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Rlje Films Acquires North American Rights to Vfw Ahead of its Fantastic Fest World Premiere

  • DailyDead
Before Vfw makes its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, Rlje Films has grabbed up North American rights to release the movie in theaters and VOD in early 2020. Here's the official press release:

Los Angeles, Sept. 17, 2019 – Rlje Films has acquired North American rights to the action-horror feature Vfw ahead of its world premiere at this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin. The movie is scheduled to be released in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD first quarter 2020.

Written by Max Brallier (“The Last Kids on Earth”) & Matthew McArdle and directed by

Joe Begos, the film stars Stephen Lang, William Sadler, Fred Williamson, Martin Kove, George Wendt (“Cheers”), David Patrick Kelly (“Twin Peaks”), Tom Williamson (“The Fosters”), Sierra McCormick (The Vast of Night), Travis Hammer (“Godless”), and Dora Madison (“Friday Night Lights”).

“We are so excited to work with the legendary Stephen Lang,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Rlje Films.
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Comcast Makes Xfinity Flex Streaming Box Free to All Internet Customers

  • The Wrap
Comcast is now offering its Xfinity Flex streaming box to its broadband customers for free, the media giant shared on Wednesday morning.

Previously, Flex had cost customers $5 per month to essentially rent the device from Comcast when it launched earlier this year. The platform, offering 10,000 free movies and shows in 4K, is Comcast’s answer to other major streaming devices like Apple TV and Roku.

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference on Wednesday, highlighted Flex lets users jump from several of the top streaming apps — Netflix, HBO Now, Amazon Prime Video — and will eventually make it easy for its broadband customers to access Peacock, NBCU’s upcoming streaming service.

Also Read: 'Seinfeld,' 'Big Bang' Mega-Deals Prove Classic TV Sitcoms Could Decide Who Wins in Streaming

A day earlier, NBCU announced Peacock would launch in April 2020 with reboots of “Battlestar Galactica,” “Saved By the Bell” and “Punky Brewster,
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Opinionated: Why Do We Love Seeing 80s Nostalgia in TV and Movies?

  • Nerdly
Stranger Things is a good example of the use of that feeling of nostalgia selling a show or film. I mean, the Netflix Original program is a huge hit, and a good part of that is because of the nostalgic brilliance of it. Whether it’s New Coke, Back to the Future, 80s Horror, fashion, music or slang words, the show nails that aspect and people have been eating it up since it debuted.

It’s not on its own either. There’s been a lot of movies and shows that have thrown us back to the 1980s in various ways, bringing memories from that decade with them. We’ve seen television shows like the aforementioned Stranger Things, and The Goldbergs, take pop-culture and lifestyle in the 80s and bring it back to modern day. We’ve seen movies, like It and Summer of ’84, do the same thing inside the horror universe.
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TV Business Roundup: Peacock Unfurls and WarnerMedia Spends, Yep, Big for ‘Big Bang’

  • Indiewire
Today in streaming news: NBCUniversal announced the name and initial content slate for its upcoming streaming service, and WarnerMedia reportedly shelled out at least several hundred million dollars to secure the exclusive streaming rights to “The Big Bang Theory” on HBO Max. Bazinga!

But first, the NBCUniversal streaming service. Its name is Peacock, and the ad-supported platform’s launch projects include a reboot of the sci-fi classic “Battlestar Galactica,” which will be executive produced by Sam Esmail (“Mr. Robot”). Not much is known about the series, but Deadline reported that Esmail is major fan of “Battlestar Galactica” and was eager to work on a project in the franchise as part of the four-year deal he signed with NBCU earlier in the year.

As for Peacock itself, pricing, distribution, and a specific release date are still under wraps. That said, NBCU teased a handful of other original shows that will air
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NBC Launches Campaign to Reclaim Brand Ownership of Hit Comedies (Exclusive)

  • Variety
NBC is preparing a new salvo in the streaming-era TV branding wars. As audiences increasingly watch shows like “The Good Place” and “Superstore” on other platforms, the Peacock network has launched a new campaign to remind them that these are, first and foremost, NBC shows. And they’re even enlisting a real-life peacock to convey the message.

And yes, NBC’s renewed embrace of the peacock icon comes at an interesting time: Right when its new direct-to-consumer streaming service has adopted the name “Peacock.”

