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News Briefs: '80s Cartoon Jem and the Holograms Is Getting a Live-action Movie Adaptation


THIS FEELS COOL BUT ALSO LAZY?

... It's time for another edition (the first edition?) of Good News/Weird News! The popular '80s cartoon Jem and the Holograms is headed to the big screen! That's obviously the good news. The weird news is that the people behind the project—John M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Jason Blum, and Scooter Braun—want your help in creating a "modern-day, live-action reinvention" of Jem in the form of a feature-length film. But before you cry about Kickstarter or whatnot, they're not asking for your money. They're crowdsourcing for creativity and talent... so it's like a Kickstarter for your brain, I guess? I don't know. It's weird. Watch the announcement video below, and if you think you've got some talents to share, submit your stuff. BUT OMG DON'T FORGET THE #JEMTHEMOVIE HASHTAG OTHERWISE YOU MIGHT LIVE IN OBSCURITY FOREVER INSTEAD OF IN AN OBSCURE FEATURE FILM ABOUT AN '80S CARTOON.



BUSINESS TIME

... The CW has passed on Lauren Graham's pilot Unfamous, which was based on her debut novel Someday, Someday Maybe, which itself was loosely inspired by Graham's life as a young actress in New York. In a recent appearance on Ellen, Graham noted that the network chose a pilot about a zombie—that would be Rob Thomas's iZombie—instead. This is not terribly surprising, given The CW's recent attempts to move away from WB-esque dramedies and toward a more genre-heavy schedule (the network currently has eight genre shows on the air). That being said, Ellen DeGeneres, who is producing the project, will be shopping the pilot around to other networks, and said if they have to add a zombie or two to make it happen, they'll do it. [The Ellen Show]

... Spike TV has ordered a 20-episode fourth season of its reality series Bar Rescue, which stars bar and nightlife expert Jon Taffer as he travels the country helping failing drinking establishments get their shit together. Quick Q: What credentials are required to be a "bar expert?" I feel like I could order some business cards and tell everyone I'm a "burrito expert" and be well on my way to hosting my own TV show at this point.  [Deadline]

... NBC's Last Comic Standing will return with an all-new comedy competition on Thursday, May 22 at 9pm before moving to its normal time period of Thursdays at 10pm the following week. Celebrity judges this season include Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Russell Peters. JB Smoove, who's currently appearing on The Millers, will host. [NBC via press release]

... The Boondocks will return for its fourth and final season on Monday, April 21 at 10:30pm on Adult Swim. [Adult Swim via press release]

... HBO has signed a new deal with Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss that will keep them around for two more seasons, even though the network has yet to renew the drama for a fifth season. The pair recently told EW that they plan to finish the series in seven seasons, but George R.R. Martin reportedly said, "No way. Nope. Nuh-uh! I need more time! Let's make this about me!" #jokez [EW]

... CMT has ordered another season of Party Down South, which never fails to trick me in to thinking that Party Down is being resurrected whenever I see its title in print. Season 2 will premiere June 5 at 10pm and promises more "muddin’, funnelin', and gettin’ country." Way to go, America! [Deadline]

... In addition to renewing White Collar for a sixth and probably final season, USA has ordered two new medical dramas to series; one is from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, and the other is from Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies). Nix's Complications follows ER doctor John Ellis (Jason O’Mara), whose life is changed after he he intervenes in a drive-by shooting. Levine's Rush stars Tom Ellis (Miranda) as William Rush, a doctor who will do anything as long as you pay him enough. [NBC via press release]

... After the global disaster that was the most recent season of The Bachelor, ABC will attempt to jumpstart a new summertime spin-off called Bachelor in Paradise, with a premise that's similar to Bachelor Pad's but that's set in an "isolated romantic paradise." According to the logline, the show will feature "all the usual romance, drama, and tears we’ve come to expect from the Bachelor franchise." Yay! I can't wait to continue not caring! [EW]



CASTING NEWS

... Mena Suvari has landed the lead role in Amazon's Hysteria, a new drama pilot about a doctor named Logan Harlow who's called in to investigate a mysterious epidemic among Texas high school girls. And I know what you're thinking, but I checked and no, it's not spread by Tim Riggins' wiener. However, Harlow believes the disease is spread via technology, so it might be that a dick pic of said wiener has been making the rounds and all of the ladies are coming down with a case of desperate sex fiend-itis. I don't know. ANYWAY, Suvari's Harlow is described as "exceptionally bright, driven, complicated, [and] charming but socially awkward," because it's a requirement that every female on TV be flawed in the dumbest way possible. [Deadline]

