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Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
A Sexy Beast prequel TV series is in the works
The 2000 cult British gangster movie that earned Ben Kingsley an Oscar nomination has inspired a potential TV series. It would revolve around Kingsley's Gal Dove character as an up-and-coming criminal.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
USA orders Treadstone, a TV spinoff of the Bourne franchise
Treadstone will explore the CIA black ops program known as Treadstone that turned agents like Jason Bourne into unstoppable superhuman assassins. The first season will begin production in 2019.
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 5:01PM EDT
Designing Women reboot is in the works
Creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is shepherding a potential updated version of her hit 1990s CBS sitcom about four women (and one man) who work at an Atlanta design firm, which aired from 1986 to 1993, according to TVLine. She is developing the revival with Sony Pictures Television, which was recently revealed to be working on a potential reboot of The Facts of Life. The potential revival comes a month before Designing Women's CBS timeslot companion, Murphy Brown, is making a comeback with its own revival series. TVLine adds that the Designing Women reboot is expected to be "taken out to the marketplace soon," but it's unclear if any original cast members will be involved.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 2:35PM EDT
Insecure tackles the lack of black sitcom reboots
Season 3's "show within a show" spoof, Kev'yn, was inspired by Roseanne and the flurry of 1990s sitcom reboots, but also as a tribute to the black sitcoms of the same era like Martin, Living Single and A Different World. "Since nobody wants to reboot a black show, we’re going to reboot our show," said showrunner Prentice Penny. So he enlisted Living Single's Kim Fields to direct the fake comedy Kev'yn, starring A Different World's Darryl M. Bell, Living Single's Erika Alexander and former MTV VJ Bill Bellamy. “It was like, ‘Where is our representation?'” says Penny. “They’re rebooting Will & Grace, Full House, Roseanne obviously. We’re like, ‘They can’t reboot Living Single, Martin, A Different World?’ So many of these black shows made these networks what they are today, but when it comes to our value and people wanting to see us, why aren’t we doing Living Single?” Issa Rae called Kev'yn "a 90s dream come true."
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 2:27PM EDT
Seth Rogen wants another revival of American Gladiators
"When you love something, you just want more of it," Rogen tweeted of his and producing partner Evan Goldberg's plan to bring back the 1990s physical competition show with the help of MGM Television. American Gladiators aired in syndication from 1989 to 1997 and was revived for NBC for two seasons, both airing in 2008, with hosts Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali. As Deadline notes, "the American Gladiators series was considered a syndication darling, repeatedly racking up ratings for its time slot and was so successful that other programs ended up spinning off from it to try to cash in on that momentum. We hear that MGM is currently talking to distributors who are interested in the revival."
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 3:26AM EDT
Jane Seymour says she's open to a Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman reboot
Days after appearing in a "Dr. Quinn, Medicinal Marijuana Woman" sketch for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Seymour was asked about reprising her CBS role : “We wish!" she responded. "They have brought back absolutely everything, I have no idea why they wouldn’t bring this back…people all over the world, all cultures, love Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman…It’s so relevant to today."
Posted Friday 8/03/18 at 3:50PM EDT
The Facts of Life is the latest classic NBC comedy poised for a reboot
Jessica Biel and Leonardo DiCaprio's separate production companies are in talks to reboot the 1980s classic sitcom sitcom set in an all-girls boarding school, a spinoff of Diff'rent Strokes that aired on NBC from 1979 to 1988. The Facts of Life is the third classic NBC sitcom in the past two weeks in which plans were revealed for a potential reboot. A potential Frasier reboot was revealed on Monday of last week and an ALF reboot was revealed two days ago. According to Deadline, The Facts of Life reboot is still seeking a writer. Sony Pictures TV will be working with DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way, on the reboot along with Biel's production company, Iron Ocean Films.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 10:51PM EDT
Kelsey Grammer: I won't do a Frasier revival unless I'm sure "it’s going to be a great show"
"If it’s not a great show, and if we don’t hear a pitch that hits it out of the park, it probably won’t happen,” Grammer said at the TV press tour. Grammer also said he'd love for his Frasier co-stars to be involved in the revival. “I let them know if there were to be such a thing, I would want them all to still be in there,” Grammer told The Wrap. Grammer added he doesn't think NBC is interested in a Frasier revival. “It just might go somewhere else if that were the case," he said.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Kiefer Sutherland would be an executive producer on a 24 prequel, but there's no word on any other involvement
“There are no discussions about whether or not he will have any kind of role," said Fox co-chairman Gary Newman at the TV press tour. "He’s aware of it, and he’d be an executive producer and is excited about the idea.” ALSO: Fox is considering a 24 legal drama set timed to the execution of a prisoner.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Fox executive says Buffy reboot is a "great take on the show"
Source: E! Online
Fox co-chairman Gary Newman emphasized at the TV press tour that the potential Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot is still in the early stages and that a script hasn't been written. "We're thrilled that Joss (Whedon) has engaged," Newman said. "Monica (Owusu-)Breen, who Joss worked with on one of his other series, is the person who would be day-to-day on the show, she's got a great take on the show, which if I told you I'd have to slit your throat, probably. It's not on an incredibly fast track, but we're hopeful that this one will come to pass."
