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

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 22, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 22, 2012 |

  • 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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