TV Talk

Tales From the Crypt Is Back From The Dead, and Other TV News

by | January 7, 2016 | Comments

This week in TV news, Netflix expands its streaming services, Ozzy and Jack Osbourne may return to TV, Tales from the Crypt has been resurrected, and more!



After announcing last month that it would be doubling its original content output in 2016, Netflix has reportedly expanded its streaming service to 130 more countries, making the video service available in a total of 190 countries. Among the shows premiering later this year, Certified Fresh favorites Marvel’s Daredevil and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will return for second seasons, with new shows including Marvel’s Luke Cage, Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down (watch the newly released trailer here), and an animated series from acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro, as part of an expanded partnership with DreamWorks Animation. On their original film side, the Idris Elba-starring Beasts of No Nation and the documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? are both Certified Fresh and racking up awards season buzz, while the Adam Sandler vehicle The Ridiculous 6 (currently holding a strong 0%) has become the service’s most watched movie (including originals and licensed properties). Netflix currently boasts more than 70 million subscribers.


osbournes 3 edt
The Prince of Darkness and his son are returning to TV, according to reports of a trip to Havana over the weekend, prior to the commencement of Black Sabbath’s final tour. The Sabbath vocalist and heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne traveled with son, Jack, to Cuba for about a week as part of a TV film project for the History Channel. The project will see the duo visit historic landmarks around the world and present them to the world as “history with an Osbourne twang,” according to Ozzy. Osbourne has also said the film will help educate himself on current events post World War 2, of which he is a bit of an expert. While most of the info on the project is under wraps, Jack has been updating fans on Instagram about the father/son travels. The Osbournes are two of a handful of celebrities traveling to Cuba since its recent relief of tensions with the US. A brief montage of Ozzy, 67, traveling in Cuba, can also be seen on YouTube.


The second season of True Detective was more than a let down for those eagerly awaiting an encore to its widely popular and prolific first season. Well, HBO President Michael Lombardo has stepped up to the plate to take the blame for True Detective’s unsteady sophomore showing.  Lombardo made it clear in a recent interview with The Frame that “when we tell somebody to hit an air date as opposed to allowing the writing to find its own natural resting place, when it’s ready, when it’s baked—we’ve failed.” He went on to say “… the first season of True Detective was something that Nic Pizzolatto had been thinking about, gestating, for a long period of time. He’s a soulful writer. I think what we did was go, ‘Great.’ And I take the blame. I became too much of a network executive at that point. We had huge success. ‘Gee, I’d love to repeat that next year.” There still may be a third season of True Detective; and from where we stand now it looks like Lombardo and HBO have gleaned some important lessons from their successive season, third time may indeed be the charm.



The first TV show cancellations for 2016 have been announced, and syndicated talk show The Meredith Vieira Show will not be returning after it finishes it’s second season in May. TNT’s police procedural Rizzoli and Isles will wrap up this summer after its seventh season. And HBO has announced that it will not renew its hit series Girls past the sixth season. There is still plenty of time before Lena Dunham and company say their goodbyes. Season five of Girls premieres on February 21st.


Crypt Keeper - Tales
Hold the phone. M. Night Shyamalan is breathing new life into Tales from the Crypt, which originally aired for seven seasons on late night HBO. The revered series will be championed by the Oscar-nominated writer-director and TNT,  where Tales will be part of a new two hour horror block of programming for the cable channel. Shyamalan shared with Variety, “to be a part of such a beloved brand like ‘Tales from the Crypt, something I grew up watching, and to also have the chance to push the boundaries of genre television as a whole, is an inspiring opportunity that I can’t wait to dive into.”  Whether or not the creepy “Crypt Keeper” skeleton will return as host of the beloved show has yet to be revealed, but one thing seems evident – viewers are in store for a very twisted hair raising ride.
  • Fingers crossed for Tales from the Crypt. I hope Sham can pull it off. If he’s smart, he and the writers will keep the humor from the original and create an awesome new crypt keeper.

    • Rosie Gig

      Based on past performance, I’d bet that there’s no chance whatsoever that “Sham” will pull it off. He’s arguably the worst film-maker in the history of big budget films. Have you seen that stuff?

      • He’s definitely had his ups and downs but I don’t think even his worst films are worse than Uwe Boll’s best efforts. But I definitely understand your trepidation with ShamHammer, he doesn’t exactly inspire confidence especially after such “masterpieces” as After Earth and The Last Airbender.

        • dobyblue

          I think the key lies in your language, “he and the writers” – if Sham sticks to what he’s good at, directing, and lets writers do what they’re good at, WRITING (including the screenplay), then it should be successful.

          His deficiencies in this area caught up to him quite quickly, and virtually everything with his name on it starting with Lady has been panned.

          The guy has much talent behind the camera lens and no doubt has a good imagination, but had he let others take the screenplays many movies ago he would have saved much face. I haven’t liked anything he’s done since The Village, but that one and the three before it I think are all very good character-driven stories.

          • I think you’re right. His most critically successful movie recently was last year’s “The Visit”, which although I didn’t see it, the trailers made it look like a simple back to basics horror/thriller that probably didn’t rely too much on extensive world building or writing chops.

            Tales from the Crypt could very much be in that same vein if it follows the formula of the original series.

        • Rosie Gig

          Uwe Boll. Fair enough, Joshua. You win that point.

        • Jamie Walker

          Lol@the nicknames

      • johnrf

        The worst film-maker in history? That’s a little extreme. He’s done some of the best films of all time. The Sixth Sense is an almost perfect movie.

        • ghebert

          That’s pretty much the only good film he has to his name.

