And then, after D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe left the show in the 8th Season, Goldblum had an entire season to himself. However, middling ratings created a threat of cancellation, so he ended up jumping the ship and didn't renew his contract. So now what? Will they just stop the series? Wait...VINCENT D'ONOFRIO IS COMING BACK???WITH KATHRYN ERBE???????WOO-HOO!!! (and a nice inversion of Final Season Casting, to boot)
The new Knight Rider show has a fair share of haters, especially fans of the old series. But it seems like the producers were paying attention to the Transformers fandom and they have revealed an episode where a villain from the old series returns, KITT's Evil Counterpart KARR. To top it off, they also brought back the original voice actor for KARR, who is... yes, Peter Cullen. The show is still hated, but no one can argue that bit of casting.
Given that the new KARR looks more like Optimus Prime than the old KARR, one wonders if this isn't just a happy coincidence.
Family Feud, in the first John O'Hurley season, fashioned the set into an updated version of the classic Richard Dawson/Ray Combs set.
What's this? Million Dollar Password? Oh, they're just twisting the classic to fit in with today's big money shows. It's actually more like Pyramid and...Oh, Betty White is going to be on an episode? When's it on???? NO, NOT BETTY WHITE!
Man, the third season of Lost has really sucked, what with Hydra Island and Bai Ling and Nikki and Paulo. BUT WAIT HOLY CRAP THE FLASHBACK WAS REALLY A FLASH-FORWARD!
The New York television station WPIX 11 is known for doing this a lot. Even as they became a partial O&O of The WB and later an affiliate of The CW (obviously having to use their programming as well as others that appeal to modern audiences; i.e. Jerry Springer, Friends reruns, etc.), they would often present nods to their past, especially for those who grew up with the station in the '70s and '80s. Among them have been: Honeymooners marathons on New Year's Day; a retrospective on The Magic Garden; the Halloween 2008 return of Chiller Theatre; and one of the most popular, the return of the Christmas Day Yule Log since 2001. For a time they used to have a prime time block of '70s sitcoms on Saturdays, and for their 60th anniversary, a marathon was dedicated to classic programs that used to be seen on WPIX.
Of course the most visible moment that caused celebration now would be the fact that the station has stripped itself of the "CW" logo and goes by "PIX 11" (complete with slightly updated version of the "Circle 11" logo it used in its heyday).
In December 2013, staffers at WPIX discovered a hidden vault, containing dozens of unique things that the channel ran dating back to The Fifties - including the original master tapes of the Christmas Yule Log, a Billy Martin special, TV shows ranging from The Honeymooners to The Wonder Years, and a once-lostChristmas Episode of The Magic Garden (which they aired on Christmas Day 2013). At the end of the article, they mention having "several off-site storage warehouses [they] plan to explore soon" - meaning that there could be even bigger discoveries made. We Wait...
With Season 2 gone and done, and Season 3 scripts about three-quarters of the way through, Heroes was looking less and less like must-see TV. And then they rehired Bryan Fuller of Pushing Daisies as Writing Counselor. Yes, the guy who wrote the episode "Company Man".
And now we've gotten something even cooler: Heroes will return in a 13-episode series called Heroes Reborn! (No relation to the Marvel event).
It took a while for the cast to be announced as to who would and wouldn't be returning. There was quite a stir when news broke that Masi Oka would reprise his role as Ensemble Darkhorse Hiro Nakamura.
Kamen Rider Decade worried the fans with the cherry red, plastic-looking costume for the eponymous hero. Then came the trailers showing practically every Rider from the 2000s involved in a single, gigantic battle against an unseen foe (It was the very virst scene of the series). Not to mention the Samurai Sentai Shinkenger crossover and the Kamen Rider Black RX arc (the latter complete with Tetsuo Kurata reprising the role of Kotaro Minami).
Five words: All Riders vs. Great Shocker. The rejoicing continues to pile up with each new bit of news, including the fact that Black and Agito will be played by their original actors (Note that the former was before the Black RX arc was announced). Those appearances ultimately amounted to nothing more than ending cameos.
