Twice a year, the Television Critics Association (TCA) hits the road for a 2-week-long event of interviews with TV showrunners, celebrities, and producers to discuss what’s new, what’s happening, and what went right -- or sometimes wrong -- in television.
Here are a few takeaways from this past week at the TCAs:
-- Though "Eastbound and Down" might be coming to a bittersweet end, it’s not game over for Danny McBride and Jody Hill. The duo is currently working on a new comedy revolving around a high school theme.
"They're taking a look at high school life – it’s a really great, funny, quintessentially Danny and Jody idea," said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, adding that it will, like "Eastbound & Down", be a half-hour show.
Personally, I think Danny McBride is hilarious in everything he does, and if this show is going to be anything like I think it might be, we are in for a great ride.
-- Michael J. Fox returns to television with his new show of the same name, and though critics are worried about him not being able to perform because of his condition, Fox assures them that he’s ready for a 22-episode run.
The pilot, admittedly, tries to draw much humor from the inconveniences of Parkinson's, but the stars were quick to note that it takes more of a backseat moving forward.
"Sometimes it's frustrating, and sometimes it's funny," Fox said out of the gate in response to the comedy's portrayal of his real-life battle with Parkinson's disease. "I look at it that way, and I think other people need to look at it that way… If someone wants to be outraged, they can be outraged. I don't think it's that outrageous."
I look forward to seeing Fox head back to the small-screen. I think he’s a great actor and Marty McFly can do no wrong in my book!
-- The ReelzChannel will premiere an original investigative documentary called JFK: The Smoking Gun on November 3, precisely 19 days before the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination.
There are lots of conspiracy theories, one even involving a Secret Service agent accidently shooting the President. The documentary will examine all aspects of the shooting using newly found evidence and film footage that has yet to be disclosed to the public.
I’ve never been a fan of the Magic Bullet theory, so I’m very interested to see how this will play out.
-- NBC is on a mission to challenge AMC and HBO by unveiling four high-profile long-form projects in the works, including: a miniseries about Hillary Clinton to star Diane Lane; a reboot of Rosemary’s Baby; a new version of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers; and a historical project with Mark Burnett about the Pilgrims’ landing at Plymouth Rock.
Though not much can be said at this point as they are all in pre-production (some without scripts), we can confirm some small details. (1) The role of Bill Clinton has not yet been cast, and (2) the Rosemary’s Baby redo will change the setting from New York to Paris.
-- I save the best news for last, and it ends with the news of a "Breaking Bad" 2-hour documentary! Vince Gilligan announced that they will be releasing a documentary (exclusively with "Breaking Bad" Blu-Ray and DVD sets) featuring behind-the-scenes clips from the show's past, using archival footage from Sony, and was also on hand for the last sixteen episodes of the show, including when Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul read the final script.
Thought we don’t know how the highly anticipated show will end, Cranston did reveal: "Walt has a large reservoir of good to be shared with everyone else, and he spreads his joy throughout the last eight episodes. I think everybody will be satisfied with the ending, where we hugged it out. Where all is forgiven..."
Most likely a joke, but it would be nice if they “could all just get along.”
Which of these projects are YOU most looking forward to??