expires in January. So while it sounds like we won't be
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The 'Friday the 13th' TV series has gone to hell

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Last August, former HitFix staffer Roth Cornet and I pondered the ways in which the CW's planned Friday the 13th TV series could potentially not suck. Turns out we needn't have bothered! At Thursday's Television Critics' Association, the network's president Mark Pedowitz revealed that the slasher spinoff series is as good as dead. “The bottom line is we felt we had stronger things to go with, and we didn’t go forward with it,” said Pedowitz (via EW). “It was well-written, it was darker than we wanted it to be, and we didn’t believe it had sustainability … We didn’t believe that it was a sustainable script, a sustainable series. It was a very good pilot, but not a sustainable series.” The show -- under the working title of Crystal Lake Chronicles -- would have taken a "meta" approach by setting the events in a world where the Friday
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CW's "Friday the 13th" TV Series Cancelled?

Last year came word that The CW network had picked up a new "Friday the 13th" TV series which "The Pretender" creators Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle would pen.

That series would follow a detective who has been searching for his missing brother, a disappearance believed to tie into the re-emergence of Jason Voorhees,who was long thought to be dead but is know wreaking havoc once again in Crystal Lake.

Now a new report at Bloody-Disgusting claims The CW has halted plans to resurrect Jason Voorhees. They say the network wasn't onboard with that idea:

"So what happened? According to my source, the network didn't jibe with the concept for the series. What was the concept? Apparently, that's the problem. After months of development, there was still no real concept for the series, causing network execs to re-think bringing Friday the 13th (back) to the small screen.
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Friday the 13th TV Series Canceled at The CW?

Friday the 13th TV Series Canceled at The CW?
Back in August 2015, we reported that The CW Network has picked up a new Friday the 13th TV series, with The Pretender creators Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle coming aboard to write the pilot script. We haven't heard anything about the project since then, but with the network's upfront presentation coming next month, don't expect to hear about this series moving forward any further. Today we have a new report that claims The CW has halted plans to bring Jason Voorhees to the network.

We first reported on the series back in 2014, when Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment signed on to develop the series, with special effects artists Bill Basso (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) coming aboard to write the script. That incarnation of the show was said to feature Jason Voorhees through multiple time periods. When Steven Long Mitchell and
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'Friday the 13th' as a TV series? Here are 5 ways to make it good

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'Friday the 13th' as a TV series? Here are 5 ways to make it good
It's true! A "Friday the 13th" TV reboot is happening on the CW. The series, which comes from "The Pretender" creators Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, is being envisioned as a more "grounded," "sophisticated" take on the masked murderer and will center on "the ongoing quest of a detective’s search for his missing brother that is somehow tied to Jason Vorhees, a long thought dead serial killer who has now returned to wreak havoc in the new Crystal Lake." Luckily for fans, the show will actually be featuring Jason and not a pair of intrepid antique store owners (ahem, ahem), but I've got a few other suggestions on how to make this new iteration of the long-running franchise resonate with fans both old and new. Watch the video above as I count down five ways to make the series a must-see viewing option for horror fans -- not
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‘Friday The 13th’ to become a tv series on The CW

The history of horror cinema has been filled with iconic villains who end up becoming the anchor of a franchise, being the only consistent element across several movies. One such villain is Jason Voorhees, who first made an appearance in the 1980 film Friday the 13th, and has subsequently appeared in eleven other movies, as well as comic books and novels, including a crossover with The Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger in 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason. Now, however, the villain will be coming to the small screen, as The CW has announced that they are formally working on a tv adaptation of the horror franchise.

The series is being penned by Star Wars: The Clone Wars writers Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, who previously worked together to create the NBC series The Pretender, which ran for four seasons. They will be taking over the job from first-time scribes Bill Basso and Jordu Schell,
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Friday the 13th TV series in the works at The CW

A Friday the 13th series is in development over at The CW network in the Us. The new series will tie in to the famous film series, unlike the 1980s version, that borrowed the name from the franchise, but little else.

