Bruno Heller
British screenwriter
Bruno Heller
Bruno Heller is an English screenwriter. His most notable works are the television series Rome and The Mentalist.
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'Gotham' On Fox: Talking Superheroes And Cops With The Man Behind The Show
Huffington Post - over 2 years
One of the most hotly anticipated fall shows is Fox's "Gotham," which chronicles the career of police detective James Gordon, the man who goes on to be Commissioner Gordon in the Batman universe. The opening moments of the "Gotham" pilot, which will be screened next week at Comic-Con in San Diego, depict the murder of young Bruce Wayne's parents -- the cornerstone of the Batman myth. But while Wayne and his butler Alfred are part of the show, the drama doesn't revolve around them. "Gotham" stars Ben McKenzie as Gordon, who is uneasily partnered with the shady cop Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue). At a panel discussion of "Gotham" at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday, executive producer Bruno Heller discussed making a superhero show that is essentially without a superhero. "The show is all about, how do you deal with crime at this level when there are no superheroes," Heller said. "It's about ordinary, mortal men and women and the struggle they are engaged i ...
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Gotham To Serve As Origin Story For Batman’s Entire Universe
Boom Tron - about 3 years
Fox’s Gotham has been taking an interesting path to get to a place that is actually interesting. Smallville was an origin story for Superman, but Gotham is supposed to focus more on the early days of James Gordon, who would one day be known as Commissioner. The original idea was for this to not be like Smallville and to not feature Batman, though a young Bruce Wayne might’ve popped in from time to time. Then things changed and the presence of Wayne was increased to the point where Gotham became a true origin story for both Gordon and Wayne. And now things have changed again; so what new form has Gotham taken this time? Fox president Kevin Reilly spoke at the Television Critics Association winter tour about Gotham, revealing the series would be telling the origin stories of Batman’s classic villains. TVLine reported he even made a snarky comment about how other superhero shows dance around the use of the popular monikers of the heroes and villains, suggesting Gotham won’t be so subt ...
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The Mentalist: Did Rigsby and Van Pelt Finally Say "I Do"?
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
After five seasons of on-and-off romantic tension on The Mentalist, Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) and Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) finally tied the knot on Sunday's episode, after being inspired by another couple's wedding. From the beginning [creator Bruno Heller] had a plan for the show to run many years, and we didn't want to get them together permanently too soon, because we wanted to sort of play all the drama that exists in real relationships, in terms of missteps and mistakes and failures and fears. [...] what finally made them take the plunge, and how long will the newlyweds' honeymoon period last? Check out our full interview with Cerone to get answers to those burning questions and more: Once we made the decision to get them back together ... there really was nothing to prevent us from taking the organic last step into the marriage. Do you see this as not only a happy ending to their story line, but also a final gift to their fans? Is it safe to assume that he had ...
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'The Mentalist' Premiere: Patrick Jane's Greatest Fear Realized (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Red John appears to be making his move on "The Mentalist." After teasing Patrick Jane that he knew the list of Red John suspects -- and had for quite some time -- during last season's finale, Red John got Jane's attention in a big way with this season's premiere. Teresa Lisbon went to investigate something late in the episode, and stopped taking Jane's calls. His face filled with relief when her phone finally picked up, but it was short-lived as the voice of Red John came through the line. "Sorry, Patrick. Teresa can’t come to the phone right now. Can I take a message?” When Jane failed to respond, Red John said, "No? Well, I’ll tell her you called," and disconnected the call. What followed was a chilling scene of Red John rubbing blood on Teresa's unconscious face like some kind of twisted clown. Talk about a nightmare scenario for both Teresa and Jane! TV Fanatic's Christine Orlando found the final sequence breathtaking -- in all the wrong ways. "Watching Jane's relief cross his ...
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Mentalist Creator Bruno Heller on the Shocking Season 6 Premiere: "It's the Final Showdown"
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
The serial killer who has made a game out of tormenting Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) promised Jane in the Season 5 finale that he was going to start killing again until Jane captured him - or vice versa. Guess we can officially eliminate Partridge as a Red John suspect! The episode ends with Red John using Lisbon's phone to call Jane, and painting his signature smiley face in blood over Lisbon's (unconscious? dead?) face. [...] what's the hidden clue in the final scenes? Why the decision to kick off the season with such a cliff-hanger? [...] as promised last season, Red John is getting active again and things are going to go all guns firing until the denouement, for sure. There is a clue buried in that final sequence that will pay off big time in the finale of the Red John story. Going back to the beginning of the episode, we see Lisbon and Jane struggling with hiding their suspicions, particularly about Bertram, as they continue to do their jobs. One of the things that is goi ...
