TV Espresso: News Items for Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waltons reunionA big TV reunion in New Jersey, The Munsters reboot gets a director, some strange reports regarding the new Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol movie, and a new Star Trek documentary. All this, Pan Am, and some TV history…

The Waltons
Our friend Marc Berman notes that there will be a special 40th anniversary screening of The Homecoming: A Christmas Story on Friday night in New Jersey. The movie that spawned The Waltons will be shown and will be followed by a special Q&A panel discussion with Richard Thomas, Mary McDonough, Judy Norton, Kami Cotler, Jon Walmsley, Eric Scott, David Harper, and David Huddleston. Some of those who didn’t appear in the movie but were in the series will also take part, including Michael Learned, Lynn Hamilton, Leslie Winston, Hal Williams, Ellen Geer, and Radames Pera. Tickets are $20 each. Hopefully, someone will film the event for those who aren’t able to attend.

The Munsters
Feature film producer-director-writer Bryan Singer has been signed to direct and produce NBC’s reboot of the classic CBS TV series. Earlier this month, the network gave Bryan Fuller’s pilot script a greenlight. Fuller will continue as executive producer on the project which will be an hour-long drama instead of a half-hour sitcom.

Mission: Impossible
There’ve been rumors that Jeremy Renner would be taking over the movie franchise’s lead spot from Tom Cruise after the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Extra reported that Renner said, “I’d be up for it, and Tom wants me to do it. I’d be happy to be a part of it.” Paramount however quickly snuffed out that story and said that’s not in the works.

In fact, Renner’s full quote puts a very different spin on things. He actually said, “I don’t think that’s really ever a possibility. I think the possibility, first and foremost, is for audiences to receive this movie and like it, want to see more. And then it’s Tom’s willingness to want to do another one, to put together another big movie like this. These aren’t easy to put together. So if Paramount and Tom want me to do it, I’d be happy to be a part of it. I’d be up for it — assuming my character doesn’t croak. I’m not going to tell ya!”

Pan Am
Yesterday, ABC reps denied the rumor that their freshman drama had been cancelled. They contend that, though they aren’t making any more episodes this season, the low-rated series is still being considered for season two. ABC ordered one additional episode bringing the total to 14 installments. According to TVLine, the cast and crew were apparently hoping to get a 15th episode but that didn’t happen. Production wraps in January and all of the installments will air by February.

Star Trek
A new documentary, Trek Nation, airs tonight on the Science Channel. Produced and narrated by Rod Roddenberry, it’s about series creator Gene Roddenberry and the other people involved with the sci-fi phenomenon’s history.


1999: Half human/half demon Doyle (Glenn Quinn) died on Angel, but not before passing his visions power on to Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter).

1998: Eve Cleary (Rena Sofer) and Peter Burns (Jack Wagner) were married on Melrose Place.

1988: Good Morning, Miss Bliss debuted on the Disney Channel. It ran for one season and was reworked into the long-running Saved by the Bell.

1987: Starring Tom Bosley as a crime-solving priest, Fatal Confession: A Father Dowling Mystery aired on NBC. A regular TV series followed a couple years later.

1981: The Regis Philbin Show, a daytime talk show, debuted and then aired on NBC for five months before being cancelled. It was replaced by Diff’rent Strokes reruns.

What do you think? Will you attend the Waltons event or, would you if you could? Does Singer’s participation influence your interest in a new Munsters series? What do you think about Extra’s report?

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  1. Kat says

    We miss you, Doyle! And R.I.P. Glenn Quinn, another great actor gone before his time. Too bad about Pan Am, too. I’m really leery of a new “The Munsters” as an hour-long drama… I’d be much more interested in a new “The Addams Family,” personally. That’s cool about the reunion in New Jersey. And how about that Renner quote, eh? His actual quote is nothing like the snippet they printed — “Extra” rearranged the words and completely changed the meaning. Ugh, how are we supposed to believe anything we read if they’re going to do stuff like that? Pretty funny how big of a difference there is, though.

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