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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Castle Rock season 2 may bring back characters from season 1
  • Check out a preview of American Horror Story: Apocalypse
  • Billy On the Street is returning with new web episodes
  • Law and Order: Hate Crimes is the latest Law and Order spin-off
  • Go behind the scenes of The Deuce season 2
  • One of the producers of The Simpsons noticed a major continuity error from a 23-year-old episode
  • A new Walking Dead season 9 trailer
  • HBO renews Ballers and Insecure
  • The CW is developing a Nancy Drew series
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina now has an awesome poster
  • Gomorrah TV series getting prequel film
  • GWAR destroyed the Rick and Morty pop-up bar that never was

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The Simpsons Michael Jackson Episode

In the early days of The Simpsons, one of the most highly publicized episodes was “Stark Raving Dad,” featuring a mental patient character named Leon Kompowsky. That’s because the character, who thought he was Michael Jackson, was supposedly voiced by the King of Pop himself. But for years, fans of The Simpsons weren’t sure if Michael Jackson really voiced the character or if it was all some kind of prank. Now we have our answer. Read More »

Lethal Weapon season 3 trailer

In May, we wrote about how the Fox TV adaptation of Richard Donner’s 1987 action comedy Lethal Weapon fired one of its stars. Actor Clayne Crawford was accused of “emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment” on the show’s set, and he was quickly replaced with American Pie star Seann William Scott, who will play a new character opposite Damon Wayans‘ returning Roger Murtaugh.

Now a new Lethal Weapon season 3 trailer shows Scott and Wayans together at last, quipping and jumping their way through the upcoming premiere episode. Read More »

buffy the vampire slayer dark horse

As we learned from last month’s confusion surrounding the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot, there can only be one Buffy. Now, it turns out, there can only be one Buffy title being produced at a time.

While we lie in wait for more news about the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot/sequel, creator Joss Whedon revealed that the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Dark Horse comic series will be wrapping up its lenghty run in the wake of Fox pulling the beloved show’s comic book license.

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Deadpool 2 Extended Cut - Comic-Con 2018 Schedule

If you think the Disney Fox deal — which has overcome obstacles like competing bidders and the federal government — has felt like it’s been in limbo too long, look to the state of 20th Century Fox. By this time next year, the movie studio may not even exist.

Potential job losses and the questionable futures of movie projects in development have caused operations at Fox to slow down, as employees and executives alike question whether the Walt Disney Company’s family-friendly brand could put a stop to the majority of Fox’s more mature fare.

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the gifted season 2

Matt Nix was at the Fox party for the Television Critics Association ,so I got to speak with him about season 2 of his X-Men series The Gifted. We’ll bring you the full interview with Nix before the season premiere of the show, but there were a few items that needed to be shared right away.

The Gifted is set in a world where the X-Men have disbanded after rampant mutant persecution. The story revolves around the Strucker family, who found the Mutant Underground after their children manifested powers. In the season finale, Polaris (Emma Dumont) turned full Magneto and brought down a passenger plane to get to an evil senator, and the rest of the underground had to split up and run.

In our conversation, I learned about a new mutant character Nix is creating in season 2 and what’s next for Trask Industries.

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24 spin-off

Earlier this week, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Fox was planning a 24 prequel series featuring a young Jack Bauer, the character played by Kiefer Sutherland for nine seasons in the show’s original run. Today at the Television Critics Association press tour, Fox Television Group President and CEO Dana Walden confirmed this and announced a second 24 spin-off in the works, one that moves from the world of counter-terrorism to a courtroom. 

“The other is a whole new take on the franchise set in the legal arena,” Walden said.

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The Last Man on Earth ending

The Last Man on Earth ended on a cliffhanger, but that wasn’t how it was supposed to go out.

The post-apocalyptic Fox comedy series was cancelled earlier this summer during the same week that its fourth season hit TV screens, and in a new interview, creator/star Will Forte explains how The Last Man on Earth ending would have played out if he was able to keep the show alive for a little longer.
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24 Prequel Series

FOX must be really desperate to bring 24 back from the dead. After all, they’ve already tried with the limited series 24: Live Another Day in 2014 and the series reboot 24: Legacy in 2017. Back in May, FOX’s upfronts presentation included discussion about the return of 24 in a couple of different ways. One was a legal thriller about a female lawyer racing against the clock to unravel a conspiracy, and the other was under wraps. Now, it sounds like we know what that other idea for rebooting 24 is going to be.

Instead of trying to expand the universe of 24 or create a spin-off with a different premise based around the real-time construct of the show, FOX hopes to resurrect the action thriller series with an origin story about famed Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer (originally played by Kiefer Sutherland).

That’s right, this is going to be a 24 prequel series, and that sounds like a bad idea. Read More »

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buffy the vampire slayer new series

The polarizing Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot may not actually be a reboot.

After reports that Fox was developing a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer series rocked the internet at the height of San Diego Comic-Con, fans were divided on whether they wanted to see the iconic character played for seven years by Sarah Michelle Gellar recast as a black woman. But a statement from new showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen might suggest that this won’t be the case at all.

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