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  • Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 3:19PM EST Syfy is rebooting Rod Serling's Night Gallery
    Source: Deadline

    Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis is creating a re-imagining of Serling's NBC supernatural/horror anthology series that ran from 1969 to 1973. Night Gallery was Serling's follow-up to The Twilight Zone, which CBS All Access is currently rebooting. Night Gallery is noteworthy because a then-21-year-old Steven Spielberg was selected to direct Joan Crawford for a segment of the pilot, marking his first professional directing job.

    # TOPICS: Rod Serling, Syfy, Night Gallery, Jeff Davis, Retro TV, Revivals

  • Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 10:56PM EST ABC teaming with Dick Wolf on a potential New York Undercover reboot
    Source: Deadline
    New York Undercover

    Less than two months after ABC's plan to reboot NYPD Blue was revealed, the network is considering reviving another 1990s New York cop drama. Deadline reports a reboot of New York Undercover, which aired on Fox for four seasons from 1994 to 1998, would be written by Hand of God creator Ben Watkins with Dick Wolf producing. Wolf co-created New York Undercover with Kevin Arkadie. It starred Malik Yoba and Michael DeLorenzo as two undercover detectives in New York City’s Fourth Precinct. As Deadline's Nellie Andreeva points out, New York Undercover "was the first police drama on American television to feature two people of color in the starring roles." She adds: "I hear ABC and New York Undercover's original network, Fox, were interested in the revival. As a procedural, New York Undercover can be reinvented with new characters and cast. Even the original series rebooted itself in the fourth and final season with a largely new cast joining Yoba and Season 2 addition Lauren Velez as the other series regulars exited." ALSO: Malik Yoba spoke in 2015 about reading a New York Undercover reboot script.

    # TOPICS: Dick Wolf, New York Undercover, NYPD Blue, Ben Watkins, Kevin Arkadie, Malik Yoba, Michael DeLorenzo, Retro TV, Revivals

  • Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 10:56PM EST Child's Play creator: Rebooting the horror movie franchise as a TV series is "exciting to me"
    Source: Entertainment Weekly

    “One of the things that has kept the franchise alive and thriving for so long is that we’ve reinvented it in different ways, by making it a comedy, and then back to horror," writer-director Mancini said on the podcast Post Mortem With Mick Garris, according to Entertainment Weekly. "But the sheer storytelling real estate of doing eight to 10 episodes… will allow us to delve into characters and relationships in a way that we’re never afforded in just a 90-minute movie. That’s really exciting to me. We’re going to be able to explore different avenues with different characters that are among fan favorites. A lot of times people will say, ‘What’s Tiffany’s backstory?’ and ‘What about Glen or Glenda?’ All these different avenues. Now we have a way of exploring all of this, and that’s really exciting.”

    # TOPICS: Child's Play, Don Mancini, Revivals

  • Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 1:45PM EST A Celebrity Deathmatch reboot is in the works starring Ice Cube
    Source: The Hollywood Reporter

    MTV Studios is planning a reboot of its classic stop-motion animated series to shop to streaming, cable and broadcast networks, with Ice Cube serving as executive producer while leading the voice cast. Celebrity Deathmatch originally aired on MTV from 1998 to 2002 and on MTV2 from 2006 to 2007. Celebrity Deathmatch creator Eric Fogel will also be on board for the potential reboot. A Celebrity Deathmatch revival was previously announced for MTV2 in April 2015, but it never got off the ground. With this reboot, MTV Studios is employing a similar strategy that it used to revive The Real World, which ended up on Facebook Watch. It's part of MTV's strategy to revive its iconic TV shows. "Deathmatch was the meme before memes, remains a hot topic on social media and will be a smart, funny way to tackle the over-the-top rhetoric of today’s pop culture where it belongs — in the wrestling ring," said MTV president Chris McCarthy.

    # TOPICS: MTV, Celebrity Deathmatch, Chris McCarthy, Eric Fogel, Ice Cube, MTV Studios, Revivals

  • Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 8:50PM EST Good Christian Bitches may get a CW reboot
    Source: Deadline

    Darren Star originally turned Kim Gatlin's semi-autobiographical novel into an ABC comedy-drama starring Kristin Chenoweth in spring of 2012, but it was retitled GCB under pressure from Christian and conservative organizations. Now Star is working on a new version of Good Christian Bitches, with CW president Mark Pedowitz indicating that if picked up, he'd stick with the original title. According to Deadline, "Good Christian Bitches follows the clergy and parishioners of Flock, a hip church plant in Austin where prayers and worship music cover up a multitude of sins and secrets."