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 3:05AM EDT
Emma Caulfield is conflicted about the potential Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot
The actress, famous for playing Anya on Buffy, is trying to take a wait-and-see approach to Monica Owusu-Breen's potential reboot. Still, she writes in a Bustle essay that "perhaps quite selfishly, I want Buffy to remain like a fly encased in amber. I donʼt need Buffy Park to open on a private island, so the world can see cloned Buffys come to life." She adds: "Buffy is part of my past — my very 'hands-on, I actually helped to make it' past. I view that show as a sort of perfect circle: itʼs not perfect, perfect, as perfect circles are nearly impossible for humans to make without assistance, but I think Buffy got as close as a series could get. And look, I could understand remaking, re-imagining, re-tooling, or re-f**king with a show whose concept was awesome but which fell apart in its execution; take Battlestar Galactica for example, a show from the '80s that became way better when it was remade in the early 2000s. But Buffy is no OG-BSG, and as such, a reboot just isn't necessary." ALSO: James Marsters would like to reprise his Spike role on the Buffy reboot.
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 4:00PM EDT
An ALF reboot is reportedly in the works
Warner Bros. TV is in the early stages of a reboot of the "Alien Life Form" sitcom that aired on NBC from 1986 to 1990, starring the cuddly, beloved, sarcastic and very hairy extraterrestrial, according to TVLine. WBTV is searching for a writer for the potential reboot. As Michael Ausiello notes, the character ALF "remains something of a hot pop culture property" despite his sitcom ending 28 years ago. ALF has popped up on everything from The Simpsons to The Big Bang Theory to Guardians of the Galaxy and commercials for DirecTV and Radio Shack. Ausiello says it's unclear if Paul Fusco, ALF's voice and puppeteer, will have any connection to the potential reboot.
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Jennifer Aniston says "I fantasize" about a Friends revival, or a Golden Girls-style reboot
Aniston spoke to her friend Molly McNearney, Jimmy Kimmel's wife and co-head writer of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, for an InStyle magazine cover story. "What about Friends? Will Friends ever come back?" McNearney asked. "Before that show ended, people were asking if we were coming back," responded Aniston. "Courteney (Cox) and Lisa (Kudrow) and I talk about it. I fantasize about it. It really was the greatest job I ever had. I don’t know what it would look like today, but you never know. So many shows are being successfully rebooted. I know Matt LeBlanc doesn’t want to be asked that question anymore. But maybe we could talk him into it. Or we just give it some time and then Lisa, Courteney, and I could reboot The Golden Girls and spend our last years together on wicker furniture." McNearney was involved in Kimmel's Friends reunion of Aniston, Cox and Kudrow on his show in 2014.
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 12:04AM EDT
Can the Deadwood movie provide the perfect ending?
Source: The Atlantic
The HBO drama is the third big TV series from the 2000s to be revisted, after Gilmore Girls and Arrested Development. But those two were revived to mixed reviews. "Even without an ending, Deadwood is arguably the apex of the television medium," says David Sims. "Bringing it back feels both alluring and dangerous, a chance to improve on greatness, but with the potential to end on an even more bitter note. That challenge is Peak TV epitomized—risky, somewhat superfluous, but creatively thrilling nonetheless."
Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Kelsey Grammer on a potential Frasier reboot: "We're not so sure...Whether or not there will be a show is really up in the air"
Source: Yahoo! News Canada
"It's an ongoing conversation that began almost two years ago now," Grammer tells CBC News of plans to reboot Frasier. He adds: "I played the character for 20 years. It's not the kind of thing you want to go into lightly, mostly because you don't want to disappoint anybody or denigrate what came before."