13 items from 2014
There are many movies from the 1990s that would make great television shows: Goodfellas, Se7en... heck, evenBoogie Nights comes to mind. Way, way, way down that list would be the 1990 critically maligned comedy Problem Child, a movie that most would want to forget they ever saw. No network in its right mind would ever want to bring that movie back, right?
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- Tim Surette
Scans of TV Guide's Fall film preview edition over at Spoiler TV include a couple of new shots from NBC's upcoming "Constantine" series.
Legendary TV has acquired the screen rights and are planning to adapt John Scalzi's just released novel "Lock In" into a pilot for a potential series. The story revolves around a highly contagious virus that causes five million Americans to succumb to locked-in syndrome - they are paralyzed but fully aware.
A quarter of a century later, the immobile are able to borrow the bodies of 'integrators.' After one of the paralyzed is murdered, the story follows two FBI agents who are called in to investigate a case that spirals into something far larger. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
NBC is developing Problem Child as a single-camera sitcom. The comedy will be based on the original Problem Child released in 1990, starring John Ritter, Jack Warden, Amy Yasbeck, Michael Richards and Michael Oliver as the title character. Originally envisioned as an R rated romp, the final film was rated PG and took a more family friendly stance on the story of an adopted 7 year-old child, compared to Damien from The Omen, who can't keep himself out of trouble. The first film was a big hit, grossing $72 million on a $10 million budget.
It seems Problem Child has been adopted from the orphanage once more as NBC are reportedly in talks to bring back the 90s family comedy to the small screen.
News comes by way of The Hollywood Reporter, who tell us that the network is currently putting out the proverbial feelers in search of a screenwriter.
Based on the John Ritter film of the same name, Problem Child is a half-hour, single-camera comedy that orbits around a couple’s trials and tribulations with a young adopted prankster named Junior — a devil in disguise that has been adopted from a local orphanage thirty times.
The film spawned two sequels — Problem Child 2 and Problem Child 3: Junior in Love — that were released in 1991 and 1995, respectively. In fact, the franchise also resulted in a spin-off TV show that was sandwiched in between the two aforementioned sequels, which underpins the IP’s lasting appeal — in the 90s, »
- Michael Briers
NBC is on fire as of late! They eye another possible reboot for John Ritter’s 1990s classic film Problem Child. Scot Armstrong is reportedly working on a outline for a half an hour comedy based upon the film that everyone loved. The comedy followed the lives of a couple who adopted a child who kept being returned back. Of course it was all done in good humor and fans enjoyed the funny film. Now it seems like family themed comedies are making a comeback that NBC is hoping to buy into.
It sounds hopeful as the series would be a great return to family programming. I am not sure who would star it in or how it would be changed up, but it sounds like it holds a lot of hope. We would love to see it come to order for NBC who seems to be on a roll with future projects. »
- Sarah Peel
NBC is looking for a problem child. The network has handed out a script commitment for a remake of 1990 feature film Problem Child, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. From writer Scot Armstrong (The Hangover II, Old School), the half-hour single-camera comedy is based on the John Ritter pic of the same name and centers on every parent's worst nightmare: a problem child. Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan will executive produce alongside Armstrong via their Universal Television-based Tbd Productions. Photos Broadcast TV's New 2014-15 Shows The original movie starred Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a couple who adopt problem child Junior (played by Michael Oliver), a prankster who previously
- Lesley Goldberg
When I was nine, I saw the movie Problem Child in the theater. Yeah, I found it funny because my sense of humor was all about profanity and pratfalls. But, even at that age I knew it was a bad movie. Now, twenty-four years later, NBC has put their collective minds together and come up with the bright idea to reboot the comedy film series as a sitcom. Deadline reports that Scot Armstrong will write the sitcom take on the John Ritter film. Armstrong has worked on films such as The Hangover »
- Alex Maidy
