A Complete Guide to Fall TV’s Many Reboots, Revivals, and Spinoffs

If 2016 marked the beginning of Too Much TV, 2018 is the boiling point for a new phase that’s equal parts annoying and endearing: Nostalgia Fever. These days, it’s rare that a week or two goes by without the inevitable X Is Getting Rebooted, Y Is Set for a Revival headline staring us down. The trend is set to keep roaring along this fall 2018 TV season, with seven shows of the sort set to debut. Reboots, revivals, spinoffs, you name it: The comfort food of yesteryear is back, and there’s no point in trying to stop it.

TV Critics Predict the New Hit Shows of the Fall – IndieWire Survey

“Murphy Brown” revival wins, hands down.

It helps that CBS hasn’t yet released screeners of new “Murphy Brown” episodes, while TV critics have pored over the largely disappointing pilots of the other new series for months now. So part of this, for me, is this ray of hope that, somehow, the networks managed to mint one memorable comedy out of the pile of mediocrity debuting on broadcast this fall. But this is also a recognition of reality; both NBC’s “Will & Grace”revival and the aforementioned “Roseanne” were big hits, and CBS is about due for a high-profile revival success mined from its archives. “Murphy Brown” is a priority for the network, and most of the original cast is back. There’s really only two questions left: Can creator Diane English and star Candice Bergen lampoon the Trump era as effectively as they handled Dan Quayle? And even if they do, will audiences still care, 20 years later?

Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood Is Dead in New ‘House of Cards’ Teaser

House of Cards literally puts the nail in the coffin that is Kevin Spacey’s tenure on the series in the latest teaser, which finds Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood standing over the grave of her late husband Frank.

“I’ll tell you this though, Francis,” Claire says to Frank’s freshly engraved tombstone. “When they bury me, it won’t be in my backyard. And when they pay their respects, they’ll have to wait in line.”
[Rolling Stone]

Alex Jones Said Bans Would Strengthen Him. He Was Wrong.

In the three weeks before the Aug. 6 bans, Infowars had a daily average of nearly 1.4 million visits to its website and views of videos posted by its main YouTube and Facebook pages, according to a New York Times analysis of data from the web data firms Tubular Labs and SimilarWeb. In the three weeks afterward, its audience fell by roughly half, to about 715,000 site visits and video views, according to the analysis.
[New York Times]

‘Law & Order: Hate Crimes’ hopes to create a ‘dialogue’ like SVU did for sexual assault, says Dick Wolf

Several years ago, researchers at Washington State University sent out a survey to freshmen, asking about their views on sexual assault. In the same survey, they asked the students what crime shows they watched on TV.

Their findings, published in 2015, indicated that, for many students, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” may have provided an education of its own. The survey found the NBC show had an overall positive effect on students’ understanding of consent and sexual assault — issues that many universities have been grappling with for years.
[Washington Post]

It’s the End of ‘Mr. Robot’ and I Feel Fine

Aside from earning the inauspicious distinction of being the best TV series relative to its objectively silly name, Mr. Robot subverted television’s typically cheesy portrayals of hackers and created a hyper-paranoid, anti-capitalist thriller that evoked everything from Fight Club to Back to the Future. And its cryptic, digitally inclined storytelling was fervently received: After all, this was a series that threw Morse code on the tie of Bobby Cannavale’s character in a Season 3 press release with the expectation that fans would go down a coding rabbit hole and come out with a trailer—which, of course, they did. This was a series that had people strapping on the creepy, Guy Fawkes–meets–Monopoly Man mask of fsociety for Halloween, as one guy I know did for two consecutive years. (That one guy is me.) The thought of bidding farewell to a show as idiosyncratic and immersive as Mr. Robot sooner than expected is bittersweet.
[The Ringer]

Doctor Who moves to Sunday for Jodie Whittaker’s first series

The BBC has announced that Jodie Whittaker’s debut in Doctor Who will be broadcast on 7 October – the first time the show has been moved to a Sunday evening in its 55-year history.

The opening episode, The Woman Who Fell to Earth, has been written by the incoming showrunner, Chris Chibnall, who said: “New Doctor, new home! Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is about to burst into Sunday nights – and make the end of the weekend so much more exciting.”

The UK premiere will be broadcast simultaneously in the US on BBC America.
[The Guardian]

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