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Galaxy Quest, an absolute gem of a sci fi comedy, is finally getting an expanded story, but this time the crew will be headed to the small screen for more adventures. The original movie, released in 1999, managed to lovingly lampoon a trope of sci fi series (most notably Star Trek), while at the same time playing homage to them with a knowing nod of respect towards what makes them so popular - the fans. Now we have word that Paramount is moving forward with a Galaxy Quest tv show. The movie's writer and director will both be involved in the project, but we'll likely see an entirely new cast. Galaxy Quest starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell and Tony Shaloub. If you haven't seen it, you really need to remedy that. »
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At any rate, if you enjoyed the flick, then you may like the news I have for you today.
Hollywood trade brings word that Paramount has decided to move forward with a television series based on the film.
Galaxy Quest starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell and Enrico Colantoni. As much fun as it would be to see the band get back together, I imagine there will be an entirely new cast.
What do you think of this? »
- Philip Sticco
Another cult classic movie earmarked for the small screen treatment has now set up shop at Paramount. The 1999 space comedy Galaxy Quest has been the subject of endless fan queries concerning a sequel, and in a roundabout way, the studio listened. According to Deadline, the network has started development on a TV series which may be a sequel, spinoff Or remake. While specifics on the deal are unreported, the trade does make mention of key members of the film’s original creative team set to return.
Writer Robert Gordon, director Dean Parisot, and producer Mark Johnson are expected to be involved in this new iteration. Whether it remakes the same story or ventures into hitherto unexplored realms of the galaxy, the enlistment of that core trio imparts a certain assuredness, as the first movie was a total knock-out.
For those unfamiliar, the original Dreamworks feature followed the comical antics of »
- Gem Seddon
Good news, everyone! Well, maybe. Paramount Television is in the process of putting together a Galaxy Quest TV based on the fantastic 1999 sci-fi comedy of the same name. At once a brilliant riff on Star Trek and also one of the best Star Trek movies ever made, Dean Parisot’s film revolved around the aging stars of a once-popular sci-fi TV series called Galaxy Quest who, after attending yet another sci-fi convention, are beamed up into space by a group of aliens that think the TV series was a collection of “historical documents.” Per Deadline, Parisot, Galaxy Quest producer Mark Johnson, and Galaxy Quest screenwriter Robert Gordon are executive producing the potential series, with Gordon penning the script. That’s a swell vote of confidence for what could be either a fantastic idea or a terrible one, and it's the next in a line of film-to-tv adaptations that Paramount is working on, »
- Adam Chitwood
A sign that the reboot craze may be spiraling a bit out of hand: Even the Thermians of Galaxy Quest are getting a revival of their favorite show.
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The movie starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub and Sam Rockwell as cast members of a space series that has long been off the air. During an appearance at a fan convention, they »
The original film centered on the cast of a canceled "Star Trek"-like space opera TV show who are accidentally sent to a real spaceship and must save an alien nation. Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell and Enrico Colantoni starred.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
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It’s one step forward and two steps back for Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco), the determined yet deeply flawed titular heroine of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. Last time viewers saw her, in an attempt to flee New York City following a relapse into pills, a near-death incident at work and growing combative work relationships save for one, she ran into an ambulance.
More precisely, she ran into an ambulance after stopping to take care of a woman involved in a highway accident, with many, many prescription pills in her car. Thus, our premiere of season 7 – the final season of the acclaimed dramedy – involves a lot of uncertainty while looking to move towards some semblance of a conclusion. The seemingly familiar cycle that Jackie finds herself in, wherein lies lead to relapses which lead to lies, should in theory come to an end. »
- Anthony Marcusa
It was announced last week by the actor himself that Stephen Amell will be playing fan-favourite Casey Jones in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. At the Vancouver Expo Q&A session over the weekend to promote Arrow, Amell was asked about the similarities between Casey Jones and the character he plays in the show.
“Obviously the similarities are right there on the surface, but if the audition process and the script is any indication [Casey Jones] is going to be fundamentally different [from The Arrow],” he said. “As a matter of fact, it’s almost like the character of Casey Jones in this iteration of Ninja Turtles is almost a little bit more like the Oliver Queen that people know from the older comic books.”
Set for release on June 3rd 2016, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 will be »
- Luke Owen
Last year’s Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles performed so well at the box office on its opening weekend, that Paramount announced its sequel before a director or cast had been set. It’s expected many of the cast will return, but now we have our first new addition.