          • johnrf

            I liked Signs and Unbreakable also.

  • Christopher Reed

    Prolific? 8 episodes is 8 episodes.

Tag Cloud

Trivia Amazon Prime VOD thriller die hard football Summer Tubi cooking DC Universe romance GLAAD Sundance TV streaming Shudder sequel ID dc docudrama Certified Fresh DirecTV finale CNN blaxploitation Mary poppins BET Musicals documentaries spanish language SDCC Adult Swim Hulu Black History Month Logo medical drama diversity Reality Lifetime satire foreign batman 2015 dogs blockbuster YA biography mission: impossible serial killer halloween RT21 Cosplay crossover PBS news comiccon Chilling Adventures of Sabrina a nightmare on elm street Tarantino Mudbound Masterpiece true crime stand-up comedy Trailer space Red Carpet Cannes Spring TV The Academy Winners comic books 20th Century Fox ghosts Podcast nbcuniversal Toys Endgame renewed TV shows 45 directors Elton John cults Showtime quibi Music Western Syfy WarnerMedia RT History Mystery adaptation Columbia Pictures 2017 Mary Tyler Moore sag awards Box Office TV Land Ghostbusters Nominations The Purge Pride Month black zombie based on movie Pop Lionsgate science fiction HBO Go TNT Warner Bros. Oscars cancelled Starz Funimation Pixar latino DC Comics Travel Channel supernatural Pirates best italian cinemax TLC Rom-Com revenge BBC FX Fantasy cancelled TV shows Mary Poppins Returns Star Trek TCA Winter 2020 Winter TV slashers OWN what to watch indie ABC Family technology Turner Classic Movies LGBT television cops Women's History Month Spectrum Originals Baby Yoda Amazon Studios political drama social media CMT justice league National Geographic australia TV renewals all-time Crackle Teen Academy Awards cancelled television french rotten movies we love DC streaming service Hallmark Christmas movies Superheroes Video Games Netflix nfl Sci-Fi Tumblr Turner spain First Look 2020 Britbox Marathons dramedy anthology MSNBC anime USA GoT facebook joker ITV The CW laika Food Network X-Men Nickelodeon BAFTA Watching Series Martial Arts Apple travel Rocketman IFC Hallmark Comics on TV SundanceTV See It Skip It Superheroe crime drama Infographic Marvel Action ESPN reboot halloween tv obituary Shondaland politics TCA 2017 Rock Anna Paquin miniseries Binge Guide Esquire Acorn TV breaking bad dark stop motion cats Chernobyl binge cartoon Sneak Peek asian-american animated Freeform scorecard 4/20 Biopics scary movies American Society of Cinematographers Dark Horse Comics sequels FOX Interview Discovery Channel TruTV kids Disney+ Disney Plus psycho Horror free movies HBO Schedule emmy awards japanese spinoff sports Sony Pictures PaleyFest Writers Guild of America Trophy Talk classics VH1 Fox Searchlight Extras YouTube hist films LGBTQ versus dragons 2016 christmas movies CBS All Access historical drama IFC Films reviews award winner discovery 007 FX on Hulu Sundance disaster FXX Marvel Television Apple TV+ dceu Photos Reality Competition rt archives E! Black Mirror Epix Emmys Holidays screen actors guild DGA robots composers Tomatazos Ovation PlayStation Sundance Now A24 sitcom teaser Stephen King hollywood natural history BBC One richard e. Grant screenings Best and Worst Disney Channel Lifetime Christmas movies VICE Grammys game of thrones USA Network Mindy Kaling Thanksgiving TCA south america Countdown casting YouTube Red Television Critics Association Ellie Kemper fast and furious venice series unscripted WGN movies Television Academy Animation comics Premiere Dates mutant james bond Awards strong female leads crime thriller San Diego Comic-Con archives elevated horror Set visit Film Festival Election comic video on demand Heroines Pet Sematary stoner Paramount name the review Super Bowl twilight Country Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Character Guide toronto hispanic History book chucky tv talk 2019 President Disney Plus Awards Tour crime jamie lee curtis zero dark thirty OneApp zombies BET Awards BBC America The Arrangement transformers Film spy thriller franchise witnail Musical HBO Max concert nature Paramount Network Family adventure Kids & Family Walt Disney Pictures universal monsters TV romantic comedy vampires AMC Holiday spanish Captain marvel NBC Polls and Games indiana jones green book APB Christmas Comedy E3 game show 2018 superhero Amazon Prime Video SXSW Amazon spider-man talk show 72 Emmy Awards Nat Geo Song of Ice and Fire MTV Hear Us Out Bravo canceled TV shows cars GIFs toy story 71st Emmy Awards CBS theme song festival MCU criterion Fall TV Arrowverse singing competition El Rey critics war independent YouTube Premium Rocky Peacock The Walking Dead period drama 21st Century Fox child's play Quiz Disney streaming service werewolf Calendar harry potter TIFF Lucasfilm Pop TV aliens ratings canceled parents children's TV Apple TV Plus NYCC Fox News Star Wars TCA Awards Spike ABC CW Seed worst Year in Review festivals cancelled TV series comedies doctor who psychological thriller video movie 24 frames Valentine's Day Avengers Emmy Nominations remakes TBS deadpool Vudu New York Comic Con rotten The Witch First Reviews Classic Film Marvel Studios A&E worst movies mockumentary Creative Arts Emmys Comic Book Cartoon Network Universal boxoffice Brie Larson Comedy Central TCM Disney Drama Netflix Christmas movies police drama golden globes documentary Crunchyroll Opinion