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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."
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 6:17PM EDT
Cartoon Network announces a new ThunderCats series
ThunderCats Roar, arriving in 2019, aims to stay true to the original ThunderCats show that aired in the late 1980s.
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 11:25PM EDT
Why new Magnum P.I. Jay Hernandez doesn't have a mustache: "No one is going to replace Tom Selleck"
The mustache-free Thomas Magnum has been buzzed about since the first image of Hernandez on the Magnum P.I. reboot was released. At CBS' upfronts on Wednesday, Hernandez explained why he's not sporting a mustache. "No one is going to replace Tom Selleck," Hernandez told TV Guide. "You can't do that. You gotta sorta reinvent it, take what works from the original show and sort of make it new so that's what we did." He added: "Just wait! Watch the show, there might be something that people who need the mustache might feel satisfied with." In reviewing the new Magnum P.I. trailer, critic Daniel Fienberg said Thomas Magnum without the mustache doesn't feel like Magnum P.I. "I've got no objections at all to Jay Hernandez as Magnum, but without a mustache or conspicuous chest hair, nothing about him instantly screams 'Magnum!'" he says. Meanwhile, Vincent Boucher asks: "Will a Magnum sans his mustache really have what it takes?" He adds that a mustache in 2018 may be seen as "too ironic, too Brooklyn hipster." TV mustaches, he points out, have also been associated with Milo Ventimiglia's tragic This Is Us character and James Franco's dark The Deuce characters. "For now, we can only hope some kind of hairline storyline makes the cut," says Boucher.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
Why it would be a bad idea for Greg Berlanti to bring back Everwood
Berlanti said yesterday that there is "a real shot" that Everwood could return, but the beloved WB series had a perfect, fulfilling ending in 2006. So what's the point of bringing it back today? Also, an Everwood revival would likely have trouble reuniting the original cast, especially with Chris Pratt -- who couldn't attend the 15th anniversary reunion last year -- having a busy movie career and his ex-girlfriend, Emily VanCamp, starring on Fox's The Resident.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 6:27PM EDT
Can the Magnum P.I. reboot work without a mustache?
Tom Selleck became an icon wearing a mustache and Hawaiian shirts. Yet Jay Hernandez is sporting neither in promos for the CBS revival series. "Will a Magnum sans his mustache really have what it takes?" asks Vincent Boucher. "Much like Samson who lost his godly abilities when shorn of his lengthy locks, will the new iteration of the TV folk hero still have the power to keep the people tuned in without his bro-mo? We'll have to wait until this fall to find out. For now, we can only hope some kind of hairline storyline makes the cut."
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
Tim Allen acknowledges there were Home Improvement reboot talks before Fox's Last Man Standing deal came together
"All of us got together...is it relevant? Is Tim Taylor relevant?" Allen told E! News. "Everybody talked about it and then boom, this thing came together," he said of Fox picking up Last Man Standing. "I said, I like this show. I want to finish what we started."
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
How BattleBots revival aims to hook a new generation
The Discovery and Science Channel's reboot has a secret AI-driven weapon named "Chomp."
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 6:52PM EDT
CW picks up reboots of Charmed and Roswell, The Originals spinoff Legacies and two other dramas
The CW has picked up the Roswell reboot with the new title Roswell, New Mexico. CW has also ordered In the Dark, All American, and Legacies. Greg Berlanti's culture-clash drama All American revolves around a high school football player from South Central Los Angeles who is recruited to play football at a Beverly Hills high school. Mystery series In the Dark follows a blind woman who helps solve cases with the help of her service dog. Legacies, a spinoff of The Originals, is set at a school for witches, vampires, and werewolves.