thirtysomething reboot

Bad news for everyone out there jonesing for that thirtysomething reboot: it ain’t happenin’. ABC has passed on the series, which was described as a sequel, along with another high-profile series: The Brides, a retelling of Dracula from Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Also not moving forward: Valley Trash, a comedy starring Jason Lee.

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Before the phrase “streaming service” was a twinkle in anyone’s eye, network television ruled the airwaves in the U.S. and an ABC drama called Thirtysomething was a big deal. Now, decades after that show was cancelled, ABC is moving forward with a sequel series called Thirtysomething(else), which will feature the return of several key cast members and a new slew of actors playing the original cast’s kids, who are now in their thirties themselves.

ABC has cast the first new member of its younger ensemble: Chris Wood, who you may recognize from Supergirl or The Vampire Diaries.
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bad boys for life trailer

In this edition of Sequel Bit:

  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout editor Eddie Hamilton is returning for the next two films as well.
  • The Purge 5 has a new cast member…
  • …And so does The Matrix 4!
  • There’s going to be a sequel series for Thirtysomething, if you’re into that sort of thing.
  • Catch up with the Bad Boys before Bad Boys For Life.

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/Film will be recapping and discussing each episode of the third season of Breaking Bad. A spoiler warning applies after the jump for the recaps and for the comments section. Meth heads welcome. For previous recaps, click here.

In previous recaps, I have discussed the slower pace and subdued tone of season three, and several Slash readers have noticed the slight change as well. The initial episodes haven’t been subpar or boring, but for the non-diehards and for curious surfers, I imagine Walter White‘s broodiness and the larger-than-life, some have argued “cartoonish,” enigma of the Cousins is off-putting. But overall, the season’s kick-off is realistic. Figurative dust continues to settle after season two’s finale, and several main characters have used the shadow of tragedy to privately search and await a sign, an epiphany, or any justification to grasp at what he or she selfishly desires most.

Aptly titled, “Green Light,” the fourth episode shoves these characters’ ambitions and longings forward, and fans may have noticed the writers lacing the ep with the humor and foreshadowing that hooked us back when Walt still had hair/manners. After the jump, I’ll cease saying anything further about next week’s episode, but I will say it’s even better than “Green Light.” Season three’s slow burn is about to ignite into a highway to hell. (Yay?)

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