Remember how HBO Max was supposed to debut with a Friends reunion. Apparently that has been stalled because of the stupid virus. And yet somehow they are moving ahead with an on-stage West Wing reunion special and now…
Fresh Prince cast reunites
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (boy, nothing ages you more as a person than having to type that line), cast members Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, and Alfonso Ribeiro will reunite for an unscripted reunion special. Fret not fans - DJ Jazzy Jeff will also be part of the taping.
It’ll be recorded on Sept 10, with it streaming on HBO Max around Thanksgiving.
[Note: Much like The West Wing special, there is no announcement from Australian pay provider Foxtel which has the HBO output deal in Australia - usually if they have the rights a media release comes out mid morning. But we’ve heard nothing from Foxtel about the West Wing, which makes me assume these specials aren’t included in the deal.]
Arnie finally comes to TV
Seriously, what has taken Arnold Schwarzenegger so long to do what so many other big-name actors started doing a decade ago? The big guy will star in a new global action adventure TV show about a father/daughter spy team. Scorpion creator Nick Santora will create, develop, and EP the series which will be showrun by a different writer.
The show is being produced by Skydance and will be shopped around to streamers soon. Casting is underway for the daughter.
(Wouldn’t it be just grand if fellow-True Lies star and former on-screen daughter Eliza Dushku was cast?)
- Porno film actor and all-round gross guy Ron Jeremy has been charged with sexually abusing 13 more women, bringing the number of alleged victims to 17. Source: NYT
- Horror series NOS4A2 has been cancelled after two seasons. I never gave the show a look - was I missing anything? Source: THR
- Netflix’s Sex/Life will resume production in Toronto - one of the first Netflix shows to start up again. Source: Deadline
- Aussie game show Hot Seat is relocating production to Queensland. Source: TV Tonight
We Are Who We Are is the first TV series from Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino. He has directed all eight episodes of this HBO series which debuts Sept 14.
The Stand (2020) debuts on CBS All Access 17 December.
The Haunting of Bly Manor, the unconnected follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House from the same production team (and many of the same cast) debuts Oct 9 on Netflix.