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Bullet Points: More 'Justified' and 'Quantum Leap,' Plus Tim Allen's 'The Santa Claus

By Dustin Rowles | TV | January 14, 2022 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | January 14, 2022 |


— In what can only be described as fantastic news, FX is bringing back Justified for a limited series based on Elmore Leonard’s novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit. Yes, Raylan Givens will be back, and Timothy Olyphant will reprise the role. Will Walton Goggins make a return? That’s unclear. So is the fate of Tim, Rachel, and Wynn Duffy in the limited series project. We will take what we can get.

— Meanwhile, NBC has finally figured out how to bring back Quantum Leap, the much-beloved sci-fi series starring Scott Bakula that ran from 1989 to 1993. The reboot will focus on a new team restarting the project 30 years after Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. It’s unclear how involved Bakula will be in the project. All of that is the good news. The not-so-good news, potentially, is that Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt will run the show. They are the showrunners behind … La Brea. It’s also worth noting that times have changed, and there are a LOT of scenarios in the original series that would not fly today. It’ll be interesting to see how they work around that.

— What the good Lord gives, the devil takes away, which is why Disney+ has also announced that a series based on Tim Allen’s The Santa Claus movie has been given the green light. Tim Allen will return. In the series, Santa Claus is getting on up there in age and has decided to retire. First, however, he has to find a suitable replacement to take over his duties as Kris Kringle.

— After one The Walking Dead spin-off, The World Beyond, ended its run late last year, AMC has started production in Georgia on the newest one, Tales of The Walking Dead, an anthology series set in the universe of The Walking Dead.

— This is a fun idea, but it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out. Netflix is producing a comedy series called Murderville with Will Arnett in the lead role as Senior Detective Terry Seattle. It’s a scripted murder mystery, except that the celebrity guest stars — Annie Murphy, Conan O’Brien, Ken Jeong, Kumail Nanjiani, Marshawn Lynch, and Sharon Stone — won’t be given a script and will have to improvise their way through the episode and solve the murder.

— Denzel Washington managed to make it through most of his career before doing a sequel until Equalizer 2. Now he’s set to return in Equalizer 3. The script has already been written, and Denzel is getting in shape to reprise the role soon.

— Shonda Rhimes’ new Netflix series stars Anna Chlumsky, Laverne Cox, and Julia Garner. It’s called Inventing Anna, it comes out next month, and here is the trailer:

— Finally, here’s a bizarre lawsuit. Todd Murphy owns the trademark for the God Helmet. It is advertised as a device that “subtly stimulates the temporal lobes with magnetic signals to create altered states of mind; simulating a religious experience.” The fantastic Paramount+ series Evil recently featured their own version of the God Helmet on an episode of the series, and now Todd Murphy is suing Evil for misrepresenting the device.

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