Haven’t You Ever Wondered What ‘The Brady Bunch’ Would Be Like with Steve Buscemi and Danny Trujo?

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I don’t know about you, but for me not a day goes by where I don’t wonder what The Brady Bunch would have been like if Danny Trejo had played Marcia and Steve Buscemi had played Jan. I mean, at the very least it would have made the show so much grittier.

Well, the folks at Snickers have made my wildest dream come true. They’ve created one of those “you’re not yourself when you’re hungry” ads for the Super Bowl in which Trejo, ever the badass, plays a Marcia Brady out for blood after Peter hits her (him?) in the face with a football. Then, after Carol Brady talks Trejo down from the edge and makes him eat a Snickers, Buscemi plays Jan having one of her typical Marcia-fuelled hissy fits.

It’s fantastic. And dammit, it makes me want to eat a Snickers. I guess I’ll have to go put on some pants and go get one.

(The Super Bowl is this Sunday, February 1, BTW.)

‘Let Show with Stephen Colbert’ Finally Gets a Premier Date

Coming this fall...

Nine months after David Letterman announced he’d be retiring from The Late Show in 2015 and eight months and three weeks after it was announced that Stephen Colbert would replace him, we finally know exactly when the old chapter will end and the new chapter will begin.

Last month, Letteman announced that his final show would be Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Now CBS has announced in a panel at the Winter Television Critics Association press tour that Colbert’s first show will be Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

In between May 20 and September 8? Reruns of CBS procedurals. Hooray!

Seriously, though, it’s for the best that CBS doesn’t just run old Letterman episodes all summer. That would make the grand finale in May anti-climactic. People would tune in and be like, “I thought Dave retired?”

As for what the Colbert show, CBS said that it hasn’t taken form yet, but that they support whatever direction Stephen wants to take. Which is what they’re supposed to say.

[via Screen Rant]

Will Sling TV Finally Kill Cable Once and For All?

Probably not

In case you haven’t heard, satellite television provider Dish made a pretty huge announcement at the Consumer Electronic Show on Monday. They’ll soon be launching a new streaming service called Sling TV that, for $20 a month, will let you watch CNN, TNT, TBS, HGTV, Food Network, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Disney Channel, and—here’s the real kicker—ESPN and ESPN2 on your phone, tablet, PC, or television.

Why is this such a big deal? Because sports programming is pretty much the only thing preventing a full-fledge cord-cutting revolution from tearing the old fashioned cable industry apart. Millennials have figured out that they can watch the big broadcast networks in HD for free and (illegally) download Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead an hour or two after they air, easily avoiding spoilers on social media. Meanwhile, services like Netflix and Amazon Prime give them all the old (and some new) content they want for a relatively minuscule fee. However, there is no such alternative for sports. And this is what has prevented more people from ditching pay TV.

But now ESPN and TNT will be accessible for just $20 a month. If you’re an NFL or NBA fan, that means you can get rid of cable, save $30 to $ 60 a month, and never miss a nationally televised game. And that’s a big deal.

That said, don’t listen to people who say Sling TV has sounded the death knell for cable. There is still the issue of those regional sports stations that carry all the games for the local teams. Fans aren’t going to give those up, so until somebody figures out how to package them in a streaming service, cable will survive.

Sling TV is a big step forward, though. And it will be successful.

[via Vox]

Apparently Channing Tatum Wants to Do a ‘Ghostbusters’ Spinoff with Christ Pratt

A Ghostbuster, huh?

That’s right, you heard me. According to emails hacked out of the Sony Pictures mainframe (or, more likely, a Sony exec’s iPh—er, Xperia Z3), Channing Tatum really wants to star in a Ghostbusters spinoff with Chris Pratt.

On August 21, Tatum himself sent an email to Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal telling her just how rad said project would be:

Let us show the world The DarkSide and let us fight it with all the glory and epicness of a HUGE BATMAN BEGINS MOVIE. I know we can make this a huge franchise. Fun adventure craziness. COME OONNNN!!!

