Roseanne is back…but is it better than ever? Revivals aren’t new to the world of television, but they are the current fad.
Arrested Development kind of resuscitated the craze in 2013, with 24: Live Another Day, The Comeback and many more following in its lead with new seasons, the most recent being Roseanne. Murphy Brown is waiting in the wings and of course there are all kinds of rumors swirling, from revivals of Fresh Prince to The Office.
However, not all revivals are created equally—or well. From Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’s four-movie structure to Arrested Development’s single-character focused episodes, revived TV shows told their stories in a variety of ways. Some were a success, others, well, they were better off dead.
Below, we’ve ranked the recent batch of TV revivals—there is no Get Smart or Fantasy Island in here—from worst to best.
The lineup for the upcoming WE Day California event has been revealed.
Jennifer Aniston and Selena Gomez are among the stars set to appear alongside March for Our Lives organizers and Parkland students Jaclyn Corin and Cameron Kasky at the event on April 19. WE Day, the world’s largest youth empowerment event, is returning to Southern California next month and will be filmed for a national televised broadcast special airing on ABC on August 17.
John Stamos has been announced as the host of the event, with stars Dierks Bentley, DVSN, Celebrity Marauders, Jessie Reyez, Jordan Fisher and The Chainsmokers set to perform. Jenna Ortega will also speak onstage.
“I’m constantly inspired by the determination in every single student at WE Day—the energy they bring is unforgettable,” Gomez said in a statement. “This is my sixth WE Day and I can’t wait to share words of encouragement with thousands of young leaders who have accomplished so much worth celebrating. This generation is changing the world and I’m humbled to be a part of this special day with them.”
“We get asked this question a lot,” Braff told us. The two have standard answers, it seems Chalke has heard Braff’s quite a bit because she was able to launch into a perfect impression of her former costar.
“I know your answer too, it’s ‘Maybe a movie would be more likely,'” she said mimicking Braff, much to his delight.
Braff said it’s more realistic to go the route of Psych, which brought back fan-favorite characters for a special TV movie.
“It’s hard to get everyone under contract,” Braff said.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have asked more than 250 Armed Forces members to play a “special role” in their wedding.
According to the Ministry of Defence (MOD), units with a “special connection” to the prince will provide ceremonial support during the wedding and carriage procession. For instance, members of the Household Cavalry will form a staircase party at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle—the couple’s wedding venue. The State Trumpeters and a Captain’s Escort from the Household Calvary will also provide support during the ceremony.
In addition, members of the Windsor Castle Guard from 1st Battalion Irish Guards will line the streets within the precincts of Windsor Castle. Servicemen and women of the Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving Unit, Royal Marines, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, Royal Gurkha Rifles and RAF Honington will perform this role, as well. Plus, the Band of the Irish Guards will provide musical support to the street liners.
“Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are pleased that members of the Armed Forces will play such a special role in their Wedding,” a Kensington Palace spokesperson said. “The Military, and these units in particular, hold a great significance for Prince Harry and the couple are incredibly grateful for their support.”
Just weeks before their anniversary, England’s charming prince waxed poetic about his bride. “It’s always nice to have somebody on your side,” opined the royal, calling his wife “an enormous support” who’s never afraid to offer a gentle ribbing. “It’s always marvelous to have somebody who, you know, you feel understands and wants to encourage. Although she certainly pokes fun if I get too serious about things. And all that helps.”
But really, Duchess Camilla‘s most valuable trait may be her enduring spirit. As the other woman in Prince Charles‘ marriage to the beloved Princess Diana, the 70-year-old has been vilified by the public—and her own mother-in-law. In his new book, Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles, author Tom Bower details how Queen Elizabeth II denounced the romance, labeling Camilla as “that wicked woman.” And yet despite the vitriol, Camilla has remained devoted to Charles for the better part of five decades—and throughout most of her own 21-year marriage to British army officer Andrew Parker Bowles. “You can imagine it is a real, real challenge,” Charles, 69, acknowledged in a 2015 interview with CNN International. “But she’s, I think, been brilliant in the way she’s tackled these things.”
