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Mighty Ducks Trilogy Drops on Hulu While Original Ducks Lace-up for Reboot

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Ducks. Fly. Together. It was the mantra of the original Mighty Ducks trilogy of the 90s and that has never been more true with the new Mighty Ducks: Game Changers series about to hit Disney+. It’s been reported that most of the cast will be returning for an episode of the new show and, to get you in the hockey mood, the original trilogy is NOW STREAMING for the first time ever.

All three Mighty Ducks movies are streaming on Hulu and on ESPN+. Hulu is quickly establishing itself as a contender when it comes to nostalgia viewing, as it’s also the home for the quirky yet beloved King of the Hill.

Game Changers is a reunion of sorts as Steven Brill, who wrote the original trilogy, is writing the new show and producing it along with stars Emilio Estevez and Lauren Graham (she’s new this time around).

Much of the original cast will be back for a reunion arc in episode 6, according to Entertainment Weekly. The characters coming back include Adam Banks, Connie, Guy, Kenny Wu, Averman, and Fulton. Apparently, there is a “Spirit of the Ducks” gala, only Gordon Bombay isn’t invited because the Ducks are ultra-competitive now and he’s coaching the ragtag new bunch.

Estevez said he eventually reconnects with his old players and is reminded of the values he instilled in them that led them to become productive adults and that he forgot some of the lessons they didn’t.

“Maybe he wasn’t feeling like he was as valuable to their lives as he was, and he rediscovers that,” Estevez told the mag.

I’m there already. It’s not a tough sell to get me on board with Bombay and the Ducks legacy, and there’s no better way to get amped for the new show than with streaming the old trilogy. The first and second movies hold up best, although things do get shaky with the third. Still, nothing will make you want to buy a pair of rollerblades and start tearing it up in your neighborhood (if you don’t live in a place that can effectively have a frozen pond rink in the spring) than going back to some of the best hockey movies ever.

“Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” hits Disney+ later this month.

‘Blade’ Reboot With Mahershala Ali Gains Steam After Watchmen Writer Is Hired

Blade Reboot With Mahershala Ali
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Marvel’s Blade reboot featuring the fantastic Mahershala Ali took a huge step forward this month as the project tabbed its writer, Stacy Osei-Kuffour. She was also a writer for the critically acclaimed “Watchmen” on HBO, and now becomes the first black female to pen a Marvel movie.

Marvel made waves with the announcement of the “Blade” reboot and the attachment of Ali, one of the best actors of his generation. Marvel has been searching for a writer meticulously over the previous half a year, and Osei-Kuffour stepping into the role means the project can move forward full steam.

The reported new title for the next-gen version of Blade will be “Blade, the Vampire Slayer.” Next up for the project is finding a director, but it’s refreshing to finally see Blade picking up steam after being on the back-burner for Marvel lately.

Ali’s career has been on the rise over the last five years and it doesn’t seem to be stopping. He won two Oscars and has been nominated for a handful of Emmys. Blade is a darker franchise than Marvel’s latest fare, but it seems like a guaranteed smash. He’s great in movies, he was great on True Detective, and Watchmen seemed to be a big hit, so poaching a writer from that feels like a natural pairing.

Wesley Snipes wasn’t a bad Blade, but it’s been long enough and now that Marvel is a major player (maybe the biggest) at the box office now, it’s exciting to see the project moving in the right direction.

Night Court Reboot in the Works with John Larroquette

Nightcourt Reboot

Before The Office and Parks and Rex, before Friends and Seinfeld, NBC had another lineup of sitcoms that was the envy of the other networks. Many of them are household names, like Cheers and The Cosby Show, while others are is largely forgotten.

Like Night Court, which wasn’t a direct spinoff of Cheers but only exists because star Harry Anderson made a name for himself in a series of memorable guest star appearances on Ted Danson’s show.

Night Court takes place during the night shift of a Manhattan arraignment court and follows the trials and tribulations of the people who work within, including a judge, a prosecutor, and a defense lawyer, the bailiff, and more. It may not sound familiar to you, but it existed, and it was funny, and now it’s being mined for material, because what isn’t?

