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TOTALLY GRUNGIFIED NEWS, DUDE

... Ben Stiller is trying to adapt his coming-of-age film Reality Bites into a single-camera comedy for NBC. The early-1990s film, which starred Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Steve Zahn, Janeane Garafolo, and Stiller, followed recent college grads trying to make it through real life and was part of a wave of Gen-X slacker grunge alterna-new wave indie flicks. The series would be set in the same time period. Now's a good time to listen to some Juliana Hatfield, the original Jenny Lewis. [Variety


BUSINESS TIME

... After poisoning the minds of our youth with pseudo-docs about giant sharks and fishy females, Discovery Channel will purposely dive into fiction. The network is developing North and South, based on the novel series of the same name by author John Jakes. Set in the 1860s, the project tells the story of two friendly families, one from Pennsylvania and one from South Carolina, who are ripped apart by the Civil War and all that slavery hullabaloo. The books were previously adapted into three successful miniseries for ABC, starting in the mid-1980s and concluding in the mid-1990s. [Discovery via press release]

... Bravo's The Rachel Zoe Project is over, according to someone named Rachel Zoe. The reality series, in which Zoe put clothes on celebrities and delved into her personal life, ran for five seasons. Zoe got bummed about the fact that show became more about her and not about dressing up stars. Sorry celebrities, you'll just have to use a mirror like the rest of us. [Hollywood Life]

... FX has ordered a pilot for Bigfoot, a comedy produced by Seth Rogen. The animated series would be based on the very funny series of books from Graham Roumieu, in which a philosophizing Sasquatch seeks romance and understanding in a world that sees him as a beast. [EW]

... How's this for efficiency? A future episode of the headline-ripping Law & Order: SVU will combine the Trayvon Martin case AND the Paula Deen scandal in a single hour! Cybill Shepherd will play a celebrity chef who shoots a teenager because she thinks he's a rapist. And MAYBE she'll also leak government secrets and show her stuffed underwear to mistresses on the internet. [EW]


CASTING NEWS

... Keith Carradine (Dexter, Deadwood) will be heading to Fox's The Following next season in a recurring role. We don't know much about the role he'll play except that he's a trusted friend of Kevin Bacon's Ryan Hardy, and if his character is like anyone else on the show, he'll be doing some very silly things. [TV Line]

... Abu Nazir is going to terrorize Oliver Queen! Navid Negahban, who played the big bad in the first two seasons of Homeland, will guest-star on The CW's Arrow as bad guy Al-Owal in the fifth episode of Season 2. [E! Online]

... Bryan Fuller's Syfy pilot High Moon has booked Jonathan Tucker (Brotherhood) for a recurring role. The series follows colonies on the moon where residents dig up resources and find new life forms. Tucker will play a Russian miner. Also recently cast in the 90-minute pilot: Dana Davis (10 Things I Hate About You) and Peter Macon (Supernatural). [Syfy via press release]

... Jerry Springer will guest-star on the second season of ABC's The Neighbors, which sounds about right. [EW]

... Yo dog dog yo, Randy Jackson might be returning to American Idol, but not as a judge... as a mentor! He'd replace previous mentor Jimmy Iovine. I trust you all know what this means, because I don't. [Deadline Hollywood]


SO CRAZY IT MUST BE TRUE NEWS!

... Okay it's not that crazy. But the Belize Tourism Board has offered free Belize vacations to several Breaking Bad cast members in the wake of Saul Goodman using the phrase "send him on a trip to Belize" as a euphemism for murder. If they don't take these freebies, they deserve "an all-expenses-paid trip to Tahiti," if you catch my drift. (Tahiti Tourism Board, call me!) [New York Times]

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AIRED ON 4/11/2014

Season 2 : Episode 22

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I remember watching North and South mini-series when I was very young. I cannot remember much about the story but I remember Patrick Swayze and he becomes famous to me after the show. It would be really interesting if they do a reboot !
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Holy crap, look how young they all look. THAT SHOULD BE A CLUE WHY THIS PROJECT SHOULD NOT HAPPEN. Sometimes you cannot go back again, the idea that Ben Stiller who is a whole generation older now can tap into the just post-college zeitgeist astutely again is ludicrous, nobody wants an early '90s period piece week after week.

Why is the Discovery Channel doing History Channel stuff? Go discover new things, not rehash crusty old ones. Who is running your network?

SVU, you stay classy! (That was an edict, muthafathas, what the hell is wrong with you???)

Awww shit, Jerry on The Neighbors? Damn, I don't like that show much but I gotta see that, that is BRILLIANT.

It means American Idol is having sex with itself and giving itself the clap.
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All I remember about 'Reality Bites' was that I thought they should have just called it, "This Movie Bites".
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I think you forgot one piece of casting news: Joseph Gatt has been cast in Game of Thrones. The rumour is that he will play Styr, Magnar of Thenn. Perfect choice, right?
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High Moon sounds pretty good and it's for Bryan Fuller so I'm intrigued.
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I mean from not for of course,
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I wish Stiller would adapt Zoolander instead - that I'd watch!
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Terrible movie made into a terrible tv show is what you'd watch? I'd prefer to watch him Perkisize in a HEAVYWEIGHTS movie to tv adaptation.
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There's no accounting for taste, I guess
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I had to look a second time because I didn't catch the "this is an NBC idea" part of the blurb, and I wanted to be sure.

Also, there's only one Jenny Lewis. She's so BAD.
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So Tim's back on the News Briefs?
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Mix n match, it seems. Don't fret, it's all good.
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I'd just like to say how proud I am of /homo sapiens/ for having finally learned all the secrets of Earth's life forms wherever they may live on land or in water, having solved all the riddles of mathematics, having unraveled all the mysteries of physics, and fully answering all the questions relating to space, time and the universe(s). I mean why else would Discovery no longer feel the need to focus on those trivialities and instead further delving into such fascinating fiction? Look out, History Channel, someone's gaining on you!
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May the holy virgin mermaid bless the sharknado out of you
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And Tyler Hoechin didnt get the Batman gig, Ben Affleck did -

http://variety.com/2013/film/news/ben-affleck-is-the-new-batman-1200586881/
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Boooo!
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[WavSlave emigrates to Neptune]
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What are the chances Keith Carradin's character is apart of the cult like everyone else on the show seems to be?
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there's a 1 in 1 chance of that being the case.
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or dies
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Ugh. Reality Bites was a terrible movie. Why this one, Ben?

LOL. As if Zimmerman wasn't found innocent? As if Trayvon wasn't buying stuff to make Lean? As if there isn't reasonable doubt in that case? Keep it classy, SVU.
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I have no idea what point you're trying to make in your second paragraph.
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I think it's foolish for SVU to cover Trayvon.
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It's a TV show, not a newspaper. "Ripped from the headlines" doesn't mean events in reality have to be replicated in the show, so if you have a beef with a teleplay that reminds people of the Trayvon Martin case, that's your problem.
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SVU Ripping from the headlines may as well be them offering their own opinion on the case; I'm allowed to criticize them for it.
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