NOT A GOOD IDEA NEWS

... One of television's greatest and most sacred miniseries is getting the reboot. History Channel, the network that's found success with The Bible: Television Edition and Hatfields & McCoys & Costners & Paxtons, is remaking the seminal and landmark miniseries Roots. The 1977 ABC mini was a HUGE television event that tackled the taboo subject of slavery in colonial America. The project may have gotten a boost in interest from History following early Oscar buzz for 12 Years a Slave. [Variety]


BUSINESS TIME

... NBC has asked for four more scripts from Sean Saves the World. WHYYYYY!?!?!!? [THR]

... Rumor time! Gossipers are saying that Ryan Murphy is planning to spin off Glee as a vehicle for Lea Michele in order to end the series in an agreeable way while still keeping it alive in some form. Details on the project are nil, and may I remind you that this is just unsubstantiated chatter, so don't go blabbing it around as fact or else we'll all look like dopes. [Radar Online]

... The CW is developing yet another superhero series, this time taking aim at Hourman. Who? He's a DC Comics character who can foresee bad things that happen exactly one hour in the future. Attention everybody: I am sick of superheroes. [THR]

... Want to see the first new image from Sherlock Season 3? Okay!

... Fox is developing a weird little show from the mind of Eureka co-creator Jaime Paglia. The premise follows two rival families, one white and one Latino, involved in the world of car customization and street racing in Southern California. There's even a Romeo & Juliet twist, as kids from each family fall in forbidden love. It's like Welcome to the Family meets The Fast & The Furious and you bet I'll be calling this Welcome to the Fast & Furious. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Is The CW becoming a place for teen-oriented period pieces? The network that's already airing Reign is adapting the novel The Painted Girls for television. The book is set in 1880s France during the "Belle Epoque" era, and follows a trio of women at a ballet academy. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Lifetime has greenlit an adaptation of the Broadway musical The Trip to Bountiful. The series would star theater originals Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams, as well as Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer, in the story about an elderly woman (Tyson) who goes on a journey to the town of Bountiful despite protests from her son and daughter-in-law. Sounds exciting! Look for it in 2014. [Lifetime via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Treme's Khandi Alexander has been cast as Olivia Pope's mother on Scandal. She'll appear throughout this season on a recurring basis, in flashbacks... because her character is dead, duh. But if you watch the show, you already knew that. You'll first see Alexander in this Thursday's episode, meaning that some people knew about this news for weeks and didn't say anything! How rude. [THR]

... Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, also known as the two broke girls of CBS's 2 Broke Girls, have been named the hosts of the People's Choice Awards. That sounds about right. The awards ceremony will be telecast on January 8 on CBS. [CBS via press release]

... Rob Corddry (The Daily Show, Childrens Hospital) will make a guest appearance on ABC's Trophy Wife as a martial-arts instructor. He'll play Sensei Rick, whose aggressive teachings counter Pete's preconceptions of the discipline after he lets his kids take karate. [EW]

... Everyone's favorite time traveler Jason O'Mara (Life on Mars, Terra Nova) has landed the lead in the USA pilot from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix called Complications. O'Mara will play an ER doctor whose life is changed when he intervenes with a drive-by shooting. One of these days, O'Mara will finally get a gig on a series that lasts more than a season. [Deadline Hollywood

... Cheyenne Jackson will remain a member of the Ryan Murphy family. Jackson, who played Vocal Adrenaline coach Dustin Goolsby on Glee, has joined Murphy's HBO pilot Open, a drama about human sexuality. Jackson will play a sexy meth addict, which is, like, totally redundant. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Game of Thrones has added Russian actor Yuri Kolokolnikov to its Season 4 cast. Koloklo— Klokonvo— argh, Yuri will play Styr, the leader of the tribesmen Thenn, a clan north of the Wall that's part of Mance Rayder's army. [EW]


PEOPLE ARE MONSTERS 

... Steven Yuen, who plays Glenn on The Walking Dead, attended the Walker Stalker Convention, a celebration of his show, and some of the fans in attendance showed their appreciation in pretty crappy ways. While parked at the convention, his car was broken into and thieves took his laptop, camera, a notebook full of thoughts and ideas, and other valuables. Bummer. [11Alive.com]


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AIRED ON 1/30/1977

Season 1 : Episode 8

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Sexy meth addict = Jesse Pinkman.

