Temporary TV Characters Who Became PermanentCan you imagine the TV series TheGolden Girls without Sophia? Neither can I. Estelle Getty is one of a long line of actors who nailed their small part so well that they couldn't be dismissed. We are all familiar with the story of Steve Urkel, who was the "wacky neighbor" on the family sitcom Family Matters. Jaleel White made the role so wacky that his character overshadowed the family at the center of the show. But that happens more than we know because those decision are often made behind the scenes, and rarely so obvious to the viewer.
The Gangs of New York to Become a Television SeriesThe 2002 Martin Scorsese film The Gangs of New York is in development to become a streaming series. The proposed series, set in 19th century New York City, will not bring back any of the characters from the original, but will features new stories from the same period. Even without the star power of Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio, the show will be highly anticipated because Scorsese himself is an executive producer and is slated to direct at least the first two episodes.“This time and era of America’s history and heritage is rich with characters and stories that we could not fully explore in a two-hour film,” Scorsese said at the time of that announcement. “A television series allows us the time and creative freedom to bring this colorful world, and all the implications it had and still does on our society, to life.”It won't be Scorsese's first foray into a historical TV series about New York; he also had his hand in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, set in the early 20th century. There is no word on what streaming service will carry the show. Read more about the TV adaptation of The Gangs of New York at Deadline.-via Boing Boing #TV #TheGangsofNewYork #MartinScorse
The First Trailer for Anne Rice's Interview With The VampireAnne Rice's 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire is going to be a TV series! The erotic horror story has been somewhat modernized, moving from 1791 to 1910. The series stars Sam Reid and Jacob Anderson as Lestat de Lioncourt and Louis de Pointe du Lac. The series has been in the works since 2016, when Anne Rice regained the rights to the story from Universal Pictures. She developed the series in collaboration with her son Christopher Rice. AMC acquired the rights in 2020, and named Rolin Jones as showrunner. If the series is successful, there will be years of material to follow from the 13 books in Rice's series known as The Vampire Chronicles. Anne Rice's Interview With The Vampire will premiere October 2 on AMC. -via Metafilter#vampire #InterviewwiththeVampire #TV #AnneRice
Wednesday Gets Her Own SeriesIf any of the characters from The Addams Family can carry a TV series on their own, it would be Wednesday. And so she shall. Netflix unveiled the first teaser for it new series Wednesday starring Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, who earns her stripes as the spookiest young teen on TV. You know Ortega from her roles in the movie Scream and the TV series You. Catherine Zeta-Jones will play her mother Morticia, and Christina Ricci, the original cinematic Wednesday, makes a special appearance. The teaser sets up the premise that Wednesday is such a troublemaker that she is sent off to the boarding school where her parents met. Nevermore Academy is a specialized school that resembles Hogwarts for the homicidally-inclined. The eight-episode limited series is executive-produced by Tim Burton, who directed four of the episodes. We don't have a premiere date for Wednesday, but it will be available in the fall of 2022. #TV #Wednesday #The Addams Family #Netflix #trailer
Digital Recreations of Old TV Game Show SetsPhotographer Steven Rosenow makes digital recreations of old TV game show sets. The Washington-based artist and creator spent a lot of time and effort in making sure he produces an almost complete copy of these sets. Rosenow watches hours of footage, talks to people who worked or appeared on the shows, gets blueprints when possible, and more, to build the digital set in SketchUp and Thea Render. From Jeopardy to Family Feud and more, Rosenow shared that some sets are difficult to render and model. He compares his creative process to a puzzle board, where the challenge is figuring out how to fit the scattered models and create a full set. Image credit: Steven Rosenow#setdesign #3d #modelrendering #3dmodels #Jeopardy #tvgameshows #TV
A Fact-Finding Tour of Gilligan's IslandThe sitcom Gilligan's Island only ran for three seasons in the mid-1960s, yet it is still imprinted on the cultural landscape a half-century later, thanks to its universal humor and endless syndication. The first episode launched in 1964, but the idea was born long before, when a professor at New York University asked his students for a speech about what they would take with them to a deserted island. One of the students in the class was Sherwood Schwartz, who remembered the incident and later created the premise of Gilligan's Island. And you might be surprised by the early casting ideas for the show.As they started casting the roles for the show, they almost created a very different group of castaways. They nearly cast Jerry Van Dyke as Gilligan, Jayne Mansfield as Ginger, Carroll O’Connor as the Skipper, Raquel Welch as Mary Ann, and John Gabriel or Dabney Coleman as the Professor.That would have been a stellar cast, but one would surmise that there wasn't a budget for so many stars. The only cast member with name recognition was Bob Denver, who had just finished working on the series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. There are plenty of other trivia tidbits you might not know about Gilligan's Island that you can read at Groovy History.#GilligansIsland #TV
The Bonanza Theme with LyricsThe TV show Bonanza ran from 1959 to 1973. Its distinctive theme song was always an instrumental on TV, but various versions with lyrics have been recorded. Before the show premiered, a version was sung by cast members Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, and Dan Blocker, but was never used for broadcast. In 1964, Lorne Green wrote his own lyrics and recorded the version above as a B-side for another song. -via Boing Boing​#TV #TVtheme #Bonanza
How Dobie Gillis Gave Us Scooby-DooActor Dwayne Hickman, who played the title character in the sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, passed away Sunday at age 87. The show that made Hickman a household name ran from 1959 to 1963. The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis was the first sitcom that focused on high school students (who later went to college). The Dobie Gillis character was their everyman, who suffered constant romantic setbacks just like the Baby Boomers who watched the show. Besides Dobie, the characters included his best friend Maynard Krebs (Bob Denver) who was a beatnik, the wealthy and popular Milton (Warren Beatty), the pretty but unobtainable Thalia (Tuesday Weld), and Zelda, the brainy short girl that Dobie should have paid more attention to (Sheila James). Do those high school types remind you of anyone? In 1969, Hanna-Barbara gave us a quartet of teenagers named Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy -plus Shaggy's dog named Scooby-Doo- in the show Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! The stereotypes are all there, although Fred was more of a straight man than a relatable loser like Dobie. While Scooby-Doo was aimed at Gen X, their Baby Boomer parents saw the resemblance, which began the rumor that Scooby-Doo was an animated remake of Dobie Gillis with mysteries and a dog thrown in.