... Scandal's Dan Bucatinsky has joined NBC's new pilot Marry Me, which stars Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) and Ken Marino (Party Down) as a longtime couple who've recently become engaged only to discover that being engaged isn't that easy. Bucatinsky will play Kevin 2, the father of Wilson's Annie and the husband of Kevin 1, played by Tim Meadows. [THR]

... Grey's Anatomy's Kevin McKidd and The Office's Creed Bratton will both guest-star in upcoming episodes of Franklin & Bash. McKidd will play Albert Daugherty, the Duke of Weddington, who crosses paths with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer's characters after getting into it with his neighbor. Bratton will play a former-athlete-turned-judge in a different episode. [EW]


OMG GET OVER YOURSELF NEWS

... Jeremy Piven is kind of a jerk; that's not exactly a new aspect of his personality. But he recently reminded the world of this fact when he jokingly but totally not jokingly called the venerable Benedict Cumberbatch a Cumberbitch because he was upstaged by Sherlock and Cumberbatch at a recent press event. If it's the event I'm thinking of, then Piven is right, he was upstaged. But let's take a good look in the mirror, Piven. You're on Mr. Selfridge, and Benedict Cumberbatch is Sherlock freaking Holmes. You're on Mr. Selfridge, and Benedict Cumberbatch has the cheekbones of an angel. You're on Mr. Selfridge, and oh yeah, Benedict Cumberbatch isn't a jerk. [Radio Times]


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no one slams my favorite cool-celebrity-that-I'll-never-meet Benny Cumberbatch and comes out on top. what an ass!
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Jem looks like an animated. Robyn Sparkles

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For a second I was so happy that Party Down was renewed. Then I read "South" and was disappointed, but then it occurred to me that it could be an obscure spin-off so I looked it up, and then went immediately back to disappointment.
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i think we all did. I see my new kickstarter project lol
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A Jem movie sounds fun!

I don't care what others think, I would love to see more old cartoons and movies brought back to life by being given remakes or new adaptions. No amount of remakes will ever change or lessen the original anyway, so stop complaining!
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Because Josie and the Pussycats was such a big screen success...

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Am I the only one that kinda liked that movie?
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Impressed to see USA actually order a drama. Was beginning to think I'd never see them do that again.
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To be honest, I thought that Boondocks was long since dead and buried. I'm glad it's coming back, for however short a season. It is pretty funny.

And as for Jem and the Holograms; I'd say the people who came up with the idea obviously don't recall the travesty that was Josie and the Pussycats. Here's an 80's flash back for you: Just Say No.
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"Suvari's Harlow is described as "exceptionally bright, driven, complicated, [and] charming but socially awkward," because it's a requirement that every female on TV be flawed in the dumbest way possible."

Why, because real women aren't flawed? That's news to me. Also, every single male character on tv has some sort of a flaw, otherwise they'd be incredibly boring and one dimensional, and we'd be unable to relate to them. Isn't that like an unspoken rule of writing, to never make your characters too perfect? Stop holding female characters to different standards than males, because that's not helping anyone.
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Apparently, women can't be beautiful AND smart without having something wrong, usually, being socially awkward. Sick of this shit.
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Ummm, it has more often been the opposite. I am more tired of women on TV ALWAYS having to be "beautiful". Being socially awkward at least gives them somewhat a personality, but then they always have to be so "beautiful" that it doesn't seem believable at all.
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Interested in the Jem & the Holograms movie. It could be really awesome if they ditch trying to make it dark and gritty and stay true to its fun roots. As a guy, I'm frankly fed up of this 80's boy-centric reboots nonsense, but am willing to give this one a try.
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Very funny way of writing the news. I found myself even reading about shows I've never heard of.
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Jem and the Holograms movie...

We keep saying it, yet it needs to be repeated again and again: THERE'S NO MORE IDEAS IN HOLLYWOOD.