Little no longer! This week, the cast of the 1994 kids' movie The Little Rascals gave the world a lesson in how to revel in nostalgia. In addition to making a spot-on recreation of the film's original poster, the entire cast showed up and looked happy doing it. The cast members, now all in their twenties, seemed stoked to celebrate the reunion all over social media. Hey @TheEllenShow have you seen our #Rascals20th reunion selfie?? #thelittlerascals pic.twitter.com/KGqCAJtMhA— Blake McIver (@BlakeMcIver) September 3, 2014 #Rascals20th on the front page of @Reddit @Airem23 @BlakeMcIver @Bug_Hall @BossRagley @JordanFrog @22Vision pic. »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Written by Tom. S. Parker, Jim Jennewain, and Richard Siegel
Directed by Peter Hyams
In 2003 the world lost a true comedic treasure; a man so funny that he was dubbed “The greatest physical comedian on the planet” by actor Don Knotts. Knotts was referring to the late, great Mr. John Ritter. With a career spanning nearly four decades in film, TV, and the stage, Ritter was an extremely talented and likable actor. He gave the world many memorable performances, most notably in the delightfully zany sitcom Three’s Company and in the ridiculously warped Problem Child films. With so many roles on his resume, Ritter became a household name for audiences worldwide. He starred in many films over the years, some notable, some not so notable. One picture that slipped through the cracks was 1992’s fantasy/comedy Stay Tuned, a wacky adventure which saw Ritter as an unlikely hero. »
- Randall Unger
When Diane Després (Anne Dorval) signs her name to have son Steve (Antoine-Olivier Pilon) released from a teenage care facility, she scrawls her nickname — “Die” — before dotting the I with a heart. That tiny touch speaks volumes about the crossroads between ominous and ostentatious that Xavier Dolan’s Mommy calls home. A borderline operatic melodrama that emphasizes the emotional states of Solondz-like misfits with Sirkian flair (and a needless near-future setting), it follows the Adhd-afflicted Steve back into Diane’s reluctant care. As a widow, she can hardly hold a job down without having to attend to his latest vulgar or violent outburst, and the schools won’t have him back. Enter Kyla (Suzanne Clément), a mousy neighbor with a bit of a stutter who can withstand Steve’s mood swings. In fact, by tolerating him, the newly empowered Kyla levels out the emotional extremes between mother and son, if only for a while. With »
- William Goss
"Saturday Night Live" is taking its commitment to diversity seriously: After adding Sasheer Zamata to the cast following the public outcry that there was no black female performer on the show, it's adding two African-American writers to the staff.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lakendra Tookes and Leslie Jones were both discovered during the show's auditions for women of color. They will join the writer's room on Monday (Jan. 13) to prepare for the first new episode of the new year (Jan. 18), hosted by Drake.
Lorne Michaels held auditions for women of color in New York and Los Angeles after steady criticism -- even from the show's cast members and in sketches that made it to air -- about the lack of a black female on the show following Maya Rudolph's departure in 2007. That's where he found Tookes and Jones, THR reports.
Jones is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian and actress, »
Earlier in the week, SNL announced they hired their first black female cast member in five years (and fifth ever), Sasheer Zamata. Today, The Hollywood Reporter writes the show has also hired two black female writers, Lakendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, both of whom were seen during this most recent audition process. Tookes is a former reporter turned comedian who's performed at L.A.'s iO West. Jones, who recently guest-starred on The League, is a stand-up, who had her special, Problem Child, air on Showtime in 2011. Of course, Tookes and Jones won't exclusively write for Zamata and, of course, the show's other writers will happily write for her, but it's still great news that shows SNL's commitment to answering legitimate criticism. »
- Jesse David Fox
More signs of progress at Saturday Night Live: EW has confirmed that the sketch show has added comedians Lakendra Tookes and Leslie Jones to its writing staff. Their hiring comes two days after SNL announced that New York-based comedian Sasheer Zamata will be the show’s newest featured player. All three women are black — a rarity for SNL, which has featured just four black female cast members in its 39-year history. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
Tookes (pictured at right), a former news reporter, was one of the 11 black women who auditioned for SNL during a secret »
- Hillary Busis
13 items from 2014
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