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Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 9:37PM EDT
ABC working on an NYPD Blue sequel with Andy Sipowicz’s son that kills off Dennis Franz's character
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Dayna Bochco, the widow of the late NYPD Blue co-creator Steven Bochco, and his son Jesse Bochco will serve as executive producers on the potential revival, which has received a sizable pilot-production commitment from ABC. The NYPD Blue sequel would revolve around Andy Sipowicz's son, Theo, as he tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father's murder. Former NYPD Blue writer Matt Olmstead, who co-created NBC's Chicago P.D. with Dick Wolf, will co-write the sequel series with fellow former NYPD Blue writer Nick Wootton. Dennis Franz played Sipowicz for NYPD Blue's entire 12-season run. Theo was born to Andy and love interest Sylvia (played by Sharon Lawrence) near the end of season three in 1996.
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 9:37PM EDT
Fran Drescher would like to reboot The Nanny with Cardi B as her daughter
Drescher told Extra she's talking to her representation. "It’s really getting me excited. It’s fresh and it could be super fun.” Drescher said she first got the idea after Cardi B walked Milan's Fashion Week last month in a Drescher-inspired outfit.
Posted Tuesday 10/16/18 at 9:10PM EDT
Classic sitcom Alice may get a Fox reboot
Fox has ordered a pilot for a reboot of the 1976-1985 CBS comedy starring Linda Lavin as a widow from New Jersey who starts a new life by working at a roadside dinner in Phoenix, Arizona. Alice was based on the 1974 Martin Scorsese movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is teaming with former 2 Broke Girls writer Liz Astroff on the reboot, which Deadline says revolves around "Long Island housewife Alice Hyatt, who has finally worked up the courage to leave her cheating husband. She drives cross-country to Arizona with her teenage son Tommy, and gets a job as a waitress at a roadside diner where the staff becomes their new surrogate family." The original Alice won eight Golden Globe awards, including one for best TV series -- comedy or musical and two for Lavin for best actress. Alice was also nominated for eight Emmys.
Posted Tuesday 10/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
NBC is developing a female-led Grimm spinoff
The untitled project, from writer Melissa Glenn, would build on Grimm's six-season run and focus on a female Grimm. According to Deadline, the new show will bring back some fan favorites while introducing new characters.
Posted Tuesday 10/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Mike White wouldn't be into reviving the Laura Dern-starring HBO series Enlightened
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The current Survivor contestant was asked by EW about potentially reviving his critically acclaimed series Enlightened, which ran for two seasons from 2011 to 2013 with very few viewers. "I don’t know," he said. "There was a lot of pain with the ending. It’s like going into an old relationship where you’re like… let’s do something new. I may do something and work with HBO again, but I don’t know about another season of Enlightened.”
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:35PM EDT
Jane Leeves talks joining The Resident, says she would "jump at the chance" to return for a Frasier revival
Source: TV Insider
The British actress says she was "surprised" that The Resident wanted her to play a brilliant orthopedic surgeon, a role that would add "a bit of humor" to the medical drama. "I love this character," she says. "She’s assertive without being aggressive, and her greatest joy is being able to fix her patients." As for a potential Frasier revival, Leeves says: "Of course I’d jump at the chance to work with any of those people again. Peri (Gilpin) is my best friend — she’s with me right now."
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
Jennifer Garner says she's "heard that there's an Alias reboot happening, but no one's talked to me about it"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I mean it would be totally different," she tells The Hollywood Reporter. "But if they didn't have me on as a guest, I would be very, very angry. But I can't imagine it being that serious yet because I haven't heard anything about it at all."
Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Steve Carell: The Office shouldn't be revived because "the climate's different" today
“Because The Office is on Netflix and replaying, a lot more people have seen it recently,” Carell tells Esquire. “And I think because of that there’s been a resurgence in interest in the show, and talk about bringing it back. But apart from the fact that I just don’t think that’s a good idea, it might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted ten years ago. The climate’s different. I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he’s certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That’s the point, you know? But I just don’t know how that would fly now. There’s a very high awareness of offensive things today—which is good, for sure. But at the same time, when you take a character like that too literally, it doesn’t really work.” ALSO: Check out a (fake) Halloween baby costume inspired by Kevin and his famous chili.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Rebooting forgotten shows like The L.A. Complex is a good idea
"I wish more reboots happened for shows that need a do-over," Kathryn VanArendonk says in reaction to The CW's recent announcement that it is rebooting the 2012 Canadian drama. "Hollywood should be rebooting odd misfires, ideas that gelled too late in the game, great premises that were stuck with terrible titles, and well-conceived shows that were sent into the battle of network scheduling as sacrificial lambs against a competing network’s powerhouse series. Reboots should be for TV shows that felt like glorious failed experiments when they first aired, that took big swings and didn’t catch on because they seemed too weird. Beyond L.A. Complex, I’m thinking specifically of shows like Terriers, Trophy Wife, Lone Star, Wonderfalls, and Better Off Ted. (And yes, there are concepts for which I will always be Charlie Brown with the football. If you revive Smash, I will watch it.) This isn’t just because these shows deserve a second chance — they do — but also because the model of the old TV property made new again favors reboots over revivals. A reboot forces the show’s audience and creators to put some distance between the original and its adaptation, and that comes with an expectation of reconstruction and renovation that’s at odds with a revival’s 'bring everything back exactly as it was' mentality. That’s not to say that a revival cannot create similar distance. But at least so far, they often don’t."
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 1:42PM EDT
Sarah Michelle Gellar joins David Boreanaz in backing the Buffy reboot
“At the end of the day, it’s all about great storytelling,” Gellar told People in a story published last night, hours after her former Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-star Boreanaz shut down booing of the Monica Owusu-Breen revival of Buffy. “If a story lives on," says Gellar, "then I think it should be told in any incarnation it can be told in.”
Posted Thursday 10/04/18 at 5:24PM EDT
David Boreanaz defends Buffy reboot amid booing: “Come on, guys, it's a good thing"
The former Angel and Buffy star was discussing his TV career at New York Comic Con today when the topic of the Monica Owusu-Breen-led Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot came up, which was met with booing. “Come on, guys, it’s a good thing,” he told the crowd. “Let’s just embrace (it). I’m very happy for them. They want to embrace a new generation, something new. … Everybody wants old, they want to go back, which I can understand. You want to see us back in these roles. It’s great, it’s cool, (but) things move on, stories evolve, times change. I think it’s a great opportunity for a reboot like this to show where we are with society now, what you can do with technology. How you can explore those relationships with the same kinds of metaphors. I’m all for it. I think it’s fantastic. Good for them. I hope that it becomes huge and successful, and does what it does.” Boreanaz also gave his blessing if another actor took on the role of Angel.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
The CW is working on a reboot of The L.A. Complex
The two-season soapy Canadian drama, which aired in 2012 on The CW, is getting an American remake, revolving around a new crop of tenants who move into a hotel in the heart of Hollywood.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 11:40PM EDT
How Last Man Standing perfectly encapsulates the 2010s and the rise of Trump
Having been revived on Fox, Last Man Standing is "almost as fascinating as it’s ever been" after a year-and-a-half off following its cancelation on ABC, says Todd VanDerWerff. "The Tim Allen vehicle started out as a mostly innocuous family sitcom when it launched in 2011, a somewhat dated show about an archetypal manly man leading a household full of women," he says. "But as it evolved into a series about an older white man’s continued feelings of grievance, it unexpectedly became one of the pop culture artifacts that best predicted the rise of Donald Trump. Last Man Standing was one of the few shows on television to feature a politically conservative character as its protagonist. Though the views of Mike Baxter, Allen’s character, were more centrist than those of the man who played him, its depiction of intergenerational conflict between Mike and his daughters (and sons-in-law) got at something compelling about a generational divide between (mostly white) parents and children — a divide that few other TV shows even attempted to tackle." Last Man Standing isn't a "political" show, as Allen keeps insisting. But, this season, "there are moments when it really does feel as if Last Man Standing is attempting to confront what it means to be someone who is glad Trump is president but also starting to realize how much that scares other people in your family," says VanDerWerff, adding: "There’s also a clear willingness to delve back into the show’s original premise and confront the ways in which it comes up short. Last Man Standing is still interested in the rituals of male bonding and the ways that guys shoot the shit when they’re alone together. But there’s also a growing sense that Mike might be more of a softy than he lets on, or that the character is becoming aware of his responsibility to the larger world."
