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Pilot Scoop: ABCs ‘Uncle Buck’, 7 New Comedies, NBCs ‘Problem Child’ & More

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ABC is reviving Uncle Buck. The network ordered the pilot to the small-screen adaptation of the 1989 John Candy film. Uncle Buck is described as a family comedy about a childish man who has to learn how to be an adult by taking care of his brothers kids.

Also ordered, Family Fortune, starring Chelsea Lately’s Fortune Feimster as a popular gym teacher who comes out of the closet to her small circle of family and friends, while her divorced parents “come out” that their sleeping together again. Tine Fey will executive produce the comedy.

Before Superbowl Sunday, ABC ordered a total of seven comedy pilots. Here they are:

  • An untitled Johnny Knoxville pilot starring the man himself as he talks about life growing up in Knoxville, Tenn. and how it shaped him to be the prankster he is today.
  • Delores and Jermaine is based on comedian Jermaine Fowler’s real life experiences. It focuses on on millennial Jermaine, who like all of us is part lazy, part inventive. He moves in with his strict and football obsessed granny, who’s also a former cop. 
  • Untitled NBA project surrounds a non-English speaking rookie player and his non-basketball speaking translator trying to navigate life in the NBA.
  • The 46 Percenters dedicates time to saving three couple’s marriages, instead of allowing them to divorce like 54% of American couples.
  • The King of 7B finds a man who hasn’t left his apartment in 20 years, leaving for the first time after he sees who he believes to be his soulmate across the street for the first time.
  • Untitled Judah Mill Project surround a broadway star and her smart husband who are thrown into the world of youth sports with their athletic son.
  • In The Brainy Bunch, a man returns from the military and becomes a stay at home dad only to realize he and his wife Mona Lisa, raised their kids to be too smart and too socially awkward.

As for dramas, four more have been picked up by ABC.

  • College conspiracy drama, Kingmakers, surrounds a man who finds his sister dead during her freshman year at an Ivy League school and adopts a new identity, to go undercover and investigate the schools century-old secret society of privileged students, faculty and high profile alums.
  • The Advocate follows a perfectionist businesswoman who experiences the horrors of the healthcare system when suffering a medical misdiagnosis. She ups and leaves her career behind to help those caught in the maze of modern medicine.
  • Boom is a modern day story about the biggest oil discovery in America, which triggers and economic boom in North Dakota. It follows a young couple as they brave the modern “wild west”.
  • The Adversaries follows a New York lawyer forcing his federal prosecutor daughter to choose a side in his trial. 

Our Opinion: Personally, none of the comedies look interesting to me. From dramas, I’m definitely intrigued by The Kingmakers…. as a second choice, possible The Adversaries. 

NBC

NBC has ordered a pilot based on the 1990 film Problem Child. The original John Ritter film depicted a life between a loving couple and their evil son.

Also getting a pilot pickup--Cuckoo, an adaptation of the UK series which saw Andy Samberg in season 1 and Taylor Lautner is season 2. The pilot is straight to development after receiving it’s commitment back in 2013. 

It surrounds a daughter coming back from a study abroad program married to a man named Cuckoo, which doesn’t sit well with her father. 

FOX

Fox has given a pilot order to Kevin Connolly’s Fantasy Life. It’s based on Matthew Berry’s book about a hard working man who gets his dream job hosting a fantasy football show. But 

Also ordered: comedy pilot Detour, inspired by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo’s real life decision of quitting the band and enrolling in college at the age of 30. 

CBS gave two drama pilot orders.

After making a production commitment, CBS continued with Sneaky Pete, a series about a middle aged con man who leaves prison, assumes his cellmates identity and hides from debtors by toiling his new family’s bail bond business. 

Also ordered, For Justice, loosely based on novelist James Patterson’s The Thomas Berryman Number. It follows an FBI agent torn between his real family and professional family. 


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‘Money Heist’ Spinoff Focused on Pedro Alonso’s Character Berlin is Officially In the Works

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'Money Heist' Spinoff Focused on Pedro Alonso's Character Berlin is Officially In the Works

We’re just mere days away from the final five episodes of Money Heist (La Casa de Papel). 

