Day: January 8, 2013

‘In Living Color’ Reboot Officially, Totally Dead At Fox. What About The Footage Already Shot?

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At least that’s what NY Mag’s Vulture says they’ve learned this evening, with their sources telling them that the reboot “will never see the light of day – at least on Fox.” So does that mean another network might pick it up? Who knows! Although, quite frankly, I don’t really give a damn at this point.

Here’s how we got here… a little history.

Those of you who weren’t too keen on a reboot of In Living Color with an all-new cast of players (although still shepherded by Keenen Ivory Wayans), were thrilled when it was announced that the reboot had been put on hold, temporarily; specifically, Kevin ReillyEntertainment President of the Fox Broadcasting Company, indicated in an August interview, that the planned In Living Color specials, reviving the sketch-comedy series, wouldn’t air anytime soon. Though several had been shot, he said a “high bar” had been set, which essentially wasn’t met in terms of writing and other contributing factors. What I interpreted from that, is that expectations were high (given the success of the original In Living Color), and, although they’d shot a few episodes already, they apparently weren’t meeting those high expectations; and so maybe it was back to the drawing board. In an interview that followed soon after Reilly’s statement over the summer, Milton “Lil’ Rel Howery, who was one of the planned series reboot’s new cast members, recounted the day he learned that the reboot had stalled; stating, in short, that he arrived on set, noticed a tension in the air amongst all those who were present, inquired about what was at the root of that tension, and was told that Damon Wayans didn’t want to do the show anymore (no reasons given), and that he approached David Alan Grier, asking him what was up with Damon, and Grier simply just shrugged and walked away. And so because Damon didn’t want to do the show anymore, everyone else (includingJim Carrey, whom he says was supposed to return as well), decided not to do the show either. Howery didn’t go into details explaining why Damon suddenly walked away from it. Obviously, something went down, but, in all the interviews I’ve seen Keenen Ivory Wayans give in the last several months, he never really talks in-depth about why the show was shelved. Understandably I suppose, especially if Damon was somehow at the root of it.

Unless Lil Rel wasn’t telling the whole truth.

But we were left to assume that there was likely a lot more to this than we know, and maybe it’ll all come out eventually… or maybe it won’t. One thing that I was most surprised by was Rel’s claim that just about everyone from the original series was going to return to the reboot. Unless they were returning for specials only, and not as part of the regular series cast, I’m not sure I quite understand why they would. But Howery felt like they had something worth airing, based on what was shot last year, but something obviously happened that we aren’t getting the full story on. No matter, it looks like it’s dead and buried for good, so no more speculation as to whether it’s just in limbo, or has been put to rest permanently. However, as I noted, maybe some other network will see something of value in it and pick it up; but I doubt it, and I actually hope not. Just leave it alone, move on, and create something entirely new.

I do hope that, at least, the hour’s worth of footage that was shot early last year, will be released – maybe online – so we can all see what exactly this new incarnation would’ve looked like. Or maybe a year from now, we’ll all be asking what happened to that In Living Color reboot, and Keenen will talk openly about what transpired behind closed doors, and the whole truth will be known… or not. The reboot was supposed to feature an all new cast (at least that’s what was announced publicly) including Kali HawkJennifer BartelsJermaine FowlerAyana HamptonCyrah Hawkins and of course Rel.

There was also going to be a new set of Fly GirlsWhitney WileyTera PerezChristina ChandlerKatee Shean, and Lisa Rosenthal.

Watch Chapter 1 Of PBS’ 3-Hour-Long Series ‘The Abolitionists’ Ahead Of Tomorrow’s Premiere

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One of the new programs that will comprise the winter/spring season ahead for PBS, is a 3-part, 3-hour American Experience film titled The Abolitionists. Scheduled to air starting tomorrow, Tuesday, January 8th, and Tuesdays thereafter (the 15th, and 22nd), from9pm-10pm, on each night, the film (which is a combo scripted/acted and documentary sequences) will bring to life the epic struggles of the men and women who fought to end slavery, intertwining the stories of Frederick DouglassWilliam Lloyd GarrisonAngelina GrimkéHarriet Beecher Stowe and John BrownFighting body and soul, they led the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation. Black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists tore the nation apart in order to form a more perfect union. Something to watch now that Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln are behind us, for the most part. By the way, playing Frederick Douglass in the scripted scenes is Richard Brooks – a face I haven’t seen in a little while.

PBS has released chapter one of the series (the first 10 minutes), ahead of tomorrow night’s debut of the first hour in the series; it’s embedded below, so check it out. Underneath, you’ll find full descriptions of all 3 parts of the film series:

Check this video out – The Abolitionists, Chapter 1 http://video.pbs.org/video/2321796209

‘Only God Forgives’ Teaser Features Ryan Gosling and Dark Violence (Video)

only_god_forgives_ryan_goslingIn, DriveNicolas Winding Refn turned Ryan Gosling into a nameless, mythic hero, willing to break laws to procure justice in the outskirts of Los Angeles. Their second film together, it seems, sends that roaming vigilante to the dirty underground of Bangkok. The first preview of Only God Forgives has been released (or, leaked) online, and though it’s just a brief 20 seconds, the footage displays the same sort of gritty, shadow-cloaked drama that made the actor and director’s first collaboration such a critical hit. Set in the underground kickboxing world of Thailand, Gosling plays a gym owner who has to take out his brother’s murderer — or perish himself. The film co-stars Kristin Scott Thomas, as Gosling’s mother. In Drive, Gosling famously made use of a hammer (and, yes, guns) to take down foes; here, the hand-to-hand combat seems even more high-stakes and intense. Knives, kickboxing and machine guns are just the beginning. And as you can see from the poster released for the film, it doesn’t all go well for our hero. The film has not yet set a release date; Gosling can next be seen in the upcoming crime drama, Gangster Squad.