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Are You Excited About the 'Wild, Wild West' Remake?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 11th 2010 5:20PM
The Wild, Wild WestThe people who create remakes of classic TV shows seem to like them more than TV viewers. Sure, once in a while we get a hit like the new 'Hawaii Five-0,' but the success of that show is probably less about the quality and more about how it fits into the CBS formula and its time slot.

The 'Battlestar Galactica' reboot was successful because they completely re-imagined the series -- and let's face it, the original wasn't that hot to begin with. 'The Bionic Woman' redo died a quick and painful death.

Now comes word that 'Battlestar Galactica' producer Ron Moore is going to do a new version of 'The Wild, Wild West' for CBS. This both thrills and terrifies me to my very core.

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CBS to Remake 'Wild Wild West,' Lil Jon Remixes 'Sesame Street' Theme and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 10th 2010 6:30PM
Ron Moore'Battlestar Galactica' mastermind Ronald D. Moore is heading west with CBS. The writer is teaming with Naren Shankar to remake 'The Wild Wild West.'

According to Deadline Hollywood, Shankar and Moore will write and executive produce the remake. The remake will follow two Secret Service Agents as investigate crimes in a post-Civil War America.

CBS struck ratings gold with a remake of 'Hawaii Five-0' and looks to be trying to do the same with 'Wild Wild West.'

In other TV news ...

'American Idol' runner-up Crystal Bowersox will release her new album Dec. 14. 'Farmer's Daughter' will feature 12 tracks including a cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth." [E! Online]

'Glee' might not do a tribute episode in its post-Super Bowl slot. After mediocre reviews to its last themed episodes, producers are reportedly mulling over doing a normal episode with songs from various artists. [Movieline]

'Celebrity Apprentice' contestant and rapper Lil Jon has put his unique stamp on the iconic 'Sesame Street' theme. Warning, it's pretty profane, but still enjoyable. Thanks to Vulture for the find. Check it out below.

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Happy Techie Day! Our 10 Favorite Techies

by Sharon Knolle, posted Oct 3rd 2010 11:00AM
Chuck - Buy MoreHappy Techie Day!

In celebration of the day (sadly, it's not a national holiday), we drew up a list of some of our favorite hackers, forensics specialists, mad scientists, and gadget-wielding experts. They have all, in their own heroically geeky way, saved the day from serial killers, demons, vampires, global conspiracies, rogue spies or just boring old computer meltdowns.

Read on for our list of the smartest, savviest (and occasionally ass-kicking) techies to ever grace the airwaves. Don't see your favorite techie listed? Tell us your own!

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Chuck producer hoping to bring back the western, with a sci-fi twist

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 9th 2009 2:01PM
Planet of the ApesI know what you're thinking. Joss Whedon already did that with Firefly. But you see, Firefly was quite different than the western Chuck producer Scott Rosenbaum is developing. See, Firefly was a space-based science fiction with western elements. This project is a western with sci-fi elements.

I know what you're thinking. Michael Garrison already did that with The Wild Wild West. But you see-- I'm not going to do all that again. Actually, the description leaves things a little vague, so I've taken the liberty of filling in the blanks with only my sleep-deprived mind and a healthy dosage of Diet Dr. Pepper to guide me.

Rosenbaum's official descriptions include "a gunslinger caught between worlds" and a nod to Planet of the Apes. Post-apocalyptic? They're adapting Stephen Kings' The Dark Tower?! Hardly. I do suspect a future time when we've reverted back to the trappings of the Old West. Either that, or a parallel world. I don't really care, I've been itching for a good western since Deadwood had to go.

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Best '60s TV Shows

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 24th 2009 4:00PM
Best Shows of the '60s Andy GriffithIn AOL TV's continuing countdown of the best TV shows of each decade, we travel back in time to the 1960s, when viewers were entertained by wacky sitcoms like 'Green Acres,' 'Bewitched' and 'The Addams Family,' a proliferation of Westerns that featured future superstars like Clint Eastwood and Michael Landon, variety shows like 'Laugh-In' and 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour' and James Bond-inspired spy shows like 'The Saint' and 'I Spy.'

Viewers were also into grittier fare like realistic cop dramas ('Ironside,' 'Adam-12') and war action series ('12 O'Clock High,' 'Combat!'), though there was plenty of classic sitcom fun on the airwaves, too, from 'The Andy Griffith Show' and 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' to 'Get Smart' and 'My Three Sons.'

Take a look at our picks of the decade's best and let us know if we got it right. -- By Kimberly Potts

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 17th 2008 6:01PM

Bionic Woman DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood - Season 1
  • Battlestar Galactica - Season 3
  • Bionic Woman (new) - Vol. 1
  • Bozo's Big Top - Best of Bozo: Vol. 1
  • Dennis The Menace - Trouble Trouble Everywhere
  • Greek - Chapter 1
  • Justice League - New Frontier: Special Edition
  • Married...With Children - Season 8
  • McHale's Navy - Season 3
  • The Pebbles and Bamm Bamm Show - Complete Series
  • A Pup Named Scooby-Doo - Season 1
  • The Real McCoys - Best Of: Vol. 1
  • Route 66 - Super Series Vol. 1
  • Steve Canyon - Special Edition
  • The Untouchables - Season 2, Vol. 1
  • The Wild, Wild West - Season 4

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 19th 2007 6:02PM

Love American StyleHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow:

  • The Batman - Season 4
  • Bozo's Big Top - Collection 2
  • BraveStarr - Vol. 1
  • CSI - Season 7
  • The Care Bears - 25 Years of Caring
  • Chappelle's Show - Series Collection
  • Charles in Charge - Season 2
  • The Doris Day Show - Season 5 and Doris Day Today
  • Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist - Complete Series
  • Inside the Actor's Studio - Johnny Depp
  • Little Britain - Abroad and Complete Collection
  • Love, American Style - Season 1, Vol. 1
  • Man with a Camera - Complete Collection
  • Mission: Impossible - Season 3
  • The Naked Brothers Band - Battle of the Bands
  • Queer As Folk - Complete Series
  • Star Trek - Season 1 HD
  • Tales of Tomorrow - Vol. 3
  • Teen Titans - Season 4
  • The Tudors - Season 1 (Canada)
  • The Wild, Wild West - Season 3

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The ten worst movies based on TV shows

by Paul Goebel, posted Mar 29th 2007 10:01AM

John Steed & Emma PeelWelcome to TV Squad Lists (formerly 'The Five'), a feature where each blogger has a chance to list his or her own rundown of things in television that stand out from the rest, both good and bad.

A couple of other bloggers have made lists concerning movies that have been made into TV shows and vice versa. There's The Top 10 Movies Based on TV Shows, The Top 5 Shows That are Better than the Movie, Four Small Screen to Big Screen Flops and AOL's own list. Here is my effort. Enjoy.

1. The Avengers: I tried to sit through this move twice and couldn't do it either time. If anyone can explain the plot to me, they can have my job. This movie is the exact opposite of the TV show. Boring, unoriginal, ignorant and unpleasant to watch.

2. Lost in Space: After the cameos by the surviving original cast members, stop watching. Since when is Dr. smith a psycho? I know Heather Graham is hot, but why is Don West more interested in getting laid than getting home? And what is up with the stupid CGI alien? I'd rather see a monkey with Spock ears.

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