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ABC Orders 'Charlie's Angels' Pilot With Robert Wagner as Charlie

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 13th 2011 4:00PM
Charlie's AngelsA 'Charlie's Angels' remake is a go -- sort of. ABC has officially ordered 'Charlie's Angels' to pilot.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the new series from 'Smallville' writer-producers Miles Millar and Al Gough will be set in Miami. 'Gossip Girl' veteran Mark Piznarski is being courted to direct.

Robert Wagner of 'Hart to Hart' and 'Austin Powers' fame is in talks to voice the unseen Charlie. According to Vulture, the 81-year-old actor had a deal with the late Aaron Spelling and received a stake in the 'Charlie's Angels' franchise, so him taking part in the new series seems to be part of the deal.

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'We Are the World' Remake For Haiti Premieres on NBC Tonight

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 12th 2010 3:03PM
we_are_the_world_25_haiti_logoWhen the original 'We Are the World' was created 25 years ago, the music video of the final performance was put together in record time. Over a month of work went into the production. For the remake of the song, which brought together the likes of Pink, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, the Black Eyed Peas, Tony Bennett, Jeff Bridges, Bono, Justin Beiber... and more, the video, which was filmed in 3-D, was completed in about a week. Tonight, 'We Are the World 25' will have its world premiere at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on NBC during the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

This isn't just an entertainment we'll be seeing, although it's going to be something to watch how 80 stars were crammed together into a cohesive, musical chorus as spectacular as the original 'We Are the World' 25 years ago. No, this is also a call for donations because there is still a lot of work to be done in Haiti.

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Is CBS about to give Alex O'Loughlin another show?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 18th 2010 4:00PM
Alex O'LoughlinWe told you a while back about a new version of Hawaii Five-0 that CBS had in the works. Now it looks like they might have their leading man: a vampire doctor!

Alex O'Loughlin, to be exact, who starred in two flops on CBS recently, the vampire drama Moonlight and the medical drama Three Rivers. The network seems to love the guy and they want to give him another show to star in, and that show might be the remake of the Hawaii-based cop show. Sources will only say that "talks are ongoing."

What do you think of this casting? Whoever they get for the show, I only have one request: please keep the original theme song.

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CBS Greenlights 'Hawaii Five-O' Remake

by Daniel Frankel, posted Jan 17th 2010 2:29PM
CBS has officially booked a remake of 'Hawaii Five-O.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network has greenlit an updated version of the crime procedural, which originally ran on the Eye network from 1968-1980.

Writers Alex Kurtzman (credits include both 'Transformers' movies, as well as Fox's 'Fringe') and Roberto Orci ('Eagle Eye,' 'The Proposal,' 'Fringe') will team with 'CSI: NY' executive producer Peter Lenkov to pen the script.

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They're remaking Upstairs Downstairs

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 13th 2009 7:26AM
upstairs_downstairs_PBSBefore Dallas and Dynasty and Falcon Crest and Knots Landings captured the imaginations of American viewers, there was a British soap import that was even more compelling.

From 1971-75, PBS aired the British upper crust soap Upstairs Downstairs. And now Upstairs Downstairs is going to be remade. It'll be filmed and shown in England first before coming to America in 2011.

What made Upstairs Downstairs classic television – it won Emmys, BAFTAs and Golden Globes – was the way it depicted of the British class system. Upstairs you had the rich, privileged Bellamy family. Downstairs there were the servants who worked for them. The lives of all these characters intertwined in a well-written, brilliantly acted drama series.

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No Rocky Horror remake. Not yet, anyway

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 2nd 2009 11:03AM
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Last year, all the citizens of Transsexual, Transylvania felt a collective disturbance in their fandom force. MTV had announced that they were going to do a remake of the classic cult film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Not only would this be completely unnecessary, but it actually kind of hurt every Rocky fan's soul to hear it. Rocky Horror needs no remake because it never becomes dated. It's so far removed from, well, everything ever, it still holds up perfectly, happily doing the Time Warp again and again in its own little universe.

Well, maybe MTV got lazy or maybe they got freaked out about the insane amount of Internet sad-chatter against the idea of the new version, but MTV's Rocky Horror remake is on hold. Rejoice and prod a gold underwear-clad Adonis with a standing candelabra.

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NBC is bringing back The Rockford Files

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 30th 2009 1:29PM
The Rockford FilesThe Rockford Files was one of my favorite shows as a kid. When I got my first car I even looked around for one just like his. So this news that NBC is doing a remake of the show has me both excited and scared. Why try to redo one of the classic private eye shows of all-time?

Maybe because it is one of the classic private eye shows of all-time. House creator David Shore is writing a new, updated version of the show, and if there's one thing that makes me feel better about it is the fact that Shore hates updating shows like this but made an exception because it's one of his favorite shows, too.

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The Prisoner will be free to appear at Comic-Con

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 7th 2009 10:03AM
Patrick McGoogan starred in the original The Prisoner -- soon to be remade on AMC.He is not a number. He is a free man -- and he's coming to Comic-Con.