Deadline reports that a follow-up to Night Court is in the works, and will center around both Judge Harry Stone’s daughter Abby, an optimist like her father, and original series star John Larroquette, reprising his role as cynical prosecutor Dan Fielding, for which he won four consecutive Emmys during the show’s run from 1984-1992.

Comedian Melissa Rauch is producing, after growing up a fan of the show and pitching a reboot to the network. It’s a bit of a coup to bring Larraquette back, who rode the show to major TV stardom in the late 80s early 90s. The actor has been steadily working in the decades since, but it will be fun to see him back in the role that made him famous.

No word yet on when to expect the new Night Court to air, but we won’t adjourn our coverage until it does. (Sorry.)

Saved by the Bell Reboot Explains Screech’s Absence

Screech in Space
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It’s a post-Thanksgiving pre-Christmas miracle!

The Saved by the Bell sequel/reboot that we’ve been telling you about – and that looked surprisingly decent in its trailer – has finally dropped, and it seems like it could actually be pretty good!

The show, which features almost of all the original cast in some capacity – Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, who played high school couple Slater and Jesse in the original series, have bigger roles (both work at Bayside), while Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen make cameos as the Governor of California (IKR) and his wife. Even lark Voorhies, aka Lisa Turtle, has made an appearance on the new version of the show, which is getting good reviews and has Rotten Tomatoes scores in the 70s.

There is, however, one notable absence from the cast. (Well, two, if you’re really missing Principal Belding.) Dustin Diamond, who played lovable nerd Screech and had a tumultuous post-SBTB career, has not shown up in the halls of Bayside. But the show has attempted to explain his absence.

In the 8th episode of the new series, the original stars reunite and reminisce about some of their greatest Bayside memories, and Slater addresses their friend’s absence. “Screech is so lucky he and Kevin get to live on the International Space Station so he doesn’t have to deal with all this,” he says, referring to Screech’s ridiculous robot Kevin, whom he invented during the show’s run in the 90s.

Voorhies, whose Lisa Turtle was the object of Screech’s unrequited affections, explained why Dustin Diamond isn’t in the new series: money. She also euphemistically references some of the troubles he’s had over the past few decades.

“[With] Dustin Diamond, the almighty dollar rules on that,” Voorhies told Toronto’s KiSS 92.5. “He wants to be paid and respected. We would love for him to come back on set. He’s going through his growing pains…He’s going through his adult issues and all of that but I am sure he’ll be back—granted they have the perfect contract for him. I’m sure he would be back.”

Elizabeth Berkley Lauren revealed on Andy Cohen’s Bravo talk show that there’s always a chance that Diamond could return for a second season.

“I don’t know if he will make an appearance,” she said. “We’ll see if there’s another season. Maybe it’s something to explore, and I haven’t talked to him in a long time… Honestly, since I think we finished the show is the last time I actually spoke to him, but not because of anything bad. I mean, he was always nice to me and he’s had his journey, but really I’ve kept more in touch with Mark-Paul, Tiffani, Mario, and then, from time to time, Lark.”

Peter Dinklage Is Becoming a Superhero in ‘The Toxic Avenger’ Reboot

Peter Dinklage Toxic Avenger
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‘Game of Thrones’ star Peter Dinklage is slated to star in the ‘The Toxic Avenger’ reboot that was recently announced. It won’t be Dinklage’s first appearance in a comic book movie, naturally, as he did guest star in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ as Eitri, the Dwarf King who helps Thor make his battle axe. This time, though, Dinklage will be the star.

Dinklage is a gem of an actor. He was truly terrific in Game of Thrones as Tyrion Lannister (no matter how you feel about that final season), and also in just about everything else he’s ever done (even his Entourage cameo!). While we’d love to see Dinklage do even more movies with Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa (they do have one coming!), this sounds like a great role for him.

