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'Being Human' Series Premiere Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 18th 2011 12:15PM
being human syfy pilot['Being Human' – 'There Goes the Neighborhood']

Syfy's new spin on 'Being Human' isn't straying too far from the original cult BBC series ... yet. The setup -- a vampire and a werewolf share an apartment with a ghost -- hasn't changed, and, like the original show, the new version follows the three supernatural twentysomethings as they attempt to live "normal" human lives.

Several scenes of this new pilot played like they were carried over from the the UK version's first episode, but with new actors taking on the lead roles. But that won't be the case for future outings; word is that 'Bieng Human' U.S. will start to stray from the events of the original series later this season.

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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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MTV's 'Skins' Preview: Creator Talks Remaking the British Teen Drama

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Nov 2nd 2010 4:30PM
Skins MTVFans of the edgy British teen drama 'Skins,' which airs in the U.S. on BBC America and is also available on DVD, probably already know that the hit series is being adapted for American audiences by MTV and producer/creator Bryan Elsley.

But what even smug "original fans" may not know is that, like the U.S. version of 'The Office,' the U.S. edition of 'Skins' will not feature one-for-one copies of the U.K. show's cast or story lines.

We spoke to Elsley about what current devotees of 'Skins' should know before the MTV version premieres in 2011.

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Casting the 'Charlie's Angels' Reboot

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 28th 2010 3:55PM
Charlie's AngelsABC is moving forward with its 'Charlie's Angels' reboot after more than a year of development. According to Deadline Hollywood, the project has a script from 'Smallville' masterminds Al Gough and Miles Millar and will likely start filming in January.

Gough, Millar, Leonard Goldberg, executive producer of the original series, Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen are all executive producing the pilot.

It's full steam ahead, but there's just one problem -- Charlie has no Angels. Well, there is no Charlie either. We'd like to fix that.

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6 Lamest Remakes of Great TV Shows

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 21st 2010 2:45PM
Ed O'Neill and Ethan Embrey on 'Dragnet'When networks get desperate for ratings, they look to one place -- the past. What worked before has to work again, right?

So, it's no surprise that the networks, both broadcast and cable, keep digging up TV's graveyard to reanimate undead shows and turn them into unholy creations that will eventually turn on their masters. One or two might break through the pack and become a menial hit, but the rest are doomed to become worm food once again.

All you have to do is look back at TV's extremely checkered past of "re-imagined" classics to know that trying to cash in on kitschy nostalgia can stick you with a whole lotta nothing.

These six attempts to bring back the dead, however, are below the bottom of the barrel, the lower of the lowest of the low, the best of the worst. That means they will never have a chance of being remade EVER AGAIN. (We can only hope.)

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Gear Up for the First U.S. 'Top Gear' Trailer, Gearheads

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 12th 2010 3:30PM
Adam Ferrara on the Every fan of BBC's insanely popular and perfect 'Top Gear' knows that the reason it's the most successful car show is because it's not about cars.

Audiences couldn't care less about whether or not Jeremy Clarkson quoted the correct engine displacement for the McLaren F1 or if a Koeningsegg CCR can go from 0 to 100 mph in 8 seconds (it's 7.9, actually). What makes the show so great and entertaining is that it's really about fun. It isn't, as Jezza once said, what you drive, but how you drive it.

The History Channel is giving America a 'Top Gear' of its own, starring Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood, and the first trailer for the U.S. version hit the web earlier this week. Check out the trailer and a brief gut reaction after the jump.

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Five Cop Shows That Should Never Be Remade

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 2nd 2010 6:24PM
Sgt. Esterhaus on 'Hill Street Blues'It's pilot time again and this season the networks have decided to turn back the clock, specifically on old cop and crime shows, to save their sinking ratings.

For instance, NBC is bringing back the mystery series 'The Rockford Files' with Dermot Mulroney in the role that James Garner turned into a classic TV crime fighter. CBS has also ordered a remake of the procedural cop classic 'Hawaii Five-O' with Scott Caan and Jean Smart.

Normally, my gut reacts to a TV remake the same way a person who just washed his car reacts to a line of dark clouds (a lot of cursing and shaking of fists at God or some other celestial being). However, if done right, anything has the chance to be good... unless it's one of the following cop serials, which should never be touched by a TV producer ever again.

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Jim Caviezel Talks About 'The Prisoner,' Blackberries and Basketball

by Gary Susman, posted Nov 13th 2009 2:00PM
Jim Caviezel in The Prisoner on AMCJim Caviezel is a lot more of a philosopher than most actors. It's that rigorous, philosophical bent that made him ideal to play both Jesus in 'The Passion of the Christ' and the trapped cipher Six in AMC's new remake of 'The Prisoner.'

