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Saved by the Bell Reboot Coming To NBC’s Streaming Service

NBCUniversal announced the inaugural slate of original programming coming to their new streaming service Peacock, among them a new reboot of Saved by the Bell!

Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley will officially reprise their roles for the new series which has Tracey Wigfield attached as writer and executive prodocuer. Peacock is in talks with other cast members like Mark-Paul Gosselaar to also return for the series.

“When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.”

Peacock will launch in April of 2020 with both an advertising and subscription model available at launch. Other NBCUniversal shows set to stream on the service include Bates Motel, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cheers, Chrisley Knows Best, Covert Affairs, Downton Abbey, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, Friday Night Lights, House, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The King of Queens, Married … with Children, Monk, Parks and Recreation (exclusive, available Oct. 2020), Parenthood, Psych, The Real Housewives, Royal Pains, Saturday Night Live, Superstore, 30 Rock, Top Chef, and Will & Grace.

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The Good Place Season 4 First Look

Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto and William Jackson Harper give you a first look at the fourth and final season of The Good Place, premiering Thursday, September 26 at 9/8c on NBC.

According to NBC, the philosophically minded series has the most highly educated audience of any primetime broadcast show this season, so pat yourself on the back for being a smarty-pants if you watch

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The Good Place Renewed For Season 4 At NBC

NBC has renewed their fan-favorite comedy series The Good Place, starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, for a fourth season. Season 3 is currently airing, with a new episode scheduled for this Thursday before winter break. The show will return in mid-January before airing its Season 3 finale.

In The Good Place, Kristen Bell’s Eleanor has died after a selfish, not-so-nice life. She’s met in “the good place,” a.k.a. heaven by Michael (Ted Danson), who explains that she’s come to heaven and will live a wonderful life with her soulmate Chidi (William Jackson Harper) in her dream house with dream friends. The only problem is, she’s been mistaken for a different Eleanor, one who has led a life full of good works. This isn’t her soul mate or her dream house (it’s full of clown art) or anything she actually likes. She and the friends she makes have to figure out what’s going on before something terrible happens. In season 2, Eleanor and her friends have an entirely new take on what’s actually going on in “the good place,” and who Michael is. The first two seasons are currently streaming on Netflix.

The Good Place stars Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto and D’Arcy Carden. In addition to executive producing, creator Mike Schur serves as writer and showrunner. David Miner, Morgan Sackett and Drew Goddard also executive produce. The Good Place is produced by Universal Television, Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment.

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NBC Announces The Titan Games With Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson (The Fate of the Furious, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) calls on the everyday man and woman with athletic ability and ambition for greatness to join him on The Titan Games on NBC where they can prove themselves in epic physical competition. 

Across ten episodes, Johnson will be hosting the head-to-head challenges that will test the limits of the competitors’ bodies, as well as their mental and emotional toughness. The competitors will be drawn from all over America, ultimately finding their way into the arena of the Titans to do battle. Victory over a Titan has the winner taking the defeated Titan’s spot within the vaunted group of six Titans. Those who can keep their place among the six until the season finale will then have to duke it out between one another to become the last man and woman standing.

Dwayne Johnson had this to say for the creation of The Titan Games. “We wanted to create a new kind of athletic competition unlike anything ever attempted before.” He added, “’The Titan Games’ will challenge competitors to succeed in ways no one thought possible while entertaining the whole world at the same time.”

Dany Garcia, co-founder of Seven Bucks Production alongside Johnson, also said during the announcement, “With ‘The Titan Games,’ we wanted to create a platform that would allow competitors of the highest caliber to be tested on multiple levels, to grow, to battle for success and ultimately be given their moment in the spotlight.” She also said, “We have found the perfect collaborators in NBC, Universal Television Alternative Studio and A. Smith & Co. Productions to bring this all to life.”

The Titan Games is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, A. Smith & Co. Productions and Seven Bucks Productions. Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz and Toby Gorman will be the executive producers.

Those looking to heed the call of Johnson should head over to NBC.com/Titans.

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Tom Hanks To Star In David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special For NBC

Tom Hanks will reprise the role of David S. Pumpkins from “SNL” in a new animated Halloween special, NBC announced Thursday.

“The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special” is based on the viral “Haunted Elevator” sketch from the Oct. 22, 2016 “SNL” telecast that featured Hanks as mystery man David S. Pumpkins, on an elevator wearing a pumpkin suit and surrounded by two skeleton dancers, played by Mikey Day and Bobby Moynihan.

“Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage will also lend his voice to the special. Sketch creators Day, Moynihan and Streeter Seidell will have voiceover roles as well. Set in a small suburban town on All Hallows’ Eve, the special centers on David Pumpkins and his skeleton sidekicks who show a young boy and his sister the true meaning of Halloween, answering none of their questions along the way. The half-hour special will air on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.

“It’s scary how quickly the original ‘SNL’ sketch caught on, and we’re thrilled that Tom Hanks is back to keep the fun going,” said George Cheeks, president of business operations and late night programming for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television.

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Watch The Powerless Trailer

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NBC has released the official trailer for Powerless, their upcoming comedy television show set in the DC Universe about a team of clever heroes who help to protect the public from the dangers of real superhero battles. The show will star Alan Tudyk as Van Wayne (Bruce Wayne‘s cousin), Danny Pudi as Teddy, Vanessa Hudgens as Emily Locke, Ron Funches as Ron, and Christina Kirk as Jackie. Powerless is set to premiere on NBC Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 at 8:30 EST.