And Sony took this email very seriously. The very next day, Columbia Pictures (which is owned by Sony) co-president of production Hannah Minghella sent an email to her fellow honchos shedding more light on the proposal. In it she explains that Joel and Anthony Russo of Captain America: The Winter Soldier fame are involved, and she sounds very intrigued, to say the least,:

So… in a curious turn of events – the Russos and Channing want to develop Ghostbusters as a vehicle for Channing and Chris Pratt to do together…The Russos, Channing and Reid have been brainstorming ideas and want to create a whole new mythology that would support multiple movies (the way that Nolan reinvented Batman). To be clear – the Russos want to produce (not direct) and while Channing and Chris are looking for a movie to do together they haven’t mentioned this to him yet because they weren’t sure how we’d react.

Surprise, Chris Pratt!

So what about the previously announced Paul Feig-directed all-female Ghostbusters reboot? Don’t worry. That’s still on. If Sony does go ahead with this Russo/Channing/Pratt project, it would be a spinoff of the Feig movie, which would apparently serve as the foundation of a new, “simultaneously super scary while also super funny…Ghostbusters universe.”

That’s right. Ghostbustsers universe. Ugh.

[Via Screen Rant]

David Letterman Announces Official Farewell Date

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On the April 3, 2014, David Letterman created a tsunami in the entertainment business when announced that he would be retiring some time in 2015.

Now we finally know the exact date of the late night legend’s final show: Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Mark it down on the 2015 kitten wall calendar your weird aunt is going to give you for Christmas. It’ll make her happy. (If she ends up giving you a weird decorative soap basket, just set a reminder in your iPhone like a normal person.)

There’s no word yet on when Stephen Colbert will make his Late Show debut, and neither Dave nor his production company, Worldwide Pants, have given any clues as to his final guest. However, I would give Bill Murray 4-1 odds. He was Dave’s first ever guest on NBC’s Late Nite with David Letterman way back in 1982, and he’s made dozens of (always hilarious) appearances since. Quite frankly, it would be a huge disappointment if Murray weren’t involved in the final show one way or another.

[via Deadline]

Finally Official: ‘Better Call Saul’ Gets a Two-Night Premier Starting February 8

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Better Call Saul was originally supposed to debut…well, like right now, in November 2014. However, AMC pushed the date back to “early” 2015 and then refused to give us an actual concrete date—probably just to mess with us, because they know we’re all Breaking Bad junkies.

But today, finally, after a bunch of teasers, we finally have a date. In fact, we have two dates, because Better Call Saul is getting a two-night premiere. Episode one airs Sunday, February 8, at 10pm ET, and episode two airs Monday, February 9, also at 10pm ET.

Of course, if you’re like me, you’re first thought upon hearing the date was, “Oh no! That’s probably the night of the Super Bowl! I’ll be way too drunk and full of chicken wings to remember to switch over the AMC when the game is over.”

But don’t worry, friends. The Super Bowl is actually on February 1 this year. You will have a whole week to recover.

‘Evil Dead’ TV Show Gets Greenlight from Starz

Starring Bruce Campbell

Director Sam Rami teased a possible Evil Dead TV show this past summer at Comic-Con. However, he really didn’t offer up any actual information.

Today we have information. Starz has announced that they have officially greenlit the show, which will be called Ash Vs. Evil Dead. Rami himself will write and direct the pilot, and Bruce Campbell will reprise his genre-defining role as the titular Ash.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Bruce Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its ‘Evil’ grip.

Of course, it’s been 33 years since the first Evil Dead movie came out and 23 years since the last Evil Dead movie came out. So there’s no guarantee that Rami and Campbell will be able to recapture the magic that made Evil Dead a classic. But I’m sure fans of the franchise would rather see them try and fail than not try at all.

[via EW]