    # TOPICS: The CW, GCB, Good Christian Bitches, Darren Star, Mark Pedowitz, Revivals

  • Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 1:14PM EST NYPD Blue reboot pilot has its first cast member: Alona Tal
    Source: Deadline

    The Veronica Mars, SEAL Team and Hand of God vet will play one of four main roles and the female lead of the NYPD Blue sequel series that revolves around Detective Andy Sipowicz's son, Theo. Tal will play Detective Nicole Lazarus. According to Deadline, "Nicole has a tangled personal life; her soon-to-be-ex-husband is divorcing her, and he’s trying to get his mitts on a slice of her pension. She’s trying to ease the pain by having a no-strings affair."

    # TOPICS: NYPD Blue, ABC, Alona Tal, Revivals

  • Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 7:20AM EST Netflix orders live-action Cowboy Bebop TV series
    Source: The Hollywood Reporter

    The streaming service has ordered a 10-episode live-action adaptation of the 1998 classic Japanese anime series. Cowboy Bebop tells "a jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Fay Valentine and Radical Ed, a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system's most dangerous criminals." The anime series, which was made into a movie in 2002, had been intended to be live-action movie starring Keanu Reeves. Original Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe will serve as a consultant. Cowboy Bebop is the latest in a slew of animated series that Netflix has recently announced.

    # TOPICS: Netflix, Cowboy Bebop, Revivals

  • Posted Tuesday 11/20/18 at 3:26PM EST CBS may revive Northern Exposure with Rob Morrow
    Source: TV Insider

    CBS is developing a revival of the Alaska-set quirky comedic drama that ran from 1990 to 1995. Original series creators Josh Brand and John Falsey are on board, along with original star John Corbett as a producer, with Morrow set to star. According to Deadline, the revival revolves around Morrow's Dr. Joel Fleischman returning "for the funeral of an old friend and finds a new set of quirky characters and reunites with old ones in this continuation of the classic series." Cast members said they would be interested in a possible revival when they reunited on the Today show and at the ATX Television Festival in June 2017. “We would love it. (Morrow) has been working, trying to get them to do it… I’m sure we all would agree that we’d love to see it,” Brand said at the ATX Television Festival reunion. “It’s of a time, but it’s also not of a time.” No word yet on whether other past cast members would return or whether the show will finally be available for streaming.

    # TOPICS: Northern Exposure, CBS, John Corbett, John Falsey, Josh Brand, Rob Morrow, Retro TV, Revivals

  • Posted Monday 11/19/18 at 1:04PM EST Scrubs creator: I'm not into doing a revival
    Source: The Hollywood Reporter

    Bill Lawrence reunited with the cast of his seven-season NBC/ABC comedy at Vulture Festival, where he was asked about a possible revival. “I would do anything to get to work with not only this group (but the entire crew)…it was the best time in my life,” Lawrence said. But “sometimes reboots — not all the time — feel like a money grab.” Lawrence added: "If we ever do it, we’ll do it as a short little movie or something else. I think the problem from me is I would just want to see where everyone is. I would want to see where their marriages are (as opposed to a huge event).”

    # TOPICS: Scrubs, Bill Lawrence, Retro TV, Revivals

  • Posted Sunday 11/18/18 at 4:37AM EST The Office alums pop up on SNL to pressure Steve Carell to do a revival
    Source: TVLine

    Carell's former cast members Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms and Jenna Fischer were all in the audience for his opening monologue on last night's Saturday Night Live. It was Carell's first time hosting since leaving The Office. “People would really love to see an Office reboot," said Kemper. "Because I need that money. Let’s get that money, Steve." Helms told Carell, who was promoting his new movie Beautiful Boy, that a potential reboot would bring in so much money “you wouldn’t have to do all those sad movies.” Fischer added: “Don’t be a d*ck, Steve. Do the reboot!'” The bit also included Carell's wife, Nancy Carell (née Walls), who appeared on The Office as Michael Scott's realtor and who herself was an SNL cast member in the 1995-96 season. Carell reacted to his former Office cast members by saying what he's been saying for a while:  “I don’t think it’s the best idea. I think we should just leave it alone."

