The big story everywhere is that Donald Glover revealed he wasn’t actually “too busy” to do Deadpool, despite what the network might have said yesterday, and that he released 15 pages of a mock script on Twitter that suggests the real reason the project was canceled. One quote: “You know, I’m not mad at this whole canceled thing. I actually think it’s a good thing. I mean, is it even a good time to have a violent, gun-loving white man ranting on TV? Other than THE PRESIDENT.”
This is an interesting piece criticizing the recent reboot craze as being too white. I would argue that a remarkable number of the reboots have deliberately chosen to give an originally all-white cast a much more diverse reimagining (One Day at a Time; S.W.A.T., Dynasty, Roseanne, the upcoming Party of Five, Roswell, Charmed, Greatest American Hero, Get Christie Love and Star Trek: Discovery, just to name some), while this article focuses on Will & Grace, Twin Peaks, The X-Files, Fuller House and … again, Roseanne, to make their point. The author is correct to point out that the majority of shows that are being brought back overwhelmingly were originally white series, as opposed to shows like Martin or Living Single, (although there is some talk of doing a Fresh Prince reboot, and some hints that Martin and Living Single might also be revisited). But playing devil’s advocate here: maybe the reboot trend is made up of predominately white shows because they are rebooting shows from a time when most shows were predominately white? Shows with all black casts like Martin and Living Single were the outliers, not the norm — and it’s unlikely they are going to be rebooting the most successful black series from that era thanks to someone named “Bill Cosby.” But it’s certainly worth thinking about and hopefully, the reboot trend will bring back some more originally diverse programming.
There’s at least one intelligent soul who doesn’t see the allure of this reboot trend. That said, give him another ten years.
Here’s the Dawson’s Creek reunion we were promised. While there is no reboot with the original cast planned, Williamson is open to a “reimagining” by someone else.
Here’s the newest The Handmaid’s Tale trailer. It’s intense:
I am one of the few people who watches both of these shows, and I agree: mind blown.
Hide your dancers, Abby Lee Miller is out of prison.
Congratulations to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actress Terry Farrell and Leonard Nimoy’s son, Adam, for a marriage that is not sorta weird at all.
Morgan Spurlock is being sued by Turner for leaving the projects he had been working on with them after outing himself as being a harasser.
NBC fired affiliate-marketing chief Scot Chastain following a misconduct investigation.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences concluded their investigation of President John Bailey and cleared him of misconduct allegations.
Outlander claims it plans to deal with all its rapeyness in a respectful manner in season four but this is me rolling my eyeballs.
The UK’s Channel 5 did its own gender pay gap study and the results were interesting: women earned 2.85% more than men, but men took home 21.3% more in bonuses.
- Timeless is running out of time.
- For the People is not doing well at ABC in its Tuesday night time slot. But Roseanne premiered to strong numbers last night.
- CBS is unlikely to suddenly cancel Criminal Minds. It will give the aging series the courtesy of a proper announcement about a “final season.”
- The Cancel Bear is very confused by LA to Vegas.
Big day for action series:
- Locke & Key has been abandoned, again. This time by Hulu. It is now being shopped to other streaming services.
- GOOD LORD: Amazon is thinking about spending $1 BILLION on The Three-Body Problem. So, they’ve gotten a hold of that whole “spending WAY TOO MUCH on TV” thing.
- Alex Gibney is working on a TV documentary about Tiger Woods.
- Ashley Tisdale is going to co-star in Pandas in New York, a CBS comedy pilot.
- Allison Tolman will join Good Girls.
- Douglas Smith is joining Big Little Lies.
- Meredith Vieira will host PBS’s The Great Read.
- Allison Sweeney is going to star in the Hallmark movie series, The Chronicle Mysteries.
- Patrick Renna is joining the cast of GLOW.
- Karan Oberoi will be in the reboot of Roswell.
- KJ Smith and Brent Sexton have been added to the cast of The CW’s Skinny Dip.
- Max Jenkins has joined the ABC comedy pilot Most Likely To.
- Eme Ikwuakor is joining Counterpart.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2018 will air on CBS on April 23.
- Conan Without Borders: Italy will air on April 11 on TBS.
- Humans returns on AMC on June 5.
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death will premiere on The History Channel on April 17.
Heather Vincent Holley, ABC News Producer
The Americans: 1987 — the beginning of the final season. 9 p.m., FX
Alex, Inc.: Zach Braff starts a podcast, I think. Season premiere. 7:30 p.m., ABC
Empire: Cookie uses her prison know-how to save Lucius in the mid-season premiere. 7 p.m., Fox
Star: Carlotta is devastated after the fatal fire. Mid-season premiere. 8 p.m., Fox
Suits: Season premiere. 8 p.m., USA
Andrew Lloyd Weber: Tribute to a Superstar: The legendary composer is celebrated on his 70th birthday. 9 p.m., NBC
Full Frontal: In a special hour-long episode, Samantha travels to Puerto Rico. 9 p.m., TBS
The Trixie & Katya Show: Season finale. 9:30 p.m., Viceland
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