‘Fantasy Island’ Gets The Reboot Treatment On FOX

The popular 1970s/80s TV series Fantasy Island is getting the reboot treatment

The popular 1970s/80s TV series Fantasy Island is getting the reboot treatment

As a youngster, my Saturday nights were usually spent at home watching TV totally safe fare like The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.

Now, the folks at FOX TV are giving Fantasy Island the reboot treatment.

The original series aired on ABC from 1977 to 1984. The series starred Ricardo Montalbán as the mysterious host, Mr. Roarke, and Hervé Villechaize as his assistant, Tattoo.

Here’s the synopsis for the reboot:

A modern semi-anthology series, FANTASY ISLAND takes place at a luxury resort, where literally any fantasy requested by guests is fulfilled, although they rarely turn out as expected. Delving into the “what if” questions — both big and small — that keep us awake at night, each episode will tell emotional, provocative stories about people who arrive with dreams and desires and depart enlightened and transformed through the magical realism of Fantasy Island.

Roselyn Sanchez (“Devious Maids,” “Grand Hotel”) stars in the series as Elena Roarke, a descendant of the iconic Mr. Roarke. Elena set aside her own ambitions, and even the love of her life, to uphold her family’s legacy. Like her predecessor, she’s sophisticated, insightful and always charming.

Kiara Barnes (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) stars as Ruby Akuda, who arrives on Fantasy Island with a terminal illness and is given a new lease on life there; and John Gabriel Rodriquez (“Miranda’s Rights,” “Rosewood”) as pilot Javier, who also is the head of island transportation and a jack of all trades.

You may recall a one-season revival of the series was attempted in 1998. In February 2020, a horror film adaptation was released.

The new series premieres Tuesday, August 10, on FOX at 9 p.m. ET.

The anthology series Fantasy Island returns to TV this August

p.s. In case you were wondering – nope, there’s no reboot currently on the horizon for The Love Boat.

Trailer: The Gang Is Back Together For “BH90210”

The cast of BH90210

First teaser for the upcoming quasi-reboot of the hit 90s series, Beverly Hills 90210.

I write ‘quasi’ because there’s a twist to this revival. From the official synopsis:

Priestley, Garth, Ziering, Carteris, Green and Spelling will play heightened versions of themselves in a brand-new serialized drama – with a healthy dose of irreverence – that is inspired by their real lives and relationships.

Having gone their separate ways since the original series ended 19 years ago, Jason, Jennie, Ian, Gabrielle, Brian and Tori reunite when one of them suggests it’s time to get a “Beverly Hills, 90210” reboot up and running. But getting it going may make for an even more delicious soap than the reboot itself.

What will happen when first loves, old romances, friends and frenemies come back together, as this iconic cast – whom the whole world watched grow up together – attempts to continue from where they left off?

The gang is back together (sans recently deceased Luke Perry) and find the old TV theme song creeping back into their mornings.

The show returns to FOX on Wednesday, August 7.

MTV Studios Announces Reboot Of GLAAD Award Winning Series ‘Undressed’

MTV Studios is continuing the trend of bringing back past TV series with the news that Undressed, which ran from 1999 to 2002, will get the reboot treatment.

Logging over 200 episodes over six short seasons, the scripted anthology series would feature a new cast each season, and episodes would focus on two or three interwoven storylines.

Created by two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Jaffe (who will return as executive producer), Undressed was credited for bringing frank discussions about sex to younger television audiences.

The program often used its young characters’ restless energy to dramatize narratives related to the lives of teens and young adults.

While Will & Grace dealt with the issue of sexual orientation, Undressed went full-on exploring sexuality, including several same-sex relationships making it one of the most inclusive series on the air at the time.

In 2003, the series was honored with a GLAAD Media Award for ‘Outstanding Daily Drama.’

In addition, the show was the springboard that launched several successful stars of today including Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Brandon Routh (Legends of Tomorrow), Jason Ritter (Joan of Arcadia), Max Greenfield (New Girl) and more.

The announcement comes as MTV wraps up it’s 5th consecutive quarter of primetime ratings growth.

“Undressed was ahead of its time and we’re looking forward to developing the series for a whole new generation,” said Pamela Post, head of scripted programming for MTV Studios, MTV, VH1 and Logo. “Much has changed in the dating/relationship world since the series first premiered and we’re excited to showcase how both have evolved.”

MTV also recently announced reboots of popular shows The Real World and Daria.

News Round-Up: August 15, 2018

(via Instagram)

 Some news items you might have missed:

• InstaHunk Julio Morales is happy to get to 38 in one piece. What was a birthday you felt proud of?

• A gay couple shared bloody pics of themselves after a homophobic attack in Belgium.

• Hot men took over the Red Dress Run this year and it was New Orleans fab!

• If you ever want to see a Fox News host yell at a Trump supporter, this may be your chance. Fox’s Ed Henry called Katrina Pierson out for lying on-air the day before about Omarosa’s allegations that Trump used the N-word.

• Twitter finally suspended InfoWars‘ Alex Jones for inciting violence. But just for a week…

• The latest Omarosa bombshell – Trump covets his daughter, Ivanka. #Oy

• Is there a Designing Women reboot in the near future?

• As an effeminate gay actor, Corey Camperchioli was once teased for his feminine traits. Then he made a film project about it as he wears his femininity as a badge of honor.


New ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot On The Way

It’s been 15 years since the last successful iteration of Charlie’s Angels, so Sony Pictures is thinking it’s time to call the angels back to action.

Last September, Deadline reported Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave, Black Panther) and Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga film franchise) were in preliminary talks for the film.

Sony has issued a statement saying casting is unconfirmed.

Elizabeth Banks is reportedly already signed on to direct and produce the film as well as take on the role of ‘Bosley.’ This would be the second film she’s helmed after directing Pitch Perfect 2 in 2015.

This week, PopSugar says Naomi Scott (Power Rangers), Stewart and Nyong’o are reportedly circling around the three leading roles.

The film has been slated for release June 7, 2019.

Lupita Nyong’o, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott

Since the 1970s, audiences have shown an appetite for strong, gorgeous, badass women on dangerous missions.

It was in the fall of 1976 that ABC launched the original Charlie’s Angels series that eventually ran for 5 seasons. Starring Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith, the show was an instant success.

Over the course of the following seasons, actresses Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts replaced to varying degrees of success as Fawcett and Jackson departed.

Drew Barrymore spearheaded a successful reboot of the franchise as two feature films in 2000 and 2003, which also starred Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu.

And in 2011, ABC revived the television series to tepid reviews, and canceled after only one season.

What do you think, readers? Is it time for a new incarnation of the iconic series?

Bonus: The website CharliesAngels.org has compiled a list of the ten gayest moments of the original series.

Some pretty stereotypical stuff – thankfully, gays have come a long way since those early years of TV ‘visibility.’

(photo credit: Gage Skidmore for Nyong’o and Stewart; Dominick D for Scott – CC license)

Trailer: Reboot Of CBS’ Hit Sitcom “Murphy Brown”

Candice Bergen as “Murphy Brown”

Obviously the most tantalizing flavor in TV programming today is the ubiquitous “reboot.”

What with Will & Grace and Roseanne back on the boards, I guess it was a matter of time before we’d see 90s fave Murphy Brown on the comeback trail.

Via Entertainment Weekly:

In the original, Candice Bergen’s Brown anchored a primetime news magazine. This time, she’s going to be hosting a show called Murphy in the Morning. Her biggest competitor will be her own son (played by Limitless actor Jake McDorman)— who’s hosting his own conservative morning news show. When executives were asked if the setup was supposed to mirror the MSNBC/Fox News Morning Joe vs. Fox & Friends rivalry, they confirmed that was a fitting comparison.

“I left FYI a few years ago,” Candice Bergen says in character as Murphy Brown.

“The problem was, I didn’t know what to do with myself,” she continued. “And then, we had an election.”

Oh yes, Murphy will be going on some pretty awesome Trump tirades you can be sure 🙂

Also back for the ride are former cast members Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud. Oh! And the fab Tyne Daly is joining the cast!

I was definitely a fan back in the day. I’ll be checking out our irreverent Ms. Brown for sure.

I’ll also be checking out the oh-so-handsome Jake McDorman who’s set to play Murphy’s son, Avery.

Jake McDorman

Watch the trailer below.

Trailer: Season 2 Of Netflix’s “One Day At A Time” Reboot

I know some folks thought a reimagining of the 70s hit sitcom One Day at a Time might seem like a bad idea, but hubby Michael and I really enjoyed season one of the Netflix reboot.

Starring Justina Machado as a Cuban-American single mother “Penelope” raising her son and daughter with the help of her mother (a scene-stealing Rita Moreno), the new version has a lot of heart. There aren’t many TV shows addressing single mothers of color as the head of a household.

Plus, the end of season one featured the daughter coming out, so there’s definitely some LGBT issues to come in season two.

Check out the trailer for the new season (available now on Netflix) below.

First Look: “Twin Peaks” Reboot On Showtime

Hard to believe it’s been 24 years since the dark, off-beat series Twin Peaks debuted. It’s interesting how at the time Twin Peaks was on the cutting edge of “slightly off” television dramas.

Now we have the super-extreme and violent things like American Horror Story. Twin Peaks seems tame compared to that fare.

But I like when shows make you lean in and pay attention. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing if David Lynch can “catch lightning in a bottle” again with this one.

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The critically-acclaimed, ground breaking television phenomenon TWIN PEAKS returns as a limited series to SHOWTIME in 2017.

Currently in production, TWIN PEAKS is written and produced by series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost and is directed entirely by David Lynch.

While the full mystery awaits, fans can expect many familiar faces, including Golden Globe® winner and Emmy® Award nominee Kyle MacLachlan, who reprises his role as FBI Agent Dale Cooper.

TV: Star Trek Will See New Reboot By CBS

Producer Alex Kurtzman has announced he will produce a new series based on the Star Trek saga, but with a new twist.

Via Mashable:

The new series, set to premiere in January 2017, will have a “special preview broadcast” and then be available exclusively on CBS All Access – the network’s digital streaming service.

The new series “will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966,” according to the release.

“This new series will premiere to the national CBS audience, then boldly go where no first-run Star Trek series has gone before — directly to its millions of fans through CBS All Access,” Marc DeBevoise, executive vice president/general manager of CBS Digital Media, said in a statement. It will be CBS All Access’ first original series.”

CBS All Access already features every episode of every previous Star Trek series.

The new series premiere will air on the heels of the original series’ 50th anniversary celebration.