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'Gotham': Fox Gives Commissioner Gordon Origin Story A Series Commitment
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Fox has given a series commitment to "Gotham," an origin story centered around "Batman" character Commissioner James "Jim" Gordon and the villains that made Gotham City infamous, according to Deadline. The project, hailing from Warner Bros. TV and "The Mentalist" creator Bruno Heller, will focus on Jim Gordon while he's still a detective at the Gotham City Police Department and has yet to meet Batman, who will reportedly not be part of the series. Deadline reports that the project sparked a bidding war, resulting in Fox giving the origin show a series commitment, which means "Gotham" will get a series order if the network and studio like the script. The character was most recently played by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy. Other DC Comics characters currently on the small screen include Green Arrow in The CW's hit "Arrow," and its proposed spinoff based on The Flash. This will be the first live-action TV series set in the Batman universe since 2002's "Bird ...
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The Mentalist Finale: Who Is Red John?
Seattle Pi - almost 4 years
The Mentalist Finale: Who Is Red John? Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 8:48 am, Saturday, May 4, 2013 On Sunday's episode (10/9c, CBS), Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) narrows down his list of suspects to seven people. [...] despite the twists and tricks of the past (remember Bradley Whitford as Red John?), creator and executive producer Bruno Heller insists that one of the names on Jane's list is indeed his serial-killing nemesis. Get scoop on 39 must-watch finales "The cards are up on the table and they're the real cards," Heller tells TVGuide.com. [...] how well do we know the seven possible suspects? "You will recognize some of the names," Heller says. Check out 12 bubble shows we hope will survive "This is the final chase," Heller says. TVGuide.com is owned by a joint venture between Lionsgate ...
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Lorelei Returns to The Mentalist on a Murderous Mission
Seattle Pi - almost 4 years
Lorelei Returns to The Mentalist on a Murderous Mission Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 4:43 am, Friday, March 8, 2013 [...] that's just what will happen in Sunday's ­episode, titled "There Will Be Blood," when the serial killer's accomplice, Lorelei Martins, goes rogue. Played by Entourage's Emmanuelle Chriqui, the needy, high-strung Lorelei packs an all-purpose gym bag of devastation (gun, Taser, rope, handcuffs) and sets out to avenge the murder of her sister Miranda - a crime that leads right back to Red John. "The episode starts with a bang - literally - when Lorelei shoots and kills the manager of a battered-women's shelter she thinks was ­involved in her sister's death," says creator Bruno Heller. Lorelei's reign of terror also leaves Simon Baker's character, criminal profiler Patrick Jane ...
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On the Set: The Mentalist Goes Back in Time for the 100th Episode
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
On the Set: The Mentalist Goes Back in Time for the 100th Episode Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 5:29 a.m., Friday, October 26, 2012 Is it true he was in a mental hospital under suicide watch? To celebrate the 100th episode of the CBS series, creator-exec producer Bruno Heller is flashing back - eight years to be exact - to cough up a few answers. Baker and costar Robin Tunney, who plays CBI senior special agent Teresa Lisbon, are shooting that very scene on the Warner Bros. Jane, dark circles under his eyes and a rumpled, crumpled mess, has shown up unannounced at CBI and asks Lisbon for details on the investigation. "Jane is very much the rescue dog - homeless, shattered, looking for a place to be and perfectly willing to tag along," says Baker during a break in filming. Tunney did ask permi ...
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The Mentalist Brings Jane Closer to Catching Red John
Boom Tron - over 4 years
If you were hoping The Mentalist Season 5 would be the season The Mentalist would finally have Simons Baker’s Patrick Jane catching Red John then you might want to rethink your hopes and dreams, maybe find a more attainable goal for the series. I’m not saying it won’t happen eventually, just not in this season. But we will see some great strides made in the case, taking the whole investigation to a whole new level than we’ve seen before in the past four years: we’re going to be given a precise whereabouts of Red John. And then the chase will begin. This will be a big deal for Jane, but it might put him at odds with Agent Lisbon. Mentalist creator Bruno Heller spoke with TV Guide on where the season will take Jane in the investigation and how the cocktail waitress/Red John disciple, Lorelei, will help Jane get closer to catching Red John. “He’s more intense,” said Heller. “He is, in a very real sense, happier, more excited, more galvanized and kind of on his toes. It’s like he can ...
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Mega Buzz: Another Castle Cliff-Hanger, Fringe's Finale and a Prentiss Return?
