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Punisher...the tv series?!


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Aug 21, 2004
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Punisher Headed for the Tube
Source: Variety
July 1, 2005

According to Variety, Lions Gate Films is pushing forward with a Punisher TV series:

A small-screen "Punisher" and "Dirty Dancing" are in the works. Two projects are in development with NBC. And there's a new TV documentary division, Feltheimer said.

Stay tuned for more on this project it comes in.
NBC? yikes. I could see it on F/X or HBO. Don't know how much the censors will constrain the character.
N?B?C?? What?

Why? And will it still be Tom Jane? What will this do to the Film Franchise?
Sounds like it could be a terrible idea. To be honest, the nature of the Punisher would work beautifully on HBO or F/X, but not NBC. As long as Joey doesnt do a cameo!
They're not saying that the Punisher TV show is in development at NBC, but they have two other shows in development at NBC. Otherwise, it would have read "A small screen Punisher and Dirty Dancing are in the works. The two projects are in development at NBC."
Punisher on regular network TV would be weak. Withthe FCC on their backs the crew would never be able to bring to life the stories that we know the Punisher is capable of. Lion's gate should look into cable networks like HBO, Showtime or maybe Cinemax (they don't have a hit series yet I think) to give the character almost free reign ... or else this might suck just as much as Witchblade did.
Agreed with everyone on this, Frank on NBC is a very very bad idea. HBO great idea (if done properly) Man I really hope this doesn't go through. OR if it does it does after the sequel (mainly because we all know it would bomb abd destroy the movie franchise)
I don't get HBO. Illegal downloads, here I come.
I was going to pitch this.

This angers me.
That is really dumb putting it on NBC like u guys said they should put it on f/x or HBO.
NBC is a tv company you fools. one of the first companies in the buisness. it's not just a channel. they own more than one type of media outlet -- not just the station with the same name. it doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be on the nbc channel.
i dont like the fact that punishers being bundled up with dirty dancing :mad:
Morons, this in no way implies the Punisher is going to be on NBC. It didn't even say NBC was doing it, much less what channel it will be on. I can gurantee it won't be network.
NBC Universal has its modern roots in a series of expansions undertaken by NBC. In the late 1980s, NBC began pursuing a strategy of diversification, including the formation of two NBC-owned cable-television networks, CNBC and America's Talking. NBC also has partial ownership of several regional sports channels and other cable channels, such as Court TV and American Movie Classics. NBC Super Channel reaches more than 65 million households in Europe.

In 1994, NBC began operating NBC Desktop Video, a financial news service that delivers live video to personal computers. In 1996 the company announced an agreement with the Microsoft Corporation to create MSNBC, an all-news cable television channel, using its subscriber base from its America's Talking network. The joint venture also included establishing a companion news service, MSNBC Online, on the World Wide Web. NBC Desktop Video and America's Talking were phased out. Also in 1996, NBC began broadcasting CNBC Europe, NBC Asia and CNBC Asia and in 1998 in partnership with Dow Jones & Co. they combined their financial news channels outside the US.

In 1999, NBC took a 32% stake in the Paxson group, operator of PAX TV. In 2004 NBC announced it was looking to sell its interest in PAX and end its 5 year relationship with Pax owner Paxson Communications.

In 2002, NBC acquired the US Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo, which included the bilingual Mun2 Television (pronounced "moon dose").

Also in 2002, NBC acquired the cable channel Bravo.

In 2003, as part of the dismantling of the Vivendi Universal conglomerate, GE formed NBC Universal: 80% owned by GE, 20% by Vivendi. In 2006, Vivendi will have the right to monetize the remaining 20% at fair market value, which would result in a forced purchase by GE. The joint venture encompasses Vivendi's US film interests, such as Universal Studios production and distribution units, five theme parks, and cable television channels such as the USA Network, Sci Fi Channel, and Trio, a cable channel devoted to pop culture.

In 2004, the television production divisions of NBC Studios and Universal Network Television were combined to form NBC Universal Television Studio. NBC Studio series brought into the company include the NBC dramas Las Vegas (with DreamWorks SKG), Crossing Jordan, and American Dreams. Universal Network Television brought the Law & Order franchise and The District. Late night shows produced by the new group include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Saturday Night Live, and Last Call with Carson Daly.

The formation of NBC Universal saw the establishment of NBC Universal Cable, which oversees the distribution, marketing, and advertisement sales for twelve channels (Bravo, Bravo HD+, CNBC, CNBC World, MSNBC, mun2, Sci Fi Channel, ShopNBC, Telemundo, TRIO, USA Network, and the Olympics on cable). NBC Universal Cable also manages the company's investments in A&E, the History Channel, History Channel International, the Biography Channel, National Geographic International, the Sundance Channel, and TiVo.

In the early 1990s, NBC began its expansion throughout Europe by creating CNBC Europe and its long-time successful NBC Europe Superstation by broadcasting NBC Giga throughout Germany and the rest of the European Union. NBC Europe helped to develop the largest European computer and video games expo "Games Convention" in Leipzig with more than 100,000 visitors each year.

and the point in all of that was?
NBC doesn't imply it will be on NBC the network.

First off, that article didn't say NBC was making the Punisher series, read carefully.

Far more importantly, even if it was, NBC is a conglomerate with all sorts of other channels beyond the main NBC network. They own Sci-Fi and USA, not my first choices, but F/X has done great things in a basic cable vernacular, who says USA couldn't?

Again, all that was purely explanatory, Punisher is NOT on NBC.
Personally, I think it should be a premium service kind of thing, but whatever...

I'm not as much of a fan of TV as I am of movies.

Did anybody else remember that guy who posted the script to a possible TV series about a year ago? I remember flaming that guy and saying he was feeding us a load of bullcrap, but I wonder if this is that project he was talking about.
Wow a tv series....hmmm just like people before me, I agree it would be best on HBO or something because it's just not Frank without the brutal freedom.
I may be the only one but I think it would be perfect if they did an animated series like they did with Spawn on HBO.
That could be cool, then TJ could do the voice. It would lower the budget and allow for more elaborate and gory stories, bigger explosions, etc.
HoboJoe said:
That could be cool, then TJ could do the voice. It would lower the budget and allow for more elaborate and gory stories, bigger explosions, etc.

Yeah Spawn won 2 Emmy's. Imagine if they put The Punisher on tv in the same way. :D

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