For those unaware, ‘The Toxic Avenger’ is neither a Marvel nor a DC superhero, which makes it unique just for that. The 1984 movie was closer to a B-movie than high art and that was sort of the point. It was a superhero parody, and went heavy on the common tropes, while also integrating some themes about environmental issues.

The backstory is pretty basic; a physically unimpressive janitor falls into toxic waste and emerges disfigured but with super strength. Then there’s the requisite crime-fighting, big boss battle, etc etc. While not Earth-shattering at the time of its release, the Toxic Avenger did go on to become something of a cult classic, with several sequels.

Some have described Toxic Avenger as a cross between Deadpool and Spider-Man and while that sounds like wishful thinking, Dinklage is an outstanding choice for a role like that.

It’s not the Avengers we know and love, but all it needs to be a hit is Dinklage and Avenger.

Johnny 5 Is Alive in Upcoming Short Circuit Reboot

Short Circuit Reboot
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If you’re anything like me, your first reaction to the latest remake news is usually “why?” Then, a few seconds later, it shifts to, “I’m surprised it took them so long.” Because why fight with inevitability? Literally, everything gets remade or reinvented, from the big blockbusters you loved as a kid (Ghostbusters) to the cartoons you loved as a kid (Flintstones) to the forgotten movies you loved as a kid.

Like Short Circuit.

Short Circuit was the most 80s movie that ever movied. It starred 80s juggernauts Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy, and it was about a military robot that gets struck by lightning and magically inherits a personality – and feelings. Awwww.

Johnny Five was like Spuds Mackenzie without the beer. And we loved it! So much that they gave him a sequel! Well, now he’s getting a remake.

Directed by John Badham, who also directed Sheedy on Wargames with Matthew Broderick (a movie that holds up surprisingly well!), Short Circuit was for kids, and Johnny the robot spent most of the movie regurgitating lines from pop culture it absorbed under Ally Sherry’s care (that’s how it learned to love) and kids ate it up. There was even a hit single from the movie! The 80s were wild.

This new version has a long way to go before seeing the light of day, but something tells me there will be some social commentary involved, which was something the 80s had zero interest in.

Deadline reports that writers Eduardo Cisneros and Jason Shuman will be putting “a Latinx twist” on the source material, which could mean anything from casting Latino actors to having a multi-lingual robot?

At the very least the robot will surely be a product of 2020, inclusive and open-minded. That’s cool. I just hope Guttenberg makes a cameo.

Tiny Toons Reboot Sends 90s Favorites to College

Tiny Toons Reboot
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A bit of old-school animation seems to be making a comeback!

Granted, by old-school I mostly mean the 90s, but still. Space Jam is getting a Lebron-starring sequel, The Animaniacs are coming back next month for more pop culture skewering, and now the Tiny Toons are being rebooted for HBO Max.

Tiny Toons Looniversity got a two-season order and will follow the stars of Tiny Toons Adventures into college.

The synopsis, from Deadline: “The Tiny Toons Adventures reboot follow the characters’ comedic ambitions all the way to Acme Looniversity, the esteemed institution of higher high-jinks learning, where young dreamers become professional toons. Here they form long-lasting friendships with one another and perfect their cartoony craft while studying under the greatest cartoon characters in history, the Looney Tunes.”

The series is one of several kids shows under development at HBO Max, including Unicorn: Warriors Eternal and three series from popular children’s book author Mo Willems.

“Tiny Toons Looniversity will capture all the clever, subversive and smart humor that made Tiny Toon Adventures such a standout series,” said Tom Ascheim, President of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics. “Fans old and new will love to laugh at and with these characters all over again.”

When I was a kid, the Looney Tunes were huge, and now it seems like they may be making a bit of a comeback. It’s pretty clever to incorporate them into the show as mentors for their younger counterparts.

My kids basically have no idea who Bugs Bunny even is, but thanks to HBO Max, it won’t be long before they do!

Saved by the Bell Reboot Trailer: It’s 2020 so This Show Could Actually be Good

Saved By The Bell Trailer
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A lot of things have happened this past year that are simply unprecedented. From the global pandemic to murder hornets to water on the moon to Tiger King, 2020 has been full of unpredictability, but perhaps nothing has caught me more off guard than this:

Saved by the Bell is being rebooted, and it looks sort of… good?