The stars of AMC's mini-series remake of The Prisoner are headed to San Diego's mega-convention. The new Number Six, Jim Caviezel, will join Jamie Campbell-Bower (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) and Lennie James (Jericho) for a panel and preview of the six-part series.

The Prisoner tells the story of a retired spy who finds himself abducted and spirited away to a mysterious Village where nameless authority figures struggle to break his mind and spirit while he battles to escape. The show is known for its moral and existential themes as much as its sharp writing and distinctive art design.

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The original V aliens ate rodents

by Bob Sassone, posted May 22nd 2009 11:30AM
John has already told you about the V remake that will air on ABC next season, and that got me thinking about the original 80s version. I clearly remember one scene where head baddie Diana (Jane Badler) chowed down. Here's the clip. I really hope they redo this scene in the new version.

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NBC gives Knight Rider a full order

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 21st 2008 12:01PM
KROkay, the other day I applauded Fox for giving Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles a pick up for the remainder of the 2008-2009 season. Even though the critics have been expecting more from the sci-fi series, Fox chose to stick with the show and give it a chance to evolve. Good for them!

That said, the news today that NBC has given Knight Rider a full season order leaves me cold. That's an order for nine more episodes, and it strikes me as throwing good money after bad. Knight Rider has been struggling in the ratings and generally dissed by the critics. It hasn't earned a pick up to be perfectly frank.

So why would NBC give this remake of the 1980's action drama a vote of confidence? Well, it could be that it's considered one of NBC programming chief Ben Silverman's pet projects.

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MTV plans remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 15th 2008 12:01PM
Tim Curry Rocky HorrorGenerally speaking, I'm not an anti-remake person. There are times when a remake is perfectly acceptable and oftentimes can improve upon the best of the original, like Battlestar Galactica, for instance. However -- you knew that was coming, didn't you? -- this remake just sounds like a disaster in the making. MTV is going to turn The Rocky Horror Picture Show into a TV movie. They will take the 1975 cult classic sci-fi, horror musical spoof and give it a 2008 spin.

Oh, please! You cannot strike lightning twice. Rocky Horror was a phenomenon. It was a cult classic because the people who found and supported the movie in all those midnight movie showings felt like they were part of a "with it" crowd. It was like we had all found a diamond in the rough, a film that Hollywood just didn't get. How can MTV possibly think they'll recapture that zeitgeist in a TV movie?

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Ali Lohan to ruin the career that never was

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 21st 2008 1:07PM
Dina and Ali Lohan Ali Lohan of E!'s Living Lohan wants to destroy her nonexistent career by starring in the remake of the 1986 movie Troll (the original starred Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Sonny Bono). "How fitting that she already kinda looks like one? Yeah yeah, we're more evil than the creatures she'll fight in the flick, we know," Kate Spencer of VH1.com jokes.

Apparently the director of Troll is already gushing about her acting abilities, "The camera loves her. She's a really good actress...I am personally going to fight for her." Ali has auditioned to play the role of Eunice St. Clair who aids a boy named Harry Potter, Jr. (no relation) fight an evil troll. I know, it just gets weirder and weirder. D-List jests that one of the Olsen twins should be cast as the evil troll.

I hope we get to see Ali's audition, rehearsals, shoots, and any other drama that could involve Long Island's resident troll, Dina Lohan, acting like a crazed stage mother.

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Sci-fi remake picks up a Mad Man man

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 21st 2007 11:02AM

Jon HammWhen I first heard they were going to remake The Day The Earth Stood Still, I think I literally shivered. It's one of my favorite films (I even named a magazine after one of the characters from the 1951 classic), and the thought of it being updated for 2008 really made me grind my teeth. I can picture it now: this one will have a wise-cracking hero, the young boy will have a dog, and Klaatu will destroy whole cities before he tells the world they have to reach peace.

And Keanu Reeves is playing Klaatu. Yikes.

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Smallville actor signs on for Teen Wolf remake

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 31st 2007 12:01PM

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Note that other sites have categorized this as merely a rumor since I first posted this. Update at end of post.

Like most people who wish for dumb things, I've been patiently waiting for someone to remake the 1985 Michael J. Fox movie Teen Wolf, or to at least film my script that re-imagines Beowulf with Scott Baio in the lead role (I call it BaioWolf). Yes, I know Beowulf has nothing to do with werewolves, but in BaioWolf, everyone is a werewolf, something I believe the original epic poem lacked.

Well, apparently it's happening, and Smallville's Tom Welling has signed on for the Teen Wolf remake, but not as the titular werewolf. In this remake, the werewolf will be female. No word yet on who will play the lead, and apparently the filmmakers are still scouting locations.

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Top Design sounds very familiar - TCA Report

by Kevin Kelly, posted Jan 12th 2007 1:30PM
paint bucketAlthough Todd Oldham said, at the TCA panel for Bravo's Top Design this morning, "Copying is boring, but reinventing is quite interesting" ... which really doesn't explain why we have another reality show about home makeovers, ack! It's invasion of the paintbrush wielding contestants this time, with no end in sight.

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