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There's straight-to-video shame, then there's straight to TV shame. The following small screen follow-ups, then, are the most shameful of the lot.
Please note, however: all of the following first aired on the small screen. They may have ended up on DVD later, but they're telly specials through and through...
1. Home Alone 5: The Holiday Heist (2012)
Returning cast members: None
You'll remember the first two, and might have a dim recollection of the third - new kid, new goons - and the fourth will, hopefully, mean nothing to you (old kid, new actor playing kid, old goons, new actors playing goons, shot in South Africa).
The fifth, however, is the biggest stinker of the lot, a schmaltzy Christmas edition with a new kid, new family and new goons. Also, Malcolm McDowell - of Clockwork Orange fame - is in it, »
Footlong turkey sandwiches on honey oat bread aren’t the only thing Subway is feeding America.
Under Tony Pace, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of the Subway Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust, the seemingly ubiquitous chain has also given couch potatoes plenty of content. In 2009, a fan of the NBC series “Chuck” enlisted Subway’s help to keep the program on air after seeing Subway appear on the show via a paid placement. In 2012, Subway commissioned a series of its own: “The 4 to 9ers,” a series of 10-minute shorts distributed via streaming-video hub Hulu. The show, which has attracted actors like Amy Yasbeck and Ted McGinley, features a character who works at a Subway in a mall.
The general idea, says Pace, is to create what he calls “brand memories.” He wants viewers to talk about Subway appearances in and around content as if they were speaking about the »
- Brian Steinberg
Matthew Lillard is set as the male lead opposite Erinn Hayes in Problem Child, NBC's single-camera comedy pilot inspired by the 1990 Universal Pictures/Imagine feature that starred John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a couple conned into adopting a troubled 7-year-boy who wreaks havoc in their lives and leaves a path of destruction anywhere he goes. The TV adaptation, written by Scot Armstrong, is described as a family show about the cat-and-mouse game between a set of parents… »
Childrens Hospital‘s Erinn Hayes is set as the female lead in Problem Child, NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot inspired by the 1990 Universal Pictures/Imagine feature that starred John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a couple conned into adopting a troubled 7-year-boy who wreaks havoc in their lives and leaves a path of destruction anywhere he goes. The TV adaptation, written by Scot Armstrong, is described as a family show about the cat-and-mouse game between a set of parents… »
NBC has greenlit a pilot based on the hit 1990 film “Problem Child.”
The comedy follows the cat-and-mouse relationship between a set of parents and their brilliant but mischievous child.
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Produced by Universal Television, Tbd Entertainment and Imagine TV, the pilot will be written by Scot Armstrong (“Hangover II”) who’s also an executive producer. Bob Simonds, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan and “A Beautiful Mind” producer Brian Grazer will also executive produce.
- Alicia Banks
Pilot season is currently in full swing, with NBC issuing a pilot order for Problem Child. The half-hour sitcom is based on the 1990 feature film comedy of the same name, which starred John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck and Michael Oliver as the title character. The original movie followed a couple who get conned into adopting a seemingly-normal 7-year-old boy, before learning that he leaves destruction everywhere he goes.
The series is described as a family show, following two parents' "cat-and-mouse game" with their brilliant yet devilish child. Scot Armstrong, who wrote features such as Road Trip, Old School and The Hangover Part II, wrote the pilot script. The writer will also serve as an executive producer alongside Imagine Television's Brian Grazer, Tbd Entertainment's Peter Traugott and Universal TV's Rachel Kaplan.
Last season, the ratings for Workaholics on Comedy Central remained pretty steady. How will this office sitcom perform in season five? Could it be cancelled or is it essentially guaranteed to be renewed for a sixth season, so there will be enough episodes for syndication? We'll have to wait and see.
Workaholics revolves around three college dropouts and friends (Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, and Anders Holm) who become co-workers at a telemarketing company in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Other characters are played by Kyle Newacheck, Maribeth Monroe, Jillian Bell, Erik Griffin, and Waymond Lee. Special guest appearances this season include Curtis Armstrong, Tim Bagley, Jack Black, Dolph Lundgren, Jerry O'Connell, Alan Ritchson, Michael Urie and Amy Yasbeck.
Below are the show's TV ratings, typically the best way to tell if the series will be cancelled or renewed. These figures will be updated as the weeks progress: »
7 items from 2015
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