In the first comedy series set in the DC universe, Vanessa Hudgens (“Grease Live,” “High School Musical”) plays Emily, a spunky, young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. It’s when she stands up to one of these larger-than-life figures (after an epic battle messes with her commute) that she accidentally becomes a cult “hero” in her own right… even if it’s just to her group of lovably quirky co-workers. Now, while she navigates her normal, everyday life against an explosive backdrop, Emily might just discover that being a hero doesn’t always require superpowers.

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The SNL App

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The SNL App is a must-have for any Saturday Night Live fan. Find and watch thousands of sketches spanning the 40-season library, from the most current to the classic. Plus, you’ll get access to never-before-seen clips, an exclusive SNL emoji keyboard and easy access to SNL full episodes on the NBC App.

Search thousands of clips or browse by season, episode or cast member to find favorite monologues, commercial parodies, Weekend Update segments and more. Swipe from clip to clip for a seamless, continual viewing experience. The free app features a new video player that allows you to mark favorite sketches and share them via Facebook. Explore and discover new clips with an intuitive recommendation engine.

The SNL app includes a free, exclusive emoji keyboard featuring favorites like Drunk Uncle, Matt Foley, Mary Katherine Gallagher, the Coneheads and dozens more!

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Trailer For NBC’s Constantine

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With the television upfronts taking place in New York City this past week, all the networks are showing off their line-ups for the fall television season and one of the shows that comic book fans might be looking forward to is NBC’s series “Constantine,” based on the Vertigo and DC Comics mainstay John Constantine, which just received a series order two days ago.

Starring Matt Ryan (“Criminal Minds”) as the chain-smoking supernatural detective first introduced by Alan Moore in Saga of the Swamp Thing before getting his own series Hellblazer , the show also stars Lucy Griffiths (“True Blood”), Harold Perrineau (“Lost”) and Charles Halford.

Produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television with writer and executive producer Daniel Cerone (“Dexter”) and executive producer David S. Goyer overseeing it, the show looks like it will be closer to the DC/Vertigo Comics take on the character than the 2005 Warner Bros. feature  starring Keanu Reeves.

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First Look At Matt Ryan as John Constantine

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With production underway on Constantine, NBC’s new pilot from executive producers Daniel Cerone & David S. Goyer and director Neil Marshall, NBC, Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment have released the first image of series star Matt Ryan in character as John Constantine.

“I’ve been a fan of John Constantine since he was first introduced in 1985. This Constantine, envisioned by Neil Marshall and embodied by Matt Ryan, looks like he sprang directly from the comics’ covers. Fans old and new are going to be in for a treat,” said executive producer David S. Goyer.

Constantine stars UK native Matt Ryan (Layer Cake, The Tudors, Torchwood) and follows enigmatic and irreverent Liverpool con-man-turned-occult-detective John Constantine, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of defending our world against dark forces from beyond. As DC Comics and Vertigo fans know, the character of John Constantine made his debut as a supporting character in Swamp Thing in 1985, before going on to star in Vertigo’s bestselling Hellblazer as well as his currently ongoing, self-titled series set within The New 52.

The Constantine pilot is executive produced by Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist, Dexter) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight films, Man of Steel). Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) is directing from a teleplay by Daniel Cerone, with story by Daniel Cerone & David S. Goyer.

Constantine is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, and is based upon characters published by DC Comics.

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Is The Revival of Heroes A Good Idea?

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NBC announced earlier this week that the Tim Kring-created series Heroes is set to return in 2015. This time as “Heroes: Reborn”. 

In a press release, NBC said 13 episodes were in the works as an “event mini-series with original creator and executive producer Tim Kring at the helm”. Details on the storyline were not revealed, but NBC has suggested that some of the original cast could return.

On the one hand, it’s no surprise that NBC would want to capitalize on the series, which ran from 2006-2010. It remains one of the best-selling TV series on DVD of all time with more than 10 million units sold. But bets are on as to whether fans will respond positively. While the show did earn nominations for big awards, saw record high ratings and enthused a generation of comic-loving viewers, the height of the wave was definitely season one. Heroes went steadily downhill from there.

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And so, the initial reaction has been mixed. Some are excited to relive those moments when we saw “ordinary” people discover, develop and use their super-human powers; perhaps Kring will get it right this time. Others are skeptical about the return; why revive something that many people lost interest in – a fact overly obvious by the series’ final viewer ratings.

But here’s where the strategy gets interesting: to regain the support of former fans, NBC will launch a digital series prior to the 2015 premiere that will introduce the characters and new storylines. According to NBC, this leveraging of social media is a way for fans to re-engage with what was one for the true pioneers in multiplatform storytelling. This might generate enough hype and interest to give life back to the one-time great series.

But just like a JackpotJoy Slot, a few things have to line up before Heroes: Reborn will win big. Will we see the likes of Zachary Quinto, Milo Ventimiglia, Adrian Pasdar and Hayden Panettiere return? Will Heroes continue as a kind of “Lost with super powers?” Will we go back to the popular basics? Or are people tired of this concept and the confusing developments Kring likes to throw in?

If Kring’s last project, Touch – which had a familiar feel to Heroes – is anything to go by, one can’t help but wonder that NBC is making a mistake.


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