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TV season is upon us yet again, which means that it’s time for some exciting new programs…and some rehashes of old favorites. Yes, reboots and remakes are about as familiar as commercials on television these days. Some like 90210, Hawaii Five-o, and Dallas have met with fairly hefty success, whereas others were gone in about as long as it takes to change the channel! This year we’re welcoming a revamped version of the long running ’60s detective drama Ironside to the small screen. We have high hopes for the program, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn’t go the way of these 10 failed remakes. Read on to see how these short-lived shows rank by number of episodes that actually made it to air!
10. The Love Boat: The Next Wave
Beloved Original Series: 1977-1986 (9 seasons/249 episodes)
Cringe-Worthy Remake: 1998-1999 (2 seasons/22 episodes)
Few shows have been »
- Jordan Runtagh
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? A modern update on Henry James's 1897 novel of the same name, this indie drama follows a six-year-old girl caught in the middle of her parents bitter custody battle. With her aging rock star mother (Julianne Moore), art dealer father (Steve Coogan), and mom's bartender boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgard), Maisie (newcomer Onata Aprile) learns to navigate through the adult's selfish behavior.
Why We're In: While uncomfortable and sad, "What Maisie Knew" tells a deeply emotional story that will stay with you. The adult leads give memorable performances, but it is Aprile's rawness that makes the film so gripping.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"The Muppet Movie" The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition
What's It About? The classic 1979 (almost 35 years ago) movie was the first time we saw Kermit and friends on the big screen. In the movie musical Kermit »
- Erin Whitney
Paul Henreid: Hollow Triumph aka The Scar tonight Turner Classic Movies’ Paul Henreid film series continues this Tuesday evening, July 16, 2013. Of tonight’s movies, the most interesting offering is Hollow Triumph / The Scar, a 1948 B thriller adapted by Daniel Fuchs (Panic in the Streets, Love Me or Leave Me) from Murray Forbes’ novel, and in which the gentlemanly Henreid was cast against type: a crook who, in an attempt to escape from other (and more dangerous) crooks, impersonates a psychiatrist with a scar on his chin. Joan Bennett, mostly wasted in a non-role, is Henreid’s leading lady. (See also: “One Paul Henreid, Two Cigarettes, Four Bette Davis-es.”) The thriller’s director is Hungarian import Steve Sekely, whose Hollywood career consisted chiefly of minor B fare. In fact, though hardly a great effort, Hollow Triumph was probably the apex of Sekely’s cinematic output in terms of prestige »
- Andre Soares
The television landscape is populated with hit medical dramas across the decades, from Dr. Kildare, M*A*S*H and Marcus Welby, M.D., to Grey's Anatomy, House and, of course, ER. One series that ran alongside M*A*S*H centered on the emergency personnel of Los Angeles County Fire Department's Station 51 and nearby Rampart General Hospital. It was the first of its kind to feature paramedics responding to emergency calls in addition to the in-hospital staff they handed their patients off to. It's been more than 40 years since this show debuted and it's time to shine the spotlight on these real-life professionals once again. Hit the jump for more. Hollywood! Adapt this: Emergency! What It's About: Created and produced by Jack Webb and Robert A. Cinader, the brains behind police series Adam-12 and Dragnet, Emergency! was a one-hour medical drama that featured emergency personnel dealing with multiple incidents throughout their shift. »
- Dave Trumbore
TNT hasn’t said definitively whether Wednesday’s season finale would officially be the last episode of “Southland,” but all indications and body language — including the fact several of its stars have signed on to new projects — suggests that it is.
If that was the last hour (and there will be spoilers ahead), there’s no question it leaves a bad aftertaste — so grim and unsettled as to offer virtually nothing in the way of closure.
Still, we come not to bury but to praise this Peabody-award-winning drama, as well as TNT for giving it renewed life after NBC and a little experiment called “The Jay Leno Show” nearly sent the series to the showers long before now.
- Brian Lowry
If hearing Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks rap doesn’t blow your mind, seeing them do so as part of an elaborate song & dance music video for their 1987 spoof Dragnet might be enough to make it explode Scanners-style. This actually happened, folks.
Just in case any of you out there thought Hollywood’s penchant for taking famous yet dated television shows and bringing them back to the big screen as dopey comedies was a recent trend, here’s a reminder that they were already doing this all the way back in 1987. Long before the likes of 21 Jump Street, Starsky & Hutch, Dukes of Hazzard, Dark Shadows, and other such recent comical big screen interpretations of small screen shows, there was Dragnet - an Eighties comedic version of television’s pioneering police drama from the Fifties.
Dan Aykroyd's satirical take on “by the book” police detective Joe Friday perfectly nailed the »
6 items from 2013
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