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Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 3:57AM EDT
Fran Drescher on reviving The Nanny: "We're talking about it"
Drescher previously discussed a potential reboot last December. But with her CBS sitcom turning 25 in November, Drescher says she and her co-creator/ex-husband Peter Marc Jacob have been discussing some sort of comeback. She adds: "We're working on a very big project. It's going to be very exciting for the fans, but I'm not at liberty to announce it yet. But it's gonna be big."
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 4:58PM EDT
Netflix resurrects Lucifer for Season 4 after Fox cancelation
The streaming giant has ordered a 10-episode fourth season of the canceled Fox drama starring Tom Ellis. This marks the first time in three-and-a-half years that Netflix has revived a canceled show, since Longmire was picked up in 2014. Netflix was one of several interested buyers for Lucifer. Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke said in an interview published Tuesday that "conversations" to pick up Lucifer were "ongoing." The deal took time to iron out because Hulu has the streaming rights to the first three seasons. ALSO: Lucifer stars react: "You fans made this happen," tweeted Ellis.
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 10:21PM EDT
Two 24 revival projects are in the works -- one like the original series and another set in the legal arena
“We’re pursuing both tracks simultaneously,” says executive producer Howard Gordon. “We’re kicking both around, and (creators Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran) will be involved with anything they have the patience and energy for.”
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
Arrested Development's quiet return shows how much the TV landscape has changed in five years
The controversy over Jeffrey Tambor's behavior may have played a role in the lack of buzz for Season 5 of the Netflix series. But the revival-heavy TV landscape that Arrested Development helped usher in five years ago may have also played a role in its muted return, says Keith Phipps. "Now, Arrested Development has returned to the TV world that its fourth season helped create, but it doesn’t seem to be creating much of a stir in that world," he says. The cast's disastrous New York Times interview, says Phipps, "undoubtedly helped squelch enthusiasm for the show’s return and cooled goodwill toward the cast members who defended him. But even without it, the premiere of new Arrested Development episodes in 2018 isn’t the event it was in 2013, for reasons beyond the show itself. Given the splintering of the TV landscape, the sheer number of familiar properties being adapted or rebooted, and the intense marketing that goes into turning streaming-service fare into appointment viewing, the premiere of virtually any TV show in 2018 can’t be the event it was in 2013. Even the shows that can unite a fractured viewership are either scheduled to end soon (Game of Thrones) or engaged in a seemingly irreversible decline (The Walking Dead). There’s more great TV than ever right now, but the medium is moving at warp speed. There’s more to watch than ever before, and more that’s worth watching, but unless a given show makes a splash on social media or earns a vocal fandom willing to stump for it, it’s hard to see the impact of any new arrival."
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
MTV plans to reboot Aeon Flux as a live-action series
The avant-garde science fiction animated TV series that first aired on MTV in 1991 as part of Liquid Television is being developed as a live-action TV series. Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis will write the script and executive produce the drama along with The Walking Dead's Gale Anne Hurd, who produced the 2005 live-action film Aeon Flux starring Charlize Theron. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "the live-action series is set in a future dystopian state and revolves around a young assassin who teams with a group of biohacking rebels to save humanity as she becomes the hero known as Aeon Flux." The original Aeon Flux was created by animator Peter Chung.
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 2:52PM EDT
Check out pictures of the Double Dare revival
The Tank, Sundae Slide, Blue Plate Special, and The Wringer are among the original obstacles that will be part of Nickelodeon's Liza Koshy-hosted reboot that premieres on June 25.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 5:41PM EDT
Mark Burnett is reviving Eco-Challenge with Bear Grylls
Before Survivor, Burnett helmed Discovery Channel's Eco-Challenge, an environmentally-conscious reality competition. The new version has yet to find a network home. "The most asked question in my entire career is 'Will you ever bring back Eco-Challenge?' and I’d always known we needed the correct authentic figure head to lead us forward effectively," said Burnett. "Bear Grylls is that leader. He’s tough, he’s smart and he’s extremely capable in both the wilderness and in the boardroom. He’s my friend and I couldn’t be happier and I’d gladly follow him."
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Temptation Island revival is set to land at USA
A reboot of the controversial Fox reality show that ran from 2001 to 2003 may have found a cable network home.
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
Why not reboot Kevin Can Wait?
In response to Jezebel's proposal to reboot CBS' canceled Kevin James sitcom, Patrick Redford of sister blog Deadspin -- who has facetiously written about Kevin Can Wait "fan theories" not once but twice -- offers a reboot proposal: "Sell HBO the intellectual property rights to Kevin Can Wait and have them make a Kevin Can Wait World in the Westworld universe."
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
Marc Summers feels obligated to thank Roseanne and Will & Grace for Nickelodeon's Double Dare reboot
"For whatever reasons, I’ve always been surgically attached to the program and the format," says Summers, who will return to the rebooted game show as its narrator. "You mention Double Dare and fortunately, the next words out of their mouths is Marc Summers, which is pretty darn cool." He adds that he expects the Double Dare revival to be a hit because of its escapism. "The world’s kind of crazy, and people want to go back to their past when things were a little more fluff," he says. "Today, there’s so many alarms that pop up on television, and then there’s a little thing that didn’t exist when we first launched: the Internet. The access that kids have is totally insane."
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 7:10PM EDT
Mark Wahlberg says he's working on a cooler, hipper reboot of Captain Kangaroo
Wahlberg tells Ellen DeGeneres he was inspired to reboot the classic kid's show, which starred Bob Keeshan and ran from 1955 to 1984, because he was looking for cool ways to get kids interested in the STEM subjects of science, technology, math and engineering. “We are bringing a cool STEM scientist as Captain Kangaroo,” he explains. “We need somebody a little younger, a little cooler, a little hipper.” Wahlberg didn't have further details, like whether it would be a morning show.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 10:30PM EDT
Producer John Wells: A West Wing reboot would "tarnish" its legacy because the U.S. is too polarized
The mega-producer behind The West Wing and ER isn't interested in reviving his two biggest hits. "The West Wing is the one people pester us about constantly," Wells tells Variety. "I have continued to say no, we’re not going to do it. I don’t want to do it even though it’s the one that I think there are actually ways to do it. But not given the political climate now." Pointing out that Republicans and Democrats were fans of the original NBC political drama, Wells says: "The country is so polarized right now I think announcing that we were going to try to do any version would greatly tarnish what it was. Because I think it would be assumed to be a liberal screed rather than an opportunity to do what it was originally designed to be. We had our moments of standing on a soapbox, but for the most part it was about the sacrifices people made to be in government, and how difficult it was to get things done, how compromise was required. It was about service and the ideal of who we’re supposed to be as a country. This is a fraught time to try to enter into that conversation. I think it would be a very bad idea to try to go back in now.” Wells also emphasizes he's not interested in an ER revival, noting that Shonda Rhimes and others have picked up the "medical show banner." But there is one of his hit shows that he would revive: Southland. “That one finished too soon,” he says. “I would love to do that (show) again. We’ve tried a couple of times. It’s going to be hard because everyone’s a star now.”
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 10:30PM EDT
Claire Danes would not want to revisit her My So-Called Life character
The Homeland star says she's still friends with creator Winnie Holzman. But asked if she would like to portray Angela Chase as a grown woman, she says, "Probably not, but I’m so grateful that it's had this afterlife that it's had."
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 1:13PM EDT
Double Dare announces new host Liza Koshy and confirms Marc Summers' involvement
Koshy, an actress and "digital creator," will succeed Summers as host of the classic Nickelodeon game show when it's rebooted this summer. Summers will be part of the show by offering color commentary and lending his knowledge of the game to each episode. "It's an honor to be a part of this reboot," Summers said in a statement. "This is a dream that I have been dreaming to live! From watching Double Dare to hosting it!? I am ready for a summer of slime and nose picking," added Koshy.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
Holly Marie Combs got in a Twitter fight with a Charmed reboot executive producer
The original Charmed star traded barbs with Brad Silberling, who directed the Charmed reboot pilot for The CW, after he said it would've been tough to reunite the original cast. "That's both inaccurate and untrue. But you do you boo," Combs shot back, later adding: "Suck it Brad. Really." Former Charmed star Alyssa Milano also weighed in, tweeting: "I know what is both accurate and true—nothing would make me happier than reuniting with these strong, talented, powerful women." When the Charmed reboot trailer came out last week, Combs told The Huffington Post: "I hope the new show is far better than the marketing, so the true legacy does remain."