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BB-8 returns in new small-screen “Force Awakens” sequel

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Production has begun on “Star Wars Resistance,” an exciting new animated adventure series about Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. It will premiere this fall on Disney Channel in the U.S. and, thereafter, on Disney XD and around the world.

Featuring the high-flying adventure that audiences of all ages have come to expect from Star Wars, “Star Wars Resistance” will feature the beloved droid BB-8 alongside ace pilots, colorful new characters and appearances by fan favorites, including Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma, voiced by actors Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie, respectively.

The series was created by renowned Lucasfilm Animation veteran Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”); executive-produced by Athena Portillo (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”), Justin Ridge (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”) and Brandon Auman (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”); and art-directed by Amy Beth Christenson (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”).

“The idea for ‘Star Wars Resistance’ came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots,” said Filoni. “My grandfather was a pilot and my uncle flew and restored planes, so that’s been a big influence on me. There’s a long history of high-speed racing in Star Wars, and I think we’ve captured that sense of excitement in an anime-inspired style, which is something the entire team has been wanting to do for a long time.”

Marc Buhaj, senior vice president, Programming and general manager, Disney XD, said, “Our colleagues at Lucasfilm have created a compelling narrative for an untold moment in the Star Wars galaxy, and we are excited to partner with them again on this new original series. ‘Star Wars Resistance’ will bring viewers across generations an engaging story with heart, humor and both new and familiar characters.”

The voice cast also includes Christopher Sean (“Days of Our Lives”), Suzie McGrath (“East Enders”), Scott Lawrence (“Legion”), Myrna Velasco (“Elena of Avalor”), Josh Brener (“Silicon Valley”), Donald Faison (“Scrubs”), Bobby Moynihan (“DuckTales”), Jim Rash (“Community”) and Rachel Butera (“Tammy’s Tiny Tea Time”).

Meanwhile, production officially began last week on the second season of “Star Trek : Discovery” with Executive Producer and Co-Creator Alex Kurtzman directing the premiere episode.

“Discovery” follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.

All episodes of season one are now available to watch on CBS All Access, CBS’ digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service, and is distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV.

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Kiefer Sutherland to star in The Fugitive series remake

The series is being developed for Quibi

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A series remake of 1993 flick “The Fugitive” has been greenlit at Quibi – the short-form mobile TV and tech startup led by Jeffrey Katzenberg. Kiefer Sutherland has been brought on-board to star as legendary Detective Clay Bryce who is trying to apprehend Mike Ferro, played by Boyd Holbrook.

The logline to the series is similar to the film: When a bomb rips through the Los Angeles subway train he’s riding on, blue-collar Mike Ferro (Holbrook) just wants to make sure his wife, Allison, and 10-year-old daughter, Pearl, are safe. But the faulty evidence on the ground and “tweet-now, confirm-later” journalism paint a nightmarish picture: it looks to all the world that Mike was responsible for the heinous act. Wrongfully—and very publicly—accused, Mike must prove his innocence by uncovering the real perpetrator, before the legendary cop (Sutherland) heading the investigation can apprehend him.

Harrison Ford played the equivalent to Holbrook’s central character and Tommy Lee Jones payed the U.S. Marshal on his tail in the original movie, which was itself based on the 1960’s ABC series.

Warner Bros. Television will develop the show, with Nick Santora writing and exec producing alongside Hopkins, Basil Iwanyk, Tom Lassally and Albert Torres. Thanks to Variety.

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Galactica, Bell, Punky, Office reboots for NBC’s Peacock

NBC’s new streaming service launches in April with new originals

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A [yes, another] reboot of sci-fi classic “Battlestar Galactica” is in the works for NBC’s newly-announced streaming platform Peacock, it was announced today.

In addition, new takes on “Punky Brewster”, “Saved By The Bell” and – possibly – “The Office” are coming to the spin-off.

Sam Esmail (“Mr Robot”) will spearhead the new “Galactica”, launching in 2020, and promises it won’t be a retread of the original Glen Larsen series nor the more recent, critically acclaimed Ronald D.Moore version.

Says the showrunner in a tweet, “BSG fans (he tweeted), this will NOT be a remake of the amazing series @RonDMoore launched because … why mess with perfection? Instead, we’ll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar. So say we all!”

Peacock will also be the home for Moore and SyFy’s 2004 version.

The new “Galactica” is said to be a “more modern look at the world as told through the lens of the sci-fi favorite”, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A writer has yet to be hired for the this third go-round of the popular ’70s sci-fi series.
Also headed for Peacock, a “Saved By The Bell” sequel featuring Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkeley, and a “Punky Brewster” revival starring Soleil Moon-Frye.

“30 Rock’s Tracey Wigfield is writing and executive producing the “Saved” sequel, which The Hollywood Reporter has discovered will also feature Zack Morris – albeit in a surprising new role.

“When California Gov. Zack Morris (the role memorably played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar) gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.”

In the “Punky” follow-up, the former foster kid will become a foster parent herself.
“In this multicamera/hybrid continuation of the iconic ’80s sitcom about a bright young girl raised by a foster dad, Punky is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self. Soleil Moon Frye reprises the role that made her famous.”
Meanwhile, a reboot of “The Office” remains a high priority for the network.
“It is my hope and goal that we do an Office reboot,” NBCU’s Bonnie Hammer, Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises, told Deadline.
NBCU recently acquired streaming rights to NBC’s the series for $500+ million, taking it away from Netflix where the series starring Carell has flourished. “The Office comes back to us in January 2021. It is my hope that we can figure what that great reboot would be,” Hammer said, adding, “We are having conversations.”
The newly-announced “Peacock” will launch in April.
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Sequel series to Hogan’s Heroes in the works

50 years later, the classic TV sitcom is making a comeback!

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Chances are a lot of us were born after “Hogan’s Heroes” finished on TV, being that the show was popular in the 60s, but the classic TV sitcom is making a comeback! The show is set to be rebooted by the original series co-creator Al Ruddy alongside Village Roadshow Entertainment Group and Rough Pictures.

Per Deadline, the reimagined version will be a single-camera action adventure comedy series set in present day focusing on the descendants of the original heroes, now scattered around the world, who team up for a global treasure hunt.

Ruddy will executive produce with Rough House Pictures principals Danny McBride, David Gordon Green and Jody Hill and the company’s president of production Brandon James.

Alongside Ruddy, “Hogan’s Heroes” was also created by the late Bernard Fein, and aired for 168 episodes that ran on CBS from 1965-1971. It centred around a group of Allied POWs imprisoned in a German prison camp, led by U.S. Colonel Robert Hogan, who secretly used the camp to launch Allied espionage missions. The series starred Bob Crane as Hogan, Werner Klemperer as Colonel Wilhelm Klink, Richard Dawson as Corporal Peter Newkirk and John Banner as Sergeant Hans Schultz.

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