But if you’re in your feels about the series coming to an end on Friday, December 3, we have some news that might just cheer you up! 

While we’ll be saying goodbye to our favorite Bella Ciao robbers responsible for the biggest heist in the world, Netflix announced a new series focused on Berlin.

The spinoff will be centered around the beloved character portrayed by Pedro Alonso.

Berlin may have died in Season 2, but such a force lives on in memories and flashbacks.

The spinoff, titled Berlin: A New Series, is set to premiere sometime in 2023.

While no plot has been revealed, it will likely dig into the mysterious life of the electric character. 

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It also provides some clarity surrounding the flashbacks about Berlin and his son in the first half of season 5 of Money Heist, which puzzled fans as they couldn’t figure out how they fit into the overall story. 

As for Alonso, he’s “happy” about the spinoff. 

“I am deeply grateful to be able to connect with people all over the world and receive so much love and such a memorable time. We started this series walking into the unknown and we have been winning ever since. You fans are our accomplices and thank you for that,” he said at a fan event celebrating Friday’s premiere. 

Money Heist initially premiered in Spain and received a lukewarm reception. After it aired its final episode, Netflix added the two seasons to its international library, and the series took off! The series about Robin Hood-esque criminals became a global sensation spawning three more seasons sponsored by Netflix. 

To this day, it’s one of the streaming giant’s biggest shows. 

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Sleigh bells are jingle-ing, ring-ting tingle-ing, too because it’s officially December, which means you do not have to feel guilty about all the hot cocoa you’re about to consume and the holiday movies you’re about to binge!

Freeform is getting into the holiday spirit with its annual 25 Days of Christmas programming. 

The schedule is decking the halls with some tried and true classics such as Home Alone + the sequels, the Santa Clause movies, Frosty the Snowman, Love Actually, Disney’s A Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and more. 

You can also catch some Christmas-themed episodes of The Simpsons and Family Guy. 

Check out the full Freeform schedule below:

