‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot Axed By NBC

Xena reboot

Two years ago, we learned that a Xena: Warrior Princess revival was in the works, which would explore a subtextual relationship between Xena and her companion Gabrielle that was rapidly becoming text in the original series.

In fact, writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach had said last year that he planned to fully explore the relationship between the two female heroes. But a few months after Grillo-Marxuach departed the project, NBC has canned the modern-day update of the Chakram-wielding female warrior.

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Xena reboot

All things ’90s are popular again, and female superheroes are having their moment on TV like never before. In other words, it was just a matter of time before Xena: Warrior Princess returned to the small screen, and today NBC’s planned reboot took one big step closer to becoming a reality.

Lost alum Javier Grillo-Marxuach has just been tapped to write the new series, as well as executive produce with Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi. If all goes well, Xena 2.0 should be smashing her way into our living rooms sometime around 2016. Learn more about the Xena reboot writer after the jump.  Read More »

Ash vs Evil Dead

My most anticipated panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour was the Starz panel for Ash Vs. Evil Dead. Bruce Campbell dominated the panel, both via questions asked of him, and those asked of his costars and collaborators. Wearing a white dinner jacket and what could’ve quite possibly been alligator shoes (from this distance from the stage), Campbell made sure to let the room know he was there as he talked about the bloody show and his long relationship with fans.  Read More »

Xena reboot

Producers Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert hired Lucy Lawless to play Xena in their ’90s TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, which led to her starring role in the original TV series Xena: Warrior Princess. When the pair pulled Lawless into their new show Ash vs Evil Dead, we wondered if a new Xena series might not be far behind. And, yep, here’s news of the early stages of a Xena reboot, with likely involvement from Lawless, Raimi, and Tapert.

Update: Lucy Lawless says this news is “just a rumor,” more below.

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