We should completely expected a Gobots and/or a Captain Planet and the Planeteers movie very, very soon... although I would be down with Cap if Don Cheadle actually plays him.
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Really!? Cumberbatch isn't a jerk? You don't remember his stupid rant when Elementary first came on?
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The difference there is, Cumberbatch was right.
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I'm SO glad NBC will be bringing back Last Comic Standing!
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God, please make this Jem movie happen...and please don't let them cast Julianne Hough in it.
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for those who like me went who is jeremy piven...
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005315/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Definitely no cheekbones competition here...
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well my 80s obsessed ex gf will be stoked to hear about jem, piven probably is a jerk, never met him, but he's still pretty awesome either way, never met cumberbatch either but he definitely plays a jerk pretty well (KHAAAAAANNNN). love mena suvari.... no idea what the hell shes getting into or if ill care. most likely not. and, as im sure most people will agree, no one cares about the bachelor, it gets high ratings but by morons, and we probably should care but im guessing were still in denial that shows like that seem more important than a well written sci fi show or even a cheesy dramady.
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I have no idea wth this is, and I've watched a Chinese Franken Berry cartoon and a cartoon about the Kool-Aid Man vs. The Thirsties. Oh yeah. So I'm going to find out, mostly so I can properly hate this idea of an adaptation.

I mean, c'mon...we know this is gonna suck.
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"'Exceptionally bright, driven, complicated, [and] charming but socially awkward,' because it's a requirement that every female on TV be flawed in the dumbest way possible."

Which is also why female characters by and large tend to be less interesting than male characters. No one's afraid of criticizing men. Male characters are often more significantly flawed; therefore, more interesting, as well as having more of a place to grow from. Their development is more tangible. A lot of female characters are just sort of perfect, upon being popped out of the oven. I'd attribute this to the fact that the ones writing these characters want to 'empower' the female audience with 'positive' depictions of women, going so far as to deify them beyond identifiability.
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Some people just don't know when to shut up.
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22-minute toy commercials with a 90-second moral shoehorned into the ending were a plague upon quality animated entertainment. Yeah, yeah... fond childhood memories... but the shows themselves were crap. This goes for the live-action travesty of the Power Rangers, too.
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Of course the only person that should play Jem is er... Jem

http://jem-music.net/index.php
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Yay for the return of The Boondocks!

Jeremy Piven seems determined to take a once-promising career and flog it into hamburger, at all costs.

Jem huh? Truly outrageous. Jason Blum is carrying the shitty Nerf Elite Mega Centurion blaster, the oversized piece of crap that ruins expensive oversized darts, and has a very pointless small removable clip system. Writing music? oh yeah, Copyright issues won't come up there at all, nooooo. This seems less like an authentic grab for talent and more a piece of free viral marketing. That said, John M. Chu proved himself with GI Joe Retaliation, he delivered what the first GI Joe movie couldn't: A GI JOE ARAH movie, so I have faith he will pull this off, and honestly a Jem movie could work in this day and age. Hasbro prrrrrrobably should have ramped up recognizability of Jem a little more before trying this, but whatever.
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About Jem.......series creator Christy Marx was not consulted or involved in any way, and she makes a good point on her Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christy-Marx-Clubhouse/200249107558

"My other unhappy observation is that I see two male producers, a male director and a male writer. Where is the female voice? Where is the female perspective? Where are the women?"
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"It's impossible to understand the other gender."
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Here I thought The Boondocks was dead and buried, between the last episode having a considerable finale feel to it, and the fact that it's going on four bloody years between seasons.
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2 years between season 1 and 2; 3 years between seasons 2 and 3; 4 years between season 3 and 4. You'll be viewing season 7 on your deathbed, I'm afraid.
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Then it's a good thing season 4 will be the last one
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so USA is replacing all of its shows with original premises with medical and courtroom shows, awesome.
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Something about Texas high-school girls and neither Tim Riggins or Smash Williams is involved? I smell shenanigans!
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Oh my god I want Party Down back so bad!!! Someone give Ken Marino something spectacular and high profile to do...
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You mean besides the Vinnie biopic?
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OMG Jem that brings memories when I was young... Not so long ago :)
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Hadn't heard Boondocks was getting a 4th season and now I'm smiling. Thank you TV.com.
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Calling Jem popular might be pushing it. More than half of people I have ever talked with about 80's cartoons don't remember it at all.
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That is because you are a man. :) I don`t know any woman that lived in the 80s that doesn`t know know about Jem.
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I do. Most of the ones I've mentioned it to. Then I lose masculinity points. Like being a brony.
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I watched a LOT of TV in the '80's, and I have only the vaguest of notions what this show might be. Although my genitalia are convex, and that apparently makes a difference what television is memorable...

Animation in most of the '80's was a wasteland, which wasn't rescued until the arrival of 1) Animaniacs, and 2) Batman, the animated series.
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But Jem is her name. No one else is the same. JEM IS HER NAME!
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Outrageous,
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Truly.
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