DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premiered last night after months of anticipation. Could it deliver on the solid foundation that Flash has brought us for the last year and a half? Could a team show work in an hour-long format? Will Mr Freeze actually be a good guy? Jump after the break for a full review.
You’re James Wan. You just directed the fifth highest grossing movie of all time in Furious 7. What do you do next? Predictably you reboot a twenty year old tv show that is probably incredibly painful to watch now because Tom Kelly and nostalgia.
If you are still interested, The Hollywood Reporter, uh, reports that a new series is in the works at CBS. It will focus on a new 20-something year old new hotness MacG and not a broken down Richard Dean Anderson version. Wan will executive produce and direct the pilot.
Everything old is new again. What’s next, a Jem movie? Ah…another A-Team reboot? Geez…
If you’re like me you woke up this morning, had breakfast, got a shower, brushed your teeth and thought to yourself, “self, you know what is missing in my life right now? A TV show version of Lethal Weapon.” Well, have I got news for you.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has agreed to a “put-pilot” reboot of the popular buddy cop franchise. What is a “put-pilot”? The interwebs tell me:
A put pilot is a pilot that the network has agreed to air either as a special or series. If the network does not air the pilot episode, the network will owe substantial monetary penalties to the studio. Generally, this guarantees that the pilot will be picked up by the network.
I had to take several different angles at writing this post as most of the memorable aspects of Lethal Weapon are not site friendly. All four films were rated R for a reason. So I wonder how that will translate to the small screen without making it “generic buddy cop action/comedy #17”?
A Lethal Weapon TV show…what’s next? MacGyver coming back to TV?
Generally, a network will cancel a TV show that does poorly in the ratings. If there are no viewers, then there’s no way to get enough ad revenue to continue airing it. The occasional prestige, critical darling sort of show aside, networks rarely cancel anything that is doing well.
That would be why it was a surprise to fans when the Sci-Fi Channel canceled Farscape after four seasons. At the time, the show was the network’s biggest hit. It was also the most expensive, and it showed on the screen.
Last night marked not only the first airing of the Fear the Walking Dead spin-off series but also the first time I’ve ever watched a Walking Dead episode the night it aired. And that’s only because I watched The Walking Dead pilot a couple of years after it aired (I haven’t watched any other episodes). Yes, I’m a huge Walking Dead fan (the comic) who feels no need to see the TV show because I know the major plot points. The TV show will be different, of course, but not enough to make me interested especially when the books keep coming out and are amazing. In this sense it’s the anti-Game of Thrones.
But a spin-off interests me because it’s a new story, one I can’t know anything about, but still based in a universe I deeply respect. So what did this zombie literature fan and Walking Dead admirer think of the new spin-off? Jump after the break to find out. [MINOR FEAR THE WALKING DEAD PILOT SPOILERS BEYOND]