You never know exactly what you’re going to witness at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, a 16-day marathon that concluded last week.
So was that really Snoop Dogg riding an insanely tricked-out bike across the stage to hype his new gig as host of an updated version of “The Joker’s Wild”?
Yes, that happened.
The press tour can be a little zany at times, but it also offers an opportunity to get a good read on where the industry is headed as it prepares to unleash a mind-boggling barrage of new fall shows.
With that in mind, here are six things we learned from our long stay in Southern California:
Reboots, revivals and regurgitation
Welcome back to the era of VHS. In an ongoing trend, everything old is new again.
NBC is bringing back “Will & Grace,” and ABC is dusting off “Roseanne,” both of which will return with their original main casts intact. Also, brace yourself for updated remakes of “Dynasty” (The CW) and “S.W.A.T.” (CBS) that offer up fresh faces and “contemporary” story lines.
And, of course, there will be many more to come down the road. We may soon see remakes of “King of the Hill,” “Lost in Space,” “Charmed,” and “The L Word” — just to name a few.
The end isn’t always THE end
Forget how the original runs of “Will & Grace” and “Roseanne” went out. Apparently, it’s OK for producers to rewrite history.
When “Will & Grace” returns, the show will blatantly ignore the 2006 finale that jumped ahead 20 years and had the title characters growing apart as they started new families with Vince (Bobby Cannavale) and Leo (Harry Connick Jr.).
“That was more or less a fantasy,” co-creator David Kohan said. “It was a projection into the future.”
Meanwhile, producers of “Roseanne” will actually raise the dead, reviving John Goodman’s Dan Conner, …read more
Source:: The Mercury News