    # TOPICS: The Office (US), NBC, Saturday Night Live, Ed Helms, Ellie Kemper, Jenna Fischer, Nancy Carell, Steve Carell, Revivals

  • Posted Saturday 11/17/18 at 6:41AM EST She-Ra and the Princesses of Power creator: Our show is coming out at the perfect time
    Source: Entertainment Weekly

    “I mean, I think it’s the perfect time,” Noelle Stevenson says of reviving She-Ra in 2018. “It has been so cathartic for me to do, working on with this specific crew, this show has almost been this safe place. They are free of the day to day issues that we deal with—sexism, racism, all of the things that can make the news cycle so oppressive. And this is our escape from that, while also still addressing a lot of those same issues in a way that hopefully supplies relief but also is a call to action, a call to be brave, and to be strong.”


    # TOPICS: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Netflix, Noelle Stevenson, Revivals

  • Posted Friday 11/16/18 at 2:33PM EST The Bone Collector is set to become an NBC TV series
    Source: Variety

    NBC is developing a TV series based on Jeffery Deaver's bestselling book series and the hit 1999 movie starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, which grossed $151 million worldwide. The Bone Collector book series launched in 1997, consisting of 11 books, the latest of which was released in 2014. According to Variety, The Bone Collector series, written by VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli, "follows Lincoln Rhyme, a retired genius forensic criminologist left paralyzed after an accident on the job. When a harrowing case brings him back to the force, Rhyme partners up with an ambitious young detective, Amelia Sachs, to take down some of the most dangerous criminals in the U.S." Rhyme and Sachs were portrayed by Washington and Jolie in the film from director Phillip Noyce.

    # TOPICS: NBC, Lincoln, Jeffery Deaver, Mark Bianculli, VJ Boyd, Revivals

  • Posted Friday 11/16/18 at 6:32AM EST TV's revival era has brought about the end of endings
    Source: The New York Times

    "Didn’t endings used to mean something?" asks Amanda Hess. "Nothing ends anymore, and it’s driving me insane," she adds. "No property may rest: Not Jersey Shore, not Twins, not Mr. Mom. The series finales of Roseanne, Murphy Brown and Will & Grace were not finales after all. The speed with which stories are expanding is beginning to outpace our capacity for language." Every story has become like a soap opera, Hess notes, pointing to dead characters who are resurrected like Roseanne's Dan Conner. "For their part, television reboots feel less like storytelling opportunities than they do remixes, dutifully mashing up vintage properties with topical scenarios," says Hess. "The image of Murphy Brown in an 'Original Nasty Woman' T-shirt or Grace Adler of Will & Grace redoing Trump’s Oval Office does not supply the satisfaction of an insight or even the comfort of nostalgia. At best, it provides a twinge of recognition. At worst, it’s the shudder of the uncanny. Like dolls or wax figures, these reanimated properties provide something almost realistic but not quite; their characters feel like impersonations of characters, and watching them feels like dreaming. It works for David Lynch and basically no one else."

    # TOPICS: Revivals, Jersey Shore, Murphy Brown, Roseanne, Will & Grace

  • Posted Wednesday 11/14/18 at 10:03PM EST Jack Reacher may be headed to TV with an actor "more imposing" than Tom Cruise
    Source: Deadline

    Lee Child, whose Jack Reacher novels were adapted for two Tom Cruise movies, says he's signed a deal to adapt his novels for the small screen. Child says that Cruise, who starred in 2012's Jack Reacher and 2016's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, won't reprise his role as a nomadic former U.S. Army major and won't star in the potential TV series. Child says he wants the TV Jack Reacher to be more like the imposing, burly character from his books. “Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality,” Child tells BBC News. "I really enjoyed working with Cruise. He’s a really, really nice guy. We had a lot of fun. But ultimately the readers are right. The size of Reacher is really, really important and it’s a big component of who he is… So what I’ve decided to do is – there won’t be any more movies with Tom Cruise. Instead we’re going to take it to Netflix or something like that. Long-form streaming television, with a completely new actor.” He adds:  “We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy.” The proposed Jack Reacher series will be pitched to networks and streaming services.

    # TOPICS: Tom Cruise, Jack Reacher, Lee Child, Revivals

  • Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 2:46PM EST USA greenlights Temptation Island reboot
    Source: The Hollywood Reporter

    Mark L. Walberg, who hosted the controversial reality show when it aired on Fox from 2001 to 2003, will return as host when Temptation Island premieres on USA on Jan. 15. On the show, couples will live the "single life" while living with 24 eligible men and women. The new Temptation Island arrives while CBS is developing the similar-themed Love Island, based on the hit British reality show.

    # TOPICS: Temptation Island (2019), USA, Love Island, Mark L. Walberg, Reality TV, Revivals

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