9 Best Christmas Movies to Spread Holiday Cheer

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1

7 am Holiday in Handcuffs

10:30 am The Simpsons

11:05 am The Santa Clause

1:15 pm The Santa Clause 2

3:45 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

5:50 pm Home Alone

8:20 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

12 am The Simpsons marathon

THURSDAY, DEC. 2

7 am The Mistle-tones

10:30 am The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

11 am Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House

1:05 pm Arthur Christmas

3:10 pm Home Alone

5:40 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

8:20 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

12 am The Simpsons marathon

FRIDAY, DEC. 3

7 am The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

7:30 am Jingle All the Way 2

9:30 am Jingle All the Way

11:35 am Family Guy marathon

4:35 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

7:15 pm The Santa Clause

9:25 pm The Santa Clause 2

11:55 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

SATURDAY, DEC. 4

7 am The Simpsons

7:30 am Jingle All the Way

9:35 am Prancer Returns

11:40 am Home Alone 3

1:50 pm Arthur Christmas

3:55 pm Disney’s A Christmas Carol

6:05 pm Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

7:10 pm Frosty the Snowman

7:45 pm Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

8:50 pm Home Alone

11:20 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

SUNDAY, DEC. 5

7 am Prancer Returns

9:05 am Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

10:05 am Unaccompanied Minors

12:10 pm Arthur Christmas

2:15 pm Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

3:55 pm Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

5:00 pm Frosty the Snowman

5:35 pm Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

6:40 pm Home Alone

9:10 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

11:50 pm Daddy’s Home 2

MONDAY, DEC. 6

7 am It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

10:30 am The Simpsons

11 am Daddy’s Home 2

1:10 pm Home Alone

3:40 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

6:20 pm The Santa Clause

8:30 pm The Santa Clause 2

12 am The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

TUESDAY, DEC. 7

7 am Stealing Christmas

11 am Home Alone

1:30 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

4:10 pm Jingle All the Way

6:15 pm Disney’s A Christmas Carol

8:20 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

12 am Arthur Christmas

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8

7 am Snow

11 am Jingle All the Way

1:00 pm Jingle All the Way 2

3:00 pm Arthur Christmas

5:00 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

7:30 pm Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

9:30 pm Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

12 am The Simpsons marathon

THURSDAY, DEC. 9

7 am Snow 2: Brain Freeze

10:30 am Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

11:30 am The Santa Clause

1:40 pm The Santa Clause 2

3:50 pm Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

5:50 pm Home Alone

8:20 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

12 am Snowglobe

FRIDAY, DEC. 10

7 am Call Me Claus

9 am 12:00 pm Family Guy

12:00 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

2:35 pm Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

4:10 pm Home Alone

6:40 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

9:20 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

12 am Family Guy marathon

SATURDAY, DEC. 11

7 am Unaccompanied Minors

9:05 am The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

9:35 am The Star (2017)

11:40 am Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

1:10 pm Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

2:40 pm Toy Story That Time Forgot

3:10 pm Toy Story

5:10 pm Toy Story 2

7:15 pm Toy Story 3

9:45 pm Toy Story 4

11:55 pm Arthur Christmas

SUNDAY, DEC. 12

7 am The Star (2017)

9 am Jingle All the Way 

11 am Jingle All the Way 2

1:05 pm Arthur Christmas

3:10 pm Disney’s A Christmas Carol

5:15 pm The Santa Clause

7:25 pm The Santa Clause 2

9:55 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

12 am Home Alone 5: The Holiday Heist

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MONDAY, DEC. 13

7 am Holiday in Handcuffs

10:30 am Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

11:30 am The Santa Clause

1:30 pm The Santa Clause 2

4:00 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

6:00 pm Home Alone

8:30 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

12 am Family Guy marathon

TUESDAY, DEC. 14

7 am 12 Dates of Christmas

10:30 am Jingle All the Way

12:30 pm Love Actually

3:30 pm Home Alone

6:00 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

8:30 pm Office Christmas Party – Freeform Premiere

12 am The Night Before

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15

7 am Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve

10:30 am Family Guy

11 am Office Christmas Party

1:35 pm The Santa Clause

3:45 pm The Santa Clause 2

6:15 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

8:20 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

12 am Family Guy marathon

THURSDAY, DEC. 16

7 am Black Nativity

10:30 am The Preacher’s Wife

1:00 pm Almost Christmas

3:30 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

6:00 pm Home Alone

8:30 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

1 12 am The Simpsons marathon

FRIDAY, DEC. 17

7 am Family Guy marathon

9 am Love Actually

12:00 pm Home Alone

2:30 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

5:10 pm The Santa Clause

7:20 pm The Santa Clause 2

9:50 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

11:55 pm Disney’s A Christmas Carol

SATURDAY, DEC. 18

7:35 am Love Actually

10:45 am Unaccompanied Minors

12:55 pm The Santa Clause

3:05 pm The Santa Clause 2

5:35 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

7:40 pm Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

9:40 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

12:20 am Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

SUNDAY, DEC. 19

7 am The Middle

7:30 am Unaccompanied Minors

9:30 am Home Alone 3

11:30 am The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

1:30 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

4:10 pm Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

6:10 pm Frosty the Snowman

6:45 pm Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

7:50 pm Home Alone

10:20 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

1 am Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

MONDAY, DEC. 20

7 am Prancer Returns

10:30 am Home Alone

1:00 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

3:35 pm Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

4:40 pm Frosty the Snowman

5:15 pm Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

6:20 pm The Santa Clause

8:30 pm The Santa Clause 2

12 am The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

TUESDAY, DEC. 21

7 am Family Guy marathon

10:30 am Jingle All the Way

12:30 pm The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

1:00 pm Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

2:00 pm Daddy’s Home 2

4:00 pm Disney’s A Christmas Carol

6:00 pm Home Alone

8:30 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

12 am Family Guy marathon

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22

7 am The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

7:30 am Jingle All the Way

9:30 am Love the Coopers

12:00 pm Daddy’s Home 2

2:05 pm Home Alone

4:35 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

7:15 pm The Santa Clause

9:25 pm The Santa Clause 2

11:55 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

THURSDAY, DEC. 23

7 am It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

9 am Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

10:30 am Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

12:00 pm Arthur Christmas

2:05 pm The Star (2017)