Just recently it was announced that pop singer Gackt will be playing Riderman, whose original actor has passed on. The fact that Gackt is One of Us and has healthy respect for Kamen Rider means it counts as an ATFR.
The Heisei era riders are going to get novel sequels, with most getting the writers who worked on the shows directly involved. One particular delight is that one of Hibiki's main writers before the controversial ReTool is going to be working with the Hibiki novel.
With George R.R. Martin being personally involved, fans were quietly optimistic about the adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire. The first bit of casting news, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion, was widely accepted as a perfect bit of dream casting. Then we get Sean Bean as Ned Stark. Yeah. It's perfectly OK to be excited now.
Then one of the last decisions to be announced: Ronon as Khal Drogo. Best. Casting decision. Ever.
Aiden Gillan from The Wire as Littlefinger has gotten a fair amount of squees.
"I'm just worried about the child actors - you know what they can sometimes be cra...AMAZING."
One of the last roles to be filled: Tywin Lannister. Who do we get? Charles Dance. And he's a fan of the books.
Well, the first season is over, and it was AWESOME!! But the second season doesn't start till Spring 2012. NOOOOOOOOO..wait, THE MAN HIMSELF is writing the script for the Battle of the Blackwater episode? YES!!
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne. Though there are inevitably still some complaints that she's too good-looking for the hideously plain Action Girl, we can still be thankful that she's not some supermodel, and Martin himself approved of the casting. Now that pictures are out of Christie in costume◊, any and all doubts should be alleviated.
Natalie Dormer (from The Tudors) as Margaery Tyrell has sparked this sort of reaction, as well.
Gameshow Marathon is going to be hosted by Ricki Lake? RICKI F'N LAKE?!!? And C-list celebrities will be playing all the ga...oh wow, is that a recreation of the CBS Match Game set? And the NBC version of Card Sharks, going back to the ORIGINAL rules??? And the Big Board lives!
Michael Schumacher's coming back to Formula One? Oh fuck yeah, I'm watching again!
Oh, they're making a new superhero drama on NBC called The Cape. Eh, we've already got one superhero drama wait is that Keith David and is thatSummer Glau and holy shit this is going to be awesome!
Glee was announced to be getting a second AND third season before its first season was even finished airing. Needless to say the fans were pleased.
The addition of Darren Criss to the cast excited a large portion of the gleeks.
Two fandoms rejoiced at once when it was announced that Joss Whedon was going to direct an episode. More rejoicing when it was revealed that Neil Patrick Harris was guest starring in the episode. YES PLEASE!
Idina Menzel guest-starring in Glee was a big one, but the rejoicing hit stratospheric levels once it was revealed that she WAS Rachel's birth mother.
Kurt and Blaine finally, finally, FINALLY kissed! TWICE! That sound you heard was a million Klaine fangirls Squeeing. They Kissed was even a trending topic on Twitter within minutes of it airing.
The above was made all the more significant because fans thought they were getting let down again when Misery, which was thought to be sung to Kurt was just another Warblers number. The reaction: It's just going to be another UST-filled epi....holy shit! Blaine just said he wants to sing at Regionals with Kurt? He picked Candles as their duet? HOLY SHIT THEY KISSED!
The news that Darren Criss and the Warblers will be releasing an album of their own was greeted with multiple, ear-piercing squeals.
However there was an inversion for the first confirmed song of the prom episode. Friday.
No doubt quite a few will rejoice when they hear that Finn and Rachel WON'T be going through any more drama. Of course, half of them are genuine shippers and the other half is utterly sick of Finchel drama.
Remember when glee was renewed for two more seasons simultaneously when it first started? It happened again near the end of season four, with a fifth and sixth season confirmed. The fandom was just as pleased as last time.
The news that Netflix bought the rights to adapt A Series of Unfortunate Events into an original series, a full 10 years after the failed attempt to adapt the books into films. On top of that, Daniel Handler himself will be executive producing, and the director will be none other than Barry Sonnenfeld, who has plenty of experience working on darklyfunnycultfavourites.
