TV News Flash
A sitcom about a jolly Nazi POW camp is the last sitcom I’d imagine would get a reboot, but sure enough, Hogan’s Heroes is being revived by original series co-creator Al Ruddy, Village Roadshow Entertainment Group and Rough Pictures. Get this: the new version will be an action adventure comedy set in present day, centered on the descendants of the original heroes who team up for a global treasure hunt. Hmmm…
Following in the footsteps of CBS All Access, the digital, paid subscription arm of CBS, NBC has just unveiled plans for “Peacock,” the network’s own paid subscription channel that will air both classic and original programming, like a comedy starring Ed Helms, a weekly talk show hosted by Amber Ruffin, and a drama called Dr. Death. They’ll also have a limited series about L.A. billboard diva Angelyne, which interests me.
There will also be reboots, including one of Battlestar Galactica and a sequel to Saved By The Bell, with Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley coming back. In addition, there will be a new version of Punky Brewster.
And of course popular NBC series like Parks and Recreation, The Office, Cheers, Frasier, 30 Rock, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Will & Grace and Married… With Children will also be available, plus movies including the Fast & Furious, Despicable Me and Bourne franchises.
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Here’s a good one for those of you ready to take the plunge. TLC is bringing “iconic” bridal fashion event The Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Challenge to TV. On September 30 at 10p, the network will air a special hosted by Paige Davis with celebrity judges Jeremiah Brent, Monte Durham and Zanna Roberts Rassi to crown a winner.
Did you love Dirty John with Connie Britton and Eric Bana in a limited series based on the true story of the world’s worst boyfriend? I wasn’t a fan, but almost everyone else was. Now the show is back for Season 2, with Amanda Peet and Christian Slater starring in a story based one of the world’s worst divorces. Fab cast. It will air on the USA Network, but no word yet or when.
It’s obvious why my songwriter husband and I (James Mandell, the Sci-Fi Rock Guy) are so into the song writing competition show Songland, and it looks like we’re not alone. The show was renewed by NBC, after averaging a 1.1 rating among A18-49 and 5.1 million total viewers in Nielsens so far this season.
And unlike other music competition shows, it actually produces hits and promotes the writers. Songland has produced six songs that reached a #1 ranking on the iTunes music chart. Let’s hear it for shows that promote the music, and not just the hosts!
The Food Network and Cooking Channel are already getting into the Halloween spirit with 30 hours of programming through the end of the month. Already running are the seasonal Halloween Baking Championship on Mondays at 9:00 pm and Halloween Wars on Sundays also at 9:00 pm. Halloween Cake-Off airs Mondays at 10:00 pm. Then there’s Haunted Gingerbread Showdowns on Sundays at 10:00 pm.
The Cooking Channel also gets into the spooky action with Freakshow Cakes airing Fridays at 11 pm.
Get ready to say goodbye to the award winning comedy Grace and Frankie. Netflix has just ordered a 16-episode seventh and final season of the show, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.
Believe it or not, that will make it the longest running show on Netflix. “It’s thrilling and somehow fitting that our show about the challenges, as well as the beauty and dignity of aging, will be the oldest show on Netflix,” said co-creators and showrunners Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. The final season will premiere in January 2020.
Looks like Leslie Jones is going the way of so many great comedians who got their starts on Saturday Night live, and leaving the venerated sketch comedy show to work on other projects. She will instead focus on her upcoming feature film projects and a Netflix comedy special.
Meanwhile, Kate McKinnon will be back for the upcoming 45th season, which premieres September 28. Woody Harrelson will host for the fourth time. The following week, Phoebe Waller-Bridge will debut as host, with Taylor Swift coming on as musical guest. David Harbour, Kristen Stewart and Eddie Murphy will also host this season.
Can't Wait to Get 'Younger'
Sex and the City fans rejoice! Creator Darren Star is coming back with a flirty new, female-oriented comedy called Younger, and it stars some of my TV favorites. With original programming like Hot in Cleveland and The Exes, TV Land is known for it’s appreciation for and accommodation of what I like to call more “savvy”…
Shark Tank Gets a Spin-Off
Woo Hoo! My favorite reality show is getting a spin-off. That’s right, I dare use the words “favorite” and “reality show” in the same sentence. Shark Tank, where successful business “tycoons” bid or don’t bid to fund businesses that clever entrepreneurs present, is a breakout hit for ABC on Friday nights (not traditionally a successful…
A&E Ditches Grown Up Viewers
As odd as this sounds, basic cabler A&E, the network that brings you such television treasures as Hoarders, Epic Ink and Storage Wars, has just canceled its second most popular show, the Wyoming country detective drama Longmire. Why would the network make such a strange move after three successful seasons? Because, while Longmire averages 5.6…
I admit: I bit. The premise of a group of 15 people from all walks of life living together for a year on mostly undeveloped land does sound intriguing. But after watching the entire two hour premiere of Fox’s new reality series Utopia ($50 million in the making) I have to say I’m done. I watched it…
Update: Apparently, millions of viewers disagreed with my review of The Strain. I recently received the following info from the network: “FX has ordered a 13-episode second season of its newest hit drama series The Strain from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX…
'Louder Than Words' With David Duchovny Now On DVD
From time to time I’ll be filling you in on interesting Home Entertainment releases. You’ll note that films new on DVD almost always drop on Tuesdays. Sometimes they’ll be giant blockbusters finally released for home viewing, sometimes they are independents that might not have made it to a theater near you, and sometimes they’re newsworthy films that go straight to DVD.…
Recording Artists Asked to Pay to Play at Super Bowl
Ever wonder how much they pay artists like Bruno Mars and Aerosmith to put on those spectacular Super Bowl half time shows? It’s pretty common knowledge that the recording artists don’t get paid a penny — they do it for exposure. But what The Wall Street Journal (the god of all newspapers to which I subscribe religiously) recently…
Stop! Drop everything, and proceed directly to your television and begin binge-watching the FX series Fargo. It’s the biggest and best original series launch so far this year, and is not to be missed. If you liked the Coen Brothers’ masterpiece of the same name, you’ll love this 10-episode limited dramady series, produced by the Brothers C, which…