Your Chance to Stay in the Brady Bunch House and Get Paid $25,000 to Do It

Now that the iconic Brady house has been fully renovated into a replica of the original TV set design from The Brady Bunch, HGTV is giving away a six-night stay there from December 9 to 15. All you have to do is submit a 30- to 90-second video sharing why you deserve to win this super fun op. And by the way, it also includes a $25,000 cash prize. See www.HGTV.com/Brady for full details and official rules.

Who Bought the Brady Brady Bunch House

Yabba Dabba Doo! The Flintstones are Back!

When returning to the Stone Age is a good thing: Warner Bros. Animation and Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Productions are collaborating on a new series about your favorite modern Stone Age family, The Flintstones. Not for little eyes and ears this time, the project is in early development and is being described as a primetime animated adult comedy based on the original idea featuring characters from the cartoon classic, which ran from 1960 to 1966. Gender roles updated, I imagine.

IMDB Series with Kelsey Grammar

IMDb is now getting into the content creation business, with its first-ever scripted animated series You’re Not a Monster. The fab voice cast includes Kelsey Grammer, Ellie Kemper, Aparna Nancherla, Patton Oswalt and Eric Stonestreet.

Scheduled for a fall premiere, the series shows that even movie monsters have emotional issues, and Grammer will return to the therapist chair as a former psychiatrist-turned-vampire who mentors his great-great grandson Max (Stonestreet), who’s inherited his practice. Find it here.

Daisy Jones & the Six — Another of My Favorite Books Being Made into a Series

It make sense that Amazon, originally known as an online purveyor of books, would be behind some of the best adaptations. The latest that caught my eye is a 13-episode series based on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s fabulous novel Daisy Jones & The Six with Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Circle of Confusion producing.

For those of you who have not yet read it (and you should pick it up immediately) Daisy Jones & The Six centers on a fictional rock band in the 1970s, following their rise through the ranks of the LA music scene and beyond, eventually becoming one of the most legendary bands in the world.

“As soon as I started reading Daisy Jones & The Six, I immediately fell head over heels in love with it, and I’m thrilled to be bringing it to the screen,” said Witherspoon. “I am so confident that Daisy and her band’s journey toward finding their voice will leave just as permanent a mark with viewers around the world as it did with me.”

Original music from the series will be made available exclusively through Amazon Music. Find the book at Amazon.com and at Audible.com.

Fabulous Series Alert: A Discovery of Witches

I loved Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy so much I was actually afraid to watch AMC’s A Discovery of Witches series when it aired, for fear it wouldn’t do the intriguing books justice. But recently, when I saw it was on the Rotten Tomatoes list of Best New TV Series of the Year so far (scroll down), I thought I’d try an episode or two.

I was immediately spellbound, and am recommending it to all creatures great and small. Binge it On Demand.

Rotten Tomatoes’ List of Top TV Series So Far This Year

Not that I agree with it, but here’s Rotten Tomatoes’ list of Top Television Series of 2019 by Tomatometer score:

    1. Fleabag: Season 2: Certified Fresh at 100%
    2. Barry: Season 2 : Certified Fresh at 100%
    3. Better Things: Season 3 : Certified Fresh at 100%
    4. One Day at a Time: Season 3: Certified Fresh at 100%
    5. A Discovery of Witches: Season 1: Certified Fresh at 100%
    6. Tuca & Bertie: Season 1: Certified Fresh at 100%
    7. Broad City: Season 5: Certified Fresh at 100%
    8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 6: Certified Fresh at 100%
    9. Documentary Now!: Season 3: Certified Fresh at 100%
    10. Leaving Neverland: Miniseries: Certified Fresh at 98%

The full list of series can be found here.

Check Out This New Take on a Classic British Rom-Com

I love the look of Hulu’s new limited anthology rom-com series Four Weddings and a Funeral from Mindy Kaling. The first four episodes premiere Wednesday, July 31.

In essence, “Relationships are forged and broken, political scandals exposed, London social life lampooned, love affairs ignited and doused, and of course there are four weddings… and a funeral.”

Check out the trailer:

All Rise for THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW — Now on Amazon

If you’re among those of us who just can’t get enough helpings of The Great British Baking Show, you’ll be thrilled to know that The first five seasons are streaming now on the PBS Living Prime Video Channel on Amazon. These are the seasons that feature the original comedic hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, as well as baking experts Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

I think it’s well worth the PBS Living subscription rate of $2.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Also get it through Apple TV Channels. Or you could buy the first five 10-episode seasons to have and to hold forever. (see below)

Pulitzer Prize Winner Michael Chabon to Go All TV on Us

Who knew one of my favorite authors, Michael Chabon, (Wonder Boys, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay) was such a Star Trek megafan? Apparently CBS All Access did, because they’ve invited him to be the show runner for their new revival series Star Trek: Picard, starring Patrick Stewart (who else?)
Apparently, Chabon has been part of the creative team, but now he’ll handle day-to-day production. This should be interesting. Get more info at HollywoodReporter.com.
Star Trek: Picard

A-List Cast Has a Date for THE PROM

 
Ryan Murphy has invited a clique of superstars to his Netflix adaptation of the hit Broadway musical The Prom, and they’ve accepted!  They include Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, who are currently mesmerizing us all in Big Little Lies, plus  James Corden, Ariana Grande and Awkwafina. I’ll keep you posted on details. It’s gonna be HUGE!
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