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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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CW Spring Schedule—’Walker’ Premiere Date Announced, But Where Is ‘Superman & Lois’?

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The CW is gearing up for its spring TV season—and April showers are clearly going to be bringing back many highly-anticipated shows by fans. 

With plenty of CW originals going on the chopping block last year, two survivors, Walker and All American, finally have airdates for what will likely be their final seasons. 

All American Season 6 will be gracing TV screens on Monday, April 1 at 8/7c (no, this isn’t an April Fools joke), as Walker returns with Season 4 on Wednesday, April 3! 

Two surviving shows that are visibly absent from the lineup, however, are All American: Homecoming and Superman & Lois.

It’s unclear why the shows are being held back, but the hope is that they will now mark the network’s fall TV season.

As for new shows, Walker will be joined by crime drama Sight Unseen starring The Originals‘ Daniel Gillies. 

There’s also no word on a second season for The CW’s Sullivan’s Crossing starring Chad Michael Murray, Scott Patterson and Morgan Kohan, though it seems the series will be debuting in April in Canada, so fingers cross a fall return is possibly stateside. 

Here’s the full lineup for The CW spring 2024:

MONDAY, APRIL 1
8 pm All American (Season 6 premiere)
9 pm Lovers and Liars (series premiere)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3
8 pm Walker (Season 4 premiere)
9 pm Sight Unseen (series premiere)

THURSDAY, APRIL 11
8 pm Patti Stanger: The Matchmaker (series premiere)
9 pm Lovers and Liars (series premiere encore/time slot premiere)

FRIDAY, APRIL 26
8 pm Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9 pm 100 Days to Indy (Season 2 premiere)

TUESDAY, APRIL 30
8 pm Police 24/7 (series premiere)
9 pm Hostage Rescue (series premiere)

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It’s Happening—’Wizards of Waverly Place’ Is Getting a Sequel With Selena Gomez

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In the words of the Wizards of Waverly Place theme song—yes, please

Deadline exclusively reported that Disney is reviving its hit series, starring Selena Gomez. The network has ordered a pilot for a sequel to the teen show that ran from 2007 to 2012 on Disney Channel.

And there’s definitely something to be more excited about because it’s set to be executive-produced by original stars Gomez and on-screen brother David Henrie.

That’s not all! Gomez will reportedly guest star the pilot episode to reprise her iconic role as Alex Russo, while Henrie will be a series regular in the role of Justin Russo. 

Rounding out the new cast will be Janice LeAnn Brown (Billie), Alkalio Thiele (Roman Russo), and Mimi Gianopulos (Giada) who will play Justin’s wife and kids. 

The series, hailing from the writers and producers of Raven’s Home (another spinoff of an early Disney Channel show, That’s So Raven, that found a second life) Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas, will kick off with a mysterious incident as WizTech, where Justin works after surrendering his wizard powers to lead a human life. 

However, Billie soon arrives as a powerful young wizard seeking training and guidance, forcing Justin to get back to magic to save the Wizard World. 

Henrie confirmed the news on social media, sharing a photo of the pilot episode and captioning it, “The Russo’s are excited to become a part of your family, once again, but we’ve grown 😊 2024, the year magic comes back! 🪄”

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Gomez also took to her Instagram Story to share a throwback photo with Henrie, writing, “We’re back.”

It’s unclear if other members of the original cast who played Justin’s parents and brother—Maria Canals-Barrera, David DeLuise, and Jake T. Austin—along with Alex’s bestie Jennifer Stone will reprise their roles. 

But this is something worthy of celebration for all the millennials who grew up with the Russo family! 

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‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Star Jeanine Mason Shares Sweet Update From Wedding

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Jeanine Mason is officially off the market!

The Roswell, New Mexico star, who announced her engagement back in March 2023, shared sweet wedding photos from her recent nuptials.

The So You Think You Can Dance champion is said to have married husband Nicholas late last year. 

She shared two intimate photos on Instagram, one of the duo kissing after they seemingly exchanged “I do’s” as their guests looked on, along with a second shot of the two cozying up to each other on the subway.

“So many thank yous to come. But for now, just one to this unbelievable man. I love you husband,” the Upload actress captioned the post, which you can see right here.

Brides got more of the scoop on the newlyweds and their big day, noting that she and Nicholas met on a dating app and later exhaling vows on the stoop of their New York City home, which is also where he proposed. 

“We thought, how fun would it be to bring our favorite people along for a weekend in our lives here in New York City and to fill all our neighborhood spots with our families and friends,” she told the outlet. “We imagined, ‘What would our ideal weekend be with our favorite people?’ and then, ‘How do we want to be married?’ We really threw tradition or answering to any standard out the window.”

With that said, they told guests to go all out with their outfits, telling them to “do the MOST.” 

Nicholas serves a major in the Army Reserves following years of active duty, so he opted for his military dress uniform.

They also used the day as an opportunity to hire as many artists as they possibly could, including a violinist to perform during the ceremony, local artists for illustrations, and florists for flowers and arches.

As for the public transit choice—that’s how everyone got to the reception! 

“We always knew we’d take the subway to the reception but this was the perfect way to start the party,” she said. 

Since Mason is Cuban, there was also plenty of music and dancing on a “large dance floor,” and she even danced the salsa with her dad as it’s a “huge part of our culture and the way we celebrate. I think we made the Cubans proud.”

Her co-stars immediately jumped into the comment section to share their congratulations—warming the hearts of The CW fans all around—as Michael Vlamis wrote “VLAMIS GOT MARRIED!!!!” Tyler Blackburn shared a series of heart emojis, Heather Hemmens wrote “So beautiful! Congrats you two!” and Lily Cowles added, “So gorgeous! Felicitaciones mi amor.”

Congrats to the happy couple—we wish you all the best on this new journey! 

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