In the update of the 1967 cult-fave series, Caviezel stars as a man who finds himself trapped in a mysterious village, stripped of his freedom and name. Throughout the six-part miniseries, which debuts Sun., Nov. 15 at 8PM ET, he's fighting to understand his predicament, and to escape, but is repeatedly thwarted by village elder Two ('Lord of the Rings' and 'X-Men' vet Ian McKellen).

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Hang Onto Your Stetsons -- 'Dallas' Remake Is In the Works

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Oct 8th 2009 4:46PM
Larry Hagman in DallasFor years now, rumors have floated about a film adaptation of the hit '80s series 'Dallas.' But with nothing concrete taking shape lately, we could be in for a reboot on the small screen instead. According to the New York Times, TNT has ordered a 'Dallas' pilot that the network is making a high priority.

The show would follow in the footsteps of the CW's '90210' and 'Melrose Place' remakes, where new characters are introduced in a next wave style of storytelling. In this updated version of 'Dallas,' we would follow John Ross Ewing, the son of J.R. and Sue Ellen.

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The CW has remade 90210 and Melrose Place. Next up: Seinfeld!

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 11th 2009 2:27PM
What if The CW did a new version of Seinfeld the way they've made new, updated versions of Melrose Place and Bevery Hills, 90210? Well, for one thing, there would be a black guy in it! Here's the video from Funny or Die.

As a bonus, we get a sneak peek at another CW remake, ER.


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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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What does the V remake have in common with Firefly?

by Mike Moody, posted May 5th 2009 6:00PM
alan tudyk foxA lot, surprisingly. Unfortunately, ABC's V remake won't take place in a universe packed with space cowboys who curse in Chinese, but it will star two Firefly alums, Alan Tudyk (Wash) and Morena Baccarin (Inara). Plus, the V pilot will feature digital effects by Zoic, the effects house that worked on Firefly.

Like most Whedon fans, I think the best things about Firefly were the characters, the dialogue, and the inventive stories. But the digital effects were just as amazing, especially for TV. They might not have been blockbuster movie good, but the ships and space chases always looked elegant and really specific to the show's quirky style and themes. That's what good visual effects are all about. Lets hope Zoic can create the same kind of magic for V, which is awaiting pickup by ABC.

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Original Bionic Woman creator worried about remake

by Bob Sassone, posted May 21st 2007 3:26PM

The Bionic Woman

When someone remakes a TV show or a movie, they often go more serious or darker. Is it because producers and directors feel they have to go "serious" to justify a remake? Do we live in more cynical times? Do the producers feel that they can't make a quality show that also happens to be light?

Kenneth Johnson, the creator of the original Bionic Woman series in the '70s (a spinoff of The Six Million Dollar Man), tells the L.A. Times that he's worried about the remake. I guess I would, too, if an NBC exec called my show "kind of cheesy." Although Johnson has been impressed with the work of producer David Eick on Battlestar Galactica, he's not so sure they're doing the right thing with the remake of his show.

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A peek at Offices in Germany and France

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 21st 2006 4:09PM
Scene from StrombergIf you just can't wait until tonight's season premiere of The Office, Slate has a little something to whet your appetite: clips from The Office. Well, more specifically, they have clips from Le Bureau and Stromberg, the French and German versions, respectively, of the original British classic.

The article, written by Liesl Schillinger, examines the reasons why the remakes -- including the American version -- were done, paralleling how each fictitional office is portrayed with how each country views their respective 9-to-5 grinds. For instance, the "Tim and Dawn" equivalent in Germany are even better looking than the American "Jim and Pam," and are already fooling around under the desk. And, the British and French Offices emphasize that life isn't all about work, while the American version reflect our nation's desire to revolve our lives around the workplace, even if we don't actually do much productive work. Not a bad read for a lazy Thursday afternoon at work.

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The Five: Shows that should never be on the big screen

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 22nd 2006 3:06PM
Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van DykeToday's news that Will Smith will play the Robert Wagner role in a remake of It Takes A Thief got me thinking: what shows should they never, never, ever, ever update and bring to the big screen? I'm tempted to say "most TV shows," but I'm talking about the five that they should never touch. Here's my list:

1. The Dick Van Dyke Show: Can you imagine this show on the big screen? How would they recreate the rhythm and pace of the show, the ensemble chemistry, the writing? If anyone even attempted to redo this show on the big screen, they should be dragged to the California border and banned from the state forever.

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