9 TV News Items that Will Infinitesimally Alter the Course of Your Existence
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9 TV News Items that Will Infinitesimally Alter the Course of Your Existence

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | August 22, 2012 | Comments ()


  • CBS is working up a reboot of "Have Gun - Will Travel," the 1957 CBS Western drama, and they've landed David Mamet to run the show and direct the pilot. The original Western was about "a top-notch gunfighter who preferred to settle problems without violence but stood his ground when provoked," so basically, the opposite of "Justified." Kind of.

  • Kristen Bell is still trotting out the "Veronica Mars" movie idea, telling Ryan Seacrest in an interview that "If I have my choice, there will be, and it will be before I am in a nursing home I'm telling you, if I have any control over it. We have tried to package it a few times in a few ways and it keeps getting caught up in the legal department as everything good does, and you know, so we just continue to try to push and let them know that there's a fan base for it."

    There's an Arrested Development movie coming, and the Party Down movie now has financial backing, so stranger things have happened. I wouldn't hold my breath, though, unless you're an awful person and you're trying to kill yourself (Warning: It doesn't work).

  • According to ESPN's Chris Fowler, President Obama reportedly wants to appear on College Gameday, which could actually bolster his support among football fans. I'm sure Romney will counter, "Yeah, well, I have friends who own football teams."

    The cult British television show, Blake's 7 is also being remade, here by the SyFy network, and that pilot will be directed by Casino Royale's Martin Campbell. The original series, created by the guy originally behind Doctor Who, Terry North, ran on BBC for four seasons beginning in 1978 and was described as "The Dirty Dozen in space." No word on how SyFy will mangle the spelling of the show title.

  • Michael Schur and Dan Goor, two of the amazingly talented creative minds behind NBC's "Parks and Recreation" have landed a detective pilot over on Fox. Schur will continue to oversee Parks and Recreation while working on the untitled pilot which, according to TV Guide, is about "a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City." I guess the question is: Which edge?

  • How many folks stuck with Bunheads over the summer? It ended up being a total pleasure to watch each week, even as little happened on series. Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop were an absolute joy, and the teenage cast that rounded out the series were quirky-excellent, as well. The series ended its first season this past Monday, and -- SPOILERS, kind of -- there was an homage to Dead Poets Society in the finale that made me realize how deeply and traumatically ingrained into my subconscious that movie is. I revisited the final scene on YouTube just to see how it held up, and my God! It's still an effective scene, but that score! Jesus, how many otherwise great 80's films are ruined by overly synthesized scores? In Dead Poets Society, the problem is exacerbated with the combination of synths and bagpipes. Ugh. The last 30 seconds of one of the best movies of my childhood is nearly ruined by it.

  • It's supposed to be a secret until September, but Broadcasting and Cable has revealed that Kelly Ripa's new permanent co-host on "Live with .... " will be none other than ... Michael Strahan? Really? The former New York Giant? There's a bizarre choice. I've only seen him cover football, where he's charismatic enough, but he doesn't strike me as the morning talk-show personality type.

  • If you haven't heard already, there's not much to the story beside the headline: "The Office" will end after season nine. That's about four seasons too late, but hell if I'm not going to miss those guys a little, if only because they provided a constant source of consternation.

  • "Saturday Night Live" will return a little earlier than normal, on September 15th, when it will kick off its whopping 38th season. Prediction: Everyone will hate the new season, decry that it hasn't been funny in years, and ten years from now, people ages 18-24 in 2012 will call it the greatest era in "SNL" history.

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  • Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

    • I'm just happy to see some "Bunheads" love. I really enjoyed the finale, from the adorable dance Boo and Carl did to the great homage you mentioned.

    • Ash

      There's a Party Down movie in the works?!? How was I not aware of this??
      Happy days people. Truly happy days.

    • winged chorus

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    • PhFunk

      Blake's 7 was created by Terry Nation, not Terry North. Also, Terry Nation did not originate Doctor Who, although he did create the Daleks.

    • POINGjam

      The very edge of New York City? I'm guessing Jamaica.

    • Ladyhawke is the poster child for 80's synthesizer scores ruining a movie, in that case by Alan Parsons. God, that movie screams for an orchestral score.

    • hippyherb

      I wish I could upvote you twice.

