Did I watch the series finale of ‘The Office’ last night? Yes. Does Angela walk down the aisle at her and Dwight’s wedding to this violin cover of ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’? Yes. Is it awesome? YES. Violin covers are my jam, and this one is pretty amazing. Enjoy the funky beat, and have a great weekend.
The third sneak peak for AMC’s Walking Dead spinoff ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ doesn’t give us much, just like the two sneak peaks before it, but I think that works to our advantage. We already know the gist of the show, and we already know what’s going to happen. Humans will fight against themselves and the walkers to try and salvage what little part of humanity is left. We don’t need a 2-3 minute trailer showing how it will go down, because we already know how it will go down. Less is more when it comes to spinoff sneak peaks, and I like that AMC is keeping most the details under wraps. Get your swords and cross bows ready, because ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ is less than two months away.
Comedian Jeff Dye and sportscaster Terry Bradshaw are also on board for the bro-mance vehicle that will send the five men on a trek through major cities in Asia. “Better Late Than Never” is adapted from the hit South Korean format “Grandpa Over Flowers,” which NBC optioned last year.
Production begins in August. Episodes will cover stops in Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Chang Mai. The show aims to offer a comedic look at how the five navigate unfamiliar cultures and settings and rely on one another for support while forgoing the usual trappings of celebrity status such as limousines and assistants. Each will also be tasked with checking off “bucket list” items.
Henry Winkler, George Foreman, William Shatner and Terry Bradshaw travel the world. You had me at H. I already have this DVR’d and it hasn’t even been filmed yet. That’s how excited I am for this show. I want to see William Shatner being mildly racist while Henry Winkler sits by sheepishly grinning. I want to George Foreman explain proper grilling methods to world class hibachi chefs. I want it all, and I want it all right now. If there’s two things I learned from this article it’s that I’m a sucker for old people plopped in modern scenarios that they don’t understand and South Korea has the best names for their shows (seriously, Grandpa Over Flowers might be the best named show in history).
BUCK – After the avalanche of ABC new series orders last night, here is another one this morning. The network has picked up single-camera comedy Uncle Buck, a new take on the hit 1989 movie. I’m told the series starring Mike Epps is eyed for midseason. I hear its order came later than the other because of last-minute negotiations between ABC and Universal TV, the studio that developed the project and co-produces it with ABC Studios. (ABC Studios boarded the comedy at the pilot stage.) I hear the talks involved ABC looking to get a bigger piece of the series, a common practice between a network and an outside studio in the series pickup stage these days. This may be the last order for ABC heading into the upfronts as neither of the remaining pilots appear in real contention.
Written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, the series centers on Uncle Buck (Mike Epps), a fun loving but irresponsible guy who needs a job and a place to stay. By happy coincidence, his nieces and nephew’s Nanny has just quit and his brother and sister-in-law need his help. His unconventional personality just may make him the right fit for the family and they may be the answer to his problems, too. Nia Long, James Lesure, Iman Benson, Sayeed Shahidi and Aalyrah Caldwell co-star.
That was my reaction when I read this story. John Candy must be rolling over in his beautiful grave. Uncle Buck is a cinematic classic, and one of John Candy’s best roles, which is saying something because he was a comedy icon. The incessant need to create sequels is bad enough, but creating a TV show sequel to a beloved movie without any of the original creators approval is just blasphemy. This is nothing against Mike Epps, but comparing him to John Candy is like putting me on the baseball field and comparing me to Willie Mays. They’re not even in the same stratosphere, and it’s a shame that he’s going to be carrying on the Uncle Buck name. The show shouldn’t be made in general, but adding Mike Epps into the conversation just makes this whole situation make less sense. I don’t know if the people who green lit this just want to ruin everyone’s childhood, but if that’s the goal, they’re doing a great job.