In this edition of TV Bits:
- Russian Doll finds a new cast member for season 2
- Down to Earth with Zac Efron begins shooting its second season
- Netflix’s Prank Encounters season 2 gets a trailer
- Watch the trailer for new docuseries Moment of Truth
- Kim’s Convenience has closed up shop
- And more!
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The CW has plans to welcome the upcoming DC Comics series Superman & Lois into the Arrowverse in a big way. After giving the show a full series order recently, it has been confirmed that Superman & Lois will have a crossover event with the Batwoman series, which will be wrapping up its first season this weekend and has been given a second season order. However, unlike the previous Arrowverse crossover events that have aired over the past six years, this one won’t be arriving in December.
Along with news of the Superman and Batwoman crossover, The CW has confirmed that in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic shutting down a majority of television productions, they will be shifting their fall schedule to the beginning of next year, which means new and returning shows will not start airing until January 2021. Find out more below. Read More »
A slew of TV casting happened this week, and we’re here to tell you all about it. Clarice, a Silence of the Lambs spin-off series that isn’t Hannibal, has found its lead, and so has the Kung Fu reboot. Meanwhile, the new pilot for The Lost Boys TV series has added a bunch of names as well. This will actually be the second attempt at a Lost Boys pilot – Warner Bros. TV fired the entire cast of their original pilot, save for two actors.
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Universal Pictures has acquired the film rights to Kung Fu, the 1970s TV series starring David Carradine, and the studio has hired David Leitch to direct a contemporary Kung Fu movie. Leitch, who has previously directed films like Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, and Hobbs and Shaw, seems like an obvious choice to infuse this story with the kind of frenetic, action-packed choreography we’ve seen across his filmography.
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Reboot mania has reached a fever pitch, with Fox reviving a classic martial arts western series that may have been better left behind in the dust. The ’70s series Kung Fu is receiving a sequel series featuring a female lead and a hopefully less whitewashed cast.
The original series, which ran from 1972 to 1975, arrived at the height of the martial arts craze in America and starred David Carradine as a half-Chinese Shaolin monk who wanders the American West. Now a Kung Fu sequel series has been picked up for a pilot by Fox, which hopes to revamp it with a modern audience in mind.
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Several times in the past, Baz Luhrmann has shown a tendency towards tweaked applications of tropes from western movies. So there’s a weird and somewhat thrilling sense of appropriate convergence to the fact that Luhrmann is now in talks to direct Kung Fu for Legendary. The original TV show, which first ran from 1972 to 1975, starred David Carradine as Caine, a Shaolin monk who roamed the American west, and has lived in pop-culture memory in no small part thanks to Quentin Tarantino’s fandom. There will be some changes in the new version, but with Luhrmann as director, there will be no shortage of great-looking visions. Read More »
Even though the bulk of my Kung Fu knowledge comes from Jules in Pulp Fiction and Peter in Office Space, I still know this is big news. Bill Paxton, star of such films as Twister, Aliens and Titanic and the director Frailty and The Greatest Game Ever Played, is in talks to direct a feature film based on classic 1972 TV show which starred David Carradine. John McLaughlin (Black Swan) will pen the screenplay. More after the jump. Read More »