Deadline reports the new series will take place in the same ‘universe’ and Jason Voorhees and the happenings at Crystal Lake. Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle (The Pretender) are behind the new show.

The trade blog spoke to Long Michell about the new series.

“I don’t think we really wanted to do a show about a guy with a machete chasing girls in tube tops. We couldn’t do that on a weekly basis… So what ends up happening is, a cop comes into town, looking for his brother. He realizes his brother was there searching into the past murders, and realizes that his personal
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Writers hired for Friday the 13th TV series

There hasn’t been much development on the Friday the 13th TV series since it was announced last year, but now we’ve discovered who will be writing it.

Deadline are reporting that Steve Mitchell & Craig Van Sickle, who created the NBC show The Predator back in 1996, have been hired to pen the series. The series will be produced by original Friday the 13th director Sean S. Cunningham.

According to the outlet the series, “reimagines the masked Jason with a stronger feel of grounded reality. Described as a sophisticated, horror/crime thriller, the potential Friday The 13th series is about the ongoing quest of a detective’s search for his missing brother that is somehow tied to Jason Vorhees, a long thought dead serial killer who has now returned to wreak havoc in the new Crystal Lake.”

With a TV series seemingly heading into development, will the new movie also start making some progress?
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The CW Has a Friday the 13th TV Show in the Works

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The CW Has a Friday the 13th TV Show in the Works
Deadline reports that the CW wants to bring the infamous serial killer Jason Voorhees back from the dead for a Friday the 13th TV show. Mark Pedowitz, the network's president, announced the news at a Tuesday TCA session, noting that the story line would be semi-based on those within the long-running film franchise. Deadline has reason to believe the show will follow "the masked Jason with a stronger feel of grounded reality," as well as "a detective’s search for his missing brother." The project is still very much in development, though; Pretender creators Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle are writing the script. Other logistics and personnel info were not immediately available.
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Friday The 13th: TV series confirmed for The CW

The CW will house Jason Voorhees' new slasher adventures, as it announces development of the upcoming Friday The 13th TV series...

So, Friday The 13th is getting a TV show. We’ve known that for a while. Today we learned that The CW network is developing the new version, and that the show has been described as ‘a drama series based on the long-running feature franchise.’

Does that mean it’s a remake, then? Not a sequel like Damien or a prequel like Hannibal or Bates Motel? At the moment, it’s not entirely clear, but the description has few clues.

According to Deadline (who broke the news), the Friday The 13th series ‘reimagines the masked Jason with a stronger feel of grounded reality. Described as a sophisticated, horror/crime thriller, [...] about the ongoing quest of a detective’s search for his missing brother that is somehow tied to Jason Voorhees,
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Friday the 13th is coming back to life as a TV series on The CW

Friday the 13th is coming back to life as a TV series on The CW
Friday the 13th is getting a new lease of life on The CW.

A new TV series based on the horror franchise featuring masked serial killer Jason Voorhees is officially in development. It will be reimagined by writers Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, who created NBC's drama The Pretender.

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The duo are planning a horror/crime thriller firmly grounded in reality, according to Deadline, with a detective's search for his missing brother throwing up a connection to Jason, who was long believed dead.

Executive producers on the hour-long series will include Sean S Cunningham, who directed the original movie in 1980.

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Talk of a possible Friday the 13th TV adaptation first surfaced a year ago.

A series of 12 feature films have explored Jason's relationship to Crystal Lake and his own twisted family dynamic.
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The CW's 'Friday the 13th' TV Series Will Reboot Jason

The CW's 'Friday the 13th' TV Series Will Reboot Jason
Back in April 2014, we reported that Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment were developing a Friday the 13th TV series. Sean Cunningham, who directed the original 1980 slasher film that started the Friday the 13th franchise, was on board to executive produce with Randall Emmett and George Furla, but we haven't heard anything about the project since then. Today, Deadline has word that the series is moving forward at The CW, with Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle (The Pretender) set to write the series.