Variety are reporting that Arrow star Stephen Amell has landed the role of Casey Jones, having beaten out several other actors who screen tested for the role with Megan Fox over the weekend. No word yet on who the other actors were. Amell himself seemingly also confirmed it via Twitter:
Somebody find me a hockey mask!!! #TMNT2 pic.twitter.com/V9bw4ok3VB
— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) April 1, 2015
- Luke Owen
In HitFix's new feature "Waxing Episodic," we reflect on an episode of television we'll never forget. NBC's "The Office" debuted 10 years ago this week, arriving with the unenviable challenge of having to live up to the standard of one of the best-received comedies of recent times, but went on to outstrip the British original. I don't even know if that's a controversial statement anymore. The British "Office" is great and, in terms of comedic efficiency, NBC's version didn't come close. But Ricky Gervais' series was built for 12 episodes and a Christmas special and never had to worry about longevity, never had to wonder how sustainable its circumstances and its characters were. NBC's version took that world and made it renewable. Whether you think the American "Office" was great (or even good) for all 200-ish of its episodes, it was certainly very good or great for more than 13 episodes. I »
- Daniel Fienberg
The best new play of this young year has brought pros Diane Lane and Tony Shalhoub and relative newcomers Gayle Rankin and Mamoudou Athie to Lincoln Center Theater At The Mitzi Newhouse in The Mystery Of Love & Sex. Bathsheba Doran’s keenly satisfying comedy of sexual matters and manners is a coming-of-age tale in the age of coming-and-going that bears a palpable kinship with <a title="'Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss On Peggy Olson, Heidi Holland & Moving On: Conversations With… »
A new play that reads very well on the page risks getting staged above its station. Sad to say, The Mystery of Love & Sex, by Bathsheba Doran, is that kind: engrossing in theory, a botch in practice. Commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater and given a top-flight production there, it might, ironically, have benefited more from shabbier treatment, a process that could have revealed its substantial flaws while there was still time and freedom to do something about them. But when you’ve got Tony Shalhoub and Diane Lane engaged to play two of the four leading characters, and Sam Gold directing, plus all the professional polish Lct typically provides, there’s not much to be done but leave the audience to enjoy what it can and wish the rest were better. There’s no mystery why such talents were drawn to the material. Shalhoub and Lane have meaty roles as Howard and Lucinda, »
- Jesse Green
Kal Penn is walking a different beat in the CBS police dramedy "Battle Creek," but this is in many ways a return for him. You might not necessarily remember, but Penn has been working in the CBS family steadily since he ended his sabbatical working for the White House. He followed a recurring arc on "How I Met Your Mother" with a regular role on the short-lived "We Are Men" before landing on "Battle Creek," which was created by Vince Gilligan, but is run by David Shore. Shore, of course, worked with Penn during his multi-season run as the ill-fated Dr. Lawrence Kutner on Fox's "House," a series that appears on the resume of many of the "Battle Creek" scribes. And when one of the first things we learn about Penn's Detective Fontanelle is that he's a user of medicinal marijuana, which ties Font in with Penn's long and beloved »
- Daniel Fienberg
After all the initial mumbles died down because Michael Bay was backing a new Turtles film, it then came out and actually received quite a lot of love and especially from the younger audience, which is the right market after all! We liked that it hit that scene perfectly and now we’re celebrating because it’s out to buy on Blu-ray and DVD now from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
In this reimagining of the legendary heroes in a half-shell, New York is under attack by the sinister Shredder, but fearless leader Leonardo, brilliant and brainy Donatello, rough and rebellious Raphael and wild and crazy Michelangelo take to the streets to defend their home with the help of intrepid reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and their brilliant sensei, Splinter. Packed with jaw-dropping action and special effects and loaded with the franchise’s signature humor, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is fun for the whole family. »
- Dan Bullock
Some new concept art from last year’s live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has surfaced online, giving us a look at unused designs for Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady…
And here’s some additional concept art featuring Splinter, Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello…
As it happens, we’ve already had confirmation that Bebop and Rocksteady will feature in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, which will once again see Michael Bay producing, and David Green (Earth to Echo) directing.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars Megan Fox (Transformers) as April O’Neil, Pete Ploszek (Parks and Recreation) and Johnny Knoxville (Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa) as Leonardo, Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) as Raphael, Jeremy Howard (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) as Donatello, Noel Fisher (Battle Los Angeles) as Michaelangelo, Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk) as Splinter, William Fichtner (The Dark Knight) as Eric Sachs, Will Arnett (The Lego Movie) as Vernon Fenwick, »
- Gary Collinson
15 items from 2015
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