BTW, "Hourman" is a reboot of "The Early Edition".

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Honestly Hourman doesn't sound like a superhero, but rather more like Tru Calling, Early Edition sort of shows
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"History Channel: where idiots run a network" Here's a crazy idea, instead of embarrassing yourselves remaking Roots, why not just rerun the original? I don't think it's been aired in decades, yet it's got a very well-known name even to those who haven't seen it. But no, instead History will put out a cheap-looking knockoff that will dillute the impact.

Sean Saves the World - because NBC has nothing left to fall back on.

Hourman sounds like it won't work as a superhero show, but would work as a sci-fi show. Genre, it'll get ya every time on the tube. There are no tubes anymore? I don't care.

Oh the People's Choice Awards, you are so bankrupt.

Oh Jason O'Mara, you are so doomed... again. Sorry bro, you are now officially going to be named a cursed actor a la Summer Glau.
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'12 Years A Slave' was great. Never seen ROOTS. Now I will.

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History Channel has done what we all thought was impossible: they have created peace on the Internet. Every single commenter on every single article about the Roots remake agrees that it is a TERRIBLE idea.

(Seriously. Poke around articles about this on other sites --- it's 100% negative reviews.)
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"Attention everybody: I am sick of superheroes."

Really? excluding animated shows, I'd like to actually see some. With the success of Avengers, you'd think some network would actually want to throw some superheroes at us. Instead for American TV we get...

Arrow: Non super-powered costumed vigilante, with a rule that no one on the show can have superpowers. May change with the Flash spinoff, but can't get sick of something we don't have yet.

Agents of SHIELD: Guildenstern and Rosencrantz of Marvel. Otherwise about as superheroic as X-Files.

Tomorrow People
: Closest, but really in the Mutant X/Alphas vein of people in civvies and/or black leather using their powers mostly to investigate fairly normal stuff, or low-budget superpowers.

Yeah, I know, you can't do Avengers on a TV budget (supposedly). But I'd still like to see a TV show that does flatout superhero blasting and punching. Heroes seems like the last show that managed to do that, when the budget could afford it.
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I totally agree with you. If you did not write the above, I will. I really wanted very much to see a REAL superhero show not including animated series. The Tomorrow People is the closest. I do watch Arrow, this season is pretty exciting much more than the last but still I too would NOT consider it a superhero.

I really missed Heroes,maybe someone should do a season 5 for it.
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Alphas, we need Alphas back before another pass at Heroes, which went off the rails in season 2 and then just somehow kept flying further and further off those rails.
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Yeah, we need Alphas back, +1
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Nice Hamlet reference to Agents of SHIELD, that really is on the money.
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I dunno Alphas was pretty amazing. I wish it had been on a different network. The 4400 was pretty good as well. Of course through in Heroes on NBC and what do you have? Three failed superhero series on three networks all owned by NBC Universal. Coincidence? I think not.
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Hourman kind of sounds like Jack Bauer! LOL
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Remaking Roots seems almost sacrilegious to me.
Show some respect and make something else.
Maybe the car thieves were paying tribute to Steven Yuens character Glenn, who is the best scrounger on the show?
A holes.
Hourman sounds kind of lame but then again The CW made Arrow interesting.
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I really like Sean saves the world, perhaps its just JACK.
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As if TV's overly polluted by an over-abundance of crappy Reality shows, now they're trying to make it worse by making so many unnecessary, often bad remakes of old shows. Granted, there have been some good, even great remakes (i.e. Battlestar Galactica), but those are more of an exception. At least there are (and hopefully will always be) more than enough good shows mixed it to make up for it.
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Don't be so down on Hourman, the seeing into the future is only part of it he also takes Miraclo either as pills or injections to give him "super-strength" for, you guessed it, one hour. But Miraclo is addictive, and who doesn't love junkie superheroes?
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It sounds like that they won't feature anything except the precognition, however.
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They're rebooting everything yet they don't have any room for a crazier, more over the top Dynasty reboot?
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Firstly, condolences to Steven...awful news for him especially when he went to a fan event. Secondly, and I absolutely feel compelled to say that remaking Roots is the fucking worst idea I've ever heard. Roots is one of the most powerful and moving things I have ever watched. It had a completely seminal effect on me that has lasted a lifetime and really does not need to be messed with. I do not like this American slavery revisitation bullshit and the subject has been done as far as I'm concerned. I've always said to anybody I know that if you really want to get an idea of all that....watch Roots.Abso-fuckin-lutely no need whatsoever to do this and remake, and the History channel is just the wrong channel to do this. I so wish that everybody would fuckin stop remaking EVERYTHING!Just no need, as it's unoriginal,boring and unnecessary.
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Poor Steven. I hope his stuff was ensured. D:
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*insured
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Can't wait for the new episodes of Sherlock!!!
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Lol, Welcome to the Fast & Furious, brilliant.
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Really? The History Channel wants to re-make one of the best mini-series ever aired, Why? Hey, I say why stop at just "Roots"? Let's go for the gold of unnecessary remakes of popular shows and make Picard's family the ones who actually owned Toby, and call it...