8 Very Weird TV Series FinalesWhen a TV series is canceled, the act can give the writing staff, actors, and crew permission to throw caution to the wind. They often use the final episode to do things they were too timid to attempt before, or maybe even shoot for the moon by doing something so different they would otherwise be fired over it. We're talking about plots that went way past revealing it was all a dream, which was done for Newhart (which was clever) and for St. Elsewhere (which was not). Having a weird finale is even weirder when it's not on purpose. Family Matters and ALF made the list even though the final episode was completed before they found out about their cancellation. Revisit how eight different TV series went out with a bang, even when they didn't mean to, at Mental Floss.Oh yeah, relive those moments with video evidence.#TV #finale #seriesfinale
Unique Signatures that Identify FilmmakersRarely would someone say, "If you've seen one Coen Brothers movie, you've seen them all." If someone ever says that to you, you'll need to stage a Coen Brothers film festival to set them straight. However, there are habits and tricks that successful directors use over and over, because they work. And sooner or later, they become a recognizable feature of their films. That said, there are quite a few more ways to identify a Coen Brothers movie than just the camera angles.
The 50 Fall TV Shows You Should Be Excited AboutSeptember is here! That means students are headed back to college, everything is labeled "pumpkin spice," and the new TV season is about to start. There are hundreds of shows ready to kick off the new season in the next 90 days, more than the average person has the time or energy to explore, so Kevin Fallon at Den of Geek researched them and whittled the list down to make it easier for you. On the one hand, let’s thank the television industry for the public service of keeping us all inside until this pandemic gets under control. On the other hand, TV makers could slow the hell down with all this.All that said, here are 50 new and returning series premiering this fall. I’ve seen a bunch of them and they’re great! Some of them are things that have intriguing talent involved. A few are based on really good source material that I’m curious to see translated to screen. And others just seemed absolutely hilarious when I read what they were about and so I included them for the mess of it all.​They include both new and returning series on network TV, cable channels, premium channels, and streaming services, organized by premiere date so that you won't miss anything, and aren't completely overwhelmed with choices. You might want to bookmark the list at Den of Geek. ​#TV #television #TVpremiere
This Adidas x The Simpsons Collaboration Featuring Ned Flanders is Inspired by the Show’s Season 3 EpisodeEveryone’s favorite god-fearing and unfailingly friendly neighbor from The Simpsons is teaming up with Adidas to release a sneaker collaboration. The Ned Flanders-themed sneaker is set to release in October and is inspired by the show’s season three episode, widely considered one of the show’s best, where Flanders opens up ‘The Leftorium’, a shop dedicated to all the left-handed Springfield residents. The collab, fortunately, includes both the left and right shoe. In this episode, titled “When Flanders Failed,” a wishbone breaks in favor of Homer who wishes to see the failure of Flanders’ business. The wish comes true and the Flanders are forced to vacate their home and live in their car. Feeling guilty, Homer then urges Springfield’s left-handed residents to patronize The Leftorium, and the rest is history. The silhouette for the occasion is the McCarten, a humble low-top named after renowned collector Bobby McCarten. It’s decorated in brown and olive suede with pink lining as a nod to Flanders’ outfit of brown loafers, green sweater, and a pink shirt underneath. You won’t find any details culled from The Leftorium on the shoe itself, but the box it comes in features an image of Flanders holding a “Left Handers Rule!” sign in front of his store. The subtle details tying the sneaker to Ned Flanders make it so that only a few people will get the reference—an “if you know you know” type of thing. This allows it to be quirky while still being fashionable and tasteful. Fans will be able to rock these sneakers on October 3, the episode’s 20th anniversary, for a reasonable price of $120.Image: Adidas#thesimpsons #nedflanders #adidas #collaboration #sneakers #style #fashion #tv