Colbert Saved by the Bell

While we’re all sitting around daydreaming about an alternate reality in which the coronavirus doesn’t exist, it may be interesting to mix it up for a second and try to envision a world in which Samuel “Screech” Powers – the scrawny, Lisa Turtle-obsessed goofball on Saved by the Bell – was played by late night talk show host and comedian Stephen Colbert instead of actor Dustin Diamond. Colbert says he auditioned for the role of Screech in the 1980s and was rejected for a pretty humorous reason. Watch him tell the story below. Read More »

‘Survivor’ Production Delayed Due to Coronavirus

Survivor production delayed

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to claim victims across the world, COVID-19 is affecting not just film productions, release dates, festivals, and in-studio television audiences, but reality TV shows as well. Even Survivor, one of the genre’s most popular entries, is not immune. A new report says production on the next two seasons has been delayed, with host and executive producer Jeff Probst writing a letter to the crew to inform them about the delays. Read the letter below.
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Silence of the Lambs Sequel Series

After NBC gave us a series focused squarely on The Silence of the Lambs serial killer Hannibal Lecter, CBS is looking to follow the classic movie with a sequel series called Clarice, focusing on Jodie Foster’s character of FBI agent Clarice Starling one year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs. However, the series doesn’t have any connection to the NBC series Hannibal. Read More »

star trek picard inspiration

It all came as a surprise when Patrick Stewart announced last year that he would be reprising his role as the beloved Captain Jean-Luc Picard, a role he began playing three decades ago in Star Trek: The Next Generation. The last time Star Trek fans saw the noble captain was in the 2002 feature film Star Trek: Nemesis, and that seemed like it would be the last time. J.J. Abrams rebooted the Star Trek franchise with his 2009 feature film and launched a whole different timeline.

But this is the era of reboots and revivals after all, so why not bring back everyone’s favorite Starfleet captain? But it would take more than nostalgia (or a big paycheck) to tempt back an accomplished thespian like Stewart. So how did Star Trek: Picard series creator Alex Kurtzman do it? Well, it was a little superhero movie that Stewart was starring in at the time that convinced him, actually: Logan.

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Colbert's Lord of the Rings Spin-Off

Talk show host Stephen Colbert is well-established as one of the world’s preeminent scholars of the works of author J.R.R. Tolkien (well, at least in the pop culture realm). He reads Tolkien’s Elvish language, has interviewed Smaug, and is such a big fan that he even scored an extremely brief role in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as “Laketown spy.” Colbert recently took his show to New Zealand, where he met back up with director Peter Jackson and pitched him a whole new Lord of the Rings spin-off trilogy about his character, who Colbert imagines is revealed to be Aragorn’s hotter twin brother.  Read More »

a higher loyalty cast

Prestige miniseries on highly controversial political figures are all the rage right now, which may be how the CBS miniseries based on James Comey‘s bestselling book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership scored such an unfairly impressive cast.

In the Higher Loyalty cast, Jeff Daniels stars as the former FBI director who was fired by President Donald Trump, who will be played by Brendan Gleeson. The four-part CBS Studios event miniseries will cast a new light on the polarizing ex-FBI director.

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Walker Texas Ranger Reboot

Because your grandma isn’t satisfied by reruns anymore, CBS is rebooting Walker, Texas Ranger.

Running for eight seasons from 1993 through 2001, the original Walker, Texas Ranger followed Chuck Norris as a member of the Texas Ranger Division, a U.S investigative law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in all of Texas, based in the capital city of Austin. Every episode found him stopping criminals like a Wild West sheriff, often with martial arts. Now Supernatural co-star Jared Padalecki will step into Walker’s boots in a new iteration of the series being set up by CBS TV Studios. Read More »

UNprofessionals Comedy Series

While political turmoil engulfs the United States week in and week out, comedy masterminds Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg are hoping to bring some laughs to the scene on the global side of politics.

CBS is developing a new comedy series called UNprofessionals from the producers of the recent raunchy hit film Good Boys and directors of This Is The End. No, that capitalized UN isn’t a typo, because the series will focus on a group of the least important people working at the United Nations. Read More »

Twin Peaks box set

Here’s something that diehard Twin Peaks fans are going to want even more than a cup of coffee and a piece of cherry pie. A massive, 21-disc Blu-ray box set called Twin Peaks: From Z to A is on the way, and this baby will include basically everything any Twin Peaks fan could ever desire: the original TV show, the entirety of Showtime’s Twin Peaks: The Return, never-before-released making-of content for The Return, the film Fire Walk With Me (complete with its deleted scenes), and more.

But this is a limited edition set, so you may have to act quickly if you want to get your hands on it.  Read More »

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CBS and Viacom

Reunited and it feels so good: CBS and Viacom, two companies which were once joined but have spent nearly thirteen years operating as separate entities, are now merging once again. The deal could take months to be totally finalized, but this is a move that should give the newly-named ViacomCBS a fighting chance to survive in the streaming era. Read More »