News Briefs: OMG Disney Bought Lucasfilm and Star Wars
MOUSE HOUSE MEETS THE DEATH STAR NEWS
... Holy crap Disney (maybe you've heard of it) bought George Lucas's Lucasfilm for $4 million! Excuse me, $4 BILLION! That means Disney, the media giant that owns ABC, ESPN, Marvel, and It's a Small World, now owns the rights to the Star Wars franchise and Indiana Jones! Following the announcement, Disney said it's planning a new Star Wars movie, Star Wars Episode VII: Let's Make Some Money, for release in 2015. But how does this effect YOU and how does this effect television!? Let's run through some scenarios...
– At its best, it could mean a Star Wars TV show. There's been talk about this for a long time, but with Disney (and ABC) owning the rights, it's that much closer. Of course, Disney's grittiest network is A & E, so it might not be the program fans are hoping for. Maybe ABC will give The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles another shot?
– At its worst, we get something like The Jar Jar Binks Variety Hour on ABC Family or Howard the Duck: The Show.
– At its silliest, Darth Vader comes to Once Upon a Time's Storybrooke and falls in love with Cinderella.
ABC waited a few years before considering S.H.I.E.L.D. for the small screen after Disney acquired Marvel in 2009, so TV productions could be a ways off. Expect this to be a big deal in the film industry immediately, with TV-related announcements coming later. [Disney via press release]
HURRICANE SANDY SCHEDULING CHANGES
... Because of Hurricane Sandy coverage, Private Practice will be bumped this week on ABC. Ditto for NBC's Go On and The New Normal, which will be back in two weeks because of election coverage next week. Storm coverage will replace the comedies. [Zap2It]
... NBC is re-airing Monday's episode of The Voice on Thursday night since it was bumped from some major markets due to blackouts and Hurricane Sandy coverage. That means Thursday's comedy block of 30 Rock, Up All Night, The Office, and Parks and Recreation will be moved. 30 Rock will actually move up a day and replace Animal Practice on Wednesday night, and The Office and Parks will move back to next week. Up All Night's move is yet to be determined. This week's Revolution will also re-air on Friday night. Your best bet is to watch TV non-stop just to make sure you don't miss anything. [NBC]
... Chris Klein (Wilfred) has been cast as the husband of a WME talent agent for an upcoming Fox project. Based on the tell-all blog by Nikki Joel, the comedy will follow a 30-something woman and her crazy marriage to her manly husband. [THR]
... Rebecca Sinclair is back in business with The CW. The former showrunner of 90210 has two projects in the works at the network. The first follows a self-obsessed pop star who comes from a religious family and who reevaluates her lack of faith after a fan says she was saved by the pop star's words and claims she has divine powers. The second is based on the book The Lost Girls, about a group of women who go eating and praying and loving their way around Cambodia. The CW version will add a mystery to the story when one of the women disappears. [Deadline Hollywood]
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