At NBC, the peacock is being utilized as part of the larger campaign, centered around the slogan “Comedy Starts Here,” which is meant to emphasize the fact that some of the most-watched half-hours on TV, from the present and recent past, first aired on NBC.

“Comedy Starts Here” is a bit of an extension of the recent conventional wisdom that many of the top shows on Netflix are NBC sitcoms,
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‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Big Bang’ Mega-Deals Prove Classic TV Sitcoms Could Decide Who Wins in Streaming

  • The Wrap
As Disney, WarnerMedia and Comcast all prepare to challenge Netflix for its streaming throne, their success or failure could be decided by shows that existed long before anyone knew the phrase “binge-viewing.” Netflix paid handsomely for “Seinfeld,” while WarnerMedia is dipping into its bank account so “Friends” and “The Big Bang Theory” can bolster HBO Max when it debuts next year. NBCU’s newly-named streaming service Peacock is built around reruns of “The Office,” and other classic NBC sitcoms, such as “Parks & Recreation,” “Cheers” and “30 Rock.” These are strategic, savvy moves, according to analysts and entertainment executives who spoke to TheWrap. While original content may be the lure that gets subscribers to bite, streaming services — by next spring, the field will have at least five newcomers — can’t rely only on those subscribers liking every new show. “In streaming, there’s a lot of unknowns,” Devin Griffin, general manager for Bet+,
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Saved by the Bell Revival, Battlestar Galactica Reboot Ordered at NBC's Streaming Service

NBC Universal has lifted the lid on its forthcoming streaming service, while also revealing some of the shows in the works.

Let's talk about the name first. It will be titled Peacock, which is very much in line with NBC's brand.

It will launch in April 2020, and will seemingly be filled with reboots.

Saved by the Bell is getting the revival treatment, with original cast members Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley reprising their roles as well as executive producing.

Also of note is that a reboot of Battlestar Galactica is in the works with Mr. Robot creator, Sam Esmail attached as executive producer.

This means this will be the third iteration of the series to hit the air. The original aired for just one season in 1978, before being followed up by Galactica 1980, which did not resonate with viewers.

Syfy rebooted the series in 2003 with a three-hour miniseries, which
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Battlestar Galactica Reboot, From Creator of Mr. Robot, in the Works at NBC's Peacock Streaming Service

Battlestar Galactica Reboot, From Creator of Mr. Robot, in the Works at NBC's Peacock Streaming Service
A reboot of the acclaimed Battlestar Galactica space saga is among the announced offerings of NBC Universal’s upcoming streaming service, which has been named Peacock.

Sam Esmail, the creator of USA Network’s Mr. Robot and an executive producer on HBO’s Homecoming, is behind the reboot, it was announced on Tuesday morning. No other details were made available, though (Update, In Bold!) Esmail later made clear this will not be a “remake” of the Ronald D. Moore series that launched in the year 2004:

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Here’s Everything Coming to Peacock, NBCUniversal’s Upcoming Streaming Service

  • The Wrap
NBCUniversal revealed Tuesday that its forthcoming streaming service will be named Peacock and will launch in April 2020. In that same announcement, NBCU unveiled the slate of TV series and movies you’ll gain access to if you subscribe — though we still don’t know how much that will cost you.

Peacock will feature reboots of “Battlestar Galactica,” “Saved By the Bell” and “Punky Brewster,” along with new comedies from Mike Schur, Rashida Jones and an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”

The streaming service will also house a vast content library that includes former NBC sitcoms “The Office,” “Parks & Recreation,” “30 Rock,” “Cheers” and “Frasier.”

Also Read: NBCUniversal Names Its Upcoming Streaming Service, Sets April 2020 Launch

NBCU’s streaming service had been shrouded in mystery, with only a few titles known to be coming to the service, including the third season of “A.P. Bio” and reruns of popular NBC sitcom “The Office.
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NBCUniversal Unveils Originals Slate, Name For Streaming Service

  • Variety
NBCUniversal has unveiled a broad range of programming for the first slate of originals for its streaming service, which has officially been dubbed Peacock.

Perhaps the biggest titled announced for the service is a reboot of the classic sci-fi series “Battlestar Galactica,” with “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail executive producing. This is the third version of the series to make it to television. The original aired for one season in 1978 on ABC, which was followed by a short-lived continuation called “Galactica 1980.” Sci Fi Channel (now Syfy) then rebooted the series back in 2003 with a three-hour miniseries whose cast included Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell among others. The success of that project led Syfy and Sky Television to commission a new series with the cast of the miniseries returning. That show ran for four seasons and also spawned two TV movies, wrapping up in 2009. A prequel series, “Caprica,” aired
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NBCUniversal Names Its Upcoming Streaming Service, Sets April 2020 Launch

  • The Wrap
NBCUniversal is letting its peacock feathers fly. The company announced Tuesday that its forthcoming streaming service will be named Peacock and will be available in April 2020.

