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Reverie To Be ‘Mid-Season’ (boo!)

artwork_001As NBC can give and NBC can, not so much take away, but move to one side.

On Friday we got the official statement that the new NBC network VR-based drama series Reverie had been selected from the many to become a series.

Last night that statement gained a ‘but’.

The primetime schedules were released showing where each existing and new programme would fit into the 8pm – 11pm lives of the American television viewers in September.

Notable by its absence was the Mickey Fisher (Extant) created, Sarah Shahi (Person Of Interest) starring, Reverie.  This meant the show would be held over to be a ‘mid-season’ release instead.

Mid-season is purposefully vague.  If things go well for the planned line-up then Reverie will likely not see the light of day until the new year.  However, if something happens, such as a new show absolutely tanking in the ratings (that’s a bad thing) then Reverie could be brought in off the subs bench to fill in.  It would suggest a relatively short series order initially too.

So, not great news but a little disappointing after the great news that Reverie had been selected to become a series.

Network promotional ‘Upfront’ events have been happening today (15th May) in New York.  At the time of publishing Reverie has not really featured but Sarah and co-star Dennis Haysbert (24) are present.  Kathryn does not appear to be.

Some official Reverie artwork (one item of which can be seen above) has been added to the KM UK Gallery.

Reverie Gets Picked Up

on_set_001The ‘further developments’ I ended my last post on Reverie have come to pass.

In the past few days it became clear that many of the NBC pilots were falling by the way-side, leaving Reverie a very likely winner.

Now it has been confirmed that the NBC network is putting the finishing touches to it’s fall/autumn season and has chosen to ‘pick up’ Reverie ‘to series’.

Congratulations to all involved.

Let’s hope this sees Kathryn return to the small screen.  We’ve missed her so much.

The show starring Sarah Shahi (Person Of Interest) will go into production over the summer for broadcast towards the end of the year.

The show centres, not surprisingly, around Sarah’s Mara Kint, a behaviourist and ex-cop who is asked to help save people ‘trapped’ in a virtual reality system.  There’s a tragic back-story for Mara as well, of course.

Kathryn plays Monica Shaw of the defence department who is interested in making use, no doubt nefarious, of the troublesome VR.  Dennis Haysbert (24), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Lucky Man), and Jessica Lu (Awkward.) co-star.

A lot can happen between now and September, but let’s go into the weekend enjoying this good news.  Let’s face it, we could do with some.

Reverie Has ‘Some Buzz’

on_set_001It has been a few weeks since the TV pilot for the new NBC drama Reverie finished principle photography in the Vancouver, Canada.

Since then the episode will have been put together for presenting to the ‘powers that be’ at the network.

Now we are getting to the time that decisions are being made.

So many factors play into the choices the executives make but Reverie has an ace up its sleeve.  Lead actress Sarah Shahi is much sort after since the end of Person Of Interest.  She will have had a lot of offers and chose to go with Reverie.  If the show is not picked up to series it will be difficult to find another big show to join in time for the autumn season.

As well as Kathryn, if the producers could lock-in Sarah’s POI co-star Amy Acker in as a regular they’d make a lot of people very happy (me included) and be sure being assigned a timeslot in September.

Journalist Nellie Andreeva reported late on Friday (UK time) on the latest whispers regarding various pilots across the networks.   In her article on the Deadline website she describes hearing ‘some buzz’ about Reverie, placing a little behind other new shows Rise and For God And Country in the running.

Read Nellie’s article in full HERE.

We await further developments.

Reverie Leaves Vancouver

on_set_003A quick Reverie update.

There isn’t much to report beyond the fact that the principal photography finished, much as expected, at the beginning of this week.  We last looked at the show back in mid-March when filming started.

Sadly we didn’t see any evidence of Kathryn’s involvement during the three week production schedule.  Presumably she spent a few days on set for her scenes as Monica Shaw, an official from the Department Of Defense looking to make use of a virtual reality system that’s gone a little awry in the way only the DoD can.

Now the show will go in post production: editing, adding visual effects, and sound/music.  Once complete TV show pilots will be put to the network executives, NBC in this case, for them to judge whether to go forward to a series order.  Changes may be requested, possibly even requiring re-filming of scenes.  It will be in competition with other shows for space in the schedule.  The presence of the sort-after Sarah Shahi following her successful run in the much liked Person Of Interest puts the show in a strong position.  The possibility of Kathryn’s return to the small screen can’t hurt either.

All we can now is wait for more news on whether Reverie gets to more on to the next round.

To mark the end of the part of the process I’ve added a few photos posted in various places by some of the cast and crew to the KM UK Gallery.  See them HERE.

The Reverie Starts Today

pilot_script_coverJust a quick post.

Filming on the pilot for a possible new NBC show Reverie kicked of today in the Canadian city of Vancouver.

To prove/celebrate writer Mickey Fisher (Extant) has posted a picture of the front of the test episode’s script.

Apart from the episodes real title “Aperatus” Mickey is not giving anything away, except for maybe a possibly logo.

We already know that the show stars Sarah Shahi (Person Of Interest), Dennis Haysbert (24), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), Jessica Lu (Awkward.), as well as Kathryn, and is based around virtual reality.

Someone’s made a VR system that has unwanted, by some, consequences.  Sarah investigates.  Dennis helps.  Kathryn, as a representative of the military, likely has other ideas.

The filming is expected to continue until the end of the month.

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