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Jan 23, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Martin Scorsese to Oversee USA’s ‘Frankenstein’

Director Martin Scorsese will executive produce an adaptation of “Frankenstein” for USA, the network announced Friday. Pre-production has begun in Los Angeles on the two-hour pilot for a limited series. Other executive producers on the project include thriller author Dean Koontz (who also wrote the script) and Tony Krantz’s Flame Television (“24,” “Sports Night”).

“It’s amazing to have this creative team in the same room, let alone working for us on a project of this scope,” said Jeff Wachtel, USA’s executive VP for series and long-form. “I have always loved the idea of rethinking classic stories as contemporary ‘urban myths’ — and we are thrilled that Frankenstein will come to life in the hands of these gifted artists.”

Johns Named CNN Correspondent: Joe Johns is moving to CNN to cover Capitol Hill after having covered that beat for more than 10 years for NBC News and its Washington station WRC-TV. He began his TV career as a reporter and anchor in 1980 at WSAZ-TV in Huntington, W.Va. Mr. Johns is a former chairman of the Executive Committee of Correspondents of the Congressional Radio and Television Galleries and president of the Radio-Television Correspondents’ Association.

FX Orders Leary Series: FX has ordered 13 episodes of a one-hour drama starring Denis Leary, the network announced today. Called “Rescue Me,” the series follows a group of post-9/11 New York City firemen.

“Its about time there is a show that looks at the lives and great work of New York City firefighters and what goes on beneath the surface of the job you see,” Mr. Leary said. “I am excited to portray a firefighter. I have many close friends and family members that are firefighters, and many of the stories and characters will be drawn from them.”

The series will be produced by Apostle, The Cloudland Co. and DreamWorks in association with Sony Pictures Television.

“Many networks were interested in this project, but we felt strongly that FX made for the perfect marriage,” said Zack Van Amburg, senior VP of development at Sony.

“Rescue Me” is FX’s third original drama series.

TV One Announces Advertising Partners: TV One, a new cable network targeting adult African American viewers, has announced charter advertising partnerships with Procter & Gamble, General Motors and Sears. The partners are advertisers who have been with TV One from the beginning and have made substantial long-term commitments. Other early advertisers on TV One include Dell, Toyota, Wal-Mart, Geico, MGM, which is marketing its upcoming movie “Barbershop 2,” and Music One.