- Last Man Standing's premiere balanced its Dad-jabs at the left with a general message of "can’t we all just get along?"
- Last Man Standing's Fox revival isn't Roseanne 2.0 -- it doesn't try to be controversial
- Conservatives deserve better than the "hopelessly mediocre" Last Man Standing
- Twitter users welcomed Last Man Standing back as if it was comfort food
- Tim Allen jokes that the two recastings aren't as "traumatic" as Darren on Bewitched
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 6:27AM EDT
Kristen Bell: Hulu's Veronica Mars revival will be much more adult and cinematic
"Well, marshmallows can expect the same characters but also a lot of new characters, and a much more adult show," Bell tells Entertainment Tonight. "The show will have grown with Veronica. It will also have grown with the fan base because, you know, it was on 15 years ago. I can't even remember." She adds: "It will be a much bigger world cinematically. Television is able to do unbelievably cinematic things now and we are planning on letting Veronica's world follow."
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 6:27AM EDT
A sense of preachy self-importance that permeates the Murphy Brown revival
The CBS revival of the classic Candice Bergen sitcom "is conscious that the world has changed in the 20 years since we last saw Murphy and friends," says Alan Sepinwall. "The problem is that Murphy Brown itself really hasn’t, and that does more to tarnish the real show’s legacy than anything else. The original series was both a classic and very much of its time. Murphy — simultaneously glamorous and pugnacious, a recovering alcoholic who took on titans of industry and government without fear — is a Hall of Fame sitcom character. The show around her had its charms ... but also a weakness for jokes dependent entirely on name-dropping famous political and media figures of the day." The reference humor is still there in abundance, says Sepinwall. He adds that there is also "the sense of preachy self-importance that permeates the entire revival. Murphy Brown comes out of retirement to try to save America itself, and Murphy Brown seems convinced it can do the same thing."
- Murphy Brown can't escape the gentler era it was engineered for: Its attempts at takedown are tame, safe or delivered from a soapbox
- The revival has become the kind of sitcom that prefers applause to laughs -- or "clapter"
- Murphy Brown succeeds simply by being more of what it originally was: fast, sharp and unwaveringly pointed
- Murphy Brown represents both the best-case scenario and the worst-case scenario for revival series
- Murphy Brown’s political chatter has been reduced to a lot of Trump jokes
- Candice Bergen seems ill at ease, delivering dialogue that seems better-suited for the page than the rat-a-tat pace of the newsroom
- Murphy Brown is like visiting an old friend you haven't seen in a while -- and realizing the novelty of the relationship is gone
- Murphy Brown shoots itself in the foot by becoming almost entirely dependent on Trump
- There's too much emphasis on Murphy's age and being out of touch with technology -- as if she's been living in a cave for two decades
- The best aspect of Murphy Brown is how it acknowledges the meta elements of its existence without sacrificing the quality of its comedy or breaking the fourth wall
- How costume designer Patricia Fields updated Murphy's look for the cable news era
- Jake McDorman on auditioning to play Murphy's son: Bergen told him, “McDorman, get your a** in here!”
- Creator Diane English: "There’s been so much single-camera comedy that it really is great to have an audience out there"