    • BWeaves

      I stayed up and watched the very first SNL because George Carlin was the host, and I had 2 of his LPs. It wasn't great, so I wasn't a devoted watcher. I remember coming home one night a few years later and my roommates were laughing their heads off at Mr. Bill. I thought, "Are you drunk?" and then I realized, "Of course you are." I get Mr. Bill now, but I didn't at the time. I think my favorite skit was Steve Martin singing King Tut.

    • Huh. I guess I'll have to watch The Office now, even though I've missed the last three seasons. But I have to know where it goes!

    • Sara S.

      I'm going to sound really crochety here, but is Hollywood ever going to come up with a new idea? Even the TV shows are reboots now...

    • Yikes. Hadn't paid attention to the DPS score. Where was John Williams and his marvelous French Horn section when you needed him?

    • John W

      I've been watching Bunheads. I keep expecting Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel to walk on screen. The show is okay but its basically Gilmore Girls season 8.

    • Kristen, please stop. My heart can't take any more of this disappointment. I need to move on and you just won't let me!

    • Bert_McGurt

      Somebody better check on L.O.V.E. and make sure that header pic didn't send him into glorious convulsions.

    • L.O.V.E.

      What's that now? Just been in my bunk, playing a little mood music.


      Gotta Go!

    • Snath

      I still watch SNL, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Not everything works, but not everything worked during all the other "heyday periods" that people seem to think have happened. Have you watched some of the early Belushi or Murphy skits? Jesus fucking Christ they're awful.

    • Melissa

      I have my theory on SNL, which is basically the first season or two you start watching are the best to you. I would guess most people watch it for the first time around 16-17, and so those are the best seasons for them...which is why my favorites are the 2000-2002ish seasons, with Amy, Tina, and Jimmy Fallon.

      ymmv, but just about everyone I've talked to fits in this, give or take a couple of years.

    • Jezzer

      My first cast was the original crew, but my favorite cast will always be from the 80s: Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey, Jan Hooks, Nora Dunn, Dennis Miller, Kevin Nealon, and -- sigh -- Victoria Jackson. The fact that Jackson has since revealed she's an extra-crunchy nutlog who was just as crazy back then and never understood the humor of the show she was in or the skits she performed still doesn't taint that cast for me.

    • I'm with you. SNL is too important a voice in American comedy to just disregard as casually as a lot of people do. It was cool to hear Lorraine Newman on a recent live WTF talk about how if you really watch with a critical eye, a LOT of the early stuff does not hold up. Which doesn't make the show any less important or groundbreaking. I have no idea how many sketch shows have come and gone in the past 38 years, but if it's less than 2 dozen I'd be shocked. Not one of them has been able to last, particularly on network TV. MADTV was the closest anyone came and that was almost universally terrible. SNL probably bats about .500 these days and it very easy to find something worth watching on every single episode.

    • Bert_McGurt

      Quality-wise, SCTV is probably the only one that managed to match SNL. Not to mention the legendary comedians it spawned. Pretty much everyone on the show, in fact.

    • Yeah, with MADTV I was more talking about longevity, but SCTV is certainly up there peak for peak with any one cast of SNL, although it's still holding up roughly 10 years to roughly 40. SCTV has the Second City history to fall back on too, where SNL is sort of like a Groundlings/Second City/UCB/Etc. All Star Team, so they get points for being home grown. I guess a case could be made for The State for launching a lot of careers as well, but that is definitely a more contained cast of particular comedians and performers rather than a brand.

    • I was with my wife last week waiting in her doctor's office and they were playing Live With Kelly on the TV in the waiting room. I thought it was weird to see Strahan as her goest host (I don't watch the show, but had seen Seth Meyers as her co-host the week before in the same waiting room and had read that he might take the gig full time) but I was even more surprised to see how much of a natural he was at it. They were interviewing Andrew Garfield and Strahan was actually keeping things moving along and seemed totally prepped and focused. Could end up being a good fit, actually.

    • dizzylucy

      You are much kinder to Bunheads than I am. I think there are some likable elements to it, but overall it's kind of a mess. But I'll probably keep watching.

      Happy for Mike Schur and Dan Goor, but hope they really do stick with P&R. I think the Office seemed to suffer when Mike left. Or it could be unrelated. I don't know.

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