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In 2000, NBC launched a series about a group of high school outcasts set in 1980 called Freaks and Geeks, and because they scheduled it Saturdays at 8, it was sort of set up to fail after one season. The weird part is that everyone involved in that show would go on to become super successful: creator Paul Feig, executive producer Judd Apatow, and cast members James Franco, Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, Busy Philipps, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, and Martin Starr. Now that’s a Murderer’s Row of talent! So would it be too much to assume that they would ever get back together for a Freaks and Geeks reunion show? (more…)

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Yesterday, HBO announced the return date for the Emmy Award-winning series Game of Thrones (that’s Sunday April 24 in case you missed it). Today, the talk is about the more distant future, life for Thrones beyond season six, and the talk is fairly certain that there’s still a lot of life left in this show. And why wouldn’t there be? It’s one of the most popular shows on television, it’s got a huge fan base, the adulation of TV critics, lots of awards consideration, and on top of it all, its the most pirated show on the internet. For all those reasons, and more, HBO isn’t ready to give up Game of Thrones yet. (more…)

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A great, big shared common universe is something that’s wonderful to take advantage of with all the various characters, plots and details, but it does lead to a particular conundrum: How do you distinguish one project from the other? There’s the rub, and one that Marvel Studios is confronting with their quintet of Netflix shows. We’ve seen Daredevil, and it was excellent, but what will distinguish it from the next series, Jessica Jones, not to mention the three other series that will follow? That was one of the questions put to the people in charge of the show during the Television Critics Association Press Tour. (more…)

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Obviously, Daredevil generated a lot of excitement when it premiered on Netflix earlier this year. Although Marvel Studios‘ other television endeavours haven’t been universally-praised, the Netflix format and distribution structure were definite assets for Daredevil, a bone-crunching, high-stakes, complex crime drama. But can lightening strike twice? Netflix has four more Marvel series to launch, and the next up at plate is Jessica Jones. Expected later this year, Jones can be seen as almost a bigger gamble than Daredevil, but after the success of the Man Without Fear’s series, can the private investigator formally known as Jewel possibly surpass expectations with her own series? Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg is betting on ‘Yes.’ (more…)

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The truth is still out there, and presumably so is interest in seeing a revival of The X-Files. Fox announced that the possibility is out there last weekend at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, to bring back the successful 90s supernatural procedural in some kind of limited form a la 24: Live Another Day, or Heroes Reborn. Easier said than done, right? It all rides on whether or not original X-Files stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson a) have the time to add the project to their schedules and b) have the interest in returning in the first place. Well wouldn’t you know it, at least one-half of that dynamic duo says they’re ready, willing and able to trust no one again. (more…)

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The writers of The Flash certainly had some brass when they decided to incorporate the DC Comics hero Firestorm into the show. Now Firestorm may not make the front bench of the Justice League, and he may not make the Top 100 of the best-selling superheroes of all time, but his super-power is fire and he’s got, easily, one of the most flamboyant costumes in the entire DC Universe. Now we’ve seen what Firestorm (and actor Robbie “cousin of Arrow’s StephenAmell) looks like when the flame is on – so to speak – but one has to wonder how The Flash will re-interpret the costume for TV. Well wonder no more! Behold, Firestorm’s CW-approved, ready for prime time, updated haute couture. Warning, this may not exactly meet you definition of fighting style. (more…)

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Showtime‘s wonderfully macabre Penny Dreadful is returning to TV screens everywhere in April. The show made Nerd Bastards’ list of the Top 10 Nerdy shows of 2014, and if you haven’t seen it, it is well worth catching up on before the second season premiere. Led by Timothy Dalton as adventurer Sir Malcolm Murray and the demon possessed Vanessa Ives played by Eva Green, the first season followed Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), his creature Caliban (Rory Kinnear), the depraved Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), and American gun hand Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) as they faced evil supernatural forces in Victorian England. But what evil awaits them now in season two? Showtime has now given us a trailer. (more…)

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It’s pretty rare for an actor to catch up with a character 25 years after the fact, but it seems like Kyle MacLachlan is game for some more Twin Peaks, and has signed on the dotted line to take part in the 9-part continuation of the series. MacLachlan is the first of the original cast to sign-up for the new season, which will begin shooting sometime later this year, but according to the powers that be, it’s unlikely that he will be the last. MacLachlan was the star of the original Twin Peaks, which ran on ABC for two season in 1991 and 1992, and given where the series left his character, FBI Agent Dale Cooper, I have no idea where this will lead us. But I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange. (more…)

The winter edition of the Television Critics Association Press Tour is currently underway. It’s a chance for TV critics from print, web and TV to get a look at the new year’s offerings from many of the network and cable channels. One of the first ones up on this tour was NBC, a network for whom this truly is both the best of times and the worst of times. It’s the best because NBC finished number one this fall in the 18-49 demographic purely on the back of Sunday Night Football and The Voice, but at least one of those things they won’t have in the spring.

But what they will have, as of February, is the fourth season of Community. Now fans are understandably concerned about their favorite community college-based cast of weirdos and eccentrics having lost creator Dan Harmon in the off season and being barely renewed for a short, 13-episode season that was pushed back from a fall launch date. So it was put to NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, is there any hope for a fifth season of Community?

“We’re absolutely hopeful it will lead to a fifth season,” Greenblatt said (via Deadline). “I’d love nothing more than to see it continue.” As to whether or not fans will notice a big difference in the transfer of power from Harmon to new showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port, he added, ““I think you’ll see relatively the same show that you did before, maybe with a little bit more heart built into it.”

Greenblatt also commented on another Community controversy, the rather loud exit by Chevy Chase late last year. “Actors come and go on a lot of shows and this is a big ensemble,” he said. “I don’t think that’s going to be a big negative about the future of the show.”

As to another NBC show that might have developed a cult following had it made it to series and not been unceremoniously dumped on the air the Friday before Halloween, Greenblatt talked about why his network didn’t pick up Bryan Fuller’s Mockingbird Lane.

“We just decided that it didn’t hold together well enough to yield a series,” explained Greenblatt. “It looked beautiful and original and creative, but it just all ultimately didn’t come together…, it just didn’t ultimately creatively all work.”

Still, the chairman had nothing but love for the cast of the show. “We felt great about [Jerry O’Connell as family patriarch Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, and Charity Wakefield as cousin Marilyn],” he added. “But we tried to make it not just a sitcom. We tried to make it an hour, which ultimately has more dramatic weight than a half-hour. It’s hard to calibrate how much weirdness vs. supernatural vs. family story. I just think we didn’t get the mix right.”

Community is back February 7 at 8 pm EST/PST. Mockingbird Lane will never be back.

Source: Screen Rant