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So far, we’ve only seen one trailer for the upcoming sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Though the trailer offered an intriguing premise that mixed the vibe of Super 8 with the paranormal activity and legacy of the original Ghostbusters, the major criticism being lobbied at the movie was that it didn’t look like it had the same comedic influence that made the original so memorable. That’s to be expected when you don’t have a cast of Saturday Night Live and Second City cast members, but don’t worry, because co-star Finn Wolfhard says the movie is “really funny” while also being “really faithful” to the series.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife picks up 35 years after the events of the original Ghostbsuters and finds what appears to be the estranged daughter Carrie Coon of Egon Spengler Harold Ramis in the original movie moving into a rundown farmhouse with her two kids, played by Finn Wolfhard Stranger Things and Mckenna Grace Annabelle Comes Home. But the farmhouse is full of the forgotten legacy of the Ghostbusters, which is good since some kind of big supernatural threat is on the horizon for the small town of Summerville, Oklahoma.
Speaking with NME recently via Bleeding Cool, Finn Wolfhard talked about how influential Ghostbusters was when he was growing up, despite the fact that it was released 18 years before he was even born. Wolfhard recalled:
“When I was really young, my parents were really big fans of the original Ghostbusters movies, so I grew up watching them, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis – all of those were big, big people in our house. So getting to be a part of that legacy now is very flattering.”
So what can we expect from Ghostbusters: Afterlife? Well, fans of the original franchise will be happy to hear Wolfhard say, “Older Ghostbusters fans will find it’s a really, really faithful approach to the series.”
But Sony Pictures also has to bring in the younger demographics to help pad the box office too, so Wolfhard added, “Young people, if not everyone, will find that, first and foremost, Ghostbusters is about family and the relationships that these people have made.”
Well, I’m not sure that the first two Ghostbusters movies are about family and relationships. Sure, the gang has some camaraderie between them, but it’s moreso about saving the world from ghosts while also being a bit snarky. The good news is, there will be plenty of opportunities for comedy in Ghostbusters: Afterlife too.
Wolfhard wrapped up the little details he could discuss by saying, “It’s also really funny, so I’m really excited for people to see it.”
Whether it delivers the kind of comedy that the original brought remains to be seen. But honestly, we...
The CW has become the first network to make primetime scheduling changes in response to the seasons of most of its series getting cut short by the coronavirus-imposed mass production shutdowns.
As confirmed by Supernatural executive producer Andrew Dabb on Monday, this week’s Episode 13 of the show’s final season was the last “for awhile.” Starting next Monday, March 30, the CW will air Whose Line Is It Anyway original episodes at 8 PM and repeats at 8:30 PM in Supernatural‘s time slot.
Tonight, March 26, will be the final original episode this spring for sophomore Legacies, its 16th for the season. For various reasons, that is the number of episodes The Vampire Diaries offshoot had wrapped filming before the shutdown. To fill the scheduling hole Legacy‘s departure will leave, the CW is bringing in earlier than previously planned Season 2 of In the Dark.
It will launch on Thursday, April 16 at 9 PM, following an original episode of Katy Keene. In the Dark was originally slated to return May 28, airing in the Thursday 9 PM time period.
Additionally, the CW is moving up the network premiere of DC's Stargirl by week, to Tuesday, May 19 at 8 PM. Stargirl was supposed to preview on May 12 at 9 PM, behind an original episode of The Flash, before taking over The Flash’s Tuesday 8 PM slot on May 26. It will now succeed The Flash, which will have wrapped its abbreviated season by May 12.
To stagger The Flash‘s remaining original episodes, the CW already moved in to replace an original episode with a repeat. It is a strategy the network is expected to use for its other series whose production was impacted by the shutdown, like Supergirl, Batwoman, Nancy Drew and Charmed.
For all series except for Supernatural, the current plan is for all filmed episodes to be delivered and aired this spring, with post-production expected to be completed.
Supernatural, which shoots in Vancouver, had filmed through Episode 18 when production was suspended but the show for many years has been using a Vancouver postproduction/VFX company that has shut down during the pandemic. “Our visual effects and sound departments have closed because of the outbreak. So, right now, the episodes can’t be finished,” Dabb said, assuring fans that the remaining episodes will be produced. “It’s not a matter of ‘if’, it’s a matter of ‘when’,” he wrote.
