LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Have mercy!" Is "Full House" really coming back to TV? According to sources, a revival of the '90s ratings darling has been proposed, but it's not reality just yet.
While nothing is set in stone, there's been talks at Warner Bros. Television about bringing back the sitcom, and some of its original cast, for a revival nearly 20 years after the 1987-1995 show had its finale. Cast member John Stamos is reportedly at the head of the idea, along with original series creator Jeff Franklin and executive producer Bob Boyett.
It's little wonder why Warner Bros. would want to bring back "Full House." Primetime repeats of the show average 1.5 million viewers, according to Nick at Nite, pulling in fans that are too young to even remember the show's original run.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - While "True Detective" star Matthew McConaughey was considered the frontrunner in the lead drama actor race at the 2014 Emmy Awards, it was director Cary Joji Fukunaga who scored the show's sole win at Monday's ceremony for Outstanding Directing. The season's only director, Fukunaga won the gong for "Who Goes There," which featured a six-minute, single-take tracking shot at the close of the hour.
The series also won four awards at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony, including casting, makeup, main title design and cinematography. McConaughey and costar Woody Harrelson lost out to "Breaking Bad" lead Bryan Cranston, and the departing AMC series also took home the Outstanding Drama award.
"Detective" may have suffered from competing in the crowded drama category, when most pundits considered the anthology show a miniseries, in the same vein as "Fargo" and "American Horror Story." A similar fate befell "Orange is the New Black," which competed in the comedy category and lost to "Modern Family," instead of vying for the drama prize.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - In one of the stranger moments of the Primetime Emmy Awards, host Seth Meyers and Andy Samberg took the stage to introduce parody artist "Weird Al" Yankovic, who created a medley of TV theme songs with added lyrics.
With a large group of dancers behind him, Yankovic riffed off the theme songs for "Mad Men," "Scandal," "Homeland," "Modern Family" and "Game of Thrones," giving each lyrics that describe the show's plot. He played off of Kerry Washington's "Scandal" relationship, singing, "It's not because she's cold, it's because she just loves the president," while also ruminating about "Modern Family's" appeal by mentioning, "a couple of gay guys."
The sequence ended with a dancer in the audience providing "Game of Thrones" writer George R.R. Martin with a typewriter as Yankovic told him to, "type as fast as you can." Samberg followed up the performance with a humorous impersonation of King Joffrey while Lena Headey was presenting the night's next award.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - In a night marked by a few upsets and a host of repeat winners, "Breaking Bad" grabbed its second consecutive Emmy for best drama series while "Modern Family"made it a record-tying fifth consecutive win for comedy series.
The ABC comedy's streak now makes it a tie with NBC's "Frasier" for consecutive wins in the category. Producers and cast members looked shocked as they trundled on stage.
Bryan Cranston has won his fourth Emmy for lead actor in a drama for his storied work on the AMC drama "Breaking Bad."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - At Monday's Primetime Emmy Awards, Billy Crystal led the audience in a moving tribute for comedian and Emmy-winning actor Robin Williams, who died Aug. 11. Crystal, a life-long friend of Williams, founded and hosted the Comic Relief benefit performances with the comedian, and the two starred together in Ivan Reitman's "Father's Day."
Following the ceremony's In Memoriam segment, featuring Sara Bareilles performing Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," Crystal entered the stage as a photo of Williams filled the large screen of the Nokia Theatre. He told a story about his experiences with Williams doing comedy, playing baseball and attending family gatherings.
"It's so hard to talk about him in the past because he was such a presence in all of our lives," Crystal said. "For almost 40 years, he was the brightest star in our comedy galaxy. The brilliance was astounding, the relentless energy was thrilling."
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Last week, Olney native Tony Chennault—a Neumann-Goretti and Villanova grad—premiered his new web-series, Oldhead, in the auditorium of his high school alma mater. Now, the show's first episode has made it online.
Coming to us via Chennault's 267 Productions, Oldhead tells the oft-forgotten tale of, what else, the "oldhead"—those wise, old mentors that take younger men under their wings in an attempt to offer sage advice to someone who would finally get it. It's first episode, clocking in at around 15 minutes, sets the tone for the series and introduces protagonist Sean, who must choose whether he will listen to the lessons his neighborhood oldhead, Bumpy, has to teach. The other option, following his best friend Kareem, stands to disrupt his life and overshadow any help Bumpy stands to offer.
It is that dichotomy that comes to help define Oldhead. Throughout the premiere's 15 minutes, Sean is faced constantly with situations that offer two options: The path of the oldhead, or that of Kareem—AKA "the hard way," as Sean's mother says in one altercation.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - If the MTV Video Music Awards looked boring on TV, it was even worse watching the show in person. Sunday night's ceremony was held at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., a venue so monstrous not even Taylor Swift could fill all the seats. Unlike most concerts, there weren't any TV screens in the venue that broadcast the performances live, which is why crowds kept looking restless when the camera cut to them. It was hard to see what was happening.
At every commercial break, a VMAs stage manager with a bullhorn would bark at the fans on the ground floor to move as the clunky sets weaved around them. There was a smattering of boos when Miley Cyrus tried to make a political statement by sending a homeless man onstage to accept her Moonman trophy for Video of the Year. When Beyonce finally delivered her showstopper finale, half the crowd was on their feet -- the other half headed out the door because a random wall blocked many in the audience from seeing her.
The VMAs are usually packed with pop stars, but most of the bigger names stayed away (like Lady Gaga) or just presented (like Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato and Lorde) this year. Who could tell the difference between Fifth Harmony and 5 Seconds of Summer? To help me navigate, I took along resident music expert Eloise Eller (@Eloiseeller), the 14-year-old daughter of Variety editor-in-chief of film Claudia Eller. Here's our joint review of the 2014 VMAs.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - What felt so sweet when "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" brought gay style to straight men becomes borderline offensive in "Girlfriend Intervention," a Lifetime series that enlists a quartet of African-American fashionistas to make over a "basic" white woman. Loud, brash and filled with stereotypes, it's hard to know what's most irritating -- the sweeping declarations about black women as if they were monolithic, or the forced remodeling of women who are perfectly comfortable with their looks and style, after subjecting them to a "Catwalk of Shame." If indeed there's cause for shame here, the producers should start with a mirror.
"Trapped inside of every white girl is a strong black woman ready to bust out," explain the four magical style mentors, who invade the woman's home (a friend or relative is in on the plot), proceeding to spend a week dispensing fashion wisdom.
In the premiere, there's 24-year-old Emily, a mother of two (she started young, obviously) who has just earned her real-estate license. She is put through the paces by self-described "confident plus-sized woman" Tanisha Thomas, fashion maven Tiffiny Dixon, sanctuary guru (a fancy way of saying home remodeler) Nikki Chu, and beauty pro Tracy Balan.