Pretty much every announcement regarding the Live-Action Adaptation of The Walking Dead has gotten this reaction. First came the news that Frank Darabont, maker of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, two of the greatest films of The '90s, was the executive producer, and was writing and directing the pilot. Then came the fact that Robert Kirkman was directly involved as a part of the creative team, including writing the fourth episode. And then came the trailer and the behind-the-scenes footage, which revealed that AMC is not holding back one bit on the violence.
Many people like to pretend Season 8 of Smallville didn't exist. Season 9 had mixed but better results. So people were a bit skeptical about Season 10....wait...Darkseid is the final Big Bad! The Suicide Squad! The possibility of Lex returning! Well okay I gue...huh...John Schnider AND John Glover are going to have guest roles! OHMY GOD, IS THAT THE SUPER SUIT!?. Yeah, this is gonna be awesome!
No more JJ or Prentiss on Criminal Minds during season six? And they're adding a new agent named Seaver who looks like JJ? Forget it, I'm done with this show...Wait JJ and Prentiss are coming back as regulars for season seven? Seaver was Put on a Bus? YES! YES! YES!
Wait, Whose Line? is being revived in the summer of 2013? Aww, Drew Carey's not gonna be hosting...but Colin, Ryan, and Wayne are guaranteed in every episode? Summer can't come fast enough!
...wait, Laura Hall announced on Reddit that she and Linda Taylor are returning?!
The Australian series Underbelly didn't need to do this as it was already a smash hit, however there was a promo that introduced the characters...was that Tom Croydon?
BRIAN BLESSED is going to be in the new series of QI? On the Christmas episode? SIGN ME UP, PRONTO.
The rotation of guest announcers on Wheel of Fortune following longtime announcer Charlie O'Donnell's death. Almost everyone was pulling for Jim Thornton, since he was the only one who seemed to put any enthusiasm into his work. Finally, at the end of season 28, he was confirmed as the permanent announcer.
From The Colbert Report: The Better Know A District series is coming back with Nancy Pelosi agreeing that, since Stephen Colbert threw his might behind the "Disclose Act", will encourage the Democratic Congresspeople to come on his show for the interviews.
Friends: This Ross and Rachel drama is getting kind of annoying, where's the love gone guys? Wait, is that Monica and Chandler in bed together?!? I've never thought about them before...OH MY GOD THEY'RE PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER!!!
The writer's will probably screw with us again and break them up like Ross and Rachel. What? They're staying together? They're moving in together? They're GETTING MARRIED? True love does exist!
Bear McCreary has more resources to work with, namely a live traditional studio orchestra to match the retro orchestral scores of superhero movies (which in themselves are retro homages to early Hollywood action movies, which in turn are inspired by late Romantic symphonies and tone poems). On Battlestar Galactica and Caprica he was fairly limited to whatever unconventional instruments he could find or play himself, which led to a much more musically unique (for US TV) soundtrack.
Perhaps a remnant of BSG, The Cape's theme opens up with a brief erhu (Chinese bowed instrument used frequently in the score to BSG) passage.
Man, it sucks that no Ultra Series has been officially released aside from the original and Tiga, and the former not to the Tsubaraya's approval and the latter is out of print... Shout Factory is releasing Ultra Seven?! Though Tsubaraya can't license it directly it's not through Chaiyo?! And it's coming out at the end of 2012?! Yay!
Even better, they're gonna be showing re-runs of Boy Meets World to show this new generation "how it all started"!
Two words for the sequel: SHAWN. RETURNS. Twice even, in the 1st season, no less!
Mac Taylor finally has a likeable,serious girlfriend on CSI: NY AND he just told her he loves her onscreen? Yes!
The fandom rejoiced to hear Aiden was making an appearance after being fired, then a collective groan went out when she was Stuffed into the Fridge and only appeared in flashbacks.
Charlie is returning to Supernatural for another episode? HECK YES! Oh, and there's a new time travel episode this season! Those episodes are usually pretty good. Awesome. Wait, a character from the past is going to come to the present? Oh... okay. Wait. What? THEY'RE JOHN WINCHESTER'S PARENTS? YESYESYES!