The early exit this season allows the CW to have a meaningful final chapter of Supernatural consisting of 7 episodes, which is normal-size cable/streaming season. That is easier to schedule, market and consume than 2 leftover episodes.
Here are the new CW spring premiere dates:
THURSDAY, APRIL 16
8:00-9:00pm KATY KEENE...
Could you possibly imagine dear sweet Paul Rudd charming his way into someone’s life and slowly but surely taking over? Based on the ever-increasing amount of Paul Rudd dancing GIFs that I use on Twitter, I find that scenario very plausible, but now I’m going to get the chance to find it very entertaining. And so are you! According to THR, Rudd is set to play a successful therapist who starts infecting the life of one of his patients played by Will Ferrell in an adaptation of The Shrink Next Door podcast that will focus on “how a seemingly normal doctor-patient dynamic morphs into an unprecedentedly exploitative one filled with manipulation, power grabs, and dysfunction at its finest.” Fun!
While THR lists the potential show as a “dark comedy,” it’s an open question whether it’ll be a DARK comedy or dark COMEDY, because there is a tonal difference and evidence that Anchorman co-stars Rudd and Ferrell won’t automatically lean toward the more comedic approach. Specifically, their most recent work.
Rudd’s Living With Yourself has moments of comedy and slapstick, but it’s primarily a weighty meditation on the creep of irrelevancy. Ferrell is currently starring in Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s Force Majeure remake, Downhill. In the film, he plays it mostly dry as a man doing a terrible job of living up to the responsibilities of husbandhood and fatherhood during a low-level midlife crisis/ski trip.
Considering those separate track records and the icky subject matter here which conjures memories of tabloid stories about impressionable stars letting dastardly con people take the wheel and run their lives into the ground, it seems likely that, at the very least, we can assume nuance and some courtship of the kinds of awards that come from playing around with heavier things particularly ones based on true events. For now, though, this project is being dangled in front of hungry executives from various networks gathered to see who loads the cash cannon quickest and most effectively before firing it at Rudd and Ferrell for their approval. That’s a dramatization of the process of people shopping a TV show around, but didn’t we have more fun reading it that way? More news about where and when this will land whenever it comes to be.
Apple TV+ comedies have already delved into the world of video game development and the life of Emily Dickinson. On May 1, the streaming service will explore the joys — but mostly the outrageous trials and tribulations — of parenting when “Trying” hits the platform.
Apple unveiled the trailer for “Trying,” a half-hour British comedy, on Monday, March 30. The series will center on Nikki Esther Smith and Jason Rafe Spall, a 30-something couple who must learn to grow up, settle down, and find someone to love after it’s revealed Nikki is incapable of having a child.
Per Apple, all that Nikki and Esther want is a baby — but it's the one thing they just can't have. How are they going to fill the next 50 years if they can't start a family? After ruling out every other option, Nikki and Jason decide to adopt and are confronted by a world of bewildering new challenges. With their dysfunctional friends, screwball family, and chaotic lives, will the adoption panel agree that they're ready to be parents?
The plot might hinge on Nikki's distressing infertility, but the “Trying” trailer promises plenty of laughs out of the protagonist's unfortunate situation. The series' trailer shows the duo hustling to improve their lives, gleefully pointing out one another's faults, but ultimately bonding through their quest to start their own family.
Additional cast members include BAFTA Award winner Imelda Staunton, Ophelia Lovibond, and Oliver Chris. The series is produced by BBC Studios, written by Andy Wolton, and directed by Jim O'Hanlon.
“Trying” will mark the latest addition to an expanding Apple TV+ comedy slate. The streaming service recently released “Mythic Quest Raven's Banquet,” a video game workplace comedy starring and co-created by Rob McElhenney “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” that has already been renewed for a second season. Apple TV+ is also preparing to release its animated musical “Central Park” on May 29, just in time for Emmy season.
Other recent and upcoming Apple TV+ projects include “Little America” and “Defending Jacob.” The former, which released in January, was praised by IndieWire’s Ben Travers as one of the streaming service's standout titles, while the latter, a limited drama starring Chris Evans, is shaping up to be a potential Emmy contender.
Check out the trailer for “Trying” below: