Sad news, fans of the Warrior Princess — the modern revival of Xena is no longer happening. In the wake of original showrunner Javier Grillo-Marxuach's (The Middleman) departure, NBC has decided to close the book on a new Xena show... for now, at least.
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Last year it felt like every TV show was about time travel, with network series Making History, Time After Time, Timeless and Frequency, plus a few others peppered around the dial and streaming. But three of those new time-travel shows have since bitten the dust, with a fourth likely soon to follow.
After writing and filming one version of its pilot (and showing it at Comic-Con), the people behind DC Comics' Powerless decided to completely revamp the show. That means that the new first episode, which aired in the US last week, had a ton of major changes from the original — and here's what they were.
In The Good Place, Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) is a woman who dies and goes to the titular afterlife, a quaint paradise that is almost perfect — except for the fact Eleanor is a terrible person who has arrived there by mistake. It's an unusual plot for a primetime sitcom, even more so since The Good Place also functions as a stealthy class on morality (well, not that stealthy, as one of the characters is literally a professor of ethics). But what's really fascinating is how entertaining the show still manages to be.
Police procedurals and crime dramas have been done to death at this point, yet TV networks keep grinding 'em out, raising the stakes every season with high-concept set-ups that have started to veer into the surreal. Are you ready for Oliver Twist with a twist? How about Oliver Twist's twist with a twist too?
Athletes have already expressed concern about travelling to the heart of the Zika outbreak to compete in this summer's Olympics. Now journalists are opting out entirely. Several NBC employees will not travel to Brazil to cover the games, including Today anchor Savannah Guthrie, who announced today that she's pregnant.
NBC just put a lot of faith in DC's foray into the world of superhero comedy — Powerless, the long-in-the-works show about an insurance company working in the DC Comics universe. The show has received a full series order on the network, and to celebrate, DC released the first pictures from the show's pilot last week, which stars Vanessa Hudgens as Emily Locke, an insurance adjuster with a speciality in helping out average people affected by the wanton destruction of superhero fights.