New light is being shined on R. Kelly‘s controversial personal life.
The 51-year-old Grammy winner is the subject of a newly released BBC3 documentary, R Kelly: Sex, Girls and Videotapes, which features an interview with his ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones. Jones, who previously came forward in the summer and fall of 2017 alleging Kelly controlled an “inner circle” of women, of which she was once allegedly a victim of. She also previously claimed that he physically abused her and coerced her into performing sexual acts with him and other women during their two-year relationship.
Speaking in the documentary, Jones elaborated on allegations that Kelly would “train” women.
“Later when I was introduced to one of the girls, that he told me he ‘trained’ since she was 14, those were his words,” she said in the documentary. “I saw that she was dressed like me, that she was saying the things that I would say and her mannerisms were like mine. That’s when it clicked in my head that he had been grooming me to become one of his pets. He calls them his pets.”
Ratings for revivals are generally big, but Roseanne’s is tops for recent shows. When The X-Files returned in 2016, 16.2 million viewers watched (6.1 in the 18-49 demographic). After DVR and on-demand was added, the numbers jumped to 21.5 million and a 8.3 rating. Fox renewed The X-Files for a second revival season that wrapped in March 2018.
Will & Grace returned in 2017 with a 3.0 rating and 10.2 million viewers. After DVR, that jumped to 15.9 million and a 5.0 rating. NBC has already renewed the comedy for an additional two seasons.
A pair of sibling residents of a Harlem apartment building damaged by a deadly fire have sued Edward Norton‘s production company, which was filming inside the structure at the time, and their landlord for alleged negligence.
A New York City firefighter named Michael R. Davidson, a father of four, was killed battling the blaze last Thursday. He was 37. He was laid to rest at a funeral on Tuesday. Hundreds of FDNY members, as well as Norton, attended.
Producers of the film, Motherless Brooklyn, had said that their crew had “immediately alerted the fire department and began alerting residents of the building” and evacuating the area themselves as soon as they noticed smoke on set.
George Cruz and sister Erica Cruz filed a lawsuit against the production company, Class 5, Inc., as well as their apartment’s owner, Vincent Sollazzo-Lampkin, in New York Supreme Court on Tuesday. They stated that Erica resided in the home and that George’s name was on the lease. They said the fire destroyed the unit and everything inside it. They also claimed loss of use and the right to a rent controlled/stabilized apartment.
They said Erica was inside their home at the time of the fire and at the time Motherless Brooklyn was being filmed. They said that they believed that the production company “maintained certain equipment, including highly flammable equipment in the basement” and that the fire broke out there due to their “recklessness, carelessness and negligence.”
After years spent welcoming them into our living rooms week after week, it becomes nearly impossible to imagine anyone else playing some of our favorite characters on television.
But with the nature of casting being what it is, there are always going to be surprising also-rans in the race for TV’s most iconic roles that the creators of our favorite shows will inevitably reveal years later. Case in point? The surprising news from Dawson’s Creek scribe Kevin Williamson that the role of Jen Leery almost belonged to future Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl and not Michelle Williams.
In the March 30 issue of Entertainment Weekly, Williamson opened up about the casting of the show’s core four characters, admitting that Heigl auditioned for the role thanks to the pilot’s director Steve Miner, who directed the young actress in his 1994 film My Father the Hero.
Corey Feldman says he was the victim of an attack Tuesday night.
The 46-year-old star took to social media early Wednesday to tell his followers that a mystery man opened his car door and stabbed him with something. According to Feldman, he was with his security guard in the car when three men approached and one attacked.
