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.
Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon In Big Little Lies for TV
Proving once again that it’s no longer a fall from grace for an A-List movie star to appear on television, you’ll soon be able to see Academy Award winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon in Big Little Lies, a limited episode TV series based on Liane Moriarty popular novel of the same name. And to…
Food Network Cooks Up Happy Holidays
Every year the Food Network and the Cooking Channel team up to send me fascinating holiday gifts, in hopes of, or in gratitude for, prominent coverage of their programming. Hey, I’m not above responding to extremely resourceful schmoozing. This holiday season they sent me what I consider the best and most practical gift yet — the ultimate…
Ralph Lauren, Iron Man, Maria Sharapova — They've All Hung Here
If the photos of this grand Palos Verdes mansion look familiar to you, that’s because it’s been feature in more movies, TV shows and print photo shoots than a lot of A-List stars. It’s starred on Medium, The Mentalist, The O.C. and as the Mandarin’s hideout in Iron Man 3. It’s also been featured in photo…
Showtime Smackdown: Brody Vs. John Adams
Now here’s a brilliant piece of casting worth paying cable rates to see: Damien Lewis, aka Brody on Showtime’s Homeland, has been cast opposite Paul Giamatti, who was unforgettable in the HBO miniseries John Adams, in a pilot for a new series called Billions, about the world of high finance. Giamatti will play clever and aggressive U.S. Attorney…
Truebies Rejoice! The HBO "True Blood Complete Series" Blu-Ray Arrives
By Staci Layne Wilson True Blood, based on Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mystery books, enjoyed seven successful and scintillating seasons on HBO. The show chronicled the adventures of a telepathic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Pacquin), following her encounters in a strange new paranormal world after she fell for a mysterious Louisiana gentleman and vampire, Bill…
Many fear that the film Missionary, a “dramatic thriller” about a Mormon Elder run amok with violence and passion, will negate all that great PR The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received from the film Meet the Mormons. I’m here to reassure them that that’s not gonna happen. Missionary is getting a small…
Jay Z and Beyonce Rent 'Ray Donovan' House
If you’re a Ray Donovan fan, you’ll remember the scene where felonious rapper Cookie steps on the creepy attorney’s head while he’s relaxing in his pool. And if you’re a Million Dollar Listings fan, you’ll have seen that same pool and house in the first episode of the current season. Now if you happen to be…
Review: Stonehearst Asylum
Okay, if you’re only going to see one scary movie this year, or if you just feel like a good chilling fright around Halloween, I recommend that you chose Stonehearst Asylum, a gaudy, gory, gothic horror of a film with an all star cast including Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Brendan Gleason and…
The Good Wife Loses Her Best Frenemy
The Good Wife fans were gobsmacked last season when Will Gardner (Josh Charles) was shot by a client and left the show for good. But we won’t be so taken aback at the end of Season Six when Kalinda meets her ultimate fate, because it’s been announced Emmy winner Archie Punjabi has just signed a…