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6 items from 2010

Gilligan's Island: Why Weren't the Professor and Mary Ann in the Opening Theme Song?

17 June 2010 12:38 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

One of the most frequently asked questions about Gilligan's Island is "Why were The Professor and Mary Ann referred to as 'the rest' in the show's opening? There were only seven castaways!"

In season one, Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, and Tina Louise were in the opening theme but Russell Johnson and Dawn Wells weren't. Why?

Well, you may not be aware that some of the characters in the series weren't quite the same in the original pilot. Ginger was a practical redheaded secretary, played by Kit Smythe. Nancy McCarthy played Bunny (not Mary Ann) and she was a stereotypical dumb blonde secretary. John Gabriel played the very serious Professor.

In order to get the series greenlighted by CBS, creator Sherwood Schwartz had to do some reworking and recasting. As a result, we ended up with »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Boris Karloff Fans Rejoice! Image Entertainment is Finally Bringing Home Thriller!

14 May 2010 5:20 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Now this is the way we love to end a Friday. Fans of Boris Karloff and classic horror television shows have long sought after the series "Thriller". It was available on VHS way back when and of course almost every bootlegger has peddled a copy online at one point or another, but now thanks to Image Entertainment the wait and the search are officially over!

From the Press Release

For two seasons and over sixty episodes, horror icon Boris Karloff invited television audiences to enjoy captivating tales of suspense, murder, and relentless terror as host of the 1960s anthology series “Thriller.” Featuring stories from such master storytellers as Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Bloch, Cornell Woolrich and starring a galaxy of classic television stars from the 1960s and 1970s, “Thriller” was dubbed by Stephen King as “the best horror series ever put on TV.”

Now, Image Entertainment proudly announces a tribute »

- Uncle Creepy

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Gilligan's Island: The Movie Gets a Little Closer

4 March 2010 3:43 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Well, whether you like the idea or not, it looks like the Gilligan's Island movie is moving forward.

As fans of classic TV know all too well, Gilligan's Island follows seven stranded castaways on a tropical island. The legendary cast is made up of Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus and Natalie Schafer, Tina Louise, Russell Johnson, and Dawn Wells). The show ran for three successful seasons on CBS before finding even bigger success in syndication.

The notion of a feature film version of the series has been bandied about for decades but nothing's ever come of it. At one point, Jim Carrey was going to play Gilligan.

In January 2009, creator Sherwood Schwartz said that he'd just made a deal to finally bring the project to the big screen. He also said, if he could cast anyone, he'd »

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Prepare for a 3-Hour Tour of ‘Gilligan’s Island’

4 March 2010 10:07 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

This just in! Hollywood has found someone to make a movie from an original idea – too bad it isn’t a New original idea. Warner Bros and Atlas Entertainment have drawn the short straw decided to move forward with the big screen adaptation of Lost Gilligan’s Island.

Writing the screenplay will be Brad Copeland, who is also writing scripts for the Flight of the Navigator remake, Monster Squad and the upcoming Yogi Bear adaptation. If that isn’t enough to get you on the excitement train, then you’ll be happy to hear he also wrote Wild Hogs *thud*.

On board to produce for Atlas Entertainment is Charles Roven (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) and Richard Suckle; Sherwood Schwartz, the show’s original producer and composer of the main title theme, will serve as Executive Producer with his son Lloyd Schwartz. Jon Berg will watch over the project for Warner Bros. »

- Paul Young

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Who Should Be Cast in the Gilligan's Island Movie?

3 March 2010 1:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

So what if Lost is wrapping up? There will soon be a new round of hapless castaways to follow now that Warner Bros. has announced plans to make a movie out of Gilligan's Island, the '60s sitcom about seven folks stranded on an uninhabited Pacific island after their tour boat wrecks in a storm. Series creator Sherwood Schwartz has mentioned Michael Cera as a dream actor to play Gilligan and Beyoncé as a possible choice for curvaceous movie star Ginger Grant, but there's no official word yet on any casting. Here's who we'd pick for the stranded if we were casting the movie. »

- Steve Daly

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Gilligan's Island Coming to the Bigscreen

2 March 2010 10:20 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The iconic 60's sitcom Gilligan's Island coming to the bigscreen Warner Bros. and Atlas Entertainment are teaming to develop a feature film based on Gilligan's Island, the iconic CBS sitcom which ran from 1964 to 1967 and then aired eternally through syndication.

According to Variety, Charles Roven and Richard Suckle are onboard to produce for Atlas, with Brad Copeland penning the screenplay.

The plans are for a contemporary take on the well-known premise and characters.

"The characters are so good," Roven added. "We think it's going to be a great story to transport these cultural icons to the modern day."

The 98 episodes of Gilligan's Island, starring Bob Denver as the hapless title character, centered on the wacky misadventures of seven castaways -- two crew members, a millionaire couple, a professor, a movie star and a girl-next-door type -- on an uncharted and uninhabited island in the Pacific.

Co-stars were Alan Hale Jr., »

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