Peacock will feature reboots of classic TV series “Battlestar Galactica,” “Saved By the Bell” and “Punky Brewster,” along with new comedies from Mike Schur, Rashida Jones and an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” An “SNL” docuseries from Lorne Michaels, a Jimmy Fallon talk show, a late night series with “Late Night’s” Amber Ruffin, and another “Real Housewives” spinoff are also coming to the service. Additionally, Peacock will house a vast content library that includes former NBC sitcoms “The Office,” “Parks & Recreation,” “30 Rock,” “Cheers” and “Frasier.”

Peacock will be launching around the same time as WarnerMedia’s own streaming offering, HBO Max, and some five months after Apple TV+ and Disney+, both of which are set to debut in November.
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Castle, Charmed, Cheers, The Drew Carey Show: ABC TV Shows to Feature Cast Reunions

All the stars are coming to ABC. The network just announced their upcoming "Cast from the Past" week will featuring reunions for the stars of Cheers, Castle, Charmed, and more.

The theme week will begin on October 7th and feature new episodes of The Goldbergs, The Conners, Bless this Mess, The Rookie, Grey's Anatomy, The Good Doctor, and more that feature cast reunions from several TV shows and movies such as The Drew Carey Show, House, Blues Brothers 2000, Think Like a Man, Wet Hot American Summer, Girlfriends, and Crazy Rich Asians.

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TV News Roundup: Jenny Slate’s Netflix Comedy Special Sets October Premiere

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TV News Roundup: Jenny Slate’s Netflix Comedy Special Sets October Premiere
In today’s TV news roundup, Jenny Slate’s first Netflix comedy special “Stage Fright” premieres Oct. 22, and Netflix also releases the first trailer for its upcoming comedy “Living with Yourself,” out Oct. 18.

Dates

Jenny Slate‘s first full-length comedy special “Stage Fright” will launch on Netflix Oct. 22. In it, the comedian and actress shares intimate aspects of her life on-stage as she delves into stories about her visit to a midnight Catholic Mass and the ghosts that haunted her childhood home.

First Looks

Netflix has released the first trailer for its forthcoming comedy “Living With Yourself,“ premiering Oct. 18. The eight-episode series stars Paul Rudd as a struggling man named Miles who finds himself transformed into an improved version of himself after undergoing a novel spa treatment. Aisling Bea stars as Rudd’s wife as he deals with the consequences of his actions. Told from multiple perspectives, the show is
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ABC Reunites Cast Members From TV And Film With “Cast From The Past” Week

  • Deadline
Worlds from TV and film will collide starting October 7 when ABC will present a week of reunions within its primetime lineup. “Cast from the Past” Week will feature reunited cast members and creative teams from iconic TV series and films on the network’s current shows.

Actors from and behind-the-scenes talent from the likes of Crazy Rich Asians, Girlfriends, Blues Brothers 2000, Cheers, Charmed, Wet Hot American Summer, House, Castle and The Drew Carey Show will be involved.

In an upcoming episode of Black-ish, for example, Tracee Ellis Ross reunites with her Girlfriends co-stars Golden Brooks, Jill Marie Jones and Persia White, while Ken Jeong will return to Fresh Off the Boat and be reunited with his Crazy Rich Asians co-star Constance Wu.

John Goodman will reconnect with his Blues Brothers 2000 co-star Dan Aykroyd as they play poker buddies in an episode of The Conners, while Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman,
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ABC Hosts Cast Reunions from Charmed, Castle, Girlfriends, and More!

There will be a lot of reunions on ABC this October.

The broadcast network has revealed that it will be running a special "Cast from the Past" week which will find several stars and behind the scenes talent reuniting across the network's roster of TV shows.

Of those reunions, Charmed's Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs will be stopping by an episode of Grey's Anatomy, bringing them back together with Krista Vernoff and Andy Reaser, who were writers on Charmed.

It's certainly an exciting direction for ABC because it's a whole week dedicated to talent from the past coming aboard special episodes of the network's shows.

