Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Racy TV Series Poised For A Comeback

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Actor and director Peter Berg is giving one of his most controversial projects another go.

Berg – director of Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, and Hancock – produced a gritty series called Wonderland back in 2000 about a psychiatric hospital.

The series was deemed “too intense” for network TV and was yanked from the air after just two episodes, but starting tomorrow (Jan. 14), Wonderland and its never-before-seen episodes will come back to TV via DIRECTV.

Berg says his show was originally canceled because The National Alliance For The Mentally Ill was worried that the realistic storylines stereotyped mentally ill patients as “killers, crazies, and freaks.”

Berg assures that Wonderland was always 100 percent accurate and did firsthand research to make sure he was spot-on.

Before filming, he spent many months at Bellevue Hospital in New York observing real-life mental patients.

He stands behind Wonderland’s accuracy and says it’s been shown by the hospital for years during doctor training sessions.

He’s hoping that if risque shows like The Wire and The Sopranos can succeed, Wonderland can too.

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