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You Can See That Again: How TV Shows Become the Hot New Way to Reboot Movie Franchises

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We’ve all heard the casual moans of fan communities that Hollywood never comes up with anything original anymore, settling into the familiar patterns of sequels, remakes, and adaptations of familiar properties to cash in on brand recognition. And while remakes have become subtly accepted as a chance for a new take on dormant properties, the recent ‘RoboCoptrailer reminded us just how much passions can strain in the dissection of beloved classics.

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‘Community’ Season 5 to 2014, Plus NBC Fall Schedule Announcement!

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We'd be hard pressed to say who had the most brutal of cancellations and fruitful pickups between the five major networks this weekend, but few would offer that NBC had any undeserved ends. Even so, the peacock has become the first among the five to set its major schedule, moving 'Revolution' and 'Parenthood' to new nights, scheduling Jonathan Rhys-Meyers 'Dracula' for fall and moving 'Community' and more to midseason! Get the lowdown on NBC's new lineup inside!

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NBC Picks Up ‘About A Boy’ Remake, J.J. Abrams’ ‘Believe,’ ‘Crisis’ and More

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While we anxiously await news of NBC's existing bubble series, the peacock network has officially begun handing out its pilot orders for 2013-2014. Jason Katims' 'About a Boy' remake featuring David Walton and Minnie Driver will go to series, as well as J.J. Abrams drama 'Believe,' Dermot Mulroney's 'Crisis' and 'Will and Grace' star Sean Hayes' new sitcom. Get the latest on NBC's new lineup inside!

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NBC’s ‘About A Boy’ Casts Minnie Driver About A Woman

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As pilot season rages on and more and more celebrities sign on to high profile projects for the major networks, one of the more promising pilots to add to its cast has been that of 'Friday Night Lights' creator Jason Katims' 'About A Boy' adaptation for NBC. Previously casting 'Bent' and 'New Girl' star David Walton in the male lead of Will (or Hugh Grant's role, for movie-lovers), NBC's 'About A Boy' has recruited Hollywood star Minnie Driver for the female lead. Who will they call for the title role of 'About A Boy?' Find out the latest on the new series inside!

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NBC’s ‘About A Boy’ Casts David Walton as Hugh Grant, Sort Of

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NBC may have given 'Bent' star David Walton the short stick with the critically-acclaimed, but quickly-cancelled series, but now the network seems to have more than made up for it. Following the actor's recent turn on FOX's 'New Girl,' NBC has tapped David Walton to headline their forthcoming 'About a Boy' pilot, a TV adaptation from 'Friday Night Lights' Jason Katims based on the book and Hugh Grant film of the same name. The pilot is generating plenty of buzz, so find out the latest 'About A Boy' inside!

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Jon Favreau Directing NBC’s ‘About A Boy’ From ‘Friday Night Lights’ Creator Jason Katims

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NBC's 'Revolution' seems to be doing well enough on its own, but it certainly didn't hurt that the J.J. Abrams-produced series had a bit of a boost in its pilot episode from director Jon Favreau. Now, NBC hopes Favreau will bring the same lucky charm to Jason Katims' forthcoming 'About a Boy' pilot, putting Favreau once again in the directors' chair. Casting has yet to begin, but what's the buzz 'About a Boy?' New details inside!

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‘Friday Night Lights’ Show-Runner Jason Katims Next to Adapt ‘About A Boy’ For TV

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Clear eyes and full hearts may not be able to lose, but it sounds like 'Friday Night Lights' fans are going to have to keep their Panthers jerseys hung up a bit longer, as instead of the long-awaited movie, series show-runner Jason Katims is headed back to TV with another book/movie combination in mind.  The acclaimed director will next take 2002 Hugh Grant vehicle 'About A Boy' to an NBC series, but will the premise be sustainable as a long-running show?

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