Cast Members and Creative Teams From Blues Brothers 2000, Castle, Cheers, Crazy Rich Asians, The Drew Carey Show, Girlfriends, House, Think Like a Man, and Wet Hot American Summer will all be featured.

Confused?

Here's ABC's press release revealing all the comings and goings.
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Charmed, Castle and Cheers Stars to Reunite on ABC This Fall — Get Details

Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital will be visited by the Power of Two this fall. As part of ABC’s just-announced “Cast From the Past Week,” former Charmed stars Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs will play sisters on the Oct. 10 episode of Grey’s Anatomy (8/7c), reuniting them with executive producers Krista Vernoff and Andy Reaser. And, honestly, is nostalgia not the most powerful magic of all?

Read on for a full breakdown of stars coming together for ABC’s big event, including a Castle duo and an epic collection of Cheers‘ most beloved regulars:

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ABC’s ‘Cast From the Past Week’ to Reunite Stars of ‘Cheers,’ ‘Charmed,’ ‘The Drew Carey Show’

  • The Wrap
ABC is going all-in on nostalgia this fall, with a “Cast from the Past” week of stunt casting set to reunite the stars of “Charmed,” “Cheers” and more across the network’s programming.

Beginning on Oct. 7, actors and behind-the-scenes talent from “Blues Brothers 2000,” “Castle,” “Charmed,” “Cheers,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “House,” “Think Like a Man” and “Wet Hot American Summer” will make appearances on the network’s dramas and comedies.

The news builds on the announcement last week that “black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross will be joined by her former “Girlfriends” co-stars on an upcoming episode of the family sitcom.

Also Read: Tracee Ellis Ross to Reunite With 'Girlfriends' Cast on 'Black-ish' This Season

Among the week’s biggest stunts is the reunion between “Cheers” stars Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger and George Wendt on the Oct. 9 episode of “The Goldbergs.”

Charmed” stars
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Cheers: 10 Quotes From Norm That Are Still Hilarious Today

Cheers is one of the most celebrated sitcoms in television history. Premiering in 1982, the series was set in a friendly Boston bar and revolved around the lives of the people who worked there and the people who drank there. What made the show so special was the lovable cast of characters and one of the most memorable was Norm Peterson.

Related: Cheers: The Best Episode In Every Season, Ranked

Norm was the most loyal patron of Cheers, getting his own greeting every time he entered the bar. He's always ready with a hilarious one-liner. which helped him become one of the most popular television characters ever. Have a look back on some of Norm’s best quotes on Cheers that are still funny today.
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Emmy episode analysis: Ted Danson (‘The Good Place’) is devilishly funny as a demon with a heart of gold

Emmy episode analysis: Ted Danson (‘The Good Place’) is devilishly funny as a demon with a heart of gold
It just wouldn’t be an Emmy race without Ted Danson. The two-time champion earned his 17th career nomination for playing an afterlife demon with a heart of gold on “The Good Place,” for which he previously contended last year. Prior to that, he won two trophies (1990 and 1993) out of 11 bids for “Cheers” and competed three more times for “Damages” and once for the 1984 television movie “Something About Amelia.”

For his Emmy submission, Danson has chosen the third season episode of Season 3, “The Worst Possible Use of Free Will.” In this installment, Michael (Danson) shows Eleanor (Kristen Bell) her romantic memories with Chidi (William Jackson Harper), confessing he has often failed to predict her behavior. He admits their experiment to place the gang back on Earth in an attempt to rework the afterlife is pointless if everything is predetermined, so he sends them to Canada to find “a blueprint for humanity.
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Emmy Handicaps 2019: Actor In A Comedy Series

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Emmy Handicaps 2019: Actor In A Comedy Series
This category is filled with veterans, including four past Emmy winners, albeit not necessarily winners in this particular category. Bill Hader is the reigning champ here, having won last year for the first season of Barry, but he has formidable competition from a past two-time Lead Actor Comedy winner, a past four-time nominee here, a current five-time nominee, a two-time Oscar winner who’s now back in a TV series for the first time in nearly 50 years, and a beloved Sctv vet with his first nomination since 1983.

Anthony Anderson

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Of all the nominees in this year’s Lead Actor Comedy category, Anthony Anderson is the most consistent in terms of nominations. He has gone to bat and been nominated five times for black-ish. He has also consistently lost, so can this finally be his year? He can take solace from a fellow nominee: Ted Danson, who was nominated
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