The Los Angeles police department told E! News that an unknown suspect opened the star’s driver’s side door making a stabbing/jabbing move toward Corey’s stomach around 10:45 p.m. at the corner of Reseda Boulevard and Ventura Boulevard in Los Angeles Tuesday night. The police confirmed there are no lacerations and no suspect description and the type of weapon is unknown at this time. According to the LAPD, Feldman drove himself to the hospital and is in stable condition.
Tyra Banks is opening up about her personal and professional life in her new memoir, Perfect Is Boring.
The America’s Next Top Model host wrote the book, set for release on April 3, with her mom, Carolyn London. In the memoir, Banks shares details about the early days of her career and the decision she made during that time to get a nose job.
“I had bones in my nose that were growing and itching,” Banks, who rose to fame as a model in the ’90s, tells People. “I could breathe fine, but I added cosmetic surgery. I admit it! Fake hair, and I did my nose.”
Banks adds, “I feel I have a responsibility to tell the truth.”
Savannah Guthrie accidentally let a curse word slip…on live television.
During Today’s Wednesday morning broadcast, the NBC co-host popped up on screen in the midst of what appeared to be a commercial window. Guthrie looked like she was reading when her mic caught her say “shit.” While her audio was cut, the cameras stayed on the unknowing star as she continued to read and rehearse. Eventually, the show cut to another commercial.
The moment, albeit brief, did not slip by some viewers as the footage began to make the rounds on social media.
Guthrie playfully addressed the gaffe on Twitter, writing, “Check, check – is this thing on? Yeah I guess it is.”
Donald Glover‘s axed Deadpool TV show could have contained some very topical humor.
Last year, FX Networks announced it had ordered a new FXX animated adult comedy series about Deadpool, co-created by the Atlanta actor and his brother Stephen Glover, who writes and produces his dramedy series with him. This past weekend, FX said, “Due to creative differences, FX, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover and Marvel Television have agreed to part ways” on the show.
On Tuesday, Donald took to Twitter to explain his side of the story, saying, “for the record: i wasnt too busy to work on deadpool.”
He also posted several pages from a satirical script for an episode for the series, titled “Finale,” which is peppered with plenty of name-drops, as well as references to celebrity news events as recent as this week.
At one point, Deadpool reads news on his phone and exclaims, “Sanaa Lathan bit Beyoncé‘s face!”
“Wait,” he then says. “Oh thank God. It was Jennifer Lawrence. I already hate her. It’s fine.”
Comedy star Tiffany Haddish recently told GQ magazine that an actress “bit Beyoncé on the face.” She did not name the person. Her words sparked an online investigation by fans. TMZ reported that the actress was Lathan and that she did it playfully. She denied involvement, tweeting, “Y’all are funny. Under no circumstances did I bite Beyonce and if I did it would’ve been a love bite.” Lawrence was not named.
Carl’s Jr.’s “SpielBurger” is a no go.
Steven Spielberg issued an official statement telling the fast-food chain to “cease and desist” in a video shared on Twitter.
“It has recently come to my attention that Carl’s Jr. wants to rename their charbroiled sliders ‘SpielBurgers’ and they’re pretty good, but I’m passing,” the producer and director announced, officially ending the chain’s publicity campaign.
The Ready Player One director’s statement comes after the team at Carl’s Jr. revealed that they would honor the “legendary director” by renaming their charbroiled sliders, despite not obtaining his approval. In their words, Spielberg “hasn’t signed off yet, but we assume he’s cool with it.”
Groupon has issued an apology after a racial slur was used to describe the color of boots on its website.
Screenshots posted to social media show that the N-word was used in the color description of Women’s Fringed Suede Moccasin Boots as well as other boots on the e-commerce site. After seeing this, customers have taken to Twitter to share their outrage.
Social media users are also boycotting the company after the description discovery and are using the hashtag #ShutdownGroupon.
“@GrouponHelpUS @Groupon you have some explaining to do new color choice selected by a racist employee? #ShutdownGroupon #groupon,” @dnj1999 tweeted Tuesday.