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Three's Company Gets a Movie Remake and Other TV News

by | April 21, 2016 | Comments

This week in TV news, HBO is free this weekend, Idris Elba and John Ridley are teaming up, CBS is taking The Twilight Zone to another dimension, and more!


FREE HBO THIS WEEKEND IN TIME FOR GAME OF THRONES PREMIERE

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Just in time for the Saturday release of Beyonce’s Lemonade and the highly anticipated premiere of Game of Thrones season six, HBO will be available to non-subscribers this Friday, Saturday and Sunday — for free! Viewers will have to check in with their cable provider to make sure that they’re eligible for the promotion. HBO comedies Veep and Silicon Valley will also be returning with their new seasons on Sunday.

NETFLIX LANDS NAOMI WATTS AND ERIC MCCORMACK

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Oscar nominee Naomi Watts is coming to television on the regular.  Watts has booked the starring role in a new drama series for Netflix entitled Gypsy. In the psychological thriller she plays Jean Holloway, a therapist who starts to develop close and perilous relationships with the people in her clients lives. Watts is not the only one making news at Netflix this week, Eric McCormack will also grace the streaming giant with his presence in the new Sci-Fi drama, Travelers.  Travelers, created by Stargate’s Brad Wright, is set in the future where humanity is on the brink of extinction and survivors discover a way to send consciousness back through time. McCormack will star as FBI special agent Grant MacLaren, who is tasked with leading a team of “travelers” working covertly to save humanity from a horrifying fate.

IDRIS ELBA IS COMING TO SHOWTIME

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Showtime has announced that Academy Award-winner John Ridley (American Crime, 12 Years a Slave) will write, direct and executive produce Guerrilla, a new six-part limited series set to air on Showtime. Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Idris Elba (Luther, Beasts of No Nation) will co-star and serve as an executive producer through his Green Door Pictures. Elba said, “It’s been a long time desire of mine to collaborate with Mr. Ridley and his work here is nothing short of a masterclass in character building and story-telling. TV is in for a treat.” Production will begin in London this summer.

NEXT STOP: THE INTERACTIVE TWILIGHT ZONE

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CBS is teaming up with digital video production company Interlude for its reboot of the classic series The Twilight Zone, with “a new dimension of imagination.” New to an episodic format, Interlude is known for choose-your-own-adventure video and film type projects, and this reboot will be an interactive TV/video game hybrid. No major details have been revealed, but the companies jointly stated the viewers will be able to “change and adapt the story based on what he or she feels. As with all other Interlude videos, viewers can return repeatedly and have a different viewing experience each time.”  Video game creator Ken Levine (BioShock) is slated to write and direct the pilot.


CLASSIC SITCOM THREE’S COMPANY TO HIT THE BIG SCREEN

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Classic 1970s sitcom Three’s Company will come knocking on our door once again, this time on the big screen. Originally based on a British show, Man About the House, Three’s Company was a staple in homes across America. A star vehicle for comedy great John Ritter, the series showcased some of our favorite TV characters in a then-controversial premise that situated a straight man posing as gay in order to platonically live with two single women without raising eyebrows. We hear the new film version will still take place in the 1970s, like the original, and will be produced by Robert Cort and Don Taffner, Jr. for New Line. Oh, we’ve been waitin’ for you…
  • MontyCircus

    Good luck filling John Ritter’s shoes.

    • C.K. Haddock

      Chances are they will have an entirely new wardrobe…I doubt they saved his shoes from the original series.

  • Jack Dee

    Three’s Company? I wonder if they might be brave and show some diversity with the cast, or should we expect 3 white people. Again.

    • drew

      What’s wrong with white people?

      • C.K. Haddock

        Ask a native American…if you can find any left.

        • drew

          lol

        • William Bennet

          What are you talking about? The native Americans in my state own all the casinos and seem to be living happy lives…

    • Ken McBreairty

      yes, it is mandatory that every cast have a trans, a bi, a gay, a black, an asian,..

      • C. A.

        Not every show these days has all the above. It is not MANDATORY. If it is a series tv show, they could just include some of those mentioned above as guests here and there and still not get into trouble. And certainly movies do not have all the above in them.

    • C.K. Haddock

      Yes, the definition of the word “brave” is casting in a politically correct manner. That won’t hurt the comedy aspect at all, since the heart of comedy is conformity.

    • Derek S

      Hopefully it’s 3 white people because this country was not born on political correctness, but it just may die on it.

    • C. A.

      If they put in other than the 3 white people, it would no longer be a remake of Three’s Company. They can just make another movie and call it whatever they want. Unless they want to call it Three’s Company Redefined. Or Three’s Company Recharacterized.

      • C.K. Haddock

        You really have something useless to add to each conversation, don’t you?

  • Jan Terri

    I hope John Riiter is available to make this movie.

    • Cyber Slammer

      and Don Knotts.

      • Jan Terri

        No, not Don Knotts.

        • C. A.

          John Ritter has been dead for many years, but he has 2 sons which could play his part very well, I am sure. John Ritter died when he was only 55 years of age, rest his funny soul.

          • Jan Terri

            I’m referring to a different John Ritter.

          • C.K. Haddock

            Really…you probably tongued his anus, too.

  • Ken McBreairty

    😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • lfire1

    Just what is the bloody point of this? Wasn’t 99% of the ‘situation’ in this comedy based on the fact that Jack had to pretend to be gay in order to get away with living with 2 girl room mates? Now, you could be shacked up with a half dozen people and no one would blink an eye….and Jack camping it up certainly isn’t going to happen. This show was of its time and really doesn’t need to be remade!!

    • C.K. Haddock

      You act as though there was a point to the original series. Having watched it, let me assure you, there was not.

      • C. A.

        The point was to be a light hearted show and to make people laugh, which it did! What was the point of the Jerry Seinfeld Show? There was no point except to show that it was a show about absolutely nothing and could still be funny. Three’s Company was a situational comedy showing things that happen every day that are funny and could happen to anyone. You must not have a very good sense of humor.

        • C.K. Haddock

          Are you receiving royalties from this show? Are you DeWitt and Ritter’s secret love child? Or are you some neckbeard with nothing better to do than argue the virtues of a one-joke show that no one under the age of 40 knows existed? Just curious.

    • Derek S

      The show’s plotlines were 100% someone hearing something out of context and struggling to maintain their regular day by day schedual

  • DuhhUidiot

    What is up with all the remakes? People are use to the original actors and MOST of the remakes SUCK! Good luck finding a replacement for John Ritter, Suzanne Summers, and Joyce Dewitt.

    • C.K. Haddock

      Time is not static. I am willing to bet a majority of the populace are unaware Three’s Company ever existed.

      • DuhhUidiot

        That’s true. The movie and TV remakes may do alright with the younger generation. As for the 40+ crowd, the Iconic figures in my opinion are hard to replace.

      • C. A.

        You are so wrong! Everyone will remember Three’s Company, except maybe the Milleniums, but they are able to watch the reruns to get familiar with it. There are several channels that still run this show. Don’t make such a stupid comment. It was a top show for so many years, how can people not remember it. You must be a younger person or a stupid person, which is it?

        • C.K. Haddock

          You sucked John Ritter off in real life, didn’t you?

  • C.K. Haddock

    What’s it like to have so much hatred for yourself that you penalize those who are not like you?

  • Foxxpix

    Yeah, this will work for today’s audiences. Thanks for the effort Hollywood.

  • C. A.

    I heard they may be thinking of Adam Sandler to fill in for John Ritter. Why don’t they just use one of his sons – they look so much like him and are both actors? That would only be a given, I would think.

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