TV Guide - almost 5 years
Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them at @adam_bryant or @NatalieAbrams. Does Castle's finale have a cliff-hanger like last year's? I'm not sure I could handle that! — Jessica ADAM: Creator Andrew W. Marlowe hints that Beckett will be experiencing a lot of changes in the finale, and the domino effect of said changes leads to this season's climax. And while I'm pretty sure that no one's life will be hanging in the balance, Castle-Beckett fans will likely still be in for a long summer. Why? Marlowe says this finale doesn't lend itself to a large time jump between seasons. "The way we're ending this season, people will want to know what happens in the immediate aftermath," he teases. Will the rest of the Fringe team regain their memories before the end of the season? — Larry NATALIE: Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Joe Mantegna Paget Brewster Stepfan ...
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Signo del Mes - El Observador
Google News - over 5 years
Bruno Heller, creador de la serie, ha dicho que Jane no saldrá impune de la situación y que por eso, la cuarta y última temporada empezará el 22 de setiembre con el consultor de la Policía en la cárcel. De igual forma, Heller plantó la duda acerca de
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Mentalist : Champion des audiences - Unification France
Google News - over 5 years
Simon Baker sait qu'il faudra "assurer le service après vente", à la suite de l'extraordinaire final de la saison 3, servi par l'équipe de Bruno Heller . Il devient producteur, a déjà réalisé un épisode, et saurait bien recommencer
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In Praise of Hollywood Factories - Macleans.ca
Google News - over 5 years
It's the Platonic ideal of small-town America,” says Bruno Heller, executive producer of “The Mentalist.” Other production companies seem to be starting to take a cue from Warner Brothers and trying to sell shows to everybody
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Le Mentalist : décryptage d'un succès - TF1
Google News - over 5 years
En premier lieu, Bruno Heller, le créateur de la série, a ainsi su trouver le bon casting. Le succès s'explique ensuite par des scénarios bien ficelés et l'idée de développer la série sur six saisons, le point fort étant de savoir si Le Mentalist va ... -
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bruno Heller
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 53
    In 2013, Fox won a bidding war for a pilot set in Gotham written by Heller.
    More Details Hide Details As originally conceived, the series serves as a straightforward story of Gordon's early days on the Gotham City Police force. The show includes not only the Bruce Wayne character, but also the origin stories of several Batman villains, including the Penguin, the Riddler, Catwoman, Two-Face, Poison Ivy and Scarecrow. The first season consisted of 22 episodes after being extended from sixteen. The show premiered on 22 September 2014. Season 1 Season 2
  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 48
    In 2008, Heller created the hit CBS television series, The Mentalist, with his production company Primrose Hill Productions in association with Warner Bros.
    More Details Hide Details Television. On 7 January 2009, the show won the award for "Favorite New TV Drama" at the 35th People's Choice Awards and since then, the star, Simon Baker has received several nominations for his portrayal of the lead character, Patrick Jane. He has acted as the series' showrunner from season 1 to season 6. As of season 7, he departed the show to focus on his new show, Gotham. The Mentalist follows Patrick Jane, an independent consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) based in Sacramento, California. He has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his amazing skills of observation. Jane also makes frequent use of his mentalist abilities and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium using paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. He abandoned his pretense out of remorse when his attention-seeking behaviour attracted the attention of a serial killer named Red John who killed his wife and daughter.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 34
    The two collaborated on what would become Heller's first writing credit, the 1994 film Pax starring Amanda Plummer. ("Pax" is the acronym for the Portuguese epitaph on gravestones.)
    More Details Hide Details He left England for New York, where he would meet his wife, Miranda, at a disco. After five years in the city, Heller moved to Los Angeles, where he got work on various television dramas including two projects for the USA Network: Touching Evil and The Huntress. But his breakthrough came with Rome, which he co-created. After the cancellation of that series for its high costs, Heller created The Mentalist. In September 2012, it was reported that Heller sold a legal drama named The Advocates to CBS, which was written and executive produced by him, but the project finally got a pass in May 2013. He is currently creating and writing on a TV series based on the Batman character James Gordon called Gotham for Fox Broadcasting Company. Along with John Milius and William J. MacDonald, Heller created the television series Rome, co-produced by HBO and the BBC. Heller was also an executive producer and head writer, penning a total of 11 episodes for the series, including the pilot episode and the series finale.
  • 1993
    Age 33
    In 1993, he married Miranda Phillips Cowley, a senior vice president at HBO; the couple have two children.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Age 0
    Born in 1960.
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