News Briefs: NBC Is Remaking Wiseguy

THE BIGGER NEWS

... NBC is attempting a remake of the 1980s cop procedural Wiseguy, one of the first crime dramas to accentuate storytelling through the use of arcs—you know, the thing that every show does nowadays. In the original, Ken Wahl starred as a cop who went to prison to make contacts with the criminal underworld. Plus he had the awesome name of Vinnie Terranova. Could be good, could be horrible. [Deadline Hollywood]

... E! is moving The Soup to Wednesdays, which totally messes up my weekend pattern of whining about my hangover and then easing the pain by watching Joel McHale make fun of Ryan Seacrest. Great, now I have to start drinking heavily mid-week. [THR]

... Comedian Jim Gaffigan is jumping on the "men are lame" bandwagon with a new single-camera comedy at NBC. The would-be series will star Gaffigan (My Boys, lover of bacon) as a "lazy man" who is married to a strong woman and who helps raise four kids. It's different from other shows because he has four kids. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Making shows about blogs is so 2009. Making shows about a single blog post is so 2011. Tracy McMillan wrote a popular piece on The Huffington Post called "Why You're Not Married," and the networks went nuts for it. ABC won the resulting bidding war, and will develop a project based around the article's tenets, which go something like this: Ladies, you aren't married because you suck. [Deadline Hollywood]

... You know how people who are new parents won't shut the f*** up about their kids? When it happens to celebrities, they make shows about being new parents. Jerry O'Connell recently had twins, and now he's producing and starring in a project about being a father. CBS is developing the idea, and showrunner from the recently canceled How to Be a Gentleman will write it, so you know it's going to be outstanding! [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Christina Milian is joining NBC's The Voice as a social media correspondent. In other news, there is now a job title called "social media correspondent." Qualifications include knowing how to turn on a computer, having a Twitter account, and knowing what LOL means. All interested applicants should be really hot. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Glee is bringing back Jesse St. James. Jonathan Groff will reprise his role as J St. J, but this time he'll be a teacher and the coach of Vocal Adrenaline. I hope that makes sense to you, Glee fans, because I have no idea what I just wrote. [TV Line]

... Two and a Half Men's Melanie Lynskey will appear in an episode of House sometime in January. She'll be the wife of the patient-of-the-week. [TV Line]

... Character actor Jennifer Coolidge will recur on 2 Broke Girls. She'll play Max and Caroline's neighbor. [Deadline Hollywood]


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Well, it looks like they didn't remake Wiseguy, I don't think they would be able to recreate the magic, there is only 1 Wiseguy. I did find the Wiseguy 1996 TV movie though if anyone has not seen it, if interested you can get more info here: http://specialty.weebly.com/wiseguythemovie.html
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I forgot to mention the disaster that is "V".
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So far all of the remakes failed. So did NBC not learn anything from the cancellation of Bionic Woman, Knight Rider 2000, and Charlie's Angels?
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Jerry O'Connell + How to Be a Gentleman, sounds like next year's Dead Pool favorite
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I loved 'Wiseguy'. (When I was 12)
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Vinnie Terranova? Not a good time for that surname to be floating around. I bet both Terranova's don't make it to a second season. Lmao at that ''social media correspondent'' crap. Oh no the country is gonna be just fine, a whole new job market has opened up to which my 10 year old niece is probably over-qualified for.
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And after that fails NBC will remake Quantum Leap.
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Why remake it, Bakula is available. Just revive it with some new adventures.
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Being one of the first shows with story arcs is the first thing I think of when someone mentions Wiseguy. The problem is, that was almost 25 years ago and, like you said, almost every show does it now. Besides, didn't CBS already redo Wiseguy in a show with Jason Geddrick? If I were running NBC, I might even consider moving some of USA's shows to the main network instead of trying to revive old Stephen Cannell shows. First The Rockford Files, now Wiseguy. What next, UNSUB?
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Why don't they just come up with something original? Why does everything have to be remade..... sometimes they work like Hawaii Five, but most of the times they don't like Charlie's Angels, Bionic Woman and Knight Rider.
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Aaaaah Stifler's mom!!!..



While moving the soup to mid-week will increase it viewers, am with you on "messing up viewing pattern". Besides, it works best as "end of the week take on entertainment tv/news"..
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Haha, I've been single by choice for eight years, give a few men here and there - and that usually because the men suck. But that woman can think anything she wants about her own sex. Women's emancipation got lost on her, I guess ;)



Isn't Christina Millian that singer that scored a single hit in Europe? (Don't know how she did in the US, though)
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The only day they should move The Soup to is on Saturday or Sunday.. the whole point of the show is to talk about stuff that happened that week, so putting it midweek is ridiculous



as for Glee, i don't see how Jesse can be a "teacher" when he didn't go to school for it, and graduated at the end of season one.. so that's stupid
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Damn another cop show seriously? How many do we need?
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A blog post is about one blog post more than a network executive normally knows about a show, which is usually about this much: "Lost in space, not in space, with dinosaurs. Speilberg!"
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Uh......anyone who would greenlight an entire network series based on one blog post (that didn't even have characters or a story) is insane and should be fired.
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