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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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WATCH: Mel and Jack Talk Starting a Family in ‘Virgin River’ Season 3 Trailer

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There’s plenty of baby talk going around in the Virgin River Season 3 trailer! 

Netflix dropped the trailer for the upcoming drama on Friday, June 11 and it doesn’t waste any time answering the question on everyone’s mind: does Jack survive?

It’s quite an obvious answer considering there is no show without Jack, but if it’s been keeping you up at night, the good news is that he does. 

Of course, that doesn’t put the question of who shot him to rest. (And we have some theories you can check out right here!)

As he recovers, he’s blessed to have Nurse Mel by his side.

With their romance finally heating up, the nosy locals in town begin asking questions about their future — is marriage in the cards? And what about babies?

5 Biggest Moments from ‘Virgin River’ Season 2

Mel’s history will definitely come into play, especially as it was always her dream to have a child. But Jack is a new father to twins (at least we think they’re his) with his ex Charmaine. 

Luckily, Charmaine is no longer hung up on him as she’s found a new man who is there for her and the kids! 

 
Check out the trailer below:
 


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Check Out the ‘Christmas in July’ Lineup on Hallmark

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Check Out the 'Christmas in July' Lineup on Hallmark

No one does Christmas better than Hallmark… even in July.

The network is here to give you a little dose of holiday cheer during the summer months with its annual Christmas in July lineup.

The jolly fun kicks off on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries from June 25 all the way through July 8. 

If that’s not enough, you can indulge in more of your holiday favorites on the Hallmark Channel from July 8 to July 31. 

There’s even a brand-new Christmas movie premiering on July 9 titled Crashing Through the Snow starring Amy Acker and Kristian Bruun star as Maggie and Jeff, who are ex-spouses but friends first.

So, decorate those palm trees, grab a nice cold drink, and check out the Christmas in July lineup below:

2020 Movie Marathon (July 10-11)

Hallmark will air popular Christmas movies from last year, including the premiere of “Crashing Through the Snow” on July 10 at 9 p.m.

Soap Sunday (July 18)

Hallmark will air holiday films featuring fan-favorite soap stars throughout the day and into the night, including Cameron Mathison, Chaley Rose, Rome Flynn, Alison Sweeney, Jesse Metcalfe, Fiona Gubelmann, Bethany Joy Lenz and Victor Webster.

Countdown to Christmas Greatest Hits (July 24-25)

Hallmark will air some of its greatest Christmas films of the past. “Crown for Christmas,” starring Danica McKellar and Rupert Penry-Jones, will air on July 24 at 7 p.m.; “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” starring Brooke Burns, Henry Winkler and Warren Christie, will air on July 24 at 9 p.m.; “Christmas Under Wraps,” starring Candace Cameron Bure and David O’Donnell, will air on July 25 at 7 p.m.; and “The Nine Lives of Christmas” with Brandon Routh and Kimberley Sustad will air on July 25 at 10 p.m.

Blake Shelton Night (June 28)

  • Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas on Monday, June 28 at 6 p.m. ET
  • Time for You to Come Home for Christmas on Monday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET 
  • Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas on Monday, June 28 at 10 p.m. ET

Holiday Jam Session (July 2)

Hallmark will air a series of films that have key musical moments: “Our Christmas Love Song,” starring Alicia Witt and Brendan Hines, will air at 6 p.m.; “The Christmas Bow,” starring Lucia Micarelli and Michael Rady, will air at 8 p.m.; and “Christmas at Graceland,” with Kellie Pickler and Wes Brown, will air at 10 p.m.

Salute to Christmas (July 3)

A trio of projects celebrating those who serve the U.S. will air, featuring “The Christmas Doctor” (starring Holly Robinson Peete and Adrian Holmes) at 6 p.m.; “USS Christmas” (starring Jen Lilley and Trevor Donovan) at 8 p.m.; and “Deliver by Christmas” (starring Alvina August and Eion Bailey) at 10 p.m.

Family on the 4th! (July 4)

To celebrate family, Hallmark will air “A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas,” starring Rachael Lee Cook and Benjamin Ayres, at 6 p.m.; “Holly & Ivy,” starring Janel Parrish, Jeremy Jordan and Marisol Nichols, at 8 p.m.; and “The Christmas Ring,” starring Nazneen Contractor and  David Alpay, at 10 p.m.


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WATCH: ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Trailer Gives First Look Into the Scandalous Lives of Manhattan’s Elite

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Hey Upper East Siders,

The long-awaited Gossip Girl reboot has finally dropped its first trailer.

Nine years after its original run in 2007-2012, Gossip Girl is back and ready to ruin the lives of the next generation of New York’s elite.

This time, she’s upgraded technology and can wreak havoc beyond her blog and outdated flip phone’s contact list.

Through the use of an anonymous Instagram account, she threatens to unveil a huge secret among the ruling rich kids at the private school Constance Billard.

With a cast full of up-and-comers including Jordan Alexander’s portrayal of the queen bee, Julian Calloway, and Whitney Peak as the new girl, Zoya Lott, the show seems to do a great job of diversifying its characters.

There are a few familiar faces including Elizabeth Lail (You) and Laura Benanti (Younger), and the recognizable voice-over of Kristen Bell as the ominous Gossip Girl.

In this short two-minute trailer, it’s clear that the show will be full of drama, and according to the official logline, “The prestige series will address just how much social media–and the landscape of New York City itself– has changed in the intervening years.”

Don’t forget to tune in, as the series will officially stream episodes on HBO Max weekly starting July 8.

XOXO,

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