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It’s official! Mad About You returning to the air with new episodes!

Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt reprise their roles from the ’90s hit

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Exciting news for  ’90s sitcom tragics.. like myself.

“Mad About You”, the witty NBC 30-minuter (set in the “Seinfeld” universe) about a couple of newlyweds (and Murray, their eternally-lazy dog), is officially returning to the box.

The long-rumored revival, which sees Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt return to the Buckman household, has been picked up by Spectrum Originals for a run later this year. Spectrum, if the name doesn’t ring a bell, recently picked up another Sony-produced series, “Bad Boys” spin-off “L.A’s Finest”.

No word on who else will be back for the new batch of eps, but I’d say there’s a fair shot we’ll see Lisa Kudrow’s ditzy Ursula again.

Peter Tolan is tapped to be the showrunner, and Helen Hunt will direct the first episode. Danny Jacobson, who co-created the show with Reiser will serve as an executive consultant.

“We are so excited to finally be doing this and thrilled to have Peter Tolan as our fearless captain,” Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt said in a joint statement. “We promise you the same funny and heartwarming show – as soon as we can remember what’s funny about being older. It’s going to be great!”

“We are beyond thrilled to team up with Sony Pictures Television to give ‘Mad About You’ an exclusive home at Spectrum Originals,” said Katherine Pope, Head of Original Content. “Two decades ago, fans fell in love with this show, and this time will be no different as Paul, Helen and Peter explore modern marriage through the eyes of two people who have just become empty-nesters. We can’t wait for everyone to fall in love with the Buchmans all over again.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with Helen and Paul and to partner with Spectrum Originals and Katherine, to bring this acclaimed comedy back to life,” said Jeff Frost, President of SPT, Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter, Co-Presidents of SPT. “It has been a labor of love for all involved and we think audiences will relish the next chapter in these wonderful characters’ lives.

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James Wan, Mark Millar team for Netflix fantasy series

“The Magic Order” tells of five families of magicians sworn to protect our world

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James Wan has joined the producing committee over on “The Magic Order”, a new Netflix series based on an original story by Mark Millar.

The “Aquaman” director will also direct the pilot for the series, which Lindsay Beer will server as writer/showrunner on.

Here’s the logline : Five families of magicians sworn to protect our world must battle an enemy who’s picking them off one by one. By day they live among us as our neighbors, friends and co-workers, but by night they are the sorcerers, magicians and wizards that protect us from the forces of darkness – unless the darkness gets them first.

“The Magic Order” was created in-house at Netflix by Mark Millar and later turned into a comic-book, written by Millar and illustrated by the legendary Marvel artist Olivier Coipel, based on designs created by the team at Netflix. The first issue of this series was the highest-selling new comic-book launch in almost 20 years and the graphic novel, collecting the first six issues, has just reached stores.
Wan, Beer and Millar will be executive producers on the series.

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First look at Patrick Stewart in Star Trek : Picard!

The title, and a look at the upcoming series, were revealed at Upfronts week in New York.

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CBS All Access has revealed the official title and a sneak peek at Patrick Stewart-starrer “Star Trek : Picard”.

The title, and a quick screengrab from the upcoming series, were revealed at Upfronts week in New York.

The series, set donkey’s years after the events of “The Next Generation”, can be beamed, er, streamed later in the year.

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Who’s playing Doctor Manhattan in Watchmen!?

Dr. Jonathan Osterman hails from the big wet, it would seem!

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Our friends at Geek Vibes Nation have the word on the ‘who is Yayha Abdul-Mateen II playing in Watchmen?’ question that’s been floated in the forums for a while.

According to the site, the HBO series has the “Aquaman” star playing none other than Dr. Manhattan!

For the unversed, Dr. Jonathan Osterman aka Doctor Manhattan is a nuclear physicist who in 1959 acquired superpowers after surviving being disintegrated in an Intrinsic Field Subtractor and reconstructing himself. Following his reanimation, he was immediately pressed into service by the United States government, who gave him the name Doctor Manhattan, after the Manhattan Project.

Billy Crudup played the part in Zack Snyder’s 2009 feature film version.

Interestingly enough, Abdul-Mateen’s character has been listed as ‘Cal Abraham’ thus far, suggesting he might be donning a fake name when we first meet him in the series.

Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Tim Blake Nelson, Don Johnson and Louis Gossett Jr are also part of the series, set to premiere in the fall.

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