The series reportedly reimagines the iconic villain Jason Voorhees with, "a stronger feel of grounded reality." The series is described as a sophisticated horror-thriller that centers on a detective who has been searching for his missing brother. His brother's disappearance is believed to tie into the re-emergence of Jason Voorhees, who was long thought to be dead but is know wreaking havoc once again in Crystal Lake.
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The CW Developing Friday The 13th TV Series

Pining for those long summer days and blood-splattered nights at Camp Crystal Lake? The CW President Mark Pedowitz revealed today that the network is looking to bring Jason Voorhees to the small screen with their in-the-works Friday the 13th TV series.

Deadline reports the news of the in-development Friday the 13th TV series, which would be a dramatic take on the 12-film franchise that kicked off in 1980 with Sean S. Cunningham's seminal slasher. Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle (co-creators of the late 1990s series The Pretender) will write the new take on Crystal Lake.

The series is being coined as a "sophisticated, horror/crime thriller" that could follow "the ongoing quest of a detective’s search for his missing brother that is somehow tied to Jason Vorhees, a long thought dead serial killer who has now returned to wreak havoc in the new Crystal Lake."

The Friday the 13th
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CW Plans "Friday the 13th" TV Series

The CW is officially developing a horror/crime thriller series based on the long-running slasher film franchise "Friday the 13th".

Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, creators of the 1990s NBC series "The Pretender," are developing the property which aims to reimagine the masked Jason Voorhees in a more grounded and realistic context.

The story will deal with the ongoing quest of a detective's search for his missing brother, a search tied to a long thought dead serial killer who has now returned to wreak havoc in the new Crystal Lake.

Legion of Leia has further plot details which says Crystal Lake isn't a remote woods area now. Instead it's a thriving town full of young rich types and old regulars who grew up there.

Their source says: "It's like the town from Jaws. It's like Amityville 20 years later, and someone says, 'I think the shark is back.' Everyone is like,
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‘Friday the 13th’ Series in Development at CW

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‘Friday the 13th’ Series in Development at CW
The CW is developing a “Friday the 13th” drama series based on the film franchise of the same name. The big-to-small-screen horror adaptation will be penned by Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, who will also executive produce alongside Sean S. Cunningham, Randall Emmett, George Furla and Mark Canton. Also Read: CW Chief Reveals 'Notebook' Series Details, Talks Emmy Snub: 'I Was Disappointed' Paramount currently has a feature film reboot of “Friday the 13th” also in development, though it has been delayed twice. It currently has a release date of May 13, 2016. The seminal horror classic follows the bloody exploits of Jason Voorhees,
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‘Friday The 13th’ Series In Works At CW With ‘The Pretender’ Creators

Updated: The CW is heading to Crystal Lake. The network topper Mark Pedowitz today confirmed that the CW is developing Friday The 13th, a drama series based on the long-running feature franchise. The series adaptation will be written by Steve Mitchell & Craig Van Sickle, creators of the 1996 NBC series The Pretender through CBS TV Studios. “They are new in development,” Pedowitz told Deadline. I hear that in the series reimagines the masked Jason with a stronger feel of…
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TNT and TBS Announce Development Slate

TNT and TBS Announce Development Slate
TNT and TBS, which staged their Upfront presentation today in New York, are making bold moves to bolster their remarkably strong foundations in original programming. The networks are developing extensive new lineups of scripted and unscripted series and making a new push into half-hour comedy in partnership with some of the top talents in the industry, from award-winning actors to acclaimed producers, writers and best-selling authors.

This year marks the beginning of production of the final season of the blockbuster hit The Closer, starring Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick. TNT confirmed today that it has ordered a 10-episode season of Major Crimes, a series set in the Los Angeles Police Department that promises to become television's next great crime drama. The seventh and final season of The Closer will include 15 episodes in 2011 and six in summer 2012, leading into the launch of Major Crimes, starring Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica). McDonnell has been
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