DC Comics shares an interesting relationship with its TV properties, always dancing around some of the major heroes and villains, to the point that NBC’s proposed office comedy Powerless might have slim pickings. Now, a new report on the pilot script supposedly identifies the first notable comic brawl, along with some familiar allies of the Super Friends.
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NBC’s proposed Xena reboot under LOST writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach doesn’t yet have official pilot order, or even a script, but that hasn’t stopped Grillo-Marxuach from answering persistent inquiry for details on the new series. To wit, we now know that NBC might eye Xena as an “event series” rather than a full fall order, while fans hoping for Lucy Lawless or Renee O’Connor to pass the torch shouldn’t hold their breath … yet.
SNL has had a steady 2016 with hosts like Adam Driver, Larry David and Melissa McCarthy, but is March looking a little ho-hum? Following Jonah Hill and Future on March 5, SNL confirms that actor/singer Ariana Grande will pull double duty as both host and musical guest for the following week.
Earlier this month, NBC placed an order for a Cruel Intentions TV pilot that would act as a sort of sequel to the 1999 film, and today brings the fortuitous news that the central pillar of this grand monument to teen horniness will return for the second go-round. Now comes word that original star Sarah Michelle Gellar will reprise her role as Kathryn Merteuil, the queen-bitch rich kid meddling in everyone’s affairs with her sexual scheming.
We’re still on the fence over DC’s intent to script an NBC comedy about Powerless insurance adjusters, even after yesterday’s casting of Vanessa Hudgens, but the latest additions certainly help. Not only has Firefly favorite Alan Tudyk signed on, but so too has Community alum Danny Pudi and actor Christina Kirk.
The world of movie-TV reboots accommodates a great many approaches these days, not the least curious of which will see Liam Neeson’s Taken character Bryan Mills returned to his formative years, yet still in the modern day. We now know which actor will develop his particular set of skills as well, setting Vikings star Clive Standen as our new Taken man.
DC properties have had a much easier time keeping afloat on TV than in theaters, but a Powerless comedy like NBC’s insurance-themed take could be something of a wild card. Nonetheless, we have our first Powerless star, now that Vanessa Hudgens has signed on for a lead role in the pilot.
It seemed a particularly NBC move to reboot Xena: Warrior Princess with a modern bent, even with the strong choice of LOST alum Javier Grillo-Marxuach showrunning. Now, Grillo-Marxuach confirms not only that the reboot won’t be set in modern times, but that we can expect classic elements like Gabrielle and the Chakram, as well as a few Game of Thrones-inspired updates.
Just days into the movie’s run as the most successful R-rated opening of all time, Deadpool seemingly broke a fifth wall with a 20,000-strong petition to host SNL, or at least Ryan Reynolds in character. Take your pick of reasons that would never happen, but now Deadpool has given an official response, dragging Kanye West’s recent backstage tirade into the mix.
Spirited a performance though Kanye West gave at this past weekend’s SNL under host Melissa McCarthy, the always-tempestuous artist appeared visibly upset in his brief promo appearances. There may have been more to that story than West’s usual dour expression however, as reports claim Kanye very nearly bailed last-minute over stress.