The Tribe was an awesome show, it's such a shame they cancelled it after the cliffhanger that was Season 5...Wait, there'll be a sequel novel that continues the story? YES! There IS a god of bringing back quirky, obscure shows!
And now, five words: There will be a movie. To elaborate, it will be written by the director of the original series. The special effects in it will be done by the same company that created Lord of the Rings. And they are planning to release it in 2014. That sound you just heard was the collective squeeing of everyone who has ever asked; 'But where the hell did that boat go?' It is happening, people.
The firing of Dan Harmon and the ensuing hiatus had Community fans worried about Season 4. However let the fans rejoice by saying. COMMUNITY IS BACK AND IT'S JUST AS GOOD AS EVER!
Disney Channel pulling a "The '90s Are All That" on Wednesday midnights... We kid you not. Not to mention it was also right timing since it's the channel's 30th Anniversary. (Even though it's one show for a whole hour though, but who cares? It's the nostalgia that's important!)
And the 1st show aired that night? Even Stevens! Cue the big THANK YOU from oldschool Disney Channel viewers and fans.
Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 were thrilled when RiffTrax and Cinematic Titanic were created. Between the two shows, every cast member who ever played a main character during any season of the show is back in business riffing cheesy movies. Some fans still miss the robots.
NHK World's added on AT&T U-verse TV this around February 2014? That's really awesome!!!!
Oh, it's HD only then.
Hannibal is getting a third season! This also gives a lot of reason for Bryan Fuller fans to celebrate, since this marks the first show he's created to receive more than two seasons!
So Community has been cancelled before the #sixseasonsandamovie promise, the fandom is depressed and gloomy... Until YAHOO SCREEN FINANCES A SIXTH SEASON! WITH DAN HARMON! Now all we need is a movie...
But it won't be the same without Donald or Yvette...WAIT IS THAT KEITH DAVID?!!
Well, after the financial failure of Muppets Most Wanted, it looks like the end of Muppets once and for all... Wait! ABC IS DOING A NEW MUPPET SERIES? And the pilot is being written by the producer and the co-creator of The Big Bang Theory''?note not coincidentally, Bill Prady had already worked with the Muppets several times before.
Remember in the first quarter of spring 2015 when ABC was working on a pilot for a mockumentary-style revival of The Muppet Show? Well, not only was it well-received, but as of May it's going to series!!! Expect The Muppets to show up during the 2015-16 TV season.
Now it's officially been confirmed for fall 2015, Tuesdays at 8/7c! And there's a trailer out already! Since then a concrete date for the premiere (September 22) was announced.
The Colbert Report is ending?? What?? You can't take away half of the funniest, sharpest political satire on American television!!! What do you mean the Report is end— wait. It's ending because Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman on The Late Show?? THERE IS A GOD!!!
"Hey, Better Call Saul isn't so bad, I guess. Oh, look, Mike is in it, that's awesome. Uh oh, one of those skaters just hit a car. But whose? It's an old lady's. Hey, who's "Mijo?" Guess she has a son or grandson, or... Holy shit, it's Tuco! Oh my God! I can't believe that Raymond Cruz agreed to come back for the role! This is awesome!
Fans of The Wiz found a reason to rejoice for NBC's live adaptation after learning that Stephanie Mills, who originated the role of Dorothy Gale on Broadwaynote but got shafted from the movie after Diana Ross campaigned for her part..., would do some Remake Cameos as Aunt Em.
Viewers who lamented NBC casting the lead characters of their previous musicals out of Stunt Casting or Nepotism found relief when NBC announced an open casting call for Dorothy Gale - asking for an African-American female performer between the ages of 18 and 27, ensuring that Dorothy's actress would come closer to Mills' age during the original Broadway run (18) than Diana Ross did when she starred in the movie (at age 33).
NBC ended up picking Shanice Williams, a then-19-year old actress with more experience in community theater than TV. This video of her singing "Home" with Stephanie Mills gave some people assurance, even before watching the special, that she would make a great Dorothy.
NBC buoying the rest of the cast with such highly-regarded African-American actors, singers, and actors/singers as David Alan Grier, Queen Latifah, and Uzo Aduba also helped lend the production some credibility.