4:05 pm Home Alone

6:35 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

9:15 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

11:55 pm Arthur Christmas

FRIDAY, DEC. 24

7 am Prancer Returns

10:30 am The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

11 am The Star (2017)

1:00 pm Home Alone

3:30 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

6:00 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

8:30 pm Frosty the Snowman

9:00 pm Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

10:00 pm Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

12 am Family Guy marathon

SATURDAY, DEC. 25

7 am Arthur Christmas

9:10 am The Santa Clause

11:20 am The Santa Clause 2

1:50 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

4:00 pm Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

5:05 pm Frosty the Snowman

5:40 pm Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

6:45 pm Home Alone

9:15 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

11:55 pm Arthur Christmas

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9 Best Christmas Movies to Watch 2021

December is the start of a holly, jolly month! 

And what better way to get into the spirit of the holidays than by streaming some heartwarming and festive Christmas movies on Netflix?

From Netflix to Hallmark to HBO Max — spread the Christmas cheer to those far and near! 

Here are the 9 movies to check out in December 2021:

 

Love Hard – Netflix (Nov 5)

A rom-com where you find yourself rooting for the underdog (despite the cat-fishing) and not the guy that belongs on the present-day version of an Abercrombie bag. Bonus: it stars Nina Dobrev from The Vampire Diaries and Jimmy O. Yang in Silicon Valley.

 

Next Stop, Christmas – Hallmark Channel (Nov 6) 

If you love the Polar Express and Back to the Future, this movie is for you. Christopher Lloyd taps into the conductor role on a time-traveling train as a woman ponders what her life would be like if she married a former boyfriend who went onto become a famous sportscaster and mysteriously finds herself 10 years in the past. 

 

Father Christmas is Back – Netflix (Nov 7)

Four widely different sisters reunite for Christmas in a Yorkshire mansion and find themselves uncovering family secrets when their long lost father shows up for dinner. Elizabeth Hurley, Nathalie Cox, and Kelsey Grammer star in the comedy. 

 

Home Sweet Home Alone – Disney + (Nov 12)

He’s no Kevin McCallister, but Archie Yates as Max Mercer certainly gives him a run for his money in this “Home Alone” sequel. Max is the kid left behind as his family travels to Japan for the holidays. When a married couple tries to steal an heirloom from his home, they don’t expect him to retaliate. And the rest is history! 
 

 

The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star – Netflix (Nov 18)

Vanessa Hudgens x3! Royal lookalikes Margaret and Stacy turn to third doppelganger Fiona for help retrieving a stolen priceless Christmas relic.

 

A Boy Called Christmas – Netflix (Nov 24)

A young boy named Nikolas sets on a quest to find his father and stumbles upon a village of elves called Elfhelm. 

 

8-Bit Christmas – HBO Max (November 25)

Set in suburban Chicago in the 1980s, a 10-year-old sets out to get the ultimate Christmas gift of his generation: a video game system. The comedy stars Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Steve Zahn, and Winslow Fegley. 

 

The Christmas Contest – Hallmark Channel (11/28)

It’s the Fuller House reunion you didn’t know you needed! Queen of Christmas Candace Cameron Bure stars in her 11th Hallmark movie as Lara, who faces off against Ben (played by John Brotherton) in a Christmas competition. We can’t wait to see these two back together onscreen considering their chemistry in the Full House spinoff. Maybe we’ll get a surprise appearance from Danny Tanner? We dream.

 

The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls – Hallmark Channel (12/18)

Not only was The Christmas House Hallmark’s first-ever LGBTQ holiday movie, but it was also a really great holiday film. So, it only makes sense that the network would tap in for a sequel about the Mitchell brothers competing to see who can build the best Christmas house. Robert Buckley, Ana Ayora, Jonathan Bennett return alongside Sharon Lawrence, Treat Williams, Brad Harder.
 


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