Look, the bar is low. The original Saved By the Bell, which I watched religiously on Saturday mornings and after school, was a trainwreck of a show. The acting was bad, the humor was unbearably cheesy, and the entire thing was amateurish on every single level. The cast pretty much all went on to success of some kind, barring Dustin Diamond (Screech) who gained little more than notoriety for being a creep, and Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle), who basically disappeared from the public eye.

The rest of the cast, which included Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Ferris Bueller-type Zack Morris (who only recently started watching the first series), Tiffani-Amber Thiessen as cheeleader and girl-next-door Kelly Kapowski, Mario Lopez as jock A.C. Slater, and Elizabeth Berkeley as brainy feminist Jesse Spano (I hate myself for remmebering all of this), went on to successful careers of varying degrees.

Of course, they couldn’t have been too successful, because all four of them are back in the reboot!

The premise has been updated to fit modern times, with Bayside forced to welcome outsiders into its privileged confines (and Zach is now governor of California because rich white people always fail upwards!), Slater and Jesse working at the school where Zach’s son rules the roost, and the humor has been updated to maybe – possibly – have some actual laughs!

Of course, this being SBTB, there are plenty of indications that no, this will not be good, like the character of Zack’s son, who immediately looks unbearable. Also Max, the magician waiter (and owner?) of the local hangout, is back for some reason, as is the “Friends Forever” song from one of the original series’ most absurd episodes. So tread lightly!

It premieres on Peacock on November 25th:

Trailer for Animaniacs Reboot Takes Aim at Reboot Culture

Animaniacs Reboot Trailer

If you’ve been reading The Dad for a while, you’ve probably noticed we spend a fair amount of time talking about – and bemoaning – the constant stream of news about reboots and remakes and reinventions. Partially because that’s all Hollywood seems to make these days, but mostly because it’s annoying!

One reboot we’re totally down for, however, is the forthcoming revival of Animaniacs, the hilarious cartoon from the 90s that makes fun of pop culture just as much as we do. The first season arrives in November (with a second season slated for 2021), and here’s the official synopsis:

They’re back! The Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and the Warner sister Dot, have a great time wreaking havoc and mayhem in the lives of everyone they meet. After returning to their beloved home, the Warner Bros. water tower, the siblings waste no time in causing chaos and comic confusion as they run loose through the studio, turning the world into their personal playground. Joining Yakko, Wakko and Dot, fan-favorite characters Pinky and the Brain also return to continue their quest for world domination.

Sounds like they’re going to be up to their old tricks, and based on the new trailer, maybe some new ones too. Because guess what? The Animaniacs are as fed up with Hollywood’s constant “re” stuff as we are. Even their own!

Check it out:

Animaniacs Spoof “Jurassic Park” In First Clip From Series Reboot

Animaniacs Spoof Jurassic

Thanks to a dearth of creativity and an explosion in content outlets, the last few years have become an Oprah-style “everybody gets a reboot!” free-for-all. Not all of the properties being revisited are deserving of a second-life, but there is one unexpected series that couldn’t be more welcome.

That’s Animaniacs, the beloved 90s cartoon that took loving, biting aim at Hollywood and pop culture via it’s three zany stars, Wakko, Yakko, and Dot. The series returns with all-new episodes on November 20th, we recently got treated to some behind the scenes footage and now Hulu has released a new clip that makes it clear that the show has lost none of its edge, humor, or charm.

In the clip, the Animaniacs revisit Jurassic Park and go meta, reimagining the scene whereupon the cast of the classic Spielberg movie arrives on the island and sees something amazing – but it isn’t dinosaurs. It’s the resurrection of Animaniacs.

“This species of cartoon has been extinct since 1998,” Dr. Sattler says, cleverly reintroducing the show to fans. “These haven’t been seen on TV since the Golden Era of animation.”

Check it out: