Director Rob Cohen Developing Action Adventure Series at ABC; HBO Working on Ex-Nun Comedy Series with Molly Shannon

     November 3, 2010


Though lately they’ve been focused on the motion picture side of the entertainment industry, a trio of talent behind-the-camera is busy prepping a new action adventure series for ABC. Deadline reports Director Rob Cohen (who’s currently working on the unnecessary sequel xXx: The Return of Xander Cage) and writers Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris (who are writing The Karate Kid sequel) are also working on a series that sounds a lot like the recent comic book adaptation Red. Reiff and Voris are writing the script with Cohen attached to direct the currently untitled series which would follow a team of old-school CIA covert operatives (kick-ass soldier-spies) who won the Cold War in the Eighties but were then forced out due to budget-cuts in the early 1990s. Now, they have been recruited to go back to work for their country by the chief of the Special Activities Division, a go-getter young woman who is also the team leader’s estranged daughter. With another series about retired covert operatives being developed by J.J. Abrams and featuring Lost stars Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn, only one will likely survive the 2011-2012 season when the time comes.

For details on the new HBO comedy series starring Molly Shannon, hit the jump.

HBO has picked up yet another comedy series, this time featuring a leading lady making with the funny. Deadline reports the cable network is developing a currently untitled comedy that would see Saturday Night Live alum Molly Shannon as a nun who makes the difficult decision to leave the convent and confront life in the outside world. The main character became a nun after getting her heart broken at 18, so now she is an utterly innocent woman in her early 40’s who has never had sex and has to discover the modern world in all of its tawdriness. Doesn’t sound like we should be expecting Sister Mary Katherine Gallagher all grown up, and that’s definitely a good start. Writer/producer Tim Long says, “It’s James Joyce meets Judd Apatow — a female 40-Year-Old Virgin with a huge dollop of Catholic weirdness thrown in.” Apparently the series will also showcase Shannon’s singing talent, which makes me wonder if the series will have a musical element to it. We’ll find out sometime next year probably.