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Steven Yuen is awesome! what a shame, does anyone believe he deserved that?
Check out The Soup of the Walking Dead 1 and 2! They're both on youtube. Norman Reedus and Yuen did them as fans of The Soup and they're both great. They help Joel McHale fight off E! network zombie "stars" - including the Kardashians. haha
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Hourman. This is really my problem with DC Comics. Most of the characters and heroes just feel meh I see it as Batman >. Marvel > DC. Marvel just feels more creative than DC. Then just love Batman and thanks to Arrow on CW really digging Green Arrow.

But Hourman.
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Roots? Charmed? Murder She Wrote? What? Is it the recession?! They can't afford to hire jobless English grads to write new things?! What?

The only remake I'm enjoying is Sherlock. Can't wait for Sherlock to return from the "grave" to shave John's beard...oh, and mustache!
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Just a heads up that A Trip to Bountiful is a play and not a musical. Cicely Tyson was amazing in the recent Broadway production for which she won a Tony Award, so I am hoping this adaption will do it and her justice.
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I was just a kid when Roots came out and back then that was just the start of getting the "Truth" out about history. Also Holocaust soon after. Both were such an impact and not sure why they have to call it Roots again? Just do one of countless stories and bet that'd be really good. But we're in re-make insanity, haha.

I could finally see Lea Michelle in a spin-off but hope it'd be totally different with a pretty serious overtone.

Jaime Paglia should be writing / creating a new SyFy show in the vein of the soft sci-fi's which are about dead I guess. Very sad if more aren't created.
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I'm sorry Steven. People suck! Despicable losers. Irronically no different than the world you live in for your day job.
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This is what we get when Kaitlin tries to reason with the producers.
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Wow. Poor Steven Yeun. WTF, people. WTF.

Also, don't start saying you're tired of superheroes. Superheroes are so much cooler than redundant police dramas. Bring on the superheroes, please.
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or redundant hospital shows (cough! Greys")

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Remaking Roots would invite a lot of headaches for History...the cries of incorrect portrayals, the condemning of castings...just no...the first version was perfect..leave it be.
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Someone... please... STOP the remakes...
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Why would they do that to Glen? I hope he finds them and goes all zombie killer madness on them!!!!
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That Roots news is the stupidest thing all day, and I heard someone wondering which side was their right. What are they going to do, make it more accessible to this generation by adding unnecessary violence?
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They can improve things like the video resolution, but I don't think that's a good enough reason. It's been 30 years since I saw Roots (I was a child), so I don't remember it well, but I think it was pretty violent. At least it had some very violent scenes.
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I've seen it recently (within the last year or so), and there was violence, but nothing graphic. I imagine, with the way cable is today, that it will indeed be graphic violence. But then again, I'm probably wrong.
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"That Roots news is the stupidest thing all day, and I heard someone wondering which side was their right." Omg, that made me lol!
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